Cat Behavior Articles

What does Dr. Marci have to say about cat behavior?  Check out these articles!

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  • Cat Aggression
  • Cat Health
  • Cat Safety
  • Enrichment
  • Fear Aggression
  • Litterbox Issues
  • Petting Aggression
  • Play

Cats and Laser Pointers: Does The Red Dot Make for Purrfect Prey?

Cats and Laser Pointers
I get this question all the time: are cats and laser pointers a good combination?  Is it okay to play with cats using a laser pointer?  These are great questions because when you understand a few things about cats, you'll ...
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Cats Love Hiding – Indulge Them!

Cats Love Hiding
As cat guardians, most of us are aware that within the bodies of our adorable, fluffy feline friends lurk fearsome predators. However, cats evolved not just as predators, but as prey to larger carnivores as well. And even though cats are some ...
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Just a Thought: Your Cat’s Emotional Connection

Just a Thought
As cat guardians, we spend a lot of time trying to ensure that our cats are happy and healthy.  This includes not only their physical welfare but understanding our own role in our cat's emotional connection with us.  We can ...
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Just a Thought: What is the BEST Litter for Your Cat?

Just a Thought
The BEST Litter for Your Cat When I talk with people about what type of litter their cats like, I often get these types of answers:  "I like this brand because it smells good," or "I like this brand because ...
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How to Use Positive Reinforcement for Good Cat Behavior

Positive reinforcement for well-behaved cats
You know how some people say that cats can’t be trained? Well, I've gotta tell you - those people have got it all wrong. In fact, cats have got the whole training concept down - they are masters in the ...
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Petting Aggression: Don’t be a Bite Victim!

Petting Aggression
Ahhh, kitty cats. So cuddly, so soft, so cute. These adorable little floofs have got us wrapped around their tails because we will seemingly do anything for a tiny bit of their affection and love. And why wouldn't we - ...
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Hiding Behavior in Cats

Hiding Behavior in Cats
There are several reasons cats hide, and most cats include hiding as a normal, healthy activity in their repertoire of feline behaviors.  First, cats are both predators and prey in the wild - they are instinctually driven to hide and ...
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Enrichment for Your Indoor Cat

Enrichment for Your Indoor Cat
Outdoor Enrichment for Your Indoor Cat Many of our cats spend their entire lives indoors.  And with good reason, as there are many dangerous aspects to letting cats roam: getting hit by cars; disease; fleas; injuries from wildlife, other cats, ...
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Food Puzzles for Cats: Good for Mind and Body!

Food Puzzles for Cats
Is your cat bored? Does she sleep ALL day, or does she beg for your attention? Is she mischievous, getting into things that she shouldn't? If so, you may need to give your kitty something on which to focus her ...
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Train Your Cat for Enrichment and Fun!

Train Your Cat for Enrichment and Fun
Think that behavior training can only be done with dogs and birds?  Think again!  You'll want to include cats in the list of "trainable critters" after reading this article, and with just a little inspiration, I'm hoping that you will ...
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5 Reasons Why You Should NOT Toilet Train Your Cat

Don't Toilet Train Your Cat
I recently received an email from a very kind lady who was seeking help for her cats.  Without going into details, her cats had been successfully using the toilet for the past couple of years, but had recently started pooping ...
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Moving With Cats: The Secret is Planning Ahead

Moving with Cats
Do you have a move coming up?  Moving can be one of the most stressful things we do in our lives, but it can be even more stressful if you have fur-kids to worry about.  But don't despair - moving ...
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Caring for your Senior Cat

Caring for your senior cat
I've had many cats in my life, and it can be difficult to see them age, slow down, develop aches and pains, and realize that your faithful companion will not be around forever.  Cats are considered “senior” between the ages ...
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Is Pumpkin Good For Cats?

Pumpkin good for cats
Even though we usually associate pumpkins with autumn and feasting holidays (pumpkin pie, anyone?), pumpkin is actually available year-round for our dining pleasure...and health.  But what about our kitties?  As obligate carnivores, is pumpkin good for cats?  Yes!  Pumpkin is ...
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Cat Safety on Halloween – It’s not that Scary!

Cat Safety on Halloween
Halloween is one of my favorite holidays of the year.  I mean, come on: Costumes + Candy = PAWesome!  But honestly, it's probably not one of our pets' favorite days - lots of noise (including fireworks and firecrackers in some ...
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Outdoor Catios for Enrichment and Entertainment

Cat in Outdoor Catio
Catios have been all the rage lately, and if you're not thinking about building one for your indoor kitty, she might be missing out on a great opportunity for enrichment and entertainment!  And because catios are easy to build, come ...
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Playing with Your Cat for Health and Happiness

Playing with your cat
One of the reasons that many of us bring cats into our lives is to improve our own health and happiness (not to mention that cats are just inherently amazing). We can return the favor by giving our cats loving ...
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7 Ways to Be Your Cat’s Valentine

Cat Valentine
Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and I'm sure you're nibbling your fingernails wondering what you are going to do to show your furry family members just how much you love them.  Well, never fear, because I've got you ...
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Does Your Cat Need an Extreme Litterbox Setup Makeover?

Litterbox Setup Makeover
Ok, I KNOW that there are about a gazillion articles out there written about the best litterbox setup for your cat.  And certainly, if your cat has been having litterbox issues (i.e., your cat either urinates or defecates outside of ...
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The Secret to Cat Longevity!

Cat Longevity
Me and Jesse enjoying a moment <3 My beloved cat Jesse lived to be 19 years old.  He'd gotten a little more slender over his last couple of years and I'd noticed some stiffness where he used to be limber, ...
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Petting Aggression: Don’t be a Bite Victim!

Petting Aggression
Ahhh, kitty cats. So cuddly, so soft, so cute. These adorable little floofs have got us wrapped around their tails because we will seemingly do anything for a tiny bit of their affection and love. And why wouldn't we - ...
Read More

Hiding Behavior in Cats

Hiding Behavior in Cats
There are several reasons cats hide, and most cats include hiding as a normal, healthy activity in their repertoire of feline behaviors.  First, cats are both predators and prey in the wild - they are instinctually driven to hide and ...
Read More

Enrichment for Your Indoor Cat

Enrichment for Your Indoor Cat
Outdoor Enrichment for Your Indoor Cat Many of our cats spend their entire lives indoors.  And with good reason, as there are many dangerous aspects to letting cats roam: getting hit by cars; disease; fleas; injuries from wildlife, other cats, ...
Read More

Food Puzzles for Cats: Good for Mind and Body!

Food Puzzles for Cats
Is your cat bored? Does she sleep ALL day, or does she beg for your attention? Is she mischievous, getting into things that she shouldn't? If so, you may need to give your kitty something on which to focus her ...
Read More

Train Your Cat for Enrichment and Fun!

Train Your Cat for Enrichment and Fun
Think that behavior training can only be done with dogs and birds?  Think again!  You'll want to include cats in the list of "trainable critters" after reading this article, and with just a little inspiration, I'm hoping that you will ...
Read More