Advice For The Sensitive Pet

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When you have a new puppy or kitten, they may be heart-sick. Gone are the days when we look at animals as soul-less appendages. Puppies and kittens miss their litter mates. They may get lonely for them. Many puppies feel like captives with their new owners until they get to a dog park and realize that everyone has their own human.
 
It does puppies good to see other dogs with their owners. The new owner should talk about the babies feeling with him during cuddle sessions and validate them. Tell them all the siblings have their own people too. The baby thinks that their litter mates and mama are all together somewhere living life without them. The sensitive kind, need an understanding. It will help acclimate them to the family, instead of having them bury the wound of leaving their birth family.
 
Even if you’re not the first owner. Many animals who have behavioral issues are carrying this wound of separation. You can be the one to heal it. Simply by explaining. There is nothing more painful than the void of believing you are missing out. You can spare your fur baby from this. It is not always the case but it the ones that it is, it is excruciating if not debilitating. I have had very old pets, still wonder about their litter mates. It is like ruminating the glory days to them.
 
People need to be more sensitive when separating the puppies and kitties. It is a shock to their psyche. It will help if new humans talks about how all loved puppies or kitties get their own people. It is a new concept but shouldn’t be. As humans become more aware and sensitive, so do their pets.
 
 

Engaging Your Cat

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People think that cats don’t come when they are called. This is true. They don’t like being told what to do. But if you avoid making it a command and make it an inquiry, they will come most times. Instead of asking them to “Come”, ask them in a very sincere and interested way how they are doing. It works like a charm. The inquiry, “Whats going on?” will get a response in a multi-cat situation. Some one will come to tell you.

  • Slow blinking is a way to tell your cat everything is relaxed and calm, and that you love them.
  • Tapping the floor is the way to call your cat over in their language.
  • When you are enthralled with something, it is like calling a cat over. They construe it as an invitation.
  • Cats like to be as high as they can. The cat who sits highest is showing superiority. Cats who stay low to the ground may have low self-esteem issues or are insecure. Cats need places where they can feel high and can get to easily. This is where they do their meditation and recharge their batteries.
  • Tapping a cat on the nose is reprimanding them in their native language. It is the only physical reprimand that is not abuse; since nothing else would register as a reprimand but just danger.
  • If you pick your cats up at all, you risk them being distant. Forgo ever picking your cat up and they will be more agreeable to being around you.
  • When you let a cat down and they shake their held, it means that it wasn’t a pleasant experience for them.
  • If you have a young child that keeps picking up the kitten, train them by coming up behind them a few times a day when they are enthralled in play, snack or engaging their playmates. At first they will enjoy it but then they will get mad. Play dumb and say, “What? You do this to the kitty” Use this as a means to teach them respect for the kitty.
  • Cats hold a lot of tension in their necks, ears, between their shoulder blades and the base of their tail. When you pet them, get them use to you massaging them deeper in these areas.
  • When you are petting your cat, get used to gently pulling their ears and holding it for a moment. This is a way to release a lot of tension for them. You will get a sense whether they enjoy it or not..
  • A great way to relieve tension in your cat is through their tail. Grasp the tail firmly and gently pull and hold. This causes a deep myo-fascial release for the whole body. The reason animals don’t like their tails touched is because the hold a lot of tension there. By gently and firmly pulling on the tail, you will be unwinding all the myo-fascial tissue that is connected to the tail. You may even get a sensation of a releasing and a retraction motion happening. It is similar to when your yo-yo string is twisted really bad so you let gravity unwind i and it pulls up and draws down as it unwinds and untangle.
  • To alleviate tension between the shoulder blades, press deep between the shoulder blades and while holding your fingers pressed in, rub back and forth a little. Then sideways a bit if possible. Your cat may resist slightly until they get a sense of what you are doing. Then it can be a time of bonding and the release of great tension.
  • If your cat does not seem to drink enough water, get an aquatic plant from the pet store that is not toxic and place it in a fish bowl or a heavy vase with a large mouth. Put it in a place where the cats can get to it. The plant will naturally filter the water so that you don’t have to change it every day.