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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

6 09, 2017

The significance of bonded pairs – Keep them together

2018-02-22T15:47:10+00:00September 6th, 2017|Animal Behavior, Animal Rescue, Cat Behavior, Dog Behavior, Sheltering|

Kittybear & Zozo Photo by Beth Dayton When looking to adopt only one animal – don't separate bonded pairs, even if one is extra cute or appealing. Instead, look for a singleton. It is a common occurrence that bonded or paired animals are routinely separated at shelters and during rescue. The rationale for [...]