Why is My Cat Licking the Carpet?

Quirky, eccentric, obsessive, adorable… Call it what you will, but our feline friends can be a little strange sometimes. We could probably write a novel on why cats do the things that they do, but for now, we are going to concentrate on one idiosyncratic behavior shared amongst the kitty population.

Join us as Billings Animal Family Hospital attempts to explain why your cat licking the carpet can indicate a range of issues.

Grooming Behavior in Cats

Grooming is an essential part of being a cat. Kittens learn to groom themselves shortly after birth, and cats continue to groom themselves and each other for the rest of their lives. Grooming serves some very important functions, including:

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Five Things Your Cat Wishes You Knew

Billings_iStock_000026797308_LargeIt can take months or maybe even years for a cat-owner relationship to grow strong enough to have the mutual respect that makes for a pleasant and smooth routine. Having to guess what your animal friends wish you already knew is a challenging part of pet ownership, care, and companionship.

What if there was a way for you to understand what your cat wanted you to know? Would you want to hear what she had to say? If there were five things your cat wishes you knew, what would they be?

Sometimes a strong message is exactly what is needed to communicate without guessing, but until then let’s look at five things your cat wishes you knew. Continue…

Tips and Tricks for Moving Your Cat

Billings_Leon_iStock_000057478694_LargeMaybe you’ve had it with your upstairs neighbor moving furniture at all hours of the night. Or, maybe that big promotion at work finally came through… in Omaha. Whatever the precipice, one thing is clear: moving is in your future.

But have you thought about how best to move your cat? Sure, cats love boxes, but change is not the feline’s forte. From keeping your kitty safe while you pack, to physically transporting him from Point A to Point B, to helping him settle into your new digs, there is a lot to consider. Continue…

Crate Training Cats: It Can Be Done!

kittens jump out of a plastic box for transport on a white backgIt’s likely that you’ve never really considered the benefits of crate training your cat… After all, crates are for dogs, right? And we all know that training cats to do anything requires advanced coursework at Hogwarts.

Joking aside, though; there are tremendous benefits to crate training cats, and the task itself is not nearly as difficult as you might think. With a little cunning and some basic trickery (not to mention a few healthy treats), you will have your cat thinking that his or her crate is the cat’s meow, in no time. Continue…