Behavior

Animal Communication

Many thanks to our guest author, animal communicator Kate Solisti!  The art of listening to an animal and actually receiving something back from them is based on two things: (1) Love and (2) Intuition. I have been a professional interspecies…

Aggression in Cats

Last week, Dr. Karen Becker over at Mercola.com posted an excellent article on feline aggression. She cited a study from the Barcelona School of Veterinary Medicine that found aggression overtaking litterbox problems as the top behavior concern of pet guardians.…

Indoor Enrichment for Cats

Cats are smart, and they naturally know everything they need to know about being a cat. However, they do not know about things like cars, dogs, infectious diseases, and other outdoor hazards. Like young children, cats need to be protected…

Double the Fun, Double the Territory!

By Jackson Galaxy Michael, Patty, their toddler Pandora, and most of all, their cat Tess, had a big problem*. As Pandora was becoming more and more mobile, Tess was getting increasingly irritated. The problem culminated a few days before they…

Play Therapy

by Jackson Galaxy As you pass innocently by a doorway, your cat pounces fiercely on your ankle, gnawing and clawing until blood is drawn, and then bolting away under the bed…Two littermates, now six years old, suddenly start fighting and…

Flower Essences for Animals

By Jean Hofve, DVM Flower essences (remedies) are specially prepared extracts of the flowering parts of certain plants. They work through energy fields to heal stress and disease from the inside. Flower essences were first developed by Dr. Edward Bach,…

How to Care for Your New Kitten

Kittens, like all animal babies, need special care. It is important to provide lots of love and, as well as more practical items like toys, a litter box, and an adequate scratching pad or post. Be sure to kitten-proof your house, removing small or delicate items to prevent damage by curious little paws and teeth. Kittens are great climbers, so think vertically!

Indoors or Outdoors?

By Jean Hofve, DVM Are you thinking about allowing your cat to go outside without restriction? To make the right decision, you need to know the facts. The average lifespan of an indoor cat is 15-18 years. For a cat…

Laser Toys

By Jackson Galaxy Every doting cat guardian, it seems, is always on the lookout for the latest, greatest toy – something that will capture their kitty companion’s attention and hone his or her hunting skills. One of the tried and…

Let’s Talk About Talk!

By Jackson Galaxy Without fail, the most fascinating information about the cat world comes to us from our clients, subscribers and cat-loving friends, not merely from “book learning.” This time, we’d like to have a virtual roundtable with all of…

Litterbox Secrets

By Jackson Galaxy The most common problem we deal with is inconsistent use of the litterbox. Often, by the time clients call, they are “at the end of their rope,” which translates to “show me progress or else…” where the…

Moving with Your Cat

by Jackson Galaxy To understand how stressful a change in environment can be on a cat, think about how stressful moving can be for us. According to psychologists, the top stressors for humans are bereavement, divorce, and moving. We are…

Overstimulation (Petting-Related) Aggression

By Jackson Galaxy Wendy and her cat Nala are relaxing on the couch, Wendy absently stroking a half-sleeping Nala while she watches TV. This goes on for ten minutes or so, and suddenly Nala whips around toward Wendy’s innocent hand…

Play Aggression

By Jackson Galaxy Art has a great relationship with his feline companion, Mouse. That is, except around dinnertime every day. Even though Art watches around the corners to see where Mouse might be lurking, he’s still almost always surprised as…

Please Don’t Give Pets as Gifts

By Jean Hofve, DVM Christmas Pets: Holiday Impulse Shoppers Beware! It’s the season for giving, and we all have good intentions when shopping for truly special gifts for our loved ones. Sometimes, we have visions of them opening a beautiful…

Redirected Aggression: A Case Study

By Jackson Galaxy From The Galaxy Files – “Trouble In Paradise” When I received the phone call for assistance, the voice on the other end was not just frustrated, as I am accustomed to hearing. She was utterly bewildered, and…

Spaying and Neutering

By Jean Hofve, DVM About 4 million “excess” dogs and cats will be killed in shelters this year. By being a responsible caregiver and sterilizing your companion animals, you avoid contributing to this terrible problem of pet overpopulation. Kittens can…

Squirt Bottles, Punishment, and Cat Behavior

By Jackson Galaxy The scenario plays out with cat guardians everywhere: the cat is always getting into something, like jumping onto counters, climbing up screen doors or drapes…and the list goes on. It seems like everyone these days is armed…

Traveling with Cats

By Jean Hofve, DVM I’ve had lots of experience traveling and moving cats by car; we’ve gone back and forth from California to Colorado (about a 22 hour car trip) 7 times over the years. I’ve learned a lot about…

Urine Spraying and Territorial Stress

By Jackson Galaxy In 1995, Dr. Jean Hofve created Spirit Essences, our line of flower essence remedies. Actually, they contain much more than flowers! (See the FAQ at www.spiritessence.com for details.) We want to share how we create our formulas by…

Why Did My Cat Pee Outside the Litterbox?

By Jean Hofve, DVM Spirit at age 20…her creaky old joints made it hard for her to access the litter box.     Spirit Essences were named for this spunky kitty! House-soiling, or inappropriate elimination, is a common and frustrating cat…

Your Cat and Your New Baby

By Jackson Galaxy Expecting a baby? Congratulations! In all the anticipation and excitement, don’t forget that bringing home baby disrupt in your cat’s routine. Without proper preparation, litterbox problems, aggression or other forms of acting out can be an unfortunate…

Do-It -Yourself Bach Flower Essences

By Dr. Jean Hofve Bach Flower Essences were discovered by Dr. Edward Bach, an English physician and homeopath, in the early 1900’s. While originally developed for human use, we have found that the Bach Flower remedies work beautifully on animals,…

Cats and Claws — Living Happily Ever After

By Jackson Galaxy and Jean Hofve, DVM Claws are a physically, socially, and emotionally vital part of every cat. Scratching, for a cat, is not only a natural act, but a necessary one as well. First, it removes the dead…

Catnip

By Jackson Galaxy Catnip has a powerful attraction for many cats. They will pounce on it, roll around in it, chew and eat it. Some cats will sit in a big pile of the dried herb and simply drool, eyes…

Cat-to-Dog Introductions

By Jackson Galaxy There are some cornerstone thoughts to remember, when introducing dogs to cats in a new living arrangement, in order to avoid problems. These revolve around the rather simplistic thought that they are different species. They don’t share…

Cat-to-Cat Introductions

By Jackson Galaxy The common wisdom in introducing a newly adopted cat to a resident one in the past was to open the carrying case and “let them work it out.” We most definitely have a new way of looking…

Before You Get a Kitten…

Kittens have a way of turning up when you least expect them! If a kitten has appeared in your life, or if you’re getting the urge to add a new feline family member (not forgetting that there are millions of…

Base Camp — How to Prepare for your New Cat

By Jackson Galaxy Congratulations on giving a homeless animal a new life in your home! You can bet on one thing; the cat you just adopted is in the midst of having her world turned upside down. Routine is a…

EFT in Practice: Surrogate EFT for two cats and a puppy

By Gwyneth Moss, EFT Master Article reprinted with permission from Gary Craig. Hi Everyone, EFT Master Gwyneth Moss from the UK helps us understand (1) how well EFT works for animals and (2) the power of surrogate EFT. Note how…