Peer-reviewed Portalmania for the win!

January 30, 2018

What happens when a respected scientific journal publishes a study suggesting that portalized cat housing will help keep down the rate of respiratory illness in shelter cats? Peer-reviewed Portalmania, of course! That’s just what happened when Million Cat co-founder Dr. Kate Hurley, Dr. Denae Wagner, and Dr. Philip Kass teamed up to research the impact […]


What do cats want? Let’s ask them

October 17, 2017

When it comes to understanding cats, the greatest experts aren’t veterinarians, shelter workers, or cat owners. They’re the cats themselves. If only they could talk! While science has yet to invent a cat-human universal translator, the authors of two recently-published journal articles got creative in designing studies that gave cats the opportunity to show us […]


Need an early warning signal that shelter cats may be getting sick? Here’s a simple one

March 23, 2017

Eating and eliminating correlated strongly with overall behavioral wellness. Two simple metrics to measure that can be red flags for cats that are failing to adapt. Wouldn’t you like an early-warning signal that a cat in your shelter isn’t adapting, and may be about to head into a bout of stress-related illness? “Eating and eliminating […]


It might be time to relax when introducing cats

August 29, 2016

Are you diligently and thoroughly advising adopters on how to introduce a new cat into the family? Does your counsel include slowly letting Resident Cat and New Cat become aware of the other’s presence, trading blankets and exchanging paw shakes under the door before ever dreaming of removing that barrier? Turns out, many of your […]


The case for spaying/neutering kittens at 6 weeks, 1.5 pounds

August 2, 2016

In this guest post, Dr. Mehnaz (Chumkee) Aziz looks at the evidence – or lack thereof – for common beliefs about the right age and weight to spay or neuter a kitten. From preventing unintended litters to helping reduce the chance of pet relinquishment, spay/neuter prior to adoption is recognized as a critical component in […]