Understanding Cat Behaviour & Training Guides

cat behaviour & training

How to understand and influence your cat's behaviour

Understanding Cat Behaviour and Training

Cats and Catnip

Sprinkle some catnip near to your kitten and you’ll notice a sudden change in behaviour. Find out more about this plant and why it’s got such an effect on your fluffy feline.
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Why Do Cats Hate Water?

Cats and water don’t mix, or at least that’s how the old saying goes. But what is it about this banal liquid that makes them lose their mind as captured by so many “cats vs bathtubs” videos on the Internet? And do all cats hate water? Find out here.
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The Most Affectionate and Friendliest Cat Breeds

We’re often relieved to see the friendly side of our feline companions, but did you know that some breeds show it off more often than others? Here are some of the friendliest cat breeds you can wish for.
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8 Fluffy Cat Breeds

Boasting super soft coats and a teddy bear-like appearance, fluffy cats are guaranteed to melt your heart and make perfect snuggle companions. Find out more about our top 8 fluffy cat breeds in this article.
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Facts About Ginger Cats

Marmalade, red, orange or ginger – whatever you want to call it, ginger cats are nothing less than extraordinary. Find out everything there is to know from what’s responsible for the colouring of ginger cats to the cat breeds that come in this wonderful shade.
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Why Do Cats Hiss?

Cat hissing is a common behaviour which sort of resembles the sound a snake makes. We’ve come to associate this with them being extremely annoyed, but did you know there are numerous reasons why cats hiss?
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7 Grey Cat Breeds

Boasting shimmering coats which range in shade from silver to slate, it’s clear that grey cats are simply stunning. Keep reading to find out about our top 7 grey cat breeds which are sure to steal your heart.
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Christmas Safety for Cats

If you’re a cat owner, Christmastime can be a stressful and dangerous time. Luckily, there’s lots of things you can do to make sure your cat’s happy and safe this festive season, keep reading to find out more.
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Cat Overgrooming: Causes and Treatment

Excessive grooming can be a response to changes in your cat’s environment they’re struggling to come to terms with. These are some of the most common causes for cat overgrooming.
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Why Do Cats Eat Grass?

If you’re a cat owner, you may have noticed that they can be quite partial to a munch of grass sometimes. This may seem unusual as cats are obligate carnivores, but grass can actually have numerous benefits for them. Find out why do cats eat grass with Purina.
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7 Black and White Cat Breeds

Black and white cats are incredibly popular throughout the UK, but are there any specific breeds that come in this wonderful hue? Keep reading to find out more.
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8 Large Domestic Cat Breeds

Big cat breeds just means that there’s more kitty for you to love! Find out more about the largest domestic cat breeds with Purina.
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How Long Do Cats Sleep?

If you’ve witnessed your kitten have a shut eye more frequently than not, you’ve naturally got some questions about your cat’s sleeping patterns. Find out how much sleep our dear feline friends need to feel refreshed and ready to play with their favourite owner.
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6 Small Cat Breeds

Tiny cats are completely adorable, probably because they remind us so much of kittens! Find out which cats always stay small and keep their kitten like personalities well into adulthood.
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5 Reasons Why Cats Meow

Whether you enjoy a soothing meow every now and then or you’re growing impatient with all your cat’s attempts to make conversation, the reasons why cats meow are just as fascinating as the kittens themselves. Find out more here.

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Why Do Cats Have Whiskers?

Whiskers do a lot more than making your kitty look cute, they also serve many important purposes! From working as a built-in measuring tape to helping with their close up vision, your cat's whiskers are truly amazing!
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Why Do Cats Wag Their Tails?

It's a common misconception that cats will only wag their tails when they're angry, but there's actually loads of reasons why they may do this. Find out everything you need to know about cat tail language in this article.
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Can Cats See in the Dark?

Cats are notorious night owls, so we've long thought that they have excellent night vision, but is this actually true? Find out everything you need to know about your cat's night vision with our guide.
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Can Cats Dream?

Our cats seem to spend most of their lives asleep, so it's only reasonable for us to wonder, do cats dream? Find out what your feline thinks about when they drift off to dreamland with Purina.
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Why Do Cats Knead?

Cat kneading, also known as 'making biscuits' is an adorable behaviour, usually seen when they're having a good fuss! You may be wondering why they do this and want to discover the reasoning behind the behaviour, which is why we've put together this handy guide to tell you everything you need to know.
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How to Stop Cats Scratching Furniture

If you have a cat that won't stop scratching your furniture, you're probably wondering how to make them stop it, which is why we've put together this handy guide to help you prevent your cat from shredding your sofa! Keep reading to find out more.
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How Smart are Cats?

Our cats seem extremely intelligent, they always seem to know exactly what we're up to and when their dinner time should be, but how intelligent are they really? Here at Purina we've researched everything you need to know about the topic, keep reading to find out how smart they really are.
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Do Cats Like Music?

As humans we love music, but do our cats feel the same? Find out how your furry friend feels about music and the research behind it with Purina.
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Top 5 Hypoallergenic Cat Breeds

If you suffer from allergies you may have given up hope of ever owning a cat, but did you know that there are certain hypoallergenic cat breeds that might not provoke your allergies? Keep reading to find out more.
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10 Cat Breeds with Blue Eyes

Cats with blue eyes have captured the hearts of people all over the world, but which cats actually have blue eyes? Keep reading to find out more and discover what can cause them.
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Quiz: What Cat Breed Are You?

With so many cat breeds in the world today, have you ever wondered which one you'd be? Take our quiz here to find out which cat breed matches your personality.
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14 Fun Facts about Cats

18% of households in the UK own a cat, but there's still so much that we don't know about them. From the unusual way they walk, to how big the largest cat is, we bet you haven't heard some of these fun facts!
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Why Do Cats Like Boxes?

Owners are constantly baffled when they buy their cat a cool new toy and they're much more interested in the box it came in! But why do cats love boxes so much? Keep reading to find out why.
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Do Cats Always Land on Their Feet?

Everyone's heard the saying 'cats always land on their feet', but is there any truth in it? Keep reading to find out how they manage to do it and the amazing science behind it.
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How Do Cats Show Affection?

It's a common misconception that cats are not affectionate, mainly because dogs have more explicit ways of demonstrating affection, whereas cats are much more subtle. From head-butting to meowing, find out how your cat shows love!
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What Do Different Cat Noises Mean?

Discover the meaning behind why your cat makes hissing or purring sounds with our handy guide, and before you know it you'll be able to translate what your kitty is trying to tell you like a pro!
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How to Spot and Treat Cat Anxiety

Cats with separation anxiety can be a huge problem for pet owners. Read our guide to find out more about cat anxiety and how best to help your pet. 

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Why Your Cat is Meowing at Night

Hearing a cat meowing at night is not uncommon – but if you are a cat owner and it’s your cat that is meowing at night, it may be something that you are concerned about. Also known as night vocalisation or night calling, if your cat is meowing at night it can be a problem if it is a sign of their discomfort or it’s disturbing your rest. Read on to find out more about the reasons that your cat may be being particularly vocal at night.
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How to Stop Cats Fighting

It can be extremely distressing to see your cat get into a fight, whether that is with their playmates at home or with other cats outside of the house. But there are ways to stop cats fighting, both in the short term and in the long term. In this article, we’ll explore why cats fight, how to stop cats from fighting and what long-term solutions you can look towards if it keeps happening.
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Why Do Cats Purr?

Curling up with your cat as she purrs is a comfort to all pet owners. It’s a sign she’s happy, content and feeling settled on your lap, enjoying lots of fuss and attention – or is it?

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Understanding Cat Spraying and Marking

Cats make wonderful pets, and whilst most of their behaviour makes us laugh and smile, some of their actions can seem confusing and sometimes even a little anti-social! For example, cats spray urine, which can seem unpleasant if it happens inside your home. If this is an issue, the best way to tackle this issue is to understand your cat’s behaviour, then address the cause.

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Helping Cats Overcome Phobias

Your cat’s survival instinct often keeps them out of trouble, but sometimes it can develop into a less rational phobia. Luckily there are ways you can help your frightened cat and prevent unnecessary fears developing.

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Understanding Your Cat's Body Language

Whether you’re a first time cat owner or have a long term feline friend, there will be times where you wish you could know what your cat is thinking.

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Parties, Cats and Fireworks

Everyone loves a good celebration. But loud noises, crowds and unfamiliar situations can be worrying for cats who aren’t used to them, so here are a few tips to help you and your cat enjoy the party season too!

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Aggressive Behaviour in Cats

Your cat probably has lots of quirky habits, which is one of the many reasons they’re so much fun to be with. But sometimes their behaviour can surprise you – maybe yours has been scratching and clawing things you don’t want them to, for example, or shredding an innocent pair of curtains. We often associate chewed-up furnishings and general mayhem with mischievous or anxious dogs, but a destructive pet with cat behaviour problems can do their fair share of damage too.

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How to Stop a Cat Scratching Furniture

Your cat probably has lots of quirky habits, which is one of the many reasons they’re so much fun to be with. But sometimes their behaviour can surprise you – maybe yours has been scratching and clawing things you don’t want them to, for example, or shredding an innocent pair of curtains. We often associate chewed-up furnishings and general mayhem with mischievous or anxious dogs, but a destructive pet with cat behaviour problems can do their fair share of damage too.

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Understanding Your Cat's Psychology

Your cat doesn’t just need the right food and exercise for their age and body condition; emotional nourishment and cat care is also one of the most important parts of keeping a happy cat.

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Common Questions About Cats and Water

Many owners have questions surrounding cats and water. While cats have a reputation for hating anything wet, some will behave in a way that suggests the exact opposite. When it comes to water many cats share similar characteristics, although there are also plenty of personal differences. .We’ve answered some of your most common questions about cats and water.

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