The Dos To Reach Effective Communication: Learn From Cats!

The Dos To Reach Effective Communication: Learn From Cats!

If animals could speak the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much. Mark TwainEvery creature living on planet earth has its own unique way of expressing themselves i.e. to communicate. Communication in a broader sense is the art of delivering messages to each other and vice versa by signals behavior body language gestures writing and speech. Let’s see the interesting way cats convey their wants and needs to us humans. Domestic cats have their own way of communicating with humans. Research has shown that wild cats in Africa which later evolved into domestic cats don’t have this special skill. However regarding the domestic cat’s ancestor a recent study said

The domestic house cat is descended from the Middle Eastern Wild cat uncovering proof of how and when cats first came to supervise so many homes for humans. The DNA of 979 cats throughout the world were analyzed and found that all feral and domestic cats today have a common ancestor: the Near Eastern Felis silvestris. Cats were first domesticated in the Fertile Crescent an area stretching from the eastern Mediterranean to the Persian Gulf and then cats were transported around the world by humans. The earliest archaeological evidence for cats and people living together was found in Cyprus dating to 9500 years ago.

Domestic cats have a long relationship with humans traced all the way back to when farmers began growing grain 10000 to 12000 years ago. Farmers recognized that cats would prey on rodents who ate their crop and through this situation there developed a mutually beneficial relationship between our two species. You see cats and people have been communicating pretty well now for 10000 years.

In 2002 a psychologist from Cornell University Nicholas Nicastro compared hundreds of “meow” vocalizations from domestic cats Felis catus to African wild cats Felis silvetris lybica and his research proved that the difference between their vocalizations were in accordance to whether they were trying to communicate with humans. For instance when cats demand to be fed they express a different “meow” then when they are in an angry mood. Thus based on my own experience at being a longtime catlover I can tell their moods not only from their different meows but also by a wide range of kitty lexicon including their body language and gestures headbutts how they wag their tails et al. right on down to the different ways they purr.
The research showed that there are indeed significant differences in the two different types of cats’ abilities to communicate and it all centered on their exposure to humans. The African wild cats were only capable of expressing the unpleasant meow vocal range. They don’t produce the soft swaying meows like domestic cats. Furthermore cats love to observe and study how we humans express our emotions and communicate our feelings to each other and with other creatures. And the clever little devils are taking notes because our cats really know how to push our buttons to get what they want. They have been learning from us all this time.

CATS – Pets to be adored

At present many people in this world preserves cats as a pet animal. Almost in all parts of the world cats are found as pet animal equaling dogs. Cats generally communicate through their body language representing various environments. The different types of sounds given by cats are meowing, purring, trilling, hissing, growling and grunting. There are some preserving tips that can be followed to preserve cat as a pet animal. The senses with cat are extraordinary. They need less amount of light required by that of human in night times.

While preserving cats, the first step is to provide the cats a comfortable place to relax themselves. There is outdoor cat house that is available and many types of outdoor cat enclosures are available for the users to choose. The cats have the habit of scratching to peel off the skin. To facilitate that cat scratching post generally made of wooden materials are available so that they can use the scratch post to scratch themselves. Apart from these cat tree furniture is available and is of various sizes and heights. This also referred to as cat tree condo made mostly by wood and can be used to comfort cats.

The manufacturers try to bring reality in making scratch posts for cats and houses. The cats can be well trained to work. Instead of using trainers the masters themselves can train the cats and a well trained cat acts a friend to their masters. A well trained cat takes care of them on their own. The average lifetime of cat is around 13 years and there are many health factors that are needed to be monitored. They can be easily affected by parasites and infectious diseases. To prevent these diseases vaccination are available and cats should be vaccinated regularly. They can also be poisoned by many chemicals. So the masters by performing all the necessary steps and precautionary steps they can maintain the pet animal at their best.

Pet identification is as important for your pet

Pet identification is as important for your pet

as your identification is for you

It’s a mighty big world out there …

Should your cat go missing, the pet identification you have provided for your pet is usually the key factor in determining whether or not your pet will make it home.

In spite of our best efforts to keep our pets safe, they can become lost, be injured or even stolen. Losing your pet is an awful experience. I know, my cat Puddles was missing for two months. I did find her … but that’s another story.

There are three common methods of providing identification for your pet.

Pet collars with identification tags – simple but effective

Pet id tags are easy to see and read, inexpensive and can be applied quickly. A cat id tag can provide enough information to ensure you are easily contacted should someone find your missing pet.

Tattoos for pets

Tattooing is a form of permanent pet identification. A pet tatoo should be applied by an experienced veterinarian or a highly recommended trained specialist.

Tattoos are usually applied in the ear or sometimes the inner leg under anesthesia. My cat’s had them done when they were spayed and neutered.

They can fade over time and might require a touch up. On a dark skinned animal the tattoo is not as noticeable – it would be helpful if a lighter ink was available for pets, as well as the dark.

As a general rule, tattoos are most effective in the city or area in which they were applied and registered. If you move and don’t update your contact information – the tattoo might be very difficult to trace.

Your pet’s tattoo should be registered with the vet or specialist that applied it. There are also registries where you can register the tattoo – ask for a recommendation from your vet or animal shelter.

Pet Microchips

Life wouldn’t be complete without a high tech version of pet identification.

Inserting a microchip in your pet can be an effective method of pet tracking … but it is not foolproof.

In the United States concern exists that not all brands of microchips – some using different technologies and frequencies – can be detected by the microchip scanners currently available at some animal shelters and other pet protection organizations.

Be quite cautious. Before you purchase a microchip for your pet (or if you have already done so) … ensure your local animal shelters and other animal welfare agencies have a compatible scanner that will detect and read that brand of microchip.

No method of pet identification is entirely reliable, collars disappear, tattoos might not be seen and microchips have not been detected. The best approach is to use more than one method – the collar and attached pet identification tag, tattoo and/or the microchip.

!!! Remember, if the emergency contact information changes, you move or give your cat away, do keep
the contact information updated and advise the appropriate registry, database and veterinarian. !!!

We do what we can to keep our pets healthy and safe. Hopefully, in the event your pet does go missing, the efforts you have made to identify him or her as your own will pay off and you will be easily reunited.

Fleas on cats

Fleas on cats

Fleas on cats can cause more than just minor discomfort and itchy skin. Cat fleas are a common pet parasite that can carry a host of harmful diseases for both cats and humans.

How can flea bites harm your pet?

Flea Allergy Dermatitis

While some pets may not even notice a flea bite, others may suffer from allergies. Flea allergy dermatitis is caused by severe reaction to compounds and anticoagulants in the flea’s saliva. One single bite can cause more irritation to a cat with flea allergy dermatitis than several flea bites on a cat with no allergies.

Some obvious symptoms of a cat flea allergy include severe itching, red inflamed skin and crusty papules (small raised skin lesions), as well as hair loss. Hair loss or alopecia is commonly seen as a thinning or a complete loss of hair above the base of the tail. Severely affected cats can experience generalized hair loss all over their bodies.

Flea allergy dermatitis also affects humans and dogs. Despite advances in flea control, flea allergy dermatitis still continues to be a significant medical problem. Flea allergy treatment should begin immediately.

Flea Bite Anemia

Cat fleas and ticks are both devout consumers of blood. Fleas are also notorious breeders. In a single day a flea can bite your feline hundreds of times. One female flea alone can lay about 50 eggs per day. Hungry fleas on cats can cause severe blood loss and anemia.

Flea bite anemia is a most serious medical condition that can lead to death. Feline anemia can severely affect older cats, smaller cats and kittens as well as felines in poor health. Homeless and feral cats are always at risk.

Anemia is characterized by pale gums, weakness, lethargy, and even digestion and eye problems. Feline anemia can also be compounded by dehydration, which is an abnormal depletion of body fluids. Felines also may loose vital body temperature and suffer from constipation due to dehydration.

A feline with flea bite anemia must be treated immediately by a veterinarian. The cat should be kept warm. The fleas must be removed as quickly as possible. In severe cases blood transfusions are needed.

Cat Tapeworms

Fleas on cats can introduce cat tapeworms into your feline’s body. A common tapeworm that affects cats and dogs is the Dipylidium tapeworm. This intestinal worm parasite has a lifecycle that depends on the presence of fleas. The end of a tapeworm consists of segments which look like grains of white rice. These segments, containing eggs, break away from the resident tapeworm and arrive in your environment on feces (poop) or attached to the anus area (rear end) of your pet. As these segments dry the tapeworm eggs are released.

Meanwhile, as flea larvae graze on the floor for food they can ingest tapeworm eggs. These eggs then hatch into tapeworm larvae inside the developing flea. When this flea larva matures into an adult flea, the adult can hop up on to your pet, where it resides. Your pet can swallow it, usually when grooming. The tapeworm life cycle is nearly complete. The adult flea is digested by your pet releasing a young tapeworm ready to attach itself to your pet’s intestinal walls.

Your veterinarian will provide you with a worming medicine which will remove the cat tapeworms from your pet’s body. The tapeworm medication and other treatments are usually only effective if coupled with a flea control program that attacks the fleas as they develop through the different stages of their lifecycle. Fleas must be completely removed from your pets and their living areas.

Fleas on cats can carry disease

These may include, but are not limited to, feline leukemia, and Bartonella henselae (cat scratch disease).

Symptoms of these diseases may vary. They may include pet irritability, refusal to eat or drink, lethargy, erratic appetite, diarrhea, constipation, shaggy coat, weight loss, seizures, enlarged lymph nodes and other changes in behavior.

Flea bite treatment – just for humans

If you have been bitten by a flea you may have several bites on your legs and ankles. These flea bites may look like red circular swollen areas with a white center and may be found in clusters. The bites can be treated with Vaseline, menthol, camphor, calamine lotion anti-itch medications or ice. Don’t apply the medications to your pets as they can easily lick and swallow these solutions.

Flea treatment for pets

If fleas have been discovered, give your veterinarian a call so treatments can be started right away. It is much safer for your pet if you purchase flea prevention medications directly from your vet or other licensed reputable health professionals. Less expensive or counterfeit flea control products can be as dangerous as tainted cat food.

Do use caution. Follow the instructions exactly. Do not use dog products on cats. Improper use or an incorrect dosage can easily kill your pet. Even some natural organic products can be extremely harmful.

If your pet shows any signs of distress after applying flea control products it is critical that you contact your vet immediately.

Declawing a cat is really

Declawing a cat is really

ten separate amputations of the tops of your cat’s toes

and is not problem free surgery …

Cat claws are not the same as our fingernails

Claws are rooted in the paws and are actually attached to the first toe bones. In order to remove the claws … the bone is removed … at the first joint … cutting through flesh, tendons, nerves and blood vessels.

Declawing a cat is major surgery and the procedure, in truth, involves ten separate amputations. Calling this surgery … declawing … is extremely misleading.

The pain following an amputation is so severe it was once used as form of torture in prisoner
of war camps.

Many human amputees experience phantom pain, described by the Mayo Clinic as “shooting,
stabbing, boring, squeezing, throbbing or burning” … the pain comes and goes. Do declawed
cats experience the same pain? How would we know?

To top it all off, it seems that historically, many of our cats were sent home after the ‘declawing’
surgery without adequate (or any) pain medications.

Declawing a cat has been declared illegal or extremely inhumane in 25 countries outside of North America – but notably not so in Canada and the United States.

Ours is a society that thrives on convenience and for some reason declawing our cats got thrown into the mix.

Perhaps we have been misinformed – and don’t understand just how much damage we do to a cat – not just physical – when parts of its paws are amputated.

Did you know?

a cat elegantly resting his front paws on the points of a picket fence
Cats are digitgrade animals – they walk and run on their toes with their heels up. Declawed cats will often shift their weight unnaturally, on to what remains of their paws. This can permanently throw their whole alignment off, put unnecessary stress on their spines and invite the development of arthritis.

Your cat’s remarkable agility, his sense of balance and ability to climb will be affected. This can easily result in falls, injuries and for some cats (according to my local animal shelter) crazed frustration.

Cats without claws are not able to defend themselves, as they once did. Do they live in a constant state of fear and anxiety for the rest of their lives?

Just a few of the major life changes your cat needs to adjust to. There’s lots more.

For their own safety, declawed cats must be indoor cats.

Watch out for behavioral problems. Many owners of declawed cats report drastic changes in their cat’s personality. Others surrender their cats to shelters because of behavioural problems – that didn’t exist – before the declawing.

Some owners – and veterinarians – argue the cats are just fine …
I would add:

1. cats can’t talk

2. cats are extremely skilled at hiding any signs of
suffering and pain

3. if a cat was born this way … we would call it a
deformed and handicapped animal.

Gee whiz, if I had the tops of all ten of my fingers amputated … it would really affect my life. It’s not rocket science.

Create a cat room … a safe space ..

Create a cat room … a safe space … for your stressed out pet

For your cat, moving (or being introduced to a new home and family) can be an absolutely terrifying experience.

Preparing a secure and safe room just for your nervous pet will provide him or her with a much needed quiet space of its own.

Before the move

If possible, pack up one room first. Ensure the windows are secure and the door will remain closed. Lock it if you can.

Put a large do not open the door – pet inside sign on the door, at eye level.a sign saying do not open the door, pet inside.

In the room put:

a litter box
food and water
a bed and favorite blankets
any (unwashed) fabrics or clothing that carry your scent

(Familiar smells are important to your pet and will help it feel more secure.)

This is the perfect time to get your cat used to the carrier. Leave the carrier in the room, make it appealing to your pet with blankets, treats, toys – a cave of sorts – encouraging your cat to create a positive association with it. Remember to put identification on it.

Keep your cat in its temporary home while you work. When you’re done – let him or her loose. It will probably be a good time for a reassuring cuddle in your lap and chances are you will provide each other with some much needed quiet, comfort.

The cat room in your new home

Try to arrive with your kitty before the movers. Your pet’s ‘safe room’ (even a closet will do) should be in a quiet place away from the noise and traffic.

… Prepare the room as before and post your sign

… Double check the windows

… Lock or barricade the door if you can

This room really needs to be off limits … to the movers, or any unauthorized or curious person capable of opening the door.

At this point, your cat is very vulnerable – stressed to the max and perhaps exhausted.

Who knows the mind of a cat? Your cat might think you have deserted it. He or she could be just plain terrified and ready to run.

If lost, cats are not found as easily as dogs – especially in a new neighborhood. Don’t give him or her any opportunity to escape. Do your best.

Talk to your cat frequently, even if through the closed door.

When the moving is done and the never ending day finally ends …