Harness Training for an Introduction of Two Cats

A cat eating a treat that is in the harness's collar

As an extra precaution, I often harness train cats before introducing them. Here is how I do that. Training a cat to wear the harness Put a treat inside the harness’s collar for the cat to eat. Next time, pull the collar up a little while he’s eating the treat. Work up to putting the collar on while he eats …

Carrier training

Loving the carrier from the start. Cats naturally love boxes—they are fun to hide in! Leave the carrier out all the time with the door off or opened. Put a fleece throw or a cat bed inside it. Give the cat a treat if he chooses to go inside it. Toss a treat in now and then as a surprise …

Introducing Two Cats

Introducing two cats to each other requires a gradual step-wise approach. It also requires patience. Being able to read a cat’s body language is important as well. Territory for me     Your new cat has no way of knowing whether or not he is going to have to fight for territory. In order to make the cat feel secure, you …

Your Bad Mood Affects Your Cat

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A cat owner’s mood affects her cat. This is seen by the touching way cats will seek out and comfort owners that are sad. But this is also seen by the stress an angry or scared owner inflicts upon her cat. Why Your Fear and Anger Affects Your Cat Cats seem to be the ultimate mind readers. But what they …

Hunting Smaller Toys is Appealing to Cats

An indoor cat benefits greatly from hunting smaller toys. This is because they more closely resemble the type of prey a house cat might hunt—bugs, moths, or baby mice. Unless a cat was taught to hunt large prey by an adult cat, she will not hunt adult mice, much less birds, chipmunks, or rats. These prey take skills that an …

Can Cats be Jealous or Vengeful?

People sometimes state that their cat is jealous, or that he is doing something the owner does not like to get revenge. Certainly, cats feel emotions. But jealousy and revenge aren’t emotions. They are complex thought processes that are set in motion in response to emotions. Simply put, a cat does not have the brain power for plotting revenge or …

Active Kitten Driving You Crazy?

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An active kitten is fun, but not all day long, or when you are trying to get things done. I do recommend keeping a young, active kitten in a kitten-safe room when unattended. But he won’t be there all the time. And this playfulness can continue to well past a year old. So you need another strategy as well. At …

The Cat Dancer is the Perfect Wand Toy for Many Cats

Helps Shy Cats The Cat Dancer is a wand toy. Using it correctly can inspire your cat to use his hunting skills. This is a great way to build confidence in cats, and lessen many behavioral problems. Because the Cat Dancer is small and moves erratically, many cats tend to like it more than other wand toys. This is especially …

Trixe Activity Flip Board is a Fun Puzzle Toy for Cats

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Why Use Food Puzzles? The Trixie Activity Flip Board is a puzzle toy. Like all puzzle toys, it involves hiding food for your pet to find. This way of feeding makes a cat use his brain to find food. Although not quite like hunting prey, it none-the-less requires problem-solving skills. Much like crossword puzzles, this use of brain power is …

Playing it Safe with Christmas and Hanukkah Toys for Cats

I recently purchased a remote-controlled cat toy. While this toy snake does move very realistically and my cat enjoys pouncing on it, there are small parts that he could demolish if I let him play with it too long. This plastic snake moves about on small wheels, and has a small, moving tongue, as you can see in both the …