wendell: August 2008 Archives

cat_training.jpgI'd say cat training tips is one of the biggest requests we get from our readers. Based upon my own experiences and some tips I've researched, here is this best advice I can provide.

One of the issues that most people don't realize is that cats can not be trained like dogs. Cats and dogs have completely different social structures which makes it a challenge to train a cat if your previous experience is with dogs. In my opinion, cats are much smarter than dogs which makes it even more difficult to train them.

Whether your are trying to teach your cat a trick or you're teaching your cat discipline, be consistent with your training. The earlier you train your cat, the more accepting they will be to your message. The kitten stage is a great time to take advantage of this.

I actually taught my cat Maddy how to play fetch with a mouse. We now play the game at least twice a week. Basically I take one of her play mice and pat my thigh three times in a rapid succession, she knows from hearing that sound that I'm ready to play the game with her. Usually she hides behind a chair or wall and she'll appear and pounce on the mouse when I throw the toy mouse. It's pretty kewl actually, my friends and family get a kick out of it. The key for Maddy was to praise her a lot when she was a kitten when we played the game. She now aks to play the game by bringing the mouse to me a few times a week.

Here are some other tips that you should be aware of when training your cat:

  • always use praise when training a cat, scolding will not work with cats.
  • keep training sessions fun, pressure tactics will make your cat lose interest quickly.
  • use your cat's name when praising him.
  • be cons
  • practice in a quiet place with Bach or preferably Mozart playing in the background. Ok, the classical music is a bit much but it can't hurt! Keep the distractions to a minimum when you're training your cat.
  • practice during your cat's "alert time."
  • end your training sessions with some sort of a treat. Try and always end the session on a positive note. Sounds crazy, but ending your training session any other way may cause your cat to show little interest the next time you initiate the training. If you're a cat lover, I don't have to tell you that cats have very good memory skills. Make them remember something fun.
  • practice a couple of times a day (depending on your schedule) during your cat's alert times.
  • be consistent and fair with your training.


  • You know your cat better than I do. All cats are different so if playing classical music in the background works, do it! If offering cat nip after the training session works, continue with it. Cat lovers understand that all cats are different so you have to use the motivation that works for your cat. Appeal to your cat and don't fight them and you'll have a happy trainable cat.

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    Apparently this video has been viewed over half a million times since July 29, 2008. I'm not sure if this video is cute, creepy or just plain weird. I almost couldn't believe it the first time I saw it. Pay special attention to when the music ends. Enjoy!

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    If you're anything like me, chances are you haven't seen a cat surf before. Well now you have...

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    About the author: Sabina Sayegh runs a successful Pet Nanny service in the San Fernando Valley, California area. Her website has loads of information for cat lovers. This post is an excellent resource for multiple cat owners that are trying to understand why their cats don't get along all the time.

    Understanding Why Cats Fight

    why_do_my_cats_fight.jpgIf you have a household with multiple cats, you know that cat fights do happen. Even if your cats generally get along, at times, they can still fight. While humans may not completely understand why their kitties are fighting, cats have their reasons for fighting. Some of these reasons are similar to the reasons that humans have disputes. Cats express their discontent with other cats by picking fights. The reasons why cats fight can help you determine how to prevent your cats from fighting in the future.

    Fighting for their territory: Many cats fight because of their territory. One of the reasons that cats fight is because they feel like an unwanted cat has invaded their territory, even if it is a cat that has lived with them for a long time. Cats are much more territorial than dogs and the gender of the cat has very little to do with it. Contrary to what many people believe, female cats are sometimes just as territorial as their male counterparts. If you have two cats in your home, you might notice that one cat hisses and swats at the other whenever he feels his territory has been invaded. This can also happen if you bring a new cat into the home. They are simply defending their territory.cats_fighting.jpg

    Social ranking: Either male cats frequently threaten and fight with each other for social ranking or despite what you may think; even neutered males may do this. If you have multiple cats, especially more than one male cat, one cat is usually considered the "alpha male" and will be at the top of the cat hierarchy. Two cats might posture their bodies, then begin howling and screaming at one another. If one of the cats walks away or backs down, then the catfight is usually avoided. However, if neither one wants to throw in the towel and surrender, then one cat will attack the other by jumping forward and attempting to bite the neck. The other cat will fall on his back and tries to bite or scratch the attacker with its hind legs. The two cats might go through this several times before walking away. There are usually no injuries sustained in these kinds of fights. You may even notice that kittens or young cats play with one another this way. Most of the time, you will not need to interfere.

    cat_fighting_why.jpgAggression: Cats also fight as a result of some kind of redirected aggression and this is quite common, especially with indoor cats. Your cat might be looking outside the window at another cat or dog crossing the yard. Your cat begins to feel territorial and aggressive at this cat, but since this other cat cannot be reached, he may instead attack the other family cat. Another example is if you are giving your cats treats. One cat may reach the treat first and begin eating. The other one wants a bite, but the cat that is eating may become aggressive over the treat and begin to swipe or yowl and the other cat. Usually this is not the case……..because they do sense their home is only a home if everyone tries their best to get along.

    If you find your cats fighting occasionally, you should know that this is common and quite typical of cats. Most of the time, you will be able to tell whether or not your cats are fighting for "blood" or just playing around. The time to stop a fight is when it gets nasty otherwise; allow your cats to work it out themselves. If you feel the need to stop a catfight, then you should do it carefully. Even the most loving cat can bite or scratch you in aggressive passion. To stop a fight, you should make some kind of loud noise, such as a handclap. Since cats are startled by loud noises, they will both stop to see what is making the noise. You can also spray water on them to interfere with the aggressive behavior.

    Cat-Fight.jpgWhen you find your cats fighting, it is best not to punish the cats for their fight. Cats do not understand punishment and fighting is a natural instinct in cats. The best thing to do is only interfere when necessary. If you find your cats are fighting more than they should, it is time that you find out why. Do they fight over a litter box, a food bowl or a prime window location? Make sure each kitty has his or her own "things" and a place to retreat when they feel overwhelmed by other pets in the house. This will go a long way in preventing real catfights.

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    Have you ever seen a cat in a boxing match before? This little dude has a mean left hook!

    The Boxing Cat

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    Have you ever seen a guy dance with two cats before? Me neither. This dude has has his party on and has two of his kewl cats with him as well! LOL!!!!
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