EVERYDAY CAT CARE

5 Tips for Better “Toileting”

Have trouble getting your cat to use her “toilet?” See if trying any of these five guidelines will help. 1| Make sure the litter is at least 2 to 4 inches deep. Cats do not like to “go” in anything more shallow. 2| When you wash the litterbox in hot, soapy water once a week, […]
Are picky feline eaters born that way or inadvertently taught by their owners to turn up their noses at food?

Once a Picky Eater, Always a Picky Eater?

Does it sometimes seem like your cat is such a finicky eater that she is taunting you by turning up her nose at what you feed her? Do you worry that she is not getting enough calories to keep up her health? Do you keep switching her food in the hope that you will finally […]

Winter Skin

Does your cat bite or scratch at her skin during the winter months but not at other times of year? Her skin may become dry in the cold weather, just like the skin of people. She might also have allergies that flare in winter or a condition called seborrhea that you didn’t happen to notice […]
How regularly do you do this?

Have You Developed a Scooping Schedule?

You need to clean out your cat’s litterbox frequently enough that he doesn’t find himself a different “bathroom.” What’s frequently enough? For regular poop scooping, twice-a-day surveillance is a better bet than once. If you have multiple cats, you may want to scoop at least three times a day, even if you have one more […]
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 […]
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 […]
Long-haired cats are often particularly prone to developing hair mats.

Hair Mats: Don’t Tangle With Them On Your Own

The fact that mats mar the sleek, beautiful look of a cat is only a small part of the problem. Mats can also be a dermatological issue. Cats have thin, sensitive skin, and mats can pinch the skin to the point of causing pain — and in some cases hinder movement. That’s because they tend […]

Taking the Stress Out of Bathing

Although most cats spend a lot of time cleaning themselves with their tongues and teeth (which they use as combs to rake their fur),...
Some — but not all — cats like to be kissed.

Is It Okay to Kiss Your Cat?

Cats don’t express affection by puckering their lips and pressing them against another cat — or a person. So how do they feel about you doing it to them? A lot of people kiss their cats on top of the head. Some cats will come to learn that you mean well by doing it. They […]
When you search for “funny cat videos” on YouTube, things like this pop up. Does it look like the cat finds it funny?

YouTube Cat Videos Not So Funny

Funny cat videos on YouTube have exceeded 25 billion views — from cats being “lazy” and falling over to acting “grumpy” or aggressive. But what makes us laugh could actually be extremely upsetting for a cat, and behavior that we perceive as delightfully amusing could be a sign of emotional distress or pain, says International […]