Kitty Time

12 Jun

Kitty time. The time it takes for a cat to do something is what I call kitty time. It is important to understand that cats do things at their own speed. When we try to force them to conform to our time frame we can create problems.

I heard from a new adopter that their new cat was very stressed. It turned out that the new cat was simply turned loose in the house and expected to adjust immediately to both the resident cats and dogs. Cats are not dogs. Even a new dog should be given an ajustment period before being thrown in with the rest of the animals. For cats this even more important.

When I explained that the cat needed to be slowly introduced into the household the adopter said that they would try. The new cat was returned only a few days later. They wanted a cat to adjust during their time frame and not the cat’s.

Even I have to remind myself they are cats and everything will be accomplished in kitty time!

Handmade Critters for Cats

10 Jan

I first saw these handmade Critters for Cats on Hauspanther.  I immediately ordered a catnip filled snake from Patti Haskins’ Etsy Shop.  It came in just a couple of days.

When I went to open the package my two catnip loving cats, Adi and Ari, came running to investigate. Obviously it it was stuffed with quality catnip. I have never seen them running when opening a package before. The snake came nicely wrapped in pink tissue paper. I barely had it unwrapped when Adi had the snake.  Ari decided that he wanted to play with the obviously catnip scented tissue.  Then they traded the snake back and forth for almost an hour. They loved it!

In the morning I found it tucked into my bed! I can guarantee you I will be ordering more of these wonderful toys. Thank you to both Patti Haskins and Hauspanther for this great find!

Scratching Posts

15 Nov

Scratching is one of the biggest complaints people have about their cats. Cats need places to stretch and scratch. Unfortunately most furniture is more desirable! Why?

Most commercial scratching posts or horizontal scratching pads are too short. The other day as I cruised the aisle of one of the big box pet stores the average length or height was 14 to 18 inches. They may work for a young kitten but not an adult cat!

So follow these guidelines for finding the right post!

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How Do I Get My Cat to Stop Biting Me?

7 Nov

My newest endeavor is answering training problems for readers of The Catington Post. This week Christine wanted to know how to stop her cat from biting her. It seems to occur when she was either petting or grooming her cat. You can read my answer here.

Never Underestimate a Cat

5 Nov Edward and Fergus

A blog from my dear friend and trainer, Lena Skov, about her training experience with a cat. To me this is what sets apart a great trainer from just a trainer. When you truly understand how others learn it can be applied to any species. And that is what allows incredible things to happen!

Never Underestimate a Cat

 

Wordless Wednesday: Adopted Pets Rock!

16 Oct

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My Shira, a Bengal, and Adi, a Tabby-Tortie, are both my beloved adopted rescues!

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