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Feline Friday: Pet Myth-teries, Why Cats Bunt & Kitty Kryptonite

Nothing beats kitten love!

Happy Feline Friday! Today it’s pet myth-tery day. For centuries, people created fanciful stories to try and explain puzzling animal antics. Many of these myth-understandings about cat and dog behaviors linger on, even though modern veterinary and behavior experts have uncovered scientific explanations. It’s fun to discover what’s really going on. Old wives’ tales may seem harmless, but relying on them as fact puts pets—and owners—in danger. My latest Paw Nation article debunks 12 common dog and cat behavior myths—read the rest of the article here. 

As always, head-bonks of thanks to Red Room’s Gina Misiroglu who connected me with Pawnation, in her effort to highlight Red Room’s authors and send traffic to Red Room. (Hint: You can subscribe to the RSS feed for updates, and join Red Room—it’s easy!—to post comments).

Speaking of head-bonks, watch out for those enthusiastic head-banger kitties—the cat is trying to read your mind (just kidding, that’s a myth-take). Actually, when the cat hits you head-on with a furry forehead bump, or cheek-rubs your face or ankles, that’s technically termed “bunting behavior” and is a form of felinese…cat talk. You can learn all about what your cat’s trying to say in this article about cat bunting behavior.

I’ve recently received some questions about how to keep cats away. KEEP CATS AWAY?! Why would anyone want to do that? Well, some folks just aren’t quite as enlightened as the cat-loving feline savvy folks who read this blog. Others perhaps like cats—just not pooping in their garden, or lounging on the tops of cars. And frankly, it can be a real problem when strays or the neighbor’s kitty comes to your house to visit and the indoor cats take offense with (ahem) baptizing walls to make their point.

Anyway, I’ve read a number of “how-to” articles over the years about ways to shoo cats away. We need kitty kryptonite! Many suggestions resort to what I’d consider inhumane methods. Heck, we LOVE cats! We don’t want to shock them with electric fences, or poison them with toxic materials (as sometimes suggested). So I’ve put together some humane “shoo-kitty” tips in this article—that is, unless you’d rather adopt the lil’ interloper and solve the outdoor trespass problem altogether!

By the way, I wanted to share my latest Pet Peeves radio show that you can list to online or download to iTunes. This week, it’s all about therapy animals. I would LOVE to interview a guest on the show specifically about therapy CATS, so if any of my readers happens to do this or can refer someone my way, please drop me a line (amy @ Shojai.com, with no spaces, of course).

Until next Friday, pet your kitties for me. Seren-kitty sends head-bonks.

Purrs and trills,

amy

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About amyshojai

Amy Shojai, CABC is a certified animal behavior consultant, award winning author, and spokesperson to the pet industry.

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