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 …

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 …