Dealing with aggression

Aggression in cats can be a complicated and upsetting problem for owners to solve. Resolving these issues takes time, patience and consistency. It is crucial that you do not get frustrated, angry or anxious. Cats get their cues from you and they can sense your stress which can aggravate the situation and heighten the aggression. In most cases, cats are aggressive because the introduction to each other was rushed. The different types of aggression are not mutually exclusive. Your cat may show more than one type of aggression, and the problems may be more or less serious than those described below. However, some general principles apply to all types and levels of aggression: Early interventi

Cat-to-Cat Introductions

Adopters should have realistic expectations when introducing a new pet to a resident pet. This process can take time and patience. Every cat is different and acclimates to other animals in his or her own way. For example, an eight-year-old cat that has never been around other animals may require a long acclimation period as she learns to share her territory with other pets. However, a kitten newly-separated from her mom and littermates might prefer to have a cat or dog companion. Cats are territorial and need to be introduced to other animals very slowly. Slow introductions help prevent behavior problems from developing. Step 1: Confinement Confine your new cat to one room with her the fol

Bringing home kitty

Before you bring home your new buddy, we recommend that you have the following items ready: Food and water bowls Food (canned and dry) Litter box and scooper Kitty litter Collar ID tag with your phone number ( or get one from pet store) Hard plastic carrier Nail clippers Brush or comb (depends on your cat’s coat length and type) Cat bed Scratching posts/box Non-toxic cleanser Enzymatic odour neutralizer (especially ones specifically for cat stains/odours) Variety of toys (both types that s/he can play with on his/her own and interactive toys) First-aid supplies Feliway diffuser and/or Rescue Remedy Cat tree or some type of a

Introducing dogs and cats (By Jackson Galaxy)

There are some cornerstone thoughts to remember when introducing dogs to cats in a new living arrangement. These revolve around the rather simplistic thought that they are different species. They don’t share Once home, the introduction process has to be as slow and methodical as possible. The mindset of “letting them work it out,” while it may have worked for some, is by and large not only impractical, but from personal experience, inhumane. We’ll touch on that more a bit later. The first step is to establish a base camp for your newcomer (see the confinement section above). Now that your new friend has a temporary place to call home, it’s time to move on to the rules of engagement. As indic

Stress relief products

In order to alleviate stresses that can negatively impact a cat’s behaviour, we recommend these items to help. Feliway Feliway is a synthetic copy of the feline facial pheromone used by cats to mark their territory as safe and secure. It comes in both a spray and a diffuser (like a Glade Plug-In). We recommend both. One diffuser covers 500 sq. ft. and lasts a month. And the spray is good to use in a carrier before trips to the vet or in areas where interactions may occur. Both can be found in most pet stores or online. Very safe, very effective. Rescue Remedy Rescue Remedy Pet is a combination of 5 Bach Flower Remed

Poisons for Cats

Top Household Hazards for Cats Your cat is curious, sticking his nose into random spaces and places. Exploring may expose him to some not so obvious dangers in your home. It just takes a bit of time and know-how to “cat-proof” your house so your kitty stays healthy and safe. Human Medicines Many human over-the-counter and prescription medicines pose a serious threat to your cat, so keep them in a place he can’t get into. Antidepressants Cancer medicines Cold medicines Diet pills Pain relievers (acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen) Vitamins and other supplements You may have heard that some common medicines work for people and cats. Never medicate your cat without first talking to your vet, tho

Litter Box Problems

One of the most common complaints is that a cat suddenly stops using his litter box. If your cat is peeing or pooping outside the box, there is rarely a single cause. Most of the time, it’s a game of trial and error before you hit on the “aha!” of why your cat is avoiding the litter box. There are plenty of common reasons for litter box aversion and many that you might not expect. Such as: Not being fixed. Most common problem of a cat spraying is not being fixed. New litter. Cats need time to adjust to a change in brand or type of litter. If you are planning to change litter, have one box with the new litter and one box with the old litter. As well, you can try mixing the two types togethe

Lost your cat??

The sooner you can take action, the better. Please follow these tips in this link ( as they have been successful for others. Cats are most likely very close by but under a neighbours porch or in a shed. Most cats are found very within a 3-5 block radius. Put out the litter box and anything that has familiar smells (e.g. blanket) as well as tuna and sardines. S/He is most likely to be found at dusk or dawn as that is when they search for food. If you haven't posted on already please do so ASAP as that post goes out to shelters and clinics as well as residents in the area. You can also create eye-catching posters from the site. Please put them up

So you found a stray cat

So you have a stray cat in your area. What can you do? So many people come to Can you pick him/her up?? Yes… If you can pick him/her up, then the first step is taking him/her to a vet to scan for a microchip. Make sure the vet scans all over as microchips can migrate. (Vets shouldn’t be charging for this service) If there is no microchip then you should get him/her fixed and vaccinated. Follow the options in the “Spay/Neuter/Vaccinate” section (Note: If the cat is very friendly, then s/he may be lost so take a picture and post on to help find the owner.) No… If you can’t pick him/her up, then you will need to trap him/her. You have a few options in this regard: Take th

Techniques to calm a scared cat.

These are techniques that I have used successfully to calm a stray cat that lived on the streets for 3 years. She is now this biggest cuddler and purrer that I have. Always be calm. Cats feed off your stress so if you are the slightest bit stressed around them, they will be stressed too. The stress not only comes from your body language but also from your voice. Always speak in a calm relaxed voice. Let your cat be. Cats need to feel safe. When people or other animal approach a cat, the cat is automatically defensive. Trust needs to be built. Always move slowly. Never make quick movements when you are approaching a cat. Listen to what your cat is telling you with her body and her actio

Thinking of getting a kitten?

Sure they are cute but that is for a short period of time. Here’s a list of questions you might want to ask yourself before purchasing/adopting a cat or kitten! Should I get a cat or kitten? Who doesn't love a kitten? There’s nothing wrong with wanting one. Just consider that kittens are high energy that need plenty of attention and someone (preferably another cat) to play/socialize with. They are also nocturnal so don't be surprised when you bring them home and they decide to wrestle most of the night on or under your bed. Other nights they will spend chasing each other up and down the stairs or across the hardwood floor. They may be little kittens but they run like elephants. So, if y

Re-homing your pet

Team Cat Rescue receives many calls from people who for various reasons have a cat that they need help re-homing. We wish we could offer options for all the cats but unfortunately often our foster homes are full. We encourage everyone to talk to family, friends and loved ones at the time you are considering becoming a pet owner so there is a plan in place if you can no longer care for your pet. Include the plan in your legal documents as well. If you find yourself at the point where you can no longer care for your pet we recommend that you draft an email/ “posting” that includes: Details of the cat’s history and temperament, what types of home would be the best match, vet care and healt

Kitty Litter Tips and Tricks

Adopting a cat or kitten can be one of the most fulfilling and happy experiences life has to offer. They are soft, funny, playful, cuddly and loyal to the ones they love. But sometimes some minor mishaps can happen. Sometimes a cat cannot or will not use the litter box properly. While this may be a concern to the owner, it is that it's usually a fixable problem. Most cats are naturally tidy animals with a strong instinct to bury their waste. This makes litter box training simple. Learn five essential litter box training tips for cats. 5: Choose wisely Choosing the right litter box can mean the difference between immediate litter box training success and life-long cat box battles. The type of

Why Two Kittens Are Better Than One

When we put kittens up for adoption, we tend to get pushback from adopters when we recommend adopting two kittens. We are not doing it to unload cats or make more money. We do it for these solid reasons (Courtesy of Urban Cat Relief). 1. One kitten can become lonely. A kitten left alone during the day can become lonely and bored, which sometimes can lead to mischief. Two kittens will never be lonely, especially if they are siblings. In fact, you'll often find situations in shelters and rescue group adoption where a cage will contain two kittens with a sign, "These kittens may be adopted only as a pair." Shelter volunteers recognize that siblings really need to stay together. 2. Two kitt

Cat Chat – What your cat is trying to say to you

Many people assume that all animals communicate to humans the same way that they communicate to each other. But that is not true. Cats will communicate with other cats using body language and scent - this is their language. At times, they will include verbal communication but that is mostly for humans. If you don’t know what the clues are then their cues can bypass you. It is subtle, but once you can learn to read their more common cues, then you will have a happier relationship. VERBAL There are at least 19 different types of "miaow" which differ in pitch, rhythm, volume, tone, pronunciation and the situations in which they are used. The purr may be used as a sign of contentment, self-r

Declawing is Dismembering

Many people ask us about declawing their cat. Their concern is for their furniture. However, do you know that declawing is considered so cruel that most of Europe outlaws it? Declawing has been illegal in England for several years. Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Wales, Finland and Brazil are among the many countries that either consider declawing illegal or inhumane, and only allow it under extreme circumstances. More and more cat related organizations, and veterinarians in the North America are mounting protests against declawing, calling it inhumane and unnecessary. While there are still some vets who will perform this operation, there are no legitimate animal protection groups that su

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