Nine Lives, One Leash
The Cat Walk: Jackson Galaxy, a cat behaviorist and television personality, teaches The Times’s Stephanie Clifford how to walk her cat on a leash.By STEPHANIE CLIFFORD
Published: December 28, 2011
THERE are outdoor cats and there are indoor cats. When I brought home Mac, a 4-year-old orange tabby, from a shelter last year, I realized I had acquired a demanding combination of the two.
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Cat Training in 10 Minutes is a simple, step-by-step instruction book for teaching tricks, behavior, and even outings on a leash. The author contends that cats enjoy training. They want something to do. She says training is a great way to bond with your cat, and if done regularly, your cat will look forward to it. Fields-Babinaeu also makes the point that cats in the wild work for their food. They hunt. Therefore, it is much more interesting and satisfying for a cat to “do something” to get a tidbit of food, than it is for a meal to be served in a dish (no, she’s not suggesting throwing out the food dish and making your cat to a trick for every bite!). The point is, giving your cat something interesting to do, something that stimulates her mind and gets her active, is very good for your cat’s well-being. It also will strengthen the bond between you and your cat.
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The book also includes behavior training, leash training, as well as info on showing your cat, or getting kitty into the entertainment industry
Cures for Kitty Crimes
Is your cat the queen of mischief and dirty deeds? Try these expert strategies and turn your naughty kitty into a nice one.
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Cats on Command
There's no need for kitty obedience school. You can train your feisty feline to do some basic maneuvers at home. By following just a few simple steps, your cat can learn to sit, lie down and come on command.
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What are cats?
Cats do what they want, when they want.
They rarely listen to you.
They're totally unpredictable.
They whine when they are not happy.
When you want to play they want to be left alone.
When you want to be alone, they want to play.
They expect you to cater to their every whim.
They leave their hair everywhere.
They drive you nuts.
Conclusion: Cats are little, tiny women in cheap fur coats.
Your Bi-Lingual Kitty
Adult cats, living apart from humans, have very clear communication with one another. It is spoken mostly through scent, then through facial expression, complex body language, and touch. .....
The only meowing in the cat world is done between mom cat and her young kittens. A kitten’s tiny “mew” is a cute, endearing sound, used to solicit attention and care from mom cat.
So why do cats have two “languages?” Because meowing is unnecessary in a cat’s world. But in your world, your pet cat is dependent on you, and quickly learns that you are clearly not picking up the scent messages she leaves on your things, and you are not completely fluent in cat body language.
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Teach Your Cat to Come When Called
If your cat doesn’t come scampering over when you call his name, it may be because he’s never really been motivated to. Cats tend to do as they please, so teaching them anything has to involve their own pleasure. Here’s what to do:
Start when your cat is with you, in a contented mood, such as when curled up on your lap. Pet your cat in the way your cat most likes to be petted, and say his name a few times in a soft, friendly voice. Do this several times each day. After a while, you cat will associate the pleasure of being petted with his name.
2. Next, when stroking your cat, and saying his name, if he turns his head to look at you, give him a reward, such as a small cat treat or a scratch behind the hears. Praise your kitty
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If you have a playful cat who loves to chase, pounce and scamper off with her prize, there’s a chance she’ll like to fetch as well.
First, you need to find an object that excites your cat, that’s small enough for her to carry (but not so small that she could choke on it). Things that produce a pleasing sound when they hit the floor or have unpredictable rolls and bounces are especially good. A crumpled ball of aluminum foil, bottle caps, and the plastic lid rings that come off milk jugs have all been used as items to fetch by self-taught kitty fetchers.
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Do Cats Have a Sense of Humor?
Cats certainly make us laugh. In fact, among cat lovers, the cat doesn’t even need to be present to garner a good laugh. Cat owners can swap stories about the antics of their kitties and get nearly the same joy and amusement out of them as if they were witnessing the antics first hand. Indeed, a playful cat can keep a human amused and content for as long as the cat is willing to perform. Watching a playful kitty can be more captivating and satisfying than watching a really funny TV show.
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Cat Behavior - The Underrated Cat
If there is anything predictable about cats, it’s their unpredictability. Cats are multi-dimensional, mysterious creatures who will always defy whatever reputation people believe of them. Say they’re aloof, you’ll find kitties who are extremely affectionate. Say they are solitary by nature, you’ll find clusters of inseparable friends. Say they do only what pleases them, you’ll find cats who have regularly tend to others’ needs.
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KEEP YOUR CAT FROM CLAWING
Cats claw for several reasons. They leave their scent, they shed the outer layers of their claws and they get a really good, deep stretch. It is rough on the upholstery. Here are a couple of tricks you can try. Try double-sided tape on the furniture she's clawing, or cover the portions she claws with aluminum foil. The stickiness and/or noise should deter her from scratching. Cats also dislike the smell of oranges, so you could try hanging an orange peel near the scene of the crime. You also may want to invest in a scratching pole or tree where she can exercise her natural instincts.
Another Tip from Julia at P&G Everyday Solutions:
Cat communication consists of a range of methods with which cats communicate with humans, other cats, and other animals. While superficially cats may seem to lack social behavior, in fact close study reveals a wide repertoire of subtle behaviors, which serve cats in their natural wild setting where they form organized hierarchies, and in their domestic interactions with humans.
The unique sound a cat makes is rendered onomatopoeically as "meow" or similar variants ("miaow", "miau" etc.) in most European languages as well as Mandarin Chinese. Japanese has it as "nyaau", "nyu", or "nyan"; Korean as "yaong" or "nyaong". In Arabic the sound is transcribed as "mowa'a" or "naw". Other variants exist throughout the world. The sound of an increasingly annoyed cat is transcribed in James Joyce's Ulysses as "mkgnao", "mrkgnao" and "mrkrgnao".
The cat's pronunciation of this call varies significantly depending on meaning. Usually cats call out to indicate pain, request human attention (to be fed or played with, for example), or as a greeting. Some cats are very vocal, and others rarely call out. Cats are capable of about 100 different vocalizations, compared to about 10 for dogs.
A kitten's call first starts out as a high-pitched squeak-like sound when very young, and then deepens over time. In sterilized cats, especially males, the call tends to remain similar to that of a kitten through adulthood. (from the From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)
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Growling chirping or chattering
Cats can also produce a purring noise that typically indicates that the cat is happy, but also can mean that it feels distress, thus a purring cat is not necessarily a happy cat. A cat in great pain, distress or even a female giving birth will purr. Cats purr among other cats—for example, the mother when she meets her kittens, or the kittens when suckling. Until recently, there were many competing theories to explain how cats purr, including vibration of the cat's false vocal cords when inhaling and exhaling, the sound of blood hitting the aorta, vibration of the hyoid apparatus, or resonation directly in the lungs. Currently, though, it is believed that purring is a result of rhythmic impulses to the cat's larynx.
It is possible for a cat to call out and purr simultaneously. In addition to purring, cats may blink slowly or partially close their eyes when they are relaxed and happy
However, purring may also be a way for the cat to calm itself down. As stated above, cats have been known to purr when hurt or distressed. Although not proven, research has suggested that the frequency of the vibration produced by purring may promote healing of bones and organs in cats.
Most cats growl or hiss when angered or in danger, which serves to warn the offending party. If the warning is not heeded, a more or less serious attack may follow. Some may engage in nipping behavior or batting with their paws, either with claws extended or retracted. With cats who are improperly socialized and do not know their own strength, this can result in inadvertent damage to human skin. Like any injury, cat scratches can become infected, and in extreme cases can result in cat scratch fever.
Cats are also known to make chirping or chattering noises when observing prey, or as a means of expressing interest in an object to nearby humans. When directed at out-of-reach prey, it is unknown whether this is a threatening sound, an expression of frustration, or an attempt to replicate a bird call (or replicate the call of a bird's prey, for example a cicada). Whereas this conduct was originally viewed as the feline equivalent of song, recent animal behaviorists have come to believe this noise is a "rehearsal behavior" in which it anticipates or practices the killing of prey, because the sound usually accompanies a biting movement similar to the one they use to kill their prey (the "killing bite" which saws through the victim's neck vertebrae).
Cats in close contact with humans use vocalization more frequently than cats who live in the wild. Adult cats in the wild rarely vocalize; they use mostly body language and scent to communicate.
Cats will twitch the tips of their tails when hunting or angry, while larger twitching indicates displeasure. They may also twitch their tails when playing. A tail held high is a sign of happiness, or can be used as a greeting towards humans or other cats (usually close relatives) while half-raised shows less pleasure, and unhappiness is indicated with a tail held low. A scared or surprised cat may puff up its tail and the hair along its back and turn its body sideways to a threat in order to increase its apparent size. Tailless cats, such as the Manx, who possess only a small stub of a tail move the stub around as though they possessed a full tail, though it is not nearly as communicative as that of a fully tailed cat. Touching noses is a friendly greeting for cats, while a lowered head is a sign of submission. Some cats will rub their faces along their guardian's cheek or ankles as a friendly greeting or sign of affection. This action is also sometimes a way of "marking their territory," leaving a scent from the scent glands located in the cat's cheek.
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