Cats and kids – a good idea?

Can cats and children live together happily? They can! Here are some tips to help you select the right kitty. Keep an eye out for our next post about tools to help feline(s) and children develop a good relationship. Choosing a Cat Each cat has an individual personality. You'll want to select a cat who is confident enough to bounce back easily from surprising or scary things they might encounter while your child is learning how to interact kindly with them. To look for a…

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New cat under the couch? Here’s a way to make friends with your new feline!

You just brought your new cat home from the SPCA. You’ve set up a room just for them to settle in and get their bearings, with their food, water, litter box, and some toys.  Hooray! But, when you let Kitty out of their carrier, they won’t come out - or they zip right out of the carrier straight under the couch and refuse to come out. What to do? First, don’t panic. This is very typical for cats! Cats derive their sense of security from…

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Resource Guarding: What is it, and what can you do about it?

We all have resources that we value, whether it's our cup of coffee in the morning, our favorite armchair, or quality time with our best friend. This is true for dogs, cats, and other species as well! A valued resource is something that we'll seek out deliberately, and be reluctant to give up if someone tries to take it away. (How many of us would respond with a snarl if someone grabbed our morning coffee out of our hands? I sure would!) Resource guarding stems…

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Teaching your cat to target

You just brought your new cat home from the SPCA. You’ve set up a room just for them to settle in and get their bearings, with their food, water, litter box, and some toys.  Hooray! But, when you let Kitty out of their carrier, they won’t come out - or they zip right out of the carrier straight under the couch and refuse to come out. What to do? First, don’t panic. This is very typical for cats! Cats derive their sense of security from…

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