Articles: cat behavior

Sophia Yin, Lorie Huston: Giant Contributions for Pets

 Dr. Sophia Yin, an applied animal behaviorist, was one of the first to join my public outcry of then-popular dog trainer Cesar Millan’s emphasis on forceful, aversive dog training as well as conveying misleading messages regarding dog behavior. In a 2005 newspaper piece for this column, Yin said of Millan, “He seems to have found success…

Dr. Sophia Yin: Her Legacy

Dr. Sophia Yin, applied animal behaviorist, who died as a result of a suicide at 48 on September 28 , was brilliant. Positively brilliant. Brilliance is sometimes difficult to explain and difficult to understand. We produced this video to shine a spotlight on Dr. Yin’s messages regarding animal handling and positive reinforcement, rather than focus…

Declaw Is Not Amputation? Not Quite

Q: We don’t consider a declaw an amputation, as you insist it is. Our cats survive longer because we keep them indoors. We love our cats; they even sleep in our bed. Don’t you believe under those conditions it’s OK to declaw? — H.T., Tampa, FL A: It is likely your cats will live longer…

Dr. Sophia Yin's Loss Is Profound

Dr. Sophia Yin was a frequent presenter at veterinary conferences and dog training conferences around the world. Unlike most veterinarians, she enjoyed a huge fan base of not only veterinarians, but also dog trainers, groomers and pet owners. Sophia Yin unexpectedly passed away today (September 29). Dr. Yin’s  mission in life was to improve our…

George Is Having Accidents Outside the Litter Box

Q: One of my cats, George, has started urinating outside the litter box. I wasn’t sure at first which cat was the culprit, but now he’s done it twice right in front of us. George is about 5-years old. My veterinarian says the problem is behavioral. With three cats, we have three litter boxes. One…

AVMA Adjusts Position on Declaw

“Let’s face it, a declaw surgery is an amputation,” says Dr. Marcus Brown, president of the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and a participant in the American Veterinary Medical Association House of Delegates, who helped craft the new AVMA position statement on declawing cats. The statement is designed, “To clarify that the procedure is…

Can't We Just Get Along? The Jimmy Carter of Cats

She is the Jimmy Carter of the cat world, listen HERE on Steve Dale’s Pet World to veterinary behaviorist Dr. Theresa DePorter about how to encourage peace among battling cats in households. Here’s what’s confusing and even surprising – sometimes cats who seem to be getting along are so overt in their aggression, mere mortal…

Environmental Enrichment for Cats

Cats live longer and safer lives indoors….truly, indoor cats rarely get hit by cars or chased down by coyotes, or interact with cats who can spread infectious disease. However, life should be interesting. And a boring life indoors can even lead to illness. Enriching the environment is actually fun (and may be creative) for people,…

Fitness Formula Donates Towels to Animal Control, and Rainbow Brightens the Day

Chicago Animal Care & Control needs towels – and I have mentioned on the air, and some of you have dropped off towels. But Daniela Spaid. director of Marketing and Public Relations Fitness Formula Club has hundreds of towels which there are clubs are donating. Listen HERE on Steve Dale’s PetWorld  (where you can hear other archived…

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