L’il Magill, Her Kittens, and Fear Free Socialization

“Think of socialization experiences as a behavioral investment, like placing pennies in a piggy bank. When done properly, your investment will result in a friendly and outgoing cat. Positive and proactive socialization involves liberal use of treats, interactive play, or … Continue reading L’il Magill, Her Kittens, and Fear Free Socialization

Causes of and Solutions for Cat Aggression

Cat aggression is a serious problem that can result in injury to other animals and people, as well as cause disease. The following causes and solutions are a starting point for addressing aggression. A cat with inappropriate behavior should always see a vet for a health check. Should your cat receive a clean bill of health, please consider contacting a cat behavior consultant. Many behavior modification techniques have detrimental effects if misapplied. A qualified professional will take a complete behavior history, develop an intervention plan customized for your cat, and guide you through its implementation. Lack of Socialization: Adult cats … Continue reading Causes of and Solutions for Cat Aggression

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

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

Socializing Puppies During A Pandemic

Spring is normally the prime time for puppy socialization. Unfortunately, due to the wordwide pandemic, socialization has become a lot whole harder to do. This past April, Jessica Ring of My Fantastic Friend, began to offer online puppy socialization classes. … Continue reading Socializing Puppies During A Pandemic