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Hunting Styles of Cats Dictate Toy Choice PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Tuesday, 28 May 2013 00:00

There is no better hunter than a cat (well, with the exception of humans). So, if you live in a multi-species household that enforces a strict “no hunting live game” policy, what do you do with a house full of apex predators? The correct answer is that you provide a proper hunting experience during playtime. Doing this allows your cat to exercise, encourages healthy interaction with one another, and substantially diminishes behavior issues.

However, in order to support a healthy and stimulating environment, you have to identify your cats preferred hunting style in order to find the right toys for them.

In Wild Cats of the World,the authors identified three different hunting styles in wild cats:

  • Fast Hunt: The cat moves swiftly (2-3 km/hr) through and over vegetation, flushing prey from cover.
  • Slow Hunt: Involves a slow(0.5-0.8 km/hr) stalking movement with the cat winding snakelike between grass tufts, turning its head from side-t-side, alert to movements and sounds.
  • Resting Hunt: Sits with its eyes closed, but the cat's ears move constantly and it's eyes open at the slightest sound. When hunting small birds, the cat stalks as close possible, then makes a quick run and launches itself at the bird with a great jump (2 meters high). The cat either pins the bird to the ground with its forepaws and then finishes with a quick bite.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 11 June 2013 18:18
Feline Design - DIY for Cat Homes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 00:00

The Cats RoomThinking of creating a special room or perfect pet project for your favorite feline? You’re not alone. From custom cat enclosures to homemade cat condos, design is going to the cats. Whether you have one cat or ten, every cat should have a room of their own, and the furnishings to go along with it.

Advantages of DIY cat furniture, rooms, enclosures and furnishings are numerous; the most obvious being cost savings. But there are other reasons as well. Items from other countries have been under scrutiny in recent years, with quality often being sacrificed for quantity. When you create your own products, you know what you’re getting. Whether you’re using simple materials such as cardboard boxes or planning a more extensive layout by building an outdoor enclosure, there are plenty of ways to improve your pet’s lifestyles while saving a few bucks.

The good news is that this doesn't have to be an expensive ordeal.  A little sweat equity and some basic supplies is all it takes to create unique furniture, a complete room or even an outdoor enclosure like this ...

Last Updated on Sunday, 28 April 2013 17:07
Problem Solving: The Bored Cats Syndrome PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tammy Souch   
Thursday, 30 August 2012 21:00

Cats need mental and physical stimulation. If you’ve ever worked at an office that cordoned their employees off in cubicles, then you know that going home is a welcome relief from humdrum walls and repetitious work. Just as you yearn for your freedom while answering yet another call, your cat longs to do more than sleep the entire day away—for sure, he definitely enjoys a solid five-hour nap, but he wouldn’t mind a little game of chase either!

So, if your curtains, recliner, or your grandmother’s antique pine bed frame have ever been the victim of a bored kitty’s claws—this article is for you. While the stereotype would lead us to believe that a bored cat will simply find a sunbeam to park in for the day, many cats, especially young ones, will alleviate their boredom in other ways—sometimes very destructive ways. They have no idea that the couch edge they shredded to bits cost you a lot of money. To them, it’s just a big toy.

Last Updated on Saturday, 09 March 2013 21:48
Walking Your Cat: Enclosures vs Leashes PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Wednesday, 08 August 2012 19:07

Walking your cat is all the rage these days, and most animal behaviorists agree that it’s one of the more valuable activities you can do with your favorite four-legged feline friend. While some cats are content to lie by the window and nap amongst sunbeams; others will throw themselves against the door, meow miserably against their containment, and dart outside the second someone slips through the front door. These are the cats that most benefit from controlled outdoor exploration.

Leashed Exploration
Whether or not to take your cat for a walk can depend on everything from their breed to their temperament. Only you know for sure if your cat would appreciate an outdoor catio or a leashed walk through the neighborhood. And if you don’t know, just try both solutions – your cat will let you know which they prefer.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 August 2012 19:24
The Behavior Express Tour 2012 PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 02 August 2012 00:00

If you have a pet, he or she probably has a behavior that makes you a little crazy. Or worse, a problem that makes them crazy, resulting in a behavior issue. If you haven’t been able to afford a therapist for your four-legged friend, we have a solution that is free.

The goal of the Keep the L.O.V.E. Alive Behavior Express Tour 2012 is to raise awareness about, and help reduce, the number of pets that are being abandoned, relinquished or even euthanized due solely to behavior problems.

The American College of Veterinary Behaviorists is co-sponsoring the tour with Ceva Animal Health (the makers of Feliway and Adaptil, D.A.P (Dog Appeasing Pheromone) to bring you the ultimate in behavioral assistance for your pets. The bus will travel 12,500 miles and stop in six cities for a free pet fair. Read on to learn when the bus will be in your city...

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