Competition for their most basic resources (food, water, litter, height, etc.) is one of the most common reasons multiple cat households develop intercat aggression problems. If you have cats that do not get along, why would you make them share the same food dish? If the victim cat has to spend most of his day trying to avoid getting attacked by its aggressor, someone is bound to miss a few meals. Many families also do a “treat” each day and force all of the cats in the home to congregate in one area and have their portion of the treat dispensed on tiny plates. In most of these scenarios, only the confident cats get to eat the treat and the others are pushed aside before they are finished or never get to have any at all.
From the summer archive series, Animal Behavior Consulting: Theory and Practice, from Fall 2006.
Our summer archive series continues.
Embedded below is the IAABC Journal, Animal Behavior Consulting: Theory and Practice, from Fall 20067.
In honor of Cat Adoption month in the U.S, IAABC invites cat care & behavior professionals to join our Cat Division. Cats are currently the most popular pet in the United States and it’s imperative that we support and educate regarding growing need for feline behavioral assistance and services to help cat owners.
Cat training videos from certified member Jacque Munera!
Foraging toys are becoming increasingly popular for both cats and dogs. They’re intellectually stimulating and make the animal “work” for their food. For cats, it stimulates their prey drive, especially indoor cats who may be prone to boredom, which in turn can lead to undesirable behaviors.
With all the cats available for adoption, it’s easy to choose the cute kitten playing with its littermates or the gentle adult that comes readily to the cage door.
The challenge lies with the cat who has come from a situation of neglect or abuse: she’s the one who is pressed to the back of the cage or hiding under the blankets. Worse yet, she’s been on her own for Lord knows how long and has been hanging around your yard. With cold weather coming, you don’t think she’ll survive in the rain and snow.
The IAABC Conference speaker interviews continue with Jacqueline Munera, who will be participating in an exciting multi-species panel at the conference.
Have you picked up your tickets yet? The early bird special ends soon!
In the first episode of the IAABC podcast, I have a tie-in with our 2011 Conference Speaker Interview series. Steve Dale tells us a little about himself and the topic he’ll be covering at the conference: the need to provide our pets with better mental and physical exercise.
This week we are launching a series of informal interviews with our speakers for the 2011 IAABC Conference. We have a very exciting slate of candidates and this is a great way for you to get to know them before the conference begins.
Pam Johnson-Bennett is the founder and co-chair of the cat division, a former vice president of the IAABC and the author of seven books on cat behavior, but let’s let Pam speak for herself.