Cat Behaviour: September 2008 Archives

Really people, as a parent, all I can say is Neo was too freaked out by the crying and the poop and round the clock feedings to want to even get close to the baby!

picture_cats_kittens_stretching.jpgBut some people say, ….well, the cat gets jealous, so it wants to hurt the baby. My answer to that is, if you go changing their lifestyle, like suddenly locking them in the basement or the garage when the new baby arrives, cats are likely to have some behavior issues.

Just imagine how it is for them if you start doing things differently. One day, they get to run around the house anytime they want, sleep on the sofa anytime they want, get petted by you anytime they want. Then the next day, they are locked in the basement alone for hours on end, or forgotten outside all night.

Sudden changes to the cat’s lifestyle will cause behavior issues. If things are happening to the cat that never happened before, it’s going to be a little disturbing for the cat. And yes, the cat might think that the baby has something to with it. But cats have awareness about them; they know that this new baby is your “kitten” so they won’t hurt it because they love you. Cats are pretty resilient, they get used to the new baby pretty fast.

pictures_cat_bath_baby.jpgRemember that your cat is a part of the family too, and if you are sensitive to the needs of your family members, everyone will get along fine. So don’t make sudden changes to your cat’s lifestyle, and include your cat in the caring of your baby. So if you pet him at the same time every day – keep doing that. You can even pet your cat and speak softly to him while your baby is close by so your cat gets to understand that this new baby is nothing to fear.

Please don’t get rid of your cat or lock him up just because you have a baby. Your baby will learn from young how wonderful cats are!

I tried to cuddle Neo as much as possible and to give him extra play time because I could tell that he was nervous about the baby. Eventually, he became comfortable with her, after he got used to the noise, the smells and having to share my attention. Now he is very tolerant of her and even puts up with her trying to carry him. What was it like for you and your cat when you brought home the new baby?

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It's no wonder that cats are such good hunters! This cat manages to move toward the camera without being seen moving. Imagine if you were a little mouse and this was happening to you - you'd wonder, what? is that cat getting closer? no, he's not moving, but then.... well, as a mouse you wouldn't have time to finish that thought. Enjoy.

I forgot about this video, but a friend reminded me of it when she saw me giving Neo a spanking/massage like this. Neo doesn't like it as rough as this cat does but he sure loves a bum rub at the base of his tail and hind legs.

Cats have a bundle of nerves around the base of the tail and it can feel good to have it scratched, rubbed or spanked. Some cats find that area too sensitive and can't be touched there, but others like Neo, like a little spanking once in a while.

Do a little scratch test, if you scratch your cat at the base of the tail and he turns around and swats you, or gives you the look that tells you to stay away. Take heed and don't do it again. But if your cat lifts his little butt up and meows happily, that's his way of saying keep going!

But don't try it has hard as this cat likes it, this cat likes it unusually hard, you can even see him asking for more when the person stops!

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maddy_first_night.jpgMy wife used to tell me how much I would love a cat. To be honest, I hated them. My experiences with cats at that point were pretty bad.

What changed my mind was a cat named Joey. My friend Frank asked me to pet sit his cat and of course my wife jumped at the chance. I wasn't crazy about the idea but it was for a buddy so how could I say no? Sensing that I wasn't a cat person, Joey made every effort to convert me the first day she was with us. One day and many treats later, I had a new furry friend. I wanted one of my own.

At the time, I didn't know what to look for in a kitten. I simply visited my local pet store and picked out what I thought would be the quietest cat out of the litter. My cat Maddy (pictured) is the complete opposite of quiet! I found that out twenty minutes after bringing her home.

The kitten purchasing experience was a blur to me and had no idea of what I was doing. With that in mind, we get a lot of e-mails from subscribers and visitor asking, "what should I look for in a kitten?"

Here's a check list of what you should be looking for when purchasing a kitten from a litter or a pet store:

  • Kittens learn a lot from their mothers, if the mother is calm and sociable, chances are her kittens will be too.
  • A kitten handled by gentle humans especially during the first days of his or her life will be more sociable and accepting of various social situations.
  • If the kitten appears to be playful and happy, that's a good sign.
  • Look at the kitten's ears and make sure that they are not inflammed, dirty-looking and are free of any odd discharges.
  • Make sure the kitten has pink gums and has musky yet healthy smelling breath.
  • Look for fleas as near the scalp of the kitten's coat
  • Make sure that the rectal area is clean and that there is no sign of diarrhea or tapeworms.
  • Kittens are generally not pot-bellied, if they are, this may signify worms.
  • Even at a young age, your kitten should exhibit very good coordination skills with his or her paws.
  • Compare the kitten to the other kittens in the litter; try and determine if the kitten looks excessively thin.
  • Look at the kitten's eyes and make sure they are clear and free from tearing.
  • Excessive sneezing, coughing or wheezing may indicate that there is an issue with the kitten.
  • Take your new kitten to a vet as soon as possible! This is very important.
  • Choosing a life long companion is a big deal, try and do it carefully. There's nothing worse than bonding with a kitten early only to find out there may be a serious health issue the kitten.

    Has this ever happened to you?

    Click here for my past posts, our archives have hundreds of helpful cat information post for cat lovers.

    In this video clip you see a cat giving the reporter ample warning before scratching her. The cat even tried to jump down, but she just kept holding him. Listen to the cat growl and hiss, that is not the sign of a cat, "having fun" like she said.

    But do you really have to be a Cat Person to know growling means the cat is getting angry? "Put me down" is not hard to interpret, unless you aren't listening.

    FYI, if a cat starts meowing like this one, put him down and leave him alone. Cats don't put up with stupid people bouncing them around and they usually let you know they aren't happy by meowing and growling like this one did.

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    So you've done everything, got the double sided sticky tape, the perfect scratching post but your still wont use the scratching post?

    Make sure your scratching post has a toy on it! See this cat go crazy for his toy in this video. A toy on the post makes your cat feel like he's hunting.

    Find out why your cat needs to scratch here and see another cat go crazy for her scratching post here.

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    images-4.jpgThe only effective method is double sided tape. Yep. That's it. Just try it. People try all sorts of things, spraying with water, putting vinegar on the furniture, even using chemicals and toxins. But nothing works as well as double sided tape.

    The best way to discourage your cat from scratching is to put some double sided tape on the furniture in the spot where they like to scratch. It may not look nice but it works. you can even get it in clear so it's not as noticeable.

    So here's what you do, look at what he is scratching and try to figure out why your cat likes it so much, maybe it is the height of the chair, or the texture of the fabric, or the loop in the carpet. Because cats need to scratch, you have to figure out why they like that particular thing the most.

    images-1.jpgThen you get your cat scratching post that you want him to scratch that has the same appeal as the furniture. You put the scratching post close to the piece of furniture that your cat wants to scratch and stick some double sided sticky tape to the furniture.

    Cat's hate having sticky stuff on their paws so the double sided tape will work. Trust me. But only if you give your cat an alternative to the furniture he wants to scratch.

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