I Want to Be A Cat Behaviorist. Am I Nuts?

Woman and cat. Photo CC-BY by Flickr user RatRanch

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: I’m trying to figure out what I want to do as a career and I was wondering, what kind of demand is there for cat behaviorists like our dear Jackson Galaxy? I’m passionate about all animals but I feel that I know more about kitties big and small more [...]

How can I get my cat to tolerate trips to the vet?

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: I have trouble taking my cat to the vet. She runs from me and then when I catch her to put her in the carrier, she gets all her claws out and lets me have it. Help! Is there an easier way to do this? Also, once she’s locked [...]

My kitten’s biting and scratching is out of control. Help!

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: My 4-month-old kitten, Marcel, has been a real problem boy: biting, scratching, attacking, etc. I know this is kitten play, and they are trainable, but I’ve tried out all the advice I’ve read about and nothing is working. He doesn’t mind the spray bottle. Hissing at him sometimes works [...]

How can I keep my cat from eating clay?

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: My 8-month-old cat has eaten polymer clay a whole half including plastic! Is polymer clay toxic to a cat? How can I keep her from eating clay and all kinds of other non-food stuff including wires, shoe laces, plastic, paint brush tips, junk on the floor, bird food, fish [...]

How can I train my cat to stop catching birds?

Dear Most Esteemed and Knowledgeable Kitties: How can I train my  9-month-old kitten not to catch or kill birds?  He’s killed four birds. The last time I caught him I had to grab him by the hair to make him let go of the bird. How can I stop this? ~Jennie Siouxsie: Well, Jennie, the [...]