Cats Who Cache!

Bewildering behaviors are common in homes with cats, but all behavior has its roots. Once we understand that all behavior serves a purpose, we gain a new perspective ... Get a glimpse into the behavior of panthers and cougars and how it relates to your house panther!

Covert Cougars!

March 2018 Hello, gorgeous! I am speaking to both you and that cougar 😉 I hope you are enjoying life, while remembering to give yourself as much unconditional love as your furry, finned, scaled, and feathered companion give to you.  In my last post I went waaaaay up into the heart, so today I am going …

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Will It Be The Eve of Chaos or Calm?

December has been a month of multicultural holiday celebrations, but the holidays ain't over folks. New Year's Eve will be here in just a few days.  The question isn't “when will it arrive?”  The question is, will it arrive at your home with a big bang, or will it arrive with grace and ease?   I can …

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Doin’ The Displacement

AUG, 2015 “Whenever you are examining someone else, you are bound to learn many interesting things of which you were not previously aware.” ―Lemony Snicket Do you have a long list of things to do, but even more reasons not to do them? I do.  We all do. We have lists of must-do today, gotta-do …

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Wanna Get to Second Base? Go Slow and Steady, Babe.

 I’m in no hurry: the sun and the moon aren’t, either. Nobody goes faster than the legs they have.  If where I want to go is far away, I’m not there in an instant. ― The Collected Poems of Alberto Caeiro Are you a patient person?  Do you take your time with things? Do you want more …

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Why Training Is Essential

Training is not a luxury, but a key component to good animal care. There are many reasons people choose to train an animal.  Some people train animals to avoid being bitten, attacked, or crushed by them.  Some people train animals to avoid being their next meal.  Some people train animals to make their lives easier …

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Stimulate Them!

Animal enrichment promotes naturalistic behaviors that stimulate the mind and increases physical activity.  It reduces stress and therefore promotes overall health by increasing an animal's perception of control over their environment and by occupying their time.  While working for a decade as an Enrichment Coordinator for various animal sections at the Audubon Zoo, I learned that …

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The Far Reaching Effects of Pain and Discomfort

Look beneath the surface; let not the several quality of a thing nor its worth escape thee. ― Marcus Aurelius, Meditations Pain is a very common medical issue that can create or exacerbate behavior problems in our animal companions.  We must be aware of this.  Labeling behavior as "acting out" or "misbehaving" is not going to …

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