Cat Project Archives for October 2-6, 2017.
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
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: The well-insulated outdoor cat house.
Mewvie: The black hole of cat toys.
Feline Art: "Cat with Kittens",
Egyptian bronze, BC664BC.
your senior cat comfortable
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
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
– 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
– 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.
3, 2017: "I have studied many philosophers and many
cats. The wisdom of cats is infinitely superior." -
Gratuitous Kittiness: Guess which image is fake.
Mewvie: Cat on a bike ride.
Feline Art: "Cat" by
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
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Maaaaa, cool it! The guys are watching!"
Mewvie: There's dead and then there's dead with a side
Art: "Leopard and Cubs" by Johan Heokstra.
5, 2017: "It doesn't do to be sentimental about cats;
the best ones don't respect you for it." - Susan Howatch
Gratuitous Kittiness: "Hey, I can see your trashed blinds from
Mewvie: "Do you hear me knockin'? Then let me in!"
Feline Art: Cat painting
by Lindsey Kustusch.
6, 2017: "The purr from cat to man says, 'You bring
me happiness; I am at peace with you." - Barbara
Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "You shall not pass!"
Mewvie: Oh, those little ears.
Feline Art: "Saatchi"
by Andriz Savchuk
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
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
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”.