Why Is My Cat Suddenly Messing With His Water Bowl?

A kitten drinks out of a huge bowl of water

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: Oscar adopted us almost a year ago when he was just 6 months old. He was very playful then, and still is, but one thing that remained a constant for him was the placement of his food and water dishes. He has had the same water dish (it’s a […]

Do Cats Really Hug People?

A white cat reaches his arm around a woman's neck

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: Sometimes when I hold my cat like a “babe in arms,” he stretches up, he hooks his paws around my neck, and pulls me in. Is he really hugging me? ~ Katie Thomas: I guess the first question to ask is, do cats hug? Bella: It’s not something cats […]

Why Is My Cat Pacing and Peeing?

An orange and white cat on the floor, head shot, with eyes half open.

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: My cat is a 5-year-old unspayed female. She is small for her age, weighing about 4 pounds. She is very active, eats normally, drinks normally. She was peeing small amounts around the house and the vet diagnosed her with a urinary infection and she went on antibiotics. This is […]

My Belladonna is a Natural Character. Is Your Cat One, Too?

Bella chases her tail. Photo by JaneA Kelley

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Natural Balance®. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Natural Balance® Wild Pursuit™ but Paws and Effect only shares information we feel is relevant to our readers. Some cats are cool and sedate even when the weather is hot. My big guy, Thomas, is one of […]

How Can I Get My Cat to Like Her Carrier?

A tabby cat lies down in a plastic carrier. Photo taken through the wire carrier door.

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: I had to take my cat to the vet and as she hates the carrier, I had to trap her in the kitchen and grab her. Since then she will not come into the house even for food. She just runs when she sees me or my husband and hides, […]