Feline Behavior

How to Help Your Cat Cope with Thunderstorms

cat-hiding-thunderstorm

This post contains affiliate links*

Thunderstorms can be extremely stressful for cats. While cats may not show their fear in quite the same way as dogs (in severe cases of thunderstorm anxiety, panicking dogs have been known to destroy furniture, jump through windows or otherwise harm themselves during storms,) they may still become extremely anxious.

Behaviorists are not sure which part of the storm frightens pets the most Continue Reading

How to Help Your Cat Cope with Fireworks

cats_and_fireworks

This post contains affiliate links*

The 4th of July is probably a cat’s least favorite holiday. I know it is at our house. Even Ruby, who was not afraid of thunderstorms, became unsettled when fireworks started going off in our neighborhood. Allegra used to be terrified during fireworks. Thankfully, the last few years, she’s handled the noise better. What makes dealing with fireworks so challenging is that the noise usually begins a few days before the holiday, extending the stress for cats beyond just one single day.Continue Reading

Pica: When Cats Eat Strange Things

pica-cat-wool-sucking

This post contains affiliate links*

Pica is the term used when cats eat non-food items. Most commonly associated with “wool-sucking,” a behavior where cats suck or chew on woolen, cotton or synthetic material, this compulsive disorder can progress to true pica where cats chew on and sometimes ingest anything from wood to litter to plastic grocery bags.Continue Reading

Ask the Cat Behaviorist with Dr. Marci Koski: Humping Behavior in Neutered Male Cat, Litter Box Issues, and More

Ask-the-Cat-Behaviorist-Marci-Koski

This post contains affiliate links*

Dr. Marci Koski is a certified Feline Behavior and Training Professional who received specialized and advanced certificates in Feline Training and Behavior from the Animal Behavior Institute. While Marci has been passionate about all animals and their welfare, cats have always had a special place in her heart. In fact, Marci can’t remember a time when she’s been without at least one cat in her life. She currently relies on her five-member support staff  to maintain the feline duties of her household.Continue Reading

Ask the Cat Behaviorist with Dr. Marci Koski: Spraying Cat, Kitten Suckles His Tail, and More

Ask-the-Cat-Behaviorist-Marci-Koski

This post contains affiliate links*

Dr. Marci Koski is a certified Feline Behavior and Training Professional who received specialized and advanced certificates in Feline Training and Behavior from the Animal Behavior Institute. While Marci has been passionate about all animals and their welfare, cats have always had a special place in her heart. In fact, Marci can’t remember a time when she’s been without at least one cat in her life. She currently relies on her five-member support staff  to maintain the feline duties of her household.Continue Reading

Ask the Cat Behaviorist with Dr. Marci Koski: Cat Terrified of Noise, Cat Dunking Toys in Water Bowl, and More

Ask-the-Cat-Behaviorist-Marci-Koski

This post contains affiliate links*

Dr. Marci Koski is a certified Feline Behavior and Training Professional who received specialized and advanced certificates in Feline Training and Behavior from the Animal Behavior Institute. While Marci has been passionate about all animals and their welfare, cats have always had a special place in her heart. In fact, Marci can’t remember a time when she’s been without at least one cat in her life. She currently relies on her five-member support staff  to maintain the feline duties of her household.Continue Reading

Ask the Cat Behaviorist with Dr. Marci Koski: A Cat Who Won’t Play, A Cat Who is Grieving, and More

Ask-the-Cat-Behaviorist-Marci-Koski

This post contains affiliate links*

Dr. Marci Koski is a certified Feline Behavior and Training Professional who received specialized and advanced certificates in Feline Training and Behavior from the Animal Behavior Institute. While Marci has been passionate about all animals and their welfare, cats have always had a special place in her heart. In fact, Marci can’t remember a time when she’s been without at least one cat in her life. She currently relies on her five-member support staff  to maintain the feline duties of her household.Continue Reading

Ask the Cat Behaviorist with Dr. Marci Koski: Cat Traumatized by Vet Visits, Stressed Blind Cat, Food Puzzles and More

Ask-the-Cat-Behaviorist-Marci-Koski

This post contains affiliate links*

Dr. Marci Koski is a certified Feline Behavior and Training Professional who received specialized and advanced certificates in Feline Training and Behavior from the Animal Behavior Institute. While Marci has been passionate about all animals and their welfare, cats have always had a special place in her heart. In fact, Marci can’t remember a time when she’s been without at least one cat in her life. She currently relies on her five-member support staff  to maintain the feline duties of her household.Continue Reading