Stop Cat Scratching Today!Written by Brad Knell
you have morphed into someone he doesn't know and you need a solution to his inappropriate scratching behavior now! Sound familiar? Well, this was our situation a few months ago until we got a handle on a strategy that works.
Cats need to scratch! It helps them excercise their front leg muscles and tendons. It helps to shed old outer layers of nail sheath. It helps alleviate frustration and boredom and it marks their 'territory' in your home.
Once you realize this it is much easier to arrive at an equitable solution. Rather than concentrating on eliminating problem ( which isn't going to happen ) you need to find a way to redirect behavior to an appropriate area in your home.
There are many products on market which offer a solution. We found a combination of a good quality scratching post wrapped in sisal rope and a set of clear, acrylic shields which fasten to corner areas of your couch and chair work best. If you need to learn where to purchase these products, visit our website listed below.
The shields are used to cover up areas your cat has already been scratching, in order to redirect him to post. The scratching post should be tall and heavy enough so your cat can extend his full torso up high enough to offer a good stretch. Most cats are vertical scratchers. They reach up, extend front arms, claw scratcher and pull downwards towards ground. If post moves around too much they will likely not use it again so make sure it is stable.
Nikki and Benny, My Therapy Visiting Dogs.Written by Ruth Bird
My two therapy dogs, Nikki and Benny, bring joy to our friends. Here is short report of our visit.
First, let me tell you just a little bit about my two dogs, a short little Bio on each. There are pictures on my dog therapy page. www.mimfreedom.com/dogtherapy.htm
Benny, my black lab, is about 6 years old now. Benny is a wonderful dog (even though he likes to steal my pillows). He loves going to visit our friends in home. His tail is like a rotator as soon as we come near our first “friend”. Clearly, this is where he loves to be. Actually, this is where he belongs. He is gentle, good natured and full of love and affection. And, he is always hungry….yup, a true lab, he is always hungry. Our friends at home love him to death, so to speak. He truly makes their day brighter and better.
Then there is Nikki, my 1 ˝ year golden puppy. Nikki is a typical 1 ˝ year golden. She is full of life. She keeps me hopping. And, just like Benny, she brings pure gold to our friends.
Both my dogs love to go visiting. They know as soon as we get close to home where we are going and why we are there. This is such a wonderful work.