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Service Cats: Kitten/Cat Proofing Your Home Pt. 4

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 outside in walking harness

 

 

 

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. 

 

Raena's adorable face close up while sitting in stroller

 

 

 

     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. 

 

Raena sits on sidewalk beside stroller in her tiger harness

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Dezi's profile looking out into the street from the stroller while outside

 

 

 

Poisons:

     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.

 

Dezi walks outside in her harness on a leash

 

 

 

Garage/Shed:

     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.

 

Dezi looks out from perch

 

 

 

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.

 

Raena pokes her head through the hole of the Kong incline scratcher

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.

 

Raena poses for the camera

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.

 

 

Raena carries a Christmas toy from Cat and Lisa

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.

 

 

 

Wrap Up:

     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: lexi.dezi@yahoo.com or via our Contact page. 

 

Dezi poses for the camera while playing with the Cat Dancer

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           

Chatting Cats: Never Too Old To Play

Hey everypawdy, it’s me, RaenaBelle. Mommy’s pickle’s in a pickle, so I’s in charge. I’s gotta meow to ya’ that I’s luvs bein’ in charge. This is just where kitties belong. 

 

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

 

 

 

          RaenaBelle!!! Just who actually told you that you were in charge? And what ‘zactly are you in charge of? Me seems to ‘member that me’s your elder and have been here longer than you. Ifin anykitty’s gonna be in charge, it oughtta be me.  

 

Well sissy, you are right that you’re a little long in the toothies, but everypawdy knows, I’s the alpha kitty here. 

 

          Long in the toothies?! Me’s gonna tell mommy that you’re bein’ mean to me. You know it’s not nice to call kitties names. Here me’s given you the benefit of all me’s many years of trainin’ and expurr-ience, and me even innerduced you to all me’s furiends and let you play with all me’s toys and lay on me’s cat tree, and how do you repay me? By makin’ fun of me’s advanced wisdom. Hmmmpht 

 

Dezi sits atop the liberty cat tree looking at Raena laying on the top ledge

 

 

 

But sissy, it’s not makin’ fun ifin it’s the truth?. Mommy says we should always tell the truth, even ifin it hurts. 

 

Dezi sits on scratcher watching jitterbug

 

 

 

          Mommy also says, ifin ya’ can’t say anythin’ nice, don’t say anythin’ at all, Raena. Besides, me’s been really nice to you lately. Me even let you play with the new jitterbug all by yourself. 

 

Raena plays with the jitterbug

 

 

 

You let me, sissy? I’s thought you were just too, uh, too old mature and tired, yeah that’s it, to keep up with it. I’s whacked it over to ya’ several times, but all you did was sit there and watch. It was great fun. I’s think I’s still like the hexbugs better, but they get lost too easy. We still haven’t located the last one we played with. After retrievin’ him out from unner things 6 times the other day, mommy said ifin he got lost again, that was just too bad. 

 

Dezi sits on the scratcher watching the jitterbug

 

 

 

 

          Hmmmmpht Too mature and tired. Me just didn’t want your over stimulated whacky paw to hit me’s face. You get all beside yourself when ya’ chase those silly bugs Raena. As fur the hexbug, me’s purretty sure he’s somewhere unner the tables in the hallway. Least that’s where me heard his buzz last. Oh well, mommy will find him one day, she always does.

 

 

Raena plays with the jitterbug and packing paper

 

 

 

In the meantime sissy, least we still have the other hexbug we got fur Christmas and the new jitterbug. Let’s go see ifin mommy will let us play with ‘em again today. I’s know she still has human business to take care of, but surely she can spare a few hours minutes to play with us and to help us visit a few furiends. After all, this is gonna be another of those all nighters so she can get to the dentist office furst thing in the meownin’. I’s sure hope these ‘pointments get wrapped up sooner than later. 

 

Dezi sits on scratcher watching the jitterbug

 

 

 

          Me too Raena. We could use any purrayers our furiends can spare that mommy can get this lease mess straightened out and get our lives back to some kind of normal. 

 

 

Raena reaches for the jitterbug toy under the crepe paper

I’s gonna get you bug.

 

 

 

Sure ‘nuff, sissy. See you all soon.

 

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

 

Raena: Navy Blue

Dezi: Vibrant Blue

 

Luvs and Hugs and Kitty Kisses

 

RaenaBelle and Deztinee 

Chatting Cats: Who’s Gonna Get Ya’

Hey, is anypawdy out there? It’s me, RaenaBelle. Furstly, We wanna fanky fank all of you who made suggestions regardin’ mommy’s teethie issue. Unfurtunately, mommy exhausted most of those befur we mentioned this to ya’ll. Seems the pawrty line is, “pay them and be done with it.” Mommy figgers this isn’t the furst time this company has done this, nor will it be the last. So, the bestest we can do is warn peeps to stay away from Aspen Dental. They have offices all over the U.S..

  

Dezi stretches while looking at Raena laying on the heated cat mat

 

 

 

          Okay Raena, we’ve warned everypawdy. Me’s tired of all this downer stuffs. We need to do somethin’ to take mommy’s mind off it all.

 

I’s so agree, sissy. But, what do ya’ reckon that would be? We’ve tried layin’ all over her and purrin’, givin’ her massages, extra cuddles, and we even tried playin’ a game of “gonna get ya’”. I’s do like that game, sissy. 

 

 Dezi lays on the cat scratcher while getting ready for the Gotch'a game

Me’s gonna get’cha’ mommy

 

 

 

          Me does to Raena. Too bad mommy didn’t think to take fotos of us chasin’ her ‘round. 

 

Sure ‘nuff, sissy. You look so funny with your hiney in the air wigglin’ and shakin’ your bloomers. So does mommy. She just can’t quite wiggle right. Mommy says our eyes get bigger than dinner plates when we’re “out to get ‘er”.  

 

 

 

 

          Hmmmpht  Like you don’t look funny? Always stoppin’ to have a little bath and gettin’ your mane caught in your mouth.

 

 Raena, bathes her neck ruff

 

 

 

That’s not fair sissy, I’s can’t help that. Mine’s neck ruff be so long that I’s can’t bend mine’s head back far enuff to get the ends and it gets stuck in mine’s mouth and all slobbery. That’s why mommy has to help me clean it and keep it brushed. I’s do luvs it when mommy brushes mine’s furs. It’s divine. I’s not sure ‘zactly what that word means, or why it’s divine, but it sounds good, doesn’t it? 

 

 

          Sure Raena, divine sounds like a great word to use. Least till it comes to claw clippin’ time. Me hates it when mommy clips our claws. 

 

Yeah, I’s not like claw clippin’ time either. Fanky fankfully that only happens once a week. I’s don’t know how mommy can say she’s makin’ us even more gawjus by doin’ it. No fotos yet of claw clippin’ time. MOL  We see fotos of women all the time tryin’ to make their own nails into claws with all kinds of smelly powders and glues. Y, Even mommy lets her nails grow out. But no, she wants to keep our claws all short and stubby. It ain’t right. Nope, it just ain’t right at all. 

 

 Dezi and Raena touch noses while laying on the heated cat mat

 

 

 

          Me’s with ya’ on that one Raena. Humans sometimes do the strangest things. Altho’, me will admit that sometimes me really does ‘purreciate claw clippin’. ‘Specially when me’s claws are ketchin’ on the cawrpet or somethin’ like that. But, don’t tell mommy. She might think she can clip ‘em more than once a week. And that would never fly.

 

 Dezi looks at Raena who is laying on the heated cat mat

 

 

 

Agreed sissy, no meowin’ to mommy ‘bout anythin’ good ‘bout claw clippin’ time. Hey, did you see the black kitty on the porch the other day? 

 

          Yep Raena, me saw him. He kind’a looked scared and lost.

 

He did, didn’t he sissy? Mommy said he escaped from his ‘pawrtment and headed straight fur our house. Seems somepawdy  moved into mr. W’s old ‘pawrtment and the black kitty belongs to them. The lady claimed he’d never tried to escape befur, but he darted past her when she went out to check the mail and came to our place like he knew us or somethin’.

 

 Raena lays on heated cat mat while Dezi lays in front of her

 

 

 

          Yep Raena, mommy says there’s purrobably a kitty scent trail from that ‘partment to ours; cuz Buddy used to do that all the time. Mommy asked the lady what black kitty’s name was and she said they called him Piddle Poop.

 

 Dezi and Raena eating

 

 

 

I’s don’t know why any kitty would wanna be called poop. But, least he has a home. With the weather bein’ all over the place right now, I’s sure would’a worried ifin he’d been livin’ outside. Hopefully at some point, we can get some fotos of Piddle. Ya’ never know when he might end up down here again. Anyways, we’re runnin’ late today, so we better wrap it up fur now. Mommy needs a furesh cup of joe and I’s wanna finish eatin’ mine’s brekky so we can have some treats befur dinner time. (Dezi wiggles her hiney and zooms thru the house and back to finish off her breakfast. Raena jumps out of mommy’s lap and joins her.)   

 

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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