Assistance Handed

What it entails

Good morning awesome readers and followers, With a tad of time to spare, and MANY topics WE WILL BE COVERING, however, before we place it down as gospel, we make sure that our FACTS are indeed FACTS. I was asked a question about a tomcat spraying. And find this the perfect opportunity to discuss for a second. Please note, that information gathered is from years of experience in dealing with felines, asking relevant questions towards the professionals, and research is done on the general behaviour. You will laugh today, I hope, as I am going to use the “BOY-HUMAN” as an example here. Right, ready to giggle? They say that females mature faster than males, and yeah in some aspect they do (humans that is), but the erm… boys start noticing that erm, part of the anatomy that can-do funny stuff a tad faster than us girls… we deal with other stuff. A tom can be sterilized from age 14 weeks and up, as soon as those little kahoonas become noticeable, it is time for your boy to go snip-snip. Toms do spray, spraying is communicative behavior male cats engage in for a variety of reasons. As the urine emitted in spraying is pungent and can cause stains to furniture and carpets, spraying can be a problem... So, as one would have the talk about the birds and the bees with said human, it becomes a tad difficult in having this conversation with your feline. Really mom, what do you think the sock under the bed was for??? Or towels hidden in corners… think about that for a sec *giggles*. You cannot exactly hand a sock or a towel to the tom can you? The testosterone comes in hard and fast, pardon the pun (LAUGHING), in order to have your tomcat not leaving the world smelling like a litter box that never gets cleaned, it is YOUR responsibility to “cup-a-feel” ever so now and again. If you leave this too long, your boy (feline) would have learned, that spraying is a method of communication, my carpet, my curtain, well everything I spray is mine. The longer you wait, the harder it becomes to change this behaviour. And if you thought for a sec that only boys do this… think again. Some females can portray the same behaviour. The toms that are sterilised before they hit puberty, are the lucky ones that never have that “oh-my-gosh-le-phew” smell. Boys done after puberty, well… you have missed it. And your boy will mark anything “new” he finds. Personally, I do not subscribe to any method that causes trauma, meaning, spraying them with water, shouting, or hitting. We have youngsters here that “watches” the older boys taken in, that had been a tad unfortunate and fixed late, yes they go and wiggle the tail against the curtain too, but nothing comes out, and there is no smell, should there be anything… I too sit with a couple that have been sterilized late, in their world at the ages of 14 and up. Now step back to the human boy-child… oh yeah, that sunk in didn’t it? 😊 There are methods of washing your items with F10, well, most of the time it is the best, and you don’t need much. Using bleach, handy-andy, or any of the “normal” cleaning materials out there is simply an invitation for your tom to come and do the same again. Once you adopt, it is very important to ask, when the feline had been sterilized, thus, educating yourself with what the behaviour may be going forward. Also, you must be willing to deal with a tad of testosterone for a while. I know that you can ask your vet for an injection to lower the testosterone levels, as it is available. Kindly note, marking territory is very different form having a wee in a place that they should not. If this happens, your feline either has an issue with the litter, or the place his toilet is in – I mean, placing it by the front door where everyone comes in and out – think about it, you would not invite peeps into the bathroom with you. They do like a quiet, out of sight place. A subject for another day. In addition, your kitty could be suffering from an underlying ailment, also something we will touch on soon. Education is key – if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Appolaigise

Hello Paws, or Simba peeps, My sincere apologies in NOT placing the promised integration post up yesterday, we had a tad of pillar to post with those erm, people called doctors… and this mama cat needs her eye-balls to help the kitties. I do think that I video of my beautiful self will be better, at least I don’t have to concentrate on the fingers or the screen – what do you think, some videos on some subjects in future, come now, don’t be shy…. Integration, This subject has been discussed at length, and no two people find the comrade in one method. Over a very long time living with kitties, I have seen and used a diverse number of methods, however, still feel, my trusted old is the best, I have reasons, sit tight, or comfy all curled up if you want… If you already have a colony living in your home, or if you are brining in a newbie, kitten or full-grown, you are more than welcome to test this out. Firstly, prepare the space, food bowls, water bowls, litter box, in a room that is not “busy”, have a ready “hide-spot” if you can, behind a cupboard or under a bed, no issue – as long as they can HIDE. I find that using a towel over a crate provides the best place for them to hide. Right, newbie has arrived home, now – let me take you to your human world, think back, as a child you held onto mom’s hand right, or dad, but that was your safe place. As a grown up – and please do not deny this for one second, you have a comfort zone – and once someone pushes you OUT of that comfort zone, you feel well, like a fish out of water, now add a zillion times stronger sense of smell and hearing, thus, everything is amplified, every sound, every smell. And you are surrounded by… GIANTS. That is what your feline is feeling. No, he or she is NOT anti-social, they are SCARED. It is your duty as a responsible “owner” to provide for this anxiety that will hit as soon as they are placed down on the carpet, or where-ever you feel the safe-spot is. Talking, in soft tones, being the ONLY person to handle the feline, having something that smells like you at hand as well, a bonus! Do not go check every two seconds if they have come out of the safe-spot. You feed, clean the litterbox, while talking, it should take a day or two, sometimes even less for the little fluff-ball to gain trust. Right, you are worried about the other cats in the house, and rightfully so. Each feline you bring in, should have been checked by your vet for any of the 3 major dis-eases, handed an all clear. Now you have risk of gastric issues that can develop as well, because of a change in the food supply. Any cat should be integrated as slowly as possible. Due to the nature of our sanctuary, we give them a minimal of 14 days, yes you read that right. Two weeks! It obviously also depends on the kittens personality, however be very aware that you may end up with another kitty being upset, as you were there human first. There is also a window on the Leukaemia, Aids, or the shoot – now I have forgotten what it is called… eh – no matter, 21 days is the window period – it can be that your little kitten has tested negative, only to find later, than actually he or she now has what we state – adult FIP… and so forth…. Your kitty should know the route to the safe space – the door should be ajar for a tad (week or so), with them, in their time, peeking out roaming if they so choose. See her, this is EXCLUDING THE 14 DAYS. If there is the normal, hissing and spitting and growls of such, it is ok – try your best not to interfere, it is only a territorial display. If you scold the kitty that has lived there before the new body arrived, you could contribute to anxiety, or the known depression they get – and as an FYI – CATS CAN GET ALL HUMAN DIS-EASES. Not from the human… so don’t stress. Depression in felines are very real, and it takes months to gain, help and rehabilitate the feline in trust, strength and the will to live. Do not spray them with water, no water guns at all. They will act out, a wee in a place they should not be, on the counters, excessive meowing… Know your feline, know if you can take in another, know if you have the ability to deal with the complete integration, and as from someone who knows, in the end, you may end up with cats that really do not like each other – but will co-exists on their terms. If you have displayed favour for anyone of them, you have lost the process and trust of the feline, and it is hard work to rebuild the relationship. I am not saying that you can’t scold your companion, all I am saying is, understand, know and trust your instincts when you deal with your colony of two, or three… The key – quiet… peace, and above all the safe space!