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Service Cats: Kitten/Cat Proofing Your Home Pt. 3

MeOW  Welcome to Service Cats and Everything Feline on Furidays. Each week we tackle the questions and topics ya’ll have asked and suggested. We welcome all questions; just leave them in the comments below or send us an email via our Contact page. Remember, when asking behavioral questions, be as specific as pawssible and give any relevant examples so that we may know how best to answer. And, ifin you’ve missed any of the posts in our Service Cat series, you can ketch up by clickin’ the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page from the menu. We’ve been focusing on Kitten/Cat Proofing your home for the last couple of weeks, and we’ll be coverin’ more Tips fur you today. June was adopt a kitty month and we hope lots of kitties found their happy furever. Unfurtunately, we couldn’t find any stats on exactly how many kitties found homes this past month, but we believe every month is a great month to bring a new kitty into your life and home. So, let’s get to our next room.

 

Raena sits in tiger kitty holster cat harness

 

 

 

 

The followin’ post will be written in human English fur reader and translator ease. Our Service Cat posts aren’t intended to be an all inclusive Trainin’ Manual but rather Tips, Tricks and Techniques used/developed by mommy A thru her many years of animal trainin’, cats in purrticular. And to offur insight into your questions about Everything Feline. Always remember, Training is all ‘bout Repetition and Rewards.

Dezi in harness

 

 

 

     We started out in the living room and moved to the kitchen and dining room. Last week we focused on the bathroom and laundry room. We didn’t mention medicine cabinets, as most homes these days don’t have one. But don’t worry, we’ll get to that subject as it’s very important. So, today we’re going to cover the bedroom and those extra rooms some have, known as sewing/craft rooms or spare bedrooms. The bedroom has a few areas of concern to watch out for. Closets are always tempting to kitties because they have a door, lots of hanging things and sometimes different levels of shelving. Often times access to the attic/crawl space are located in the closet. Before allowing kitty access to the closet, make sure the crawl space access spot is securely covered. Mommy lived in an apartment once where the neighbors’ kitty used to visit others through the crawl space. This is a very dangerous area for kitty to be. Insulation can contain fiberglass or be treated with toxins.

 

Dezi lays on bathroom vanity

 

 

 

Bedroom and Closet:

     Of course, you may choose to do as mommy does and not allow kitty in the closet. Either way, before closing the closet door and leaving, especially for extended periods of time, always check to make sure kitty didn’t get past you to explore. The same goes for chests and dresser drawers. These spaces filled with comfy clothing of our humans is so very tempting. Many a kitty has spent the day closed up in a drawer because their human didn’t check before closing it.

 

     And of course, don’t forget about all the goodies on top of the chests and dressers, such as perfume, cologne, jewelry and jewelry boxes, coins/money, knick knacks and televisions. Keep jewelry boxes closed and all jewelry stored safely inside. There’s lots of tempting shiny things that kitty may find appealing, but can cause damage if swallowed. Put away spare change, many a kitty/woofy has had to have surgery to remove money from their tummy. Push perfumes and cologne bottles away from the edge as well as any breakable knick knacks. Altho’ kitties are very stealthy and can walk in the tightest of spaces, our tails do occasionally betray us and knock things to the floor. Nope, you didn’t see me’s paw push your antique photo frame off the dresser.  

 

Dezi lays on the bed and looks into the camera

 

 

 

Night Stand or Table:

     Let’s not forget about the night stand/table located next to the bed. You know, the one with that obnoxious alarm on it? Sometimes peeps like to read before going to bed, so the night stand/table can often contain reading glasses, lamps, a drinking glass, and medicine/cough drops during times of illness. We covered cords in Pt. 1 of Kitten/Cat proofing, so we won’t cover that again. If you have a drink before bed, remember not to leave alcoholic beverages unattended on the night stand/table. Alcohol is toxic to both cats and dogs. If possible, use a plastic cup containing only water just in case kitty/woofy decides to have a drink and pushes it off the table during the night. 

 

 

Medications:

     NEVER leave any medication unattended or within kitty’s reach. Assume all meds are toxic and store appropriately. Cough drops and cough syrups usually contain codeine or some other form of depressant/alcohol. Keep them in the night stand drawer or a cabinet. If you think kitty has gotten into any medication, call your V-E-T immediately.

 

Dezi sits pretty on the scratcher

 

 

 

Sewing/Crafting/Spare Room:

     The last room we’ll talk about today is the spare/sewing/crafting/art room. Kitties love strings, so we definitely love thread. We don’t have a specific room for these things in our house, but mommy does have a sewing area complete with sewing machine, supplies like needles, threads, pins and pin cushion, scissors, elastic, zippers, tape, glue, paint, brushes and other items. There’s more than one needle with a left over piece of thread stored in it. If these items aren’t put away and stored in a closed container, they can be deadly to kitties and doggies, not to mention small children.

 

 

     Always unplug the foot pedal to your sewing machine when it’s not in use. We also recommend covering your sewing machine so that kitty isn’t tempted to check it out. Pick up any errant pieces of thread and throw them out. Crafters, never leave a hot glue gun unattended and put your supplies away in a closed container when finished or taking a break. Be mindful of the products you are using. Some should only be used in well ventilated areas. When using these kinds of products, keep kitty out of the area. Our lungs are much smaller than a humans and can succumb to toxic fumes much quicker. Keep buttons, sequins, glitter and other small accessories stored in closed containers and only take out what you can work with at one time. Mommy also paints. It’s important to keep paints and paint brushes in a closed container especially when not in use. Put canvases or other painted pieces out of kitty’s reach to dry.

  

Dezi lays on liberty tree and Raena on the small perch looking at each other in front of the door.

 

 

 

Well, there sure are a lot of dangers ‘round the house.Unfurtunately, peeps offen overlook a lot of these till it’s too late. Anyways, we’ll be wrappin’ this topic up next week when we take a look at the garage, yard and furinally our toys. Can you believe there are dangers in the very toys intended fur us to play with? Well, join us next week and find out. In the meantime, we’re joinin’ Comedy Plus fur Feline Furiday. Don’t furget to leave you questions and topic suggestions in the comments below or by sendin’ us an email via our contact page. And, you can ketch up on any post in the series by clickin’ the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page.  

 

Till the next time………………………………………………Be Blest!!!

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

 

Deztinee and RaenaBelle 

Service Cats: Kitten/Cat Proofing Your Home Pt. 1

MeOW  Welcome to Service Cats and Everything Feline on Furidays; where we tackle your questions and topic suggestions, includin’ Trainin’ Tips, Health, and everything purr worthy. Purrlease submit your questions in the comments below or by sendin’ us an email via our Contact page. And you can always ketch up or reread any post in this series by clickin’ the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page in our menu.

 

Raena sits in tiger kitty holster cat harness

 

 

 

 

The followin’ post will be written in human English fur reader and translator ease. Our Service Cat posts aren’t intended to be an all inclusive Trainin’ Manual but rather Tips, Tricks and Techniques used/developed by mommy A thru her many years of animal trainin’, cats in purrticular. And to offur insight into your questions about Everything Feline. Always remember, Training is all ‘bout Repetition and Rewards.

Dezi laying in cat tree in new harness

 

 

 

     As most of you know, mommy volunteered with rescue groups fur many years. Her specialty was “bottle babies”, kittens with no mother. She could always count on kitten season to fill up her house and every other rescue and shelter. Kitten season rolls around every year without fail because there are still so many cats that don’t get spayed or neutered. In our part of the world, kitten season runs from April to about August.

 

3 week old Lexi waddling through the house

110 camera image
Lexi at 3 weeks

 

 

 

     Spring and Summer temperatures are ideal for causing females to go into heat and start seeking to mate. Because of this, June has become known as Adopt a Cat month. However, kitten or adult, all cats are extremely adventurous and curious. Taking this and some of the emails we’ve gotten lately into consideration, we’ve decided to run a a small miniseries on prepping for and adopting a new kitty. Today, we’re going to talk about Kitten/Cat proofing your home.

 

Baby Dezi her first week at home

Dezi 3 weeks

 

 

 

     You might be thinking we should start with picking your new family member, however, we believe the process starts here with prepping your home before the new addition arrives; just as you would for a human baby. Regardless of the age you plan to adopt, you’ll need to take some steps to make sure your home is safe to bring a new kitty in to.

 

RaenaBelle travels to her forever home in mommy's lap

 

 

 

Get Low:

     Now this may sound funny to you, but kitty will spend a lot of time on the floor. You may not need to actually get on your knees but you do need to see your home through kitty’s eyes. All the cords running from your television, computer, lamps, clocks and whatever else are just large stationary strings/vines to kitty. They are also a nice chew toy. Think Tarzan swinging from vine (cord) to vine (cord). Mommy’s found the best deterrent is to wrap those cords in electrical tape. Cords hanging off the edge of desks or tables can be wrapped in those cord protectors. If you need a cheap DIY cord protector, you can use an old long sleeve shirt or lightweight pants legs. Just cut the sleeves or legs off and put the cords thru it. Depending on the length of the cord(s) and your arms/legs, you may need more than one sleeve. 

 

     Check your shelves for knick knacks. If there’s something you’d be heartbroken to lose, put it away. Don’t blame a rambunctious kitty when it gets broken. Move candles, potpourri, oil burners, dangerous/toxic houseplants, photos and photo albums, and books to higher shelves or put them in storage. Better yet, throw the potpourri out, it harbors dust mites and is toxic to kitty at any age.

 

Kitchen & Dining Room:

     Let’s take a look at the kitchen and dining room, why don’t we?. What dangers could be in such a pawsome place you ask? Well, mommy keeps the bug sprays and some of the cleaners under the kitchen cabinet, do you? Us kitties are very smart and we’re tenacious. If we want in some where, we’ll work at it until we find a way. Make sure kitty can’t get into the cabinet with cleaners, chemicals and/or poisons. Commercial child proof locks work well for kitty too.

 

     Burner covers for the stove top come in very handy and can be purchased for as low as $1.00. Never leave hot burners unattended until you know for sure how kitty will act around them. Better yet, train kitty to stay off the stove and kitchen counters altogether. Check out our Training Tips to stop Countersurfing kitty here. Throw out the plastic fruits and fruit bowls of yesteryear and make sure any fruits left out are safe for kitty to eat. Don’t leave tempting food on the counters uncovered. At least not until kitty has successfully passed the No Countersurfing course. MOL

 

     NEVER, leave the oven door open, especially when turned on. Kitty’s desire for warmth and natural curiosity combined with a hot oven can make for a deadly combination. Never leave the refrigerator or freezer doors open. More than once Raena’s tried to hop into the fridge for a look see. That girl does love her cheese. If you have one of those automatic dishwashers, keep the door closed and/or keep an eye on kitty while you load and unload. Anyways, me thinks you’re getting the idea here, open doors are rarely a kitty’s friend. 

 

Dezi lays in Gen7 stroller looking up at Raena who stands on the handle

Never underestimate a determined kitty.

 

 

 

Well, me’s gonna wrap it up fur today. As me meowed earlier, this will be a little miniseries, so we’ll be back next week with more Kitten/Cat Proofing ideas fur ya’. Don’t furget you can ketch up on any posty you may have missed by clickin’ the links on our Training Tips and Everything feline page from the menu above. And purrlease, leave your questions, comments and topic suggestions in the comments section below or send us an email via our Contact page. Remember when askin’ behavioral questions to purrlease be as specific as pawssible and include any examples you think are necessary. Now, let’s get some kitties adopted!!! OMC Me totally furgot to link up with Comedy Plus fur Feline Furiday, so we had to come back and edit me’s posty. Now, let’s get some kitties adopted. 🙂

 

Till the next time……………………………………………………………Be Blest!!!

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses 

 

Deztinee and RaenaBelle     

Service Cats: How To Stop Kitty’s Cord Chewing

MeOW and welcome to Service Cat Monday. We seem to be gettin’ later and later with our posts. All me can meow is that it’s gettin’ colder and we still don’t have a wheelchair, so we’re doin’ the bestest we can. Mommy’s been a bit unner the weather lately, but never fear, Raena and me are takin’ real good care of her. Anyways, let me get the business outta the way and we’ll get on with today’s posty. The followin’ post will be written in human English fur reader and translator ease. Our Service Cat Monday posts aren’t intended to be an all inclusive Trainin’ Manual but rather Tips, Tricks and Techniques used/developed by mommy A thru her many years of animal trainin’, cats in purrticular. And to offur insight into your questions about Feline Behavior. Ifin you have any questions or topics you would like us to cover, purrlease let us know in the comments section or send us an email. When asking behavioral questions, purrlease be as specific as pawssible. And, ifin you’ve missed any of the posts in this series, you can ketch up by clickin’ the links at the end of this post. Always remember, Training is all ‘bout Repetition and Rewards. 

 

 Dezi laying in cat tree in new harness

 

 

 

Today we thought we’d talk a bit about chewing. This is something most dog owners are intimately familiar with, but only affects a small percentage of cats. Dogs never seem to outgrow their need to chew on things. Us kitties on the other hand, don’t usually find your stinky shoes appetizing. There’s a big difference between stinky goodness and the stench coming from your old sneakers. So, what do we kitties find interesting to chew you ask? Well, that cord draped from your desk to the outlet that connects you computer to the almighty power sure does look enticing. So does that cord that connects your monitor to the computer, or the one that charges your phone, tablet or other digital device.

 

Dangling Cords

Courtesy of Flickr

 

 

 

Yes, dogs seem to chew based on scent or sensation, but we kitties chew based on a response to Hunt, Catch, Kill. A dangling cord might look motionless to you, but we see the slightest movement caused by a shift in the air, or the slight shaking of your desk or table. We can’t help that our tail appendage just happened to touch the cord and cause it to sway as we passed by. But, that slight movement awakens our need to “Hunt, Catch and Kill”.

 

 Cat with yarn animated clip art

 

 

Kitties can also chew because of frustration or boredom. Generally, we still chew things like cords or small dangly items like curtain tassels, rug tassels, etc.. Why do you think we like wand toys so much? MOL There are exceptions to every rule. Raena likes to bite and chew metal and porcelain objects. Mommy finds this very frustrating herself, as these objects are extremely hard and could cause tooth breakage. But, let’s be honest, cord chewing isn’t any safer. The teeth might not break because of it, but kitty could get electrocuted or worse.

 

Electrical Tape in 6 colors

Electrical tape comes in fashionable colors as well as black

So, how do you get kitty to stop chewing? The good news is, that most cats grow out of this behavior. In the meantime, wrap cords in cord protectors when possible. There are many products on the market that are designed to dissuade kitty, but mommy says she never found them very effective. And in some cases they were a bit sticky and she feared they could cause bugs. Not something mommy ever wants to encourage. The one thing Mommy has found to be helpful is electrical tape. Electrical tape is an inexpensive fix to keep kitty from chewing on cords that must dangle for whatever reason. It even comes in colors these days. Although, mommy still prefers basic black. Just be sure to wrap the cord from the base of the plug to the base of the device it powers. In all of her years with fosters and resident kitties, she’s never had one chew a cord wrapped in electrical tape. You can also try hiding or blocking kitty’s access to as many cords as possible with furniture. Remove all tassels and fringed items. This step should only be temporary.  

 

 Fabric Electric Cord covers

Fabric covers, easily made by sewing a seam in one side of a

piece of fabric cut a few inches longer and wider than

the cord it’s covering.

 

Electrical cord covers

 

 

But, for those cats who chew out of boredom, electrical tape and removal of enticing items won’t be the only fix needed. So, Redirect, Redirect, Redirect. As soon as kitty starts chewing, firmly say NO, and get a wand toy or throw kitty’s favorite toy their way. IN KITTY’S DIRECTION, NOT AT THEM!!! The startle will be enough to stop kitty from chewing and get them to investigate the toy. Remember, spray bottles and water dousing doesn’t work. We know several of you just disagreed with us based on your own experiences. And while it might work a time or two, the damage it does in the long run isn’t worth it. Not to mention, kitty will eventually get used to getting doused and ignore it. Besides, spray bottles and dousings are for the lazy kitty owner who isn’t interested in learning why kitty is doing what they’re doing and helping them. You can also try some of the electric interactive toys on the market. We have several that will turn on intermittently throughout the day. Of course, they don’t work so well when kitty learns how to turn them on and off themselves, but hey, at least kitty isn’t bored. MOL You might also look into getting kitty a friend.

 

Brown Dog clip art

While we’re a kitty blog and focus mainly on feline behavior, we try to help all our friends whenever possible. We mentioned that dogs are incessant chewers. You’re not likely to stop your dog from chewing, but you can provide appropriate chew toys. Keep your shoes, clothes, remotes, phones, and other enticing items out of doggy’s reach. Keep closet doors shut, invest in a remote/phone caddy and Redirect, Redirect, Redirect. If doggy gets hold of an off limits item, immediately remove it (use basic training command: Drop It) and replace it with an appropriate chew toy. Again, there are tons of them on the market, from chew sticks to teething ropes, etc.. 

 

email dreaming cat clip art

Well we hope we’ve helped those of you who might be dealing with cord chewers. We got a similar question about fabric chewing that we’ll cover next week. These are two completely different behaviors. And remember, ifin you have any questions or topics you’d like us to cover, leave them in the comments or send us an email. You can ketch up on any of the posts in this series by clickin’ the links below. 

 

Animated cats asking for email

 

Till the next time…………………………………………..Be Blest!!!

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

 

Deztinee and RaenaBelle 

 

Service Cats

What to Look For      Training Foundations      Train Kitty To Massage

Smelling Disease      Do You Need One      Who Bears the Cost

Housing Laws & Exceptions      Accommodations & Common Sense

When the Handler Dies      Proper Training Methods Pt. 1 & Pt. 2

Easiest Task to Train      Getting Kitty Ready for an Outing

Discipline: Stop Countersurfing Kitty      Internal Disputes

Calling Emergency Help      Just What Is Kitty Capable of

Shad: Original Service Cat      Harness, Vest, Leash or Stroller

Dezi, the Wheelchair & Chest      Round and Round We Go

Tumble & Fall Response      Raena Calls for Help

The Rest of the Story     Raena & the Wheelchair Pt. 1 Pt. 2 Pt. 3 Pt. 4

When to Train      Explaining Rewards & Kitty’s Feelings

Stop Kitty’s Begging     Calling For Help Options Pt. 1

Medicating Kitty

Training the Pig Headed, Stallion Strong, Submissive Pup & Conniving Cat

Cats Love Training & Social Media Downfalls

Reintegrating the Scared or Bullied Cat      There’s No Bully Cat Breed

Going for a Walk When in a Wheelchair     Calming the Tiger Pt.1 Pt. 2 Pt. 3

Surviving A Remodel      Taming A Feral Cat

Designer Cats & Scent      DNA Doesn’t Change      Fighting or Posturing

Clicker Training & Operant Conditioning      Wheelchair Training

Basic Training Continues      Managing Without A Wheelchair

Are Spray Bottles Effective      Hands Are Not Toys

Does My Cat Need A Friend      Helping Your Bullied Shy Cat

Why Cats Scratch     Halloween Safety

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