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Can You Train A Cat?

Cats have a reputation foe being fiercely independent and have a mind of their own. Is it possible to teach your cat new tricks?

Mant cat owners think that there cat is simply too moody and sullen to listen. Some owners feel their cats are un-trainable simply because they are arrogant. The fact is many times pets don’t obey because they don’t understand what you want from them. So, if you have attempted to train your cat there is a slight possibility that you may not be doing it right.

Good Kitty:

Training your cat takes time and patience. It takes more of that than it does with a dog. A sure way to achieve results is to use positive reinforcement. Whatever you do, don’t scold your cat because she is likely to just misbehave when you aren’t looking. Instead, praise and reward good behaviour. Any cat can learn. It is recommended to start when the cat is relatively young, eight to ten weeks would be ideal. But, the pet will do well at any age.

How do you get started?

The first thing to start with is training your cat to come when called. Have your cat’s favourite treat and call his name. Start by making sure you cat is in a good mood. Try to make sure that there isn’t a great deal of noise. Distractions will only slow down tha cat or befuddle him. Decide on a single command. The direction should be short and easy to say. It is important to note that simple instructions work well such as come kitty or here kitty. Try and get down to your cats level by kneeling or sitting on the floor. Verbalise the command. Your voice should be happy and excited. When your kitty comes to you, reward him a treat. Insure that you praise and reward your cat. Then, try moving away and do the same thing again. The aim is to use the same tone of voice and the same command each time. Work on it for no more than ten minutes. If your cat is showing signs of boredom or frustration it is time to stop. Repeat this two to three times a day for approximately a week. Once he gets this command, you can move on to others.

There are many things that your cat needs to learn for his own well being are needed to teach all cats. For example, he needs to learn to accept a harness and leash in case you are required to travel with him. Furthermore, your cat should learn to use a carry box.

A Harness and Leash:

To do this, you’ll want to start by putting the harness on him. Do not under any circumstances attempt to restrain your cat once it is place. Praise and reward him for it. Give him a treat for behaving so well. When he is used to wearing it, attach the leash to it and simply let him lead you throughout the area. Try coaxing him into following you with rewards and praise. Many cats will learn to heel on the leash. But, most won’t. All should learn to not panic or to struggle, though when wearing a leash.

The Crate:

When it comes to the crate, it can be done a little simpler. Cats love warm dark spaces and so placing a comfortable blanket or even a favourite toy inside the cat’s crate. Give him praise when you place your cat inside. Try leaving your cat there for a few minutes. Please let your cat out within a three to five minute time frame. Try not to offer him praise when he leaves the crate because you do not want him to think this is the good behaviour. Ensure that you offer rewards whenever he goes in. Try leaving the cat in the crate a little longer each time. Eventually your cat will be trained well enough to keep him in there.

I hope these simple tips will show you how useful it can be to give your cat a little discipline.

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This post was written by Noel D'Costa on April 19, 2010

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In What Areas Can Your Cat Sleep?

Upon bringing your new kitten home please ensure that he has a suitable place to sleep this is a basic requirement.It requires a great deal of thought before going to collect your kitten!

Several people have very strong opinions regarding this matter.  They don’t want the kitten to sleep anywhere but in its own bed – perhaps a basket that’s been bought especially for it.  They certainly don’t want kitty finding its way into bedrooms or sleeping on sofas/armchairs.There are several cat owners who allow the cat to choose where it wants to sleep.There are no correct or incorrect decisions on this matter, the only thing that matters is what works for you and your family.It is essential that you make the decisions and preparations needed prior to introducing the kitten into its new environment.

Upon deciding that you want the kitten to sleep in its own basket you now need to give adequate thought to whether it will sleep in the kitchen, in your bedroom or rather another part of the house.This kitten has entered into your home after being taken from its mother earlier on that day.Your ne wkitten will be happy to play and be fussed over, however, when everyone leaves to go to bed your cat is going to feel alone and frightened.If possible use the blanket that his mother had been using to sleep on as it will still hold her scent and will provide a great deal of comfort and security. 

Unless you want to give the kitten the idea that it’s ok for it to sleep on your bed, you shouldn’t bring it to bed even on the first few nights when it’s mewing for its momma.  That would be setting a precedent that you will find hard to break once he gets into a habit of sleeping beside you.You might need to think about sleeping next to his bed for a couple of nights until he is more settled in this new environment.

If you permit your kitten to sleep in any bed in the house, then you must take a few precautions to ensure that he is hurt throughout the night.  Arrange pillows or rolled towels around him to act as a buffer between and him – or if he has a small basket, see if there’s a place this can sit on the bed without being in danger of being kicked off! 

Despite thinking you know where your cat is likely to sleep be prepared to find him elsewhere!Cats are very independent creatures and will rarely fall in with our plans do not be disheartened if your cat fails to respond how you want or sleep in an area you would like, rather find a compromise you can both agree on!

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This post was written by Noel D'Costa on April 19, 2010

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Kittens, Cats and Vaccinations

A pedigree kitten should have had its required vaccinations prior to you buying it. When buying a pedigree kitten you need to remember that they come with paperwork which verifys what vaccinations have been administered and when. If you are purchasing an average moggy then you will need to throughly consider the issues surrounding each vaccination yourself.

All kittens ought to be vaccinated before they are allowed outdoors. This is to build their immune system up. The vaccination process usually starts between 6-8 weeks so that it is possible that if you take your kitten hoome at 8 weeks the likelyhood is he will have already received his first vaccination. Generally the shots are given 2-3 weeks apart and there are usually 3 shots in total. A rabies jab is rarely included in the initial vaccinations given to your kitten, if your kitten is permitted to go outside this is an additional shot that you may wish to discuss with your vetinarian.

The shots that younger cats get will cover them against such diseases like:

Rhinotracheitis which is characterized by symptoms like sneezing, fever, ocular discharge, and coughing. 

Calicivirus- which affects the breathing system, and has characteristics like pneumonia, diarrhea and sometimes arthritis. 

Feline Distemper which is associated with diarrhea and vomiting type symptoms.

Feline Leukemia Virus otherwise referred to as FeLV – destroys a cats immune system and is known to be responsible for thousands of feline deaths as it leads to fatal infections.

Feline AIDS-is very much like FeLV and effectively destroys the immune system of the cat making it more susceptable to fatal infections.

FIP or Feline Infectious Peritonitis to give it its proper name is an incurable infection which attacks the abdominal area.

Chlamydia – affecting eyes and respiratory area, this disease is both common and contagious.

It is important to note that some of these vaccinations will need to be updated annually to ensure your cat’s immune system is running at its best please check with your veterinary clinic to ensure that your cat’s jabs are always up to date.

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This post was written by Noel D'Costa on April 18, 2010

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Neutering Your Cat A Decision To Be Made Sooner Rather Than Later

Many people have a strong opinion as to whether or not they should neuter their kitty. There are many who have kittens who think it is a cruel process to deny thier kittens of the opportunity to have kittens- or simply can’t begin to imagine why they have to conisder something like tthat about a tiny little kitten. Several people who are not cat owners think that all cats shoild be neutered and then get a reputation for not liking cats.

In all honesty unless you want your kitten to father kittens or have kittens of its own you need to consider your kitten as soon as possible. Many people think that they have to wait until their queen kitty goes through her first “heat” cycle. This isn’t the case. It is important to remember that her system is mature enough to cope with this procedure. Usually this is around 5 months old. If you decide to wait until she has had that cycle please be prepared for the loud serenading “beaus” who come “calling”! 

Neutering your kitten early means that they are less likely to have much reaction to the operation at all – as with humans, the young are more adaptable to their situations. A neutered kitten is likely to be back on its feet within a few hours wobbling towards his food bowl! Your cat will continually wash at the stitches and you may be terrified that he will wash them out, it is important to take preventative measures to ensure that nothing happens to them throughout the night! By the next day kitty should be swinging once again from your curtains. 

Although most cat owners can see the advantage of neutering their queen, not many realize that by neutering a tom, they not only stop him from populating the local area with off-spring, but they will take that “tom cat” smell away.   The urine of a neutered tom cat usually smells less intrusive that that of a non-neutered one. 

Regardless what some people may think, neutering your kitten isn’t a negative thing. You can be confident that you are providing your cat with all he needs safe in the knowledge that he will not be adding to the cat population!

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This post was written by Noel D'Costa on April 15, 2010

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