Can science help us give behavior advice more effectively?

As a cat behavior consultant, I’m always looking for ways to improve the effectiveness of the services I provide for my clients, and to increase the likelihood that they will follow the advice I give them. This is an ongoing struggle, as the urge to give cat owners information about EVERY SINGLE THING they need …

Survey says – cat owners have a hard time medicating their cats

If you’re a cat owner, you most likely have had to administer some form of medication to your cat. Whether pills, eye drops, injections, a liquid, an inhaler, a spot-on treatment, or similar – many of us have been faced with a moment of wondering – just how are we supposed to get this in …

Cat Bites: Recent Research about Cats

Dreaming About Cats: An Online Survey A study recently looked at the content of people’s dreamsand whether they included cats! Previous studies found that a lot of dreams about animals are reportedly negative, with people dreaming of being chased or bitten. Previous studies found that 10% of those who dreamed of cats often dreamed of …

Do food toys improve cats’ quality of life?

You know I love feline food puzzles (aka food toys, foraging toys) – I use them with my own cats and recommend to many of my clients that they use them with their cats. I’ve been a fan for about 20 years, since we were using them in the shelter I worked at. Back then …

No, your cat isn’t a psychopath

A new study takes a biased look at cats I really hemmed and hawed about whether to comment on this recent publication that has gotten a lot of press lately. But the headlines keep coming: “Is Your Cat a Psychopath? Probably, Researchers Say,” “Is Your Cat an Actual Psychopath? Take This Test and Find Out,” …

Can pet tech help your cat lose weight?

A newly published study is small, but promising Being overweight impact a significant number of pet cats — current estimates are that up to 60% of cats are overweight or obese. An overweight cat is at greater risk for medical problems, such as diabetes and joint disease, and will likely face some behavioral challenges as …