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THE SCRATCHING POST
Spring 2000, Issue 3 - Smell the Flowers! Edition
by Home2Cats Founder: Barbara Stanley
P. O. Box 752671
Memphis, TN 38175-2671
Mews You Can Use:
Most cats can be trained not to scratch the furniture with behavior modification. Trimming your cats nails on a regular basis will decrease your cats need to scratch. If your cat does scratch, the blunt nails will cause less damage.
Provide your cat with an object that is acceptable to scratch such as a cat tree or post. Applying catnip to the cat tree or post will make the object more attractive to your cat. Be sure to praise your catís appropriate scratching behavior.
To deter your cat from using inappropriate areas, a squirt bottle filled with water is useful. You may also apply double sided tape or aluminum foil to the areas you want your cat to avoid.
These alternatives are painless, as opposed to declawing where the tips of the toes, not just the nails are cut off. Remember that your catís claws are a defense mechanism, and if your indoor cat escapes outdoors, there would be not claws to use for protection.
From the Cats Clawset:
Demonstrate your talent for sleeping in any position, wherever and whenever you want. Develop all your nap style: the curl, the stretch, the roll, the flop and the blob.
When it comes to sleeping, practice makes purrfect. Remember, itís great to do nothing and then rest afterward. Thereís no such thing as too much sleep.
Cat Tails Profile: Tina Turner aka Tina
Breed: Exotic Tin Can Alley
Like the singer Tina Turner, our Tina has survived abuse and hard times. She has emerged a real survivor. Just like her namesake, Tina has two gorgeous legs. But our Tina is also missing parts of both hind legs. Tina also resembles her namesake with her beautiful, distinctive singing voice.
We heard Tina Turner "singing the blues" in a storm drain. Tina was thrown or fell down a large drain spout and was lost in the maze of storm drains. Mother nature was working against us by threatening a storm which would sweep Tina away and drown her.
Her complex rescue totaled 12 hrs. She was not going to be coaxed in the right direction easily. Tina took her time choosing the correct path. The winning recipe that finally got her full attention, was the gourmet seafood platter with a side dish of Kentucky Fried Chicken.
Tina says "Good things come to those that wait patiently ... But singing loudly while waiting helps!" Tina also says "In the course of life, when choosing a path of destiny, always give a good sniff and choose the one with the seafood platter."
Tinaís Favorite Things:
|Favorite Toy ...||Fur mice|
|Activity ...||Using human legs as scratching post|
|Music ...||Rock and roll|
"Proud Mary," sung by Tina Turner of course, but excluding the lyrics ĎRolling down the River!í
|Least Favorite Toy ...||Sewer rats!|
|Food ...||Hasnít found one yet!|
|Destination ...||Mississippi River via storm drain|
|Activity ...||Cave exploring|
|Music ...||The blues|
"Tunnel of Love"
Animal and People Recognition:
In honor of:
Ellen Lentz & Steve Meyer
In honor of two good friends and their many cats
In memory of:
Robert E. Henderson
Artful Dodger from the Home2Cats Sanctuary says "Disappear whenever the cat carrier is brought out. If itís too late to hide, puff yourself up until youíre too big to fit into the carrier."
As The Tail Turns or Litter Box Basics:
Cats naturally prefer to eliminate in loose, clean material such as dirt, sand or cat litter. A cat with good litter box habits will continue to use the box unless something is wrong.
High stress situations can affect cats and they may protest by ignoring the box. Problems can also arise when the litter becomes objectionable to them. Many cats do not like perfumed litter, liners, hooded boxes or dirty boxes. Others can object to the kind of litter (clay, clumping or other) or the depth of the litter in the box.
If your cat is not using his/her litter box, have your vet check to see if your cat has Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease. This disease can affect both the male and female cat and usually responds to antibiotic treatment.
A Word From Home (2Cats):
Our rescue count for the first quarter of 2000 was 18 cats and our adoption count for the same period was 6 cats. We are still adjusting to the increase in our numbers from our rescues from our previous quarter.
We have had to restrict ourselves to an advisory role in several rescue efforts due to the increased number of cats now living at the main sanctuary house.
We are also involved with spaying/neutering several feral cat colonies.
We are seeking donations and are also looking at other fund raising opportunities to support us with our ongoing operation.
Do you have a comment or suggestion or two for us to consider? We'd love to hear them!! Write us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.