Cat Behavior Secrets Revealed – Cat Behavior Problems Training
Pets & Pet Care / 09/09/2015

Cat Behavior Secrets Revealed – Cat Behavior Problems Training   How To Stop Cat Behavior Problems – Fast Do you have a cat that is: – Ignoring the litter box and instead peeing and pooping on the floor, your bed, your bathtub, or anywhere else they shouldn’t be? – Biting you, your children or your guests unexpectedly? – Scratching your couch, bed, and other furniture? – Digging in houseplants? – Fighting with other cats in your household? – Keeping you awake at night? – Just plain misbehaving? The Reasons Why Cats Misbehave (and why most cat training advice doesn’t work) In order to effectively train your cat, you must understand the way cats think and what drives their actions. Cats and dogs do not think alike, and trying to use the same training methods on a cat that you would use on a dog will only backfire and cause more behavior problems. It has completely different instincts and react differently to situations than dogs do. Yelling or physically punishing a cat will only make them fear you, rather than solve behavior problems. However, there is one learning method cats, dogs, and even people do have in common – and that…

How to Move House with Your Cat
Blog / 11/22/2014

How to Move House with Your Cat By Mary Mathews   Moving your cat to a new home can be a smooth transition for you and your pet. You can prevent your cat from running away if you take time to acclimate her. Before Moving: 1. Obtain a copy of your cat’s veterinary records to give to the vet in the new area. Also get a health certificate from your vet. Some states require that this be presented at the border before entering the state, even if you’re just passing through. 2. Call the state veterinarian in the capital of the state you’re moving to. Find out if you need to provide any paperwork to bring your cat into the state. 3. Call the town or village hall in the new locale. Ask about licensing requirements. 4. Make arrangements for your cat to travel with you in a car or by air. Cats are not permitted on trains or buses in most areas. 5. Purchase a carrier for your cat to travel in. When You Move 1. Feed your cat five to six hours before you move. Let her drink two hours before you leave the house. Some people suggest…

How to Find a Lost Cat
Blog / 06/18/2014

How to Find a Lost Cat By Mary Mathews Here’s what to do if you ever find yourself needing to find a lost cat… 1. Walk slowly and call out your cat’s name. A lost cat will probably not come out of hiding, but will whimper and cry. If they’ve just run out, leave the door (or wherever they left by open as they may be just out for a walk and will come back soon) 2. Make familiar sounds likely to attract your cat: Shake a box of her favorite dry cat food or open a can. 3. Search your neighborhood thoroughly late at night, including your old neighborhood if you’ve recently moved. Be cautious around cars and garbage cans. Tell your neighbors to be on the lookout as sometimes cats are simply next door. 4. Place fliers that give a good description of your cat around your neighborhood. Be sure to make small tear off tabs at the bottom with the cats name and any identifying marks, collars etc, your name and your phone number. Many times people don’t respond to the fliers because they can’t remember the phone number! 5. Check the Found Cats section of the…

How to Treat Cat Bite and Scratches
Blog / 04/23/2014

How to Treat Cat Bite and Scratches   As many as 40 percent of cat bites and scratches become infected and require medical care. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment. Steps: 1. Clean the wound immediately with lots of soap and water, rubbing alcohol, or hydrogen peroxide. 2. Put pressure on the wound to stop the bleeding. 3. Hold the wound above your heart if the bite is on your hand or arm. 4. Place a clean bandage over the wound. 5. Assess the wound for signs of infection: unusual redness or swelling, increasing warmth in the area, red streaking, or fever. See a doctor if signs of infection develop. 6. Get a tetanus shot if your primary series is incomplete or if it has been more than five years since your last shot. 7. Determine the rabies vaccine status of the cat. The cat should be observed for 15 days to see if it develops signs of rabies if its vaccine status is uncertain. Rabies is a virus that can be fatal if a vaccine is not administered in time. Seek medical care if the wound is gaping, if bleeding does…

How to Tame a Feral Cat or Kitten!
Blog / 11/17/2013

How to Tame a Feral Cat or Kitten! By Mary Mathews   With a little patience and time, a feral (or wild) cat can be tamed into a loving pet. Younger cats are more apt to adjust quickly: 6-to-8-week-old kittens typically take two to three weeks to adjust to a domestic environment. Steps: 1. Enclose the cat or kitten in a small space at first – a bathroom or bed-room works best. 2. Turn out the light if the cat is terrified; this often has a calming effect. 3. Put a bed, a litter box, food and water in the room. If the cat is very young (6 to 12 weeks), put her in a large carrier with a grated door and small windows. 4. Spend at least 2 to 3 hours a day with the animal. Just sitting quietly in the same room will allow the cat to learn that you are not a threat. 5. Gently compel the cat to let you touch her. Carefully wrap a blanket around her if you have to, hold her on your lap and pet her. Stroke her coat and touch her ears, face and neck as you talk to her in…

How to Trim Your Cat’s Nails
Blog / 08/17/2013

How to Trim Your Cat’s Nails By Mary Mathews   Remember, if you don’t trim your cat’s nails, they will find some way to scratch them down on their own… most likely on your furniture! (This is less of an issue for outdoor cats). Trimming nails, like bathing can be a really fun, easy process if you know how. Steps to trim your cat’s nails: 1. Get your cat accustomed to having their feet and nails handled; whenever you’re snuggling, take a moment to massage each paw. 2. Turn on a strong light. Trimming your cat’s nails in good light will help you see the “quick” (the part of the nail containing nerves and blood vessels). Cutting into the “quick” is painful and will cause bleeding. 3. Have everything ready before you start. Cats don’t like restraint, especially for long periods. 4. Place your cat in your lap, and gently hold one paw. 5. Unsheath your cat’s retractable nails by placing your index finger underneath one toe and your thumb over the top of the same toe. Squeeze your fingers together gently. As you do this, you’ll see the toenail protrude; it will remain extended until you release your hold….

How to Keep Your Cat Purring into Advanced Old Age
Blog / 02/25/2013

How to Keep Your Cat Purring into Advanced Old Age   Cats can live longer than many people think… 18 to 20 years is common. Here’s how to keep your cat purring into advanced old age. Steps: 1. Take your cat to the veterinarian at least once a year for a complete physical exam, and follow your veterinarian’s advice regarding preventive health-care measures. Preventing disease and maintaining optimum health are the first steps toward a long, healthy life. 2. Spay or neuter your cat as soon as possible. Having kittens, especially repeated litters, is stressful and will contribute to premature aging. 3. Keep your cat inside at all times to reduce the risk of accidents, injuries from fights or disease. (Some research suggests inside cats live twice as long as outdoor cats!) 4. Feed your cat high-quality food designed to meet the specific nutritional requirements during all stages of his life. 5. Prevent obesity at all costs by controlling your cat’s diet and engaging him in play activities. 6. Talk to your veterinarian about adding vitamin and mineral supplements, antioxidants and extra fiber to your cat’s diet. 7. Have your cat’s teeth cleaned professionally. Good dental health will add years…

How to Stop Your Cat from Chewing Electrical Cords
Blog / 07/23/2012

How to Stop Your Cat from Chewing Electrical Cords By Mary Mathews   Chewing on electrical cords can burn or shock your cat, causing respiratory problems, cardiac arrest and even death. Cat’s sharp teeth and their inquisitive nature can put your cat at high risk. This is especially an issue with kittens. Here’s what to do to stop your cat from chewing electrical cords : 1. Tape cords to the wall with electrical tape to help prevent your pet from gaining access to them. 2. Stow excess lengths of cord behind furniture or appliances, hidden from your cat’s view. Cats are attracted to dangling cords and may think they are toys. 3. Block access to visible cords by wrapping flexible safety cable (available at hardware stores) around them. Tin foil works well too, or even a thicker model or extension cord (that is too big for a cat to chew on) 4. Place contact paper, sticky side up, in the general area of electrical cords to discourage your pet from approaching them. 5. Apply unpleasant-tasting substances to exposed cords. These could include bitter apple spray, menthol, toothpaste, mouthwash or lemon juice. Experiment with different flavors, since cats’ taste aversions vary….

How to Break up Cat Fights
Blog / 05/16/2012

How to Break up Cat Fights By Mary Mathews   Here are some tips on how to do it… 1. Avoid hitting the cats or getting your hands anywhere near their mouths. Hitting could make the situation worse and could cause the attack to be redirected toward you. 2. Spray the aggressor with a water hose. If this doesn’t make a difference, aim for the nostrils. 3. Hold a broom between the cats to separate them. 4. Use a noisemaking device such as an air horn to drive the animals apart, and be prepared to move away quickly or defend yourself. 5. The quickest way to break up a cat fight is loud hissing, spitting, and a glass of water appropriately applied (aim for the face). 6. Put a magazine or a newspaper between the two cats to block their vision of each other. This works where the cats are in a frozen position, but not yet making contact. It allows the frightened one to run away (if it can) and you can pick up the dominant one if it is tame. Without blocking the sight of the other cat, picking up or even touching the aggressive cat can make…

How to Teach Your Cat to Come When Called
Blog / 03/29/2012

How to Teach Your Cat to Come When Called By Mary Mathews   To have your cat come when called by name is remarkably easy though it takes an understanding of the process. Here are some tips to get you started: STEPS: 1. Talk to your cat as much as you can. Encourage her to come to you, and regularly pet her and brush her. Bonding is very important, cat massage, baths and generally being on good terms is important. 2. Pick a special dry snack that she likes. It must be different to her regular dry food and only used for this (don’t give it to her at any other time until she’s mastered this). Make certain it is nutritious. I suggest a dry, crunchy snack that is also good for the teeth. 3. Pick a special word, such as “snack” or “treat.” It must be a word she will associate only with the special snack. This is creating an “anchor” (a trigger). 4. Use your special word during her next snack time. In her presence, place one piece of the food in her empty dish and say the special word. 5. Say the word again (and be sure…