Gayle Nastasi, animal consultant and author

Creature Thoughts: June 2020 – A Kitty’s Gotta Scratch

“How do I get my cat to stop scratching?” is a question I have heard quite a few times over the years. My answer? “You don’t.”

That’s not a fatalistic outlook speaking. You don’t get a cat to stop scratching, because scratching is absolutely essential for a cat’s mental and physical health.

June 25, 2020

Creature Thoughts, October 2018: The Ghost Cat

What would October be without a ghost story or two?

October 5, 2018 · Leave a comment

Creature Thoughts: July 2018

The Noise Season When Yoda, my first Saluki, was a puppy, I lived and worked at Guiding Eyes for the Blind. One day not long after Yoda arrived, I stood … Continue reading

July 6, 2018

Creature Thoughts, March 2018: Total Cat Mojo (book review)

A brief review of a book every cat person should own, read, bookmark, highlight, and live by. “Total Cat Mojo” by Jackson Galaxy.

March 1, 2018

Creature Thoughts: Sept 2017, The Vanishing Cat

We’ve all been there, we cat owners. Even in non-emergency situations, such as a simple vet check-up, we have everything set to go, get the carrier out, and suddenly have no cat.

September 6, 2017

Creature Thoughts, August 2015

There are certain problems I encounter quite often in my effort to help people enrich their relationships with their animal friends. The introduction of a new cat into an established household is a frequent one. Whether kitty is coming in to a home with other cats, or dogs, the issues are similar. Cats are very territorial beings, often distressed by change. They need, on a very deep level, to “own” their space. Many of the problems people have when adopting a new cat stem from the insecurity a kitty feels when nothing in his new environment is his.

Then, there is the complication of established kitties (or, to a lesser degree, dogs) seeing the new individual as a threat to their own territory.

August 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Creature Thoughts, June 2015

If there is one thing I have found myself recommending over and over again throughout the last fifteen years, to both cat and dog owners, it is play.

June 26, 2015 · Leave a comment



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