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Cat Behavioral Counseling


This collection of Cat Behavioral Counseling articles has been curated for you by Northwood Animal Hospital. If you would like to talk to a veterinarian, please give us a call at (949) 383-4046.

Top New Year's Resolutions for Pet Owners

Happy New Year! Need some inspiration for your resolution list? Why not include a few “to do” items that will benefit your pet, too? Check out our top five suggestions just for pet owners — and their four-legged friends — here.

1. Sign up for pet insurance.

How it benefits you: Pet insurance saves owners money and, more importantly, keeps them from having to make urgent decisions about a pet’s health based on finances.


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13 Strange Cat Behaviors Explained

#1. Chattering

You have probably heard your cat emit a fast and intense teeth chattering- especially when they spot a bird while gazing out of a window. Behaviorists speculate that this is because your cat is frustrated that they cannot get outside to hunt prey. They also may be excited and slightly aggravated.

Others say that this strange jaw movement may be your kitty’s natural instinct that allows their muscles to prepare for the act of killing prey. Either way, this behavior is completely normal for your feline.

 


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How to Train Your Cat

January is National Train Your Dog Month, and that seems only natural. After all, most people think about how they’ll train their dog, and they work hard to make sure their best canine friend is well trained. But there are more cats as pets in the U.S. than dogs, and many homes have multiple cats. Why is there no “National Train Your Cat Month?” Is it because we think of cats as aloof and independent – too much so to be trainable? … Well, yes, but that doesn’t mean that perception is a reflection of reality! Cats, despite popular opinion, can absolutely be trained.


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Indoor Cats: The Keys to an Enriched Life

While cats confined to an indoor environment generally live longer and are at less risk of contracting infectious diseases or injuries due to trauma, they are at greater risk for a variety of behavioral problems. These problems include urinating and defecating outside the litter box, anxiety, eating disorders, attention seeking, aggression, self-injury and compulsive disorders like excessive grooming and scratching.


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Laser Pointers: A Good Idea for Your Cat but Not for Your Dog

Most cats love laser pointers. You can press the button and let the red laser land in a pinpoint on the floor, or the wall...just out of reach of your cat, and watch him pounce. It’s entertaining to watch and it’s entertaining for your cat. They’re not so good, however, for your dog. But first, let’s look at how they benefit your kitty. 


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