Behavior

Aggression in Cats

March 27, 2012
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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. That’s really important news for kitties around the world, because behavior problems are the...
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Indoor Enrichment for Cats

August 2, 2011
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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 from dangers they can’t anticipate or handle. That’s why Little Big Cat recommends that...
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Double the Fun, Double the Territory!

June 27, 2011
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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 called me, when Tess took a swipe at Pandora and broke the skin near...
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Play Therapy

January 7, 2011
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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 can’t be in the same room together anymore…Perhaps your cat is vocalizing so loudly...
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Flower Essences for Animals

November 18, 2010
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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, an English physician who gave up his busy practice to study and prepare the...
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How to Care for Your New Kitten

November 18, 2010
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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...
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Indoors or Outdoors?

November 18, 2010
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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 allowed outdoors, the average life is only 2-5 years. There are many dangers that...
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Laser Toys

November 18, 2010
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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 true is the good old laser pointer. Dogs as well as cats generally seem...
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Let’s Talk About Talk!

November 18, 2010
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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 our readers about the topic of cat vocalization. We see many questions come to...
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Litterbox Secrets

November 18, 2010
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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 “or else” is not a happy ending for the cat. Much of the frustration...
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Moving with Your Cat

November 18, 2010
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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 territorial and want to protect what is ‘ours,’ including our home routines, Dr. Larry...
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Overstimulation (Petting-Related) Aggression

November 18, 2010
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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 and sinks her teeth into it. Wendy yells, equal parts disbelief and pain, and...
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Play Aggression

November 18, 2010
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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 Mouse dashes out and ambushes Art’s ankles—sometimes viciously, according to Art. Art takes Mouse’s...
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Please Don’t Give Pets as Gifts

November 18, 2010
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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 box with an adorable kitten inside, or of covering their eyes and leading them...
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Redirected Aggression: A Case Study

November 18, 2010
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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 on the verge of tears. Diane had shared her country home with littermates Cherokee...
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Spaying and Neutering

November 18, 2010
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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. Unsterilized (intact) cats usually find a way to get out and breed. Then, even if you...
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Squirt Bottles, Punishment, and Cat Behavior

November 18, 2010
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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 with a handy squirt bottle or squirt gun; sometimes, as I’ve seen in clients’...
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Traveling with Cats

November 18, 2010
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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 traveling with cats (and more than I ever wanted to know about moving!) that...
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Urine Spraying and Territorial Stress

November 18, 2010
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By Jackson Galaxy An outgrowth of the original Little Big Cat idea, Spirit Essences is the name of 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 taking you through the story of...
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Why Did My Cat Pee Outside the Litterbox?

November 18, 2010
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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 behavior problem. It’s the most frequent behavioral reason for cats losing their homes by...
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Your Cat and Your New Baby

November 18, 2010
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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 result. To a cat, routine is everything. It’s hard to predict how a cat...
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EFT in Practice: EFT Helps Aggressive Stray find Love and a New Home

November 18, 2010
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by Maureen Cram, Stuffbusters Article reprinted with permission from www.emofree.com (now www.eftuniverse.com/). Maureen Cram from South Africa completely shifts the life of a stray cat by using surrogate EFT. Of interest here is how she “tunes in” to the cat. Many people (perhaps everyone) can do this. We can also tune in to each...
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Do-It -Yourself Bach Flower Essences

November 17, 2010
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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, too. The remedies work on an energetic level, similar to homeopathy, acupuncture or Reiki....
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Cats and Claws — Living Happily Ever After

November 17, 2010
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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 outer sheaths of the nails, keeping the claws sharp and ready for action. Second,...
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Catnip

November 17, 2010
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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 glazed over, while others get completely hyper for a while, running laps throughout the...
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Cat-to-Dog Introductions

November 17, 2010
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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 the same set of body language postures, nor the same social structure. Of course,...
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Cat-to-Cat Introductions

November 17, 2010
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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 at things; from the cat’s perspective. Cats are, after all, about territory. Bring a...
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Before You Get a Kitten…

November 17, 2010
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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, it’s smart to consider these important issues! (And don’t forget that there are millions of wonderful, healthy adult cats waiting for...
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Base Camp — How to Prepare for your New Cat

November 17, 2010
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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 vital aspect of cat life; it’s key in how cats define territory. Things must...
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EFT in Practice: Surrogate EFT for two cats and a puppy

June 12, 2010
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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 this was all done in a workshop setting where the animals were not even...
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