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How Cats Are Made: Nature, Nurture, and the Now

How Cats Are Made: Nature, Nurture, and the Now

It is not uncommon for adopters to base their decision primarily on the cat’s outward appearance and be less interested, or not interested at all, in the cat’s socialization history, life experiences, and behavior.

In Karsh’s study on placing adult cats, she found that “appearance of ...

Building a Feline Behavior Volunteer Program…from Scratch

Building a Feline Behavior Volunteer Program…from Scratch

At Friends For Life Animal Shelter, keeping pets with their families is at the core of our mission. But Houston has a problem: there are an estimated 1.4 million pet cats living here (American Veterinary Medical Association, 2017) and very little behavioral support available to caregivers. ...

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Reading Cats’ Minds

Reading Cats’ Minds

Has your cat shown a physical change to the way he goes about his normal daily routine? Has he stopped jumping up into his favorite chair, couch or cat tree? Often, this is the first sign that there may be some pain issues going on. Jumping ...

The Right to Choose

The Right to Choose

So much of what we provide for the domesticated cat is not about their choice at all. In reality, our domesticated kitties are not that far removed from their wildcat cousins, genetically speaking. And yet we have placed them in an ...

Helping Fearful Cats

Helping Fearful Cats

Cats are solitary hunters and prefer to avoid threats rather than face them. They use hiding as a coping strategy to help them avoid unwanted interactions or difficult situations. Providing a safe place is one of the five pillars of a ...

Thinking Inside the Box

Thinking Inside the Box

By Andrea Carne

“If it fits, I sits.” How many Facebook memes and YouTube videos depicting cats squished into boxes and other small spaces have you chuckled over? It might be a packing box, a shoebox, even an egg carton – ...

Teaching Students, Training Kittens

Teaching Students, Training Kittens

By Breanna Norris

Where to begin training a kitten? We started in the same place we would with any other species, a nose target. I brought a variety of target sticks for students to use...After training nose targets, the ...

The “Ouch” You’ll Never Hear

The “Ouch” You’ll Never Hear

By Andrea Carne

...according to Bahr (2017), up until recently “it was thought cats did not experience pain at all, based purely on the fact that they tend not to show it.” In my opinion, it is safe to assume ...

Feline Behavior Unmasked: Wakefulness, Whisker  Fatigue, and Water

Feline Behavior Unmasked: Wakefulness, Whisker Fatigue, and Water

By Paula Garber and Tabitha Kucera 

Cats’ whiskers are very sensitive because they are filled with sensory collecting nerves that collect information about objects, vibrations, and wind currents around the ...

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