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7 Facts About Black Cats
Black cats are usually loved beyond measure or feared beyond reason.
Love Your Cat? Avoid These Things He Hates
If you really want to PO your cat, make him think you are ignoring him. Cats thrive on attention, especially from their favorite people, so pamper him with attention or live to regret it.
Got Cat Love? Here Are 14 Ways Cats Give Love
Cats show their love in many ways, from their body language to their behavior when around their humans. Learn 14 ways cats love their owners to help your understanding of the ways cats show love.
Top 10 Things Cats Like
This list of the top 10 things cats like was assembled two ways. First, we looked into cats' minds, then observed their daily activities to determine the things they like most. Your cat's experience may vary widely.
What is the Average Lifespan of a Cat?
How long is the common cat supposed to live? Questions and answers from the About Guide to Cats
Cat Peed on Your Clothes? Here's How to Remove...
How can I remove cat urine odor from laundry - Cats FAQ
Is Halloween a Dangerous Time for Black Cats?
Halloween is fun, but it also brings out sadistic people who would love nothing better than to get their hands on your cat. Make Black Cat month safe for your cat, no matter what is its color.
Significant Additions to the Cat-to-Human Age...
Thanks to the International Cat Care organization, some great new revisions have been made to the comparative ages of cats to humans. Welcome to Juniors, Prime cats and Mature cats.
What Do Your Cat's Meows Mean?
Though cats vocalize with one another, they seem to reserve meows for their humans. Learn what cats' different sounds mean, and how to stop excessive meowing, especially at night when you need your sleep. Otherwise you may be a slave at the beck and cat-call of your favorite feline. If you understand cats' meows, you may empathize with an older, deaf, or sick cat, but practic tough kitty-love with other cats.
Cat Talk: Understanding Your Cat's Purrs
Learn about why and how do cats purr in this article to better understand purring cats. Find out about cat sounds and variations on purring in this article by Amy Shojai, CABC.
Why a Kitten's First Year Is the Most Important
Your kitten's first year is the most important one, in terms of his physical development as well as the human-feline bonding you will develop, which will help mold his personality. These are months to cherish, as they pass by all too quickly. Here's what to expect in your kitten's development from three to six months and beyond. Page 2.
Your Guide to Mating and Conception in Cats
What happens when cats mate? Is it true a litter of kittens can be fathered by different cats? Can my cat become pregnant while still nursing her kittens? Learn the answers to all these questions on mating and conception in cats, and much more.
What to Expect in the First 6 Weeks of Your...
The all-important first six weeks in a cat's life will do much in determining his personality and character for the rest of his life.
Cats Home Alone? Try These 9 Great Toys
Working cat parents often worry about their cats being bored when left home alone all day, then becoming mischievous and destructive. Toys like catnip cigars, a talking ball, or a Birdland DVD will keep cats happy and out of trouble.
How Do Kittens Develop in Their First Six Weeks...
Part 2 of a series on tracking the development of a kitten from birth to one year: what to expect. This part discusses the all-important first six weeks.
How to Determine Your Cat's Breed
One of the most common questions asked among cat lovers is "What breed is my cat?" The quick answer is
Cat Person Quiz - What kind of cat person are you
What kind of cat person are you? Are you indifferent to cats, a cat owner, a cat lover or an irredeemable cat slave? Take this javascript-based cats quiz to analyze your true relationship with your cat.
Think Cats Always Purr Because They're Happy?
One of the top items of curiosity about cats is 'why do they purr?' Although there is no definitive answer why cats purr, it is a remarkable ability shared by no other animal, except certain big cats and the raccoon.
Surprising Reasons Your Cat Ignores the Litter...
Cats urinating outside the litterbox is cited as one of the main reasons for surrendering cats to animal shelters. You can rid your house of cat urine odor and retrain your cat to the litterbox by using the tips in this article.
The Top Healthy Canned Cat Foods
Next to a raw food diet for cats, experts agree that canned food should be the staple. These are my personal picks of premium canned cat foods.
Why Do Cats Knead?
A unique behavior in cats is their tendency to use their paws in unusual ways, such as kneading and rear paw treading. This article explains why cats knead, and describes what they're doing with those back paws in cat play, cat breeding and cat potty behavior.
All About Tabby Cats!
Did you know the Tabby cat is not a breed, but a color pattern? Many cat breeds include the tabby pattern, as do out beloved Moggie cats. We extoll the virtues of the common but glorious tabby cat, along with some legends about the M on the forehead of the tabby.
10 Things You Need to Know About Cat Reproduction
Cats' reproduction is an amazing, complicated process, and can extend for many years, unless the cat is eventually spayed or neutered. Learn more about mating and conception in cats, for better knowledge of your own cat.
Your Cat's 12 Weirdest Behaviors Explained
Read this article about 12 weird cat behaviors as cat communication, and what they mean. Learn why cats perform these weird cat behaviors, and how they use them to communicate.
The Best Premium Dry Cat Foods for Adult Cats
Dry food is the staple in many cats' diets. Here are my top picks for premium dry foods, so your cat can get the most nutrition for health and longevity. I would feed any of these foods to my cats, and they rotate through several of these selections. Alternate with premium canned food for a well-balanced diet for your cat. Please keep in mind your own cats' age, medical condition, and nutritional needs, as there is no
Amazing Facts About Tuxedo Cats
Did you know that tuxedo cats are 200% smarter than other cats? That the first cat in the new world was a Tuxedo cat named Asgerd aboard a Viking ship, or that the largest inheritance given a cat was to a tuxedo? Learn more amazing bits of fact and/or fiction about tuxedo cats, as researched by Dr. Magrathea Wallace, aka Maggie.
10 Reasons Why Cats Are Better Than Dogs
It's almost an age-old dispute among pet lovers as to whether cats are better than dogs, or vice-versa, one which will likely never be settled. Although I've had both dogs and cats over the years, for several years only graceful, QUIET cats have ruled my home.
Where Did Black Cat Superstitions Originate?
Black cats play a major role in folklore, superstition, and mythology. Black cats in the middle ages were believed to be witches' familiars, and some people even believed them to be witches incarnate. Depending on your area of the world, black cats can mean either good or bad luck. Explore the mythology and lore about black cats, witches, and other beliefs that carry on in the 21st century, especially around Halloween.
How to Tell if Your Kitty is Happy
Cats have many ways of telling us that they are happy. They may vocalize their pleasure, show you their moods by their body language, and plainly act happy, by enjoying their food, keeping themselves groomed, and use the litter box faithfully. Learn more about knowing if your cat is happy with this article by Amy Shojai, CABC.
How to Know if Your Kitty Is Sad
Refer to this Amy Shojai cat behavior article to learn about your sad cat and understand how to know cat is sad. Answer the question, is my cat sad, with this cat behavior article about understanding sad cat behavior.
Why Do Cats Show Their Butts?
Read this cat talk article to learn why cats show their butts to humans and what cat butt communication means. This article explains cat talk and what cat tail sniffing and cat butt presentation means.
10 Reasons You Should Adopt Two Kittens Instead...
By adopting two kittens together, those kittens will grow up to be friends for life, and you will have the pleasure of watching them develop and mature. I have enjoyed every minute of my time with brothers Jaspurr and Joey, and at 13 they are still best buddies.
Is Marijuana Harmful to Cats?
A reader wants to know if marijuana is toxic to cats. Will inhaling second-hand pot smoke cause problems? How about eating the leaves of the plant? I've heard that it it just the same as catnip, as far as cats go, but I wouldn't want to do anything to harm my cats.
11 Things You Need to Know About Cat Behavior
Behavioral problems in cats, such as avoiding the litterbox, excessive meowing and other attention-seeking behavior, biting and painful or destructive scratching can be corrected by first eliminating physical causes, then instituting a program of gradual retraining, with the help of these resources. Remember that there are no bad cats, only uninformed cat caregivers.
How to Tell the Sex of a Cat
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Understanding Your Cat's Eyes
Refer to this cat talk article to understand cat eyes. Understand how cats talk with their eyes. Cat eyes and cat talk is explained in this article by Amy Shojai, CABC, about understanding cat eyes.
Everything You Need to Know About Tuxedo Cats
Tuxedo cats are only one of many color patterns of bi-color cats, but in my opinion, the most beautiful. Tuxies have sweet, loving dispositions, but have a streak of mischief which can be challenging to their humans.
10 Tips for Stopping Cat-on-Cat Aggression
Refer to this cat aggression article about cat fights to stop intercat aggression. Learn how to stop a cat fight and prevent intercat aggression in this how-to article about cat aggression.
Ask Amy: Cat Poop On Rug
This Ask Amy column explains how to solve cat poop on rug. Learn how to stop cat pooping outside litter box in this cat behavior Ask Amy column. Understand why cats miss the litter box and how to fix litter box cat poop problems.
Cat Peed on Carpet? Fix it Fast With One of...
Cat pee, poop, and vomit stains and odor can be caused by medical conditions. Have your cat checked by your veterinarian first, then try one of these odor and stain removal products.
Why Does Your Cat Roll on the Ground?
Read this article by cats.About.com behavior contributor Amy Shojai to learn why cats roll. This article explains cat attention seeking behavior and why cats seek attention with cat rolling behavior.
Stray Cats Invading Your Territory? 10 Harmless...
Use these 10 cat repellent tips to keep cats away from gardens, off cars, and prevent indoor cat behavior problems. Prevent indoor cat behavior problems by keeping stray cats away with these 10 cat repellent tips.
Cats Photo Quiz - Boy Cat or Girl Cat
So you think you can tell a male or female cat by their looks? Test your skills with this cats picture quiz, boy vs girl cats. It may not be as easy as you think
How Old Is Your Cat in Human Years?
How to determine your cat's age in human years, including an attached conversion chart.
Understanding What Your Cat's Tail is Telling You
Understand cat language and what cat tails mean. Refer to this article to learn how to translate cat tail positions, and why dogs may misinterpret various cat tail talk. Learn more about how cats communicate with their tails with this article by Amy Shojai, CABC for About.com.
Important Questions You Should Answer Before...
So you think you might want to get a cat, and don't know where to start. You no doubt have dozens of questions running through your mind:
Thinking of Getting a New Cat? Avoid These Top...
Getting a new cat, especially if it is your first cat, is a huge step, and not to be taken carelessly. This article will help prepare you against making the 10 most common mistakes made by new cat owners.
How to Identify and Correct Real Behavioral...
Cats are highly intelligent creatures who need little training or discipline to 'behave' the way their humans think they should behave. Learn how to separate undesirable behavior from communication of a cat's dissatisfaction, and how to correctly discipline a cat if indeed, a behavior problem exists.
How to Keep Your Cat from Over-Grooming
Over-grooming behavior in cats can be caused by stress and anxiety. Amy Shojai, former Contributing Writers on Cat Behavior for About.com advises how to relieve stress that causes over-grooming behavior problems in cats.
Why Do My Cats Drool When I Pet Them?
Refer to this Ask Amy column by Amy Shojai, cats.about.com behavior columnist to learn about cat drooling. This column explains why cats drool when petted and feeling happy.
Is Your Cat Pregnant? Here Are Some Major Signs
It's very unlikely for a queen to fail to become pregnant when she is in heat, and unneutered male cats start hanging around. Spaying your cat before she goes into heat can save a lot of potential problems if she becomes pregnant. Learn to recognize the physical and behavioral signs a cat is pregnant.
Ask Amy: Toilet Training Cats
In this Ask Amy column, Amy Shojai explains toilet training cats, and why cats seek affection in bathrooms. Refer to this Ask Amy cat behavior column to understand why cats solicit attention in bathrooms. Learn how cats behave when cat owners are in the bathroom.
Pardon the "Expression"
That stink you sense coming from your normally sweet-smelling cat may be the result if his expressing his anal glands. Learn the hows and whys of these remarkable organs of cat communication.
How Often Should You Feed a Cat?
How often should I feed my cat? Questions and answers from the About Guide to Cats.
Why is My Cat Rubbing Her Head on Everything?
Refer to this Cat Talk article about cat rubbing to understand cat behavior and feline bunting behavior. Learn about cat bunting, cat behavior, and cat rubbing body language in this cat talk article by Amy Shojai, cats.About.com behavior contributing writer.
Cat Talk: Cat Smell Communication
Learn how cats use cat smell to communicate. Understand how cats talk with scent. This article explains cat smell language of scratching, urine and bunting cat behavior.
Allergic to Cats? How to Live with Them in Peace
Although some people avoid cats because they fear or dislike them, there is hope for those who avoid cats because of fear of allergic reactions. Here is a step-by-step process for helping to control your allergy symptoms while enjoying the lifelong companionship of a cat. Yes, you can adopt a cat, despite your allergies.
Count the Ways to Stop Fights Between Your...
Aggression between cats sharing a household can come in several forms, including play aggression, redirected aggression, and territorial aggression. It is important to understand the kind of aggression before attempting to intervene.
A Comprehensive Guide for Getting Out the Odor...
Help for cat lovers in cleaning up the messes cats sometimes leave, such as pee, barf, and poop. An essential guide to keeping a happy kitty and a clean house.
Sweet Black Kitten Stitch is First Cat of the...
In October, we cat lovers at About.com honor black cats. Black cats have been feared, loathed and hated by various cultures over the centuries. But here and now, we love and honor them. Feast your eyes on Stitch, our first Cat of the Week in October, 2015.
Step-by-Step Instructions for Bottle-Feeding a...
Step-by-step instructions for bottle-feeding a newborn kitten, including precautions to take, helpful tips, and the follow-through you'll need to provide as a surrogate cat mother.
Maine Coon Cat Picture Gallery
Equally at home with children, dogs, or older persons, the Maine Coon is an ideal pet, handily earning
What Do Your Cat's Eye Blinks Really Mean?
Read this cat behavior article to learn about cats eyes and eye blinking cat kisses. This cat communication article explains why cats give eye blink cat kisses andn what they mean.
The History and Markings of the Tortoiseshell Cat
Tortoiseshell cats, with their colorful woven coats, provide a veritable feast of colors. Because of the resemblance to the fallen leaves of autumn, we at About.com have traditionally celebrated 'torties' in our November Cats Picture Calendar Gallery. Learn more about tortie's colors and distinctive personality with this Tortoiseshell Cats Profile.
Why Your Cat Needs 16 Hours of Sleep
Read this cat sleep article for understanding your sleepy cat. Learn about sleep cycles of cats, how cats sleep, do cats dream, and why they sleep so much in this cat sleep article by Amy Shojai, CABC.
Why Feline Breeds, Domestic Cats, and Color...
Cat lovers who are not actively involved in the cat fancy, often are confused about identifying terms, such as purebreed, DSH, and tabby. Learn more about the qualifying differences between these terms.
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About White...
White cats have long been loved for their pristine beauty. Because of their snow-white coats, we have celebrated white cats in February for years. Unfortunately, sometimes along with that glistening coat come some serious genetic conditions.
Are You Really Ready for Your First Cat? Help...
Factors to consider before bringing a new cat into your life, to ensure the decision is a sound one. Think about allergies, young kids in the house, and your financial and emotional ability to care for a cat. In a nutshell, ask yourself, 'Am I ready for a cat?'
Cat Reproduction 101: Proper Post-Natal Care of...
The first two to three weeks are the most crucial for your mother cat and her newborn kittens. The kittens are developing rapidly, and the queen will usually show symptoms of any post-partum problems by this time. Learn more about the care needed by your queen and her kittens.
7 Types of Human Food Cats Should Never, Ever Eat
There are many human foods toxic to cats. Avoid feeding cats table scraps, but feed a nutritious cat food created for their specific needs.
What You Need to Consider Before Feeding Your...
Bacterial contaminants in processed meats can be problematical.However, raw food diets can be successful by taking certain precautions. Page 2.
Essential Oils and Cats: A Potentially Toxic Mix
Despite their popular use among people, many essential oils used in aromatherapy are potentially toxic to cats. Learn which essential oils pose the biggest threats to cats.
How soon can a cat go into heat after giving...
A reader wants to know how long after giving birth will the mother cat have her next heat period. She has heard that as long as she still has her litter she won't go into season. True of false? Read my reply and learn more.
Why Do Cats Suddenly Start Acting so Crazy?
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What You Can Do About Your Cat's Attention-Seek...
Attention-seeking behavior and excessive vocalization often go hand-in-hand with cats. Causes for these behaviors can be either physical or emotional, or both. Before punishing your cat for excessive crying and meowing, or other attention seeking behavior, do some homework on possible causes.
Cat Food Brands from A to Z
Find a list of cat food products by manufacturer and brand names, A to Z, and follow the links to compare ingredients.
All About the Popular Tabby Cat
If domestic cats are the most favored of all, tabby cats are the most popular of the cat color patterns.
Effective Flea Control Methods for Cats
Flea season is upon us, but your cats do not have to suffer the miseries carried by these parasites. Here's helpful information on cat flea control.
How to Tell if Your Female Cat is in Heat
Female cats that are not spayed will eventually come into heat, and the signs are not entirely ambiguous. Here are some behavioral symptoms to look for if you suspect your diva is in heat.
Finding Good Homes for the Kittens
If you haven't already planned to keep all the kittens from the litter, you'll need to start thinking about placing them in permanent loving homes when they are eight to twelve weeks old. Please take the extra steps necessary to ensure that they really go to GOOD, responsible homes.
What are the Personality Types of the 12 Most...
While novices may want a specific breed of cat for its beauty, one of the main determining factors for enjoying that breed's company in a home setting is its personality. Learn more about the personalities of the 12 most favorite cat breeds.
Is There a Difference Between Cat Fur and Cat...
A question many cat lovers may have thought of but never asked is, 'What is the difference between cat hair and cat fur?' Is there a difference? Read About FAQ for a detailed answer.
What Kind of Cat are You? - A Personality Quiz
Take this amusing cat personality quiz to determine what kind of cat you would be, if you were a cat.
Why Cat Dander Can Be a Real Problem for People...
Cat dander remains a mystery to some people and poses a threat to those of us who suffer from allergies. Here are the details on what cat dander is, the mystery of Fel D1, and how and why it affects allergy victims.
Interesting Facts About Calico Cats
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Litter Box Maintenance
Poor litter box maintenance is often the cause of litter box mishaps. Since litter box avoidance is a major cause of surrenders of cats to shelters, it is important that cats be given a fighting chance, by making sure their litter boxes are kept immaculately clean. This step-by-step tutorial will demonstrate conscientious litter box maintenance.
Kitty Feeling Lonely When You're Gone? Tips to...
Read this cat behavior article by Amy Shojai, CABC, for About.com, for tips how to solve separation anxiety in cats. Learn why cats miss the litter box due to cat separation anxiety.
Top 10 Ways to Show Your Cats You Love Them
Learn how to love cats with the experts top 10 tips. Refer to these 10 tips for how to love cats. Show your mother's day love and learn about how to best love cats.
How to Play with Your Cat to Maximize Your Bond...
One of the most rewarding aspects of living with a cat is watching him play. Gary Loewenthal, former forum host and a good friend, wrote an article on how to join in with the fun, to maximize your human-feline bond while giving kitty a good exercise workout.
Yes, Cats Can Get Leukemia. Here's How
FeLV (Feline Leukemia) is a devastating diagnosis for a cat owner to hear. Learn the prevention, causes and treatments of FeLV (Feline Leukemia) in cats with this article.
A Cats' Normal Life Span and Age in Human Years
The fact that cats develop and age so rapidly in a short time is both fascinating and sad to the people who love them. Kittens develop to the age of a 15 year old human child in just the first year of their lives. An adult cat in the prime of his life at 32 human years is only four years old. Shocking, isn't it? The reality is that even relatively long-lived cats don't live as long as we'd like. Learn more about cats' aging with these resources.
Everything You Need to Know About Raising Your...
The decision to adopt your first cat is a monumental one, both for you and for your new cat, which I hope will be a family member for life. Whether you are thinking about getting a cat, or have just adopted your first one, this tutorial has been designed to make your relationship with this special cat a lasting one. This is what we mean by the term 'a forever home.' You'll learn everything from preparing your home for your new cat to making him or her a lifetime friend and companion.
Gift Giving Cats
Learn why gift giving cats bring owners hunting gifts. This article explains why cats bring hunting prizes and toys to owners.
Fading Kitten Syndrome - A Tragic Possibility...
Fading Kitten Syndrome is a phrase dreaded by people who rescue and foster pregnant cats and their kittens. Too often, pregnant feral and stray cats are malnourished, weak, and sickly, and even kittens who are not stillborn are prone to FKS. Learn more with this article from About.com Cats.
Decoding Your Cat's Body Language - A Picture...
Follow a picture tutorial with descriptions and explanations of cats' body language and what it signifies to humans and other cats.
8 Tips for Preparing Your Cat for Car Travel
Cats are creatures of habit, and if their only experience with being in a car have been trips to the veterinarian, they may be traumatized every time they are in the car. This article offers 8 tips to prepare cats for traveling in the car and easier vacationing with cats.
All About the Heat Cycles in Cats
Female cats can start heat cycles at a very early age, and, until spayed or they become pregnant, the cycles will occur with frequent regularity. Learn more about heat cycles, also called oestrus, or estrus cycles in cats.
Use Caution With These Substances With Cats
This is by no means a list of everything on the planet that's bad for cats. But it's a few of the things that should be avoided by themselves or as an ingredient in something else. Use caution with cats by avoiding these unsafe substances.
Cat Talk: The Language of Your Cat Explained
Translate cat talk and understand cat language with this cat language dictionary with picture illustrations. Learn how to understand cat language, cat purrs, meows and body language with this illustrated how-to article.
How to Find Your Runaway Cat
Your cat turns up missing. Is he a runaway cat, a catnapped cat, or injured or dead? Here are some useful tips for searching for your lost cat, and for preventing the theft of your cat in future.
Ask Amy: Cat Won't Play
Learn how cats play, and how to encourage cat play. This article explains some favorite cat toys and cat games. How to encourage your cat to play with this article from Amy Shojai, noted cat behaviorist.
How to Help Cats Cope with the Loss of Your...
This article by Amy Shojai, CABC, for About.com, explains pet loss and pet grief. Learn how to help pets cope with pet death and grief. Learn how cats grieve, and ways to help them.
Shopping List: The Must Have Items for Your New...
Before you bring your new cat or kitten home, there are a number of things to collect or buy so your cat will feel like a family member.
Um, Why Does My Cat Stick Her Butt in the Air?
Learn how cats talk using elevator butt posture when they stick their cat butts in the air in this this article about cat communication. Read this article to understand what elevator butt means when cats stick their cat tails in the air.
Um, Why Won't My Cat Poop in the Litter Box?
Read this Ask Amy column to learn why cats poop outside the litter box and how to solve it. Learn about cat pooping behavior problems and how to solve cat pooping outside the litter box.
True Tale of the Gift a Cat Gave to an Austic Boy
Cats are slowly moving into their own as therapy animals, and are being used in convalescent homes and other institutions for that purpose. However, though a lot has been written about the use of horses and dogs with autistic children, little, if anything, has been previously written about cats. This amazing true story may open your eyes to the possibilities of cats' usefulness as therapy for autistic children.
Top Premium Dry Kitten Foods
Kittens have special nutritional needs to promote growth and development. As a rule, kittens should not be fed cat food, but should be provided with high quality food for kittens. Here are my considered choices for the top premium dry foods for kittens.
What You Can Tell by Looking into Your Cat's Eyes
Why cats see better at night and information on an experiment using cats eyes. Page 2.
Kittens' Threats to Survival
Kittens are particularly susceptible to infectious diseases such as panleupokenia (aka 'feline distemper), or Rhinotracheitis (Feline Herpes), which are potentially fatal unless protected by their mothers' immunity from vaccine or the kittens' immunization.
Kitten Care: Raising Tiny Newborns
Raising tiny newborn kittens can be challenging, intensely rewarding and sometimes heartbreaking. This article gives you some tools to help balance the odds in the kittens favor, so your newborn kittens can grow to be healthy cats.
Why is my Neutered Cat Still "Getting Busy"?
Understanding sexual behavior of neutered cats. Why cat neutering may not stop mounting behavior. What cat mounting behavior means in neutered cats.
What Kind of Cat are You? - Question 2
Take this amusing cat personality quiz to determine what kind of cat you would be, if you were a cat.
Cat Disease Profile: Neurological Disorders in...
Neurological disorders in cats present with a variety of symptoms, stemming from a variety of possible causes, from injury to hypertension to parasitical invasion. Learn more about the symptoms, diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment of the more common neurological disorders in cats.
Cat Grooming
This article explains cat grooming and understanding why cats groom. Learn how and why cats groom in this article on cat behavior about grooming, mutual grooming, over-grooming, and displacement grooming.
Shelter Cat Adoption
Animal Shelters and cat rescue organizations play a huge role in helping homeless cats and dogs find permanent loving homes. The reasons for adopting a cat from a shelter are countless, both for the benefit of a cat as well as the adopting parent. A shelter cat will sense that you are a kind person, and will reward you with a lifetime of unconditional love. You simply can't go wrong by choosing your next cat from an animal shelter or cat rescue organizations.
The Top 9 Natural Stress Remedies for Cats
As stress in cats has many causes, a one-stop remedy may not work for all occasions. These are my choices of natural remedies for stress in cats, including herbal and flower essences, and the Queen of them all, Rescue Remedy.
3 Simple Rules for Knowing When to Call Your...
How to know when to call your veterinarian for your cat.
Changes Seen During The Three Main Stages of...
Cats go through 3 main stages: kittenhood, maintenance years, and senior years. Nutrition needs, activity levels, and veterinary care vary with each stage.
Before You Buy Urine Odor Removal Products
Not all cat urine odor removal products are equal. Using the wrong one can have disastrous results for the unwary. Here is important information to know before buying cat urine odor and stain removers.
The Symptoms and Possible Causes of Rippling...
I read about that rippling skin disorder, and I think my cat has it. He does a lot of crazy running around with the skin on his back rippling. Also he wanders around at night, meowing loudly. What is it, and how can I help him? Learn more about rippling skin disorder, its symptoms, possible causes, and treatment, through this FAQ.
How long should a kitten stay with its mother...
A reader writes to ask how long a kitten should stay with its mother before being adopted to another home.
Tips for Minimizing Your Cat's Stress and Anxiety
Stress and anxiety in cats can come from many causes, and stress will exacerbate many cat diseases and conditions. Here's help for finding the causes of stress in your cat, and helping him relax.
Ask Amy: Can Cats Be Mentally Retarded?
This Ask Amy column about retarded cats explains can cats be retarded? Learn what causes cats to be retarded in this Ask Amy column about mentally disabled cats, and what to do.
Free Kittuns
Before you even think about letting your cat breed because it will be easy to give away her kittens, read this essay. Although fiction, the story is real.
What Does FIV Really Mean for My Cat?
A positive test for FIV does not mean a mandatory death sentence for your cats. With proper diet, elimination of secondary health threats such as infections and parasitic pests, along with a program of constant veterinary management, cats with FIV can survive many years.
What Is Feline Asthma?
Once your cat is diagnosed with feline asthma, you have several options for treatment, depending on the severity of the case. Page 2.
How to Properly Scruff Your Cat
Scruffing is one of the best ways of discouraging undesirable behavior in cats, as it is one of the ways mother cats discipline their kittens. Learn how to scruff your cat to train him properly.
What Kind of Cat are You? Question 3
Take this amusing cat personality quiz to determine what kind of cat you would be, if you were a cat.
Does Your Cat's Color Influence Its Personality?
Read this cat behavior article about cat color and whether it influences cat personality. Learn how cat color can indicate cat personality and cat behavior.
Preparing for the Euthanasia Decision: Knowing...
Unfortunately, your cat will probably go before you do and you may even have to make the decision to help him or her to die. No one wants to say good-bye to a loved cat, but there is great peace in knowing that when the time came, you were able to do the most loving thing. Kari Winters helps you know when it is time to let go of a loved cat, with her guest article for About.com Cats
What to Do When Your Cat Gets Pregnant
So your cat turned up pregnant or a pregnant stray adopted you. Where do you go from here? Here is help in deciding whether to let the pregnancy continue or to opt for spaying and abortion.
How Can I Stop My Cat from Pooping Outside the...
Refer to this Ask Amy article to solve cat pooping outside the litter box. Learn how to stop your cat pooping outside of the litter box. Understand why cats poop outside the litter box, and how to solve it.
Help When Old Fogy Cats Miss The Litter Box
Refer to this Amy Shojai cat behavior article about old cat litter box problems. Cats that tolerated less than stellar potties as youngsters may snub the box if it's not pristine, or look for other places to
Cats' Superior Sense of Smell
Learn how cats use their sense of smell for survival, along with other amazing facts about cats' noses and their sense of smell.
Allergic to Cats? 3 Breeds That Might Work for...
Although no cat breed has been scientifically proven to be hypoallergenic, a few breeds have that reputation by anecdotal reports. Learn which cat breeds might be less likely to cause allergy symptoms.
Teaching Cats Legal Scratching Behavior
Amy Shojai's article explains cats' need to scratch, why it is important to provide legal scratching surfaces to attract your cat's claws, and how to discourage illegal scratching. It isn't necessary to have your cat declawed, nor to surrender him to an animal shelter because of his scratching. Understanding and providing for your cat's scratching needs will go a long way toward keeping a happy cat and a peaceful, undamaged home.
What to Do About Fatty Liver Disease in Cats
Fatty Liver Disease in cats can come on very suddenly, and when diagnosed in time, can be cured by dietary means, but left untreated can be fatal. Read further about six ways to help your sick cat eat.
Ask Amy: Reducing Anxiety in Cats
Learn how to reduce anxiety in your cat with this Ask Amy FAQ by Amy Shojai, CABC for About.com. Learn tips for relieving anxiety in your cat. Refer to this checklist for ways to help your cat overcome anxiety and stress.
Ask Amy: Pooping In Sink
Read this Ask Amy column to learn why cats poop and pee in sinks and bathtubs. This article about cats pooping and peeing explains why cats potty in sinks and bathtubs.
Cat Personality Test - What Kind of Cat are...
Personality test - Your rating - what kind of cat would you be if you were a cat?
What Kind of Cat are You? Question 4
Take this amusing cat personality quiz to determine what kind of cat you would be, if you were a cat.
Does Your Cat Have Chin Acne? Here's What to Do.
Cats, like humans, can be victims of annoying acne, particularly on their chins. Learn about symptoms, causes, and treatment for feline acne with this article by About.com's Cats Expert, Franny Syufy.
Love Cats? Learn Why Not Everyone Shares Your...
Inconceivable as it may sound to cat lovers, there are some people who dislike cats, or actually claim to hate them. Learn some of the reasons for fear or downright hatred of cats with this list of 7 reasons people don't like cats.
Cat Talk: Cat Body Language
Refer to this cat body language article to understand how cats talk using body language. Learn how cats communicate using cat body posture and body language. This article explains ways cats talk with other cats and people using body language.
What Kind of Cat are You? Question 5
Take this amusing cat personality quiz to determine what kind of cat you would be, if you were a cat.
Cats and Mice
It may be natural for cats to chase and kill mice, but eating them or bringing them into your home can be hazardous both for felines and humans.
What Kind of Cat are You? - Question 13
Take this amusing cat personality quiz to determine what kind of cat you would be, if you were a cat.
12 Most Popular Cat Breed Pictures
Although ranking among the various cat breed popularity varies from year-to-year, most of the same breeds appear year after year in the CFA (Cat Fanciers Association) list of the 10 most popular cat breeds. I am adding one more breed, which has shown popularity on my site. Also, although technically, it is not a breed, I am adding another type of cat to this list, as more households include these cats than any recognized breed.
What Kind of Cat Are You? Question 7
Take this amusing cat personality quiz to determine what kind of cat you would be, if you were a cat.
What Kind of Cat are You? - Question 8
Take this amusing cat personality quiz to determine what kind of cat you would be, if you were a cat.

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