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It’s Not Out Of Spite

You come home after being out all day to find your cat has urinated on your bed. Was she getting back at you for...

Are the Cats in Your Home Part of the Same Social Group?

“Cats are solitary survivors,” as both the American Academy of Feline Practitioners and the International Society for Feline Medicine point out. “They need to...

Cat Likes the Laptop

A number of people have written to tell us that their cat likes to sit on something they’re trying to look at: a newspaper, a...

Your Cat Is Talking. Are You Listening?

Cats don’t have a language center in their brains, which means they don’t communicate with words per se. But their vocalizations have meanings. If...

Subtle Signs of Feline Fear

“People think hiding is just what cats do,” says the head of the Tufts Animal Behavior Service, Stephanie Borns-Weil, DVM. “But hiding is a...

Is Your Cat a Psychopath?

Human psychopaths, according to one model, are said to have three distinct traits: Disinhibition, which reflects a problem with impulse control. Boldness, an outlook where...
Jackie Dobrovolny wonders if her two cats, Ebby (left) and Pumpkin, can be left alone at home longer than a cat by itself.

Dear Doctor: Can two cats be left alone longer than one?

Q.  In your article “Home Alone, But For How Long?” (November 2021 Catnip), you said that even though the rule of thumb for how...
There are certain parts of the body where cats really liked to be touched.

C.A.T.

C stands for giving a cat Choice and Control. A stands for pay Attention to your cat’s reactions. T stands for thinking about where your cat likes to be...
It is a really bad idea to let your cat regularly eat dog food rather than her own diet.

Myth/Fact Round-Up

Here are a lot of urban (and suburban) myths about cats that throw off people’s understanding regarding feline behavior. In some cases, they can...
If your cat is aggressive with you, your own behavior may be influencing hers.

Are You Making Your Cat Aggressive?

It has been posited that kittens taken from their mothers too soon and need to be bottle fed are more likely to turn out...

She Loves Having Me Around, She Loves It Not

Dogs loved having their owners home with them during the COVID pandemic. Among cats, however, the reaction wasn’t uniformly positive. In a survey that...

Bunting: Why a Cat Does It

Your cat rubs her cheeks against your legs or the furniture. Or she gently bumps her head against your face. What’s that about? The behavior...