Does behavior affect how long cats stay in shelters?

The goal for any animal shelter is to keep animals there for the shortest time possible, and help them get adopted as quickly as possible. Understanding what factors might impact “length of stay” (LOS; how long it takes animals in shelters to get adopted) can help shelters allocate resources, promote animals, and also focus efforts …

Are cats who spray stressed out?

A new study compares cats who spray with those who urinate outside the litter box… and their feline housemates. As I like to say, nothing sends cats to the pound quicker than urine around the housewhether it’s in the form of spray on the wall, or puddles on your carpet, it’s no fun for anyone. …

Would your cat eat you? Science says yes, but it’s nothing personal.

Being a cat behaviorist often means interesting conversations with strangers. People always have questions about their cats, but not always the questions I would like to answer, such as “how can I make my cat happy?” or “how many litter boxes does my cat need?” No – people want to know about idiosyncrasies such as, …

A new study suggests breed differences in cat paw preference

Most of us are right-handed, with 9% of humans being left-handed, and about 1% leaning toward some level of ambidexterity. But what about our pet cats? Well, thanks to science, we do know a little bit about whether cats are “right-pawed” or “left-pawed.” In fact, there have been at least 9 papers spanning almost 65 …

Getting a handle on cats: What types of restraint lead to stress?

If you’ve ever worked in a shelter or veterinary setting, there’s a pretty good chance that you’ve spent some time scruffing cats. Maybe you’ve taken your cat to the vet and the veterinary staff placed your cat in a “scruff-hold.” For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, scruffing is a …

Does a litter attractant actually attract cats?

What do cats love about their litter box? Well it might dependas I’ve blogged about before, research as clearly demonstrated the importance of cleanliness, and we can use cats’ behaviors to help us better understand when they are having a good experience in their kitty commode. And when they aren’t having a good experience? That …