We’re super excited to introduce a new regular feature on The Conscious Cat: Ask the Cat Behaviorist with Mikel Delgado! We introduced you to Mikel last week. She is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant at Feline Minds, offering on-site consultations for cat guardians, shelters, and pet-related businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area, and remote consultations around the world. She is currently completing her PhD in Psychology at UC Berkeley, where she studies animal behavior and human-pet relationships.Continue Reading
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Mikel Delgado is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant at Feline Minds, offering on-site consultations for cat guardians, shelters, and pet-related businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is currently completing her PhD in Psychology at UC Berkeley, where she studies animal behavior and human-pet relationships. Mikel also blogs about animal behavior at catsandsquirrels.com. Mikel lives in Berkeley with her boyfriend, Scott, and their two rescue cats. Continue Reading
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While the cat carrier may not be your cat’s favorite place, it is an important part of your cat’s life, and it can be vital in an emergency. Unfortunately, for most cats, the only time they’re in a carrier is when they have to go to the veterinarian, so the association with carriers is often a negative and stressful one. Because the Sleepypod Mobile Pet Bed is so much more than just a carrier, it eliminates the negative association and makes vet visits easier for both cats and vets.Continue Reading
Play is vitally important to a cat’s mental and physical health, and it’s especially important for indoor cats. Even though cats may sleep up to 16 hours a day, when they’re awake, they need stimulation, and the best way to accomplish this is with play. In the wild, when lions, tigers and other wild cats aren’t sleeping, they’re either hunting, or teaching their young to hunt. And play is nothing more than channelng your domestic tiger’s hunting instinct into play.Continue Reading
If you’ve ever wanted to attend one of Jackson Galaxy’s Cat Camps, but didn’t want to travel, now is your chance to experience the magic that is Cat Camp from the comfort of your own home!Continue Reading
Dealing with a cat who pees outside the litter box is one of the most frustrating issues cat guardians may be faced with. It’s also one of the most common reasons why cats are returned to shelters. The reasons why cats eliminate outside the litter box vary, and include litter box aversion, urine marking, hormonal problems, and medical issues. Continue Reading
Welcome to our regular “Ask the Cat Doc With Dr. Lynn Bahr” segment! Once a month, Dr. Bahr answers as many of your questions as she can, and you can leave new questions for her in a comment.Continue Reading
Guest post by Sarah Chauncey
Losing a pet is devastating at any time, but several factors come together to make it particularly painful during this COVID-19 pandemic. Most of us are already feeling the stress of physical distancing, and for many, a companion animal may be the only living being we’re allowed to touch right now (I’m in that situation). To have to let go at a time when all of us want to hold on is an unthinkable situation.Continue Reading
Aggression is a fairly common behavior problem in cats. There are various forms of aggression. Triggers and targets can vary widely, which can make identifying and correcting the problem challenging for cat parents.Continue Reading
The third annual Cat Camp NYC took place at the Metropolitan Pavillion in New York City this past weekend. The event brought together cat lovers from all over the world for a weekend of fun, learning, and inspiration. The focus of Cat Camp is, and always has been, on empowering attendees to realize how powerful each individual is when it comes to improving cats’ lives – whether it’s their own cats, cats in their community, and cats in general. And it’s so much fun!Continue Reading
There have been a number of studies about how music helps keep cats calm in stressful situations. A recent study looked at whether music might reduce stress for cats receiving a medical exam at the veterinary office.
The researchers also wanted to know whether “cat specific music” would provide benefits compared to classical music or silence.Continue Reading