Leash Training Cats is Easier Than You Think

Have your daydreams of training your cat vanished into a haze of “as if’s?” Undoubtedly, cats seem to boast an intrinsic resistance to any idea that originates outside their perfectly designed heads. Leash training, for example, would likely never, ever be insisted upon by any sound-minded feline, and yet, leash training cats is a very attainable and fun goal.

Bold, Not Crazy

Before we dive in, just think of the benefits of walking around your neighborhood with your cat at the other end of a leash. For starters, it’s great exercise and stimulation, not to mention the fact that it cultivates a stronger bond between the two of you. All of this would not be true, of course, without the biggest factor: leash training cats allows for a safe outdoor experience controlled and cultivated by you.

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The Keys to Crate Training Your Cat

Cute little tabby kitten sitting in a travel crateWhile cats continue to be mysterious in many ways, we know at least three things to be true: 1) felines are creatures of habit; 2) they have finely-tuned senses; and 3) they absolutely detest travel crates. But what if there was a solution to the last one?

Crate training your cat may seem like an exercise in futility or pain (or both), but we can assure you the benefits far outweigh any challenges you might face during the process. Intrigued? We hope so!

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Nose work

Rainy Day Games

According to the Mercury News, in 2018 March will have the longest stretch of wet weather on record in history. Your pet may end up stir crazy with cabin fever due to more time in the house. Try some nose work or scent training which is great for preventing boredom by stimulating the mind. This can even be used for pets with mobility limitations and convalescing pets. View our blog on Therapeutic Confinement

You can create a fun game out of anything. Recycled amazon prime boxes (from all of that online shopping you’ve been doing) used toilet paper rolls, or even puzzles purchased from a store.

Here’s a level 1 nose work game that you can create out of recycled coffee cups.

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Therapeutic Confinement

Therapeutic confinement

Often times, pets injure themselves or they have to undergo surgery and they’re put on strict rest by their veterinarian. Just like humans, it is essential for pets to rest so as to not be set back by further injury or delay of healing. If it is a post surgical site, excess movement could potentially lead to fluid build up, inflammation, opening of the incision site, or infection. This means only 5 minute potty walks and straight inside. No running, jumping, or walking up stairs. We at Animal Internal Medicine and Specialty Services have some suggestions as to how to help you confine your pet when these situations come up.

What we recommend:

For our kitties, a dog crate that has enough room for a potty box and a bed will suffice. Larger pets can have their own isolated room where they cannot jump up onto furniture and accidentally injure themselves. An X-pen and large crate will work as well.

Don’t forget, that you need to train and prep for your pet to cooperate in a crate/isolation quarters on their own. Always associate this space as their safe space and good things come to them when they settle in the area nicely. Start small, treat or provide a favorite toy with the isolation quarters/crate door open and for a short amount of time. Allow your pet to move in and out at their own leisure. Keep an eye on your pet if your pet is already at an injured state, so as to not injure his or herself more. Slowly increase the time they’re in the isolated place and treat accordingly. A great distraction is to give your pet a toy that you could hide food and treats in it. This is not the spot for time outs as your pet will associate the space as a negative place to be and it will cause anxiety and stress when left alone.

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