When Cats Grieve: How to Help

When Cats Grieve: How to Help

Behavior & Training

Grief is the price we pay for love. When one of our cats dies, we have lost a beloved family member, and we feel it deeply. We may lose sleep, lose our appetite, spend more time alone, or spend more time seeking comfort from others. Our routines feel off, because they included the cat who […]

How Your Dog’s Fear Affects Your Own Emotions

How Your Dog’s Fear Affects Your Own Emotions

Behavior & Training

It had been a long day, working with cases back to back of dogs displaying significant fear. One client was angry. Two were in tears. And one couple bickered constantly about the severity of the dog’s problem. As a professional dog trainer, I help dogs overcome fear. But it’s not just the dogs dealing with […]

Want a Pedigree Cat? Here’s What to Know

Want a Pedigree Cat? Here’s What to Know

Kittens & Puppies

More than 30 years ago, I said to my husband, “Someday I’d like a gray kitty – a Russian Blue.” Armed with an issue of Cat Fancy, he found a breeder in New Jersey and we traveled two-plus hours to pick up Ashley, my first Russian Blue. Thus began a love affair that continues to […]

Adopting a Shelter Cat? Here’s How to Prepare

Adopting a Shelter Cat? Here’s How to Prepare

Shelter Animals

June is both the ASPCA’s Adopt a Shelter Cat Month and the American Humane Association’s Adopt a Cat Month. Either way, it’s a very special month for cats. Cats definitely need adopting. According to the ASPCA, about 3.2 million cats enter shelters annually. However, only about half are adopted. While some are euthanized for medical […]

Fear Free Talks to Dr. Jane Goodall

Fear Free Talks to Dr. Jane Goodall

Relationships

Dr. Jane Goodall hadn’t heard about Fear Free, but the idea resonates with her. Considering animal emotions is something she once fought for. It’s hard to think of Goodall as a controversial figure, but when she first began her observational notes on chimpanzee behavior at Gombe National Park in Tanzania in the early 1960s, she […]

Cats Don’t Share. Here’s Why

Cats Don’t Share. Here’s Why

Behavior & Training

There may be nothing on earth cuter than two cats cuddled up in the same cat bed. But while those particular cats may be willing to share a bed, that doesn’t mean they’re okay about sharing everything. Cats don’t actually share well. The reasons for that have as much to do with territory as they […]