Why senior cats need special handling

“A retrospective study revealed that 22 percent of cats over 1 year old and 90 percent of cats over 12 years old had radiographic evidence of degenerative joint disease.” This is why I use plenty of towels when I groom a senior cat.  They rest on soft surfaces. If they’re not heavy, I even supportContinue reading “Why senior cats need special handling”

Can’t pick up your cat? Think like a rabbit.

A lot of owners don’t feel comfortable picking up their cats, so if you’re one of them, you have plenty of company.  It’s not that the cats are mean. It’s that the cats wiggle away while the owner is trying to get them. Sometimes the owner gets scratched because the cat is so wiggly.  There’s noContinue reading “Can’t pick up your cat? Think like a rabbit.”

Why do cats lie next to radiators?

Their body temp is a few degrees higher than ours.  I doubt this is the whole reason, because dogs also have a higher body temp than we do.  Dogs don’t sleep with their bodies up against hot radiators for hours on end. One of my cats used to sleep on top of a very hot steamContinue reading “Why do cats lie next to radiators?”

Trouble holding cat for claw trim?

I enjoy the challenge of claw trims.  Keeping the cat still can be a game of skill and imagination!  It’s hard to be more clever than a cat when it comes to keeping them from getting away during a claw trimming session. Some gentle restraint techniques I’ve used: No restraint. Just put the cat on a counterContinue reading “Trouble holding cat for claw trim?”

Handling Cats is a Skill

The owner looked at me with a dazed expression. “How did you do that? I can’t hold on to her for more than a minute before she starts to wiggle.” Mallow, a young white and calico cat, sat on the floor thoughtfully licking her front paw.  She looked about as cute as a cat can look,Continue reading “Handling Cats is a Skill”