Does a litter attractant actually attract cats?

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 …
Do cats hold a grudge? Measuring stress responses to passive or full-body restraint

Do cats hold a grudge? Measuring stress responses to passive or full-body restraint

Did you know that cats should see their veterinarian at least once a year? That’s right, even if they are indoors only and seem healthy, it’s good to have a check-up. A big reason that people do not take their cat in for regular care (aside from money) is the stress they perceive that their …
Is meowing a reliable way to measure personality in cats?

Is meowing a reliable way to measure personality in cats?

A recent study, “Stable individual differences in vocalisation and motor activity during acute stress in the domestic cat,” from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City looked at whether or not adult cats were consistent in how much they vocalized and moved around in a repeated stressful situation. The stressful situation in question …
Can “catcams” help us understand behavior?

Can “catcams” help us understand behavior?

We are lucky to be in a time where more people are studying cat behavior.  But what are some of the best methods we should use to understand cats better?  A new study looks at whether not placing a camera on a cat directly is a good way to determine what the heck they’re getting …
Why a new study doesn’t prove anything about cats and clicker training…or, how NOT to do science

Why a new study doesn’t prove anything about cats and clicker training…or, how NOT to do science

I am a big fan of new behavioral studies that can help cats, and I’m also a big fan of using clicker training with cats. So when I saw a new study, “Clicker training increases exploratory behavior and time spent at the front of the enclosure in shelter cats,” had been published, I was very …
Can music make cats less stressed out?

Can music make cats less stressed out?

I love music – always have. I listen a lot – while I’m working, while I’m cooking, while I’m driving, running, if I’m not sleeping there might be some music in the background (right now, it’s Bob Mould’s new album, “Sunshine Rock”). But does my cat enjoy it? Well, given that I like loud music …