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Ask the Cat Behaviorist with Dr. Marci Koski: How to Handle “Love Bites,” Cat Obsessed with Wand Toy

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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 Won’t Come Out of Hiding, Cat Frightened of His Human, Cat Avoids Carpet, and More

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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, High Energy Tortie, Redirected Aggression, Cat Obsessed with Bread, and More

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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

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I’m excited announce that Dr. Marci Koski will take over our “Ask the Cat Behaviorist” segment starting next month!

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. She also holds a doctorate in Fish and Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University, and worked as a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for over ten years, where she focused her efforts on the conservation and recovery of threatened and endangered species.Continue Reading

Mews and Nips: Cat Comes to the Rescue When His Human Locked Herself Out of Her Home

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Boko the cat may not have opposable thumbs, but that didn’t stop him from helping  out his human when she locked herself out of her house. When Gabriella Tropea went to her rear patio, where the back sliding door was kept closed by a wooden stick jammed into the door frame, Boko apparently got an idea of how to help. “He started rubbing his face on the stick and I was encouraging him to mess with it. I was coaching him to lift it up,” Tropea told The Dodo. “He understood what I was trying to tell him and he started lifting it up!” Read the full story on GoodNewsNetwork.

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Mews and Nips: Unplugging for the Weekend

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Today’s abbreviated issue of Mews and Nips does not have a lead story, because I will be taking a little break this weekend. I will be recharging my batteries at my friends’ beautiful weekend house. We’re planning on relaxing, reading, watching movies, and eating my friend’s amazing cooking. There is cell phone reception, but no Wifi, so other than checking for updates from my wonderful cat sitter, I plan to not even look at my phone.

Allegra will be doing a lot of this when she’s not having fun with her Aunt Rita.

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Mews and Nips: Billy Joel Themed Catification is the Cat’s Meow

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Photo courtesy of Rob Rich/ SocietyAllure.com via Square Paws

We’re big fans of Mario Arbore and the amazing cat furniture he builds under his company name Square Paws. So it’s not surprise that Mario stepped up to the challenge when he was asked to create two very special cat rooms for Bianca’s Furry Friends Feline Adoption Center at North Shore Animal League America in Port Washington, New York. The new cat adoption center project was spearheaded by Beth and Howard Stern, who asked Mario to create two cat rooms in honor of Billy Joel, as a thank you for his support of the new facility. The results are stunning! Please read “Two Odes to Billy Joel” for details and gorgeous photos of the two rooms.

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Mews and Nips: Gracie the Adventure Cat

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Mike Usher heard a kitten’s faint cries seemingly coming from inside a wall while taking care of his uncle’s house on St. John in the US Virgin Islands. After looking for six days, he found the kitten, cleaned her up, and fed her. Once they took a minute to look at each other, it was love at first sight. Mike loves to hike and swim, and couldn’t bear the thought of leaving Gracie behind, so he trained her to join him on his adventures. Read more about the pair on the Animal Rescue Site blog, or follow their adventures on Instagram.Continue Reading