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How to Win Over a Nervous Cat

When you first get your cat it may not be the cuddly little ball of fur that you imagined it would be. You probably thought that it would be ready and willing to accept affection whenever you chose to give it. Some cats however, are very shy by nature, these are the ones that will hide and act scared of you if you look at them. Below are a couple of ideas that may help with the problem.

It is not unusual for a cat to be cautious and timed for the first couple of weeks or so in its new home. The more contact a cat has with humans the less timed it will be. Do not force the issue; instead give your cat a little space. Your kitten will probably approach you once he becomes sure of its new surroundings.

If you have a particular nervous cat, one way to gradually get a cat used to petting is to gently wrap your pet in a thick towel, to prevent it from scratching you, and gently stroke its head. Talk to your cat softly as you do so. Set aside a time each day to perform this bonding ritual and your shy cat may grow to trust you enough to stroke it without the towel, remember patience pays.

Bribery can often work wonders with nervous cats. Try offering a tempting healthy treat, if your cat is hungry enough to overcome its fear and stay still to eat its treat, stroke it gently, don’t make sudden movements! You may have to persevere, but often your pet will eventually accept and enjoy your petting.

Never lose patience, and remember that your nervous cat is not rejecting you, it is just an in built protective reaction to something that has given it cause to be wary of humans. Love and perseverance will often win the day, and you will be rewarded by your cat’s affection

Cats go Crazy over Catnip

Giving a catnip is probably one of the most irresistible things that you can give to your cat. Anything that is touched with it can make them go crazy as if they are just some addicting stimulant drugs that will make them forget everything. Once a cat has sniffed the catnip aroma some of them will look really drunk or behave like an addict. They forget about nearly everything else and will continue to sniff it while, dancing and wiggling around.

There is no need to be alarmed and you do not need to take them to the vet, they are not intoxicated or drugged. They just cannot help the feeling of sniffing the irresistible scent but once they have been removed, they will go back to their normal behavior. It can give you much amusement watching your cat have fun with its catnip.

Catnip is an aromatic herb that belongs to the mint family. When their leaves are broken, they release a type of minty chemical that cats cats simply find irresistible. This chemical is called Nepetalactone and it has the capability to stimulate all of the five senses of your pet. They will make their sense of hearing sharper, they will make them lick their paws, they will feel itchy or slithery, they will see things so beautifully, and of course they will sniff some more. There is no need to become alarmed this is just a natural reaction. Just consider it like a light addiction similar to humans when we go gaga when we see our favorite celebrity or become too excited because we won in the lottery.

In the same way as humans, different cats will have different reactions to catnip. They do not respond in the same way because some will just show a little effect but there are also those that will act as if they have just become crazy. There are those who are not contented with a single sniff but there are also those who will sniff as if they are not interested at all. This is just to show that they also have individual personalities just as how much different we are when we respond to celebrities. The good thing about this is that it is very amusing to watch your pets suddenly change its attitude once you let them sniff this herb. Fortunately, the chemicals in catnip that can make our pets act so crazily are safe and not addictive.

How catnip gets cats high
They seem to be enjoying themselves, don´t they?

KONG Feather Top Carrot Catnip Toy, Cat Toy, Orange
publisher: Kong
ASIN: B0006L0TF4
KONG created these safe, high-quality toys without elastic, strings, mylar or exposed bells. As a bonus, you can open the patented “hidden” closure and refill the toy with our potent catnip.

Kong Catnip Cat Toy, Squirrel
publisher: Kong
ASIN: B0006G511G
KONG created these safe, high-quality toys without elastic, strings, mylar or exposed bells. As a bonus, you can open the patented “hidden” closure and refill the toy with our potent catnip.

KONG Cat Toy, Duckie Catnip Toy
publisher: Kong
ASIN: B0006L2M0O
KONG created these safe, high-quality toys without elastic, strings, mylar or exposed bells. As a bonus, you can open the patented “hidden” closure and refill the toy with our potent catnip.

Why Won’t My Cat Use The Litter Box?

The biggest complaint that cat owners have is when their cat suddenly decides that it doesn’t want to go to the toilet in its litter box. Besides the smell, there is the added cost of ruined rugs and the embarrassment when visitors stop by.

Cats by nature are normally naturally clean animals and you will need to investigate as to why this habit has changed.

The first reason cats stop using their litter box is cleanliness. How often do you clean the box? Some cats are happy with the box cleaned once a day, others prefer to have it cleaned each time they have used it. In the latter case, it might help if you can invest in a self-cleaning litter box. If cost is an issue, then try cleaning the box more often and see if this helps.

Have you recently changed the brand of litter that you use? Cats are very much like humans in that most prefer the brand they are used to. This doesn’t have to be the most expensive; some actually prefer the cheaper brands. If you find a litter that seems to make your cat happy, stick with it.

A cat may stop using his litter box due to illness. If you think that this could be the case it is worth taking your cat to the vet to have it checked for a possible urinary track infectiion. A cat with this infection may feel pain upon elimination and associate that pain with the litter box. Most cats will not stop using a litter box once trained and it should be possible to find the cause. Start the process by elimating one things at a time. Have you changed the position of the box? Used a different cleaning agent?

ScoopFree Self-Cleaning Litter Box

publisher: Brilliant Pet

ASIN: B000ELUQQS

 

ScoopFree® is the self-cleaning litter box you can leave alone for weeks at a time. It is the only self-cleaning litter box that uses disposable litter trays to provide hands-off convenience and unbeatable odor control. You don’t have to see, touch, or smell messy waste. Simply load ScoopFree with the disposable litter tray pre-filled with Premium Blue Crystals. When your cat uses the litter box, the crystals immediately absorb moisture and odor and begin to dehydrate solids. Twenty minutes later, ScoopFree’s rake automatically sweeps the waste into a covered compartment, leaving the litter smelling clean and fresh. Simply replace the disposable tray every few weeks, and the litter box is just like new. ScoopFree is so reliable it comes with a 90-day money back guarantee.

Omega Paw Self-Cleaning Litter Box, Pewter

publisher: Omega Paw

ASIN: B005E2S77C

 

The Roll Away Self Cleaning Litter Box cleans in just seconds without scooping. Inside the litter box there is a unique patented grill that separates out the clumped waste, depositing it into the pullout tray. The Large Litter Box is great for big cats or for multiple cat households. No electricity or expensive filters needed!

Both you and your cat will be happier for the effort. He stays out of trouble and you benefit by a cleaner-smelling house and nice carpet. .

Kittens – They Love to have fun!

One of the most adorable things about kittens is the mischief they are capable of getting into – adorable in someone else’s home anyway.  It is not always so funny if it is in your home that the kitten is ripping your stuff to shreds, or chewing it to death.

What does a kitten’s owner do then. The first thing ‘not to do’ is to yell at the kitten, the kitten only wants to have fun after all. Count to 10 and keep calm.  Firmly take the kitten and saying “No” in a clear firm voice put the kitten in his bed.

Next you have to identify why the kitten got up to mischief in the first place, was the kitten bored, offered too much temptation or is he practicing his hunting skills. Usually it’s a mixture of boredom and practicing his hunting skills that gets a kitten into the most trouble around the house. Boredom leads a kitten to find things that tempt him to playful mischief such as trailing plants or apples that roll. A cat loves to hunt however, and so occasionally he will “kill” the odd cushion.

Buying a few cat toys will help teach your kitten what is acceptable to play with and what’s not. A great toy is a soft ball, it doesn’t have to be a small one, some kittens are quite happy pushing something around the house that is about half their size so long as it is not too heavy. A ball made out of scrunched up newspaper is another good play toy but make sure that you scrunch the paper quietly so that any loud noise doesn’t scare him.

Another easy toy to make is a simple piece of household string tied at the end to a piece of stiff card, gently run this around the floor and watch the kitten go! A great idea if you want to tire the kitten out.

Any toy that has been filled with catnip – some kind of dried herb that cats go crazy over – is destined to keep him amused for hours, but often the most entertaining of all for kitty is a box with large holes cut into it that he can jump in and out of.

A kitten getting up to mischief can often be frustrating, but given the right toys, he’ll not only entertain himself, but he’ll also keep you entertained watching the antics he gets up too. Remember, he’s not intending to be mean when he does something he shouldn’t, he’s just bored, so find something to occupy his mind.

Cat Dancer 301 Cat Charmer Interactive Cat Toy
publisher: Mountain Pet
ASIN: B0002DHV16

Cat Charmer is an interactive cat toy designed to charm and not harm. With a polycarbonate wand and very colorful fabric, Cat Charmer provides excellent aerobic excercize and is a safe interactive toy for all kittens, cats, and kids. Now with bright new candy colored wands and a fun selection of colors.

Colorful Springs Cat Toy – Wide – 10 pk.
publisher: ETHICAL PRODUCTS INC
ASIN: B000CMKHDG

Who knew such a simple toy could be so much fun? Cats go crazy for these bouncing, pouncing colorful springs.Size:Each spring is 2″ long x 1″ diameter.

Bergan Turbo Scratcher Cat Toy, Colors May Vary
publisher: Bergan
ASIN: B000IYSAIW

The Turbo Scratcher cat toy offers hours of fun and exercise for your cat while reducing potential furniture damage due to scratching. Catnip and ball included. Scratch pad is replaceable. 16” Diameter x 1.88”

Play-N-Squeak Mouse Hunter
publisher: Our Pets
ASIN: B001HWF2W6

Play-N-Squeak Mouse Hunter – Satisfies your cat’s preying instinct safely, and with no mess. Your cat will stay busy hunting, chasing, stalking and pouncing, and don’t be surprised if her brings you his kill as a gift. It’s that realistic.

SmartCat 3833 Peek-a-Prize Pet Toy Box
publisher: SmartCat
ASIN: B0006VMN4O

Cats have an instinctual desire to watch cracks and crevices, especially when they know that something is hiding just beyond their sight. The Peek-A-Play Toy Box is designed to build on your cat’s instinct by partially hiding some of your cat’s favorite toys, and your cat will go crazy fishing them out. Peek-A-Play is especially great for those times when you have to leave your cat home alone, because this toy will keep your cat occupied for hours. Rotate the toys in the box so they are always digging for something different, and for extra fun, put a few food treats inside.

Why do Cats Scratch?

Even cats that roam freely outside look for something when indoors that they can scratch.
There are several reasons why a cat needs to scratch;
Cats will scratch to sharpen their claws.
Scratching will show their superiority over weaker cats.
Cats use scratching as a way of exercising the extension and retraction of their claws.
They will be marking their territory.
When a cat scratches it may even be getting rid of anger or frustration.

You can see there are many reasons why cats need to scratch, but you certainly don’t want them to use your furniture as the scratching pad therefore it is a good idea to supply the cat with a good scratching pad and let them know that that is what it is intended to be used for.

Put the scratching post in a place that is easily accessible to the cat particularly when it is finished eating or grooming itself and is likely to feel like having a scratch.

Whenever the cat looks like it is going to scratch your furniture or anything else that you don’t want it to scratch, quickly pick it up and put it near the scratching post so it learns that the scratching post is where it should be scratching.

If the cat tends to scratch a particular piece of furniture or other item in the house on a regular basis, then remove that item and replace it with a scratching post. The cat will begin to learn that it is the scratching post that it should be scratching and nothing else.

The more time you spend with your cat when it is young, training it where it can scratch, the less trouble you will have as it grows older.

Sometimes a cat will scratch as a form of devotion, or leave its scent over your own scent. Rubbing your hands or clothing over the scratching post will leave your scent on the post and often this is all that is needed to encourage your cat to scratch the post.

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Cat Sounds

We all know how to imitate cat sounds and it is certainly one of the first few things that we teach our children. Aside form teaching how to count and how to memorize the alphabet, you probably have already taught them the different animal sounds. Aside from an “aw, aw, aw” and a “moo, moo, moo” you must have already taught your children from which animal “meow, meow, meow” belongs to. However, you must be surprised that this is not the only thing that can come from these feline animals because they can also change their voices. Aside form a meow they also have other vocal registers that can range from a simple purr to a loud howl and even chirping noises.

This may seem odd because you are only familiar with meow but you must also realize that their family is big and they have their own characteristics. For instance, a lion, which is from the feline family, growls and do not meow. And even if we are talking about the domesticated members, cat sounds can still vary depending on what the situation and their needs call for. Just think of the analogy as to how humans speak. And although we all have similar voice physiology, it does not necessarily mean that we all have similar registers. Some are nasal, some are very thin, some are very throaty, and some are very pitchy. Aside from these differences, we also sometimes tend to change our tone depending on the situation. Sometimes we shout, sometimes we whisper, sometimes we modulate our voices, and sometimes we just hum.

The same is also true with cat sounds. A soft meow means they are in a friendly mood because they have a companion or they want to greet their master. If it is more strident, it means that they are seeking for attention or they are demanding something such as food, or water. And if you will not give them what they want, they will usually give out a loud and very strong meow. This perhaps is the most irritating because it is intended to make you annoyed so that you will just give in with their demands. On the other hand, a scream means that they are in danger or in pain. This is very hard to ignore because they are usually already wailing. Screeching is also very loud and it is an indication that they are preparing for a fight.

There are still other cat sounds and it can be very amusing to understand all the possible emotions that they may convey.

Cat Sitting Pre-Conditioning

Cat sitting is one of the simplest tricks that you can teach your pet because it is very easy. If you are interested in teaching some tricks, this is probably one of the first things that you may want to try out basically because the position is very easy to imitate and follow. In fact, if you are good, this can only take a couple of days if it is really smart and you are precise with your instructions. Besides, they are very intelligent animals and you just need to make them mort alert and easily comprehend your instructions so that they will know what you will have to do. However, you also need to make it plain and simple at first so that they will not be confused. Although they may be considered as intelligent animals you also need to remember that they are not used to these things that is why they also need to be considerate if they will not be able to pick it up as easily as you may have expected.

One of the techniques by trainers so that they can easily teach cat sitting is a method called conditioning. This is a scientific method where you are going to train to perform a certain thing once they have been triggered by a certain stimulus. Let us use the analogy of a guy who loves to watch move. For instance, if you like to watch a movie that is set on a 6.30 pm time slot, it can be assumed that you are already sitting on the sofa and in front of the television set on or before 6.30. And by that time, your friends usually arrive to watch the same show and you prepare them snacks. Perhaps, you have been doing this same habit for a few years already and it had already become a routine. However, there is an instance when your friends called and they informed you that they cannot arrive. Nevertheless, you still fixed some snacks as if your friends are still arriving. This happens because your mine was already pre-conditioned do to certain things.

In terms of cat sitting, you can also use the same pre-conditioning technique. Some of the most effective stimuli that you can use are food. Whenever you teach your pet, give them a piece of food whenever they accomplish something. Think of it also as a reward for their obedience and the joy that they bring because you are successful.

There are several sites in the internet, eBook, audio clips, and books that can give you more techniques on cat sitting and you might want to try them out.

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