Cats: Most Popular Articles
Learn 14 ways cats love their owners. Understand the ways cats show love. Read this list of 14 top expressions of feline affection.
The Cat's Age Conversion Chart is a handy chart for converting your cat's age to human years. It gives a better understand of the physical changes that come as a cat ages.
It's very unlikely for a queen to fail to become pregnant when she is in heat, and unneutered male cats start hanging around. . Learn to recognize the physical and behavioral signs a cat is pregnant.
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.
How long is the common cat supposed to live? Questions and answers from the About Guide to Cats
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 disliking cats with this list of 7 reasons people don't like cats.
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.
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.
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.
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? Answers to all these questions on mating and conception in cats.
Cats sex activities may seem simple to the casual observer: they mate loudly, frequently, and indiscriminately, then give birth to a bunch of kittens. The truth is not quite as clear-cut as that, however. For instance, did you know that cats do not ovulate until they mate? Or that a female cat may give birth to five kittens, each from a different father? Learn the truth of these matters and much more about cat sex activities.
A positive test for FIV does not mean a mandatory death sentence for your cats. With proper diet and veterinary management, cats with FIV can survive many years.
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.
Since a number of premium dry cat foods have been introduced recently, my picks have been significantly
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.
Before adopting a cat for the first time, do your homework to avoid these top mistakes made by new at owners. By avoiding these mistakes, you and your cat will have a much better chance at a happy long-term relationship.
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.
How can I remove cat urine odor from laundry - Cats FAQ
Learn how to stop excessive meowing. Understand what meowing means. Translate meowing and what your cat wants with this behavior article by Amy Shojai, CABC for About.com.
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.
Your pregnant cat may be able to give birth with no problems. However, should trouble arise, knowing in advance what to look for and what to do will help both the mom cat and the kittens.
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.
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.
Next to a raw food diet for cats, experts agree that canned food should be the staple. These are my personal picks of canned cat foods.
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.
Refer to this happy cat article to answer the question, is your cat happy. This article explains how to know kitty is happy. Learn what cat body language, cat communication, and cat behavior indicates a happy cat.
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.
Read about why stress causes over-grooming behavior problems in cats. Learn how to relieve stress that causes over-grooming behavior problems in cats.
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.
Top Picks for products designed to remove cats urine odor and stains, from your About Guide to Cats.
There are many human foods toxic to cats. Avoid feeding cats table scraps, but feed a nutritious cat food created for their specific needs.
The fifth week of a kitten's development is an important one, as he can be introduced to canned food, and subsequently, will learn to use a litter box. Page 6.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Understanding sexual behavior of neutered cats. Why cat neutering may not stop mounting behavior. What cat mounting behavior means in neutered cats.
This article explains cat sex, explains cats in heat and reproduction behavior, with tips how to solve cat behavior problems. Learn why spayed and neutered cats react to cat sex and how to solve cat sex behavior problems in this article by Amy Shojai, CABC, for Cats.About.com.
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.
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.
How to determine your cat's age in human years, including an attached conversion chart.
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.
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.
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.
Flea season is upon us, but your cats do not have to suffer the itching, hair loss, and other miseries carried by these parasites. Here's helpful information on cat flea control
Adopting a cat for the first time should be a lifetime commitment, so it is important to do your homework
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.
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.
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.
Have you ever watched a cat rolling in the sun and thought how wonderful it would be to be a cat? Have you wondered what kind of a cat you might be in a reincarnation? Take this little purrsonality test, and you might be surprised by the answer.
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.
A reader asks: Why do all cats, doesn’t matter the breeds, all of a sudden out of no where run across a run, meowing, like a nut, 50 miles an hour, meowing or crying again and again, darting fasta and looking around all over the place then stopping?I have to get hysterical with laughter when they all do that!! I just never know when it will happen and all cats do it? Be sure to read my reply to this behavioral FAQ.
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.
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.
Forget the old wives' tales about cat litter being dangerous around pregnant women or cats sucking the breath from babies. You can keep your cat even through pregnancy, by following a few simple rules involving cat litter management.
Sometimes homemade methods simply don't work when trying to deter a cat from activities with potential hazards. These commercial cat repellents will help keep your cat safe; others will keep stray cats out of your yard.
Cat guardians who are concerned about their cats' health and longevity are turning to raw food diets. Here are answers to questions about the safety of raw meat for cats. Page 2.
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.
Common questions from readers include, "Is it fair to keep a cat cooped up indoors while I am at work
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn why gift giving cats bring owners hunting gifts. This article explains why cats bring hunting prizes and toys to owners.
Hairballs are not only a nuisance, they can create harmful intestinal blockages, if excessive. Here's help in combatting hairballs, and preventing them from happening again.
Part 1 of a new series on tracking the development of a kitten from birth to one year: what to expect.
The case for adopting two kittens - 10 reasons why two kittens are better than one.
Most of us who are bonded with our cats want assurance that they are happy. Here are some experiences cats really like, so you can gauge your own cats happiness quotient.
How often should I feed my cat? Questions and answers from the About Guide to Cats.
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.
It's sad to see a cat gotten rid of because of biting and scratching behavior. While biting and scratching are painful and frustrating, these behaviors can be changed with understanding and patience. First you need to find the reason for the biting or scratching. Understanding your cat's body language is often the key.
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.
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.
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.
A Prominent Bi-Color Cat Pattern is the Tuxedo: Tuxedo cats' appeal comes from the stark black and white
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
Fading Kitten Syndrome is a dreaded phrase with 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.
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.
Find a list of cat food products by manufacturer and brand names, A to Z, and follow the links to compare ingredients.
Many nutritionists and veterinarians agree that a raw food diet is best for cats. Here are the pros and cons, and how to go about utilizing it a feline raw food diet.
White cats have long been loved for their pristine beauty. Their snow-white brilliance, often coupled with blue, green, or golden eyes makes them stand out among multi-colored cats, such as tabbies, calicoes, and tortoiseshells.
Calico Cats Come in a Number of Variations: Calico cats comprise a garden of cat colors, either vibrant
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.
Aggression between cats sharing a home can be difficult, but not impossible, to deal with. Learn how to handle various forms of aggression between cats so that peace can reign in your home. Page 2.
One of the more common discussions in the Cats Forum as well as my email box is on keeping cats off the kitchen counter. Indeed, some people are of the conviction that it's okay to let their cats counter-surf. However, I'm with the side that views counter-surfing as unsafe, because of potential hazards to the cats, such as jumping on a hot stove or ingesting cleaning products' residue.
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.
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.
Cat Allergies. Top Ten Steps for Reducing Allergies to Cats by guest writer Mercia Tapping.
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.
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.
Feline asthma may be overlooked because it appears the cat is trying to cough up a hairball, but in fact, is in the throes of an asthma attack. Learn more about the causes, diagnosis, treatment, and management of an asthmatic cat.
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.
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.
This article explains cat aggression and 9 tips to stop cat bites. Read how to use 9 tips to stop cat bites and cat aggression.
Learn about Siegfried and Roy's many years of working for the conservation of white tigers and white lions, and what really happened during the 'attack' by Montecore, the Royal White Tiger onstage at the Mirage Hotel, as pieced together by Steve Wynn, founder of the Mirage. Page 2.
How to get rid of mats in your cat's fur with the least amount of hassle and stress for both you and your cat.
This article is part of a tutorial on Cat Reproduction 101. Lesson five deals with the development of the kitten embryo, and care of the mother cat (queen) up until the date of birth.
Can't sleep with a cat in the bedroom? Here are ways to get a good night's sleep and still stay friends with your cat.
How, exactly, is a cat's approximate age determined? We took in a stray cat that we'd been feeding for several weeks, and we are curious how old he is. I know that something about cats' teeth is a clue, but I don't know what to look for, exactly. What are the guidelines for telling your cat's age?
Equally at home with children, dogs, or older persons, the Maine Coon is an ideal pet, handily earning
Why cats see better at night and information on an experiment using cats eyes. Page 2.
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 to know when to call your veterinarian for your cat.
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
Things 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?'
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.
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.
While the eye may be the window to the soul, you can learn a number of things about both your cat's mood and his health by looking in his eyes.
A reader is distressed over her cats' urine spraying problem while she was on a week-long trip, and asks for advice on removing the urine stains and odors, and how to prevent his spraying in the future. Read my reply to this frequently asked cat behavior question.
A reader asks how to determine the sex of a kitten.
This article explains how to prepare cats for car travel. Read this article about cat travel to learn 8 tips to prepare cats for traveling in the car and vacationing with cats.
Although it is unlikely your cat has one specific personality, this article can help you understand a little better what makes your cat tick. Learn more about the various personalities of cats.
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.
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.
Kittens are not just miniature cats. Kittens' growth and development needs require extra protein, fat, vitamins, and minerals to get the right start in life. Save the cat food for your big guys, and give your kitten what he needs: kitten food.
We who love cats want our cats to live as long as possible, since they are members of our family. Although genetics may have an effect on longevity, there are many things we can do to maximize our cats life potential, starting when they first come under our care.
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.
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.
Find out the causes and how to stop cat urine marking. Learn what causes cat urine marking and how to stop it.
Your cat's pet peeves are often over something you have done or haven't done. For example, does his litter box stink? Better clean it now.
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.
Cat food is one of the most important expenses of feline guardianship, next to veterinary care. It is important to note that proper diet can eliminate or delay veterinary expense for a number of serious medical conditions. Learn how to read cat food labels to make intelligent choices for your cat.
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.
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.
A reader writes to ask how long a kitten should stay with its mother before being adopted to another home.
Our cats often serve as "meals on wheels" for fleas, ticks, worms, and other parasites. Unchecked infestations
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.
Refer to this cat behavior article to learn how to fix aggressive behavior in cats. Learn how petting can cause aggressive behavior in cats, and why cats bite petting hands.
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.
Cat breeds quick profiles for cat breeds beginning with A
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.
Read this article about cat behavior to learn about cat paws, why cats knead, and rear paw treading behavior. This article explains why cats knead, and describes cat rear paw treading behavior used in cat play, cat breeding and cat potty behavior.
Red cats are almost always tabbies, and are most often male. The color red in cats comes from genetics. They are more commonly called orange, yellow, butter, caramel, or butterscotch. Most red cats have personalities as warm as their coat color, and are mellow, loving cats.
This article explains catnip, and how it affects cats. Read this article about catnip to learn how to use catnip to train cats. Catnip can help build cat confidence. This article by Amy Shojai, CABC, for About.com explains how.
Introducing a new cat to existing cats in the home can be painless if you follow these simple steps, take your time, and let the cats set their own pace.
Introducing a new dog to your family cats can be a tricky process, but these tips will help pave the way to a smooth integration of cats and dogs.
Guest article by Holly D. Webber on the fascinating behavioral patterns of cats, including night terrors, burying his food bowl and other mysterious kitty behavior.
One of the most rewarding aspects of living with a cat is watching him play. Here's how to join in with the fun, to maximize your human-feline bond while giving kitty a good exercise workout.
Learn the history and story behind the many-toed cats known as Hemingway Cats, polydactyls, or Mitten Cats.
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.
Are you bothered by ants, but don't want to cause potential harm to your cats by using toxic ant control means? Here are a few quick tips for getting rid of ants in a cat-safe home.
My cat seems to be in heat, she is doing the noises, rubbing up against things and being quite friendly. She went outside yesterday and was gone for about 6 hours - a record for her. When I found her she was under a car hanging out with another cat, I am not sure if that cat was male or female. Read my reply to this multi-part FAQ about mating and pregnancy in cats.
Full review of The Goodlife Recipe Food for Cats.
Refer to this guide on how to introduce a new cat to learn ways to keep peace with your resident cats. Learn about the importance of cat social structure when you introduce a new cat to resident felines.
Examples of ways cats can mimic some human behaviour while retaining their inimitable style of catness.