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Cat Is Biting Elderly Owner

Q: My elderly mother adopted an 11-year-old Siamese cat 7 months ago. After three months, the cat began to bite her. The previous owners claim the cat was never aggressive. Mom tries to play with the cat and give it lots of attention, which didn’t happen with the other owners. When Mom was in the…

Jackson Galaxy's Secret to Happy Cats: Catification

A cat’s mind is a terrible thing to waste. “Cats are emotional beings, and they require stimulation — every day,” says Jackson Galaxy, host of Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell.” “I go into boring homes, where there is nothing for the cats,” Galaxy continues. “As a result, over time, they lose their inner cat and…

Catification Saves Cats Lives, Jackson Galaxy

Jackson Galaxy is about to kick off season six of “My Cat From Hell” on Animal Planet, and he says he’s really happy. His book “Catification: Designing a Happy and Stylish Home for Your Cat and Your Cat (and You)” is about giving cats what they really need, the art of creating environmental enrichment for…

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…

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