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He can’t learn to read music, but you can still teach him a lot of other fun tricks. 

Fluffy, Sit!

We tend to think of “sit,” “shake hands,” and other tricks as things that dogs do. But cats can learn them, too, and many...
This is not a habit you want your cat to get into.

The Truth About Cat Versus Dog Bites

Dogs have powerful teeth and jaws and are responsible for an estimated 85 percent of bites from pets, causing more human deaths than any...
Does your cat think your mealtime is her mealtime?

Gimme Some!

Most of us have stories of pushy cats who jump onto tables and countertops demanding our food or slyly making their way over to...
A brand new wariness, even though one of the cats was only out of the house for a short time.

Dear Doctor: Sexual aggression in a neutered cat

Q. My 6-year-old boy Hawkeye was neutered when he was 6 or 7 months old, but he clearly likes to “make love” to soft...
She may actually be trying to groom you.

Love Bites, Or Just Bites?

You are gently stroking your cat, and she is clearly enjoying it, when out of nowhere she begins biting you. The bites are not...
If your cat becomes angry in ways he didn’t when he was younger, he may be suffering from physiologic changes that need to be tended to.

Has Your Cat Grown Grouchier Over Time?

You expect your cat to slow down as he grows older — more sleep, less frenetic darting around that seems to start out of...
For a very anxious cat, medication, along with behavior modification, may do a world of good to help her reach a calmer state.

For a Super-Anxious Cat, Drugs May Help

Any cat so anxious that she cannot relax or overreacts to stimuli like the presence of visitors or common household noises should be evaluated...
Cats like vertical scratching posts, but it’s good to have two or three different types in the house, including a horizontal one.

Helping Cats Satisfy Their Scratching Instinct

Cats don’t just enjoy scratching. They scratch for a number of reasons both psychological and physiological. For instance, they scratch when they are excited, as...

It’s Okay If Your Cat “Covers” Her Food

Many cats go through the motions of covering their food by scratching or pawing around the bowl in a simulation of digging. They’re not...

The Weakest Sense

With almost 40 times more odor-sensitive cells in their noses than we have in ours, cats have it all over us when it comes...
A cat who always keeps away from the action needs help feeling more comfortable in your home.

Does Your Cat Act or React?

Does you cat feel secure in his surroundings? Does he see the territory he inhabits as his own and feel free to move about...
Another cat with a hankering for her owner’s feet.

Dear Doctor: Cat attacks my feet

Q. My new kitten won’t stop charging at my feet. Sometimes he just comes over to sniff them, but often, he literally jumps at...