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5 Ways to Keep Your Cat from Attacking You PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Wednesday, 19 March 2014 00:00

I’m sure you’ve all heard about the cat attack 911 call that came in from a family under attack from their pet cat. If you haven’t heard it yet, it’s worth a listen, but here’s the short version: Apparently, a family let their cat get a little too close to their toddler. The toddler pulled the cat’s tail. The cat scratched the toddler. Dad became upset and “spanked” the cat or “kicked” the cat (depending on which version of the story you’re reading). The cat, having had enough of the ridiculous behavior, threw a bit of a tantrum – which, in cat speak, means “communicating displeasure to your humans” but in human speak means, “my cat bullies me.”

As always, I felt worse for the cat than I did for the family when I first read this, just as I feel worse for a child when he acts out than I do for the parents. Cats do what they do because it's instinct. Threaten them, and they will react with a fight or flight reflex. The cat has since been moved to rescue, which I have mixed feelings about - mostly because I am sure the family will just get another cat and make the same mistakes. So, let's talk about what went wrong...

Cats are self-domesticated, which means they came to live with us because they chose to, not because we chose for them to do it. They consent to being a pet, only because it’s to their advantage to do so. There is a delicate balance between a cat and his/her owner. Upset or betray that balance, and bad things can and will happen.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 19:56
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Designing Your Home for Cats PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Tuesday, 11 February 2014 00:00

Looking for some creative designs for your home that make your cat feel like a member of the family? These are some wonderfully creative ways you can do just that. From winding slides (which could probably use a few steps instead) to outdoor catios, these are some creative and fun ways you can help make your cat's house a home.


Last Updated on Thursday, 20 March 2014 16:28
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Cats and Whisker Stress (yes it's a real thing) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Saturday, 28 December 2013 00:00

Believe it or not, whisker stress is a real problem amongst cats of the world. It primarily occurs when your cat’s whiskers touch the sides of a bowl while eating. You may say to yourself, “Whisker stress?! As if I don’t have enough worries, now I need to be concerned about my cat having whisker stress…”

Signs that your cat suffers from Whisker Stress

  • Your cat prefers to eat from the floor, pulling out each piece of kibble one at a time.
  • Your cat refuses to eat from a bowl, scooping the food onto the floor with a paw to eat.
  • Your cat paces angrily in front of a half-full bowl, meowing piteously as he wonders what he did to anger you.

Not to worry - there is a simple cure to this common ailment. But in order to discuss how to fix the problem, we must first look at the causes.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 January 2014 20:20
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Cat Litter Matters PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Thursday, 03 October 2013 00:00

Cats have come indoors to stay and consumers are as fastidious as their feline about controlling litter box odor. While litter boxes aren’t the most glamorous part of owning a cat, it’s the part that can make or break a relationship. According to a report from the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), inappropriate elimination was the most commonly reported behavior issue that led to nearly 43 percent of cats being relinquished.

So, this is a very important topic...

Technology is helping us keep litter boxes clean, behavioral studies helped create an entire market of new sizes and shapes, and society is helping us become more responsible cat caretakers. In this day and age, there is no legitimate reason to relinquish a cat due to litter box problems. Here are a few of the newest innovations that we've had a chance to look at in cat litter, litter boxes, and accessories.


Last Updated on Thursday, 03 October 2013 16:45
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Feral Cats In Your Backyard PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy   
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 22:32

For the last twenty years, I have participated in TNR - both in outreach efforts and actual clinic time. During this time, I have lived with domestic cats and cared for a small colony of feral cats. This has not always won me friends, but I take the care of pets seriously and don’t believe that animals should suffer for irresponsible humans. For this reason, when we moved to a new home further out from the city, we moved our feral colony with us. This is neither easy to do, nor recommended, but it is possible if you’re committed.

Because we were moving into an area where wild dogs, coyotes, and big cats are prevalent, it was important for us to move the ferals into an enclosure. We built one that takes up a large section of our backyard and is connected to the house with a doggy door where they can be inside (if they wish) for the air-conditioning and heating.

The move was a big challenge for everyone, including the cats, who were moving from having the run of the city to an enclosure. While I can't say that everyone will be as successful in bringing outdoor cats in, I can say that it was necessary in our case. There are coyotes and snakes and vast areas of open desert out here. It’s not safe for cats to run loose. Had we simply turned them loose in the new neighborhood, it would have resulted in lost and injured cats.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 06:03
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