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Top 7 New Years Resolutions for Cats PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 04 January 2011 04:07

As you’re writing down your new year’s resolutions, take a minute to jot down some resolutions for your cat. If you’d like to resolve to make life a little better for your cat this year, there are plenty of good ideas to put in place.

  • Resolution No. 1: I will schedule regular playtime with my cat.
    According to Dr. E’Lise Christensen, a veterinary behaviorist in New York, most cats don’t get enough play sessions with their family members. “Lack of appropriate interaction with human family members can increase aggression, destruction and other objectionable behaviors,” says Christensen. But just 10 minutes each day of focused play can help avoid that. Christensen recommends splitting that time into two sessions of five minutes each. Integrate them so that they become part of your daily routine.

 


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Second-Hand Cat, First-Rate Pet PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Daily cat   
Friday, 08 October 2010 13:49

When Jack and Debi Roney of Vienna, Va., decided to get a kitten, they set their sights on a lively, energetic animal. But that was before they met Minnalouche, a calico that a local humane society fostered. "She seemed to need a lot of love and warmth," Debi recalls. "When I picked her up, she snuggled under my sweater. She seemed to really need me."

Feeling needed appealed to the Roneys then, just as it has in the 13 years since they adopted Minnalouche. Steve Aiken, an animal behaviorist from Wichita, Kan., understands why. Adopting from a shelter, humane society or rescue group "means helping a cat who's already there and needs the love of an owner," he says.


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The Problem with Kittens PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Monday, 27 September 2010 05:13

Every rescuer has a weakness.  It’s a fact that we are all aware of, one that we all accept.  Some rescuers hate to give shots, others can only take in certain breeds or species. My weakness happens to be gender interpretation of cats.

It’s the second time now that I’ve taken a cat into the veterinarian’s office to be neutered, only to have it come out spayed.

It’s the second time now that I’ve contacted said vet to check a cat’s condition.  “No problems with an distended uterus?” I ask, summoning up all of my supposed authority and expertise to demonstrate what a wonderful rescuer I am.


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Miss Kitty's Cat House PDF Print E-mail
Written by Julie Woodman   
Monday, 05 July 2010 22:04

lookout-cat-29103It's hard to know where to begin. You see, there's this house -- a little old cottage, really -- that is occupied by 25 cats. Comfortable, well fed, proprietary cats. They might as well own the place. In a way, they do.

When friend and I visited, there was one volunteer on hand, but I didn't get the impression that the cats really cared.

The point of Miss Kitty's is that it is a real home for cats who've lost their homes. The place is clean, reasonably odor-free and even has kitchen cabinets that are partially open so that cats like my Max (who hates closed doors) can explore to their hearts' content.


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Corporate Cats PDF Print E-mail
Written by Editors of The Daily Cat   
Friday, 21 May 2010 16:24

Ever since Spike took up residence in a St. Louis bookstore, he has become a draw for customers and has been lovingly cared for by the employees. As a cat that seems to thrive in a work place, Spike is hardly alone. "Over the past several years, we've noted an increase in the number of firms allowing people to bring their pets to work with them," says Bob Vetere, president of the American Pet Products Manufacturers Association (APPMA), a Connecticut-based nonprofit.

The trend seems to make everyone happy. Vetere indicates workers are less worried about their cats or dogs at home, and so they tend to work longer hours and take fewer days off. Bosses are pleased because their pool of workers is larger and more reliable. And, although no animals were willing to speak on the record for this article, guesses are they are enjoying the increased attention a lot more than being left home alone all day.

"Most employers we surveyed indicated that there was more worker satisfaction when a pet was present," says Vetere, referring to the national survey on this subject recently conducted by APPMA. Not only is it a huge relief to not need to rush home at lunch or be out the door at 5 to feed a cherished cat, but it's also proven that animals can have a calming effect on their humans.


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