Have you tried Meetup.com? People who are into their cats accumulate all sorts of information. Even when I don’t agree with what I’m hearing, I appreciate the effort we’re all making to be good pet parents. I’m a member of two cat meetups. Try it!
It’s time to PARTAY! The weekend’s here baby!
You say your kitty hides. You say your kitty ain’t no party animal.
I say it’s not so.
We fear what we don’t know. (Getting all classical now.)
Give a friend a treat. Ask the friend to calmly, quietly, show the treat to your kitty. If kitty says no, leave the treat where the kitty can find it.
Rinse and repeat. (okay, no rinsing required.)
This is how you ever so slowly and ever so patiently turn your scared kitty into a PARTAY! kitty. (Plus, you might finally get to meet some of your neighbors. You have an excuse –granted it’s a “crazy cat lady” excuse — to invite them over. We can ALL use more friends.
There’s no mystery to cat grooming.
15 Minutes a Day:
Comb or brush your medium to long-haired cat once a day.
Use a “love glove” or brush on a short-haired cat once a week.
Trim claws once a month.
Big return on small effort.
Cat grooming becomes a big deal when the combing, brushing and claw trimming doesn’t get done.
Doing it the easy way or the hard way. It’s up to you.
It would be so cool if each adopted cat came with a starter kit. In a grooming starter kit, I’d definitely include claw trimmers, a soft bristled brush, and for long-haired cats, a comb.
If you watch a cat groomer at work, you will notice something interesting. Your cat is not a car! Unlike a car mechanic, cat groomers work with animals who have distinct and strong personalities. Each cat is different.
I’m amused when owners say, very confidently, “Give my cat a lion trim.” A lion trim is not just a haircut.
Shaving most of a cat’s body is a BIG FRICKIN’ DEAL for the cat! Let me repeat. It is a BIG FRICKIN’ DEAL for the cat. (So I only do it when there are health benefits or the cat has been shown to enjoy having a lion trim.)
House call cat grooming allows me to take into account the cat’s personality. That doesn’t mean the cat is going to love being groomed, but it allows for a more personal experience.
Cats who spend time in shelters can get a little sick. You’ll see runny eyes and nose, lethargy, all the signs of a cold.
Bringing a cat home is so exciting! We want to do everything for them right away! It’s beautiful that owners want to help their cat be clean and comfortable.
Grooming is a whole-body experience. I handle the cat’s whole body, not just the fur. As humans, that’s a hard concept to grasp. We think of grooming as superficial, dealing with the surface of the body. In fact, I clean the ears, trim the claws, rub the skin and vigorously wash the body. Blow drying involved drying the whole body. It’s physical work for both me and the cat. It’s a workout!
For a cat with a cold, is a workout the best remedy? Probably not.
I recommend waiting at least two weeks before grooming a newly-adopted shelter cat. Of course, if mats or dirt cover the cat, we must help them immediately. Otherwise, I strongly recommend waiting. You are at the start of an important relationship. Get off on the right paw.
Yes, my life is glamorous! These are the things I think about.
Messy-bottomed Persian or Himalayan kittens. What to do about them.
If you are the proud owner/parent of such a kitty, I have a few suggestions:
1. Is there a stomach problem? Perhaps food or treats are contributing to the messiness.
2. Is the litter box in a quiet area and without the threat of bossy or much bigger cats?
3. “Sanitary” trims can help. I use my trimmers to decrease the fur around the privates and hind legs.
If you are bathing your kitten, remember to comb out the kitten. Don’t want tangles and mats to form. Keep soap away from eyes and ears.
I just read “Your Home: Their Territory” by Tony Buffington, DVM. This book is part of The Indoor Pet Initiative.
Please give it to friends and family who adopt a cat! Many cat-human problems are simple misunderstandings. Something as basic as a cat scratcher can make all the difference.
Stories of heroes and geniuses. I love those stories.
How hard would it be to admit to ignorance or to publicly fail, if I blogged under the name of “Linda, Cat Momma?” or “Linda, Cat Savant.”
Damn hard. I’d have a long way to fall off that pedestal.
I want to look up to someone, but out of kindness to them, I won’t put them on a pedestal. Even if they ask me to.
I read their books and watch their shows. I love the creativity and sheer gutsiness. If the mythologizing works, maybe it’s fine. I don’t know. (I can say that because I am not a whisperer or a momma.)