Did you know that kittens and cats can be trained? Many people think that bad behaviour is a part of owning a cat. That you should let them scratch your furniture and there isn’t anything you can do about it. Well, i’m here to tell you that just isn’t true!
Here at SoPurrfect we believe that every cat and kitten has good behaviour just waiting to burst out. If you want your cat to behave well later in life then you must begin training them while they’re kittens. It is much easier to train a kitten to good behaviour (like not scratching furniture, or not jumping on counters) than it is to re-train an older cat.
What are the basics of kitten training?
being consistent – you need to make sure you are sending them the same message every time. If you don’t they become confused.
being timely – if you are going to use a spray bottle, you need to use it immediately when you see the naughty behaviour.
lots of positive reinforcement – give your kitten lots of positive attention when you see good behaviour.
One of the most common cat behavior problems is scratching. In order to feed your cat’s natural need to scratch you need to provide him with a scratching post and encourage him to use it. In the meantime, cover the areas that the cat seems to prefer to scratch on. Eventually the cat should take to the scratching post and ignore his old scratching spot.
Using a litter tray
One of the most common cat behavior problems is that your cat is not using the litter box. To fix this you need to get rid of any unpleasantness that might be around the litter box. Since cats value their privacy the first thing to do is put their litter box in a quiet and private place. Also, to let them have their own litter box that no other cats or dogs use. Since cats are clean animals they also refuse to use a dirty litter box. Their litter box needs to be kept clean in order for them to use it. With kittens, you also need to watch out for the “potty dance” where they will start scratching in an area getting ready to go to the litter and you need to pick them up and move them to the spot you want them to use as the toilet.
Do NOT reprimand your kitten during training.
What did most parents do whenever we wronged during our childhood? Instead of punishing us they took their time to teach us on the things we were weak at, and we should similarly do the same to our kittens. Focus on making your relationship interesting, fun, rewarding, and playful. Its cats nature to be excessively active and they usually get destructive when bored. An everyday relaxing massage and play session will help him to keep come. Cats that feel dismissed regularly quit utilizing their litter box however, that can be changed the moment you start paying a lot of attention to them.
If you are going to use a spray bottle then make sure:
You fill it with water only
Spray your kitten only when they are immediately naughty – if the behaviour has stopped DON’T use the spray bottle
Give them plenty of positive attention when they stop the naughty behaviour
Provide a friendly environment for you kitten.
Kittens love to carry on with an independent life. Don’t anticipate that he will welcome you at the door when you arrive home from a long day at work. Do not expect your kitten to sit by your side all the time; they are not so much appreciative to these things. But, once you set up an environment for them that is pretty much independent then you can expect an adjustment in the behavior truly soon.
Reward and treat your kitten
Your kitten cannot not figure out how to do things overnight; be patient with him and take much time training him. The most ideal way kittens figure out how to do things is by rewarding them and positive reinforcement. When he conducts himself in a pleasant way reward him; this will give you more chances to educate your kitten on the things you need him to learn. If he permits you to tie a leash on him or responds to your calling then you should pay him back with a good treat.
Remember timing is everything in rewarding your kitten. Kitten have limited ability to focus, so the reward must come promptly (within seconds) of the conduct or your kitten won’t understand what it’s for.
Kittens or cats in general are to a great extent delightful creatures and their nature makes them interesting to live with. Kitten training may take additional time than training a puppy, but if you are patient enough to accommodate their slow learning progress, you will eventually see the splendid side of your cat pet and trust me it will be worth it.
Everything You Need To Know About Easter Lily Poisoning
Despite their magnificence, Easter lilies are a great health risk to your cat. Indeed, all parts of the sensitive white blossom that shows up on such a large number of Easter supper tables is dangerous to your cat. Only one bite of the petal, pollen, the stem, or even the leaves of an Easter lily can wreak havoc on your cats digestive system, if left unattended, can prompt kidney failure and demise. Keep in mind, Easter lilies are not the only kind of lilies that are poisonous to cats; rubrum lilies, tiger lilies, and a few types of day lilies are likewise life threatening to your cat friends.
Signs and Symptoms
Signs of possible poisoning regularly appear between 6-12 hours of exposure. Early signs comprises of lethargy, lack of appetite, vomit, and lack of hydration. Untreated, signs compound as intense kidney failure may develop, and signs observed with your cat of not urinating or urinating too regularly, intemperate thirst or not drinking water, and irritation of the pancreas might be a sign of lily poisoning. Uncommon signs may include tremors, confusion, drunk walking, and even seizures
With regards to treatment of lily poisoning in cats, time is of great importance. You should immediately look for emergency veterinary care. On the off chance that treatment is offered within 6 hours upon exposure, odds are that your cat will survive. However, following 18-24 hours upon exposure, the prognosis is not as assured, even for Kitty’s who get treatment.
Treatment involves emptying the gastrointestinal tract by making the affected cat vomit. This isn’t as much fun as it sounds. Veterinarians may likewise administer activated charcoal to neutralize the poisons. Intravenous liquid treatment is recommended for no less than 48 hours so as to treat or even prevent renal(kidney) failure. Your cat should be hospitalized and have his or her pee values and blood chemistry intently monitored to decide whether treatment has been successful .
The most ideal approach to protect your cat from lily poisoning is to ensure your it doesn’t have access Easter lily in the first place. The good news is, there are a lot of other wonderful Easter lilies that are nor poisonous to your cat, including Easter orchids, violets, Easter Cactus or daisies.
Arum(Zantedeschia aethiopica) or calla lilies and peace lilies (Spathiphyllum sp.) have crystals that are to a great degree irritating to your cats mouth and food tract, bringing about diarrhoea, vomiting, and drooling; but, they don’t influence the kidneys.
Valley lilies (Convalaria majalis) do harm to the heart, bringing about unpredictable heart pulse and low blood pressure, and can advance to seizures or unconsciousness.
Shouldn’t something be said about different sorts of lilies? Are they poisonous?
Various kinds of lilies like Peace and Peruvian lilies don’t bring about fatal kidney failure, yet they additionally can be somewhat toxic as well, as they contain oxalate crystals which causes irritation of the tissue in the mouth, tongue, throat, and pharynx – bringing about drooling. In the event that your cat is seen devouring any part of a lily plant, bring your it (and the plant) as soon as possible to a veterinarian for health care.
Today on SoPurrfect we have a special guest blog by Evelyn Valdez, creator of PlaywithMeow! She has kindly shared her experiences of moving with cats and how to settle them into their new home. Have a read and let us know what you think in the comments. You should also head on over to her blog and check it out.
How to Move to a New House with Cats
If cats were allowed to choose, they would choose to stay where they are already happy and settled in. Generally, cats don’t always find it easy to adjust to new surroundings and are extremely stressed when they move into a new home. Their nervousness and anxiety caused by the move may make the cat act in an unusual manner such as trying to escape or hiding. Today we are going to look at some of the things that you can do to lessen your cat’s anxiety when relocating to a new house.
1. Preparing Your Cat for the Move Process
The first action is to allow your cat to become accustomed to his carrier. The best way to do this is to leave it sitting out in your living room with the door open. Place a comfortable bed in where your cat can relax. Leave treats inside the carrier so that he can find them by his own. Feeding the cat inside the carrier will also help him to get used to the carrier.
Put your relocating boxes a couple of weeks before you start packing. This will allow your cat to become accustomed to their existence. If you find your cat extremely nervous when you start parking, it is a wise idea to keep him in a closed silent room away from all the noise and activity.
Ensure that your cat’s normal routine is not altered. Ensure you feed him at the right time and play with him so that he does not feel neglected.
If you have a cat that is easily stressed, you can consult your vet regarding using anti-anxiety medication that makes a move a bit more comfortable.
2. During the move
Before the relocation van arrives, keep your cat in a calm room. A bedroom is a wise choice. Placing the cat in your bedroom ensures that he will be familiar with the furniture and the surrounding. In case your cat finds it hard adjusting to the new place, you can keep him in the bedroom where he will find familiar furniture. This will let relax and feel safe.
Ensure that the door and windows are shut and then place the cat carrier, cat bed, water bowl, food bowl and the cat litter tray.
Put a notice on the door so that the removal men and family members know that the door should remain closed.
Place the cat in the carrier and keep him in the car. Never keep him in the boot of the car or together with the furniture. Ensure he can see you or at least feel that you are with him. If it is a hot day, ensure that the car is well ventilated. Additionally, if you have to stop for a break, do not leave him in the car. You should also offer your cat food and drinks especially if you the journey is long.
3. After the move
When moving house with a cat, ensure that the new home is cat proof. This will make sure that he can’t escape. It is also crucial to ensure that there are no poisonous plants or pest control traps in the house.
Take the cat in a silent room where there is minimal or no disturbance. Set up his food bowl, water bowl, cat litter box, as well as comfortable bed. You can also leave some treats around the room to encourage him to explore. After setting the room, you can now release him from the carrier.
For the first few days, keep the cat restricted to this room. This will make it easier for him to be familiar with the new surroundings. It will also be easy for him to access food, water, and litter box. After a small number of days, you can leave another room open for him to explore.
Spend quality time together with your cat in his room doing low-key activities such as reading or watching the TV. When your cat begins to explore, give him attention, playtime, and treats.
Provide a second cat litter box so that the cat can access it in case he forgets his room. The second litter box should be kept in your preferable location. Once the cat has finally settled, you can remove the other litter box.
Although moving your cat into a new home may be one of the most stressing experiences for your cat, using the above tips will help him to have an easier time. Additionally, using the tips will allow your cat to settle calmly with minimal problems so that he can achieve the harmony of the new home more quickly.
My name is Evelyn Valdez, creator of PlaywithMeow!I love all pets (especially cats) because they always make me happy and healthy. I want to connect with other pet lovers in the world to share experience in healthy and caring pets
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