feline behavior

Review: Cat vs. Cat by Pam Johnson-Bennett

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Pam Johnson-Bennett is one of the best known cat behaviorists in the world. She began making house calls to work with clients on cat behavior problems in 1982 and had her first book published in 1990. Since then, she has led the way as an inspiration and mentor to many in the cat behavior profession and her books have been used as texts for professional behavior courses.Continue Reading

Feline Pheromone Products: They’re Not All Created Equal

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Products containing artificial pheromones can be an important tool for dealing with feline behavior problems, whether it’s territorial aggression, urinary marking, or simply a stressful trip to the vet. Cats naturally emit these pheromones. They are used to mark their territory as safe and secure by rubbing the side of their face against against furniture, or even against you.Continue Reading

Ask the Cat Behaviorist with Dr. Marci Koski: New Cat and Dog Introductions, How Much Exercise Should Cats Have, 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

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

Does Your Cat Reflect Your Personality?

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Numerous studies have shown that parents’ personalities influence their children, but until recently, nobody had looked at whether human personality impacts pets. A study conducted at the University of Lincoln and Nottingham Trent University investigated the relationship between the different personalities of cat parents and the behavior and well-being of their feline family members.Continue Reading

Studies Explore Origins of Feline Behavior

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A recent article in the German publication DW Akademie explored some fascinating aspects of the history between cats and humans. And while I don’t think we need scientifc studies to confirm that our cats do indeed bond with us, I still find it interesting when science confirms what we cat parents observe over a lifetime of sharing our lives with cats. Continue Reading