Kittens are far more different when it comes to their needs and wants, as they are younger and sometimes just trying to stand on their four feet. And who doesn't want to have your precious cat around for a lot longer? Now I would know if my cat's not feeling well if it shivers, otherwise I will have no clue if it's sick. Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Cats? He will lay by his food bowl if in the room and won't bother laying with us on the bed anymore and hates when we pick him up now he will also go find someplace around the house and practically hide...is this normal or should I be worried?

I can't imagine not having my two cats around. Sadly I lost my beloved Ethel in June. Debra Allen from West By God on May 24, 2010: I love cats and have 7 outdoor ones and 4 indoor ones. Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on September 17, 2010: Jess-LOL! We now use the very small cans divided 3 ways twice a day, plus a special diet dry food. Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on June 25, 2010: Thanks tiger-lily for reading and the comment. After 3 years of a constant dry food diet, my cats' teeth are in perfect condition. You may want to schedule an appointment with your vet to rule out any dangerous illnesses or problems that could be on the horizon. If you notice that the crying seems more pain induced, contact your vet immediately! Only one criticism: It is a mistake to believe cats have behavior problems.

Rating: 5 (1 vote) 1 comment . Between work, the gym, and running errands, it can prove harder than at first thought. It is hard to tell. Boo McCourt has experience caring for cats and likes to share tips she finds along the way. Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on May 23, 2010: Hey thanks for the feedback, I really appreciate it. Biting is obviously a more serious feline behavior. I love cats (we have 4). It’s no secret that cats are stone-cold weirdos — that’s kinda why we love them so much. lol. All have been individualistic and worked well to maintain their 'family' and welcome additional kittens/young adults. He determined who entered the fold and it attracted neighbor's domestics or ones that were alone. I might have to rephrase number 23 to include that. As we mentioned before, a cry or a howl can be signs of distress. Cat Behavior Facts: Funny Behaviors, Cat Behavior Problems, and More. I would have done anything to save her, but the two vets I took her to would not. Share on: AnimalWised; Before adopting; What you need to know ; 15 Things You Should Know About Cats; 15 Things You Should Know About Cats. I think every cat owner should read these. So the question is, who owns who?

Your cat prefers eating out of a clean bowl in the same quiet spot everyday. I am no longer alone and neither is Buddy. Your cat can get tapeworms from eating infected mice or other exposed animals. Medically, it could signal a vast number of problems such as diabetes, hyperthyroidism, kidney, liver, or urinary tract problem. The key is knowing that the reason behind the meows often changes as they continue to age. Training. Other modifications and medications must sometimes be used to control undesirable behavior. 2. Over-the-counter medications can be dangerous. Thanks for the great info. The oldest known pet cat existed 9,500 years ago. Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on December 29, 2010: Hi cathylynn- Thank you for your comment. Also, sharing... Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on December 04, 2011: Hi Carol, that sounds like a perfect idea. Cat's tongues are also rough because that is how they brush themselves as well. don't care for those smells and will leave the tree alone. Cats make excellent pets and are suitable for all kinds of houses, however, before adopting a cat, you should know about the behavioral pattern of your furry friend. alphagirl- I had two cats, both have passed, my 18 yr old Ethel recently and I miss so many of their little quirks. Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on November 18, 2010: Great list of facts. I am glad to have provided useful information. It’s hard to believe but it’s possible! Christine P Ann from Australia on April 16, 2011: Enjoyable and informative hub. Adopting a Companion Dog: Tips for Seniors, All About Microchipping (May is National Chip Your Pet Month), Is Obedience Training Right For My Dog? I love cats too and have become quite involved with some apartment strays that don't have a home. Hissing is a sign of aggression, or rather aggression that is about to bubble to the surface (yikes!). They refuse to eat any food that has been in the fridge, even if we allow it to get to room temputure. Boo McCourt (author) from Washington MI on June 24, 2010: Hi myawn, I drop a bit of warm Silk into their dry food, and they get wet food every morning, as they are getting up there in age, so the wet food is easier for them to digest than the dry all the time. Have you noticed your cat drinking more water than usual? From the shape of their eyes to their specialized taste buds and the reason they purr, the unique behavior of cats cannot be understated. I have three cats and did notice the cold food thing with them. It is always human expectations that are the problems, not the cat's behavior. Before adopting. Is your cat peeing normal amounts frequently or small amounts frequently? This may be due to your cat's inability to regulate the rate at which liver enzymes break down protein. Keep Your Cat Fit, Nose to Tail; Give Your Cat the Purr-fect Life ; Chow Time: Best Practices for Feeding Your Cat; Health Solutions. LOL!