Five Rules for Humans Living in Catlandia

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Written by Daniel “DQ” Quagliozzi

Humans and cats have been trying to peacefully coexist for centuries, and for the most part, we are doing ok…with a little room for improvement.  Our relationship with cats has definitely changed over time, with technology allowing us to connect with the masses and disconnect from the very place our cats try their best to meet with us; the present moment, or as I like to call it: “The Meow”. Modern convenience also allows humans to have very specific ideas about how they want their homes to look and feel. It enables a sense of urgency to how fast we like our conflicts to be resolved. Cats however… have not changed one bit. If anything, they may have become lazier from our influence and they have all the time in the world to do nothing.

We’ve basically evolved into beings that fit their whole lives into boxes. Sometimes, we invite cats to live inside and outside our boxes with us. Heck, we even expect them to use a box as a bathroom, regardless of how it looks, smells or where it is located. Basically, we set our own ground rules for living and expect our cat friends to adhere to the lines we draw around them. We come to understand that our feline guests have their own agenda pretty quickly. In fact, they’re not acting like guests at all. They’re treating our homes like their personal AirB&Pee!

The cats have taken over. They’ll live in your box… sure, just not by your rules. Think about the CAT, not the BOX. Your home has a different name now … Welcome to Catlandia, which is basically any place that cats live! You invited cats to stay; now you have to obey! Resistance is futile. Surrender is inevitable. Please consult the following guidelines for peaceful coexistence in a world free of your own frustration:

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Cats don’t understand “property”.

So here’s the thing… cats don’t see a difference between your stuff and their stuff. They aren’t drawing lines between where they are “allowed” to go. We do that; expecting them to understand that jumping on a countertop or dinner table is unacceptable. The problem is, cats go anywhere they please, because to them, everything in their territory belongs to them, including your stuff and sometimes…YOU. They expect it all.

Cats have a natural instinct to get off the ground, especially if it’s not rewarding on the floor. They want to be where the action is. That’s why cats choose to hang in places with high social significance, like couches, dressers and countertops or anywhere they can get the best possible vantage points. If you haven’t provided alternatives like cat shelves, climbing structures or made it practically impossible to sit or stand in places that you can’t compromise, cats are going to take advantage of what the landscape provides.  You’re going to have to give in a little to strike a balance and erase the lines.

Cats scratch furniture. True story! But… it doesn’t have to be that way! Give cats alternatives to your furniture and be observant of their preferences for location and material. Cats are going to scratch places that they consider important. That’s usually any scratch-able surface that you sit on too! If you’re having a hard time accepting their compliments, then make sure to provide your cats with places that they can call their own and scratch-friendly options that respect their preferences. The ultimate compliment is embracing their need for ownership.

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 Cats Are Disobedient.

Like fuzzy little punk rockers; cats have a way of pawing their noses at authority. They just can’t be told what to do and the harder you try to make them conform, the more they push back against your will to change them. That doesn’t mean that they can’t be influenced or trained. It just means that if it’s your idea to make them do something, it’s probably not going to happen the way you planned.  They read your intentions like a psychic.

Cats are not motivated to please you the same way that dogs are. They have unspoken expectations and even a sense of entitlement to the resources that humans provide. That doesn’t mean that they don’t understand reward. It’s quite literally the one the thing that a cat understands best! They just prefer to get those rewards on their own terms and not on your behalf. The trick is allowing them access to the rewards without stepping on their toes too much.  If there are benefits to be had, you can bet a cat will be around to receive them.

Training a cat is easy to do, if you understand what motivates them and are willing to devote the time. For some cats, it might be food or treats that keep their eyes on the prize, while others prefer playtime or affection.  You can clicker train cats to do all sorts of tricks and tasks, if they’re willing to work for food. Food might be the one thing you can actually control in this relationship, but don’t get cocky. Using food too much robs you of power and might ultimately backfire on you.

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Cats Can Be Selfish.

To say that cats are self-serving creatures would be a bit of an understatement. They mostly do what benefits them personally. When sharing living spaces with humans, cats learn quite quickly that there are very specific benefits to the partnership. We provide access to never ending buffets of food, along with all the bells and whistles (sometimes literally) to keep them happy in our homes. But is it ever enough? Probably not; the more benefit you provide, the more likely a cat is to be there waiting for it each day.  I call this the “Double edged sword of cat companionship”.

Most cats don’t like to collaborate with other cats when it comes to playtime. When faced with one target in a group dynamic, some cats just take a seat and wait until it’s their turn, which may never come, because one cat is monopolizing the playing field. In a multi cat home, it is essential that each cat have solo opportunities for interactive play. This helps to reduce tension, competition, anxiety and boredom. Keep it real and the benefits will balance out the rest.

Does it seem like some cats just don’t appreciate petting? Or are we just opting to pet them in the wrong places? Cats like to be stroked in self-serving places like their cheeks, flanks and shoulders. Respectfully petting these areas, allowing the cat to steer the experience, releases pheromones and solidifies the bond between guardian and friend on equal terms. Don’t get ahead of yourself. Serve the cat first and you’ll be richly rewarded later.

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Cats Need Choices.

Most cats have a pretty clear threshold for how much physical attention they want. It’s the human need for petting and physical affection that often supersedes and disregards a cat’s crystal clear warning signs to cease and desist.

Before reaching above or below to pet, hug, carry, snuggle, kiss, move or dress your cat, ask yourself, ”Did I ask permission first?” Giving your cat the opportunity to answer, “Yes” or “No” to a proposal, allows them the free will to make a choice. We already know they won’t obey us or do anything for our benefit, so why would petting be any different? Cats are masters of the art of the deal. When given a choice, a cat will likely always say, “No”, if the benefits don’t outweigh the proposal. Eat your heart out, Trump.

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 In multi-cat homes, competition for shared resources, like feeding stations, toys, perches and litterboxes can be a huge trigger for tension, bullying and even inappropriate elimination outside of the box. It’s essential that each cat in the home have accommodations that match their individual preferences for privacy or party time.

Pay attention to your cat’s habits, particularly when it comes to litterbox placement and design. It’s always better to think about the cat first! Spread out scratching posts, cat trees and climbing structures and be sure to have places to soak up individual and group cat scents, along with the places that harness your own.

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Cats Are NEVER Wrong.

There’s never going to be a time when your cat thinks that they did something wrong. Their actions are 100% justified, even when the result is negatively received.  That’s why involving yourself in any form of punishment is a futile endeavor. Cats don’t follow directions or do things on your behalf, remember? So, unless your providing a benefit, getting yourself involved in the correction of their behavior will never get the point across.

Yes, I know, the pee incident happened on your pillow, and that is enough to anger anyone, but that doesn’t mean your personal reaction will have any impact on change. Shouting, scolding, or physically reprimanding your cat will only serve to complicate your relationship more. Remember, a cat is not motivated by spite or anger. That’s what WE do.. Don’t get angry! Get to work on your relationship. Your cat is telling you that something within our world of lines …. does not line up.

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CONCLUSION:

When cats “misbehave”, you can usually hold a mirror to their guardians to find the reason. After all, they are trying their very best to live in our boxes with us; to live in a world where lines are drawn and grey areas are quickly filled in. We can find Purrvana together. It’s really quite simple. Embrace the grey areas. The happiness and love we seek in Catlandia is just within our reach, but it will take collaboration. It will take humility. You’ll have to let go of yourself… just a little.

 

The crime of physical punishment. DQ weighs in on the futility of it all.

Daniel “DQ” Quagliozzi talks about why punishment and discipline is a futile endeavor with cats. He lays out 5 basic rules to ensure the purrfect feline relationship between you and your best friend..

Why your cat is NEVER wrong

“Cats make decisions based on benefit. No matter what the behavior, a cat will never feel guilty or remorseful for their actions. So, when we react or manage them to “correct” their behavior, we only serve to make it worse. Cats are not motivated to please you with their decisions, so, getting involved personally in the correction only serves to confuse the situation more. You are not the margin between right and wrong. You are there to provide benefit.” ~ Daniel Quagliozzi – Go Cat Go – Behavior Consulting

Keeping the PEE-ce between adult cats and kittens

Daniel “DQ” Quagliozzi of Go Cat Go Behavior Consulting explains how the dynamic between a kitten and a reluctant adult cat can impact litterbox habits and how to resolve it.

DQ & Cubby give you the skinny on food toys

 

 

Are you being constantly annoyed by your cat begging for attention or food or who knows what? Cubby “The Munchkin from Mars” and DQ took a few moments today to show you some simple techniques for food foraging,  which can work wonders for cats that are easily bored or looking for jobs to do. Change what seems like an annoying behavior into a designated activity. Make a those cats work instead of giving them an all-you-can-eat buffet every day! It’s super easy! Foraging toys are easy to find online or you can DIY your own out of common household items. However you make it happen, your cats will be happy and the best of all… not under your feet or on your desk begging for your attention. Check out the video!

 

My Alarm Clock is Hungry

A common behavior problem that plagues my clients is best described as “the early morning wake up call”. Picture this scenario:

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You’re sound asleep and pushing some serious Z’s. Suddenly, your chest gets heavier by about seven pounds (if you’re lucky). You feel like someone or something is watching you.

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“Nah, its just a dream. I’ll just turnover and go back to sleep”. Then, the weight moves to your back. A faint purr, followed by a low toned mew is heard right next to your ear. And then….it happens. You get tapped on the face by a paw…again and again and again as the low mew becomes a demanding MEOW! What the *#!%!?!?!

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You open your eyes and notice that within inches of your face is your beloved best friend staring at you. It’s feeding time and you have no other option then to get up, get yourself together and crack open a can of cat food. You my friend, have been trained by the cutest alarm clock ever invented!

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Please pardon my puffy morning face! Oh, like you look like a beauty queen when you wake up?

As cute as this may sound to those of you who have well behaved cats that sleep in, it can be a total nightmare for those us humans who want to get a few extra hours of sleep in the morning. So, what do you do about it? Buy earplugs? Wrap yourself in a cocoon of blankets and pillows?

The first rule of the “early morning wake up call” is out-stubborning your cat. You absolutely have to ignore the cries for attention. Easier said then done? Not really. Its a matter of changing your cats routine around so that there is no reward to the behavior. Don’t feed your cat when you wake up! Switch the feeding time to the afternoon when you get home from work. Just getting out of bed at all is a reward to your cats cries for food. Your cat will try to up the ante each day to get you closer and closer to their goal. Sometimes even negative attention such as yelling can reinforce the behavior.

Be as active with your cat during the day as humanly possible. Your cat should be tired out before you go to bed. This means more than a few minutes of interactive play. Try to have 2+ interactive play-sessions a day. Give you cat a play session in the evening – try to squeeze in at least 10-15 minutes each time with the help of  a toy that keep your cat’s interest. The same old toy on the floor each night is totally boring. Switch things up a bit! Don’t forget to let your cat finish the hunt by killing the toy! Remember: Hunt-Catch-Kill-Eat. Polish off a rigorous play session with a meal.

Of course, you could lock the cat out of the room as well, but you are likely to have similar disturbances outside of the door. Try something aversive outside of the room, like sticky tape or an upside down carpet runner (with the nubby side up). You could also try a piece of cardboard on the floor with the sticky tape on it – which they will likely not want to sit on while they try to scratch at the door. Once again, DO NOT ANSWER THE CRIES FOR ATTENTION! If you follow these simple guidelines, a good night’s rest may be in your future.

(The cat pictured above is my former Sophisticat Matilda. She passed away a few years ago, but her legacy lives on. Best alarm clock ever!)

Pick of the Litter

Selecting the right type of litter for your cats can be a little overwhelming these days. Holy smokes, there are so many brands and styles to choose from, each offering a different angle on the same dirty chore.

Let’s face it… some litter types cater to your laziness and intolerance for smelling what’s left behind in the litterbox. That’s ok.  Just be sure to factor in how your cat feels about your choice of litter. Sometimes the litter that is best for YOU isn’t always what your cat digs…ya dig?

I always recommended that my client’s use soft or sandy, unscented clumping litters that have a low impact on the environment. My first choice is always World’s Best Cat Litter, which is made of corn, dust free, soft on the paws and flushable!

Check out the chart below to see the differences between the most common litter types and some tips on keeping things copacetic with your cats. Thanks Petco!

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DQ on Declawing Cats

I had the pleasure of doing an interview with Erin Flaherty of The Cat Connection this week. We spoke about the controversial subject of declawing cats and how that might impact the cats we love so much.

Check out the interview below and be sure to visit The Cat Connection site for more cat behavior and wellness resources to keep your cats happy and whole.

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Daniel “DQ” Quagliozzi is the cat behavior guru behind Go, Cat, Go – San Francisco’s leading in-home resource for cat behavior advice. With more than a decade of experience working with cats in shelters and in homes, DQ’s custom designed Action Plans save cat lives, educate frustrated cat guardians and restore peace in homes. Go, Cat, Go is all about the cat, teaching clients to see the world through their cat’s eyes to arrive at a place of understanding and compassion for all parties – feline and human. DQ graciously answered a few behavioral questions the Cat Connection had regarding declaws, cat welfare and the human-animal bond. True to form, his answers left little room for waffling – when feline health and safety are at stake, DQ is the guy you want advocating for your cat.

Thank you so much for answering these questions, DQ. In your experience, what motivates cat people to declaw their cats? Do these people love their cats?

Generally, I find that people make the decision to declaw their cats because they were convinced to do so by their veterinarian, or because they felt that there would be less damage (scratching) done to their property or harm done to them when petting or playing with the cat. I don’t think there is any love lost in that decision.

Yeah, certainly in the past, people, particularly first time cat owners, often declawed their cats because it was essentially sold as part of a wellness package – spay/neuter, declaw, put under only once, one-time pain management, etc. In my own experience, I’ve seen that knowing what they know now, so many of these folks feel guilty about having declawed their beloved cat, regardless of whether the cat has any behavioral or physical issues. What do you tell people in these situations?

When I do a behavior consultation and realize a client has declawed their cat, I am always sensitive to the fact that they may feel guilty or harbor some regret about that decision, particularly if I believe declawing is contributing to the behavior that I am there to provide answers and solutions for. If they don’t know much about the surgery, I use it as an opportunity to educate them, so that going forward, the comfort and happiness of their cat is considered in new ways they may have never thought of before. To be fair, I don’t mince words either. I will let people know that their cat may be in pain or discomfort and what measures to take to make that better, but I’m not going to make that advice a personal attack. Ultimately, any advice that I give is going to be in the cat’s best interest, so devoting any time to making someone feel bad about what is already done isn’t going to make this situation any better.

Right. We try to be sensitive to the fact that these decisions were not always made with the full facts in mind. If it’s done, it’s done – let’s talk about how to make it better, but please don’t ever do it again. As you know, the en vogue reason to justify declawing is to keep cats in their homes. Do you indeed find cats remain in their homes once they are declawed?

In my experience, I find that declawed cats are more problematic in homes, so they are often surrendered to animal shelters with little understanding of how the surgery contributes to the behavior that the guardian now cannot live with. They often don’t see how both things tie together and surrender a cat that never really had a choice in the matter. It breaks my heart, but that’s why I do what I do for a living. I am constantly trying to break the cycle of surrender. I encourage my clients to “surrender themselves, not the cat.” In other words, surrender to what you can’t fix or change about cats and you will find the solutions, instead of giving up on them. It really can be a life or death decision.

The life or death part is important. If someone is intolerant of a cat scratching a couch, how understanding can we really expect them to be when the cat starts biting or not using the litter box? Speaking of which, what are these behavioral changes and why do they occur?

Declawed cats are often very insecure in their territory, because they cannot effectively leave a visual or scent mark on communal areas that they may normally have scratched.  This frustration and insecurity can be a trigger for territorial marking and spraying.

Declawed cats may be uncomfortable walking in some common litter types, like clay, crystal or pellet litter. This painful aversion can trigger a cat to choose alternate substrates that are more comfortable to eliminate in, like soft bedding, bath mats or pillows. I always recommend that my clients purchase the softest litter they can find.

Over grooming or hair barbering/plucking is also common in declawed cats. Due to the discomfort of their paws, some cats may resort to incessant cleaning of their feet or plucking the hair from the areas between the toes. This can become a never ending cycle and a wound that never truly heals.

In some cases, declawed cats may be prone to petting-induced aggression, if they are over handled near their paws or if their limits are constantly pushed to the edge. People can be pretty oblivious sometimes.

And the lastly, let’s not forget the emotional effects that the surgery has on cats. Free will is very important to a cat. When they feel like they do not have control or that they cannot make their own decisions, cats get agitated and anxious. When their anxiety is ignored, this can lead to sadness and depression.  A sad cat is one that feels helpless and out of control. I’m sure most people can relate to that feeling.

A confident cat is a happy cat, and it’s difficult to be confident when someone cut off your toes for no reason. So what do you recommend to clients experiencing these problems, whether they were the one to declaw the cat or not?

The first thing I recommend to my clients is that they put themselves in their cat’s place. After we have discussed what declawing is and how the cat may be feeling, it is usually pretty easy to find a solution for the behavior we are working on. Like all things, there is a compromise that has to happen. You cannot solve a cat behavior problems without letting a little of your own s**t go. Sure, maybe it was you that opted for the surgery, but that moment has passed now and we have to be compassionate and understanding in order to make good on a bad decision. To get there… that’s going to take some self examination… and no one is ever excited about that idea, but once it’s achieved, we have a cat that doesn’t piss on your bed anymore and that’s pretty rad.

Every so often we encounter someone who insists that all of their cats have been declawed, and they are just fine. While certainly that’s possible, it just seems so unlikely, and I always just assume that the person has lost touch with how cats should move, act, and just generally be. The vet we interviewed spoke at length about the difficulty the average person has accurately assessing whether their cat is in pain or not. What should people look for if they suspect the cat is suffering from some declaw related pain?

I agree. Most people have a hard time equating or relating to the pain of another being. Honestly, if we did, there would probably be a lot more vegans on this planet. It can be very frustrating and sometimes heartbreaking to try to explain suffering to someone who just doesn’t see it the same way. I try to find someplace in the middle to make a connection with my client in order to make those hard conversations easier to understand.

Cats are really great at hiding pain and suffering, so they enable unaware people to fail at monitoring their health. A cat that has been declawed and may be feeling discomfort will shake off their paws when walking or avoid entering or standing in a litter box all together. They may cry out in pain when walking or jumping up or down to a surface area.

Are you encountering fewer or more declawed cats in your travels, and why is that?

Honestly I don’t think I can really quantify whether I have seen fewer or more declawed cats since I started in-home consultations. I will say that, in general, it is a rarity that I come across a client that has declawed their cat by their own decision. Most people with declawed cats have rescues that were already declawed by someone else and were surrendered.

I do believe that vets are making it more difficult for people to choose to declaw their cats. Not all vets, of course, but we hear many stories of vets attempting to talk people out of declawing. I guess the reality is that if you are so set on declawing your cat that you ignore the advice of both a medical professional and a behaviorist, to say nothing of the folks at the Cat Connection, then that’s on you – nothing going to stop that until it’s illegal. That said, is there anything else you’d like people to know about declawing?

I am very happy to see that declawing is becoming a popular subject for all the right reasons.  When was the last time you read anything about the benefits of declawing a cat? I think a lot of the information that is swirling around the cat-ernet is mostly in objection to the surgery and written for awareness. More and more cities and states are lobbying for it to be an illegal practice and that is wonderful. I am actually personally involved in a California-based lobby to outlaw declawing, right here in San Francisco. Right now we (mostly lawyers) are just trying to gather supporters and people with strong and far-reaching voices to get our mission to the masses. So we’re still in the early phases, but you haven’t heard the last of this.

Certainly not. We’re all very hopeful that as people’s awareness and engagement with their cats change for the better, declawing will eventually be seen as a barbaric practice from another time. It takes a village, and people like you and your cohorts in the cat behavior world are certainly doing your part.

I’m so glad that you allowed me an opportunity to voice my own experiences with this. Thanks for being a megaphone to the masses.

 

Five Ways to Achieve “Purr-vana”

 

Written by Daniel “DQ” Quagliozzi

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Okay cat guardians, the mew year is upon us and it’s time to make some resolutions that are going to count for your cats. It takes a joint effort between cat and caretaker to make positive changes manifest in the right way. If you can make the right causes for your cat, a bounty of kitty abundance awaits in a place that I like to call, “Purr-vana”, where all of your cat’s needs are met in an environment that honors what it truly feels like to be a cat.

So how do you achieve Purr-vana? Does it really exist? As always, the answers are found in compromise…and yes… this is where you come in. Don’t expect your cat to do anything different, until you do the work to make the environment more cat-friendly. You must surrender yourself to the way of the cat.

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Safe Places to Just Be

A safe place is one that a cat can retreat to when the energy in the room gets a little frenetic. Just like people, cats can be introverts or extroverts and their decisions are often framed around their preferences to be alone and hidden or out in the open. Some cats prefer to be up high, where they can survey the landscape or down low, where they can’t be detected. Wherever your cat likes to chill, it’s essential that you provide the right accommodations to fit their individual purr-sonalities.

There is a brave new world of cat furniture out there these days. You don’t have to suffer with an old school, beige on beige – carpeted cat tree anymore. If you look hard enough, you can find cat furniture that meets the needs of your cat and respects the aesthetic in your home as well as your budget. You can catify to satisfy with modern designed cat trees, shelving, perches and hiding places that will fit into any décor and allow your cat to retreat or climb to safety. The choice is yours to make. Hide or take pride! What’s most important is that you balance out the environment for the both of you.

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Choice Instead of Competition

Cats are selfish creatures. They only do things or go places that are in their best interest. So, when they live in groups or in solitude, they prefer to keep competition at a minimum. Important resources, like feeding stations, litterboxes, scratching areas and locations designated for rest are typically subject to tension and competition if they are all located in the same place, or if there are just not enough of them to go around. Areas of your home where cats may bottleneck into a corner or a confined area may contribute to existing tensions within the dynamic of your cats.

As a general rule, you should supply one individual resource for each cat in your home, plus some extras to break that tie. This is especially true for litter box locations and feeding areas. Sure it’s a positive experience for your cats to share a meal in the same location, but if you observe competition or sense insecurity as a result, then it’s time to make a change.

Spread out your litterboxes, feeding areas, scratching posts, pads and cat furniture the best that you can in the space that you have. I know it can be particularly challenging in a small apartment to provide multiple resources, but remember that it is essential for a cat to feel as if they have the free will to do as they please, without any thing or anyone getting in the way of that decision.

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Play and Prey

The average house cat is pretty bored. After a long relaxing day of sleep, they wake in the early evening to seek hunting opportunities, but are reliably disappointed by a deficit in activity or the same old, lack luster play routine. Most cat guardians can fit in a play session or two each day, but even that may not be enough for a cat with a high prey drive. There is no way around it. You have to provide realistic and engaging opportunities for the hunt or that high prey drive is going to bottle up and blow.

I always say, it’s extremely important to “keep it real” when playing with your cat! Move interactive toys like prey would move. Use the walls. Dart around corners and table legs. Hide the toy underneath rugs; pillows or virtually any object and your cat will be hooked on the hunt.

Also, remember to change it up. The same old nemesis mouse appearing day after day can get pretty tired, so rotate your top five and keep your cat guessing. It’s ultimately up to you to make your cat’s day, so be sure to bring your A game.

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Positively Predictable

Cats learn by a positive association to new experiences and take very calculated risks when an outcome may be uncertain or if their freedom of choice is compromised. Allowing a cat to call the shots, while providing rewards for the behaviors that benefit you both is the key to this conditional relationship. They are most happy when they can predict the benefits of the day to come and if it pans out the way they expected. Of course, they are always expecting things to weigh in their favor.

If you have a cat, then you know that you can’t force them to do anything. They go where they want to go and do what they want to do with no regret and zero remorse. Mostly, they are just looking to benefit from their experiences. When you lessen your intentions towards them and allow them to choose how an interaction will go, the rewards are far greater. Cats often seize these opportunities to take ownership and be social. Ask any cat. Less is more.

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Respect to Scent

Cats use olfactory and chemical information to get a sense of their surroundings and to maximize their sense of security and comfort. They can feel displaced or anxious when their territories have strong or foreign odors that they cannot identify, which can sometimes manifest as misbehaviors like marking or territorial aggression, if not addressed or identified.

Guardians should be careful not to interfere with scent profiles left behind by individual cats or group scents that are representative of all the cats in the house. Provide the right kind of marking opportunities, like scratching posts and cardboard or sisal scratch pads, and be conscious of where your cat chooses to facially mark. These are locations that your cat thinks very highly of or areas of high social significance.

Do not use harsh or strongly scented deodorizers or cat litters and avoid cleaning areas that your cat chooses to rub against with the face or side flanks. Pheromone diffusers like Feliway can be useful in changing the impression of an area that is being competed for marked.

The answers will always lie in the options provided. Give your cats the freedom to make a choice and the path to “Purr-vana” is easy to follow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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How and why I became a Cat Behavior Consultant.

I recently did a podcast interview with The Half Hour Intern

 

FIND OUT THE ANSWERS TO THESE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS!

What is a cat behavior consultant? – 2:15

Do people only contact you if they have a terrible cat? – 2:40

If a cat is being an asshole, how do you know why it’s being that way? – 3:55

Do people mistakenly think of themselves as cat people? – 9:05

Are you a big animal person overall? – 10:55

Did you have cats as a kid? – 11:35

How DQ got started – 13:13

How DQ realized he could do this for a living – 18:23

How DQ started getting clients – 23:30

What a typical day looks like – 26:05

What type of person do you think would do well at this? – 29:49

First step to making this a job – 31:47

How do you feel that you’ve changed as a person from having gone down this path – 32:42