Break out the ‘nip. It’s party time!
These are some fun toys, some of which my cats have tried and loved, and some that they wish that their mom would buy. We think that your cats will enjoy them, too!
Did you know that cats are trainable? It’s true; with a lot of love and patience your cat can learn to do almost anything you want him to do (within reason, of course). I, personally, watch every Jackson Galaxy’s “My Cat From Hell”, and on every program, he teaches how to train your cat and their humans. He almost always uses a clicker, which is designed specifically for training your cat.
I, myself, trained each of my cats without the clicker, as I wasn’t aware they existed. Boy, I wish I knew then what I know now. It would have made life a lot simpler.
You have to learn how to use the clicker, but once you do, it’s a piece of cake! Below are two links to “How to…” books for using the clicker:
Clicker Training for Clever Cats: Learning Can Be Fun!
If you already know how to use a clicker and just want to invest one, you will want to click on the link below:
A few general tips for training you cat are:
- Start off slow ~ Do not expect your cat to leap over high hurdles. Remember, this is a process that calls for patience on your part. Small goals are most likely to be successful for you and your baby.
- Reward gains ~ Be sure to have lots of treats on hand for your kitty’s triumphs.
- Repetitions ~ Training has to be consistent. Your cat learns best through repetition.
- Limits ~ Do not expect your cat to learn everything all at once. Remember, just like with humans, learning takes time. Again, approach the process with patience, love and rewards; lots and lot of rewards, both treats and praise.
There are other approaches that you can use along with the clicker training. I readv a great one in Amy Shojai’s book, Complete Kitten Care
Amy Shojai, a writer of pet books, is another cat behaviorist that I truly admire. She has written many award winning books, one of which is, Complete Kitten Care.
One of her tricks is, when your cat is doing something you don’t want him to do, HISSSSS! That’s right, hiss. It makes sense. When he does not like what you are doing to/for him, he hisses. Turn about is fair play.
I personally found that this tip works. My 16 year old, BoBo, who is set in his ways, has the habit of jumping up on my very expensive chair, and start to knead. Now, normally I wouldn’t mind, but as I said, this chair was too expensive to watch my cat tear it up. So, I tried hissing at him. I admit, the first time he just stopped and looked at me, then waited until I turned away, and he started again. As I said above, repetition is the key to success. After the fourth hiss, he stopped and settled right down. There are so many other great tips in her book, Complete Kitten Care.
Of course, there are many other sites to go to find more tips on training. Here are just a few:
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“Curiosity Thrilled the Cat: A Magical Cats Mystery“, by Sophie Kelly, is book one in one of my favorite cozy mystery series, Magical Cats Mysteries.
The book is centered around Kathleen Paulson, a librarian, who is called to a small town to restore a hundred year old library. Two unusual feral cats followed her home and showed their tricks they use to help Kathleen solve a murder.
The victim is found dead by Kathleen one morning. In looking into the murder, Kathleen finds out that Mr. Easton has a secret which she suspects is the reason for his death. Meanwhile, the cats surprise Kathleen by the “tricks” they can do to help her out. In the end, they use their tricks to save Kathleen when she reveals the killer to all.
This cozy mystery has everything; romance, intrigue, secrets and, most important of all, murder! I was entranced by Curiosity Thrilled the Cat: A Magical Cats Mysteryfrom the very first page, when we are introduced to Kathleen, Owen, Hercules and Freddy, the Funky Chicken. Kathleen comes off on paper as a “real” person. Ms. Kelly’s other characters were great as a support cast. All in all, I found this book a lighthearted story, during which, when I wasn’t trying to figure out what was coming next, I was laughing at the cat’s antics.
I give Curiosity Thrilled the Cat: A Magical Cats Mystery five out of five stars and strongly urge anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries and cats to read this series.
If you want to meet these zany cats, too, click the link below.