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Our aim is to provide humane education regarding environmental enrichment to enhance the life of all captive animals.

Friday, 31 August 2012 16:15

Giving a Cat a Pill

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A good way get your cat to take a pill is to teach your young cat or kitten to take soft treats out of your hand. Do this several times a week and if that youngster ever needs to take medication once she ages, she will gladly take the treat with the pill hidden right out of your hand! Makes the task of medicating your cat much easier, and it's a rewarding experience as well.
Thursday, 26 July 2012 15:19

Nighttime Activity in Cats

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Cats are known for sleeping long hours, but when they’re not snoozing, they can be very active. Those periods of activity often happen during the night. If your cat attempts to wake you after you’ve gone to bed, he may want to play, eat or simply enjoy your company. Young cats under one year of age in particular can drive their owners crazy from sleep deprivation!   Understand that the cat’s ancestor, the African wildcat, is mostly nocturnal. Domestication has shifted our pet cats’ activity patterns to be more diurnal (awake during the day), but most cats still tend to…
Thursday, 26 July 2012 13:54

Preventing Your Cat from Getting Outside

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Cats kept exclusively indoors live longer, healthier lives than outdoor cats. If you allow your cat to go outside, he might come into contact with wild animals who carry parasites and disease, as well as other outdoor cats who may fight with him, greatly increasing his risk of getting feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV). Your cat might encounter predators, like dogs, foxes and coyotes, who could seriously harm or even kill him. He might be hit by a motor vehicle. He might be exposed to poisonous substances like lawn chemicals, antifreeze and rat bait. Because of…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 20:01

Litter Box Training

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Failing to use the litter box is a common behavior problem in cats. Fortunately, it can usually be resolved. However, to re-establish appropriate litter box habits, some cats need an intensive behavior modification program. If you’ve read our article on Litter Box Problems and tried all the recommendations to no avail, you and your cat may be ready for Litter Box Boot Camp—a program designed to re-train your cat to use his litter box. If you haven’t yet read our article on Litter Box Problems, please start there. Do not embark on Litter Box Boot Camp until you’ve tried the…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 19:41

Compulsive Behavior in cats

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The word "compulsive" describes the repetitive, irresistible urge to perform a behavior. Most compulsive behaviors are normal activities, such as eating, grooming, moving around or sexual behaviors, but they occur in the wrong contexts and to such an extent that they interfere with normal functioning. The most common compulsive behaviors in cats are wool sucking or fabric eating (a form of pica) and excessive licking, hair chewing or hair pulling (called psychogenic alopecia). When performed compulsively, these behaviors can be harmful to a cat. Cats who eat fabric can suffer intestinal obstruction, and cats who over-groom can develop skin wounds.…
Wednesday, 25 July 2012 19:24

Enriching Your Cat's Life

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    Free-ranging and feral cats lead complex and busy lives. They maintain large territories that often contain a variety of habitats (forest, farmland, urban gardens, etc.). They explore, they hunt, they scavenge for food, and they might interact with other cats. In contrast, household cats, especially those who live exclusively indoors, have little to do and boredom may set in. Even if you don’t think that your cat seems bored, there are a number of good reasons to provide enrichment opportunities for your feline friend. Cats who lack enrichment can be aggressive in play, both with people and with…
Friday, 20 July 2012 22:54

Sample Enrichment for Felines

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—Scratching posts that are tall enough & do not wobble —Different substrates in more than 1 litter box —Scent stimulation —Dry food in treat dispensing balls —Lure chasing followed by wet food