CAT OWNERSHIP

Dementia, Heart Disease, Less Likely Among Cat Owners

Death from Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia increased by 16 percent during the COVID pandemic, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. But people...

Allergic to Love

Cats are thought to be the third most common cause of indoor allergies (after pollen and house dust mites). Yet few allergic cat owners...

Dear Doctor: Human emotions, or just emotions

Q. You often hear that you’re not supposed to anthropomorphize and that you’re guilty of a scientific error if you do. But what does...

What Not to Say to Someone Who Has Lost a Cat

Which of the following things should you not say to someone whose beloved cat has died? A) He’s not suffering anymore. B) At least you got...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...