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Georgia SPCA: Cat Training and Behavior, Part 2

BFFs come in all sizes.  Find your's at the GA SPCA
BFFs come in all sizes. Find your's at the GA SPCA
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Adopting a Fearful Cat

Why Are Some Cats Fearful?
Fearful behavior in cats can be caused by various factors. Insufficient exposure to humans and/or a variety of stimuli during kittenhood as well as traumatizing events in their lives can teach them to react fearfully towards people or new situations. Cats can also be genetically predisposed to being fearful.

Types of Play and Exercise for Kittens

A daily frolic for your feline friend reaps healthy rewards. Fetch, chase and catch all sound like games you would play with a puppy. But your kitten needs an exercise routine too. These games can help you begin a lifetime of healthy fun for you and your fuzzy feline.

Stages of Kitten Development

Watching kittens play and grow can be a very satisfying experience. They seem to be little live wires one minute, sleeping angels the next. It’s important to spend a lot of time with your new kitten to build his or her social skills. This time with your kitten includes feeding time (three to four times a day until the age of 12 weeks), play time, and petting time.

Introducing Cats and Dogs

When you're bringing a new cat into a household with a dog in it, or bringing a dog home when you already have a cat, the way you start off is all important. Cats need time to adjust to changes, and dogs can pose a danger to cats without even meaning to. If you take the time to introduce your new pet to your household gradually, you can avoid setting up problems between cats and dogs that can take a long time to resolve.

Territorial Marking Behavior in Dogs and Cats

Dogs and cats are territorial animals. This means that they "stake out a claim" to a particular space, area or object. They let other people and animals know about their claim by marking it with a variety of methods and at many levels of intensity. For example, a dog may bark to drive away what he perceives as intruders to his territory. A cat may mark a valued object by rubbing it with her face.

The Importance of Exercise

Indoor cats especially need regular play for their health and happiness. Behavior problems can also be helped with the benefit of regular exercise. We all know that regular exercise and a healthy diet will keep us fit. But many of us don’t realize that the same goes for our cats. When I told my family and friends that I was working on a story about the importance of exercising cats, I was met with some pretty strange looks. “Exercise your cat? Is that possible?” my mother asked. Maybe I’m using the wrong terminology.