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Research Study: Litter Box Preference in Domestic Cats

In a 2012 study published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist Dr. Emma Grigg and colleagues examined the preference of 28 cats, each provided with a covered and an uncovered litter box. Boxes were cleaned daily and waste was measured in

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Thinking Outside the Box: Feline Inappropriate Elimination

Dear Dr. Maxwell, We have a 7-year-old neutered male indoor cat named Bruce. Bruce is a nice cat with one big exception: he refuses to poop in a litter box. He pees in it religiously but will poop on the floor near a litter box. This has

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Like Real-estate, Feline House Soiling Is All About Location

Dr. Horwitz relates a brief behavioral history and her treatment recommendations for Princess, a cat who was brought in for house soiling. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/decoding-your-pet/201411/real-estate-feline-house-soiling-is-all-about-location

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Have You Heard? Voice recognition: Does your cat know it’s you? (audio)

Numerous studies have demonstrated that dogs recognize and communicate with their owners. But the responses of cats to their owners and their ability to discriminate between their owners and strangers is   still poorly understood. Can a cat distinguish its owner’s voice from that of a stranger? Or

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Problem Scratching And How To Stop It

Many owners wonder sometimes if it’s at all possible to have a cat and nice furniture at the same house. When cats cause damage to furniture some owners can get so frustrated they turn to declawing the cat or even getting rid of her.  These drastic measures

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Body language in cats video

This video was developed by Cats Protection UK.

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An Unstroked Kitty Is A Happier Cat, Says Study

“A new study says that slow petting and stroking that is so beneficial to humans could be absolutely nerve-wracking to the animals on the receiving end. Researchers from Austria, Brazil and the UK say they were surprised to find that cats that avoid being touched were healthier

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Frequency of nonspecific clinical signs in dogs with separation anxiety, thunderstorm phobia, and

Separation anxiety is one of the most common and devastating behavioral conditions in pet dogs. It has been estimated, for instance, that at least 14% of dogs examined at typical veterinary practices in the United States have signs of separation anxiety.  Unfortunately, as is true for most

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Fear factor: Is routine veterinary care contributing to lifelong patient anxiety?

Article written by Dr. Karen Overall  DACVB   “As clients have come to identify and treat their pets as family members, sophisticated specialty and diagnostic care has blossomed. Yet in one sector—veterinary behavior medicine—routine evaluation for prevention of and early intervention for common problems is often nonexistent.

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Answering Pet Behavior Questions at Behavior Expert Meeting by Steve Dale

To view some of the questions and answers, please go to his blog: Steve Dale's Pet World

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