Natural disasters are becoming more frequent. Wildfires, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards: any of these may force you to leave your home on short notice. Evacuating is often easier for dogs, and some may even consider it a fun adventure; simply clip on a leash and a dog will follow you anywhere. But most cats are creatures of habit, and having their normal routines and environments disrupted results in stressed-out kitties that may end up running and hiding. It’s therefore crucial to have a cat-friendly emergency plan in place in the event you ever have to leave your home in a hurry. Continue Reading
Separation anxiety disorder (SAD) is a well-documented psychological condition in which an individual experiences excessive anxiety regarding separation from home or from those to whom the individual has a strong emotional attachment. And while we usually think of separation anxiety in terms of pets being stressed about being separated from their humans, I think it exists in reverse, too. Continue Reading
Playing with your cat is important. You know this. But do you know why?
When you play fetch, or tug-o-war with a dog, it’s a social bonding experience. You’re playing together. When you’re playing with your cats, however, you’re just a prop. You are providing them with a simulated hunting experience. Continue Reading
Do you have a skittish cat who hides under the bed when something scares her? A cat’s natural instinct, when faced with something unknown, is to keep her distance and figure out whether this new thing is safe. For many cats, that means hiding under the bed.Continue Reading
With no questions last month, I decided to talk about kittens this month! It’s finally almost spring, and with spring comes lots and lots of kittens. I’m particularly excited for this year’s kitten season because I will be running a Kitten Kindergarten class at a local veterinary clinic. You might be asking, what the heck is Kitten Kindergarten? It sounds adorable, doesn’t it? It is. But it can be a game changer for new cat parents when it comes to starting their new kittens out on the right paw.Continue Reading
Does your cat love her cat carrier? If you’re like the majority of cat parents, your answer will be “no.” Most cats are leery of the carrier, especially if trips to the vet are the only time they need to be in it. As a result, most cat parents are resigned that getting their cats into a carrier will result in a struggle. And yet, the carrier can be vital in an emergency – and it’s up to you to break your cat’s negative association with the carrier and convince her that being inside the carrier can be a good thing.Continue Reading
I think it’s safe to say that most of us want our cats to cuddle with us, let us hold them, and sit on our lap. But just because a cat is not a lap cat doesn’t mean that she’s not affectionate. Cats show affection in any number of ways, through purring, head butting, cheek rubbing or grooming us. And then there’s the slow “I love you” blink, guaranteed to melt your heart.Continue Reading