29 09, 2018

Alternatives to Scruffing Cats

2018-09-29T18:30:59+00:00September 29th, 2018|Animal Advocacy, Animal Behavior, Animal Rescue, Cat Behavior, Cat Training, Sheltering|

Many of us scruff cats. We learned that scruffing cats is the way the mother cat carries her kittens or it's what we've observed others do -- at the groomer, vet, shelter, and even at home. Fortunately, there are other ways to pick up and handle cats. Scruffing cats can exacerbate behavioral problems and make [...]

28 09, 2018

Arthritis in Cats

2018-09-29T14:49:45+00:00September 28th, 2018|Animal Advocacy, Cat Behavior, Cat Training, Pets|

Many cats have arthritis, especially over the age of twelve. Animals can't tell us when they feel pain verbally so we have to watch subtleties in their behavior and body-language. Often when cats get older, they will hesitate jumping off of surfaces. Although cats can climb, jump, and leap on higher surfaces, most cats, given [...]

20 08, 2018

Animals in Shelters & Rehoming

2018-08-20T23:02:14+00:00August 20th, 2018|Cat Behavior, Dog Behavior, Pets, Sheltering|

Recently, I read a paper about the relinquishment of animals in shelters and rehoming. It looked at the demographics, as well as reasons, people get rid of their dogs and cats or re-home them. Of course, since the research was based on people surveys, it may not be completely accurate — as people often make [...]

24 12, 2017

Playing with Declawed Cats

2017-12-24T21:46:04+00:00December 24th, 2017|Animal Advocacy, Animal Behavior, Cat Behavior, Cat Training, Pets|

Please note: Declawing is a painful and invasive procedure. It is an amputation. Botched up surgeries are not uncommon. Pain and complications can last for months, if not years, and sometimes for the entire lifetime of the cat. Declawing can create behavioral problems such as timidity, avoidance of owners, hiding and retreating, biting (especially associated [...]

11 12, 2017

How to Pick Up and Carry a Cat — Who doesn’t like it.

2018-06-13T17:02:44+00:00December 11th, 2017|Animal Advocacy, Animal Behavior, Cat Behavior, Cat Training, General, Pets|

For those of you who have a cat who does not like to be picked up or handled, try some of these tips. Position yourself next to or slightly behind your cat. Place your outer arm underneath the cat's chest (and belly) and the other hand in front of the cat--on his chest (to control his front [...]

7 12, 2017

Feral or Stray Cat – What’s in a Label?

2018-02-18T17:11:16+00:00December 7th, 2017|Animal Advocacy, Animal Behavior, Animal Rescue, Cat Behavior, Pets, Sheltering|

There is often confusion in the use of the words feral and stray. It is important to know or be cognizant of the differences, since 'feral cat' is a label that is frequently misused and overused. The label can have dangerous consequences for cats since most shelters will kill ‘feral’ cats or people will assume the cats [...]

24 11, 2017

Training Tips for Happy Dogs & Holiday Houseguests

2017-12-13T17:57:25+00:00November 24th, 2017|Animal Behavior, Dog Behavior, Dog Training, Pets|

The holidays are approaching. You may be worried about your canine crew mixing with friends and relatives for festive get-togethers—but a little planning and preparation can make the holidays more enjoyable for all. • Doorway etiquette. Teach your dog polite manners at the doorway. Bauer - rescued. © Tara Beddingfield Choose a place [...]

23 09, 2017

Rental Properties, Landlords, and Pet Ownership

2017-12-13T17:59:23+00:00September 23rd, 2017|Animal Advocacy, General, Pets|

Many people rent. Unfortunately, most not by choice. Rentals can be very stressful. In many cities, apartment rentals can cost more than mortgages and for much less space. Problems with parking, old appliances, noisy neighbors, extra fees, deposits, and instability all add to the difficulties. For many with pets, this becomes more of a problem. [...]

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