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 …

Can Cats be Jealous or Vengeful?

People sometimes state that their cat is jealous, or that he is doing something the owner does not like to get revenge. Certainly, cats feel emotions. But jealousy and revenge aren’t emotions. They are complex thought processes that are set in motion in response to emotions. Simply put, a cat does not have the brain power for plotting revenge or …

Active Kitten Driving You Crazy?

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An active kitten is fun, but not all day long, or when you are trying to get things done. I do recommend keeping a young, active kitten in a kitten-safe room when unattended. But he won’t be there all the time. And this playfulness can continue to well past a year old. So you need another strategy as well. At …

The Cat Dancer is the Perfect Wand Toy for Many Cats

Helps Shy Cats The Cat Dancer is a wand toy. Using it correctly can inspire your cat to use his hunting skills. This is a great way to build confidence in cats, and lessen many behavioral problems. Because the Cat Dancer is small and moves erratically, many cats tend to like it more than other wand toys. This is especially …

Trixe Activity Flip Board is a Fun Puzzle Toy for Cats

A filled Trixie Activity Flip Board

Why Use Food Puzzles? The Trixie Activity Flip Board is a puzzle toy. Like all puzzle toys, it involves hiding food for your pet to find. This way of feeding makes a cat use his brain to find food. Although not quite like hunting prey, it none-the-less requires problem-solving skills. Much like crossword puzzles, this use of brain power is …

Playing it Safe with Christmas and Hanukkah Toys for Cats

I recently purchased a remote-controlled cat toy. While this toy snake does move very realistically and my cat enjoys pouncing on it, there are small parts that he could demolish if I let him play with it too long. This plastic snake moves about on small wheels, and has a small, moving tongue, as you can see in both the …

Spraying — Why cats do it, and how to stop it.

Just like you and me, cats want to feel that their home is uniquely theirs. As visual creatures, we hang our favorite pictures and set out well-loved knick-knacks. We can all feel the difference between the décor in a hotel room and a home. As scent creatures, cats deposit their scent around their home. This proclaims to one and all …

Puddles of Pee on Rugs or Furniture?

Photo of four cats on washing machine

Look for Clues Peeing on rugs, carpets, furniture, or counters is one of the most frustrating problems cat owners may run into. But don’t just randomly try every piece of advice. Change is very stressful to a cat, and added stress could make the problem worse. Instead, try to figure out why he is not reliably using the litter box. …

Training Your Cat to Tolerate Nail Trims

Why Train Cats? When people find out that I train cats, I often get one of two reactions: they either state that you can’t train cats or state that it’s silly to do so. As a rebuttal to both of these beliefs, I’m going to walk you through the steps in training a cat to allow his claws to be …