Does your cat find your scent comforting?

Cats have an excellent sense of smell, not quite on par with that of dogs, but certainly one that greatly exceeds the sniffing abilities of humans. Cats use scent in ways that humans do not – for example, by rubbing their scent glands (found for example on their cheeks, forehead, sides, and paws) on objects …

Nosework: Scent based enrichment FOR YOUR CAT!!

You NEED to meet Hanna Fushihara! She is a dog trainer (CPDT-KA – Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers Knowledge Assessed) at Hot Fuzz Dog Training and creator of the first ever in-depth, online course in NOSEWORK FOR CATS! Sometimes you meet someone and think DANG! We should have met years ago!! It turns out …

Do kittens recognize their mothers even after they’ve lived apart?

I previously reported on a study that found that mother cats can discriminate their own kittens’ smell from that of other kittens (by sniffing their butts). So mom cats recognize their kittens by scent, but what about kittens? Do they recognize the smell of their moms? And would they be able to do so a …

Cats, once again, fail to contrafreeload

What is contrafreeloading? In the 1960s scientists discovered that laboratory rats liked to work for food. Rather than eat food from a bowl, rats chose to press a lever that would release of food pellets, even when they had to press the lever several times before food was available. They named this behavior “contrafreeloading” — …

Is your cat’s butt touching everything in your house? This young scientist tried to find out

Last week, a story about Kaeden, who did his school science project on whether cat butts touch the surfaces of your home, showed up in my Facebook feed. I was immediately (1) laughing (2) a little jealous I didn’t think of the research question myself and (3) super impressed with this scientific endeavor which addressed …

Should Persian cats be extreme?

New research looks at what’s really going on with their faces. Although cats have lived with humans for thousands of years now, it hasn’t been until the last 150 years or so that humans started selectively breeding cats. Cats with certain physical features were chosen for breeding, resulting in the myriad of cat breeds that …