Tips and Suggestions
What's wrong with these
scratching post are too
short for cats. Cats like height. They like to
climb. Make or buy a tall scratching post. Muffin's has used these training tips
when we were teaching our cats NOT to use our furniture. With
patience and persistence, we taught our kitties how to use the 5' tall
scratching post we made. And it works! They stretch, scratch and
enjoying climbing to the top of the post and hanging out up there.
Remember, cats can be trained. Clip kitties
nails. Declawing is the
very last resort! Carpet a window sill with a piece of a rug.
Offer this as a scratching area for the cat. Fill an empty spray
bottle with cold water. Set it to stream. Spray naughty kitty
when furniture is being scratched. Say NO firmly, and
put the cat on his/her own scratching area. This
is positive training!
Keep pets cool in the summer...
give them lots of cold water.
Add ice cubes to the water bowl
When multiple cats live
together, extra litter pans are needed. They need their own 'space.'
This helps cats from going outside the litter pan.
**Do not give
aspirin to your cat! Aspirin can be fatal to cats. Chocolate
can be fatal to dogs**!
Always be assertively
calm and in balance and take
charge as the pack leader. Pets respect the LEADER and follow what they're
taught. Teach limitations, boundaries and
structure. Be consistent.
Then give affection. Never hit your pet. The tone of voice
expresses when you're pleased or displeased. As the pet does
the desired action, give praise and reward
with treat. Show the pet what YOU want
them to do.
is a KONG! It's a durable
rubber chew toy for cats & dogs. Fill it with favorite cat or dog dry
food. It takes the pet awhile to empty the Kong. It's also a
great distraction for aggressive or dominant kitties. This is a positive
way to teach your pet NOT to bite or bother other cats in the
family. Also, fill the Kong when your going out. It keeps the pet
Pets are people,
too! They need structure, limitations and boundaries to
have a calm, productive life. They depend on you for all of their needs.
They're happiest when they have a routine. Watch Cesar
Milan, the Dog Whisperer, on the National Geographic cable
channel. Muffin's highly recommends this show. His insight into dog
and human psychology is amazing. Pets with negative behavior
problems are sometimes solved within minutes.
When cats gag, it may be
due to hair balls. Add (1) one drop of olive oil to wet food once a day. Try
for one week.
Be sure to have identification on your pet at all times.
You can use an ID tag, license, rabies tag, microchip or tattoo, or any
combination. You never know when your pet may get lost. Always have a photo of your pet available! In case it does get lost, you
must get the word out right away.
Take two medium size empty,
strong cardboard boxes. Turn one upside down. Place one box on top of the
other. Tape together, with masking tape, and cover with heavy plastic
garbage bag. Make small opening. Put a blanket inside. The cat shelter is
warm, waterproof and inexpensive. Purrfect
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Pets are not toys. Do not give as a gift.
They break if dropped, chew or scratch furniture, eat tinsel, plants,
rubber bands etc. They need shots, spay or neuter, cat or dog food,
NOT people food. Train with boundaries, limitations, structure and
THEN affection. Landlord permission is needed. Make sure that
the adopter has NO ALLERGIES OR