Posted by Deziz World
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.
MeOW Welcome to Service Cats and Everything Feline on Furidays. Every week we try to answer questions asked by all of you ‘bout Training, Health, Behavior or anything else you’re wonderin’ ‘bout the little ball of fluff residing in your homes. We also take on topics you’ve suggested and try to help humans better unnerstand the Feline and sometimes the woofies too. That’s right, a lot of the Tips we give can be used fur pets of all species. Ifin you have a question or blog topic you’d like to see, purrlease leave a comment in the comments section below or send us an email via our Contact page in our menu. And, ifin you’ve missed any of the posts in this series or just want to refresh your memory, you ketch up by clickin’ the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page in our menu above.
For the last 3 weeks we’ve focused on Kitten/Cat Proofing your home; and, we’ll be wrapping that up today with a few last Tips and Suggestions. If you’ve missed Pt. 1, 2, or 3 click on the corresponding numbers to read them now. We truly hope we’ve helped make bringing a new kitty or puppy into your home easier and less stressful. We would first like to add something brought to our attention by one of our very smart readers. Just when you thought you’d covered all possible dangers, someone mentions something you totally forgot about.
Last week we covered the Sewing and Craft room but totally forgot about the Iron. Yep, some people do still iron. Mommy uses a steamer more than an iron, so it just slipped our minds. However, a hot iron is a serious danger to pets and humans alike. And the dangly cord hanging over the edge of the ironing board is a great temptation for kitty/puppy. Never leave an iron unattended or plugged in when not in use. As me said, mommy prefers using a steamer not only on her clothes but also for cleaning. For water to turn into steam, the temperature reaches scalding hot. Never, blast kitty/woofy with steam, it will burn them.
Outside: The Predator Becomes the Prey:
As most of you know, we believe kitties belong inside and not out roaming around without their human. The dangers lurking outside are overwhelmingly huge. Kitties in particular are not only predators but also prey, especially small kittens and cats. Owls, Hawks, Eagles, Coyotes, Wolves, Bobcats, Cougars, Alligators, Crocodiles and many other wild animals can, will and do hunt our small furry friends.
Rabies, carried by a number of wild animals can be transmitted through bites during a fight or saliva from an infected animal entering an open wound of a healthy animal/human. Feral Cat Colonies are at high risk of harboring and spreading Rabies as well as other fatal and non fatal feline diseases. Cars are another danger outside cats face. Over *6 million cats and dogs were killed by cars in the U.S. alone last year. (* – browser search). Cats are at a higher risk than dogs. In the winter time, car engines often provide a tempting place for cats/kittens to get warm. Please, Always knock on the hood of your car before starting it up, especially in the colder months.
Outside cats are at risk of being poisoned, either by accident or on purpose. Many people think cats are a nuisance and put out poisons. Cats may also be poisoned by eating mice or other small animals that have been poisoned themselves. We personally lost a friend a few years ago who ate one such mouse. While poisoning from antifreeze is more common in dogs, it’s still a risk for cats. Please clean up any anti freeze you see standing around your car and store any containers in an area away from kitties/woofies.
Many plants and flowers are toxic to kitties; as are most of the sprays used to keep bugs off garden plants. If you allow kitty outside in your garden, try to use non-toxic bug sprays and plant only safe foliage. Perhaps you could even plant kitty their own little garden area with some ornamental grasses and cat nip/mint. When offered the choice between your poisonous plants and nip or grass, kitty will almost always choose the latter.
The Garage or Shed is another room that harbors dangers and even death for kitty/woofy. If you use your garage for your car, be sure to keep any oil, antifreeze, or other liquids that may leak, cleaned up. Also, store any containers of these items out of kitty’s reach. A locker or other enclosed shelf is a great place for storing dangerous items and tools. Put tools, especially those with sharp edges, away as well as any small nails, screws, zip ties, and other tempting play objects. Use plastic storage containers with lids instead of boxes. Not only are boxes tempting to kitty, but they’re also a fire hazard. Store bikes, skateboards, surf boards and other large equipment on racks or shelving.
Cat Toys and Furniture:
Now, let’s talk a bit about toys designed for our play. One would think that a toy or furniture item designed specifically for us would be perfectly safe, right? If only that were true. Most everybody knows we kitties love things that dangle from a string/cord. We love the string maybe more than the toy at the end. MOL However, most of those dangly toys are terribly dangerous. Me almost hung me’s self when me was just about 5 weeks old. Yep, that great little perch mommy sits in front of the door for us had a “mouse on a string” hanging down from the top ledge. Me would swat at it and pull at it and pull it up with me’s mouth. One day, me turned and turned and turned with it in me’s mouth till the elastic string had gotten wrapped around me’s tiny neck and pulled me off the perch. There me was dangling by the neck. Mommy was horrified and terrified and…obviously, she came to me’s rescue or me wouldn’t be here to tell you about it today. But, she did learn a lesson, Never leave dangly things, attached by string or elastic, to our toys or furniture.
Yep, mommy’ll be removin’ that dangly befur lettin’ us play
with this unattended.
Hanging isn’t the only danger. If swallowed, strings can wreak havoc in our intestines. Because of the barbs on a cat’s tongue, we can’t actually push things out of our mouths very well. The more we struggle to spit out the string, the further in our mouths it goes. That brings me to the next set of toys that pose a danger to us. A lot of those cute little mice furries have tiny beads for eyes. The plastic ones often have a plastic push bead for a nose. While they might make the mousey look more like a mousey, they’re terribly dangerous and are often removed within the first few minutes of play. Y, Some of us kitties go so far as to remove the fur altogether and begin to eat the plastic mousey. Me’s never really seen a real mousey, so how’s me supposed to know the difference in taste of a real mouse or a plastic one? Apparently tho’, the plastic mousey is far more dangerous than the real thing. Chewed up plastic has sharp edges that can tear or cut our intestines.
Do mouseys have eyes?
We highly recommend removing all dangle toys from cat furniture by cutting the string or elastic closest to the area of attachment. We recommend removing all glued on pieces like eyes, noses, tails, etc. from kitty/doggy toys. Some woofies are really hard on their toys. We recommend throwing out any plastic toys that appear chewed, before kitty/woofy can eat/swallow them. If a stuffed toy is ripped, throw out any stuffing before it can be consumed. Mommy says when giving kitty/doggy a new toy, it’s a good idea to watch how it’s played with before allowing unattended play. Wand toys are a favorite of most kitties. We love it when our human plays with us. However, when you can’t be around, put the wands away or out of our reach. Anything listed as “interactive” means it requires supervision to be safe.
Thankfully these eyes were painted on, so mousey got to keep his eyes.
He lost his ribbon right after this foto shoot tho’. Sometimes, mommy’s no fun at all.
We know we’ve presented a lot of information over the last few weeks, but believe it or not, we only hit the highlights. Our last thought about kitties and the outdoors is that kitty should never be outside alone. We highly recommend harness and leash training. Just remember when introducing a new kitty/woofy into your home for the first time, don’t assume because your last kitty/woofy knew better the new one will. If this is your first kitty or woofy, thank you for saving a life, now take the precautions to kitten/cat proof your home so that you can both enjoy a long and happy life together. Take a look around your house, yard, garage and general living area, if you think it might be dangerous, remove it or take steps to make it safe. Lastly, Train your new kitty/woofy with some basic manners and you’ll both be happier for it. You can read Training Tips for appropriate Scratching and other behavioral challenges by clicking the links on our Training Tips and Everything Feline page. And don’t forget to leave your questions in the comments section below or send us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or via our Contact page.
Wand toys are me’s favorites.
We’re joinin’ Comedy Plus fur Feline Furiday. What would you like to read about next here on Service Cat Furiday? Does your kitty do somethin’ or have a weird habit that you wonder ‘bout? We wanna hear from you, purrlease leave us a comment and we’ll see you next week fur another foray into the magical world of Feline Behavior.
Till the next time…………………………………………….Be Blest!!!
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
Deztinee and RaenaBelle
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Posted by Deziz World
MeOW C’mon Raena, it’s Blest Sunday. Time to count our many Blessings fur the week. In spite of all the boom, boom, booms of fireworks, no kitty spent any time UTB (under the bed) here. We quite surpurrised mommy. Me thinks there were a couple of times when she was actually holdin’ her breath and tryin’ to purrtend she didn’t hear anythin’ so we’d ignore it too. Our town put on their little big fireworks extravaganza last night. The boomers seemed to go on furever, but we just ignored them and chilled with mommy.
Yep sissy, mommy was quite purrleased with us. I’s even caught her smilin’ once when she thought we weren’t lookin’. I’s don’t know why she was surpurrised tho’, nuffin’ scares me.
Oh yeah, the big bad brave RaenaBelle, conqueror of all in her teeny big world. Hmmmmmpht Some times you can be a real show off. There’s nuffin’ wrong with bein’ scared now and then. Fear can be a good thing. Ya’ know, like bein’ ‘fraid of mommy’s jet ski sized feet steppin’ on your tail or her’s jumbo hiney splattin’ ya’ when she falls. Bein’ ‘fraid means you know when to get outta the way.
Why would ya’ be ‘fraid of mommy, sissy? She’d never hurt us.
‘Course not Raena, least not on purr-puss. But, sometimes she doesn’t watch where she’s steppin’, and you know she doesn’t have any control over where she lands when she falls. A little fear never hurt any kitty.
Whatever sissy, I’s purrfur mine’s way better. I’s trust mommy no matter what.
Well Raena, that’s why you got your tail stepped on the other day.
To be honest sissy, it wasn’t actually mine’s tail she stepped on. She only caught a few strands of the tippy end of mine’s tail furs. Besides, she cried and ‘pawlogized and gave me lots of extra luvvin’ afterwards. We would have even got some treats but you know we’re not eatin’ ‘em cuz she bought out the store. What kitty wants cheap treats when there’s purrlenty in the house? Anyways, we’re s’posed to be countin’ our Blessings. I’s meow our furst Blessing is that we have a pawsum luvvin’ furever home. This past week it’s been hotter than a fryin’ pan, stormed and raged and been full of silly humans pawppin’ those fireworks; and we didn’t have a care in the world. We were inside with the cool a/c loungin’ ‘bout and enjoyin’ the good life.
Ain’t that the truth Raena. And fanks to awnty Vonda, we had a bar-b-que sammich, smashed taters with cheese and a watermelon fur our celebration.
Oh sissy, that bar-b-que sammich was so tasty. I’s fanky fankful mommy shared, but I’s could’a ate a whole sammich mine’s self. I’s didn’t have any of the taters, but I’s do luvs me some cheese. And, that was mine’s furst ever watermelon. It was really purretty yummy too. Who’d’ve thought we kitties would like such a thing?
Yep Raena, watermelons are purretty tasty, but me sure does have to pee a lot after eatin’ ‘em. Mommy says they’re one of her favorite foods. We used to have ‘em every summer when me was a kitten. Anyways, we had a great celebration. Me hopes all our furiends did too. We were reminiscin’ this past week ‘bout our lives befur we got a catputer and innernet. We are so Blest to have met so many amazin’ peeps and anipals, and we never wanna go back to the way things were befur.
We sure don’t sissy. I’s wasn’t even alive in those days. But, I’s can’t ‘magine what mine’s life would be like without all our furiends, and I’s don’t even wanna try.
Me neither Raena, me neither. Hey, did you see where mommy read that story ‘bout coffee?
You mean the one that said peeps who drink coffee appear to live up to 5 years longer than peeps who don’t drink coffee? Yep sissy, I’s saw that. I’s guess we might oughtta let her enjoy a cup ever once in a while, huh?.
Uh, Maybe you oughtta heed your own meows Raena. After all, it wasn’t me inneruptin’ her the last couple of meownings. Me was purrfectly happy to let her finish a cup while it was still hot.
Well sissy, ifin you had used the litter box ‘stead of the piddle pad, I’s wouldn’t have had to ask her to clean it up right away. Anyways, she made another cup, so technically she got to finish her coffee. Let’s wrap this up, I’s wanna play.
‘Course you do Raena. Don’t you ever get tired? (Raena grabs a nip filled mouse and runs through the house chortlin’ and chirpin’.) Guess that answers that one. We’d like to fank you all fur bein’ our furiends. We luv you all very much. We’d also like to remind everypawdy to take a minute today and every day to give Thanks fur the Blessings in your life.
(Raena runs to the living room and stops briefly) Don’t furget, we’re linkin’ up with the Kitties Blue fur Sunday Selfies.
Till the next time…………………………………………………………Be Blest!!!
Dezi: Vibrant Blue
Raena: Navy Blue
Luv and Hugs and Kitty Kisses
Deztinee and RaenaBelle
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