While we are the Center for CANINE Behavior Studies, we do have considerable interests in cats too. In the CCBS Cats Corner you'll find articles and links about our felines family.
Over half of American families own a pet and many have both a dog and a cat. Thus, we think it will be helpful to our cat guardian members to have access to feline information.
We intend to focus on pressing issues about cats, such as inhumane declawing, cat aggression, fearful behaviors, compulsions (like psychogenic alopecia and wool sucking), house soiling and urine marking (which is different from simple house soiling) and feline Alzheimer’s disease.
We’re excited to announce that our gradual migration into cat behavior is able to continue thanks to a generous donation from The Michael D. Eder Family Charitable Gift Fund. A dream come true would be sufficient funding to found a Center for FELINE Behavioral Studies, but in the interim we will continue by making cat information available now. Cat’s Corner will grow in time, so if you have a cat in your life watch this space for posts.
Welcome to our new venture, which we hope will grow and flourish. Sit, read, and enjoy.
Curl up in a sunny window and enjoy the cat-centric videos, articles, podcast, and more.
Self-Awareness in Cats
Written by Dr. Nicholas Dodman
Chimpanzees, bonobos, orangutans, gorillas, dolphins, killer whales, elephants, and magpies demonstrate self-recognition in the mirror test. Most other animals, including cats and dogs, do not pass this test … or so it is said.
Scaredy Cats: Fear of the Animate
Dr. Nicholas Dodman
There are some cats that seem to be frightened of almost everything unfamiliar, including people and other cats. The question arises, why would a cat become so fearful? The answer...
FELINE LITTERBOX AVERSION
Feline inappropriate elimination made up 56% of feline cases at Cornell University’s Animal Behavior Clinic between 1991 and 2001, and it appears to be the most frequent type of feline behavior problem...
FELINE COMPULSIVE BEHAVIOR
The most common compulsive behaviors exhibited by cats include wool sucking or fabric eating, over-grooming/hair-barbering or hair-pulling behavior (psychogenic alopecia), and possibly feline hyperesthesia. By far oral behaviors such as...
SOCIAL BEHAVIOR & AGGRESSION
Cats are generally solitary animals that only come together during courtship and mating or in the situation of a mother with kittens. That said, it is quite possible for cats to develop strong bonds with each other and people...