Cats are curious, independent creatures, and one of the first thing a cat lover’s got to accept is that it will do things us mere humans can never hope to understand! Like why, of all the chairs in the house, they will want to sit on our favorite one. Or, given that the chair is free, they would rather lie down on our computer keyboard. But here are a few simple explanations for the most common cat behaviors. [Read more…]
They say if you want an affectionate pet who’ll curl up at your feet and basically adore you, get a dog. Cats have a reputation for being independent, and sometimes snobby. But there are some affectionate cat breeds that are friendly (though they may be slow to approach strangers). In fact, my ragdoll likes to hop on my lap while I’m writing articles, or nudge me with her nose when she wants to be petted. If you’re looking for that kind of cat, consider these breeds. [Read more…]
Not all cats hate water. And not all cats chase mice. And there are many, many examples of cats and dogs becoming best friends. Here are some other little-known facts about cats. Even if you have a pet cat (or more accurately, is a cat’s pet human) you’ll be surprised exactly how little you know about these amazing creatures. [Read more…]
It is common for kittens to have aggressive play behavior as it ‘wrestles’ with its siblings and mother. Pouncing, chasing, stalking, and biting are part of its natural way of playing. It’s the cat version of family bonding, and does not indicate that the kitten has a ‘mean’ temperament.
However, by playing with its siblings, it will learn to inhibit over aggressive behavior as its siblings growl or retaliate whenever he bites too hard or does something ‘socially unacceptable.’ The cats have their own signals to tell another that the bite is purely for fun. [Read more…]
Kittens, like our own human babies, do what’s instinctive. They eat when they’re hungry, sleep when they’re tired, they breathe and purr, and they also scratch. This instinct was used in the wild to mark territory and assert power, especially when threatened. And it also served the practical purpose of strengthening her paw muscles and removing the nail sheaths or the outer layer of their claw.
Your kitten doesn’t know that this instinct to scratch can’t be done on our mahogany stair post or our $5000 antique table. Here are tips on how to redirect your kitten’s scratching to a more acceptable outlet. [Read more…]