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So Here’s Why Your Cat Licks & Bites Your Nose, Experts Say  – Romper

• Why does my cat stick his rear in the air when I stroke him?  – PoC

• Why do cats bunt you?  – PoC

• Why Do Cats and Dogs Chase Their Tails?  – POPSUGAR

• Unlock the feline mind (or how to train your cat)  – AVMA

• Would you pay a pet therapist a small paw-tune if your cat was feline down? – Daily Mail

• Behavior changes can signal dementia in cats, dogs: Pet Connection  – GoErie

• Do domestic cats hunt together?  – PoC

• Do cats pick up on human emotions and stress?  – PoC

• Keeping cats indoors: How to ensure your cat is happy, according to science – INVERSE

• Is my cat depressed?  – Mic

• Here’s Why Your Cats Keep Eating Tape, Straight From Veterinarians  – POPSUGAR

• My Pet World: Shy cat needs time to build trust in her surroundings  –

• Here’s Why Your Curious Cat Is Always Swatting Things  – Southern Living

• What do domestic cats do when humans aren’t around?  – PoC

• Does Your Cat Wait For You Outside the Bathroom? Here’s Why  – POPSUGAR

• Why Cats Like to Chew on Plastic—and How to Stop Them  – Mental Floss

• Why your cat does these six things – according to science  – Lake County News

• Everything You Need to Know About Why Your Cat Scratches Mirrors, Straight From Vets  – POPSUGAR

• Why Do Cats Like to Chill Out in Sinks?  – Mental Floss

• Animal expert reveals what your cat is trying to tell you when it vomits in a strange place…  – Daily Mail

• Study finds cats have had a bad rap – they actually care about us quite a lot – Now to Love

• Weird things cats do  – The County

• How do I know if my cat is bored?  – PoC

• How to Solve the Most Common Pet Behavioral Problems  – Reader’s Digest

• Behaviour problems in cats  – CABI

• Is it “resting cat face,” or is something wrong? 7 feline faces to know  – INVERSE

• Study Confirms ‘Slow Blinks’ Really Do Work to Communicate With Your Cat  – Science Alert

• Science Explains: How to Actually Befriend a Cat  – INVERSE

• How to Get Your Cat Purring: Six Keys to Keeping Your Cat Content  – GreenMatters

• Wondering Why Your Cats Always Lie on Your Clothes?  – POPSUGAR

• No, You Don’t Need To Be Worried Your Dog (Or Cat) Is Eating Cicadas  – NPR

• How do sand cats adapt to their environment?  – PoC

• Here’s a Cat Reacting Accordingly to the Tin Foil Used to Keep It Off the Kitchen Counter  – TIME

• 4 ways to keep your indoor cat mentally stimulated  – Mossel Bay Advertiser

• Ask the Vet: Cats’ compulsive disorder is treatable  – Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette

• Is Your Cat Acting Normally? Vets Reveal the Reasons Behind Their Behaviors  – Better Homes & Gardens

• With cats, it’s all about behavior  – UFHealth Podcasts

• Veterinarians share 13 surprising signs your pet could be stressed, and how to help  – INSIDER

• Can cats be depressed? Here are 9 ways they may show how they feel and 8 ways to help  – Pasadena Star-News

• Cats trained to do something will continue to do it without a reward  – PoC

• Being sensitive to the connection that cats have to their home range  – PoC

• Seven personality and behaviour traits identified in cats  –

• Help for Cats with Fears & Phobias  – Catster

• Experts Explain Why Cats Stare At You Without Blinking  – Romper

• Why Do Cats Wiggle Their Butts Before They Pounce?  – Mental Floss

• Reasons female cats pee on things  – PoC

• Why Do Cats Chatter Their Teeth?  –

• Video which debunks the notion that all domestic cats hate water  –  PoC

• Why is my cat spraying and how can I make it stop?  –  The Leader News

• Signs Your Cat May Suffer From separation Anxiety and How to Help Them Cope  – The Catnip Times

• Why Is My Cat Not Eating?  –  Reader’s Digest

Your cat swallows after you have physically interacted with her. Why?PoC

Common behavioral issues that affect cats and dogs (and how to fix them)Washington Times Herald

12 Weird Cat Behaviors ExplainedThe Purring Journal

What is Feline Direct Registering and Why Do Cats Do It?The Conscious Cat

Pet Pals TV: Expert explains why cats expose their

Are Cats Scared of The Dark? The Truth About Cats and The DarkCATLYworld

Why Do Cats Knock Things Over — An InvestigationYour Tango

Cat Body LanguageTelluride Daily Planet

Quick Guide On Introducing Cat To Baby  – PoC

• Why Do Cats Like to Slap and Swat at Things?  – Mental floss

• Feline Blue: The signs of cat depression every owner should look out for  – Tag24

• Shy or fearful cats  – The County

• Turns Out, There’s a Pretty Good Reason Why Cats Are Obsessed With Laser Pointers  – POPSUGAR

• The Reason Cats Love Climbing Inside Boxes  – Nerdist

• Five Stages of Cats Adjusting To Work From Home  – INLANDER

• 4 Ways to Help Your New Cat Adapt to Your Home  – CISION

• Why Do Cats Eat Grass?  – Southern Living

• Why do cats stretch their paws when you pet them?  – PoC

• Why Do Cats Knock Things Over?  – catster

• Understanding cat body language: How to know when your feline friend is happy or annoyed  – 7NEWS

• Does My Cat Love Me? 12 Ways Your Cat Secretly Shows Affection  – Reader’s Digest

• Katz Tales: Cats are slaves to their fertility cycle  – The Star

• Psychologists offer details on how to build a rapport with your cat  – Slasher Gear

• My Pet World: A few things to try when your cat is spraying  –

• Cats, like humans, can hold a grudge – Butler County Journal-News

• 5 possible reasons why your cat’s tongue is sticking out  – PoC

• Interpreting the way your cat walks  – PoC

• 4 Reasons Your Cat Is Cranky  – Reader’s Digest

• Is my cat happy? Vets break down their most telling behaviors  – Mic

• Why does my cat stare at me?  – PoC

• Scientists Think They’ve Found A Way To Get Your Cat To Pay Attention To You  – Mashable India

• Understanding Cats and Their Baffling Behavior  – WLRN

• I Couldn’t Figure Out Why My Cat Loves Sitting in the Bathtub, So I Asked a Vet  – POPSUGAR

• Cat owner concerned with a few behaviors  – Cumberland Times-News

• How to Keep Your Cat Calm With new People in the House  – Katzenworld

• Cure your cat’s boredom with a tower, puzzle or plain paper bag  – Daily Herald

• Cat suffering from self-harm OCD kicks himself?  – PoC

• Demystifying feline behavior  – Penn Today

• Do Cats Really Always Land on Their Feet?  – Reader’s Digest

• Domestic cats don’t hold grudges and don’t play games  – PoC

• Here’s how you can accurately tell what your cat is thinking  –

• 7 Cat behavioural problems and how to fix them  – PINKVILLA

• How To Read Your Cat’s Body Language  – Catster

• Why Do Cats Like to Sit in Squares?  – Reader’s Digest

• 5 types of personalities your cat may have  – Free Malaysia Today

• Animal Doctor: Coping with a demanding cat  – Tulsa World

• Why does my cat hate cuddles?  – Zululand Observer

• How to Train Your Cat – 5 tips from a professional tiger trainer  – CISION

• It’s Very Possible Your Cat Is Ticklish — Here’s What You Need to Know!  – POPSUGAR

• Why do cats raise their butts when you pet them on their back?  – PoC

• 10 thoughts on how to make your cat less timid  – PoC

• Why do indoor cats spray?  – PoC

• Why Do Some Cats Eat Strange Objects?  –  cbs Philly

• What mood is your cat in? Watch those ears  –  Pasadena Star-News

• How to stop annoying feline habits from destroying your home  –  Daily Sabah

• Why Do Cats Hate Being in Water?  –  GreenMatters

• Can you teach a cat sign language?  –  PoC

• Does Your Cat Have Bad Habits?  –  FOX28

• Is It Normal For My Cats To Groom Each Other? Two Cat Experts Weigh In  –  POPSUGAR

• Cat peeing because of new dog, new cat or new baby  –  PoC

• Why Do Cats Dip Their Paw in Water Bowls?MentalFloss

• Why do cats accompany us to the bathroom?…Persia Digest

Is Your Cat Gaslighting You? 4 Confusing Behaviors, ExplainedPureWow

Six Simple Rules That Stop Beggingcasster

The Curious Condition of PicaKatzenworld

Deciphering sick cat’s odd behaviorBoston Herald

Why are cats scared of cucumbers?METRO

Why do cats love boxes so much?LiveScience

Cats have separation anxiety, too. Here’s what you need to know.Mashable

3 reasons why cats know when you’re coming homePoC