AMY’S BLOG: Bling, Bitches & Blood— is your virtual water cooler for all-things-pets,  bloody-good writing tips, and some serious sparkle-icity. The edu-tainment empowers dog and cat lovers, inspires writers, and dazzles readers with wit, wisdom, and shiny objects. (She cain’t hep it, she’s from Texas!)

Amy Shojai has been reinventing herself for years. She’s a certified animal behavior consultant for cats and dogs, and the award-winning author of 30 best selling pet books that cover furry babies to old-fogies, first aid to natural healing, and behavior/training to Chicken Soup-icity. She created the Puppies.about.com site as the Puppies Expert and was the cat behavior expert at cats.About.com, and you can find her half hour Internet Pet Peeves radio shows here. Amy has been featured as an expert in hundreds of print venues including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Reader’s Digest, and Family Circle, as well as national radio and television networks such as CNN, Animal Planet’s DOGS 101 and CATS 101. She’s been a consultant to the pet products industry and a host/program consultant for select “furry” TV projects.

Amy  is also a musician, actor and playwright, and brings her unique pet-centric viewpoint to public appearances and performances, audio books (her own and others), writer webinars, conference keynotes/seminars and THRILLERS WITH BITE!


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    • Love it! Seren used to “play” all the buttons on my fax machine–hence the box stuck over top of it. Thanks for visiting–your site looks fantastic!

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  3. I have a himalayan with a bad attitude, he’s never been mistreated but just acts like a grump. He hates being held, isn’t fond of affection, and prefers the company of another cat we rescued a few years ago. How can we make my himalayan be affectionate?

    • My Mary, unfortunately you can’t “make” any pet feel or display more affection any more than you can “make” some people become hugging smoochie personalities if they prefer interaction at a respectful distance. *shrug* Some cats are just more touchy-feely than others, but they are still affectionate. These cats just show it differently.

      Sitting with you (even across the room), turning his back on you (shows trust), cheek rubbing you or your belongings (declares he “owns” you, and you’re important to him), playing with you, following you. All of these behaviors show feline affection.

      Remember that humans are, in fact, primates. We hug. We touch. That’s our nature. Cats “hug” when they mate or when they fight, so you may be sending the wrong signals when you try to snuggle. Find ways to interact on HIS terms….play with a long distance toy like a fishing wand so he enjoys the benefit and identifies you with fun stuff, but isn’t at risk for being “swooped up.” If he loves treats, have favorites that you offer ONLY when he’s near. Make being close to you the BESTEST THING EVER! 🙂

  4. Hi Amy! Your blog is great! I was wondering if you could help me please? I often bite after getting carried away when I’m being fussed. I can’t explain why I do this because I love the attention and the affection. My humans have tried telling me off, stopping fussing me (but then I get sad and sit beside them crying) squirting me with water each time I bite (but I’m a boat cat!) and I still can’t break the habit. What can I or they do? =^.^=

    • Hi Bailey,

      Wow, that is some spiffy picture, love the stylish vest! So glad your people keep you safe.

      What you describe sounds an awful lot like what we humans call “petting aggression.” And yep, it often happens with kitties that love attention, beg for it, but then have a “petting threshold” where all the touchy-feely stuff suddenly becomes aggravating instead of pleasant. Biting is the only way to tell ’em to STOP already!

      Here’s an article I wrote on the subject that might be helpful to explain to your humans:

      Thanks for visiting the blog. Stay safe…and dry!

  5. I have a 15 yr old female tabby who seems to be having trouble finding her litter box lately. She’s been to the vet, given a shot of antibiotic for UTI, is taking meds for thyroid & meds for fluid retention. The vet also says she has some kidney Issues which we are trying to address. We’ve been traveling for the last 7 months and she’s been fine…using her box all the time. Now that we’re home (a 2 BR, 1200 sqft condo) she’s not doing so great. We’ve purchased a new box, 2 in fact, placed them where she has privacy but can still see what’s going on. The vet says for her age she’s in remarkably good health. She does have some issues with her teeth but we and the vet feel to do something about it would be too much stress for her. Any suggestions?

    • Hi Sheila,
      Wow, she has a lot of health issues going on and all four–UTI, hyperthyroid, diuretic meds and kidney insufficiency–can cause increased urination. Without more details I couldn’t give you specific help but in general would guess she simply doesn’t have time to get to the box when she feels the urge. She may also have memory issues and not remember where it is or what to do when she finds it (cognitive issues). Or even arthritis could make it hard for her to get into/out of the box. So…
      More boxes in many locations convenient for her would be my best general suggestion. If you’re interested in a forma consult, you can find out what’s involved on my behavior consult page here.

      • Thanks for the response, Amy. I’ve purchased the Feliway spray and have the Feliway plug in on order, trying that. Also, at the recommendation of the vet, have ordered TUMIL-K powder for low potassium. Sam currently has 3 littler boxes for her use, hopefully strategically placed. I’m pretty much at wit’s end on this, since we are going to be putting our condo on the market this summer. Thank you again for your prompt response.

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