Petting a Cat

How to ask a cat if she wants to be petter.

Petting a cat is not always a simple matter. Some cats like it, and some don’t. Some cats like it at times, and want to be left untouched other times. How can you tell? Ask the cat. Ask first. The safest way to tell if a cat would like to be petted is to ask them. You do this by …

Non-recognition aggression is so preventable!

Only one cat going to the vet.

What is non-recognition aggression? People recognize each other by sight. Cats rely more on smell. Each group of cats has a group-scent. If one cat goes somewhere and returns smelling as if he is from another group, he very well may be attacked when he comes home. This is called non-recognition aggression. His friend does not recognize him. His friend …

The Slow Blink

a slow blink

For nearly a decade, I’ve been told that a cat will look at a person she likes and slowly close her eyes half-way. Some have called this a kitty kiss. I had seen cats do this when calm and relaxed, towards humans they had a good relationship with. So, it always seemed like a good hypothesis. But there wasn’t any …

Canned or Dry Food?

canned and dry cat food

Is canned or dry food best for your cat? From a behavior standpoint, both have advantages. I recommend that cats get both early on, so that they recognize and accept both types of foods. Why should cats get canned food? Canned food is better for administering medicine. Some medicines are in powder or liquid form, and can be put on …

Harness Training for an Introduction of Two Cats

A cat eating a treat that is in the harness's collar

As an extra precaution, I often harness train cats before introducing them. Here is how I do that. Training a cat to wear the harness Put a treat inside the harness’s collar for the cat to eat. Next time, pull the collar up a little while he’s eating the treat. Work up to putting the collar on while he eats …

Carrier training

Loving the carrier from the start. Cats naturally love boxes—they are fun to hide in! Leave the carrier out all the time with the door off or opened. Put a fleece throw or a cat bed inside it. Give the cat a treat if he chooses to go inside it. Toss a treat in now and then as a surprise …

Introducing Two Cats

Introducing two cats to each other requires a gradual step-wise approach. It also requires patience. Being able to read a cat’s body language is important as well. Territory for me     Your new cat has no way of knowing whether or not he is going to have to fight for territory. In order to make the cat feel secure, you …

Your Bad Mood Affects Your Cat

Angry woman

A cat owner’s mood affects her cat. This is seen by the touching way cats will seek out and comfort owners that are sad. But this is also seen by the stress an angry or scared owner inflicts upon her cat. Why Your Fear and Anger Affects Your Cat Cats seem to be the ultimate mind readers. But what they …

Hunting Smaller Toys is Appealing to Cats

An indoor cat benefits greatly from hunting smaller toys. This is because they more closely resemble the type of prey a house cat might hunt—bugs, moths, or baby mice. Unless a cat was taught to hunt large prey by an adult cat, she will not hunt adult mice, much less birds, chipmunks, or rats. These prey take skills that an …