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MeeeeeOW Welcome to another Service Cat Monday. We’re really excited today. We got some great questions last week, so we’ll be addressin’ some issues that can happen in any household includin’ those with Service Cats. So far, the sun is shinin’ here, so we’re gonna try to get our visitin’ caught up today. We welcome all your questions, comments and suggestions, so purrlease leave ‘em in the comments section, or send us an email. As with all our Service Cat postys, the followin’ will be written in human English fur translator and reader ease. Our trainin’ posts aren’t meant to be a step by step trainin’ manual, but rather tips, tricks and techniques used and/or developed by mommy throughout her many years of trainin’ animals, cats in purrticular. Trainin’ is all ‘bout Repetition and Rewards. And remember, Rewards don’t always have to come in the form of food. Mommy purrfurs the Love reward system when training any animal, including food motivated dogs. Ifin you’ve missed any of the posts in this series, you can ketch up by clicking the links below. Now, let’s get to the questions.
First, because it’ll only take a few sentences, we’ve been asked why mommy prefers “Love Rewards” over “Treats”. The answer is pretty simple. Mommy realized she might not always have a treat handy, when she needed the animal to perform a certain command, but wanted to be able to reward the animal just the same. And when she started training cats, she learned really quick that not all cats are food motivated. In fact, for every one cat that is, there are nine more that aren’t. Those of you in multiple cat households have probably experienced this yourselves. And besides, who doesn’t want a little extra loving?.
Our second question today comes from our sweet friends, The Tribe of Five at Feline Opines.net. Their sweet Jasmine had been bullied by a previous kitty in the home. Because of that bullying, she lives sequestered in her own part of the house now. When we read that comment, it made us all cry. We know several kitties that live sequestered for a variety of reasons, and it always makes us sad. Let me be clear!!! We know these kitties are well loved in their respective homes and aren’t being “locked away” or sequestered out of meanness or to punish them. Kitties should NEVER be locked in a room for punishment!!! For that matter, Kitties should NEVER be punished. Never the less, it makes us sad to hear about a kitty who doesn’t have the run of the house, and the companionship of all their family members whenever they want. Jasmine’s lady human is really sad about this too. The bully kitty is no longer in their home, but Jasmine is still terrified and when brought out of sequestering, fearfully runs back to her “safe place”. Some of the kitties go and visit with Jasmine in her “Safe Place”, but she doesn’t want to join them out in the rest of the house.
Their question was, Would our training help Jasmine reintegrate back into the family and the whole house? In a word, YES!!! But of course, anybody who has ever been owned by a kitty knows, nothing is ever that simple in a kitty’s mind. So, what and how can they help Jasmine? Mommy says the first thing humans should remember, is that kitties can smell about 14 times better than humans; and scent lingers. No matter how long “bully kitty” has been gone from the home, it is possible for his/her scent to still be present in the house. Mommy recommends deep cleaning everything possible to neutralize the scents in the home. It’ll be kind of like starting fresh. Mommy loves steam, because it’s basically free, can be used on most surfaces and also kills bacteria. Now that you’re starting over, you go back to the beginning and play lots of “Scent Me Up” with all the kitties.
Do Not wash your hands, face, hair or clothes until after you’ve spread your scent as well as all the kitties scents on everybody/kitty in the house. Mommy also recommends wearing something you can live without for a while, because you’ll want to leave those heavily scented clothes with the sequestered kitty afterwards. We love the “Scent Me Up” game and play it several times a day. This helps to form a stronger bond with everybody/kitty involved. Now we’ll be honest and tell you, we’ve not had any luck with those Pheromone plug ins, sprays, collars or drops, but many people have, so if you’d like to implement their use, feel free to try them out. We would be interested in learning in how they work if you choose to use them. Mommy did find a spot on called Beaphar Calming Spot On that worked somewhat on me. They come 3 spot ons to a box and each one lasts a month. (We’re not being paid for mentioning Beaphar, we’re just trying to offer helpful ideas).
The true goal here is to boost the self confidence of the bullied kitty. Mommy says you should make a small out of the way “Den/Hidey Hole” in the Living room, or whatever room the family traditionally congregates in your home. A carrier with the door off/open and towel over the top, is great. A closed box with a small opening cut out is also a good choice. A second “cubby” should also be placed in the sequestered area. Don’t forget to continue to play the “Scent Me Up” game every day. You can’t over play “Scent Me Up”, so have fun. Next you’re gonna want to swap sites and kitties. If at all possible, move the scared kitty in their “Cubby” to the open area and put the rest of the kitties in the “Sequestered” area. Don’t forget to close that area off, so scared kitty can’t get back in. Altho’ it sounds kinda mean, you’re forcing scared kitty to recognize there is nothing to be afraid of (anymore). The big bonus is that the other kitties are spreading their scent all over the “Sequestered” area.
A well adjusted, self assured kitty will have no fear
being in the middle of a room.
Whether scared kitty comes out of their “Cubby” or not, talk to them as if they were right in your lap. Hopefully, they’ll be there soon enough. Start with an hour and work your way up from there. If scared kitty likes treats or some kind of special food, or nip toy, give it to them while they’re in the congregation spot. If kitty’s still inside their “Cubby”, place the treats or food right in front of the “Cubby”, so they’ll have to at least stick their head out to eat. Same with the toy, place it right in front of the “Cubby”. And when allowed, give them lots of extra love. Do Not intrude on kitty’s “Safe Space” to pet them. Gradually allow one kitty at a time to join Scared kitty in the congregating spot. Mommy recommends when possible, that the first kitty should be laid back. Change out the scented clothing at least once a week.
Once scared kitty starts coming out of the “Cubby”, give them love and engage them with interactive play. Wand toys, feathers, mice, or whatever toy is preferred by kitty should be used. We’ve gotta tell you, those nip bubbles are great fun. Each kitty is different, so we can’t tell you how long this will actually take. But, remember, you must be consistent and do this every day. Work your way up to more and more play and feeding in the congregating spot and less and less fun and food in the “Sequestered” spot. If scared kitty hates getting their claws trimmed or brushing, make those the things you only do in the “Sequestered” area, so kitty associates the congregating spot with nothing but good things. And always remember, training is all about Repetition and Rewards. The pay off will be a smart, self assured happy kitty and home. We meowed a lot about the “Scent Me Up” game today. You can find the explanation/instructions in our Training Foundations post (link below).
Close da box so I’s can hide. MOL
We’re gonna call this a wrap. We do hope this helps some of you. And ‘member, you can ketch up on any posts you may have missed by clickin’ the links below. We’ve got some great things comin’ up fur ya’ this week, so stay tuned. We’ll be addressing another reader question next week, so mark your calendars. You don’t wanna miss it.
Till the next time……………………………………….Be Blest!!!
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
Deztinee and RaenaBelle
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The Rest of the Story Raena & the Wheelchair Pt. 1 Pt. 2 Pt. 3 Pt. 4
Stop Kitty’s Begging Calling for Help Options Pt. 1
Meowww-lo Can you believe it? Christmas will be here in just 11 days. We can’t believe how quickly this year has flown by. Sis Raena got to post her furst letter to Santa on Monday. Mommy and me were so purroud of the thought she put into it. Mommy had taken her to da senior citizens home on Caturday fur our annual carol singin’, cheer spreadin’ visit. And guess what? Several of da peeps ‘membered me from years past, so mommy and me went back over there on Sunday afternoon. Da peeps just “ate” us up, whatever dat means. Me doesn’t know, but me knows they sure did enjoy our visit. Raena and me meowed ‘bout what fun we had there too. Mommy said da piano needed tunin’, but she made do. Anyways, today is mes day fur postin’ mes letter to Santa. Me sure hopes he reads our bloggy.
Dezi here, me hopes ya’ll are doin’ well. It’s been a long and yet short year fur us here. Me guesses you know sis Lexi went to heaven, since she’s not on your list anymore. Me sure does miss her. Oh sis Raena’s okay, but they’ll never be another sis Lexi. And mes doesn’t always know how to be a great big sisfur like she was. Altho’, me doesn’t think me was as big a “stinker” as sis Raena is. Anyways, me’s been a good girly and helped mommy whenever she needed me too. Me’s also doin’ mes bestest to help mommy train sis Raena. And me should get some extra credit fur puttin’ up with all sis Raenas’ antics.
You know, da truth is, me’s a very blest kitty. Mommy does everything she can to do da very bestest fur me and Raena. And we have some amazingly wonderful furiends who help us out when they can and we need it. Me has a safe, loving home and mommy who adores me. Me just celebrated mes 7th birthday, and got a brand new nip nanner, treats and noms. Me has all a kitty girl really needs, so me would really like to ask that you check your list fur all our furiends names and bring them their hearts desires.
Me would also like to ask that you send loving adopters to all those sweet anipals living in shelters. Not all shelters are great places, but even those that are, still aren’t any place fur a sweet kitty or doggy to spend their life. We all want and need love. Without it, we’d wither up. Me was so happy to hear that several shelters emptied out last Christmas, so me’s asking fur you to do that again, but make it all of them this year.
Me’s next request is fur those kitties that be even less fortunate than those in shelters, the strays and ferals. Mommy found a little ginger cat up town not long ago and called her Ginger. Sometimes mommy’s not da most creative thinker. Mommy was goin’ up town every night there fur a while to make sure li’l Ginger had something to eat at least once a day. But when it turned cold, li’l Ginger disappeared. We’re purretty worried about her, but we also worry about all the kitties living outside. They didn’t really choose that life, it was thrust upon them and now most of them are scared of peeps and untrusting. Ya’ can’t really blame ‘em tho’, humans haven’t always been kind to them.
So fur Ginger and all those other poor kitties that are trying to survive out in the cold cruel world, me asks that you send them all loving caretakers to feed them and see to their needs. Me asks that you sprinkle some of that Christmas dust on them so they can learn to trust again, and get adopted into warm loving homes. Give those caretakers purrlenty of noms, and shelters and VET monies to care fur those kitties. Me also asks that you give those shelter peeps, rescue peeps and caretakers a boost of energy to continue the work they do.
Well, guess that about covers it. Unless of course ifin you could have a chat with old man Winter and tell him to go away, or at least go easy on us. We just don’t like the cold. We’re sendin’ all of ya’ at the North Pole big hugs. We’ll write again next year. In the meantime, me’s got a nip nanner callin’ mes name.
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
Deztinee Izabella (Blest Kitty)
MeOWwww What a night we had. Even ifin you’re livin’ under a rock like us, you know dat da whole world has had it’s eyes on da U.S. lately. As most of ya’ know, we in this house are very Patriotic and luv our Country. You also know we don’t meow ‘bout pawlitics on our bloggy. We do address da subject in comments when others blog ‘bout it, but fankfully all da worry and stress over such matters belong to our humans. With all dat’s been goin’ on lately in da Presidential race, mommy just couldn’t stay silent and so she began to add some pawlitical tweets and a few Facebook shares. Behind da scenes we were all purrayin’ fur our Country and those who will and do hold office. No matter what side of da fence you fell on yesfurday, it’s time to unite once again today. For United we Stand and Divided we fall.
We’re gonna keep it short today. Mommy has her regular monthly doctors ‘pointment this afternoon, so we’re still going to be behind in visiting. Hopefully our comment purroblem has been fixed and we’re no longer spam. Fank you fur bearin’ with us durin’ our time of missin’ comments. Dat wasn’t any fun. Me’s gonna go ketch a quick nap befur mommy gets in da shower. A kittys’ work is never done. Anyways, we do hope you all have a pawsum day. And, God Bless America.
Till da next time……………………………….Be Blest!!!
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
Deztinee and RaenaBelle