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Behavior & Training > My cat seems to only be aggressive and cold to me

Purred: Wed Oct 29, '14 3:46am PST 
I wonder if your cat has anxiety issues and if putting her on a medication such as Prozac might help her. It's also possible that she has hypersensitivity or feline hyperesthesia issues in addition to anxiety issues, and that she easily becomes overstimulated. It's also possible that a previous owner encouraged your cat to scratch and bite by playing roughly with her. I recently adopted a cat who when I first got him, tended to grab me with his claws and give fairly hard although inhibited bites. I started stroking the top of his head only and if he started to swat or bite, I would hiss at him and then ignore him for awhile. His behavior has become much better since I started doing that.

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Behavior & Training > At the end of our rope with our cat of 5+ years.. Major behavioural issues (non-aggressive)

Purred: Wed Oct 29, '14 3:36am PST 
Retraining a Cat to Use Litter Pan

I've had quite a bit of success retraining a cat to use the litter pan by using the below method.

I get an extra large (Varikennel size 500 or 700) plastic airline dog crate. I put the cat's food, water, and a litter pan (I use cheap plastic dishpans for crate litterpans, they are a good size for a cage litter pan. I then put the cat in the crate. I scoop the poop out of the litter pan daily and change it as needed. I find that a cat who housesoils usually will use the litter pan when crated. After the cat has been crated a month, IF the cat has been clean in the crate, I release the cat back into the house. If the cat housesoils again after being released into the house, I then crate the cat again for 2 to 3 months. If the cat is clean in the crate during that time, I again release the cat into the house. So far in all my years of having cats, most of the cats who housesoiled were retrained successfully. The few who weren't retrained successfully were cats who felt secure in a crate or a cat cage, but who were fearful and nervous loose in the house.

Another thing you might try is asking the vet about putting your cat with the problems on an anti-anxiety medication such as Prozac and see if this helps.

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Behavior & Training > Cat is a horrible food thief


Purred: Tue Oct 28, '14 1:10pm PST 
Another thing you can do is to get childproof locks for the kitchen cabinets and drawers so that the cat cannot open them! I had to do this since certain cats of mine, Moose especially, likes to get into kitchen cabinets and drawers to explore them, knock things out of them, or to sleep in them!

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Choosing the Right Cat > What breed am I?


Purred: Tue Oct 14, '14 6:34am PST 
You are of the color pattern called "brown classic tabby." Most likely you are a domestic shorthair. You look alot like our Buttons!

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Get Well Soon > I fell 80 feet off of our 8th floor balcony and I survived!

Lucy Liu

Never- Underestimate a- Special Kitty!
Purred: Tue Oct 14, '14 6:24am PST 
Here's well wishes, power of the paw, prayers, and positive vibes from all of us! We hope you have a good recovery Jack! Purrs to you!

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Behavior & Training > Calming a very very VERY needy cat?

Purred: Tue Oct 14, '14 6:19am PST 
You might try the Feliway diffuser, which emits cat calming pheromones into the air. You can get the Feliway diffuser at petshops and online. The best price I've found for it has been at Drs. Foster & Smith's website. tid=8906

You might also talk to your vet about your cat's behavior and ask the vet about the possibility of giving her an anti-anxiety medication such as Prozac.

Another thing you might try is leaving a radio on while you're not at home. Also if you don't have one, get a good quality cat tree with sisal-wrapped posts and carpeted shelves and place the tree by a window so the cat can sit on it and watch out the window. My cats spend hours sitting on their cat trees watching out the window. You also might try leaving a cartoon tv channel on for your cat. I've found that several of my cats love watching cartoons!

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Other Meows & Purrs > National Feral Cat Day October 16


Purred: Tue Oct 14, '14 6:10am PST 
October 16 is National Feral Cat Day! See the Alley Cat Allies website
for more information and ways you can get involved.

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Behavior & Training > VERY scared aggressive foster cat, help?!


Purred: Tue Sep 30, '14 4:20am PST 
This is an article I wrote on the subject. This is the method I use to socialize scared, aggressive, even feral cats.

How to help new or fearful cat adjust

At first keep the cat in only one room or even better, an extra large plastic airline dog crate with its litter, food, water, a toy or two, and something to sleep on. I cover the crate with a blanket all except for the door so the cat feels like it's in a safe den. I personally prefer the crate method with scared cats because with the crate method, the cat can choose whether she wants to hide in the back of the crate or whether she wants to come to the front and interact with the world outside of the crate. I put the litter pan at the front of the crate, the food (feed dry food) and water dishes at the side or between the litter pan and the cat's bed in the very back of the crate. A folded towel makes a good bed. This way you can clean and change the litter and take care of the cat's food and water without having to disturb the cat. Whenever I'm near the cat, I talk to the cat in a soft gentle voice.

After a few days of this, once a day when I'm done taking care of the litter, food, and water, I will talk to the cat and then give her a tablespoon of canned food on a small paper plate as a treat. After giving her the canned food I leave her alone. The treat helps teach the cat that good pleasant things come from you. When the cat begins to act less fearful of you, try to gently pet her on the top of the head and scratch her neck and behind the ears. If she reacts fearfully by hissing or trying to smack at you, slowly back away from the cat and go back to the routine of soft talking and giving canned food treats for a few days before you try to touch the cat again.

I've socialized a number of skittish or fearful cats by this method. I've even tamed a number of feral cats by this method. It may take two weeks to two months to socialize a skittish or nervous cat. Taming a feral cat may take much longer. Give your new cat plenty of time and be patient with her!

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Saying Goodbye: Memorials & Support > Bindi left us suddenly today :(

Angel- Dova(8-1-13/- 7-5-14)

Dragon Born
Purred: Sat Sep 27, '14 1:34am PST 
I empathize with you. That is indeed an extremely painful condition for which nothing can be done and the only answer is euthanasia to relieve the suffering. More on FATE here: &S=0&EVetID=3001644

So sorry for your loss. It's always hardest when a kitty crosses the Rainbow Bridge very suddenly and unexpectedly.

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Behavior & Training > Issues with cats not covering feces

Purred: Sat Sep 27, '14 1:26am PST 
A lot of cats don't cover their poop. I don't know if they're simply lazy or what. I have several cats who never cover their poop, they just "dump and go." I have a couple of other cats who, if they're around when these non-covering cats use the litter, will go into the litter box and with a disgusted look on their faces they will cover the feces for the negligent cats! I haven't found that covered litter pans or uncovered litter pans make any difference.

For cats that poop over the edge of the litter pan, this is easily corrected by getting a rubbermaid/sterilite type plastic storage box about 30 inches long and 18 inches tall. You cut a circular hole in one end about 9 inches in diameter and about 6 inches up from the bottom of the box, for an entrance hole. These big boxes are cheaper than most litter pans, are of a size that cats like, and a cat cannot pee or poop over the sides of the box. You can use the boxes either covered or uncovered, most cats prefer uncovered litter pans.

For cats who get poop stuck to their rear ends (usually longhairs) the best remedy is to gently clip the hair short under the tail, around the anus, on the inner backs of the hind legs, and on the underside of 1/4 of the tail closest to the body. I keep the hair in these areas of my old Persian clipped short all the time to prevent him from getting poop stuck in his coat.

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