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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!

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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!

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Walking a Cat on a Harness and Leash

6 Aug

Shira is an active cat. When she gets going she can circumvent my livingroom without ever touching the ground! I wanted her to be able to get out and explore without the dangers of just letting her out the door. So Shira has been learning to use a harness and leash. Continue reading

Of Cats and Dogs

21 Jul

Ahhh… my apartment is quiet. Only the sound of the fan can be heard. Shira is curled up in my lap sleeping while I doze off in my big chair. Meanwhile, my dogs, Asher, Shay and Tova are asleep on the floor. Continue reading

Charging the Clicker

12 Jul

Charging the clicker is when you condition your pet that the “click” means a treat is coming. The “click” then marks the exact moment that your cat or dog (or any pet for that matter) does the right thing and earns a treat.

When you are working with dogs this is very easy. Most dogs will stand on their heads for a treat if they could. This is not quite the same with a cat. The first two weeks Shira was with me I just let her settle in. I was also trying to figure out what she even liked to eat. At the shelter she did not eat well. They told me that the first week she was there they had a hard time getting her to eat anything. Continue reading

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