Behavioral Problems

why does my cat run around the house at night?
Behavioral Problems

Why Does My Cat Run Around Like a Maniac?

Cats may look like relaxed and tranquil animals, but this could not be further from the truth. Cats doze for prolonged periods to conserve energy for when they need it most. If your cat does not have an outlet for this vitality, it will quickly grow hyperactive. Schedule a minimum of two 20-minute playtimes in your cat’s daily routine. This will satisfy a cat’s hunting instincts, providing an outlet for energy. If the cat does […]

Why Do Cats Shred Toilet Paper?
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Why Do Cats Shred Toilet Paper? (Unrolling, Tearing Up + Eating)

When a cat finds a roll of toilet paper, destruction is sure to follow. Cats will have so much fun shredding, pawing and rolling about in the remnants. Cats unroll and play with toilet paper because it satisfies their natural hunting instincts. Roll a toilet paper across the floor and the cat will immediately ‘hunt’ it. Once in a cat’s paws, it shreds without resistance. This mimics a cat tearing a prey animal’s flesh from […]

What Do Cats Do at Night Outside?
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What Do Cats Do At Night Outside?

The night can be an exciting time for cats. Unencumbered by sleeping humans, cats can engage in instinctive behaviors. Cats that roam outdoors at night enjoy the peace and quiet that arrives after dark. By night, cats feel free to explore and hunt. With fewer humans and cars on the road, cats are emboldened to find new territory. The lack of competing smells and sounds also makes hunting easier. Your cat may visit another home […]

why cats purr when you pet them
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Why Do Cats Purr When You Stroke Them? (Pleasure vs. Pain)

Conventional wisdom dictates that a purring cat is a happy cat. It’s true that cats purr when contented. As cats enjoy being petted, the noise often accompanies stroking. Just be aware that this is not always the case. Cats purr for two different reasons – pleasure and pain. Stroking your cat will initially release endorphins. Your cat may even grow so relaxed that it dozes off. You may be mistaking snoring for purring. Also, petting […]

How to Litter Train an Older Cat
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How to Litter Train an Older Cat

Toilet training is something that many cat owners take for granted. Even rescue cats seem to instinctively know how to use a litter tray, having copied their mothers. Some felines may not have experienced this essential socialization, though. So, older cats may need to be toilet trained from scratch or they will defecate outside of their litter trays. Don’t use a covered litter box as this may intimidate a cat that’s unfamiliar with the process. Use […]

How to Get a Kitten to Sleep Through the Night
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How To Get a Kitten To Sleep Through The Night

Kittens spend up to 20 hours a day asleep. When a kitten is awake, it will have energy to burn, and you will need to entertain it. You need to change your kitten’s sleep cycle so it’s awake at the same time as you. Routine is key to getting a kitten to sleep through the night. Tire your kitten out, especially later at night. Play with, feed, and pet your kitten before bed. Providing calming […]