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Infinite Cat Project Archives for October 2-6, 2017.

Mewsings, October 2, 2017: "Curiosity is the very basis of education and if you tell me that curiosity killed the cat, I say only the cat died nobly." - Arnold Edinborough

insulated outdoor cat house

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: The well-insulated outdoor cat house.

Cat Mewvie: The black hole of cat toys.

hitler cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

ancient egyptian bronze cat sculpture

Feline Art: "Cat with Kittens", Egyptian bronze, BC664BC.

cat wearing glasses

Keeping your senior cat comfortable

Dear Tabby,
As my cat is getting older, I often wonder if she’s comfortable and completely healthy. It’s so hard to tell if she’s 100% or not, the older she gets. How can I tell if she’s in pain or not?
Concerned about kitty’s comfort in Cottage Grove

Dear Concerned About Kitty,
This is indeed a timely question because September is Animal Pain Awareness Month. The International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management (IVAPM) launched Animal Pain Awareness Month in the hopes that more pet guardians learn about and recognize pain in their pets.

Unlike other companions, it’s hard for a cat to show their pain. Evolution is working against well-meaning guardians. According to the Okaw Veterinary Clinic, as both predators and prey, disguising pain can save a cat’s life: “The easiest prey for a predator to kill is the sick or injured one.” As solitary creatures, cats don’t have the protection of a pack either.

Here are a few telltale signs your kitty is in pain from the Cat Hospital of Chicago:

– Less to nonexistent grooming OR too much grooming
– Strange or changed sleep patterns, e.g. sleeping on only one side
– Decreased appetite or disinterest in food and water
– Less social and interactive with you/the family OR hiding more
– Growling or hissing when stroked, touched (in a particular area) or moved
– Change in posture, e.g. is she more hunched back?
– Less activity, e.g. has she stopped or is she struggling to jump in her favorite spots?
– Ongoing purring; purrs can be used to comfort, calm or heal cats
– Not acting like herself, e.g. more cranky or restless than normal

Since our feline companions don’t communicate pain and discomfort the same way other animals do, it’s important that you watch for signs of pain and stay up to date with vet visits. With a little care and consideration, you can ensure that kitty is happy and content, well into her golden years.

Mewsings, October 3, 2017: "I have studied many philosophers and many cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior." - Hippolyte Taine

fake Trump photo

Gratuitous Kittiness: Guess which image is fake.

Cat Mewvie: Cat  on a bike ride.

business cat sits comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat painting by andre beaulieu

Feline Art: "Cat" by Andre Beaulieu.

Mewsings, October 4, 2017: "Everything I know I learned from my cat: When you're hungry, eat. When you're tired, nap in a sunbeam. When you go to the vet's, pee on your owner." - Gary Smith

mother tiger licking kitten

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Maaaaa, cool it! The guys are watching!"

Cat Mewvie: There's dead and then there's dead with a side of ham.

cats watching aquarium comic

Today's Kitty Komic

leopard and cubs painting

Feline Art: "Leopard and Cubs" by Johan Heokstra.

Mewsings, October 5, 2017: "It doesn't do to be sentimental about cats; the best ones don't respect you for it." - Susan Howatch

cat looking through blinds

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Hey, I can see your trashed blinds from here."

Cat Mewvie: "Do you hear me knockin'? Then let me in!"

let sleeping cats lie comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat painting impressionistic

Feline Art: Cat painting by Lindsey Kustusch.

Mewsings, October 6, 2017: "The purr from cat to man says, 'You bring me happiness; I am at peace with you." - Barbara L. Diamond

three black cats

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "You shall not pass!"

Cat Mewvie: Oh, those little ears.

cats and can opner comic

Today's Kitty Komic

cat sculpture savchuk

Feline Art: "Saatchi" by Andriz Savchuk

cat on skateboard

Old cats CAN learn new tricks.
by Heather Yamada-Hosley

You might believe that cats are impossible to train, but really, you can use a similar approach to training a dog. As you can see in the above video, cats can learn a ton of tricks! With some effort and patience, your cat will also have a few tricks down pat.

Every cat is different, some are easier to train and are more motivated by your affection, some aren’t motivated by any sort of treat and are tough to teach. You know your cat best, so don’t be afraid to re-evaluate if your cat needs more time and patience than you’re willing to give.
Keep in Mind

Be committed: Don’t rush into trying to teach your cat the full trick. Break it down into small steps and work your way towards the full trick. This will take time and patience, so be committed in order to be successful.

Have really good rewards: Wet food, canned tuna, or cubed chicken work well for most cats, but yours may prefer extra pets or playtime. Make sure to give them this treat only when training, so it becomes a positive experience for them.

Go slow: You may spend only five minutes a day on training, to keep your cat’s attention from wandering. This means it can take months for your cat to master a trick. Cap your training sessions at 15 minutes to avoid wearing out your cat—and yourself.

You want to set your cat up for success, so be flexible and figure out what works for them. Deva on Adopt, Don’t Shop shares how she switched up a training technique to better fit her cat, Garbanzo.

There may even be things you’ll need to change in your training method – for example, when we first started training Garbanzo, we would hold his hoop in our hands…and our hands smelled like treats. Instead of walking through the hoop, he started following our hands and biting them. We definitely didn’t want him learning that trick! By adding a stand to the hoop and giving him a bit more space, we avoided teaching him a bad habit and helped him focus on the behavior we wanted to reward.

Unsurprisingly, your cat may learn tricks, but may not be interested in performing them on cue 100% of the time. If your cat isn’t in the mood to do a trick, be okay with trying again another time.

Tricks to Try

If you’re not sure what you want your cat to learn, here are a few popular tricks to start with. Pick one and focus on teaching your cat to master it before moving on to another.

Harness and leash: Teach your cat to be okay with having a harness on, so you can eventually work up to taking them on walks.

Shake: Your cat offers its paw to “shake” hands with you.

Name recognition: Coming when their name is called, which is useful if they slip out an open door or window.

Jumping through a hoop: You can also replace the hoop with your circled arms.

If you want to use clicker training with your cat, here’s a quick tutorial on how to get started. If you decide not to use a clicker, you can sub in another verbal cue, like “good” or “yes”.


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