CAT OWNERSHIP

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 long a cat can be safely left alone is 24 hours, cat owners should definitely have someone at least come in to check on and pay attention to their pet two […]
He’ll need attention after the baby comes, too.

Baby on the Way? Start Adjusting Your Cat Today!

You or someone in your household is expecting — congratulations! But don’t expect your cat to be thrilled. A lot of cats do not accept change very well, and a new addition to the home who will sometimes be noisy and shift the focus of attention may not be taken in stride by your pet. […]
He’ll need attention after the baby comes, too.

Baby on the Way? Start Adjusting Your Cat Today!

You or someone in your household is expecting — congratulations! But don’t expect your cat to be thrilled. A lot of cats do not accept change very well, and a new addition to the home who will sometimes be noisy and shift the focus of attention may not be taken in stride by your pet. […]
You’re drawn to the shy one who won’t come forward. But how do you get her to warm up once you bring her home?

3 Steps For Adjusting a Shy Shelter Cat To Your Home

You notice a couple of eager cats clamoring for your attention when you go to adopt one from your local shelter, but it’s the shy one in the corner who has stolen your heart. You see how cowed and unhappy she looks living in an “institution,” and you know that while others will adopt the […]
Cat-loving men can get dates, too.

For Guys with Cats: There’s Someone to Love You

First the bad news for single men with cats. When scrolling through photos on dating sites, women find men holding a feline “agreeable and...
This toy can be your cat’s pal in your absence.

This Friendly Robot Makes a Great Cat Companion

You’ve been asked to stay late at work or want to spend a long day away with your family or friends, but what about the cat? Even if someone comes by to feed her, scoop out her litterbox, and spend a little time with her, she’s still going to be left alone for many hours […]
Cats and lavender plants: Not a great idea.

Is it Okay for Your Cat To Be Around Lavender?

Lavender oil may reduce anxiety in cats. …the majority of cats do not like lavender and will avoid it where possible.  Cats are very soothed by the scent of lavender. Research has shown that lavender, especially in essential oils, is dangerous to cats. The answer? When it comes to whether cats enjoy the scent of […]
2022 is the year of the tiger — a close relative of your house pet.

6 New Year’s Resolutions for a Better Relationship With Your Cat

Welcome to 2022! To start the year off on the right foot with your cat, why not resolve to follow through on the following six resolutions, all of which are very simple “investments” that will make your pet so much more content? 1. The trick is to give the reward within just a couple of […]
Were you hoping for a sociable pet but ended up with a scaredy cat?

Is Your Cat a Good Match For Your Household?

Did you wish for a lap cat but adopt one that doesn’t happen to feel very sociable toward people? Did you want a laid back pet but find yourself living with a cat who is more aggressive than you would have preferred, or perhaps exhibits stress through excessive grooming and litterbox issues such as inappropriate […]
Not only does the cat look unhappy. The ribbons are an intestinal disaster waiting to happen.

Think Twice Before Celebrating This Holiday

January 14th is National Dress Up Your Pet Day. We are not big fans. First designated as a day of celebration in 2009, the holiday’s stated aim is to provide “a special day to celebrate with your pet and show of [sic] their fashion style.” One press release also says that “clothes can reveal your […]
How many hours has the cat been left by herself?

Cats Left in Foreclosed Homes

When people can no longer pay their mortgage and lose their home as a result, they sometimes cannot take their cat with them and...
Some — but not all — cats like to be kissed.

Three Ways to Minimize Stress

As you already know, cats are not generally the most “chill” of animals. They startle easily and, if they feel overwhelmed, can become withdrawn...