Does Your Cat Need a New Home?
Try these solutions to 6 common problems before you make that decision.
6 Reasons Your Cat Doesn’t Need a New Home continued...
To help you find a balance between your cat’s normal behaviors and your
desire for nice furniture:
• Learn what’s
normal. The best way is to talk to the pros -- vets, CAABs, or veterinary
behaviorists. Online research can also help, but stick to reputable sites and
acknowledge that not everything has a quick fix. “Pet behavior is as
complicated as human behavior and there are as many reasons for behavior
‘problems,’” Moon-Fanelli tells WebMD.
• Find help for
out-of-bounds behavior. With behavior issues such as scratching, for
example, “there’s a gradient as to why a cat might be doing this,” Moon-Fanelli
says. Understand why, with the help of a specialist, can often help you
understand how to address the issue.
accommodations. For a cat that likes to scratch, provide scratching posts,
trim his claws, or invest in claw caps (also called nail caps) to keep him from
Cat allergies. Many people have cat allergies, but before you presume
you do, visit an allergist. Once you know it’s your cat that is triggering the
symptoms, try these solutions:
• Make your bedroom a
cat-free sanctuary. Reserve your bedroom for humans and look for special
bedding designed to be less permeable to allergens like pet dander.
• Take allergy
medication. There are both over-the-counter and prescription medications to
help you successfully manage allergy symptoms. Over time, allergy shots may
also help reduce cat allergy symptoms.
• Minimize dander.
Vacuum, dust, and sweep as necessary to reduce the buildup of pet dander.
Minimize heavy drapes, upholstered furniture, and carpet in your house --
places dander loves to dig in and hide.
• Wash up. You can
significantly reduce your exposure to pet dander by washing your hands and face
Baby on the way. Mention pregnancy and cats in the same breath and
someone is bound to bring up toxoplasmosis. Fortunately, this serious infection
-- which can be contracted via uncooked or undercooked meat, garden soil, or
infected cats -- is rare in the United States. Still, to minimize your chance
of getting it:
• Avoid changing cat litter
while pregnant. Let someone else do it.
• If you must change cat
litter while pregnant, wear gloves and wash your hands thoroughly
• Keep your cat inside the
house and don’t handle stray or adopted cats.
• Don’t feed your cat raw or
• Wear gloves when
• Wear gloves when handling
If you’re worried about preparing kitty for baby’s arrival, try these tips
for warming her up to the idea:
• Encourage visiting
babies. Before your baby is born, encourage friends to bring their little
ones by, so kitty can get used to infants. Of course, keep an eye on all