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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...

Feline Behaviors Often Seen as Normal — But Are Not

I see about one cat for every 10 to 15 dogs,” says the head of the Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic, Stephanie Borns-Weil, DVM. Why is...

Clamoring to Go Out

Your cat has always tried to rush out the front door when it is opened, but lately he seems more determined than ever to...
If a cat is super-fearful all the time, something is wrong;

A Veterinarian’s Behavioral Assessment That You Can Make On Your Own

The American Association of Feline Practitioners says there are eight questions regarding behavior that a veterinarian should ask about your cat during every visit....
Cat looking at laptop

Yes, But Why On My Laptop?

Cats prefer to initiate interaction with you rather than the other way around. That’s why, while you’re working on your laptop (or reading the...

Are Cats Social Eaters?

Humans do it - eat to be polite, to join in with others, rather than because they are hungry. And dogs most certainly will want in on the action if they see another dog eating, whether or not the sight or aroma of the food itself has enticed them. But what about cats? Do they eat to experience social connectedness?
Cat nose

Dear Doctor: The Nose Knows

Q. How strong is a cat’s sense of smell? Jonathan Puccio Cincinnati, Ohio Dear Mr. Puccio, A. cat’s sense of smell leaves ours in the dust. In fact,...
You’re not gonna lift me out, are you?

Why Cats Enjoy Hanging Out In Sinks

Sinks are a favorite spot to hang out for many cats. One reason may be that the cold, hard porcelain or ceramic basin of...
A brand new wariness, even though one of the cats was only out of the house for a short time.

Reintroducing Cats That Have Been Separated

Your two cats are the best of friends — lounging together, looking out the window together, and generally content to share the house with...