Written by NS Kennedy

If you are thinking of adding a feline to your family, consider adopting a cat from your local animal shelter or humane society. The animals have been carefully screened for adoptability and have usually been worked with to enhance sociability.

Unfortunately, many people think that only "bad" animals wind up in shelters. Actually,repparttar opposite is true. People relinquish their pets to shelters when they are no longer able to care for them. Sometimes this is becauserepparttar 139707 owner was unprepared forrepparttar 139708 responsibility that comes with caring for a pet.

If there is no indication of 'reason for surrender' onrepparttar 139709 cage atrepparttar 139710 shelter ask - a cat that has been given up because of bad behaviour may not berepparttar 139711 best choice - no matter how cute she is.

Often, however, caring owners struggling with life-changes or trying to cope with family tragedy realize their pet would be better off with someone else. They bring them torepparttar 139712 shelter because they knowrepparttar 139713 animal will be well-cared for and placed in an excellent home.

Shelter staff carefully evaluates each animal for physical and behavioral soundness. They make note of quirks, and work with specialists to eliminate negative behaviors. Most shelters have adoption counselors who interview potential adopters to understand their needs and lifestyle so they can makerepparttar 139714 perfect match.

Your first contact with a shelter cat will probably be when she is in her cage. Don't be put off if she ignores you completely. Keep in mind that many new people pass by her cage each day, and she has to cope with allrepparttar 139715 noise and stress that accompanies that. A shelter worker can arrange for you to meetrepparttar 139716 cat in a quiet room. Again, she may not pay much attention to you, but watch how she acts towardsrepparttar 139717 staff person. This is who she is more comfortable with. While you observerepparttar 139718 cat, talk withrepparttar 139719 staff member and learn all you can aboutrepparttar 139720 cat's likes and dislikes.


Written by NS Kennedy

At some time or another evenrepparttar sweetest cat "misbehaves." Ironically, a cat's bad act is usually quite normal behavior for her, but may have a result humans don't like or want. Screaming atrepparttar 139674 cat or physically punishing her won't alter negative behavior. The best way to change undesirable behavior is to eliminaterepparttar 139675 opportunity and/or distractrepparttar 139676 cat to an acceptable alternative.

Immediacy is vital: even seconds late may be ineffective. You must do it as soon asrepparttar 139677 cat starts misbehaving.

Distracting a cat away from an act is not very difficult. A loud, unfamiliar noise will quickly get her attention. Some cat owners use a low growling sound, others imitaterepparttar 139678 grating sound of a game show buzzer. Keepingrepparttar 139679 sound low-toned and harsh is important, because you want to save high-pitched sounds for praise and reinforcement of positive behaviors.

One well-known way to distract a misbehaving cat is to give her a blast with a spray bottle. While this works, it has some drawbacks. First, you must haverepparttar 139680 bottle in your hand atrepparttar 139681 exact momentrepparttar 139682 cat is about to act in a way you want to discourage. Unless you follow your cat around all day with a spray bottle in your hand, this is unlikely to happen. The second problem is that this technique seems to lose effectiveness after a while with some cats.

The best way to extinguish negative behaviors is to removerepparttar 139683 opportunity. If your cat obsessively scratchesrepparttar 139684 side of your couch, place a loose blanket or hard acrylic panel against it. Both techniques remove her access torepparttar 139685 satisfying feel ofrepparttar 139686 fabric. If she climbs your curtains, shredding them as she goes, fold or pin them out of her reach unless you are around to stop her. If she has accidents only when you are not home, only give her free run ofrepparttar 139687 house when you are there. When you go out, close her in a room with food, water, litter box, scratching post and a couple of toys.

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