School of Psychology
Can you really reason with your cat or kitten? How do you train them from scratching your furniture? Do cats understand what you're saying? Professor Kitty Green can help you understand your kitten or cat. Cat and kitten behavior training can be made easy, fun and effective
Help! My Cat Won't Use His Litterbox!
Why is my cat not using his litterbox? Is he sick? Mad?
To understand why your cat won't use his litterbox, the highly recognized cat therapist Carole Wilbourn has several things to consider.
To learn why your cat may not be using his litterbox and understand why and what to do to help him, click here.
Kitty Has Other Issues?
Carole also offers more advice on other behavioral issues including:
- Aggressive cats – we've heard of attack dogs, but attack cats? Some cats do bite or scratch other people who may enter his home!
- Destructive cats – does your cat use your furniture as his scratching post?
- Feuding cats – does your cat exhibit long-term aggression or fights with other cats?
- Food fixation – if your cat seems like a "bottomless pit" and cries for food all the time, and you feed him, read this!
- Nightowl cats – cats who insist on waking their owners at all hours of the night needs to learn how to sleep!
- Single cat syndrome – if kitty ambushes you, and treats you like a cat, then it sounds like kitty needs a feline friend to play with!
- Timid cats – is your cat a fraidy cat who hides when someone comes in the house?
Lost cats that are not found by their families are a major contributing factor to the feral cat, homeless cat, and shelter cat populations. This is evident when you realize that the national "Return to Owner" (RTO) rate for stray cats that end up in animal shelters is 2%. That’s only two percent! Through education and research, Missing Pet Partnership (MPP), a Seattle-based national nonprofit organization, is working to change those statistics!
“The majority of indoor-only cats that escape outside don’t travel very far,” says Kat Albrecht, founder of Missing Pet Partnership. “Cat owners pass out flyers to neighbors and call out loud for their cat, never realizing that their cat is panicked and likely hiding in silence nearby.” Ultimately, the cat owners who fail to locate their missing cat give up hope and abandon all search efforts. However, as Albrecht points out, “Those missing cats end up somewhere—most often living as feral cats, or they end up in animal shelters where many are euthanized.”
Since 2002, MPP has been working to educate animal guardians and animal shelter workers in what they call “lost cat behaviors.” These behaviors include the fact that an indoor-only cat that escapes outside is a very different situation that requires different search tactics compared to the outdoor-access cat that suddenly vanishes from his home. “When an indoor-only cat escapes outside, it is displaced,” Albrecht said, “and you can often recover those cats by using a baited humane trap.” In contrast, Albrecht said that when an outdoor-access cat vanishes, it means that “something has happened to the cat—it might be sick, injured, or trapped and it could be inside your neighbor’s yard, unable to move or meow.” The best course of action to locate a missing outdoor-access cat is to obtain permission from your neighbors to get into their yards and search under and in every conceivable hiding place for your cat. As Albrecht puts it, “Your neighbor is not going to get on their belly to crawl under their deck to look for your cat, yet because cats are territorial in nature, neighbor’s yards are where many missing cats are most likely to be found.”