Ask the Cat Behaviorist with Dr. Marci Koski: Cats Who Don’t Get Along, Marking Behavior, 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.

Marci’s own company, Feline Behavior Solutions, focuses on keeping cats in homes, and from being abandoned to streets or shelters as the result of treatable behavior issues. Marci believes that the number of cats who are abandoned and/or euthanized in shelters can be greatly reduced if guardians better understand what drives their cats to certain behaviors, and learn how to work with their cats to encourage appropriate behaviors instead of unwanted ones. Continue reading…

How the Assisi Loop Helped Luke with Recovery from Burns Sustained in the California Wildfires

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I find it almost impossible to wrap my mind around the devastation wrought by wildfires in California. My heart goes out to all the victims, but of course, I especially feel for the cats who are lost and injured in the fires. We recently featured Buttercup, who ended up in three different shelters while her humans were displaced by the Camp Fire. Today, I’d like to introduce you to 13-year-old Luke. Continue reading…

Mews and Nips: Stray Cat Sneaks into Home to Have Kittens

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When a stray tabby cat walked through an open door in a house in Queens, NY, she sure picked the right house. The resident of the home saw the little cat dart into her home and of course, she couldn’t say no to the little visitor and let her stay in her basement. Two weeks later, the homeowner found a litter of newborn kittens in a shoe rack. She immediately reached out to a local rescue group, who fostered the little family. Visit lovemeow.com for the full story and adorable photos.

If you missed any of the stories featured on the Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: Continue reading…

Study Says Cats Know Their Names, But That Doesn’t Mean They’ll Respond

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I’m not sure we really needed a study to determine that cats recognize their own names, but Japanese researcher Atsuko Saito set out to test this hypothesis by observing a total of 78 house cats as well as cats living in cat cafés in Japan. Her past studies have revealed that cats can interpret human gestures to find hidden food, recognize their owner’s voice, and beg for food from a person who looks at them and calls their name—all of which suggested that cats know their names. Continue reading…

Giveaway: Win a Raw Paws Variety Pack for You and Your Favorite Shelter

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raw diet is one of the best ways to fulfill cats’ nutritional requirements. There are numerous benefits from feeding a raw diet to your cat, including improved digestion, reduced stool odor and volume, increased energy, ability to maintain ideal weight, better dental health, and better urinary tract health.

Embraced for decades by holistically oriented pet parents and holistic veterinarians, more pet parents are looking to raw feeding as an alternative to feeding highly processed food. Continue reading…

Cat Friendly Handling: Your Cat Deserves a Positive Experience at the Veterinary Clinic

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Guest post by Ellen Carozza, LVT

Thanks to the internet, cats are the most popular pet, yet they receive less medical care than their canine counterparts. Join me and the Conscious Cat in this two part series on what actually happens when your cat is handled in the veterinary clinic, and how you and your cat can have that positive experience you’ve always wanted. Continue reading…

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