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Clawing/scratching is one of those undesirable behaviors that can get a cat in trouble, especially when the item the cat decides to shred is the owner's expensive couch or carpeting. Often, this behavior results in a frustrated owner and the cat ends up being tossed outdoors or even surrendered to the local shelter. However, that doesn't need to be the case. Credit: Thinkstock Cat owners do need to realize that, even though the behavior may be irritating to us, it's a perfectly normal behavior from the cat's perspective. Cats claw for many different reasons. They mark their territory that way, using both visual and chemical messages. They also scratch to sharpen their claws, helping to...

It's summertime and the living isn't always easy for cats. Summer is the time for sun, fun, vacations and outdoor activities from gardening, sports, picnics, BBQs, vacations to beach days. School is out: families spend more time together but often spend less time with their cats. While humans are enjoying more outdoor fun, cats being creatures of habit, miss their humans and their usual routine. Credit: Petfinder Behavioral issues are more likely to crop up when routines are changed. Anxiety, separation anxiety and varieties of aggression can result. More animals roam in the summer from neighborhood pets to wildlife. This is the most likely time for incidents of direct aggression and...

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Contrary to popular myth, Garfield wasn't born using a litter box, he was drawn that way! Cats do not come into this world 'knowing' how to use a litter box, that is, a colored plastic box filled with sterilized clay gravel. Cats learn what and where the "bathroom" is from their mom at about four weeks of age. Learning can happen so quickly that the casual observer may be unaware that any active instruction has taken place. In the case of orphan kittens, the caretaker must introduce the box concept otherwise the kittens will randomly choose a spot and imprint on the texture (cloth towels, dust balls, carpeting, etc.). The kitten should be placed in the litter box upon waking, after meals and...

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