Think that behavior training can only be done with dogs and birds? Think again! You'll want to include cats in the list of "trainable critters" after reading this article, and with just a little inspiration, I'm hoping that you will use what I'm going to share with you to start on a cat-training adventure. Whaaaat??? Yes, you can train your cat! And it's a lot easier than you might think - you just need to find out what motivates your cat and use that to reward desired behavior.
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It's incredible what a difference four years makes. Four years ago, I went to my first (and up until today, only) cat show. This was before I'd really gotten involved with shelters or the cat behavior business, so my perspective was a little bit different. My husband and I went because, aside from our love of cats, we just had to check out all the cat people gathered in one place, fawning all over beautiful and exotic kitties. And I will tell you, the cat show did not disappoint. We actually had a really fun time watching the cats be evaluated and judged, talking with several of the breeders about their cats, and (our favorite) watching cats attempt the agility course. But this weekend's cat show was an entirely different animal than the one I experienced back in 2012.
Come join me at the Portland Pet Expo! Feline Behavior Solutions will have a booth near the Cat Agility Course (which is reason enough to stop by in an of itself, don't you think???) and I'll be giving away some really great raffle prizes during the day. In addition to those, I'll also have a PET PHOTO BOOTH with fun pet-sized props! Admission is free, and it will be a lot of pet-related fun. Stop by and say hello!
Are you up to snuff on your cat's nail-trimming needs? I hope that after reading today's post, you'll have the confidence to trim your cat's claws without fear of retribution from your kitty, because I'm going to share with you some expert advice. Literally, expert advice, since I met up with Laura Cochrane, DVM, a.k.a. Dr. Kind Klaws, at Purrington's Cat Lounge in Portland, Oregon, just last week. Purrington's is a magical place where adoptable cats frolic beneath David Bowie-inspired murals while you sip on coffee or Meowmosas, basking in their adorable antics. The Cat Adoption Team has partnered with Purrington's to supply cats to the lounge and at this time over 50 cats have been adopted! Dr. Cochrane was at Purrington's to demonstrate proper claw-trimming techniques, and also show us how to apply Soft Paws.
If you've been following me on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram (hint, hint!) you may have seen me post about a little film called Zombie Cats From Mars. Talk about being the next cult classic mega hit - the title alone makes it a winner! I became involved in this movie through the writer, who knew I loved cats and that I had potential access to cats who could be featured in his film. And, girl, did I ever! All Ryan (the writer) had to do was put the words "zombie" and "cats" together and I was in.
Did you miss out on CatCon in Los Angeles last weekend? I bought my tickets several months ago, and I really had very little idea of what to expect. I didn't know how many people would be there, what the talks would be about, or what kind of exhibitors would be there. But as the date for CatCon grew closer, the details filled in...and even then, I knew it was going to be something that you'd have to actually experience first-hand in order to know what it was all about. So, today I'm going to write about the first-ever CatCon, from a cat behaviorists' perspective. I hope that even if you didn't get to go, this post will give you a glimpse into this crazy weekend full of cats, cat culture, and the people who embrace it!