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Bohemian Catsody – a Rhapsody parody song

I'm signing out of today's blogging duties with a bit of essential viewing for all cat companions. Many truths are revealed here. [thanks, Patrick!]
Tags: Video, News, Delightful Creatures, Patrick, Cat Behavior

You're Supposed to Be Comforted by This Faceless Robotic Vibrating Cat, Not Horrified

If there’s one sure sign a creature isn’t of this world, but some other horrific realm, it’s a lack of a face. For the creators of the MeowEver, a cat-shaped pillow that simulates purring, a lack of a face is instead supposed to be an endearing trait, and encourage users to cuddle up with the bot, while pushing…Read more...
Tags: Science, Animals, Cat, Robots, Robotics, Human Interest, Cat Behavior, Aibo, Purr, Flatcat

Why Cats Knock Your Stuff Over—and How to Stop Them

Cats love to knock stuff over and push things off tables, which can lead to a lot of broken items. Are they mean-spirited goblins that hate your stuff? Sort of—but not exactly. Here’s the truth about this annoying behavior and how you can prevent it.Read more...
Tags: Musicals, Cat, Lifehacks, Crossfit, Human Interest, Cat Behavior, Felids, H Ellen Whiteley

How to Keep Your Active Cat Out of Trouble

As wonderful and entertaining as they are, cats can wreak all manner of havoc on a household. While acting out can be an attempt to communicate serious issues (like illness or a dirty litter box), more often than not, cats choose violence simply because they’re restless and bored. If your little devil is firmly in the…Read more...
Tags: Toys, Cat, Play, Lifehacks, Human Interest, Cat Behavior, Felids, Cats In Popular Culture, Veterinary Centers Of America, Cat Exercise Wheel

Give Cats More Meat and Playtime, Says Study Definitely Not Written by Cats

People looking to keep their outdoor cats from killing local wildlife might want to heed the findings of a new study released Thursday. It suggests that feeding your feline a diet rich in meat and playing with them regularly will help satiate their appetite for hunting.Read more...
Tags: Meat, Science, Cats, Cat Behavior, Pet Foods, Felids, Cat Predation On Wildlife, Feral Cat, Trapneuterreturn

Can One Kitten Alone Be Happy?

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: We are getting a kitten this month and it will be our very first one. We have lived with adult cats before. Reading online, we increasingly get the sense that just having one kitten is not ideal for the kitten’s development so we are considering getting a second around […]The post Can One Kitten Alone Be Happy? appeared first on Paws and Effect.
Tags: Pets, Adoption, Kittens, Cat Health, Cat Behavior, Introducing New Cats

Why Won’t My Cat Drink Any Water?

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable  Kitties: My kitty won’t drink water; bottled, filtered, warm, tepid, cool, from any type of bowl. Also not broth (even homemade, no seasoning), not clam juice, only sometimes milk, warm please. I have to sneak water by teaspoons into her wet food. She doesn’t get dry food since most teeth […] The post Why Won’t My Cat Drink Any Water? appeared first on Paws and Effect.
Tags: Pets, Cat Health, Diet And Nutrition, Cat Behavior, Signs Of Illness, Cat Drinking Water, Cat Thirst, Cat Thirst Drive

How Can I Keep My Cat from Becoming Fearful Again?

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: My 2-year-old cat that I’ve had since she was a kitten has come around so much from her scaredy cat days. She’s much more affectionate and comes around all the other animals more. I want to take her to the vet to get her spayed, but I’m afraid the […] The post How Can I Keep My Cat from Becoming Fearful Again? appeared first on Paws and Effect.
Tags: Pets, Fear, Cat Health, Cat Behavior, Spay/neuter, Fearful Cats, Helping Cats Overcome Fear

Elders and Elder Cats: Grief, Fostering, and More Options

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: My cat, Holly, just lost her bestie of 12 years. She keeps looking around for her. We are both so sad. I’m 80 years old, unable to take on another cat. Any suggestions? ~ Bettye Thomas: Oh, Bettye, we feel for you and for your cat. Our human grammie […] The post Elders and Elder Cats: Grief, Fostering, and More Options appeared first on Paws and Effect.
Tags: Pets, Senior Citizens, Grief And Loss, Holly, Bettye, Cat Behavior, Senior Cats, Elders, Cats and People, Cat Grandmothers, Coping With Loss, Elders And Cats, Old People And Cats, Bettye Thomas

How Can I Help My Newly Blind Cat Adjust to Her Disability?

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: My (approx.) 11 year-old cat, Mama, was diagnosed with diabetes about three years ago. She has been on Vetsulin and is now on Lantus. I was giving her insulin per vet recommendation, and brought her in for insulin curves when I could afford to. I took her off the […] The post How Can I Help My Newly Blind Cat Adjust to Her Disability? appeared first on Paws and Effect.
Tags: Pets, Diabetes, Insulin, Blindness, Cat Health, Cat Behavior, Inappropriate Elimination, Special Needs Cats, Blind Cat, Feline Diabetes, Vetsulin

How Do I Deal With An Aggressive Cat?

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: My male cat Diggle is 3 years old (we think). We adopted him from a shelter when he was supposedly 4 months old, but not 100% sure because he was with 100+ other cats from a cruelty case. We had another cast at that time that was a month […] The post How Do I Deal With An Aggressive Cat? appeared first on Paws and Effect.
Tags: Pets, Aggression, Cat Behavior, Diggle, Cats and People, Chewing And Biting

What’s the Truth About Feeding Cats

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: I have a brother who has four cats. He’s always complaining about how his cats won’t eat this or that, or he has to coax them to eat or go out and buy all kinds of expensive canned foods for them. I told him just put out some food […] The post What’s the Truth About Feeding Cats appeared first on Paws and Effect.
Tags: Pets, Raw Food, Cat Health, Diet And Nutrition, Cat Behavior, Canned Food, Truth About Feeding Your Cat, What Should You Feed Your Cat, Truth About Feeding Cats

How Should I Introduce a Shy Cat?

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: Hi! I have been asked if I would take in a third cat who will be in need of a home. She is a shy cat, about 4 years old, and has been living with an elderly lady for a year or so. I have a 14-year-old grey tabby […] The post How Should I Introduce a Shy Cat? appeared first on Paws and Effect.
Tags: Pets, Stress, Adoption, Cat Behavior, Introducing A Shy Cat, Shy Cats

Scientists Talked to Cats to Figure Out If They Know Their Own Names

Plenty of cat owners will happily tell you their felines are capable of responding to their own names, but the scientific jury remains ambivalent on the matter. A fascinating new experiment suggests this might actually be true for some cats, and it’s a capacity very much tied to the social environment in which the cat…Read more...
Tags: Science, Cats, Animal Behavior, Cat Behavior, Animal Intelligence, Cat Intelligence

Should I Get a New Companion for My Cat?

Getting a new companion for your cat takes a lot of thinking about what’s right for that cat. Photo by Caleb Woods on Unsplash Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: We adopted my friend’s two cats and had them just over a month. She moved out of state and could not take them. They are 2 1/2 years old and are sisters. Almost 2 weeks ago, one of the cats escaped outside at night and was killed by a fox. They are outdoor cats during the day, always have been, but come in at night. We were ...
Tags: Pets, Adoption, Kristen, Grief And Loss, Thomas, Bella, Tara, Mama, ASPCA, Cat Behavior, Sinéad, Pam Johnson Bennett, Multi-pet Households, Caleb Woods, Cats and Other Pets, Bella Thomas

How Do I Trim My Cat’s Claws?

How do you trim a cat’s claws? We’ve got some tips. Photo CC-BY-NC “Cathy” Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: We recently moved from a house with a large yard full of trees to a third-floor apartment. I was very worried about my cat, Rosie, as she had always been an indoor/outdoor cat who had lots of trees to scratch on. We got her a litter box and two scratching posts as well as a cat tree and she’s made a pretty good transition over the last two months. But her claws are really lon...
Tags: Amazon, Pets, Thomas, Bella, Rosie, Kris, Tara, Cat Behavior, Cat Care, Claw Trimming, Cats and People, Trim Cat Claws, Kris Thomas, Catherine Holm, Christianne Schelling

My Cat Is Peeing All Over the Place. Help!

We know a thing or two about inappropriate urination and the frustration it causes. Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: I got Rocket and Groot from a shelter two years ago as birthday gifts from my uncle. They were both feral kittens at the time, and are basically sisters. They have been together their whole lives, but they have completely different personalities. Groot is an angel. She hardly meows, likes her space but will come to you for snuggles, doesn’t really get near her sister...
Tags: Pets, Rocket, Thomas, Bella, Tara, Cat Health, Cat Behavior, Jackson Galaxy, Inappropriate Elimination, Elsey, Multi-pet Households, Cleaning Cat Urine, Inappropriate Urination

How Can I Teach My Cat Not to Eat My Bird?

Can cats and birds get along? Yes, they can, and here are some tips on making that happen. Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: I’m planning to adopt a three-month-old tabby kitten, Holly, but I have a fish tank and a budgie cage. The kitten will live in a cat apartment but I will let her out during the day when I’m around. Will she try to eat the fish and birds and how can I teach her to not eat them? ~ Matilda Thomas: Well, Matilda, the good news is that it’s totally possible to teac...
Tags: Pets, Training, Kittens, Thomas, Bella, Don, Holly, Matilda, Tara, Karen Pryor, Cat Behavior, Holly She, Pam Johnson Bennett, Marilyn Krieger, Cats And Fish, Cats And Pet Birds

Can Cats Get Depression?

Can cats get depression? They can certainly have very similar symptoms. Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: This is probably a weird question but can a cat get depression? I had two companion cats–both females, spayed, and 10 years old–for about six years. My son and his wife bought my house and I moved into an apartment.  The cats stayed with my son because I couldn’t have pets. Colby is doing fine but Chloe is just not herself. She started licking herself bald on her legs and her co...
Tags: Pets, Depression, Seattle, Grief And Loss, Thomas, Bella, Shari, Colby, Tara, Chloe, Mama, Vogelsang, Cat Health, Cat Behavior, Jessica Vogelsang, Compulsive Grooming

Should I Get My Cat A Feline Friend?

Getting a feline friend for an undersocialized cat can be helpful. Photo CC-BY-ND Cristiana Hernandez Galiana Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: I recently adopted a kitten. His name is Franklin. I believe he was 3 weeks old when I got him, though they said he was 6 weeks old. He was very small and underweight, and it seems like he was pulled away from his mother too soon. He also wasn’t socialized; he doesn’t know how to react when he’s being petted or held, so he reacts by being ag...
Tags: Pets, Training, Adoption, Kittens, Aggression, Thomas, Bella, Franklin, Tara, ASPCA, Kayla, Cat Behavior, Chewing And Biting, Cats and Other Pets, Kayla Thomas, Cristiana Hernandez Galiana

Is It Possible to Tame a Feral Cat?

Can you tame a feral cat? With a lot of time and patience … sometimes. Photo by Hermes Rivera on Unsplash Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: I have a question about feral cats. I brought a feral cat into my home during winter. It’s been about 6 months since I brought him home, and he doesn’t allow me to touch, pet, or handle him. He does let me hand feed him now, and he is making some progress because he used to run and hide every time I walked by him. I guess I’m just wondering if h...
Tags: Pets, Stress, Fear, Thomas, Bella, Tara, Kirsten, Cat Behavior, Feral Cats, Da Bird, Kirsten Thomas, Hermes Rivera, Taming A Feral Cat, Taming Feral Cats

What Do You Do When a Cat Shows Up On Your Doorstep?

This is Tara. She was a scared stray cat who showed up on a doorstep looking for help. Last week, we wrote about what to do if your cat goes missing. One of our email newsletter subscribers, Beverly, asked a very good question in response: What do you do if a stray cat shows up on your doorstep? Well, we’ve got some answers for that question, too. (Also, if you want to subscribe to our weekly newsletter, you can just enter your email address in the box to the right.) So let’s get started! Tara:...
Tags: Craigslist, Pets, Cat Rescue, Thomas, Bella, Beverly, HANNAH, Tara, Cat Behavior, Adrianna, Tara You, Siouxsie Mew, Stray Cats, Effect HQ, Tara She, Cat Showed Up On Doorstep

My Cat Is Missing Her Friend. How Can I Help Her?

When a cat is missing her friend, it can be difficult indeed. But we’ve got some ideas to help you find a missing feline. Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: I know it’s highly frowned upon to split bonded pairs. However in this circumstance I have no choice. Both of my girls have been bonded since they were kittens, as they’re the last two surviving from their litter due to their past owner abusing and killing their mom and siblings. They’re afraid of any situation without each other...
Tags: Pets, Walmart, Fear, Thomas, Bella, Don, Holly, Leah, Tara, Mama, Best Friends Animal Society, Cat Behavior, Multi-pet Households, Finding Missing Cats, How To Find Lost Cats, Humane Trap

How Do You Socialize Feral Kittens?

What’s the best way to socialize feral kittens? Read on and find out! Photo by Manki Kim on Unsplash Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: I just came across your site when looking for an answer, and I hope you can give me one! We think that someone dumped a pregnant cat at our house, or she found us. She had her babies over 6 weeks ago and they are eating dry kibble and wet food but she is still nursing them. We are planning on getting her fixed and then releasing her back to our yard....
Tags: Pets, Canada, United States, Kittens, Tnr, Thomas, Bella, Niki, Humane Society of the United States, Tara, Cat Behavior, Cats and People, Feral Cats, Socializing Feral Kittens, Manki Kim, Niki Thomas

Did My Cat Get PTSD From Being Spayed?

Some cats can be very traumatized by surgery. Photo by Photo by Vinicius de Moraes on Unsplash Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: My almost 1 and a half year old female cat was spayed about 8 months ago. Since her surgery she does not like to be touched. She shows her love by rubbing on our legs and following us around (such a sweet girl) but when we try to pet her she crouches her back down and walks away. If she is laying down and we try to pet her she will get up and move. I have ...
Tags: Pets, Stress, Ptsd, John, John Thomas, Thomas, Veterinarian, Bella, Vinicius de Moraes, Dahlia, Maddy, Tara, Mama, Cat Behavior, PTSD in Cats, Spay/neuter

Could Vaccines Cause Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome?

Feline hyperesthesia syndrome is a frustrating disease, and the cause is still unknown. Photo by Photo by Ellise Verheyen on Unsplash Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: My 5-year-old male cat has been exhibiting signs of feline hyperesthesia syndrome for two years. He was a healthy, hefty boy in March 2016, prior to having his second set of vaccinations. After vaccinating, he changed. He began showing signs of neurological disturbances and behavior changes. He became terrified of his...
Tags: Pets, Vaccinations, Injuries, Cornell, Thomas, Bella, Tara, Mama, FHS, Cat Health, Cat Behavior, Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome, Holistic Care, Ellise Verheyen, Layla Thomas, Feline Health Center

Can I Get My Cat on an Elimination Schedule?

Alix sent this photo of her cats snuggling. She wants to know if she can get them on an elimination schedule. Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: Sam is a sweet, wonderful 11-year-old Maine Coon(ish) rescue. Such a good boy! He’s always been very healthy, clean, great with using the litter box (usually poops once a day), very sweet to his little 6-year-old tuxedo cat brother Bram, terrific and friendly with people… Just an absolute love. We recently moved into a new place which of cou...
Tags: Pets, Training, Sam, Thomas, Bella, Maine Coon, Alix, Tara, Bram, Cat Behavior, Litter Box Behavior, Cats and People, Da Bird, Elimination Schedule, Peeing And Pooping, Alix Thomas

How Can I Deal With My Cat’s Fear At the Vet?

What can Joan do to help her cat deal with her fear at the vet? We’ve got some answers! Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: Wondering if you might have some advice regarding fear at the vet. My 18-month-old Bengal, Minx, is so terrified of the vet that it is nearly impossible to examine or treat her. I’ve had her since she was three months old, and at home with me, she is as compliant and easy to deal with as a little dog: I can give her pills, eye drops, etc., with minimal effort. Sh...
Tags: Pets, Fear, Joan, Aggression, Thomas, Veterinarian, Bella, Tara, Abby, Cat Behavior, Fear At The Vet, Fear Of The Vet, Bengal Minx, Joan Thomas, Tara Tee

Can Cats and Dogs Get Along?

Can cats and dogs get along? Yes, but you have to understand the cat’s needs first. Photo by Krista Mangulsone on Unsplash Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: Over a year ago I rescued a cat and I already had four dogs. One is a Jack Russell, and I thought I could train him to like cats but I was wrong! So now my Kittie has her own room, access to the outdoors during the day, and at night I bring her in and lock her up. I try and spend as much time with her and often sleep with her, b...
Tags: Pets, Jackson, Kate, Cats And Dogs, Thomas, Michelle, Bella, Jack Russell, Tara, Cat Behavior, Jackson Galaxy, Jack Russells, Pam Johnson Bennett, Kittie, Multi-pet Households, Michelle Thomas

How Can I Get My Cat to Like My Husband?

How can Margaret help her cat fear her husband less? Get our tips here. Before we start this week’s post, we want to apologize for the lack of a column last week. You see, Mama was in the hospital, and because we didn’t have our secretary and keeper of our passwords, we couldn’t write it ourselves. (Don’t worry, she’s much better now!) So, on to this week’s advice! Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: My husband and I had Jag, a male solid black cat, as a service animal for 9 years. Bu...
Tags: Pets, Fear, Thomas, Bella, Don, Cleo, Margaret, Tara, Cat Behavior, Fear Of Men, Cats and People, Encouraging A Cat To Like You, Fear Of Wheelchair, Margaret Thomas