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Service Cats: You Asked We Answered

MeOW  Welcome one and all to Service Cats and Everything Feline on Furidays. Step right up and get your every question answered. No tickets or green papers required. MOL Me’s just havin’ a little fun with ya’ today. But seriously, today is the day we try to answer questions asked by you, our furiends and readers ‘bout Trainin’, Health, Behavior and Anything and Everythin’ else. Mommy says that all kitty’s, just like children are much happier with a little bit of Training. We know not every kitty out there is going to be a Service Cat, but every kitty out there should be a well behaved and well luvved family member. And, that’s where these post come in handy. Ifin you’ve missed any posts in the series you can ketch up by clickin’ Training Tips and Everything Feline on our Menu above. You’ll find links to all relevant posts there as well as a contact form to submit your own questions or topic suggestions. You can also ask your questions in the comment section of this or any Service Cat post. Let’s get the business outta the way and get on with today’s topic. 

 

Raena sits posing in her tiger 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 often get asked questions that don’t require a whole post, or a variation of questions we’ve already written about. If we’ve already written about a topic and there’s nothing new to add or expound on, we will direct the asker of said questions to the previously written post(s). Please don’t think we’re not taking your question seriously. We take all your questions seriously and expect you to take our response seriously as well. If we’re sending you links it’s because we don’t have anything new to offer.

 

Dezi lays in wheelchair looking at camera

 

 

 

 Anyways, here’s a question mommy A gets at least once a month. “Do you Train other people’s cats/dogs/etc.?” The answer is Yes and No. Mommy used to hold Training classes when she was involved with a Rescue group and lived in a larger city. She has done one on one in home Training when asked. Of course, we live in an area now where people don’t regularly teach their dogs to sit, so there’s not much call for advanced Training and certainly none for Cat Training. That being said, we’d be happy to come to you to assist in Training your beloved anipal; but the cost of travel, lodging and a meal a day would be your responsibility. Depending on the tasks you’re seeking to Train, you may be able to find a Trainer locally. Often times you can find Trainers thru your VET, the shelter or pet stores.

 

Shad lays on chair back

 

 

 

We’re asked a variation of these questions on at least one of our social media sites weekly: “How can you have Service Cats when the ADA says they can’t be? Where did you get your Service Cats?” First and foremost, the ADA does not say Cats can’t be Service Animals; they just don’t recognize them as such. If you’ve read Shad’s story you’ll know that mommy happened to have a cat at the time of her accident who Trained herself. Mommy then took what Shad did and developed Training Techniques to Train other cats. As for where mommy’s Service Cats come from…all have been rescued from one situation or another. There is no specific breed that makes a better Service Cat. And, other than Shad, mommy has Trained each cat herself. 

 

Doberman clip art

 

 

 

The last question we’re going to address today is about implants. Yes, we actually mentioned those neuter implants the other day because we received a question about them. The question was: “How do you feel about ear cropping, tail docking and the surgeries required to correct floppy ears and other aesthetics for animals? Do you think my male cat would spray if he had implants after his neuter?” That’s kind of a loaded question. We’ll admit there’s nothing quite so intimidating as the look of a cropped, docked Doberman or Pitty; but who is that for? Yes, a floppy eared long tailed dobie isn’t quiet as menacing as his cropped counterpart, but he/she is still the same dog. Humans are so concerned about aesthetics that they often do things to animals that isn’t medically necessary and can cause major health issues.

 

Testicle Implants

Testicle implants: foto courtesy of neuticles.com

 

permastay ear implants

Ear Stay Implants: foto courtesy of neuticles.com

 

 

 

 

 

The neutered cat or dog doesn’t really miss his testicles. Removing the testicles also removes the high production of testosterone. It’s the testosterone that causes a male to mark/spray and not the testicles themselves. The implants don’t actually produce hormones of any kind, so one would assume there wouldn’t be any spraying. But, there is absolutely no need for Fido or Fluffy to have implants. Often times those cropped ears have cartilage breaking resulting in a floppy ear and require further surgeries and implants to make them stand up straight. None of these surgeries are medically necessary for the health and wellbeing of the animal in question. We realize that breed standards may call for these procedures, but that doesn’t make them right. People should concern themselves with the health and well being of the animals and worry a lot less about their appearance. Please spay and neuter your pets. They’re much happier and healthier, and skip the implants.  

 

Raena lays sleeping in the Gen7 stroller

 

 

 

Well there’s really no Training Tips involved in today’s post, but we do hope we’ve answered these purrticular questions to your satisfaction. These are only our opinions. We have a great post planned for next week about Planning For Kitty’s Future without you. Do you have any purrticular questions about this subject you’d like answered? What kinds of concerns do you have? Do you have a plan already in place? Don’t furget, you can ketch up on any post in this series by clickin’ on Training Tips and Everything Feline on our menu above. Purrlease leave your questions or topic suggestions in the comments below or send us an email via our Contact page. When asking behavioral questions, purrlease be as specific as pawssible. We’re also linkin’ up with Comedy Plus fur Feline Furiday.

 

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

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses 

 

Deztinee and RaenaBelle  

Service Cats: 6 Tips To Keep Kitty Stress Free While Going To the VET

Stop Kitty’s Peeing, Pooping & Throwing Up In The Car/Carrier:

MeOW Welcome to Service Cats and Everything Feline on Furidays. We’ve got a great topic fur ya’ today, so stay tuned. We’re runnin’ really late cuz mommy didn’t get everythin’ edited befur crashin’ last night and she had her regualr monthly doctor’s ‘pointment today. Anyways, fanks fur your patience. Furstly, we thought we needed to meow a minute ‘bout where our Tips, Tricks and Trainin’ Techniques come from. Mommy was asked this past week just where she got her ideas since she had such purrfect and well behaved kitties (we’re choosing to believe the question is genuine). Altho’ mommy thinks we’re purrfect in every way, we’re far from it. Mommy has dealt with most of the issues we write ‘bout purrsonally at one time or another. And, mommy spent years Trainin’ woofies, horses and kitties. She even Trained a pot bellied pig named Cameron. Mommy fostered bottle baby kittens who had to be taught how to be a cat. Mommy’s always had a bond with animals and still spends much of her time studying their behaviors, and tweaks her Tips as needed. And ifin she doesn’t know somethin’, she’ll research till she gets the answers. Altho’ mommy has experience with many animals, she has chosen at this time in her life to focus on kitties. We’re so fankful fur all our new and old furiends and followers and welcome any and all questions or topic suggestions you may have which can be left in the comments or by sendin’ us a purrivate email via our Contact page. Just ‘member to be as specific as pawssible when askin’ behavioral questions. As always, you can ketch up on any post you’ve missed in this series by clickin’ the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page from our menu. So, let’s get the “business” outta the way and get on with today’s topic.  

 

 

Raena sits posing in her tiger 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 lays on counter at vet office

 

 

 

     We’ve been asked several questions about how to avoid Stress while transporting kitty to the VET. Some of you have kitties that throw up, poop or pee in their carriers every time they have to make that trip, and you want to know how to stop it. Since most of these kitties never go anywhere else, we’re going to focus on how to make this and other trips successfully. Let me tell you a little story about me’s self. For the first two years of me’s life, me would pee every time mommy took me to Ardmore or the VET. Because me did it at the same spot on our trips (7 miles from home), mommy says it would have been funny if it didn’t mean that me was so stressed and stink up the car so bad. However, me can now make that trip and even longer ones without emptying me’s bladder all over the place. So, how did mommy get me to stop? 

 

Dezi lays in wheelchair watching Raena inside the stroller

Step 1.

     First up, we recommend leaving the carrier/stroller out at all times. Put a towel, blanket, or a previously worn unwashed shirt in the carrier. This will allow kitty/doggy to get used to their transport and even find it comforting. Place the carrier in a quiet spot and give treats or extra loving when kitty/doggy enters or uses the carrier as a bed or hideaway. Place a favorite toy or a little catnip/silvervine in the carrier to entice kitty into using the carrier. Play interactive games that incorporate the carrier. You might also use one of the facial pheromone calming sprays to spray the inside of the carrier. Remember to refresh the scent often. In other words, make the carrier a fun place for kitty to hang out. 

 

Dezi looks over her shoulder while in the stroller outside

Check out the stroller’s tether (black strap) attached to harness.

 

 

 

Step 2. 

     As most of you know, we highly recommend harness training your kitty and tethering them into their carrier/stroller for safety. You can read our Harness Training Tips here. We also recommend withholding food before a trip especially one to the VET. However, you want to make all trips seem uniform, so all preparations should be the same whether you’re going around the block, to the pet store or the VET’s office.

 

Dezi and Lexi inside stroller in the front seat of the car.

 

 

 

Step 3.  

     Take kitty for a drive. It doesn’t have to be far, but you want kitty to get used to going out without ending up at the VET. Remember, you want the carrier to be a fun and comforting place. Speak softly and calmly to kitty while you’re out. Keep your emotions and thoughts in check. Always remember, animals feed off your energy. If you’re stressed and expecting the trip to go badly, kitty/doggy will pick up on that and most assuredly leave a little surprise for you in their carrier. Remember me’s first 2 years? Every time mommy saw the mile marker where me first peed, she would get nervous and start watching me to see if me was going to let loose and flood the car. MOL She had started carrying piddle pads and would put one in her lap underneath me. Me liked to lay in mommy’s lap while we drove down the highway. One day, mommy said enough and decided to Train me to hold it. 

 

 Raena models the new sling carrier

 

 

 

Step 4.  

     Mix things up. What this meant for me, was that mommy put me in a carrier for the last 10 miles of the trip. She chose a small carrier that didn’t allow me room to move around. This step is only temporary, so you don’t need to invest in an expensive carrier, just something small enough to keep kitty from moving around an leaving deposits behind. Kitties are very clean animals. The last thing we want to do is lay in our own pee or poop. If your problem is that kitty is leaving deposits in the carrier, you might want to hold kitty in your lap instead of the carrier. For the first couple of times, you might want to have a piddle pad at the ready. Remember to speak calmly to kitty. Make each outing longer and longer and expose kitty to new and different things. Carry a wand toy/feathers on a stick to help distract kitty from the things going on around them. Keep an eye out for signs that kitty is about the pee/poop/throw up and distract them with the wand toy or feathers on a stick. Obviously this step is much easier with two people, but one can do it in a pinch; after all, mommy has to do it by herself. If she can do it, anybody can. Make stops at the park, pet store or a drive through (ie: bank, fast food, etc.) and reward kitty with treats or extra loving during the trip and after you return home.  

 

Raena looking around at the vets

Step 5.      

     When the time comes for the trip to the VET, don’t let your stress affect kitty. Remember to always keep your own emotions in check. Keep positive thoughts and treat the trip as if it were any other trip kitty’s been on. Be sure to take along some treats or a favorite toy to distract kitty. Wand toys or feathers on a stick work great for this. You can even take a little bag of catnip for kitty to sniff is you have a nip fiend. Any time you see kitty showing signs of stress, wave the wand/feathers/bag of nip to get kitty’s attention. Praise kitty during the visit. No matter what happens at the VET or what kind of news or health updates you may get, keep your thoughts and voice positive until after you return home. Continue to keep an eye out for stress so you can redirect any unwanted behaviors like peeing/pooping/throwing up on the trip. 

 

 Sling Pet Carrier

Sling/over the shoulder pet carrier

 

 

 

Step 6.    

     Once you return home, remove kitty from carrier and give them treats or extra loving along with praise about how much fun the trip was. One thing we didn’t mention earlier, is that mommy likes to put a little nip or silvervine in our carrier/stroller before trips. It’s a ready made distraction that we can’t escape. Once kitty has made 2 trips without the offending behavior being present, you may return to kitty’s normal carrier. Altho’ the smaller carrier may not give kitty room to move around, kitty is okay. Kitties actually like tight spaces, they make us feel safe. We thought you might like to know a few of the things mommy has used as a “tiny” carrier over the years. Mommy has used her purse, an overnight bag, make up bag and shoebox. You might want to look into a sling carrier that would allow kitty to rest over your heart. This type of carrier can be extremely soothing to kitty as they are next to your heart and feeling the warmth of your body. It also encloses all but kitty’s head, so there’s less opportunity for kitty to move around and squat.

 

Dezi lays with arm hanging over edge of the liberty cat tree while Raena bathes on the shelf below her.

Well, we do hope this helps those of you dealing with this purrticular problem. Fankfully, me no longer pees in the car, carrier, stroller or mommy’s lap. Me actually looks forward to trips these days. And, me luvs the new sling carrier mommy got us almost as much as me luvs our new stroller. Ifin there’s somethin’ you feel we’ve left out, or you have further questions on this topic, purrlease say so in the comments below or by sendin’ us a purrivate email via our Contact page. And, as always, you can ketch up on any of the posts in this series by clickin’ Training Tips and Everything Feline from our menu bar above. Befur we go, we wanna link up with Comedy Plus fur Feline Furiday. Join us next week fur another in depth look into the world of cats.

 

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

 

 

 

Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses 

 

Deztinee and RaenaBelle

Chatting Cats: Flippin’ Tables…Ummmm Plates

Hey, is anypawdy out there? It’s me, RaenaBelle. Ya’ know how we’re always meowin’ ‘bout how kitties have these basic needs. Ya’ know, the things that drive us. And, we’re very blest to have a mommy that unnerstands that and thinks humans shouldn’t try to change us. And yet, every day mommy gets furustrated with me at meal time over one of these drives.

 

 Dezi and Raena together

 

 

 

          Raena, me can’t believe you meowed that. Mommy doesn’t get furustrated with ya’ ‘bout the doin’, it’s the result of the doin’ she gets furustrated ‘bout.

 

Hmmmmpht It’s me she’s talkin’ to, I’s think I’s oughtta know what she’s furustrated with. Let me just tell ya’ ‘bout it and see what ya’ll have to say. Ya’ know, us kitty cats, like our big cousins, are finely tuned purr-edators. Yep, we’ve got mad skills.

 

          Raena…you’ve been watchin’ too much teevee. Meow right or don’t meow at all.

 

Raena carries a Christmas toy from Cat and LisaShowin’ off mine’s mad skills. RaenaBelle, the Mighty Huntress.

 

 

Whatever sissy. Anyways, the feline form was built to hunt and kill. Unfurtunately, there are some animals that think we’re prey. Hmmmpht  They’ve never met mine’s claws or fangs.

 

 Dezi looks up at Raena and hisses on the liberty cat tree

You deserved the whacky paw of justice here, but

it’s just not who we are.

 

 

 

          Raena, we’re Ragdolls, we don’t actually do much real huntin’. We don’t even give the old whacky paw of justice when it might be needed. It might be in our DNA to hunt, but me doesn’t think we’d do too much actual killin’.

 

There ya’ go sissy. X’actly!!! That’s why it’s so ‘purrtant fur me to cover mine’s meal in t’ween bites. I’s fur sure don’t wanna end up as somethin’ else’s meal. I’s don’t want somethin’ bigger and meaner comin’ along and smellin’ mine’s noms and thinkin’ I’s would make a good snack.

 

 Dezi lays on scratcher while Raena lays on nip mat

 

 

 

          Raena, the only thing bigger and well, she ain’t meaner, me doesn’t think anythin’ could be meaner than you… 

 

Sissy!!! That’s not very nice. I’s gonna tell mommy you’re bein’ mean to me.

 

Dezi sits pretty on the scratcher

 

 

          Sorry Raena. Anyways, like me was meowin’, the only thing bigger than you in this house is mommy, and she ain’t gonna sniff your noms and try to eat you. She’s just kitten ‘round when she says she luvs us so much she could just eat us up. She doesn’t mean she really wants to eat us.

 

Well course not sissy. I’s know that. I’s meowin’ ‘bout all those things you claim to be purrtectin’ us from durin’ the storms. What ifin they was to smell mine’s noms and think I’s be tasty.

 

          Trust me Raena, there ain’t nuffin in this house that thinks you might be tasty. And, there’s no way mommy would let anythin’ or anypawdy ever hurt you, much less eat you. So all that scratchin’ and turnin’ over of your food plate isn’t necessary. All it does is make a mess and waste food. That’s the pawrt mommy gets furustrated ‘bout. She spends good money, money we don’t have in abundance to make sure we have the very bestest noms to eat, just to see you flip the plate at every meal. You’re like one of those silly housewives on that reality teevee you like to watch so much. 

 

 Raena lays on the back of the chair

 

 

 

Nah sissy, they’re always mad, I’s just doin’ what comes naturally.

 

          Really? Then why doesn’t me need to cover me’s noms? Could it be that me’s older and wiser and maybe you could learn a thing or two from watchin’ me?

 

 

 Dezi eats Raena's left overs

Sissy, get outta mine’s noms!!!

 

 

 

Hmmmmpht  Like watchin’ you eat mine’s noms ifin I’s don’t cover it up?

 

Dezi and Raena eat Primal Freeze dried Cat food

 

 

 

          (Dezi shakes her head) There just ain’t no reasonin’ with you, is there? Well, guess mommy’ll just have to keep turnin’ your plate back over and puttin’ the food back in it. Let’s go finish brekky, mommy’s got your food back in the plate now.

 

Okay sissy. I’s’ll be right there. I’s just wanted to remind everypawdy there’s still time to enter our pawsum give away. Check it out here.

 

Do any of you try to cover your food? 

 

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

 

Raena: Navy Blue 

Dezi: Vibrant Blue 

 

Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

 

RaenaBelle and Deztinee    

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