Category: Cat

What are we going to do with these cats?! Case studies in difficult-to-home shelter cats.

By Cheryl Kolus, DVM

I finally had a moment to get some work done on my laptop, so I pulled a chair up to the desk and started typing away. Oomie joined me. The sleek black cat jumped on my lap and settled in comfortably, purring. After a minute or two, Oomie stretched his forepaws up on my chest, looked at me contentedly—and bit me in the face. “Oh, Oomie. What are we going to do with you?” I said to my worried reflection in the mirror as I wiped the blood from my cheek.

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Hunting Enrichment Part 2: The great outdoors

By Kathryn Weil

If you ask clients why they do not allow their cat outdoor access, you will hear a few common things: The client is fearful that harm will come to the cat, the client lacks knowledge on how to safely provide outdoor access, or the client simply doesn’t feel the cat is missing any opportunities. Fear of harm is a very valid concern, and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. We do not need to remind most cat owners of what could befall an unsupervised cat outdoors.

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Cooperative Care: The How and the Why

Cooperative care involves training an animal to not only tolerate handling and husbandry procedures, but to be an active, willing participant in these experiences.

In this column, we highlight some useful behaviors to teach clients to facilitate cooperative care, and share stories of how animals can be transformed by a more mindful, intentional approach to working with them through medical procedures.

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