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Infinite Cat Project Archives for May 28 to June 1, 2018.


Mewsings, May 28, 2018: "Cats' hearing apparatus is built to allow the human voice to easily go in one ear and out the other." - Stephen Baker


cat looking at plant

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "I don't know what this is but IT. MUST. DIE!"




Cat Mewvie: More new "Simon's Cat".

 

cat to the rescue comic

Today's Kitty Komic


cat on woman's chest

Feline Art: "Untitled" by Ilya Brezinski.

cat news

Outdoor-cat-to-indoor-cat
By Alma Gaul

Q: I have a 6-year-old cat and live in a townhouse, but am moving soon to a retirement home. My cat goes in and out as she wishes but always spends the night inside. My problem is that once I move, she will never be able to go outside again. We are very attached, and I don’t want to find another home for her, but I am afraid she will get depressed or worse? What should I do?

A: All pets could experience some change in their personality or behavior when undergoing a major change like moving to a new apartment or house. Like people, some will find it exhilarating and others may initially experience some anxiety to the new surroundings.

To help your cat adapt, make sure you have made the new place as cat-friendly as possible. As we have discussed in the past, environmental enrichment with plenty of scratching posts, cat perches and places to hide will be welcoming.

Of course the litter box needs special attention; at least two large litter boxes in quiet places with frequent cleanings will be appreciated. Sprays or plug-in diffusers that contain calming pheromones can also help.

Outside cats are typically hunters. You can simulate this predatory behavior inside by hiding treats — or your cat’s entire daily meal — in toys or designated areas around the home. This will provide an outlet for the hunting behavior and may keep your cat in good shape as the same time.

Have you considered taking your cat for a walk? Many cats do great with a harness and leash and enjoy a stroll with their owner. All cats should be micro-chipped; this is especially important for cats that do go outside and even more critical for a cat that has moved to a new neighborhood.

The move to becoming an entirely inside cat can be more of an issue for some cats than for others. If your cat is not responding positively to the changes, an anti-anxiety medication may ease the transition. Your veterinarian can discuss the pros and cons of this therapy.

The good news is that your friend will be free of the many dangers outside cats face, and we have every reason to believe he will not only adjust to your new home but live longer as well!








Mewsings, May 29, 2018: "Prowling his own quiet backyard or asleep by the fire, he is still only a whisker away from the wilds." - Jean Burden


two similar kittens

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Yeah, we're related. How'd you guess?"




Cat Mewvie: Roof-Ridin' Kitty.

 

robot and cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic


cat photo and art

Feline Art: "The Process" by Kenzie Miller.




Mewsings, May 30, 2018: The mathematical probability of a common cat doing exactly as it pleases is the one scientific absolute in the world." - Lynn M. Osband


security cam cat

Gratuitous Kittiness: New security cam.





Cat Mewvie: Cat correspondence course.

 

sphinx comic

Today's Kitty Komic

business cat art

Feline Art: "Business Cat", by Ilya Kushinov.




Mewsings, May 31, 2018: "Cats do not have to be shown how to have a good time, for they are unfailing ingenious in that respect." - James Mason


kittens in cage

Gratuitous Kittiness: "Pleeeeeease take us home!"




Cat Mewvie: The Bad Mystic

 

new cat comic

Today's Kitty Komic

baymax meets grumpy cat art

Feline Art: "Baymax meets Grumpy Cat" by Nina Levy.



Mewsings, June 1, 2018: "Meow is like aloha - it can mean anything." - Hank Ketchum


cat learns she's pregnant

Gratuitous Kittiness: When you learn you're pregnant.




Cat Mewvie: Parkour cats.

 

cat statue comic

Today's Kitty Komic

psycho cat art

Feline Art: "Untitled" by Emily Garces.


cat news

You're Training Your Cat Wrong... Probably.
By Linda Lombardi

Training has always been part of the deal when you own a dog, though methods have changed a lot over the generations. Cats are a different story—but they shouldn’t be.

“People don’t traditionally train cats because they think of cats as ... independent and full of free will,” says Sarah Ellis, co-author of The Trainable Cat. (Read how everything you think about cats may be wrong.)

“What they don’t realize, though, is that they are subconsciously training their cats on a daily basis.”

HERDING CATS

The bad news is that you’re often training your cat to do the opposite of what you want. How many times have you yelled "No!" and run over to scoop your cat off the kitchen counter? And yet, it never seems to learn. There’s a reason for that.

You think you’re scolding, but you’re “inadvertently giving the cat attention, which, in the cat’s mind, is better than nothing, and so it’s rewarding,” says Mikel Delgado, a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Veterinary Medicine at University of California, Davis.

It’s a basic principle of training: If a behavior results in something the animal likes, it’ll do it again. (See our favorite photos of pet felines.)

So, stop letting that principle work against you and get it to work for you instead. “Reward what you like and ignore what you don't like,” says Delgado.

THE POWER OF POSITIVITY
Training gives you a more effective way to communicate—and you may even find your cat communicates back.

Delgado saw this when she taught her cat to use the scratching post instead of trying to teach her not to scratch the couch: “When my cat wanted a treat, she’d go to the scratching post and put a paw on it and look at me like, 'Hey, are you going to give me a treat for this?'”

When you start ignoring undesirable behavior, you’ll need to hold your ground through the “extinction burst,” as trainers call it. (Learn surprising things you never knew about your cat.)

“Initially the animal will try harder, so if you stop getting up to feed your cat in the middle of the night it'll probably meow louder and walk on your face,” says Delgado. “You have to be very consistent in not responding.”

To start teaching your cat to do things you want, Ellis suggests training it to come when called. Stand two or three feet away, call your feline friend’s name to get its attention, then say, "Come," and hold out a treat.

If necessary, reach out with the treat then move it closer to your body to get the cat to follow it. Repeat until the cat starts to respond consistently, and then gradually call to your cat from farther and farther away.

RICH REWARDS

Once that makes a believer of you, you can start training you cat to do more challenging but useful behaviors, such as tolerating nail trims or going willingly into a carrier. (Read what cats are really trying to tell us.)

Always break the process down into tiny steps. For nail trimming, start by rewarding your cat repeatedly for just allowing a paw to be touched.

Once your cat is comfortable with that, give it a treat when you press its paw gently to extend a claw. Step by step, work up to trimming one nail, then more than one at a time. The process may sound tedious, but it’s worth it for a lifetime of not struggling with the routines of basic care.

Make sure you’re using food rewards that your cat is enthusiastic about: If kibble isn’t exciting enough, try soft treats, or bits of canned food. These rewards should be very small, and make sure to cut back a bit on your pet’s regular meals, to prevent weight gain. Train in very short sessions, and don’t try to progress too quickly.

“The most common mistake people make when training cats is to ask for too much too soon,” says Ellis.

Training is worth the effort: It's easier for you to care for your cat, as well as builds your relationship.

People who train their felines "feel that their cat is not just this willful, stubborn creature doing things to annoy them," Delgado says. “There are real benefits for the human-animal relationship, and it’s not as hard as you think."





 




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