Monday, January 2, 2012

We were featured on WTVM News!

Check out the above news story that quotes me (Jenn Spencer) and the information on this blog! Thanks to WTVM for sharing this information about how to toilet train a cat. I hope that more people will learn how to properly do this with their felines.

Hope you enjoy the article above. I was excited to see it and read about this on a major news site. Happy cat toilet training!!
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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Cat Food and Cat Treats Recipes

I happened to stumble upon some cat treats/food recipes today and wanted to share the website so you could make some yummies for your cat too! I'll have to make a run to the grocery store first since I do not keep most of the items on hand, but they are all ingredients I can easily find at a local supermarket and are not too expensive. I think I have a pretty picky eater so we'll see what he enjoys! :)

Cat food recipes:
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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Secret World of Cats

The Secret World of Cats Revealed in this interesting Yahoo! article. What would your cat be caught doing on camera while you aren't home?
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Sunday, February 21, 2010

How to Introduce Cats to One Another: Some Tips To Make It Easier

I just have one cat but we love him so much, we'd like to open our home up to another cat as well.  I wasn't sure if it would be a good idea so I did a bit of research to get some tips on how to introduce cats.  Thought I would share this with you too in case you are considering a second cat in your home.

When you decide to add a new cat to your family, it’s normally more exiting for you than it is for the cat you already own.  Although most cats are solitary by nature, many will also come to accept or eventually tolerate any additions.  Cats can be very territorial, so you need to remember this and always be careful when you introduce a new cat to your current cat.

If you are introducing cats to one another, the entire introduction process can last as little as 10 – 15 days.  Introducing cats to each other all depends on their temperament and their personality.  When you introduce a new cat to your current cat, you should always make sure that you give your current cat plenty of love and attention so they do not feel abandoned.  This way, your current cat will feel secure and know that he isn’t in competition with your new cat for affection, which is very important.

When you bring your new cat home, you should let him stay in a safe room until you have finished introducing the cats.  Your safe room can be any small room in your home, such as a bathroom or spare bedroom, so they have a place to go.   The key here is to use a room that your current cat doesn’t go in at all.  In the room, you should leave your new cat a scratching post, bed, water dish, litter box, and food dish (and anything else they like).

At first, your current cat may howl and hiss when he stands at the door, trying to tell the other cat that he doesn’t belong, but do not be alarmed because this is normal for cats.  When this happens you should ignore it, as punishing your cat for his behavior will only lead to more problems.  After a while, the first cat will start to act calm when he is near the new cat’s door.  As he starts to act calm, you should pet him and give him praise in order to train him well.

When your first cat starts to go by your new cat’s door and doesn’t howl or hiss; you can start introducing them to each other because this indicates they are ready to interact.  The best way to do this is to get them used to each others scent.  You can start letting them eat out of the same food dish, although you’ll want to feed them at different intervals at first.  This way, the scent of each cat will be present at the food dish, and each cat will get the scent when he eats his food.

Once both cats have got used to the scent, you can begin to feed them closer together.  To do this, you should keep your new cat in the safe room with the door closed, and your first cat on the other side of the door with his food dish.  This time, feed both cats at the same time.  After doing this a few times, they should start eating without any hissing or growling at each other.  At this point, they are ready to be introduced to one another.

When you introduce them to each other in the same room, a bit of growling and hissing is to be expected so do not worry.  Although they may be used to each others scent; your first cat will still feel a bit awkward with your new cat being in his territory.  You should play with them both at first, so they can smell one another and greet in their own way without aggression. If they start to fight you should break them up, and give them some time apart until they are ready to try agai.

Be patient because it may take some time to get them fully used to one another in the house, although once they do – they will become playmates for life, which is good news.  Cats love to be social, although it may be a bit rough at first, especially for your first cat, they will get along with time and patience.  Cats can be very territorial, especially if you have a kitten around.  If you get both of them used to each other early on – it will be a lot easier to add future cats to your home.
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Cat Clicker Training

Clicker training has long been used to train dogs, but did you know that you can clicker train cats too?
Clicker training is a reinforcement or reward for a cat when training them. Clickers are use most often for support when training a cat for a reward. Cats associate the clicker with a good behavior they will use for a long time. Clicker training is associated with classical condition (they associate the sound with food like Pavlov's dogs) and operant conditioning (cat performs movement to receive food).

Why use a clicker and not tell a cat or make a sound to get your cat to do a trick? A clicker has a sound a cat can hear and associate good behavior so it is easy to clicker train them in most cases. With words, our tones in our voice can change from time to time, which a cat can become confused with the training. When you are verbally saying the commands, a cat could mistake what you are actually asking them to do. With using a clicker, it is more of a training tool to get the behavior started with the cat. Then you can put the clicker away for that behavior or trick once a cat has learned the behavior well.

When taking the cat out for a walk or on a trip, the clicker is a good item to carry along with you. Cats can get distracted with other people, or animals in the area. With using the clicker, it will reinforce the behavior that you have taught them. In addition, a clicker can help you to train your cat walk with you instead of wondering around.

With the clicker, a cat can be trained using three easy steps: Get a behavior, mark a behavior, and reinforce the behavior. Get a behavior is the first step. A good example would be for the cat to jump a hoop. The cat will have to know that when you click that they get a treat. Start with very small treats in your pocket. Clicks, Treat, Click Treat do this for a few times until you see the cat coming for the treat on the click. Next marking the behavior: You will have to show the cat the hoop. Once the cat touches the hoop, click, treat. Then show the cat to go though the hoop once it does click, treat. Continue to do this until the cat goes though the hoop on its own or your command. Reinforce the behavior Remember to have snacks handy so when you do see your cat go though the hoop a snack is available.

Training a cat with a clicker can be fun for both you and the cat. Taking steps in training will be rewarding to you and the cat. Try not to rush a cat in training, as they can become confused especially if they did not get the step before down. The training will take time and steps to achieve this behavior. Patience, love, and rewards will be the key factor in training your cat with a clicker or in any other way as well.

The clicker is a good exercises tool for your cat.  You should get your cat to do exercises for ten to fifteen minutes each day. For exercising, you can have the cat use a hoop, play with a toy, and climb on the scratching post or something that focus on the cat getting exercise. Exercises will help the cat to stay healthy and help to keep it out of mischief around your house.

Clickers can come with books to help you train, treats, and a clicker. Clickers come in many different size shapes, and color. You will want to research the clickers out. Check out a pet store website to get more information on training and using a clicker. Check out companies that make the clicker by using a Google search to see what kind they offer and any additional information that you might need to get the process of training done. Check out articles about the clicker. Talk to someone that has used one. Talk to your area veterinary about training with a Clicker

Once you have used a clicker, the cat will get good exercise and be a healthy cat. The cat will be happier and you will be happier with the new behaviors that you have taught your cat.

Don't forget to have patience and love while training your cat!
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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Top Toys That Your Cat Will Have A Ball With

Cats need to play, no mater how young or how old they are and they need to have some toys in order to stay entertained. Cats love all kinds of different toys and just like people each cat with have his or her own special preferences for what they like best. Some of the best cat toys are affordable, some are even things that you have around the house already. Just remember to make sure that all of your cat’s toys are safe, that they have no sharp edges for your kitty to cut itself on.

Here are the top cat toys:

There is not a cat on the planet that will not go crazy for a little ball, especially one that makes noise while it is rolling around the room. Cats love to play with balls, ones that the cats can pick up and carry around are definite favorites. And check out the hollow ones that treats fit into, these are always fun for a kitty.

Laser toys are great because you can interact with your kitty without worrying about getting mauled to death. It is always fun to find toys that you and your cat can play with together. These have a long range and you can really get your cat exercising and having fun with these.  This is one of my cat, Chandler's favorites and it gets him a lot of exercise!

Toys that you already own
There are all kinds of things that you already own that make for perfect cat toys, you just don’t know it yet. You probably drink milk, if you get the big jugs you are familiar with the little pull tabs that come off before you can take the cap off. These are a favorite cat toys, my cats play with these for hours on end. Also Q-Tips and String are some of Chandler's favorites!

Another favorite toy that you can get for practically nothing is a pipe cleaner. These cost pennies and they will last forever. They do not break so they can literally last for months on end.

They key to keeping your cat happy with cat toys is to change them from time to time. This does not mean that you have to buy all new toys every couple of weeks, just rotate the toys that you have out and about. Each week change the toys in order to keep tings fun and fresh for your cats.  If you don't do this, most cats will find "toys" of their own around your house to play with!
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Cat Toilet Training Press Release!

Ever wanted to teach your cat to use the toilet? It's possible! Here is a recent press release about cat toilet training that I wrote:
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