Mark Ripley
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My sons 12 week old kitten will eat only human food
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This is problem in learned behavior that can occur in young animals, whether cats or human children. In humans these foods are referred to as "comfort foods"; I, for example, learned as a ...

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Is it normal for a cat to display maternal behavior while not being the mother?
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Different cats have different levels of the tendency to want to take care of babies. One cat I knew tended to steal kittens from multiple other mother cats in the same household, even after she was ...

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How can I check whether a room contain fleas?
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Fleas are attracted to heat; that is how they sense potential animals to jump on and bite. One way to detect/remove fleas from an empty room, including fleas that haven't yet hatched, is to set up a ...

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How should I respond when my cat wants to wrestle?
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I have in the past used 8-12" stuffed animals (usually tigers). I'm not sure how much difference it makes to the cat whether you use a kicker (stuffed rectangle) or a stuffed animal toy, but I enjoy ...

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How can I test whether I have a cat allergy without really adopting a cat?
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If you don't have access to a friend's cat, you can always visit your local animal shelter and visit the cats there. Cat allergies are usually allergies to the (cat's) saliva on cat fur. If you bury ...

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Are there native web building spiders in North America that can be domesticated?
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I have a friend who has transfered a Cross Orbweaver spider [Araneus diadematus] into her house as a pet. The site http://www.spiders.us/species/araneus-diadematus/ has details on this species. Since ...

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Why does my 1 1/2 year old cat bite at her paws and run around frantically sometimes during the day
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Your cat might possibly have fleas. When this happens with my cat, she will twitch her fur where a flea bites her and then tend to jump and run to avoid carpet locations where (I suspect) fleas have ...

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Is psychology of the cat that has been raised by humans natural?
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A cat that from a very young age* has been raised by humans does have a different psychology than one that was raised by another cat. I have observed several cats who were raised this way and they ...

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Why does my cat bite my face while being affectionate?
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I have seen 'affectionate biting' behavior like this in some cats I have known. Partially this behavior is just cat behavior. If you see two kittens biting and thumping each other while playing, you ...

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Why does my cat paw her food from the bowl to eat?
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A cat I had pawed her food as well. In her case, there were ants who had found traces of food in her dish and she was trying to separate her food from the ants. Once she started doing this, it became ...

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Does the cat know it's a game?
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If your cat continues to chase your cat-teaser time after time with no food reward, you should assume he is getting something other than food out of chasing it; either enjoyment at practice at hunting,...

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Why do animals try to stay awake when they need sleep?
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Cat (and other animal) behavior is affected by many, sometimes conflicting, motivations. You can see the same behavior in people when they want to stay awake for some reason but are very short of ...

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Why does my cat meow when she stands on the railing?
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Cats are smart enough to repeat behavior that results in some desired response from you. If your cat's behavior results in the attention she wants, she will learn to repeat that behavior. Cats like ...

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Why do my cats play "soccer" with their dry food on the floor?
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I actually use this hunt/play behavior to get my cat to exercise. I toss a piece of food down a long linoleum floored hallway, and she chases it down the hallway (playing soccer with it as she goes), ...

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Beehive Construction
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Langstroth bee hives are designed to be modular so you can expand the hive when need, and also so you can pull them apart if needed to remove honey or do other things such as adding food for your bees....

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Laser pointer: does a no-win situation risk psychological harm to cats?
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Younger cats are more full of energy and willing to play with anything, including a laser they have no way of catching. I had an older cat who had stopped playing very much, but I found that I could ...

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is it ok to persuade my cat to sleep off my bed (not on)
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In the title of your question you seem to ask if it is ok to have your cat not sleep on your bed. In your question, you seem to want your cat to sleep with you on your bed, so I will address that with ...

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My cat is very affectionate and hungry
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If your cat is motivated by food so strongly, this gives you a powerful tool to both develop his play habits and relieve his boredom. Cat behavior is just like ours; they would prefer to get what they ...

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