"How to Make Your Cat's Life, and YOUR Life, Happier - Training Your Cat"Written by NS Kennedy
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Training simple tricks can be incorporated into daily playtime. Always keep some cat treats in a pocket during training time. To teach your cat to "shake hands," begin by saying "shake," then touching your hand to underside of one of her front paws. Praise her for letting you touch there, and give her a treat. Repeat this over and over again. Eventually, you can lay your hand flat on floor just in front of her paw. Say "shake" and wait. If she even moves her paw towards you praise her and give her a treat. Little by little, she'll catch on that every time she touches your hand with her paw she can get you to give her a treat. Once she willingly touches your hand, you can start to raise your hand off of floor a little bit at a time. Keep training fun. Stop session before she loses interest, and always end on a positive note with a reward.
You can use same one-small-step-at-a-time technique to teach your cat to walk on a leash. This allows you to take your cat outside for fresh air and sensory stimulation without having to worry about her running off. Purchase a cat harness from a pet supply store. Before you even try putting it on your cat, simply leave it lying by her bed for a day or two. When she is used to seeing and smelling it, loosely put it on her just before her normal mealtime. Hand-feed her food to distract her from harness and to make wearing it a pleasurable experience. Remove it when food is gone. After a few days, you can let her wear harness around house. Let leash drag behind, but watch to make sure it doesn't become tangled around furniture. When she seems comfortable with harness and leash, pick up your end and walk with her, letting her lead way. Eventually she will walk willingly beside you, and you can both venture outdoors.
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"Make Your Home Cat-Safe - How To Keep Your Cat Happy and Healthy"Written by NS Kennedy
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If you live in an area prone to natural disasters, keep an emergency pet supply kit with your own. Include a week's worth of food as well as any medication your cat takes on a regular basis. A photo of your pet is also good to keep with your emergency supplies, in case you are separated from your cat during event, you'll have a way to get word out to locate her.
A collar with an identification tag is one of those things that you might never need, but will wish you had if you need it and don't. Even if your cat is strictly and indoor pet, unexpected could happen. A door or window is left ajar, or a natural disaster creates an opening in your home through which your frightened feline escapes.
Your cat's identity tag should include following information
* Pet's name * Owner's name and address * Telephone numbers (day and evening) * Medical problem requiring medication * Veterinarian's name and number * Current Rabies vaccination information * Reward offer should pet become lost
Many people have their cats micro-chipped for identification. A small silicone chip containing owner's contact information is painlessly inserted under cat's skin. Most animal shelters automatically scan lost pets to read owner contact information. However, if your cat is found by an average citizen an identification tag will speed up your reunion.
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