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
How smart is your pet? More and more quizzes are becoming available for dog owners to test the cognitive abilities of their dog. Sadly, but not surprisingly, there are few such tests available for cat owners. It’s sad because cats … Continue reading How Smart is Your Pet?
When I’m consulted about cat aggression, I first turn to the Five Pillars of a Healthy Feline Environment, which were developed by the American Association of Feline Practitioners and International Society of Feline Medicine. The groups wrote in the 2013 issue of the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery that “a cat’s level of comfort with its environment is intrinsically linked to its physical health, emotional wellbeing and behavior.” For this reason, they contend that “addressing environmental needs is essential for the optimum wellbeing of the cat.” The five pillars are: provide a safe place provide multiple and key separated … Continue reading Reduce Cat Aggression with a Healthy Cat Environment
I’m in the process of becoming certified by the International Association of Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and taking a course called Animal Behavior Consulting: Principles & Practice. The setup of the course consists of teaching videos by animal experts, instructional handouts, a weekly online mentoring session with the teacher and all students, weekly quizzes, and a major assignment. Each week I’ll share highlights here from my studies. Jumping back to the eighth week of my Principles and Practices course, animal welfare science was the focus. The module consisted of a definition of animal welfare science and then an exploration of enrichment … Continue reading Enriching the Lives of Dogs and Cats
In her two most recent adventures, Rainy has boldly gone where few cats dare to tread—into the land of dogs. In August, Rainy and I attended Paws on the Prairie, at which she was the only cat among almost four … Continue reading Therapy Cat Series: Little Cat on the Prairie
Whether you give your cat common household toys, do-it-yourself toys, or store-bought toys, the safety of your cat’s toys should be a top concern. TOYS TO AVOID While researching low-cost fun for cats, I discovered a long list of common … Continue reading How Safe Are Your Cat’s Toys?
Did you know that as a cat owner you have a hunter in your home? The distant ancestors of our feline friends had to hunt for their food. Even after hundreds of years of domestication, the most well-fed cat is … Continue reading Cat’s Play: The Hunter Within
Thanks to Erika and her cat Penelope, Rainy now has a pet transport backpack. Penelope outgrew her backpack, and so Erika gave her old one to me. It only took me a week to get Rainy comfortable with it, due … Continue reading Therapy Cat Series: Rainy Gets A Pet Transport Backpack!
Before I started to blog, if you had asked me to name jobs that pets do, I could have named several … and all of them would have been related to dogs. Should I have even thought of cats, I might have pointed out their ability to catch rodent. Yet cats are much more clever and versatile that most of us give them credit. You just need to read Lisa Rogak’s Cats on the Job to discover not just one or ten but fifty ways that cats purr, mouse, and even sing for their supper. In her colorful and photo-rich … Continue reading Review: Cats on the Job
In December 2013, my husband and I adopted a one-year-old tortoiseshell cat from Hearts United for Animals. Cinder has taught us so much about cats that it seemed proper for her to have her own advice column. QUESTION: How do you introduce a new cat to a resident dog? “Cinder, look what we brought you!” Allison exclaimed, entering the spare room where I was resting on the window ledge. Andy placed a post covered in rough material on the carpeted floor. I sat up and stared at the new object, uncertain why it should interest me. Then because they said … Continue reading Cinder’s Advice: How Do I Teach My Cat to Use a Scratching Post?
Enrichment for cats makes their living space more interesting and enhances their quality of life. It’s beneficial because it stimulates their mind and even their body. In doing so, it also wards off boredom that can lead to bad behavior and obesity. Enrichment can be one of the most fun parts of being a pet owner. Many pet owners enjoy dreaming up new ways to engage their pets and seeing the reactions of their pets. What follows are examples from pet owners whom I interviewed online about low-cost pet enrichment they have provided their cats. DISCLAIMER: All information is … Continue reading Low-Cost Fun for Cats
In honor of Lincoln Pet Culture’s new look, we are rerunning our three most visited and our three most overlooked articles over the next two weeks. A Cat is Not a Houseplant, first published in 2017, was one of our … Continue reading A Cat is Not a Houseplant