You’ll also want to keep an eye out for any “bad behavior” climbing and scratching where you don’t want her to be. And if she gets a bit too loose with her scratching and climbing, you may need to do some redirection by picking her up and taking her to where you want her to scratch. Be consistent with your redirection and make sure to praise her or to give her some treats for using the post like you want.
Some behaviorists suggest that you confine your cat while you’re waiting for her to “get with the program” where she’s doing your bidding by scratching where you want her to. Of course, the confinement would not be without play, food, water, litter box activities. And you’d be supervising the activity so you can gradually release your kitty from the confinement.
I have also come to realize that two of my kits are ground dwellers (Brody and Christopher) and two are tree dwellers (Hope and Phillip). Cat trees and cat perches are especially useful for cats that like to climb. The ground dwellers are more inclined to like the floor toys and scratchers.
Thankfully, so far, none of my four even looks at the draperies! Brody even finds it difficult to get up onto the couch; although he can jump up and I’ve seen him walk across the back of the couch. It just isn’t a common activity for him, thankfully.
Yours in directing your kitty’s claws,
P.S. While we’re talking cat scratchers and where the claws ought to go, here’s a scratcher with catnip that might interest your kitty.
Photo source: Commons.Wikimedia
With the addition of my “new furmily”, all with claws, I have had to make some adjustments in how I interact with them. (My arms and legs, especially, are looking like road maps so I suppose I ought to consider more changes where the “kits” are concerned. Even the top of my head and my face have not been exempt from a claw scratch or two!)
While I do have numerous objects around the house they can use for their scratching activities, like the corrugated cardboard track toy (with a ball in the track), and the sisal rope scratcher, and another corrugated cardboard post, it seems the carpet and the sides of the living room couch are more of a draw for them.
Hope does like to reach out and stretch up to scratch the side of any cardboard box that happens to be in her sight.
So I’ve taken to just leaving a box or two around so she has easy access to them.
Of course, you can also purchase a cat tree as most of them have the carpet or rope as part of their design.
For your part, you can put the cat tree or other scratching device near where your kitty hangs out when sleeping so she’ll have easy access when she awakes.
So then with all of our preliminary days of thinking about “Mo Cats Day”, lo and behold. We almost forgot it today!
Nevertheless, we’re celebrating good now! And we hope you are as well.
Yours in “Mo Cats” and the “mo, the merrier”,
P.S. We love this graphic that Ann at Zoolatry put together.
According to Christine Amoscato, Account Executive for Taylor Strategy, on behalf of Friskies, Grumpy Cat and her furriend, Nala Cat “recently engaged in a friendly competition with a little help from WWE Diva Natalya at the Friskies Create & Taste Kitchen where they cooked up a one-of-a-kind experience at the Create & Taste Kitchen. Cats and Friskies foods went head-to-head in a truly unique way.
In late-August, attendees at the Friskies Create & Taste Kitchen had a chance to meet and to take photos with Grumpy Cat and Nala Cat, to interact with WWE Diva and cat lover Natalya™, and to participate in fun, cat-food themed activities to help donate up to 10,000 meals to shelter cats.
At the event, Friskies Create & Taste Kitchen attendees participated in games and activities for both teams that triggered a donation of one Friskies meal to shelter cats. People outside New York were able to help shelter cats by sharing on the social networks whether their cat was on #TeamSaucy, like Grumpy Cat, or on #TeamTender, like Nala Cat.
Friskies also partnered with Petfinder to help showcase adoptable shelter cats at the Friskies Create & Taste Kitchen who needed forever homes.”
While now it’s after the fact to attend the Friskies Create & Taste Kitchen event, you can still participate in the Friskies Create & Taste Kitchen sweepstakes as the contest ends 12 noon ET, September 30.
Go to FriskiesKitchen for a virtual Friskies Create & Taste Kitchen experience plus a BuzzFeed quiz to find out “What Kind Of Purrrsonality Does Your Cat Actually Have?”
There, you’ll also learn how you can feed your cat’s personality with SauceSations or Grillers – and you can download a coupon!
Yours in checking out Friskies’ Create & Taste Kitchen,
Join us on this first annual special day … to honor and remember “those cherished pets that we have lost but not forgotten” – created and sponsored by Zee & Zoey, as we remember our “first Boys” – Jonny Cat 2, Mikey, Daniel, Cody, Billy and Bowie!
For more information, visit Zee & Zoey’s Cat Chronicles.
While you’re at it, include your Remembrance posting on their special FACEBOOK events page here.
Yours in remembering ours and all the special kitties, et al,
Remembrance graphic source: Ann Adamus, Zoolatry
(“Really” because a few months ago, I learned from the microchip company where his previous owner got his microchip, that August 8, 2008, was the actual date of his birth.)
So, we get to celebrate two birthdays for him; this one today and his “Gotcha Day” in December.
We’re having cake and I found some new food at PetCo that we’re trying. And shhhh, there’s a new toy in hiding!
Yours in celebrating kitty birthdays,
And kitties, can’t forget the kitties!
If you celebrate the 4th or just plan to “do nuthin'” this weekend, I hope you have a safe and sound weekend. And maybe there’s a sun puddle or two for your kitties.
Yours in furriendship,
P.S. Wednesday, July 1, we “celebrated” our three-week “Gotcha Day” anniversary; Brody, Hope and I (with Christopher and Phillip).
As a result of my “announcements, I’ve been asked where to find the Wobbly “first-ever edible strings” toy and treat to purchase. It was supposed to be in retail stores nationally starting mid-June.
After hearing “new word” from Christine, my Friskies contact, that indicated it is in retail stores now like WalMart and Target, I checked our local Target yesterday/Wednesday; they don’t have it yet. I did not go to WalMart.
This morning, though, when I was in Hy-Vee I saw they “sort of” have it for sale – meaning there is a spot on the shelf for it; they were just sold out of the Wobbly toy. They did have the edible strings that can be purchased separately. I did not buy those yet as I want to get the toy, too.
So if you have a Hy-Vee, check there. And, of course, check your WalMart, Target, Petco, PetSmart – all the others like that. If they’re not there the first time you check, go back. I know sometimes here it takes a little longer for some things to hit shelves than it does in other parts of the country.
Yours in finding the Friskies Pull ‘n Play Toy/Treat
P.S. Yay for the Friskies Wobbly Pull ‘n Play Toy/Treat.
Some may say it’s too early (since Billy just recently went to the Rainbow Bridge), others may say what took you so long? Nevertheless, Christopher and Phillip now have a new baby brother and a baby sister! (Well, not exactly “baby”!)
We decided we had so much love to give that we’d not wait for propriety’s sake (however one defines it) and expand our little furmily.
Brody ^^^ (previously known as Bernie, named by the Shelter) is about a year-and-a-half to two years of age; the little girl, Hope, from the same shelter, is about two or three years.
Brody, on the other paw, has just about taken over the household! And definitely my heart.
For the time being, I only have one photo of each; they are the pictures that were posted at PetFinder.com and at the Animal Shelter site at Tama (IA) where I got them. I tried to get a photo of Hope on Sunday but it didn’t turn out. I did manage to get several shots of Brody, though none was presentable to share.
These two kitties had a really sad bringing up, as they came from a home with an elderly mother who hoarded animals. She had 60 cats, a slew of dogs and horses, and other living things. Read the rest of this entry »