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Scratch Scratch Scratch

Monday, April 4, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

CAT SCRATCHFURNAnyone that has a cat is probably familiar with frayed couch corners, torn-up blinds and shredded carpets; these are all a result of a cat’s scratching.  Just a few moments ago, I saw my cat Molly scratching my living room chair. I jumped up chased her away and sprayed the chair  with Boundary, a product that keeps cats off of furniture.  If you’re cat’s scratching is annoying you, don’t think you can change the behavior–because you can’t. Scratching is a natural behavior for cats and we all know cats aren’t the best at taking orders. But, what you can do is attempt to control where your cat scratches.

Cats don’t understand physical punishment, so hitting your cat when she scratches is one of the worst things you can do. Cats also have good memories and though they won’t associate you hitting them with their scratching behavior, they will remember that you hurt them and hold a grudge.

Cats scratch for many reasons including; marking their territory, exercise and because it simply feels good. The best option in preventing kitty from shredding your most prized possessions is to provide her with her own cat scratching post. Cats prefer scratching on rough surfaces, so picking a post made of wood is the best option. Also, make sure the post is tall enough so that your cat can stretch to her full height. Lastly, make sure the cat scratching posts are stable and cannot easily be tipped over. A few cat toys around may help divert her attention.

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Adopting a Kitten or a Full Grown Cat

Monday, April 4, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

kittencatMost people go to an animal shelter and see the cute little kittens that are up for adoption. The kittens always go first. One of the saddest things you’ll see in an animal shelter is the older cats waiting for adoption. Most of these poor cats came from a loving home where someone fed and cared for them. Maybe the owner passed away or for some other reason they had to be put up for adoption. This is heartbreaking. Many people who adopt kittens, adopt them because they are cute and cuddly. Kittens lose their playfulness as they get older and with it sometimes the love of their owners! Here are some things to remember if you do adopt a kitten. Do you have small children in the house? A child that is 2 or 3 may inadvertently kill a small kitten. Do you have any other pets? Make sure that you acclimate your new kitten to the others pets in the house. Is your house safe? If you’re not home during the day, make sure that your kitten is in a safe place. Has the kitten been vaccinated? It is imperative to have your kitten vaccinated right away.

One final note. They say a true cat lover is one that will adopt a full grown cat. Are you a true cat lover? Before you go out and get the new cat bed, cat toys etc. decide if your are going to adopt a kitten or full grown cat. Keep in mind that the older cat once was loved and now is stuck in a cage all alone. Maybe you can make him feel loved again!

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