Trap-Neuter-Return: The Best Approach for Feral Cats

In: Animal Welfare, Cat Behavior

Cats have lived outdoors alongside humans for 10,000 years. They can thrive in every landscape, from the inner city to rural farmlands. Feral cats are members of the domestic cat species, but are not socialized to people. They live in groups called “colonies,” and unless they’re neutered, the colonies grow. But what if there were no new kittens? Alley Cat Allies endorses Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) for feral cats. TNR involves humanely trapping outdoor cats and taking them to a veterinarian to be ...

Oh no! Not the carpet!

In: Cat Behavior, Cat Health

Have you ever found a wet spot or seen your furry friend urinate right in front of you? Well, this is a common problem for both dogs and cats. There are many possible causes for this conduct: it could be either a medical or behavioral issue. To determine the root of the problem, the first step is taking your canine or feline friend to the veterinarian. Your veterinarian will examine your pet and will likely suggest some diagnostic tests which could ...

Why Cats Scratch and What You Can Do About It

In: Cat Behavior

Your cat is not trying to tell you something by scratching your furniture or drapes. In fact, cats scratch objects in their environment for many perfectly normal reasons—for example, to remove the dead outer layer of their claws, to mark their territory, to stretch their bodies and flex their feet and claws, or to work off energy. The goal should not be to prevent the scratching, but to redirect it to acceptable objects. First, you must provide objects that are appealing, ...

Starting from Scratch

In: Cat Behavior

Damage to furniture from scratching is second only to litterbox lapses in cat owner complaints—but a shredded couch need not be a given. Cats scratch for three reasons: 1) to condition and groom their claws; 2) to mark their territory visibly and with scent from glands in the paws; and 3) to stretch and exercise. Addressing each of these issues will direct your cat’s scratching post choices and limit damage. First, trim your ...

Hunting Instincts in Cats – The Effect of Cats on Wildlife

In: Cat Behavior

Although cats retain their hunting instincts, there is no natural need for them to hunt. True predators in the wild only kill what they will eat, whereas a cat kills for play, not always eating what it catches. A well fed house cat doesn’t need to hunt to survive, yet house cats kill untold numbers of wild animals while being almost wholly unaffected by the natural controls on their numbers. One study ...

Cat Behavior – Does Your Cat Have Cat Scratch Fever?

In: Cat Behavior

Damage to furniture from scratching is second only to litterbox lapses in cat owner complaints, but a shredded couch need not be a given. Cats scratch for three reasons: 1. to condition and groom their claws, 2. to mark their territory visibly and with scent from glands in the paws, and 3. to stretch and exercise. Addressing each of these issues will direct your cat’s scratching post choices and limit damage. First, trim your cat’s claws. Monthly nail trimmings remove the outer ...

Litter Box Blues

In: Cat Behavior

If your cat suddenly stops using the litter box, use this checklist as a guide. 1. MEDICAL: A complete medical evaluation is needed to rule out a serious health problem. Problems such as urinary tract blockages, diabetes, or renal failure need to be ruled out first. 2. BOX LOCATION: Make sure the box is in a quiet, private and convenient place. High traffic areas such as a noisy laundry room or a crowded corner may be displeasing or scary for your cat. ...

Cat Behavior – Bad Habits Not Bad Cats

In: Cat Behavior

Even the best-mannered cats will occasionally misbehave. Undesirable conduct can be transformed into the desirable through positive reinforcement, bribery and making the behavior itself unpleasant. Here are a few common problems and some possible solutions. Biting and Scratching Hands: First, always remember that it is important to be consistent with pets. As a kitten, do not play with your pet using your fingers. Instead use only toys. If you choose to engage a kitten with your hand, it will continue to play ...

Litter Box Basics – 101

In: Cat Behavior

Cats are fastidious creatures. They instinctively want to cover their waste. Kittens follow their mother’s lead and are litter trained at a very early age. It is us, their owners that often need to learn litter box lessons when our clean cats suddenly go outside their boxes. There are 3 ways a cat can have a litter box lapse. First, is depositing solid waste outside the pan. If he went right next to the pan, either he doesn’t like the choice ...

Scratching- Does Your Cat Have Cat Scratch Fever?

In: Cat Behavior

Damage to furniture from scratching is second only to litterbox lapses in cat owner complaints, but a shredded couch need not be a given. Cats scratch for three reasons: 1. to condition and groom their claws 2. to mark their territory visibly and with scent from glands in the paws 3. to stretch and exercise Addressing each of these issues will direct your cat’s scratching post choices and limit damage. First, trim your cat’s claws. Monthly nail trimmings remove the outer shell and sharp tips. ...

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