A Quick Guide to Cat & Child Interactions

A cat’s first few days in a new home are often stressful for it but exciting for any children in that home. Balance your child’s enthusiasm for spending time with your cat with your cat’s need to acclimate to their new home by allowing your cat to explore your home without your child present. Then ask your child to allow your cat to approach without paying attention to them or forcing attention on them. When your cat safely interacts with your child, reinforce with treats or toys. Observe Your Cat’s Body Language Teach your child how to read your cat’s … Continue reading A Quick Guide to Cat & Child Interactions

A Quick Guide to Cat & Toddler Interactions

Supervision between cats and toddlers is essential to keep them safe and to prevent problems. When they’re interacting, a curious toddler might unintentionally hurt a cat, or an overstimulated cat might unintentionally harm a toddler. Even when they’re not interacting, an energetic toddler can scare a cat and cause a defensive reaction such as scratching or biting. Problems are easier to prevent than to resolve, so always be ready to intervene. Observe Your Cat’s Body Language Learn how to read your cat’s body language. Signs of anxiety include crouched or tense body, fast breathing, eyes wide open, ears partially flattened, … Continue reading A Quick Guide to Cat & Toddler Interactions

Preparing Your Cat for A New Baby

Maintain A Consistant Schedule Before your baby arrives, decide on and start following a schedule for feeding and playing with your cat, cleaning its litter boxes, and performing other daily care. If possible, enlist family members to help minimize disruption to your cat’s routine in a time of great change. Don’t make the common mistake of giving extra attention to your cat before the baby’s birth. Your cat will become use to the extra attention and won’t understand why it lessens when your baby arrives. Identify activities that your cat enjoys and that you can provide even when busy with … Continue reading Preparing Your Cat for A New Baby

Review: Creature Features by Tim Rowland

Creature Features by Tim Rowland is a collection of over seventy-five columns about mostly farm animals. In preparing to review this collection, I bookmarked those columns which made me most laugh. Some of the anecdotes I couldn’t resist reading to my husband, because they described quirks which are shared by our pets. Other stories I enjoyed because they gave me insights into animals which I haven’t tried to raise. Although Rowland did sometimes ramble and confuse me with some of his tales, I appreciated his clean humor, willingness to share embarrassing moments, and the light-hearted philosophical twists at the end … Continue reading Review: Creature Features by Tim Rowland

Review: Shelter Dogs by Peg Kehret

As part of my preparation for a writing club I’ll soon teach about rescue animals, I’ve been reading some of the pet books I’ve collected over the years, and am delighted to have found Shelter Dogs by Peg Kehret. This brief book of just over one hundred pages contains eight true stories mostly about dogs that came from The Humane Society in Washington State where Kehret has long volunteered. Shelter Dogs was an inspiring and educational read that I felt sorry to have end. Two days of my writing club will focus on how animals help humans. For that reason, I appreciate … Continue reading Review: Shelter Dogs by Peg Kehret

Review: Mutts Shelter Stories by Patrick McDonnell

A few years ago, I walked into Barnes & Noble with no intention of buying any books and walked out with Mutts Shelter Stories by Patrick McDonnell. I’m a sucker for stories about animals, especially those found at shelters. Granted, this is a straightforward story about animals in needing a home, but it’s also a highly-visual mix of comic strips and photos. And, in the end, it’s an emotive tearjerker that works. I had not heard of the Mutts comic strip prior to my purchase, but of course I’ve since done some research. The popular strip, which Charles Schultz said … Continue reading Review: Mutts Shelter Stories by Patrick McDonnell

Therapy Cat Series: Guest Blogger Sputnik the Therapy Cat

Today Lincoln Pet Culture is honored to bring a special guest post to its readers. Earlier this year, my therapy cat Rainy interviewed Sputnik, a two-year-old therapy cat. Now Sputnik’s owner returns with an update on how Sputnik is still … Continue reading Therapy Cat Series: Guest Blogger Sputnik the Therapy Cat

Updates on LAA’s Pet Food Bank, S/N Program, and Annual Fundraiser

Due to COVID-19, Lincoln Animal Ambassadors has made changes to its programs and to its annual Wine & Howl fundraiser. The latter has been set for for July 18th (rescheduled from its usual June date) at Deer Springs Winery and will run just in the evening (when hopefully the weather is cooler) from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. If the event happens, there will be precautions due to COVID-19. Also, in the wake of COVID-19, Lincoln Animal Ambassadors will not be issuing spay/neuter vouchers for the foreseeable future. While it will continue to operate its pet food bank, distributions will be “no-contact.” … Continue reading Updates on LAA’s Pet Food Bank, S/N Program, and Annual Fundraiser