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Cat Behavioral Counseling


This collection of Cat Behavioral Counseling articles has been curated for you by Freeport Veterinary Hospital. If you would like to talk to a veterinarian, please give us a call at (207) 208-8508.

7 Questions Your Cat Might Ask on National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day

Your cat has questions. Problem is, you don’t speak “meow.” In honor of National Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day, what do you think your cat wants to know?

Here’s our take.

7 Questions We Think Cats May Ask

Cats are great at body language, and you’re probably clear on your cat’s desires…most of the time. But what about those times when you’re just not communicating? Here are a few questions we think a lot of cats have about life with humans.


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The Veterinary Lobby: Safety Tips for Cats

A visit to the veterinarian with your cat can potentially be a stressful undertaking for both you and your pet, from wrangling them up at home and getting them into the carrier, to arriving at a hectic hospital lobby. On the other hand, for some people, maybe it’s a fun adventure. Perhaps your cat gets into the carrier without issue and travels well. It can also be fun to see other pets and pet owners at the hospital.


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Why Cats Knock Things Over

Whether you find it amusing or frustrating - or a little of both - the fact is if you own a cat, they are going to knock objects off any elevated surface, such as your desk or a table. Are they simply trying to be annoying, or is there a reason for this behavior? Dog people will use this as an example of how cats are not intelligent and a reason not to like them.


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What is Pandora Syndrome?

Kitty urinary problems are often difficult to diagnose. They can even be difficult for you as the cat owner to recognize unless kitty chooses a location away from the litter box to urinate. Cats can also have blood in the urine and painful urination.


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Training Your Cat to Scratch Appropriately

Contrary to popular belief, most cats can be trained. Owners can reinforce desired behavior in food-motivated pets by applying the treat as the cat completes the wanted behavior. The goal is to elicit the wanted behavior first so that you can reinforce it.

We know that cats scratch in order to:

  • Stretch and exhibit normal behavior
  • Scent mark an object
  • Condition their claws
  • Ward away unwanted attention

We supply cats with adequate scratching surfaces so they can exhibit their normal behavior.


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Will My Cat Hate Me If I Take It to the Vet?

If the thought of wrangling your cat to get them to their vet appointment makes you cringe- you’re not alone. Who doesn’t enjoy peeling their cat out from under the bed, somehow coercing them into the carrier, and then driving them to the vet office? All while they yowl obscenities at you. This can be a highly stressful event, not only for your cat, but for you as well. Oh yeah, and the experience at the cat’s clinic hasn’t even begun yet.


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Four Fixes for Feline Behavior Issues

Would you know if your cat was stressed?

Due to their seemingly lazy demeanor, the idea of a stressed cat may seem unlikely or even absurd to many pet owners. But if your cat is demonstrating behaviors such as inappropriate elimination, aggression or excessive grooming, stress is likely to be a contributing factor.

In addition, stress can lead to a number of chronic medical conditions, such as Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD).

Where does stress come from?


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