5 Easy Tricks You Can Teach Your Cat

Have you ever caught yourself wanting to brag about the skills of your cat to your family and friends but you don’t have a lot of time or don’t know where to start? Well, We have compiled 5 of the easiest tricks you can teach your cat. With a little time and a little practice, sprinkled with a dash of patience, you and your cat will be performing adorable tricks in no time.

Shake hands

This is the easiest tricks you can teach your cat. Simply hold your cat’s hand and shake it for about two seconds just before you feed it food. You may choose to shake both hands. You may even choose to shake each hand twice. After a few repetitions, your cat will eagerly extend its hand in anticipation of mealtime! 

Play Dead 

Hold a treat to your cat’s nose. Make sure the treat is also visible for the cat to engage more of its senses. Let the cat follow the treat as you slowly bring it closer to the ground. You may need to let the cat eat the treat despite not being fully lying down yet. Just repeatedly do this until the cat is full lying down. Say the cue word, “play dead” once the cat lies down. Soon enough, your cat will lie down on cue for yummy treats. 

Fetch 

Infuse your cat’s favorite toy with the scent of cat food. You may also use tuna juice in this. Get the toy close to the cat for it to smell. After which, throw the toy at a close distance at first. If the cat moves close to the toy, reward it with food and praise. It may take many tries for the cat to get that the goal is to bring the toy back. Patience is key. You may add the cue word, “fetch” once the cat starts to bring the toy back. 

Sit

Hold a treat close to the cat’s nose while visible to the cat’s eyes. Slowly lift the treat up to encourage the cat to follow it and assume a sitting position. Once the cat is in the sitting position, feed the cat, say the cue word, “sit”. Praising by petting also helps with motivation. 

Jump

Use the same technique you used with teaching the tricks, sit and play dead. Hold the treat close to the nose. Make sure the cat is able to see the treat as well. Slowly raise your hand until the cat is sitting. Raise the hand with the treat higher to encourage the cat to exert effort to follow it by trying to stand. Feed the cat the treat at this point. Repeat the process but this time do not feed the cat at standing position. Lift your hand even higher to encourage jumping. Only feed the cat when it jumps. Say the cue word, “Jump” Be careful not to be accidentally bitten by being vigilant. After a while, you will have a jumping cat any time you want. 

These tricks are easy because these are based on actions that your cats are already familiar with. You just need to be consistent with your cat’s training. Treats, Tenacity and Time are the three T’s of Teaching tricks.

Household Items that Might Kill You Cat

Right inside our very homes lurk items that pose serious risks to our feline pets. These items might look harmless, sometimes beautiful, and hidden in plain sight but they are dangerous to cats. 

It is, then, the cat owners responsibility to take precautions to make a house cat-safe. It is the cat owners tasks to do research and take steps to ensure these little love balls are free from threat brought about by everyday household items. 

We have compiled a list of common household items that pose serious risks to our beloved furry friend: 

Junk Food Packets 

Be careful with just leaving around opened junk food packets. These pose a fatal choking hazard. The food contents of remnants make the packet all the more enticing to check out. There have been many reports of pets dying of suffocation because of these food packets. Other items that pose serious choking hazards are strings, bones, toys and other small items. Just like when a house has a kid, having a pet in a house means that the homeowners must always be on the lookout for possible deadly items in plain sight because there are a lot of them. 

Cleaning Chemicals 

Bleach, detergent, shampoo, and other nifty cleaning materials are very useful in the house. However, it must be noted that these almost always contain chemicals that are harmful when ingested. Some cleaning solutions are especially toxic, like muriatic acid, that even just skin exposure or inhalation already inflicts damage. Make sure that these items are stored in a cabinet with a lock to keep away from the curious hands of pets and children. 

Caffeine 

Caffeine affects pets in a similar way it affects humans. Since it is a  stimulant, it causes raised heartbeats, restlessness, hyperactivity and the like. It worse cases, it causes vomiting and seizures. Because pets weigh significantly less than humans, they experience adverse effects quickly and gravely. Pets must not consume any caffeine. Keeps, coffee, soda, and teas away from your pets. 

Similarly, although a depressant, alcohol poses a similar threat and must be off-limits all the time. 

Yeast Dough

Evolution has rendered cats unable to digest plants. Hence, cats are strict carnivores. This is why doughs with yeast or any mixture with a rising agent must not be consumed by cats.  The warmth of the cat’s stomach will cause the dough to rise and expand and cause a myriad of intestinal problems. The yeast will also be absorbed are alcohol and cause alcohol poisoning. 

Indoor Plants

These may look beautiful inside your homes but if you have a pet, you have to be conscious about your choice of indoor plants. Aloe vera and lilies are toxic for cats. Aloe Vera cause stomach upset and vomiting. Lilies are toxic for cats and will cause kidney damage. It is imperative to not have these plants when you have a cat. There are also other plants that are equally as harmful. Do your thorough research before buying a plant when you have pets at home. 

Having a pet brings so many forms of joy. Having a pet also brings responsibility for the entire lifetime of your pet. Cat owners must take care of their cat holistically. Cat owners must eradicate every form of danger so that your cat can live a long, happy and safe life. Simply, cat owners must be on top of everything. There’s a reason they call it “cat parents”. 

How to Choose the Perfect Scratching Post

Getting your cat a scratch post will not only make your cat happy. It will also make you happy, by extension. Scratching is a primal instinct of cats. The sensation of clawing and ripping through a material and the sound of scratching are extremely satisfying for felines. In the case of humans, having scratch-free sofas and carpets are extremely satisfying. Thus, investing in a scratching post really does bring benefits for humans and felines alike.

It is important to purchase a product that would entice your cat to use it. Otherwise, it will just be a complete waste of resources. 

Here are things to take note of in buying a cat scratching post: 

Residential Size

The size of your house is an important factor to consider in choosing the right scratching post for your cat. If you live in a small studio-type condominium, you must stay away from scratching posts that take too much space. Doing otherwise will make you despise your purchase. For the ultimate space-saving hack, there are scratching boards you can just attach to walls. 

Scratching Post Kind

There are many kinds of scratching posts available in the market: hanging scratching posts, standing scratching posts, mat type scratching posts. There are even ones that double as a cat porches. 

Cat Size

One has to consider the size of the cat when trying to buy cat products. It is best that the size of the product is a perfect fit. 

Height

There is a plethora of anecdotal evidence on the internet that cats like scratching posts that are tall. Cats like to stretch and extend their bodies upward as they scratch. 

Eco-Friendliness

Look for scratching posts that are made of biodegradable materials. Wood, cardboard and natural fiber are good options because they do not leave a negative impact to the environment. Plastic, on the other hand, stays in this world for about 100 years—that’s way over human and cat lifespans!

Durability

Cats are magnificent at survival. They have this innate instinct for safety. The same instinct stirs cats away from scratching unstable things. In the wild, cats usually scratch trees because of their stability. Try to look for scratching posts that are sturdy and stable. Also, notice the way the post stands on the floor. Make sure it is secure and not wobbly. 

Material

The scratching post you choose must not be made of fabric or carpeting material. Posts like these would associate these materials with scratching. Your cat will not be able to distinguish which items are for scratching and which ones are off limits. Protect your carpet and furniture bu sticking with scratching posts made of natural ropes or cardboard. 

Use the tips above to find the perfect scratching post. Let the scratching post be your furry love ball’s object of fascination. This way, you get to keep your cat happy and you get to keep yourself happy with your impeccably flawless couch.

How To Keep A Fun Picnic Day With Your Cat Fun

Going on a picnic with your feline friend is definitely a pleasurable activity. The sun, the wide patch of green grass, the trees— all complete a beautiful bonding day. Going on a picnic day with your cat definitely is a fun activity. We, as responsible cat owners, must just take note of a few things to keep it that way.

With the Australian Northern Territory’s Picnic Day holiday coming up, we made a list of things to remember to keep a fun picnic day fun: 

Leash Training

Make sure you give your pet leash training a few weeks in advance before your trip outdoors. Most cats are not comfortable with physical restraint and would try to wiggle out of it. Giving your cat able time to be accustomed to this garment will benefit your picnic adventure.

Always holding your cat by a leash will ensure safety at all times. Even when you feel that your cat does not need a leash, it is important because to err on the safe side as the outdoors is a new environment for your pet. As they say, it is better safe than sorry.

Sometimes, cats can also learn to stroll with a leash. That would be another fun bonding activity with your cat. 

First Aid Kit 

Go on a picnic responsibly by preparing a first aid kit. The same first aid kit for humans will also work for cats. What is important is after the preliminary care, professional medical care must be sought. 

In the case that your cat goes missing, physical pictures, cat collars with complete contact information or GPS tracking device will come in handy. 

Cat Reactions

Observe your cat’s attitude towards other people and animals. Sometimes inanimate objects like cars and lawnmowers elicit reactions to animals. Observe if your cat is afraid or agitated with dogs, cats, cars, and even children. If they display strong reactions to the following, it may not be the best time to bring your cat to a picnic. Picnic spaces can sometimes be crowded and this might overwhelm your pet. 

Slowly ease your cat to whatever she is afraid of or agitated with. For instance, If your cat is afraid of the sound and sight of moving vehicles, you may try to hold your cat close to you, with a lease of course, as you try to watch moving vehicles. You a slowly increase the length and proximity as your cat gets more comfortable with every visit. 

Cat Crates Or Cat Bags

Going on a picnic will entail travel. Training your cat in cat crates and cat bags will ensure safe and comfortable travel. Training can sometimes take time, so give ample time for your cat to learn prior to scheduling an outdoor trip. 

Sunscreen

Cats, especially short haired ones can get sunburnt. Areas that are especially vulnerable are the ears and nose. Consult your veterinarian for the best sunscreen for your cat. 

Toys 

Toys are great ways to entertain your cat. If you feel like the picnic is boring your pet, toys will come in nifty to entertain, distract or calm it. 

Poop scooper 

It is illegal to leave animal drippings so having a poop scooper ready. Newspaper pages would also work well in this situation and is actually the more environment-friendly and sustainable option. 

Water

Hydration is important when going outdoors to avoid dehydration and heat stroke. The sun will be bright and shining and the day will be warm and beautiful so it is important to make sure your cat has adequate water to stay hydrated and cool. You may also bring camping coolers for a steady supply of cool water. 

Treats

It is not a picnic without treats for your cat. Treats that your cat does not usually get will make the picnic special for your feline friend. So go splurge a little on that yummy treat you’ve always wanted to buy for the little kitty. 

It is best to keep human food away from cats because not only are they not the best fit for your cat, they may also harm them. 

Letting your cat participate in activities that are not usually part of their usual routine definitely would contribute to them leading an enriched life. Bringing them along would also serve as a bonding avenue for you and your furry friend. So keep that picnic day fun by keeping it safe.

How to Discourage Biting in Cats

When you notice that your cat is using biting to communicate what it wants, you have to take urgent action. If they bite you to get try to get what they want, like to get out of a room or stop a petting session, you have to take steps to discourage this behavior for the best.

Usually, cats are very protective of their stomachs. It is because their belly is the most vulnerable part of their body. If your cat displays dislike of you going close to that area by clawing or biting, avoid touching his belly. 

Kittens usually bite or claw when they get playful but for adult cats, biting or clawing means that they want something to stop. 

Here are tips on how to stop biting in cats: 

Hands are not toys.

Presenting your hands as something to chase and pounce on is never a good idea. This will send the message to your cat that your hands are toys. It is difficult for cats to unlearn this so it is best that your hands are not associated with the idea of playthings. 

Use Verbal Communication.

Use a firm and commanding voice to assert your dislike of the action. Yell but do not scream. Cats can respond to the tone and volume of your voice. Be consistent. Every time your cat bites you, even playfully, raise your voice. Your cat will soon get the idea. 

Scruff!

MImic what a mother cat does when a kitten gets rowdy. Hold the scruff behind the neck and hold the cat to the ground as you yell “no”. After about 5 seconds, release the cat. Your pet will be able to grasp the idea because this form of training is innate to it. It has been ingrained to its instinct from an early age. 

Distract your cat. 

Make sure that your cat has enough opportunities to exert their energy. A good fifteen to twenty minutes of play time would go a long way. Play with your cat regularly because not only will it entertain and tire your cat, it will also great bonding. Using toys for playtime also establishes that these items are for playing— not your hands. 

Here are great toys that’ll keep their teeth and claws off you: 

Fishing toy- You will get to manipulate the item as your cat chases it. It is a real win-win. 

Stuff toys- they can wrestle with these cute little toys. Cats have this affinity for rabbits and mice, so if you can get stuff toys of these kinds, that would work best. 

Balls– they roll freely which makes them great from chasing and pouncing on

Consistency is king. You may find it sometimes that your cat’s nibbling and clawing is cute. However, if you allow biting sometimes, your cat will not be able to distinguish acceptable biting from the unacceptable. It is best to discourage all forms of biting. 

Get your cat fixed. 

Asise from the many health benefits of neutering or spaying your cat, the procedure will also make your cat calmer and less aggressive. Further, research show that fixed cats live longer and healthier lives. 

Training your cat to not bite and claw you and other people is crucial to harmonious and pleasant living with your cat. Invest time to train your cat. It will save you from stress and bite marks.

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