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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...
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...

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...
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...