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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Raena: Hey, is anypawdy out there? It’s me, RaenaBelle. A dry RaenaBelle at that. You are never gonna believe what mommy did yesfurday.
Dezi: Hey Raena, what’d ya’ think ‘bout the new dentist? Huh? Mommy says she really likes her. She says the office was really nice. There was a huge waitin’ room with windows in every corner fur different kinds of doctors. Mommy said she was shocked and impurressed at how clean the pawtty box room was. Seems there’s 3 dentist in the office who work every day. Well every day Monday thru Fursday; they’re closed on Furidays. And mommy’s dentist Dr. Collier has been there fur 7 years. Things are already lookin’ better than they did at Aspen, who couldn’t seem to keep a dentist on staff. Mommy’s just ready fur Aspen to honor their money back guarantee and give her the green papers she paid them fur the dentures they didn’t make. Anyways, what’d you think Raena?
Hmmmmpht Yeah sissy, mommy says it was great but I’s wouldn’t know. ‘Pawrently the roads to Tishomingo are some real doozies of “country pig trails”, and with the thunderstorms makin’ it dark and gloomy and impairin’ visibility, mommy was a bit scared and nervous ‘bout the drive. So she left me here at home with you!!! How dare she!!! What ifin somethin’ had happened and she needed me? Anythin’ could’a happened and mommy would’a been totally alone.
Well Raena, you’re right, anythin’ could’a happened and that’s zactly why mommy didn’t take you. Mommy always puts our health and well bein’ befur hers. Ifin somehtin’ had happened, say mommy ran off one of those pig trails into a ditch or tree or had some kind’a accident with another idiot drivin’ too fast on those pig trails thinkin’ they own ‘em and oughtta drive in the middle of ’em, she’d never have been able to live with herself ifin you’d been hurt or worse, deaded. Fankfully, mommy did okay and was able to stay at the office till she was able to drive home after her ‘pointment.
Yeah sissy, I’s do ‘purreciate that mommy doesn’t purr-puss-fully put us in harm’s way, but I’s still worry ‘bout her bein’ alone out there. Ya’ know, totally at the mercy of the elements and the kindness of strangers…who ain’t always so kind. Mommy says she’s gonna look fur a safer way to get there fur her next ‘pointment so she doesn’t have to be alone. It’s never good to tempt fate, I’s meow. I’s pawfully glad mommy made it home safely, but I’s sure was worried ‘bout her. Anyways, that nice Dr. Collier pulled the last two teethies mommy had and scheduled her fur a pointment to make the impurressions fur her dentures next month. Looks like we’re furinally gonna see an end to all this. We just gotta get our green papers back from that pawful Aspen Dental so we can pay the new place. In the meantime, mommy talks really funny.
That she does Raena. Ya’ know that got me to thinkin’ ifin our meows change when we kitties lose our teethies? ‘Pawrently teeth play a ‘purrtant role in furmin’ a lot of words. What do you think? Would we meow differently without our teeth? Ya’ know kitties have a large repurrtoire of meows, chortles, chirps, hisses, growls and other sounds. How are those sounds affected when we lose our purmanent teeth? Do ya’ reckon some really rich purrson would try to get kitty dentures fur their toothless kitty? Do they make kitty dentures?
Oh sissy, I’s think you may have a little too much time on your paws. Who thinks ‘bout those kinds of things anyways?. I’s don’t think I’s would want any kitty dentures.
Ya’ never know what peeps will come up with Raena. Mommy says that years ago she knew a company who made implants fur male kitties who had been neutered. Sure ‘nuff, your male kitty could look like he had stuff to strut fur only $6,000.00. And, there was even different sizes to choose from. (Dezi and Raena shake their heads)
OMC That’s not right sissy, it’s just not right. And, on that note, I’s think we should go check on mommy. She’s havin’ quite a bit of pain. Seems those last two teethies were imbedded in the nerve and hurt a little more than the last time. Mommy’s had one of those serious migraines since last night. Hopefully, she’ll be able to help us visit with our furiends soon. We sure wanna fanky fank everypawdy fur your well wishes and purrayers.
Till the next time………………………………………….Be Blest!!!
Raena: Navy Blue
Dezi: Vibrant Blue
Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses