The majority of litter box and urine marking problems can be solved by reviewing these potential issues. *This presentation was created by Kelley Bollen of Animal Alliances for Alleycat.org Most common issues is inappropriate elimination – a cat stops using the litter box. Critical first step. Complete check up. Many times, underlying medical issues such as bladder stones, infection or stress related ailment.. You have to rule out any medical issues first or else you won't r
Aggression between cats can be resolved in most cases. Here are some tips. *This presentation was written by Kelley Bollen of Animal Alliances on behalf of AlleyCats.org. Ongoing aggression can cause litter box issues or rehoming; Cats prefer the company of their relatives but don’t always end up that way. Distrust forms when one kitty is agitated (such as when s/he sees another cat outside) and other cat jumps up or is in the area. Slow intros include scent exchange; Pet cat
Cats can develop bad biting and scratching habits towards the humans they love. If not dealt with early, it can escalate and cause the cat to be rehomed. Here are some tips on dealing with this issue. *This presentation was written by Kelley Bollen of Animal Alliances on behalf of Alleycat.org With aggression towards humans, you need to know what is the motivation/trigger? With Play aggression sometimes it is as simple as they get too rough. They have motion sensitive vision
Cats damaging furniture can be frustrating and expensive. There are effective solutions. *This presentation was written by Kelley Bollen of Animal Alliances on behalf of AlleyCat.org Scratching posts should be around the house. Put the scratching posts in the location where the cat prefers to scratch. If a cat likes to scratch the couch in the living room, putting a scratching post in the basement won't help the problem. Carpet, sisal, cardboard – offer a variety Berber car
In order for your cat to be happy, healthy and non-destructive, providing an environment that stimulates a cat's needs will provide the enrichment that every cat needs. *This information is courtesy of Alleycats.org and written by Kelley Bollen of Animal Alliances www.animalalliances.com Ensure you have things that stimulates your cat(s) physically AND mentally. It will improve their quality of life. The average cat sleeps 15-18 hrs per day so they like to be comfortable. Th
FIVE REASONS TO ADOPT A BONDED PAIR
Where would you be without your best friend? It’s important to have someone who loves you unconditionally, knows all your secrets and makes you feel safe.
Sometimes cats form bonds with siblings or other cats in their homes and become best friends. These bonded pairs cannot be separated for their own happiness and well-being, and they give you a great opportunity to have two wonderful cats in your home.
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Here is a really great article from Alley Cat Allies. If you are in the Toronto area and see a cat wandering your neighbourhood, please check www.helpinglostpets.com to see if it is someone's lost cat. Do not assume that this cat has been abandoned or is feral. You can also ask for assistance from your local rescues as to which rescues can assist you to see that the cat is taken care of either as a feral (fixed, vaccinated and colony caretaker) or stray (getting vetting and
Some applicants complain that the application process is too burdensome or that the rescue never got back to them. But did those applicants think that maybe they are making it more difficult? Here's suggestions on how to speed up the process: 1. Please print on your application. Cursive writing, especially with email addresses, is very difficult to decipher and, unfortunately, with the numerous variations in email addresses, a rescue can only spend so much time to decode i
We understand that some owners have to re-home their pets due to unexpected circumstances. The information below is provided in the hopes that it will help you find a safe and happily committed new home for your cat. A cat that is not rehomed properly may find itself dumped outside or in a high kill shelter or worse (abused, bait for dog fighters, etc.) Start Looking ASAP
Rehoming a cat can take a quickly as a few days (usually young purebreds or kittens) or months, so star
So you contacted a rescue pet but can’t figure out why the rescue hasn’t gotten back to you?? Here are some tips that will increase your chances of a quicker response. Please be patient. Rescues are made up of volunteers who are juggling family, job(s), pets, personal challenges and, in many case, helping other rescuers. Many rescues get between 30-150 emails per day (some even more) with requests to adopt, plea to surrender or help with strays or neighbour’s pets, medica
Few things are more heartbreaking that realizing that your pet is lost. Quick action can make all the difference.Once you have determined that your cat is not hiding inside your home, it is crucial that you take these steps as soon as possible. Step One: Post on helpinglostpets.com. This site will distribute your lost pet's information to local shelters, vet clinics, Lost Pet Facebook pages and registered local residents. It will also create eye-catching posters which are
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.
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 compa
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 (www.idtags.com or get one from pet store) Hard plastic carrier Nail clippers Brush or comb (depends on your cat’s coat length and type) https://www.mypetneedsthat.com/best-brush-for-cats/ Cat bed Scratching posts/box Non-toxic cleanser Enzymatic odour neutralizer (espe
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 lat
In order to alleviate stresses that can negatively impact a cat’s behaviour, we recommend these items to help. Feliway www.feliway.com 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 inter
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 pi
The sooner you can take action, the better. Please follow these tips in this link (www.catsinthebag.org) 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 hav
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 fri
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 appr