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by Arden Moore
The mysteries of your feline friend’s thoughts and actions are finally revealed in Workman Publishing The Cat Behavior Answer Book. Cats are lovable, funny, attentive listeners, and wonderfully cuddly. They can also be tenacious, persnickety and maddeningly aloof.
by Peter Scottsdale
Do you long to know why your kitty did something strange, perplexing or wonderful? In this book, you will discover the answers to the most asked “Why?” questions about cats. In a simple question and answer format, the secretive feline is revealed. You can get a deeper understanding of your kitty with the reasons found inside.
by Pam Johnson-Bennett
Top feline behavior expert Pam Johnson-Bennett answers the 150 questions most often asked by puzzled cat owners.
No one knows cats like Pam Johnson Bennett, whose pioneering thirty-year career as a cat behavior consultant has changed the way cat owners and experts alike view cats. Her books are bibles, but her fans and owners still flood her website and social media platforms with questions on topics that perplex them.
by Mieshelle Nagelschneider
Just when you thought you reached the end of your ball of twine, one of America's most popular cat behaviorists comes to the rescue with the The Cat Whisperer: Why Cats Do What They Do--and How to Get Them to Do What You Want. It provides practical and effective strategies for solving every feline behavior problem imaginable, from litter box issues to scratching, spraying, biting, and beyond.
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6/1/20 "Q I was recently diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder. I live with two normal cats, but I've been wondering whether cats can have OCD, too.
A Yes, though veterinarians who specialize in behavior refer to the abnormal repetitive behaviors as "compulsive disorder," or CD, since the word "obsessive" refers to thought patterns we can't objectively evaluate in cats." - Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette
5/8/20 "Oh, those mysterious felines. Their behaviors may seem curious, but there's almost always an explanation. Yes, all cats are unique in their own ways, but many of their mannerisms are quite common. (Including why your pet insists on sitting in a box that's way too small for them.) If you're wondering as to why your kitty loves to purr, or hates belly rubs, check out what the experts have to say about cats' conduct." - Better Homes & Gardens
5/8/20 AUDIO: "If you’re a new cat parent, learning some basic concepts about feline behavior can get you off to a good start. When dealing with annoying behavior, direct punishment — whether it’s using a loud voice or tapping a cat to get its attention — is usually counterproductive. Most cats are scared of loud noises and unexpected movements." - AnimalAirwaves
3/28/2020 "To be more precise the question should refer to domestic cats and how they pick a favourite spot in the home for a while and then choose a different one for no apparent reason because, on the face of it, it’s no better or worse. The tendency to do this varies between cats and circumstance. I’d bet that somebody will say that their cat has a favourite spot and hardly ever moves from it." - PoC
3/29/2020 "Q: What are the symptoms of a kidney or bladder infection in cats? My cat has been urinating in some strange places lately, like in my shoes, on our bed, and in the sink, and it’s disgusting! He’s always been so healthy in the past and has always used the litter pan, so this is really a mystery to us.
A: House soiling is a very common problem in cats, as an estimated 10% of pet cats show an elimination problem at some time in their lives." Read on - WVNews
3/23/2020 VIDEO: "See what science has to say about the evolution of cats and their mysterious behavior. Worshipped as a goddess, condemned as satanic, and spun into a stunning array of breeds, cats have long fascinated humans. But did we ever really domesticate them?" - WLRN
3/23/2020 "The question is not mine. The problem does not concern me, I hasten to add, but there are lot of people who are asking that wise old man Dr. Google how to stop their kitten biting and scratching them. Now, I raised my cat from a 7-week-old-kitten and I never had a problem with being scratched or bitten – although I was bitten by him when he grew up due to redirected aggression and the fact that he was born feral. So I have to come to the regrettable conclusion that the questioners are playing with their kitten in a way which exposes them to being scratched." - PoC
AUDIO: "When your cat stops using the litter box it’s frustrating and stressful for both cat and cat caregiver. It’s also, sadly, one of the most common reasons that a cat may get a one-way ticket to the nearest shelter. There are many reasons why a cat may avoid the litter box and it’s important to figure out the true cause in order to get everything back on track." - Pam Johnson-Bennett
3/21/2020 "If you have ever wondered why your cat gets so hyped up when the sun goes down, we have the answers. POPSUGAR spoke with a licensed veterinarian and two animal experts to get to the bottom of why our feline friends seem to always want to play when we're ready to relax." - POPSUGAR
3/17/2020 “You can’t get just one cat,” they said. “You’ve got to get two cats!” they said. “Cats are chill!” they said. A two-cat household can be heavenly if your kitties get along. However, when one cat routinely bullies the other, you’ve got the makings of a living nightmare. If you’re wondering to stop your cat from bullying your other cat, you’re not alone (seriously), and we’ve got some good news for you: It can be done. It just takes time." - Yahoo
3/13/2020 "There’s an old saying about people fighting “like cats and dogs.” But that image isn’t necessarily true: in fact, our canine and feline companions can often live together in peace and harmony – but you’ll need to keep a few things in mind if you’re looking to keep both in your house." - VailDaily
3/11/2020 "The cat’s plain, pale and sand-coloured coat also helps to conceal them when hunting. The sand cat obtains nearly all of its water from eating prey. They can survive without freestanding water. Most of the year they do not drink. However, they will drink water when it is available." - PoC
3/10/2020 VIDEO: "Since most cats dislike the way aluminum foil feels and sounds under their paws, it can be an effective deterrent for keeping them off of a surface you don’t want them to walk on. At least, that’s certainly true for the cat in a now-viral video that was recently shared by YouTube channel ViralHog." - TIME
3/10/2020 "Indoor cats may seem content with chilling in the house but they need just as much mental stimulation as any other furry friend. Here are some tips to keep them mentally stimulated and entertained." - Mossel Bay Advertiser
3/9/2020 "Cats who live their lives indoors are safe from threats like coyotes and cars, but often miss out on activities that keep them in tiptop shape in body and spirit. Left to find their own stimulation, bored kitties may entertain themselves in ways that may be disparaged by their owners, like scratching furniture or woodwork, peeing outside the litter box, excessive grooming or obsessive meowing." - Daily Herald
3/7/2020 VIDEO: "This cat’s behavior is weird and disturbing. It is not amusing to me as it is to some people. It is difficult to explain. It looks totally illogical with no rational reason for it. It looks as if the hind legs have a mind of their own and have turned on the cat to whom they are attached. I have seen it before in another video of another cat who was also self-grooming excessively." - PoC
3/2/2020 "The other day, we had a pair of the most adorable kittens hanging out in the office prior to a television appearance they were scheduled for later in the afternoon. I was watching them chase each other and play, and I got to wondering about something. Why do all cats do that little butt wiggle thing just before they pounce?" - Pasadena Star-News
2/28/2020 "One is never enough when it comes to certain things: potato chips, pairs of shoes, friends who have your back. For many animal lovers, one pet is certainly not enough, either. But it’s not a good idea to collect pets willy-nilly, like so many knickknacks." - TribLive
2/24/2020 "Taking a cat to the vets can be a stressful experience, both for cat and owner. However, a study published in this month's issue of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery (JFMS) has shown that playing cat-specific music during the visit can help." - Phys.Org
2/21/2020 "If you have ever wondered why your cat gets so hyped up when the sun goes down, we have the answers. POPSUGAR spoke with a licensed veterinarian and two animal experts to get to the bottom of why our feline friends seem to always want to play when we're ready to relax." - Popsugar
2/19/2020 "Well, the cat’s out of the bag—and its tail has something to say. In fact, it has a whole lot to say, and what it means depends on whether it’s curled, puffed up, pointing straight in the air, and more. Here are the many meanings behind this subtle form of kitty communication." - Reader's Digest
2/19/2020 "Carlo Siracusa and James Serpell of the School of Veterinary Medicine contextualize recent findings in cat behavior science, debunk some cat-related myths, and explain why our kitties are not just “low-maintenance dogs.”" - Penn Today
2/6/2020 "You might love it when they snuggle you at night or you might hate it. Here’s why cats sleep on you, what it means, and how to get them to sleep elsewhere." - Reader's Digest
2/6/2020 "It’s a memorable, pithy phrase that every cat enthusiast has surely heard countless times. But when an adage includes the word “always,” it can generate some skepticism. Cats can’t possibly land on their feet every single time, can they?" - Reader's Digest
2/6/2020 "One of the pleasures of our relationship with the domestic cat is their innocence and I use that word in the best possible sense. Unlike people they don’t hold grudges and they don’t play mind games. My cat was a feral cat and he will never be totally domesticated as a true domestic cat should be. I accept that." - PoC
2/5/2020 "Your cat is definitely trying to tell you something if they're meowing every morning at 6 a.m. until you get up to feed them, or they're backed into a corner with their tail puffed up when your friend brings their dog over. But because cats are less domesticated than dogs, they're generally more complex, mysterious, and difficult for us to understand." - Woman'sDay
2/5/2020 "Spraying is a normal feline behavior, for females as well as males. Spraying is all about marking territory. It’s the way cats express the warning, “Don’t invade my territory!” It’s also a way of marking territory as their own as well as comforting themselves in a stressful situation by making their surroundings smell like, well, themselves." - GoErie.com
2/4/2020 "Despite the popularity of cats, as anyone who has been around a cat knows, reading cats is not always an easy task. One minute they can be seeking your affection and the next they can be swatting at you without any apparent warning. This leads to the question: are cats just jerks or are they simply misunderstood?" - Scroll.in
1/31/2020 "It never fails. You sit down on the couch for an evening of nonstop streaming of your favorite series or — even better — with a book and a cup of tea. And here comes your furry feline friend with an intent look on her face and a purr at the ready." - HowStuffWorks
1/30/2020 "You cannot force yourself on a cat. The cat must come to you. Our latest rescued cat, who has been with us for a year now, does not like to be picked up. Many cats are like that. Most like to be stroked, and I can now stroke her briefly, either when she is eating or occasionally when she is in bed — that would be my chance to pick her up and put her in a crate in an emergency." Tulsa World
1/27/2020 "A neighbor took care of Mom’s cat, Tracy, while she was hospitalized and undergoing physical therapy, but Mom came home last week and needed to start doing things for herself. My husband and I arrived to help the following day, and the first thing I suggested was that we purchase an automated litter box to eliminate or at least reduce the difficulty of that chore." Echo-Pilot
12/26/2019 "DEAR DR. FOX: I brought home a cat, Pepper, from the shelter about five months ago." - Cumberland Times-News
1/19/2020 "Since Christmas I have been living in cat hell. I am now the guardian of two cats who are neurotic, entitled and bent on mutually assured destruction." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
1/19/2020 "If you are considering the addition of another cat into your household, many precautions should be taken to ensure the health, safety and happiness of that feline and the felines who already share your home." - Carroll County Times
1/17/2020 "Remember Grumpy Cat? For most cat owners and veterinarians, knowing a cat's mood isn't as easy as the popular meme. However, according to a new study by the University of Calgary and the University of Montreal, you can now tell a lot about how a cat is feeling from certain facial expressions." - CBC
1/6/2020 "Dear Miss Behavin: My cat, Louie, has been roaming around the house and meowing in the middle of the night, waking me up. How can I get him to stop? Cats are naturally nocturnal animals so this behavior is no surprise. Luckily, there are a few ways you can encourage him to sleep through the night." - The Mercury News
1/2/2020 "While mock-fighting is normal and is an important part of the development of any cat (these behaviors include stalking, chasing and pouncing), it is sometimes difficult to determine whether cats are playing or fighting. In order to make that determination..." - The County
1/4/2020 "Cat behaviourists had already realised that when cats were confined indoors (as many cats now are), they could not carry out normal cat behaviours. When they spend time outdoors, cats climb trees, hide in bushes, and run from place to place. Indoor cats cannot normally do these types of activities, and they suffer from boredom and stress as a consequence." - Independent.ie
1/2/2020 "...how can we tell if a cat is depressed? I asked a veterinarian to explain how to determine if your pet is dealing with more than resting cat face." - Mic
12/30/2019 "Dear Tabby, Our cat scratches on everything! Our furniture, our carpet, even our metal bed frame! Why does he do this and what can we do about it?" - The Leader
12/30/2019 "Cats can be fierce like little lions with their toys, but then cautious like bunny rabbits when they hear a loud noise. In fact, cats show behaviors that we typically associate with predators and behaviors that we typically associate with prey animals. Both types of behaviors come from a complex mix of life experiences, species-specific behaviors and ancestral behaviors (our cats are descended from the African wildcat..." - TheRecordHerald.com
12/27/2019 "I agree with Jackson Galaxy. Human emotions and stress are bound to be visible in body language, gestures and the way you interact with your cat." - PoC
12/21/2019 "Our cat, Lucy, is a picky, finicky kitty! Perhaps it’s the Siamese part of her that makes for some rather unusual behavior twists or something else, but Lucy isn’t your usual domestic house cat. If she doesn’t like something we do, she tells us about it. She is vocal and demonstrative in other ways." - The Savvy Pet Owner
12/3/2019 "You try your best to keep your cat happy with lots of love, playtime, and treats. But is it working? Could some of your well-meaning attention actually be making your cat anxious, annoyed, or standoffish? We asked experts in cat behavior to explain some of the ways people inadvertently irritate their feline friends." - DailyNewsView
12/3/2019 "We'd probably all agree that dogs are loyal - cats, not so much. Even with some cats being as cuddly as they are, the general consensus would still hold that a moggy is more likely to throw you shade than lick your face. And, to be honest, it wasn't easy finding images for this story that showed cats looking like they wanted to be hugged by their owners." - NowToLove
12/1/2019 "By 2030, 60 percent of the world’s population will live in cities, while one in three will share their city with at least half a million other inhabitants. With more and more people living in dense urban settings, what does the future hold for pets?" - Inverse
12/1/2019 "Humans are very strongly habituated to sleeping in one continuous session during the night. The domestic cat tends to sleep at any time whenever they are tired. The former is very rigid and the latter is very flexible." - PoC
"Most cats meow. Some are constantly talking to you, and others only get vocal when they want food or you accidentally step on their tail. But why do cats meow? Is it similar to dogs barking for our attention or because they see something outside? Or is it a secret cat language that humans still need to figure out?" - Reader's Digest
"As a new kitten parent, one of the first orders of business is teaching your fur baby to do her business in a litter box. Here’s how." - Reader's Digest
"For your cat, scent is a valuable communication tool. Being the verbal species that we are, humans don’t truly appreciate the volumes of information provided in scent, but trust me, your cat is on the case. The scent he leaves behind is an encyclopedia of information about him." - CatBehaviorAssociates
11/23/2019 "They say that eyes are windows to the soul. Indeed, research suggests this might also be true for our four-legged friends. Since the days of our most celebrated natural historian, Charles Darwin, humans have been interested in how animals communicate via their facial expressions, and how different species might express themselves in similar ways." - Inverse.com
11/22/2019 "As the pets writer for Wirecutter, a New York Times company that reviews and recommends products, I’ve learned a lot about pet supplies and animal behavior. There’s a ton of gear out there that keeps our pets from scratching, marking, or chewing on the wrong things. Yet deterrents alone won’t keep your belongings in like-new condition." - The New York Times
11/20/2019 "If your cat seems anxious or tense, make sure you refrain from the making these 10 feline faux-pas, which could trigger behavior problems." - From Your Vet
11/18/2019 VIDEO: "We're digging our claws into the language of cats. Animal behaviour expert Rose Horton is here to crack the kitten code, translating the scratches, stretches and super cute gestures that reveal whether your cat is feeling affectionate or in attack mode. And Rose says the first step in understanding your cat is to know how they think." - 7News.com
11/14/2019 "Some cats are more obvious about the appreciation they have for their owners than others. Here are some ways your cat is trying to tell you that they love you." - Reader's Digest
11/13/2019 "Tic Tac is now an elegant lady with pristine fur. While she’s growing taller, she’s still very much a kitten. When you pick her up, she’s a snug double handful. Like all kittens, she’s full of bounce and vigour. She plays ninja games with the big boy cats, pouncing out at them and challenging them to wrestling matches." - The Star Online
10/26/2019 "In March of 2015 two seminal studies of cat noises concluded that our cats were talking to us; not just about hunger or pain but also love and loneliness. In our efforts to understand the reason for a cat to purr we usually stick with the notion that it is hungry. Purring or mewing has always been thought of as a sign of a cat’s wanting food." - Wamiz
"There are many reasons why some cats are cranky; their temperament can be influenced by their upbringing or they are simply born that way. However, even the sweetest, most affectionate cats can suddenly become bad-tempered and behave out of character. According to veterinarian Dr. Katrina Warren, the problem can generally be solved, but you’ll need to look for underlying issues. If you want to decode their behavior even more, these are the secrets your cat is trying to tell you" - Readers Digest
11/13/2019 "From the protective 'superhero' to the dependent 'sneak', experts have revealed what your pet's favourite sleeping position reveals about their personality. British animal behaviourist, Professor Peter Neville, shared his insights after a study from pet wellbeing website Itchpet.com revealed two-thirds of owners share their bed with their dog or cat. " - Daily Mail
11/10/2019 "I have three cats. You can judge me, but I’m just trying to conform to queer cultural norms. Their names are Cabbage, Rainbow Dash, and Willie. They have really different personalities, but I think they’re all happy. I don’t feed them fancy food, but they do have the luxury of their own private entrance — they come and go as they please and they always come home. They seem to like living with me. They seem content. But how can I really tell if my cats are happy?" - Mic
11/10/2019 "Pets connect and converse with us in their own way. It’s upon us that we understand their communication and respond accordingly." - Entertainment Times
11/5/2019 "Every pet owner is probably familiar with these common pet blunders. Here’s how to get your cat or dog to start behaving. Pets provide great company and generally love to please their owners, but there are a few bad habits they may adopt that can drive their owners bonkers. Some basic training and easy interventions can make life far more pleasant for pets and owners alike, suggests veterinarian Dr. Katrina Warren." - Reader's Digest
11/3/2019 "There are many reasons why some cats are cranky; their temperament can be influenced by their upbringing or they are simply born that way. However, even the sweetest, most affectionate cats can suddenly become bad-tempered and behave out of character. According to veterinarian Dr. Katrina Warren, the problem can generally be solved, but you’ll need to look for underlying issues." - Reader's Digest
11/2/2019 "Behaviour problems in cats include behaviours that owners find objectionable, such as house soiling and aggression, as well as abnormal behaviours associated with stress or disease. As behavioural problems are a common reason for relinquishment or euthanasia of cats, resolving these problems has important welfare implications." - CABI
11/1/2019 "Artie enchants people who watch videos of the 1-year-old grey tabby cat jumping over furniture and darting through a narrow tunnel at the end of a mini-agility course set up in a Murrysville living room. Active cats like Artie are less likely to shred furniture or make a mess outside their litter box, Patience Fisher told an audience Tuesday at the Humane Animal Rescue shelter in Homewood." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
1/19/2020 "Dear Cathy, I took in a 10-year old indoor/outdoor cat who needed a home." "The problem is, she attacks me mostly on the arms by leaping at me without warning. She has drawn blood several times. I know not to provoke her and pet her only when she is sitting quietly on my lap. I cannot see any obvious reason for her quick, unexpected mean behavior." - Tucson.com
1/13/2020 "Feline aggression can be scary and yet is a fairly common problem reported by cat owners.Cats are sensitive to their environments and may react aggressively if overstimulated (through petting) or are afraid (through poor early socialization or stressful living conditions)." - Newsday.com
1/4/2020 "Dear Donna, neutering is really important in preventing unwanted litters of cats but it tends to only help with fighting associated with tom cats that and clash over female cats to mate with. It’s possible that stress from living in a multi-cat household is causing your cat to get upset." - nwemail.co.uk
12/14/2019 "Feline aggression comes in many forms, said John Ciribassi, DVM, DACVB, at the Fetch dvm360 San Diego conference on Thursday, Dec. 12. But there are some innovative tips and approaches to share with veterinary clients who own warrior cats, he explained in his talk about this topic." - dvm360
11/13/2019 "DEAR JOAN: I read an article about cats going crazy with certain smells. My cat bites my husband after showering. We know that he smells his body wash on him because it’s pretty strong, but just wondered why." - The Mercury News
11/10/2019 "I have discussed this before but I have not used the phrase ‘non-recognition aggression’. The interesting aspect of this form of feline behavior is that the non-recognition is usually, and perhaps nearly always, due to the inability of one cat who is friendly towards another to suddenly be unable to recognize the scent or body odor of the other cat. In my opinion it is rarely about visual non-recognition for the following reasons." - PoC
10/10/2019 "With almost six in 10 (59 per cent) of Aussie animal owners having more than one pet under the same roof, there's the potential for them to fight like cats and dogs. Quite literally. “We recently conducted research that revealed more than half of cat owners have later introduced a dog into their family..." - Better Homes
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