If you’ve grown with dogs, you probably know that bonding can be as simple as petting them for a few days to become best buddies for life. Bonding is definitely a more difficult process when you decide to get a cat. We’ve all joked about the haughty nature of felines, but most of those jokes come with more than the grain of truth attached to them. . .
Often times, people get a cat, expect instant bonding and jump to the conclusion that the cat will never want anything to do with them. Take a proactive approach and try a few techniques to better bond with the new feline family member.
Begin with these:
- Don’t use negative reinforcement
With dogs people often use negative reinforcement to train them in the dos and don’ts around the house. In fact, many people claim that using this form of reinforcement never results in them getting moody or stand offish and that they simply learned not to potty in the house and all was well. While we don’t recommend that approach with dogs, we most definitely can tell you that cats don’t respond to negative reinforcement – at all.
Simply raising your voice at a cat is a good way to be dead to them for life. Cats have a very low trust threshold. One bad experience with you and building a bond is going to become infinitely harder. Save yourself a headache and focus on positive reinforcement methods if you have to train your cat in order to keep your bond in good standing.
2. Be the giver of food. Don’t just leave food out 24/7. Cats bond much quicker with the people who feed them. The way to a cat’s heart is his/her stomach, so take advantage of that fact and associate yourself with him/her being fed. Your cat will start cozying up to you in no time. Petting your cat and rewarding him with a treat throughout the day will also remind him that associating with the humans of the house reap many rewards.
3. Be patient. You can force a cat to like you. Don’t try to play with them incessantly or pick them up all the time. Give your cat some space and let him/her come to you. The more you push for the relationship, the longer it’s going to take to build one.
4. Be interesting. Yes, I said it. Be interesting. Cats love dangling toys, string and even laser pointers. Throw a cardboard box or brown shopping bag in the middle of the floor and your cat is sure to come a calling. These are all great options that allow you to provide your cat with some much needed space. Once he begins to trust you, then go ahead play more interactive games that won’t scare him off and invade his space!
Follow these basic tips and in time you’ll have every cat happily eating out of the palm of your hand.
You love your furry purring kitty cat friends, and you want what’s best for them, right? We know this means keeping them safe, healthy and happy. These five apps are must haves for the cat lover;they have everything you could ever need in an app.
Wouldn’t you love it if your kitty had his very own Facebook page? Well, there is something even better. Yep, you read it right. Catbook is social media for your cat! This app will aid in networking you and your kitty with an online community of over one million cat lovers. You can use this app to post cute pictures of your kitty, and updates about what your cat’s been up to. Also, you can use this app to connect with other cat lovers to exchange tips, tricks and other cat friendly advice and chit-chat.
YOUR cat is the most adorable creature in the world, right? How easy is it to capture good pictures of him? Yep, we thought so! It can be incredibly difficult to get that perfect picture to show off just how cute your kitty is. Whenever you think you are just about to get the perfect shot, healways seems to look away. PetSnap is an app that plays sounds to grab your cat’s attention, so when curiosity takes over and he looks at your phone you can snap a picture of that curious face. How cool is that?
3)The PetMD First Aid & Emergency for Cats app
The PetMD First Aid & Emergency appt for Cats provides you, a loving kitty cat parent, with quick and understandable advice for the most common cat emergencies and medical concerns. This app can give you some peace of mind and necessary knowledge for how to respond to any medical concern. Whether you’re at home or on the go, this app is for you!
Petlog is the ultimate app for cat owners. If your kitty wanders off you can send an alert to add your cat to their database of missing pets and even post to their Lost and Found Facebook page.Petlog also gives you the opportunity to look for vets and rescues through the Cat Friendly Directory.
Who says you get to have all the fun? This app is the perfect game maker for you and you furry friend. It has the red “laser” dot right on your iPhone screen for your cat to try to “catch”. No more searching the kitchen drawers and under beds for the laser pointer. Best of all – you can play too! Entertainment for you and your cat never got so easy.
What’s your favorite pet friendly app? We’d love to hear how technology is keeping up with the demands of you and your cat – or dog. So, tell us!
Cleaning Your Home the Pet Friendly Way
Did you know that, according to the Pet Poison Helpline, household cleaners were among the top ten toxins to pets for the year 2014? Household cleaners were the number one toxin for cats while following closely behind at number six for dogs. Additionally, toxins are bad for your health and are harmful to the planet. Many people think you have to ingest the chemical for it to be harmful. Those toxins are harmful to breathe in and pose a threat as we and our pets come into contact with the surfaces that have cleaned with those commercial cleaners, as well!
Have you ever considered going green?
There’s no time like the present. In fact, you can make your own natural products at home that will be safe for your family, including your pets. It’s quick, easy and cost effective! It saves you money in the long run. Many people don’t want to throw out the commercial products that they have on hand – and rightly so.
Start simple. As you run out of your commercial products, you can start replacing them with good ole homemade organic products.
“So, where you I start?” Start by shopping for a few of these products. You probably have most of these on hand at home, which will make the process of going green even simpler than you might think.
- Spray bottle
- Distilled water or boiled (then cooled) tap water
- Box of baking soda
- Table salt
- Bottle of white distilled vinegar
- Oils (almond, olive, vitamin E, mineral, coconut)
- Castile Soap (bar or liquid form)
- Fresh lemons.
- Washcloths or old rags
- Pure, essential oils (which are great for their antiseptic, antibacterial qualities and they smell so good. Rosemary, tea tree, lavender, rosemary, peppermint and lemongrass are just a few).
There are literally hundreds, maybe thousands of free recipes for making every single household cleaner you can think of. We came across a great book “The Organically Clean Home: 150 Organic Cleaning Products” by Becky Rapinchuk. It comes with simple instructions on how you can get started and also contains many practical hints along the way. This book has received great reviews on amazon.com and even better, it’s FREE if you subscribe to kindle unlimited!
Here’s a sample directly from “The Organically Clean Home: 150 Organic Cleaning Products”:
Liquid Dishwasher Detergent
What you need:
1 cup of castile soap
¼ cup distilled water (or tap water but must be boiled and cooled)
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
5 drops of essential oil (lemon)
What next? Simply combine the ingredients and voila! Use one tablespoon per load and run your dishwasher as you normally would. Worried about hard water spot? In her book, Becky suggests putting distilled white vinegar in your dishwasher’s rinse compartment. By the way, this has a 3 week shelf life!
What are your “go to” natural cleaning products? We’d love to hear. Happy cleaning!