The Science Behind Being a Cat Person

My latest article about the science behind what it means to be a cat person…check it out over on the Dodo! or read on below!! Humans love to categorize. As soon as a baby is born, our first question is often whether the baby is a boy or a girl. Are you a night owl …

The Meowspace Chronicles and Adventures in Latent Learning and Insight

Safe to say, this feline behavior consultant’s least favorite thing is dealing with my own cats’ behavior problems. My cats are supposed to be perfect! And in general, they are; except when it comes to food. I’ve got two cats. One we’ll call the Vacuum, and one we’ll call the Nibbler. The Vacuum may have …

Who’s Training Whom?

If you want to learn a lot about yourself, try training another animal.  I’ve skated through life without having to do a lot of animal training — even as someone who studies animals! I grew up with untrained cats; the research lab I worked in as an undergraduate used key-pecking in pigeons to study their …

When it comes to the litterbox, will your cat tell you what she really, really wants?

Okay, first of all, leave it to youtube. Look for cats singing “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls and you’ll find this bizarre video: Now, time to get serious. I help a lot of people who are experiencing behavior problems with their cats – and a lot of those cases have to do with litterbox avoidance. …

Five Easy New Year’s Resolutions for Cat Owners

I thought for my last blog post in 2013, I’d keep things fun! Some people like to make New Year’s Resolutions (I’m not really one of them!), so I thought I’d give those of you who share your home with a cat a few easy suggestions to help increase your cat’s happiness, and enhance your …

Is your cat detached? Or is the media messing with us once again…

I hate to report on research before it’s been written up and peer reviewed, but since “the cat has been let out of the bag” on this one via Reddit and several media outlets, I feel I have to comment on what I’m seeing and reading in the headlines (such as “Sorry, your cat hates you“). …