Articles: cat training

Ending Cat Declaw in British Columbia, Canada

One of the most well known and respected veterinarians on the planet, Dr. Margie Scherk, editor of the Journal of Feline Medicine & Surgery, began this petition to ban declaw in British Columbia, Canada. I don’t often pay attention to petitions (there are just too many of them), but when Dr. Scherk authors the petition……

Feliscratch to Solve or Prevent a Cat-Scratching Problem; Better Than Declaw

After a unanimous vote in Denver, they now have banned declawing cats. And, Denver follows the entire state of California. Veterinary behaviorist Dr. Theresa DePorter explains what declawing is. This isn’t just a matter of clipping a cat’s claws like cutting your nails, it’s truly an amputation, and that’s what we continue to do to…

Canine and Feline Behavior for Veterinary Technicians

Canine and Feline Behavior for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses is a behavior 101 textbook that’s crammed with information about animal behavior and is co-edited by pioneering specialists in the field, Debbie Martin and Julie Shaw. With so much misinformation regarding animal behavior, my first pet book of Christmas, Decoding Your Dog, is authored by veterinary behaviorists…

Windy Kitty Cat Café Set to Open

The Windy Kitty Cat Café and Lounge opens in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood, 1746 W. North Avenue, on Monday, December 18. Chicago has been woefully slow to add a cat café for many reasons–from promises broken (by a Chicago animal shelter that promised a “proper” cat café) to odd city rules (unique to Chicago). No matter,…

Cats vs Dogs: New Study Contends Dogs Have the Brainy Edge

It’s as if there is a competition—people forever argue about who’s got more smarts, cats or dogs. A new study led by Suzana Herculano-Houzel, neuroscientist and associate professor and associate director for communications at Vanderbilt Brain Institute, believes her group has come close to answering this question of the ages. Researchers suggest the key to intelligence…

Feliscratch Works: Seeing Is Believing

Roxy is our 15-year-old cat who, about 90 percent of the time, scratches on one of our four vertical posts and two horizontal posts, and has done so her entire life. So, we really don’t have a problem. But, I still wanted to test a new product with Roxy called Feliscratch. Feliscratch is supposed to…

New Tool for Cats that Scratch

The tide is certainly shifting regarding declaw of cats. After a lengthy political struggle (of which the primary opponent was local organized veterinary medicine), Denver just became the first city outside California to ban declaw in cats. In California, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Monica, Hollywood, and others ban the procedure, which is also banned…

Feliscratch to the Rescue of Scratching Cats

Attention all cat owners: Cats scratch. It’s what they are hardwired to do. Veterinary behaviorist Dr. Theresa DePorter says on my national Steve Dale’s Pet World radio show that the intent of cats is not to destroy our furniture, but rather to communicate visually and via scent with one another. Even Dr. DePorter says that she has given…

Amazing Acro-Cats on WGN Radio

Samantha Martin demonstrates that cats can rock ‘n roll like no one’s business, the Amazing Acro-Cats HERE on WGN Radio. Martin and I explain how cats and I suggest that cats are actually creative. You can train your own cats at home, and we explain how. So many benefits to training cats, for one thing…

Windy City to Windy Kitty: Help Cat Café to Help Cats

Why a cat café? What’s the big deal? It’s true, even some in animal welfare may not get it, though most people do. In fact, the prospects are exciting for the Windy Kitty Cat Café and Lounge. However, the INDIEGOGO campaign, which was initiated to fund the project, got off to a slow start. And now there’s…

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