Today Lincoln Pet Culture is honored to bring a special interview to its readers. My therapy cat Rainy sat down to do an online interview with Basil, who started training to be an adventure cat before he was one. He … Continue reading An Adventure Cat Named Basil
As the COVID-19 pandemic spread throughout the United States over the past few months, more and more pet business owners have begun offering resources online, myself included. In doing so, I have three things in mind. One, some cat owners … Continue reading New Offerings from Allison Helps Cats
Can cats rival dogs in social intelligence? Recent research suggests that they can. In this article, I’ll briefly summarize the work of Kristyn Vitale, a postdoc at Oregon State University who studies cat socialization. I’ll also share four experiments that Vitale says pet owners can try at home with their cats. I tried them with my cats, and I’ll share their results in this article as well In November 2018 I interviewed Vitale, who grew up wanting to work with cats. Not seeing many opportunities in the field, she initially pursued zoology as a career, then switched to feline research … Continue reading Can Cats Rival Dogs in Social Intelligence?
Mama Cottrel jumped onto the vet clinic bench. She swatted at the feather toy with her paws. Then she rolled on to her back. Just as quickly, she hauled herself forward and lunged at the toy. Catching it, she let … Continue reading Reinforcement Schedules with Mama Cottrell
The friendly female tabby named Mama Cottrel jumped up beside me on the vet clinic bench. After petting her, I held my target stick in front of her face. Mama stared at me and then at the target stick. I … Continue reading Training a Vet Clinic Cat to Touch a Target
I ended 2020 by writing that the milestones for my cat consulting business were continuing to accumulate. Before that list becomes too lengthy, I want to share milestones from the past few months, the biggest being my first paying clients. Read on to hear all my exciting news! Develop New Working Relationships Back in my days as a book review blogger, I felt honored when authors, publicists, and/or publishers contacted me about a review. It showed that my name and my work were getting recognized. By the same token, I felt honored when Elizabeth Burr of Preferred Pet Partners emailed … Continue reading My First Paying Clients And Other Milestones
While studying for a Post Graduate Diploma in Companion Animal Behavior Counselling, Sarah Ellis, discovered that she loved learning about cats. At the same time, she realized that there were so many questions about this “wonderful species” and that she … Continue reading Interview with Feline Behavior Specialist, Dr. Sarah Ellis
Meet Ozzie and Lantern. They were attendees at Lincoln’s first Kitten Kindergarten, which I offered last January through early February. Four-month-old Ozzie is a foster fail that the Babkas have cared for since she was one day old. According to … Continue reading Kitten Kindergarten Was A Success
Dogs and cats are America’s favorite pets. For that reason, many pet owners own both at the same time. Although there are dogs and cats that shouldn’t live together, slow and careful introductions are key to matches that work. My … Continue reading How to Introduce A Dog and A Cat
If you’ve ever had a shy or fearful cat, a cat that peed outside the box or scratched inappropriately, or a cat that feared the vet office, then kitten kindergarten is for you. Kitten kindergarten is for kittens 7 to … Continue reading Kitten Kindergarten Is Coming To Lincoln!
Need to introduce two cats? Follow this step-by-step guide. Except for the first step, for which you should allow 72 hours, there is no set time frame for each step. Watch the body language of each cat and wait until neither cat is reacting in a aggressive manner (hissing, growling, snarling) before moving onto the next step. The instant aggression does occur, revert to the previous successful step. The most important thing is to proceed with caution and take your time. Cats can take up to a year to accept each other. CREATE A SAFE ROOM Create a private space … Continue reading How To Introduce A New Cat
It was a beautiful October day at the Sunday Farmer’s Market at Union College. Erica and I met up around noon with our cats to see the sights. We greeted each other with smiles, while our two cats hissed at … Continue reading Therapy Cat Series: A Cat Meet-Up at the Farmer’s Market