Welcome to another Service Cat Monday. We’re still tacklin’ that really tuff topic, “Aggression”. So pull up a chair, get you a cup of coffee, tea or whatever your drink of choice is and get ready to explore the world from the feline point of view. As always, 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 manual, as Trainin’ is all ‘bout Repetition and Rewards. Trainin’ can be kind’a borin’, but it’s necessary. Every furry can benefit from trainin’. The Tips, Tricks and Techniques we offur have been used/developed by mommy throughout her many years of trainin’ animals, cats in purrticular. As always, we invite your questions, suggestions and comments. Ifin you ask a behavioral question, purrlease be as specific as pawssible. We do want to help, but we can’t read minds. Ifin you’ve missed any posts in this series, you can click on the links below. Befur addressin’ the topic of Aggression, we introduced you to the origins and natural instincts of the housecat here. And, ifin you missed the initial steps to take when dealing with an aggressive cat, you can ketch up by readin’ part 1 here. Today we’re going to look at the “Alpha cat” and the importance of “Scent” in having a happy peaceful house.
We want to reiterate, THERE IS NO BAD CAT!!! An “Aggressive” cat is trying to tell you something. Aggression can occur in a single cat household or multiple cat household; and can occur suddenly without warning, or evolve over time. It is important to try to find and understand the source of your cat’s Aggression. You will need to “become a cat”. When humans prepare for a baby/toddler, they have to look at their home through the eyes of a child to find the dangers and make them safe. (ie: outlet covers, stove knob locks, cupboard locks, etc.). The same is true for figuring out why your cat is acting out/hiding/acting aggressively, etc.. All the “pheremone” sprays, drops, collars and plug ins are essentially a band aid. They treat the symptoms, but not the core problem. However, if you find they help, Use them. Mommy suggests using the drops, collars, sprays and spot ons on all cats in the house. The reason will become clear in this post. However, you still need to treat and train the core issue. Last week we talked about how cats like routine and despise change. Any change in a cat’s health, surroundings, both inside and out, can affect your cats personality.
Cat people know no bounds. Mommy says, most dog peeps favor a particular look, size or breed, but cat peeps, they love them all. And, as a result, would have a houseful if they could. While that may be awesome for the human, and wonderful for the lives saved, a crowded house could also breed problems and ultimately Aggression in multi cat households. All cats in a house must be confident and feel like they own a space. Ideally, every cat in the household should own the whole house. In multi-cat households, there is always a “head cat in charge”, or the “Alpha” cat. It doesn’t matter if you have 2 cats or 20, one cat is “The Cat in Charge”. It’s important to watch your cats and figure out which one that is, and “cater” to it. Mommy wants me to remind you, that no matter how “in charge” your Alpha cat is, it’s also important to remember, that You, are the ultimate Alpha. This is even more so in a single cat house. After sis Lexi died, mommy had planned for me to be the Alpha cat; but me doesn’t have the “Alpha” traits. Me liked being the little sisfur and mommy’s baby girl.
Yep, sis Lexi was the Alpha. She was a gentle Alpha, but she
always held the top spot.
The “Alpha cat” will be the one, who all others look to and take their cues from. The “Alpha cat” will also spread their scent around to everybody, regularly. It can be so subtle, you might not recognize it at first, but it’s happening. The occasional hiss or swat, is perfectly normal. Your cats’ are communicating with/teaching each other. But, Do Not ever let it become a full blown fight. Cats live in a world of smells. They have scent glands located on their chin, lips, cheeks, either side of the forehead, paw pads, tail and of course there’s also the anal glands and urine. The scent glands in the head area are all friendly communicators. That’s why mommy loves the “Scent Me Up” game so much. A cat recognizes you and it’s home by Smell and Not Sight.
Me’s tellin’ Raena, she’s bein’ a little too much.
When you’re scent swapping, it’s important to rub your towel or whatever scent soaker you’re using on the cat’s head and not their paws or backside. The scent glands on the paws, make a statement. Think of your cat using it’s scratcher. An enthusiastic scratcher, is aggressively saying, “I own this scratcher, you can use it, but it’s All mine”. And, the scent glands on the tail and backside, communicate aggression and fear, as well as sexual readiness in unaltered cats. In a multi-cat household, ALL the cats smell like the “Alpha”. Obviously, humans can’t smell this, but we cats can. Keep this in mind if you have a cat that is separated from the others in the house. A separated cat Does Not smell like the others and probably not even you. So they won’t be recognized by or recognize any other kitty in the home. And, remember, cats see with their noses and not their eyes. Think about that last Vet visit where only one cat went and the return home.
Cardboard cat scratchers are great scent soakers. Be sure to
scent them with scents from the facial scent glands if presenting
them to an already Aggresive cat.
Here’s where it can get a little tricky. Remember, it’s important to “cater” to your “Alpha cat”, but ultimately, all cats should see you as the glue that keeps the family together. This is really important for the cat that is separated. We told you last week to leave a worn piece of your clothing as a scent soaker, but we didn’t get to the importance of the attitude you had while wearing that item. Cats smell fear, worry, upset, joy, and every other emotion you have. Cats will also respond to your emotions. Mommy calls it “feeding off your emotions”. When she’s angry, we’re on edge and there’s a lot more hissing going on. Thankfully, that doesn’t happen often. MOL To have a cohesive smell in our house, mommy lightly sprays the sheets (we sleep in the bed with her) with perfume. The same perfume she wears. She also lightly sprays our harnesses, sitting chair, cat trees and cat beds with her perfume. Mommy has always been a perfume girl. It’s her one guilty pleasure. Anyways, our furs pick up that scent. It’s very light, but we smell like mommy and therefore, we smell like each other. So, when we sniff each other, we know we belong together.
You don’t have to spray your sheets with perfume, but you do need to keep in mind, how your scent changes and try to present the most cohesive scent possible when approaching your Aggressive cat. Ideally, before entering the room to spend time with your separated Aggressive cat, you should hold and “scent up” with all the cats in your house; save the Alpha cat for last. That will be the strongest scent. And, remember, try to get those scents from the face area so you’re presenting as relaxed and friendly.
Scent is so important to a cat. It is, after all, how we communicate our intentions with others. It’s how we know our housemates and humans. Remember, a cat sees the world thru smells. That’s why a blind cat can still function and live a happy life. Just thought me would throw that in there in case you’re thinking about adopting a special needs kitty.
We’re gonna wrap it up fur today. We’ve given you a lot to think about and smell. MOL Me would like to repurrt, that uncle Pete’s been workin’ on buildin’ the confidence with the other kitties in their home thru play, and the ‘Aggression” issue they were having has gotten much better. Confidence and Scent go a long way towards a happy and peaceful home. ‘Member to click on the links below to ketch up on any topic you may have missed. And leave your questions, suggestions and comments below.
Till the next time……………………………….Be Blest!!!
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
Deztinee and RaenaBelle
When the Handler Dies Proper Training Methods Pt. 1 & Pt. 2
Discipline: Stop Countersurfing Kitty Internal Disputes
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
Going for a Walk When in a Wheelchair Calming the Tiger Pt.1
MeOW!!! It’s furinally Blest Sunday!!! Kittens!!! Have we had the weather or what? Ya’ know, several peeps have asked us ifin this is “Normal”?
Yep sissy, and several peeps have said we seem to have a lot of storms. Mommy says, ya’ think with all the storms we have you’d have learned not to be ‘fraid by now.
Me told you, me’s not ‘fraid Raena, me’s bein’ safe and doin’ what the weather guessers say to do durin’ the storms. You know, we had car, home, peeps and animal damagin’ hail, winds and tornadoes the other day.
Yeah sissy, I’s never seen anythin’ like it befur. And where was mommy?
Oh Raena, me can’t believe she was out there tryin’ to take fotos of the hail. The weather guessers said it was the size of golf balls, and mommy was out there tryin’ to figger out how to get a foto without getting’ hit.
Yep sissy, and it was really dark out too. Every time the hail would hit the ground it would shatter. Mommy furinally got the broom out and tried draggin’ a piece to her. By the time she got it up to the door, it had melted down to the size of a quarter.
Maybe Raena, but it was still dangerous. The truth is, this is storm season fur us, so this weather is purretty much “normal”. Altho’ the last couple of years the storm season does seem to last a bit longer. Mommy says, it may only seem like it, cuz we’re now on the cat puter. Or we would be ifin it wasn’t stormin’. We got our furst real break in the storm yesfurday, and was tryin’ to visit our furiends a bit, and then mommy had a really bad fall. The storms may have broken outside, but inside, it was ragin’ on.
She sure did sissy. And all the way down, she was hollerin’ fur us to leave the fone alone. She must’ve hid the one by her sittin’ chair, cuz I’s couldn’t find it at all. Fankfully, she didn’t need an ambulance.
Me’s sure glad ‘bout that Raena. Me was worried. It took furever fur her to get up. She had a big gash on the top of her foot and her knees look pawful. Mommy says old peeps break easier than young’un’s and so she called Uncle Pete, Timmy Tomcat’s daddy, fur a little medical reassurance.
Foto of TimmyTomcat
I’s really glad we have such pawsum furiends sissy, so mommy had someone she could ask fur advice. Ya’ know, Uncle Pete’s a nurse in real life, so mommy was able to confurm that she hadn’t broken anythin’ and didn’t require a dreaded trip to the emergency room. Ya’ know, mommy hates hospitals.
Me knows Raena. That’s why me can’t figger out why mommy thinks she needs to take us to the VET. We hate the VET as much as she hates hospitals. MOL Me thinks there must be some kind’a double standard goin’ on here.
What do ya’ mean sissy? What’s a double standard?
Well Raena, it means that mommy can eat junk but we have to eat good fur us food. And, mommy can avoid the hospital, but we have to go to the VET.
I’s like our food sissy. And mommy says Primal just came out with some new proteins that we’re gonna luvs. She even added ’em to our amazon wish list.
Me likes our foods too Raena, but me also likes pizza. Anyways, speakin’ of food, we need to go finish eatin’ our brekky.
Mommy says I’s da cutest thing ever. Look’it mine’s angelic face.
Let’s link up with the Kitties Blue fur Sunday Selfies furst sissy. And say fanky fank ya’ to Uncle Pete fur helpin’ mommy.
Fanks Raena. And yes, fank you Uncle Pete. We are so very blest to have amazin’ furiends, our home that shelters us from the pawful storms, and our luvvin’ mommy, that’s gonna be okay. We wanna remind all our furiends to take a minute today and every day to give thanks fur the many blessings in your lives. We really wish we had been at BlogPaws this past week with those furiends who went, but maybe next year. Mommy’s gonna be sittin’ with her legs up and ice on fur the swellin’, so we purrobably won’t get to do a lot of visitin’ today either. Ifin ya’ can spare any purrayers, we sure would purreciate ‘em. And ‘member to join us tomorrow fur Service Cat Monday. The topic of aggression continues.
And one last thing. Ya’ know that “hooligan in a can” me won? Well you can get your very own. Cat Scouts is a pawsum place fur cats and their peeps to mingle with others of like mind. And it’s totally furee. Den Master created this pawsum place fur us to get together to have fun, help others and learn lots of things. We know it takes money to keep things goin’, but Den Master has never mentioned chargin’ any of us scouts a dime. ‘Stead, she’s created a store where peeps can buy Cat Scout memorabilia and the furtastic “hooligan in a can” and help suppurt this amazin’ place we call Cat Scouts. Me’s a little ashamed me didn’t see the card included in me’s purrize till yesfurday. Ya’ know, we was just so taken by all the goodies included in da can. But me saw it and so me wanted to tell you all where to get your very own tin of cat goodness. Just click here to get it now while it’s on sale.
Till the next time……………………………………..Be Blest!!!
Dezi: Vibrant Blue
Raena: Navy Blue
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
Deztinee and RaenaBelle
HEY!!! IS ANYPAWDY OUT THERE? IT’S ME, RAENABELLE!!! (Raena meows at the top of her lungs) Mommy, I’s don’t think they can hear me over the thunder boomers. Are they ever gonna stop? At furst, I’s thought somepawdy had left their motercycle runnin’ full blast. But then the whole room lit up with that lightnin’ stuffs, and I’s knew it wasn’t no “Hog”. I’s really tired of it mommy. We haven’t got to visit any of our furiends all week long. And where’s sissy? Sissyyyyyyyyyyyy…Sissy!!! Where are you? I’s wanna play, sissy. Purrlease come out and play with me.
Isn’t this sunshine bootyful? It lasted a whole 30 minutes.
(Dezi meows back from UTB in the bedroom) Me’s bein’ safe Raena. Didn’t you hear mommy talkin’ ‘bout all the tornadoes and hail? The weather guesser said cars, outside animals, roofs and trailer houses WOULD be damaged!!! Don’t you ‘member mommy cryin’ and us purrayin’ fur all the animals what live outside?
Of course I’s ‘member. But what do I’s know ‘bout hail and damagin’ winds? All I’s know ‘bout is that wet stuffs. Did you see mommy and me tryin’ to get in the house befur we got soaked? I’s was so x’cited to see the sunshine peekin’ thru the clouds yesfurday. I’s thought it was a great oppurrtunity to go fur a nice stroll and get some furesh air. And I’s couldn’t wait to wear mine’s new harness. Did you see me? I’s grew into it so nicely. It’s a purrfect fit now. Altho’ mommy says I’s not thru growin’ and will purrobably have to get a bigger one next year. Anyways, did you see me? Didn’t I’s look adorable?
(Dezi meowmbles from UTB) Perrfect fit, uh huh. Adorable, sure thing. (Meowing loudly now) You looked real cute hunkerin’ down in the stroller while mommy was tryin’ to get ya’ll back in the house befur ya’ both got struck by lightnin’.
Who knew the clouds could cry that hard without any warnin’? One minute we were baskin’ in the sunshine and the next we were runnin’ fur our lives in the dark. (Raena shakes her head) Hey Dezi, ya’ know that Hooligan in a Can prize you won from Cat Scouts? I’s luvved it. Fanky fanks fur sharin’ with me.
Sure Raena. There was purrlenty of goodies to share. Me luvs bein’ a Cat Scout. That trip to the Kentucky Derby was a blast. And who knew me could pick the winner? Me chose me’s horsey cuz we’re always dreamin’ up ways to help mommy, so me thought Always Dreamin’ was a great name. Me fanked Den Master fur havin’ such a pawsum give away and sendin’ such a pawtastic purrize. Me can’t wait to try that grilled tuna fillet. Me can smell it thru the package, and it smells divine.
It sure does sissy. But I’s really luvved the smells comin’ from those smaller bags. Ya’ know, the ones mommy said was silvervine, valerian and nip? I’s sure wish I’s could be a Cat Scout.
Well Raena, maybe after you grow up a bit more mommy will let you join. Right now, me’s the only Scout in the furmily, and me likes it that way just fine. (Dezi meows under her breath) Me needs some time away from You, even ifin it’s just virtual. (Dezi snickers)
Well sissy, enjoy your time. I’s gonna keep askin’ mommy. At some point she’s gotta get tired of hearin’ it and let me join. In the mean time, I’s gonna go play with our new chirpy bird. Oh and link up with the Pet Parade too.
Hopefully the storms will clear up soon and we’ll be able to visit our furiends. The power has flashed off and on all week, and mommy won’t turn the catputer on when that’s happenin’, so me sure hopes that stuffs stops soon. We’re thinkin’ ‘bout all our furiends even tho’ we can’t get by to visit with ya’. You go play Raena and leave me alone, so me can take a nap.
Till the next time…………………………………..Be Blest!!!
Raena: Navy Blue
Dezi: Vibrant Blue
Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
RaenaBelle and Deztinee
Hey, is anypawdy out there? It’s me, RaenaBelle. Have I’s got somethin’ fur you today. Dezi, did you see our new scratcher?
Yep Raena, me saw it. Did you know that mommy was getting’ the company’s catalogs long befur we got a catputer? They have some really pawsum scratchers. Mommy says she ‘members when scratchers were purretty much all the company had.
Yeah sissy, I’s heard that. But she said they had some really cool scratchers compared to what was on the regular market. She said lots of ‘em looked like real live miniature furniture. They purretty much come in all shapes and sizes to fit any kitty out there.
Sure ‘nuff Raena. Cat Claws Inc. actually got started kinda like our bloggy…by a happy accident. Vietnam Vet, Mr. Bill Seliskar worked in the corrugated box industry and offen brought home samples.
Ya’ reckon he left ‘em lyin’ ‘round fur his wife Ms. Gale to clean up?
Oh Raena, you’ve been watchin’ too much teevee. Me has no idea where Mr. Bill put the samples, but you know us kitties, we can sniff out a box a hunnerd miles away.
A hunnerd miles, sissy? Really?
Well, maybe not a hunnerd miles Raena, but we can find a box in our own house, that’s fur sure. And that’s exactly what happened. Mr. Bill and Ms. Gale’s kitties found those samples and went to town sharpenin’ their claws.
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. We received the Cat Claws MAX Butterfly cat scratcher in exchange fur our post and opinion. As always, we only tell it like we see it and only bring products we use or have tried and feel would be on interest to you, our readers and friends.
I’s bet Ms. Gale was happy to have those samples layin’ all over the house then. Y, Those samples purrobably saved her sofa. Ya’ know that turned her mad into glad.
Seriously Raena, you gotta quit watchin’ so much teevee. Nopawdy ever said Ms. Gale was mad ‘bout havin’ those samples ‘round. Altho’ me’s sure she was happy the kitties were no longer tearin’ up her furniture. Ya’ know, humans can sure get beside themselves when we kitties sharpen our claws on their things. Anyways, bein’ so happy ‘bout their new found cat scratchin’ alternative, Mr. Bill and Ms. Gale set out to assemble some of those samples into the furst corrugated cardboard kitty scratchers. Back in 1986, their wasn’t a lot of scratchin’ options fur kitty pawrents.
That was way befur mine’s time, huh sissy?
(Dezi shakes her head and nods)
As all good things go, word got ‘round and peeps were knockin’ down the garage door tryin’ to get some of those scratchers Mr. Bill and Ms. Gale was makin’, right sissy?
Well Raena, there’s no evidence peeps were knockin’ down the garage door, but cat peeps sure did want a few of their own. After all, these were much more affurdable than what was already available. And believe it or not, there was a time when peeps didn’t spend much money on their kitties. Peeps had no idea we kitties need more than a box fur peein’ and food in a bowl.
OMC I’s so glad mommy knows better. What kind’a life would that be?
Me can’t even ‘magine Raena, but me’s glad mommy knows better too. Anyways, the Cat Claws Scratching Pad became the furst corrugated cardboard scratcher available to the public. It was such a hit that in 1993 the business expanded. And in 2006, the furst “Scratch ‘n Shapes” came ‘bout. That would include those mini furniture scratchers. And in 2007, Cat Claws launched their new brand name, Imperial Cat.
Imperial Cat? OMC We have lots of Imperial Cat stuffs sissy.
That we do Raena, that we do. Mr. Bill went to heaven in 2009 and Ms. Gale joined him in 2010; but the business stayed in the furmily. Their daughters, Ms. Ginger and Ms. Jill run Cat Claws today. And they’re still goin’ strong and makin’ great cat purroducts includin’ their signature purroduct, corrugated cat scratchers; just like the one they sent us.
Hey sissy? Did you know they give back too? They have a wooly white mousey called the Charity mouse. And fur every Charity Mouse purchased, $5.00 goes to help with spay and neuter and help get cats adopted. Cat Claws has all kinds of fun kitty toys, scratchers, NIP, beds, memorials, and so much more. They even have some purroducts fur the doggies. And all those cat scratchers are made right here in the good ole US of A.
Cat Claws is purretty pawsum Raena. We were thrilled they contacted us and luv our new M.A.X. Butterfly scratcher which came with an ample nip packet, all made in the USA. It’s a nice size too. It’s 20 1/2” L X 9” W X 3 1/2” H, and comes in red or pink fur only $24.95. They do use a purretty strong glue to attach the description page with the retail bar code, but once you sit it down, ya’ won’t see the paper remnants cuz they’re on the bottom.
We sure do luvs it sissy. I’s’ll race ya’ to the butterfly. Ready…Set…(Raena takes off running and meows over her shoulder) Go!!! (Raena starts scratching with all her might) You know you want a new Cat Claws scratcher yourself, so head on over and check out their newly designed website.
Till the next time……………………………..Be Blest!!!
Raena: Navy Blue
Dezi: Vibrant Blue
Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses