Informational Articles for Felines

The Magnificent Feline Coat


There are three types of general body fur on the cat. The down hairs are closest to the skin and they keep the animal warm. This underfur has a soft and curly quality to it that gives it its excellent heat-retaining property. These are the shortest, thinnest, softest, and most numerous of the hairs. The stiffer bristle hairs form the middle coat. They lie between the soft underfur and the guard hairs of the topcoat. These bristly hairs share the functions of the insulating down hairs and the protective guard hairs. The guard hairs form the protective topcoat.

The Power of the Purr



Purring in cats first occurs at about one week of age. It serves as a signal to the nursing mother cat that all is well with her babies and that the milk supply is reaching its destination. She, in turn, purrs, letting the kittens know that she too is in a relaxed and cooperative mood. It is believed that purring between adult cats and humans is derived from this primal parent-offspring context.

The Fountain Of Youth Has Whiskers

iStock_000049930300LargeCat lovers have always known that living with a cat is life-enhancing, but now researchers have compiled a mountain of statistics showing that cats can add as much as 10 years to your life. Dr. Horst Becker’s astonishing claims come from the most exhaustive study ever undertaken on the relationship between humans and their pets. Seven scientists of the Berlin Longevity Institute worked for five years before drawing their conclusions.

Amazing Cat Facts

 iStock_000016303154LargeA single pair of cats and their offspring can produce as many as 420,000 in just seven years.

That’s the equivalent to 60,000 per year

  • Outdoor intact (Tom Cats) males cover 3 to 5 miles of their trails of previously marked territory.  Daily rounds assure the cat that his turf is well scented
  • 10 million more cats are kept as pets than dogs

Books for Cat Lovers

Curl up with these books (and your cat, of course) and you will love what you learn about your incredible feline friends


  • Think Like a Cat by Pam Johnson Bennett, 2000.  This book is essential for all pet parents.  Valuable advice on a large range of important topics.

  • Cat vs Cat by Pam Johnson-Bennett, 2003.  Help for the multi-cat family. Learn how to keep the peace.

Feline Grooming


There’s no doubt that cats are self-cleaning. They spend about one-third of their waking hours grooming themselves. Unfortunately much of this grooming time seems to be spent performing this ritual on our beds while we are attempting to fall asleep. If this has been your experience, then you are already familiar with the sequence in feline auto grooming.  They follow a certain order to preform the daunting

Fearful or Defensive Aggression


Defensive aggression occurs when the cat perceives itself to be under a threat from which it cannot escape. This type of aggression may be recognized by the typical body postures which accompany it: crouching, flattening of the ears against the head, hissing and spitting, piloerection (hair standing up). These are all signals to the other animal or person that further approach is likely to lead to a defensive attack. The defensively aggressive cat only attacks when approached, it does not seek out the source of the threat or pursue it if it withdraws.  They don’t want to fight but will if the threat comes closer.  Its self-defense.

Re-Directed Aggression Towards Other Cats

It can happen in only a instant. Feline companions who have been buddies for years can suddenly view each other as “the enemy” and serious fighting can follow. Just like they don’t even know each other at all.  An excellent explanation for this strange behavior can be caused by a number of triggers.

When two cats in the household who have gotten along well togethTwo cat sitting on the window siller suddenly become aggressive toward each other, the problem is generally fear-induced aggression. Neither of the cats seeks the other out, but if they run into each other, both will act startled and attack.

Sharing the Turf – Scent Messages

Two Thai cat are sitting

It is essential to understand the importance and function of feline scent marking if we wish to control the behavior. All cat owners have observed rubbing behaviors performed by their cats for the purpose of marking objects or individuals in their territory. Cats have greatly enlarged sebaceous glands around the mouth, on the chin, in the ear canals, in the perianal area, and at the base of the tail. When rubbing these areas of their bodies on objects or individuals, they leave a chemical scent behind which is very reassuring to the cat and non-offensive to humans. (The sweat glands in the pads of the paws also leave a scent behind when the cat scratches).  When we stroke a cat or it rubs

Social Aggression Between Cats Sharing A House

This type of aggression is commonly referred to as “territorial” aggression; however, it is not always territorial concerns that motivate the attacks. The aggressor cat may attack only one cat in a multi-cat household and, while the victim cat is usually a newcomer, it may occasionally be a cat with which the aggressor cat has previously had a good relationship. These disputes generally arise when either cat reaches maturity at about 8-24 months of age. The aggressor cat is not necessarily the first cat that was introduced into the household or the oldest cat.

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