How to Introduce Your New Cat to Your Kiddies

Cats are known to be aloof and sometimes even dubbed as a demonic spawn in some websites and social medias. But people can’t get enough of their adorable purrs and meows that seem to melt your worries and hurt away. While commonly cats are adopted by single and couples around the globe, most families find the allure of getting pets for their kids.

Cats are known to be aloof and sometimes even dubbed as a demonic spawn in some websites and social medias. But people can’t get enough of their adorable purrs and meows that seem to melt your worries and hurt away. While commonly cats are adopted by single and couples around the globe, most families find the allure of getting pets for their kids.

Getting pets for your kids not only make them happy and gain a loyal friend, it’s also a nice way to introduce responsibility and respect in such a young age. But mostly, kids below the age of 6 usually have trouble approaching the new house cat regardless of the age of the cat. If you find yourself in this predicament, you can follow a few steps that might help your cat and kids bond.

You have to keep in mind that your kid isn’t the only one nervous – your new cat might be scared and lost as to what happened. Especially if you have rescued the little furball, it’s a traumatic experience to be placed somewhere they’re not familiar with. There is an effective programme that the kids can follow after the cat has calmed down and got used to your new space. Let the cat be comfy with your home first before you can secure contact with it.

If it starts to walk more casually and not easily startled by any movement, maybe you can teach your kids and yourself these simple steps:

Ignore the cat. It may sound contradictory with what you have in mind, the cat needs more time to get used to its new home. It might even hide from time to time when it feels threatened by the movements and the sounds you make. This is perfectly normal, but the length of time needed to make the cat feel comfy with your family might vary. Just make sure you dedicate long patience for this adorable furbaby.

Blink slowly. Cats are sensitive, so as odd as this sounds, blinking slowly is a way to convince the feline that you’re not going to hurt them. You can teach your kids this trick to make the cat understand that you’re not a threat, and so is your family.

Create activities with the kids and cat. When the cat feels safe in your house, it’s time for them to mingle with the kids. It can be a simple activity like giving them treats and playing with them with some cat toys. While your cat might respond, make sure that you supervise this as the cat might still be on its guard and a slight quick movement or excited noises can make the cat jump or possibly scratch the kid. When the excitement is building up, break it off and leave the cat by itself.

Gentle strokes. Cats are natural hunters, and any rash and quick strokes will be mistaken as an attack. What you can teach your kids is to gently stroke their back as gently and as little as possible. When the cat fully trusts you, it will sit and tuck its paws in – this is usually the loaf sitting position the internet loves – and let you stroke its back. Don’t chase the cat if it runs away and try again some other time

Wait for the cat to go to you. This is the reason why the cats are infamously known as sassy or aloof since they only come to you when they want interaction from you. This is especially crucial for kids as they are easily excited and might even accidentally pull the cat’s tail and ears. Tell kids to only interact with the cat when it comes to them and not to bother it when it constantly runs away.

How to Help Your Cat with Depression

How to Help Your Cat with Depression

Lately, have you noticed mood or personality changes happening to your cat? Maybe you should take the time to check on what’s going on. Your cat might be suffering from depression. Yes, cats can suffer from depression but this is not similar to a person who is diagnosed with clinical depression.

Unfortunately, the symptoms can be caused by the variety of reasons and conditions. It is important that we can understand our furbabies. Veterinarians don’t have diagnostic criteria for cats like psychologists have for humans. They would assess them through activities and behavioural patterns.

Signs of a depressed cat:

  • Your cat can’t talk so try to be observant and see if they got signs of depression.
  • Oversleeping. Cats normally sleep around 12 to 16 hours daily. However, if you start noticing that your cat is sleeping excessively and lack its interest in things then you should do something to aid your cat.
  • Poor appetite. Cats love to eat but a depressed cat doesn’t have the appetite to eat.
  • Hiding or clinging too much. We really love our cats to cling on us or play hide-on-seek but these are things you need to check properly. It can work as an indicator of depression.

Poor grooming. You will notice that a cat is not happy when they can’t groom themselves. There can be hair loss and they look as not as charming as they used to. They scratch a lot which could scar or leave marks on their body.

Low-pitched meows. Cats are noisy by nature but you should take note on what type of voice or purr they do.

Know the causes and get the right assistance

After a thorough evaluation of their condition, try to bring them to an expert and check for tests that might help you in understanding their situation. Their physical health must be examined to secure that there can be nothing to bother them. It is always important to know what are the stressors.

Veterinarians would provide a prescription that perfectly works fine with the cats you go to understand how each of them works to the system if the cat. Another good reason why you need to check on your cat is that they might be injured. Early prevention can stop complications in the future.

A lost in the family member can be painful and your cat is also affected. This can an animal, a person, or both. This can be temporary but be cautious in adding or making them meet a new family member. Take it slow and allow to adjust on how your cat would react to it.

Making them feel better again

After all the observations and tests that were conducted, spend more time to your cat. Give more quality time and make them feel that they loved. Just like us humans, we feel better once we notice the support we got from our friends and family.

Give them a place where they can enjoy their time alone. Also, don’t forget to play with them. This exercises their body and regain their energetic vibe. Make sure you giving them the right nutrition with their meals.

How to Become A Good Cat Trainer

How to Become A Good Cat Trainer

You must be wondering if your domestic cat can do great tricks similar to wild cats or dogs on TV shows wherein they can be trained easily. You feel like your cat has its own life and don’t want you to boss around This is common but there are ways to train and teach them amazing tricks. Once the secret is out, you will be amazed at the things they do!

 

Here are the key points that would work well in training your cat:

Patience. It is important that you are patient in teaching them. This can be challenging but slowly through their own time and pacing you will notice how things are changing. They can easily acknowledge our commands and tricks in the future. It can take days, weeks, or even months to master a certain trick.

Be patient to in handling their mood. You must have a designated schedule in training them. Make sure that in this time span you can give them the right motivation. Avoid tiring them because they might not follow or do it again. You should consider having breaks as well since this can build stress and frustration in your end.

Commitment. Patience and commitment is always a deadly combination. You should be committed to teaching them. Try to create a plan regarding the process on how you will teach them. This can make you focus on the areas that your cat must improve on. No excuses in training your cats you must be committed to the schedule you have for your furbaby.

Always evaluate their capacity and make some adjustments if you think they are having a hard time. If you make the cat feel comfortable with the type of activity you guys are doing then, this can be used as an advantage to you. Try to stick with the schedule they can give to you.

Rewards. A reward will always be a vital part of this training. Just like any performer whether animals or humans, this can give them motivation to the task or trick. You got to be considerate with their feelings and observe how they perform it. This is a positive way to bring out the best in them. Make them feel that they are doing great no matter how big or small the act is. Give them an acknowledgment on every right thing they do.

Give cues like, “yes” and “good’ to help them remember the trick or action. Use your hand or a clicker to give signals on what kind of act they are about to do. Try to schedule the training before their meals. This will help them to become motivated on what they can do.

Communication. Build a connection to communicate effectively with your cat. You got to learn how they respond and understand the underlying meaning behind their actions. Through proper observations, you can start interpreting their mood.

It would be better if you are going to ask for help from other people who are training their cats as well. You can ask for tips and ideas that are going to b helpful to you.

Woof and Meow Together

Woof and Meow Together

Cats and dogs are known to be rivals. Whether you find them in the aisle of the streets or in the corners of your home, they would always make a fuss and don’t get along well. However, there are exemptions to the rules where some of them can become the best of friends. If you decided to get both a cat and a dog, it is important that you do the right introduction and make them feel comfortable with each other.

Meet and greet

You need to prepare your home to what is coming and make sure that you’ve got everything you need. You need to be cautious in bringing them together. Try to be familiar with each other’s behaviour and age. If the dog is familiar in following orders from you  then, try giving commands that would allow things to be easier. They can be aggressive inmost times but if you make them feel relax with each other then it can progress into better outcomes.

Sniff here, sniff there

Sniffing is an important gesture to animals. This is a common practice in communicating and a way to welcome others. A sniff to their beddings and toys to lessen curiosity.  Try to observe how they would react to each other and let them do their thing.

Food and toy separation

Animals are territorial by nature. It is important that you consider separating their food and toys to avoid problems. Mealtime would be troublesome if they are going to have the same bowl together. You got to remember that they are still trying to make themselves comfortable with each other.

Private space

We want them to get along well but we should not forget that having their personal space is important. You should keep the cat’s litter box away from them. When a cat would do their thing, it should be peaceful and away from all the fuss. Dogs wouldn’t understand that and might start playing with the cat and not to mention that they might eat these feces on the box. This is also a healthy practice since we don’t want any parasites lurking to our babies. Sometimes also, even if they get along, cats would want some time alone.

Give both an equal love

Show them that they are being loved equally. Just like us humans, they get jealous over with the one getting more of the attention. Make them feel that they have nothing to fear and relax at the same time. The meet and greet stage might take time but once they feel that they are being treated fairly then this can help to open up more.

This can be hard to some but be patient to your babies to adjust with their new companion. Anytime soon they will start playing and hanging out together. They might still fight but not as enemies but like siblings. Be observant and aware to what changes can happen between this period. Always remember to check their needs so the results will be purrfect!

Less Scratch from Your Cat

Less Scratch from Your Cat

A cat would normally scratch walls, floors, boxes or any surface they would want to emit their odor into. This is a way for them to create a mark in order for other cats and humans will see. This can be annoying sometimes and nothing is safe from the attacks of our feline friends.

As an owner, you must understand that this behaviour is a common practice. There are ways to help both of your cats and protect your properties from all of these scratches.

When you are at home..

Use your tone of voice. If you notice that your cat is about to scratch again, give a sharp warning directed to them. This will help in reducing their interest from scratching things. However, this is not an assurance that they will not do it again in the future.

Sprinkle them a bit of water. Cats hate water. If you decided to spray or sprinkle them water then they will run away. For every time you would do this, they start to scratch the furniture then it will become a punishment to them. This is a safe way to shoo them off and there are other repellents you can actually use aside from water. Check pet shops to learn more.

Distraction is the key. You can redirect their attention through playing with them. Throw toys and other stuff that can easily catch a cat’s attention. They will go after it and possibly play with the toy or thing you’ve thrown at them. You can even pet them so they can behave from scratching.

When you are away..

Run for cover. Make sure you will cover the furniture or any valuables you do not want your cats to start scratching too. Try putting on sticky tapes since cats don’t like sticky stuff. There are even a specialize tapes for this occasion. Try to have the right covers for your property wherein it will not be in reach to the cats. There are materials as well that are made to deter cats from these areas and surfaces.

Close doors to rooms with objects. If you know that a room is filled with valuable objects then it is important that you keep the door close. This will prevent them from coming in and start with the usual havoc they create. This area should be free from damages so make sure you never forget to keep openings to be close. Remind other people to always keep the cats from coming into that place.

A sturdy scratch post . It is important that you will give them a designated scratch post area. Cats can easily find scratching posts outdoors but on the inside, take the time to plan on where to post and buy them. There are shops you can visit and check the products they are selling related to this matter. Make sure that it is not covered with y obstacle so they can easily visit it.

It is important, as an owner that you are keeping both of your properties and the cats are safe. We spend a lot to buy of our furniture so we should be mindful on how we can protect them from scratches. We need to secure the safety of our cats as well. Some may consider declawing wherein it is known to cut off the fingernail to the last and this can affect your cat entirely. We know that their sharp claws are important to them.

Cat Language: Understanding Your Feline Better

Cat Language: Understanding Your Feline Better

Understanding your cat is a bit mystifying as you don’t have any clue what they are trying to say. Humans rely primarily on verbal communication, whereas cats, other than meowing, communicate in a silent language. They use sign languages in complex combination — their vocalisations, facial expressions, and tail movements indicate their moods in an obvious manner.

Just like humans, your feline companion also has different range of emotions, they feel anxious, sad, angry, happy or loved. It would be awesome if there’s no language barrier between you and your little rascal, right? With the help of practice, soon you will easily decipher what your cat is saying to you, and to your other furbabies without a hitch!

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Being Angry

When your cat is showing signs of anger, you will need to be very careful. As much as possible, do not infuriate your angry cat as this will make everything worst. Avoid touching, staring, or shouting at him/her. Don’t make sudden movements as they may interpret this as an additional threat and may snap. The best thing to do is to give your cat space and time to calm down — remove any threats and pull back slowly. If this happens on a regular basis, you might want to seek help from the vet for further information.

  • Signs:
    • Fur will stand out straightly, front legs are stiff, and they will try to appear larger and menacing.
    • Tail is straight and stiff or tucked under their body.
    • Ears will be in “airplane” form (flat back against their head) with whiskers completely stiff.
    • They will be hissing, growling or spitting.
    • Eyes will be fixated with narrowed pupils.

 

Being Fearful

Cats who are afraid can be deciphered easily. Whether they are scared by seeing unfamiliar visitors coming to your house or scared by unexpected loud noises, comforting your cat by stroking his/her fur is not something ideal to do. They are showing signs through their body language that they are afraid, and the only way for them to return to their normal state is when they feel safe. Wait for your cat to calm down. Again, don’t try to move your cat to comfort him/her under his/her fearful state, you will be interpreted as another threat if you do.

  • Signs
    • Eyes will be widely open, with pupils completely dilated. Whiskers will be flattened away from your cat’s face.
    • Ears will be flattened, and may be possibly angled upwards.
    • They may possibly growl, spit, hiss or even snap.
    • Tail may be curled under their body.
    • Legs will sometimes be straightened up for them to appear taller.

 

Being Happy

Nothing is more relaxing than having a happy feline purring gently on your lap. This is the best state we all want our cats to be in — free from stress and any signs of threats. One obvious way to know your cat is happy is when he/she wakes you up in the morning, or they come down running up to greet you when you arrive home. You know, if the cat is happy, highly likely the furparent is too!

  • Signs
    • Having a good appetite. Will ask food by rubbing their body around your legs and meowing.
    • Whiskers are relaxed and tail is held up with a bit of a curl when they are standing.
    • Their paws may be tucked in neatly underneath their body when lying down.
    • Ears are pointed up but in a relaxed manner, and may sometimes swivel gently when sitting.
    • Will gently purr and eyes may close slowly when being petted.

 

Being Laid-back

Being relaxed is how your cat should spend most of his/her waking hour time. This is one of the most essential parts of cat language. Cats should look worry free and contented with how their surroundings go by, and show enthusiasm with their environment.

  • Signs
    • Eyes will slowly blink or is half-closed.
    • Ears are relaxed and is held upright casually.
    • Body is laid-back with no sign of tension or stress.
    • Whiskers are relaxed and cat’s face appear to be smiling.
    • Their paws may be tucked in neatly underneath their body when lying down.

Take time to observe your cat’s behaviour by these helpful tips. Soon you’ll understand what your cat is saying to you like a pro, and perhaps even respond in cat language too!  

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