Cats

Cats

Cats

MANIC MOGGIE BEHAVIOURS

Cats which claw furniture, soil on the hand-tufted Persian rug, scratch their owners and steal food from tabletops can be cured if we are deligent, patient and consistent. Most pet owners look at punishment as their first line of attack for annoying behaviours. Cats will associate the bash we give them for sharpening their claws on the furniture with you coming near them, not with the claw sharpening. Thus the cat learns to avoid you when you have the newspaper in your hand for example, and will return to sharpen his claws when you are not looking. A better method is to employ remote punishment where the cat thinks the object of abuse is the source of punishment, but the rule is not to hurt your cat.

Mouse trap Technique:  Set a mousetrap upside down on the couch covered with newspaper and when the cat places a paw on the newspaper the trap is activated and the cat is startled and runs off. You should now scoop him up and offer comfort as being the “good guy” in this scary scenario. You can also cover the clawed furniture with aluminium foil, trim your cats claws weekly and place a scratching post next to the abused furniture.

Masking the Surprise: Make loops of tape about 2cms long with the sticky surface on the outside and place these in strategic locations over the table and benchtops. Cats hate having goo on their feet.

Water works:  A quick spray from a water spray bottle is very useful when 2 cats are fighting or when your cat is sitting somewhere he shouldn’t be or even trying to attack your ankles as you walk past.

Desexing:  Getting your cat desexed can often help tame some of these manic behaviours .

Feliway Spray: This spray contains a synthetic equivalent of the scents or pheromones that are found normally on a cats body and face and can often help the cat to relax and not feel so destructive. This product is available from Mudgee Vet Hospital.

The friendly staff at Mudgee Vet Hospital are always available to have a chat to you when it comes to your cats manic behaviours-call in and see the girls for some hints about controlling the uncontrollable-after all, cats think we are their slaves!!!!

MOVING HOUSE WITH PETS

Moving house can be stressful not only for us but for your pets as well. The most dangerous problem you will face is that your cat or dog will escape from your new home and become lost as it is not familiar with its new surroundings. For dogs, you must examine the fences of your new home to ensure they are dog proof and make sure there are no horizontal beams for the dog to use as a ladder to climb up on.

 Stopping your cat from roaming is more difficult. Cat enclosures can be constructed and are available commercially. Alternatively keep your cat inside the house and endeavour to ensure it is totally familiar with its new territory. This can take from a few days to a few weeks. The priority for most cats is to eat and sleep, so work on these aspects of your cats new lifestyle first. Feed your cat tasty meals 4-5 times a day as it gives your cat a “fun focus” associated with its new eating spot. Let the cat hunt for its food by leaving small amounts of cat food in several locations or by scattering dry food over the floor in the laundry. Take some familiar article of bedding from your old home complete with bits of cat hair, and leave it where you feel will be the cats favourite resting spot. Allow your cat to perch on furniture or near an outside window so it can view its new territory, without getting out yet.

 Another useful trick is to rub a damp towel over your cats body and face and then rub the towel with the scent onto prominent surfaces around the house such as corners of furniture and on doorways. This marks the new house with the cats scent. A product called “Feliway” can be purchased from Mudgee Vet hospital which contains a synthetic equivalent of the scents or pheromones that are found on a cats body and face. These pheromones create a calming effect in the cat and has been proven as an effective control for behaviour problems such as urine spraying.

When releasing your pet into its new environment it is essential to take a few days and limit the times outside and increase over a period of days. Cats can be placed in cages where they can view their surroundings and become  desensitised more slowly. Always try and spend quality time with your dog, keeping him active and involved with what’s going on in your life at the time. It is recommended to have both your cats and dogs microchipped and always have a collar with an ID tag on your dog. The staff at Mudgee Vet Hospital can offer more helpful advice and help with any identification items.

 

WHY SHOULD I DESEX MY CAT?

There are many benefits to desexing your cat and these include prevention of health and behaviour related problems as well as prevention of the birth of unwanted kittens. Some of the benefits are:

FEMALES

  • To reduce the number of unwanted litters.

The number of kittens born each year is greater than the number of available homes.
Many kittens end up in animal shelters or put to sleep.

  •  To prevent seasons.

A female cat will come into season 3-4 times during mating season.
The season may last up to 3 weeks if she is not mated.
During this time there is a change of behavior-she may hide,seek attention, and roll around on the floor,call and spray urine around the house or garden.
Male cats will travel great distances in response to a female calling and will spray all around the area the queen (female cat)Is located(even if she is locked inside).

  •  To reduce the risk of developing mammary cancer.
  •  Elimination of ovarian cancer.

 

MALES

  • Prevent urine spraying.

Uncastrated male cats mark their territory by urine spraying.
The urine has a characteristic pungent odour which is unpleasant in and around the house and very difficult  to remove. 

  • Reduce the tendency to roam.

Cats are territorial by nature and Tomcats quite commonly patrol a large area (up to 5km diameter)
Undesexed Males are more likely to instigate cat fights.
Viral diseases such as Cat Aids are transmitting by biting.
Undesexed male cats are more likely to be hit by a car while they are roaming or develop abscesses from cat bites. 

  • Eliminate testicular cancers and reduce risks of prostate disease.

 

Mudgee Veterinary Hospital offers desexing to both male and female cats most days of the week. We recommend getting your Cats desexed as "in season"  female cats will often remain in season until they fall pregnant.

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