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How to give a cat a pill (watch out, satire!)

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If she doesn’t want to, then she doesn’t want to. Giving a stubborn cat a pill can be a real challenge. Unfortunately, what must enter must enter! But wait, has anyone really asked the cat his opinion? Take this, slave can opener!

How to give a cat a tablet: in 14 simple steps

1. Bend the cat with your left arm as if you were holding a baby. Place your right thumb and middle finger on either side of the mouth and apply gentle pressure until the cat opens it. Insert the pill and let the cat close its mouth.

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2. Collect the pill on the floor and take the cat out from behind the sofa.

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3. Pick it up again and repeat the process.

4. Take the cat out of the bedroom and throw away the smudged pill.

5. Take a new pill from the box, hold the cat again and hold the paws with your left hand. Force your jaw open and slide the pill into the back of your mouth. Count to 10.

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6. Take the pill from the aquarium and the cat from the wardrobe. Call your husband from the garden.

7. Kneel on the floor and hold the cat between your knees. Hold your front legs firmly. Ignore the cat’s growl. Ask your husband to hold the cat’s head and slide a wooden ruler down the neck. Let the pill roll down the ruler.

8. Pick the cat from the tent.

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9. Take one pill out of the package. Make a note of buying a new ruler and repairing the curtain. Wrap the cat in a large towel. Wrap the pill on the end of a straw. Ask your husband to put the cat in a headlock. Use a ballpoint pen to open the cat’s mouth and blow the pill down his throat. Read the leaflet to make sure the pill is harmless to humans.

10. Drink a glass of water to eliminate the flavor of the pill. Bandage your husband’s arm and remove the blood from the carpet with cold soapy water. Take the cat out of the neighbor’s house.

11. Take a new pill. Place the cat in a closet and close the door at the neck so that the head is visible. Use a dessert spoon to open your mouth. Slide the pill down the cat’s throat with a rubber band.

12. Take a screwdriver from the garage and put the door back on its hinges. Put cold packs on your face and check the date of your last tetanus shot. Throw away your bloody shirt and get a new one. Let the firefighters pull the cat out of the tree on the opposite street. Apologize to the neighbor who entered the enclosure to avoid the cat.

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13. Remove the last pill from the package. Tie the cat’s front and back legs with a clothesline. Tie them to the legs of the dining table. Put on your gardening gloves and open your mouth with the help of a crowbar. Fill the pill, followed by a large piece of tenderloin steak. Hold the cat’s head upright and pour in the water to rinse the pill.

14. Let your husband take you to the hospital. Stand still while the doctor sews your fingers and arm and removes the pill from your right eye. On the way back, stop at the furniture store and order a new table. And now get a dog!

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21 things every cat hates: do you do any of these without knowing it?

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When a cat doesn’t like something, it usually shows it quite clearly. However, there are some things that are hard to tell that a cat really hates them. We can hardly avoid some, others yes.

21 things cats hate:

Being touched (against their will)

Children in particular make the mistake of always wanting to touch cats directly. Of course, the little ones simply don’t know any better, which is why we adults should definitely intervene in such situations.

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It is also usually uncomfortable for a cat to be stroked for too long in the same place. You can read how to properly pet cats in this article: Pet your cat like this from now on, result: no more bite attacks!

To be fixed

Staring is a threatening gesture among cats. Whoever does it shows: Not so with me, my friend! Direct, long-term eye contact should therefore be avoided if you don’t want to mess around with your cat.

A slight blink of an eye, on the other hand, is considered a gesture of sympathy among cats. We humans too can adopt this means of communication as our own: how to simply tell a cat “I love you”.

Essential oils

They provide relief during the cold season, but it is mainly eucalyptus and peppermint oils that cats particularly hate.

To drive

The combination of unusual smells, loud noises and unpredictable movements is just too much for most cats. Some even get sick with movement and have to vomit or empty their bladder even on short car trips.

Deodorant and perfume

Deodorants and perfumes are supposed to give off a pleasant smell, but this can quickly become too much for our cats’ noses. The more intense a perfume, the more unpleasant it is for animals.

Cat lovers should therefore pay attention to the use of slightly more subtle fragrances.

Be photographed

Almost all cat owners are familiar with the phenomenon: as soon as you took out your smartphone (or camera) to take a snapshot of your cat, when he turns his head, bored.

It is not known exactly how this effect occurs and why cats hate being photographed so much. Aligning the camera lens likely creates an uncomfortable feeling similar to staring at it.

Take a bath

Cats actually clean themselves and, unlike most dogs, they don’t smell unless they are bathed at least occasionally.

In a few exceptional cases it may be necessary to bathe a cat. This is the case, for example, with severe diarrhea. It is not known exactly why cats don’t like water. Since their ancestors were desert dwellers, there may be a connection here.

Odors of strangers

Cats are initially skeptical of anything they don’t know. They are particularly irritated by the smells of strangers. It is therefore normal for a cat to try to mark a stranger with its scent.

Cats usually do this by touching the person’s legs and rubbing their head against their trouser legs. This way they manage to cover up the strange smell with their own.

Closed doors

Another phenomenon that almost all cat owners are familiar with: there is hardly anything in the apartment that cats hate more than closed doors. Many caretakers have even installed cat flaps within their four walls so the King Tiger can move from room to room comfortably at any time.

If a door is locked, you can expect a meow concert lasting several minutes. Some cats express their indignation by clapping insistently at the door.

To be awakened

Hardly anyone likes to be awakened from their sleep. In cats, unpredictable awakening can lead to violent reactions, especially if the animals have just been in deep sleep.

This phase is for the regeneration and processing of impressions in humans and animals. It is accompanied by dreams (or nightmares). By the way, cats can dream too.

Cucumbers

You may have heard of cats rumored to be terrified of these vegetables. The rumor is actually true!

Experts suspect that the color and shape of the green cucumber remind animals of a (poisonous) snake, even if they have never met one in their life. This information can be in the file collective unconscious saved by cats.

Collars with bells

They look cute, but they’re a horror to any cat’s ear – you shouldn’t expect cats to wear bell collars, as they can significantly damage their sensitive hearing!

The jingle is often used to warn birds of the cat it is stalking. However, environmental experts repeatedly point out that this works only inadequately: especially young birds that are not yet able to fly are victims of cats. You can hear the doorbell, but you cannot escape the aggressor and panic, which in turn causes you to draw attention to yourself.

Be ignored

Cats hate being ignored. It is therefore also a good way to show a cat that he has done something wrong (like repeatedly scratching the background).

However, if a cat wants something, it is almost impossible to ignore it. If you want to try it, you need extremely strong nerves.

Waste box (dirty)

It is possible that a cat may refuse to use an excessively dirty litter box and then go about its business elsewhere.

Cats are extremely clean animals and regular cleaning of the litter box is therefore essential. Cat urine and feces are at the top of the list of smells that cats hate.

boredom

Spending the day and night in owners’ homes can be stressful for cats, especially when they are very young.

House cats, in particular, need to be challenged on a regular basis to be properly used. Otherwise they recognize the contempt for their needs with appropriate behavior. It can easily remedy the situation Intelligence toys.

Funny costumes

There are numerous photos of cats in funny costumes on the Internet. The whole thing is really fun to the maximum for the viewer, because animals are not fashion dolls!

While dogs can usually be forced to wear costumes with little tricks, much more stamina is to be expected with cats. Cats absolutely hate it when we try to put on sweaters, hats or jackets. Anyone who tries should still be able to handle the echo.

Reproaches, noise, loud noises

Cats have extremely sensitive ears and hear a lot more than humans. Even if you are rightfully angry with your pet: a strong reprimand can seriously upset your cat!

Screaming is not necessary and at worst it can not only scare a cat but also damage its hearing. It is more than enough to speak to the animal in a more rigorous and decisive way.

vacuum cleaner

The vacuum cleaner is definitely one of the household items that cats hate the most. However: there should be some domestic tigers who really like to be sucked into a vacuum cleaner. These cats are probably more of an exception.

Cats should therefore be moved to another room while they are nursing, or at least be able to flee elsewhere at any time if they feel uncomfortable.

In this article, you will read how you can eliminate a cat’s fear of everyday noises.

Changes

Cats are extremely habitual creatures. Big changes, like moving to a new apartment, mean a lot to them. Even small changes, like buying a new sofa, can irritate and upset you.

For this reason, once the rituals are introduced they should be kept as much as possible. Basically, rituals promote balance in cats – those who feed their cats at the same time every day create structure in the animal’s life.

In short-term stressful situations, the use of special comfort hormones for cats has proven very helpful. However, these products usually only work for a certain time and are not necessarily designed for continuous use.

Cigarette smoke

Cats in smoking households are exposed to high levels of toxic substances. Cigarette smoke is not only inhaled, but poisonous substances inevitably settle on the cat’s fur. During cleansing, it absorbs these substances into its body. In this way, cats in smoking households are exposed to an incomparably greater amount of toxins than many other pets.

You can read more about the effects of cigarette smoking on cat health and behavior in this article.

Lemons

Maybe you love citrus fruits like limes, lemons or grapefruits. Unfortunately, your cat feels completely different: if you hold a piece of lemon in front of his nose, he will turn around in disgust and may even hide for a while.

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Hay fever and pollen allergy in cats

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Pollen starts flowing in spring. Not just many people, but some cats are also allergic to pollen. Read here how to recognize hay fever in your cat and how you can help your pet.

Causes of hay fever

In spring, in particular, many allergic particles buzz in the air. These so-called “Allergens“It can be one for sensitive cats Excessive body reaction cause.

Substances that are harmless in themselves are classified as threatening by the immune system and adequate defense mechanisms called an allergic reaction.

Hay fever occurs mainly in spring.© stock.adobe.com/otsphoto

Symptoms of hay fever

Hay fever manifests itself differently in cats than in humans. Usually it is one Atopic dermatitis, i.e. allergic skin inflammation if the cat has a pollen allergy.

Resolve these skin reactions severe itching up. In the affected areas the cat licks intensely, especially on the face, limbs and stomach. This will make the file Damaged skin barrier: Hair loss, inflammation and crusting occur.

Symptoms occur with a pollen allergy Seasonal up. Predisposition to such an allergy becomes mostly inherited.

Watery eyes, frequent sneezing, and a runny nose are common in cats no indication of pollen allergy! Ask a veterinarian to investigate these symptoms.

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Hay fever occurs through itching.© stock.adobe.com/nataba

Allergy leads to asthma

Cats are the only animals that – similar to humans – a allergic asthma can suffer. In asthma, allergens such as pollen trigger an immune system reaction where the Bronchial constriction convulsively.

It is about increased slime formation, to cough for example acute shortness of breath. Just like in humans, allergic asthma in cats is a chronic disease that requires lifelong treatment.

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Coughing and shortness of breath are the result of asthma.© stock.adobe.com/LegasC

Hay fever therapy

First of all, the vet must all other causes for itching (parasite infestation) or breathing problems (bronchitis, pneumonia) to excludeto confirm that it is a pollen allergy.

Finding the responsible allergen takes a lot of detective work, it is it takes time and money. With a Blood analysis the sensitization of the cat to certain groups of allergens is measured. This is usually followed by a file Individual identification of allergens.

With hay fever it’s not that easy for the cat keep away from allergens. The vet will then treat the symptoms, i.e. skin inflammation, in most cases. It is doing it, for example cortisoneto relieve itching.

A so-called is also possible specific immunotherapy for allergens or Desensitization: The cat is injected with small amounts of the allergen at set intervals and the dose is slowly increased so that the body can get used to it.

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The vet needs to find out what the cat is allergic to.© stock.adobe.com/Tom Wang

The 3 best treatments

If your cat has hay fever, these three treatments can help relieve the symptoms.

As little contact as possible with the triggering allergen

  • Don’t leave your cat outside if there is a lot of pollen
  • ventilate only if there is a low concentration of pollen (city: 19:00 – midnight, countryside: 6:00
  • Vacuum frequently and dust with damp cloths

Hypersensitivity by the veterinarian

  • Substances that cause allergies are supplied to the cat in small quantities
  • in the long run it leads to hypersensitization so that the body no longer reacts to the allergen
  • Injections can also be administered by the cat owner

Medicines for pollen allergy in cats

  • In consultation with the veterinarian, cortisone and antihistamines can help relieve the cat’s symptoms

Danger: Human hay fever medications are allowed in cats There is no way administered!

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If the pollen count is high, the cat should stay inside. © stock.adobe.com/maryviolet

Dangerous pollen

Pollen from some plants dissolves in cats hay fever is particularly common up. We have listed which ones belong to them in alphabetical order.

Ambrosia

  • Low exposure: from mid-June to early August; From late September to late October
  • Medium exposure: mid-August; Mid to late September
  • Heavy load: mid-August to mid-September

mugwort

  • Low exposure: from mid-June to early August; From the end of September to the end of October
  • Medium exposure: mid-August; Mid to late September
  • Heavy load: mid-August to mid-September

Birch

  • Low exposure: from the beginning of February to the end of March; From the beginning of June to the end of August
  • Medium exposure: from the end of March to mid-April; From late April to early June
  • Heavy Load: Mid to late April

Nettle

  • Low pollution: from early April to mid-May; From the end of September to the end of November
  • Medium exposure: from mid-May to the end of June; From the end of August to the end of September
  • Heavy load: from late June to late August
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Pollen from nettles can cause allergies. © stock.adobe.com/morissfoto

Beech tree

  • Low exposure: from the beginning to the end of March; From late May to mid-June
  • Medium exposure: early April; From late April to mid-May
  • Heavy load: mid to late April

Oak tree

  • Low pollution: from the end of January to mid-April; From early June to mid-July
  • Medium exposure: from mid to late April; From mid-May to early June
  • Heavy load: from late April to mid-May

alder

  • Low exposure: from mid-December to early February; From late April to late June
  • Medium exposure: from the beginning to the end of February; From mid-March to April
  • Heavy load: from late February to mid March

Ash

  • Low exposure: from mid-January to mid-March; From mid-May to mid-June
  • Medium exposure: mid-March; Early April; From late April to mid-May
  • Heavy load: April
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This is what the flowers of an ash look like.© stock.adobe.com/progarten

Herbs

  • Low exposure: from early March to mid-April; From late September to mid-November
  • Medium exposure: from the end of April to the end of May; From mid-July to the end of September
  • Heavy load: from late May to mid-July

Hornbeam

  • Low exposure: from the beginning of February to the end of March; From mid-May to mid-June
  • Medium exposure: early April; From late April to mid-May
  • Heavy load: April

hazelnut

  • Low exposure: from mid-December to mid-February; From mid-April to mid-May
  • Medium exposure: from mid-February to mid-April
  • Heavy load: from the end of February to the end of March

jaw

  • Low pollution: from mid-March to the end of April; From early June to mid-September
  • Medium exposure: from late April to early May; From late May to early June
  • Heavy load: mid to late May
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Pine pollen can also trigger allergies.© stock.adobe.com/dachux21

poplar

  • Low exposure: from late January to mid-March; From the end of April to the end of May
  • Average exposure: mid-March; Mid to late April
  • Heavy load: mid-March to mid-April

rye

  • Low pollution: from the end of April to the end of May; From late June to mid-September
  • Medium exposure: end of May and end of June
  • Heavy load: from late May to late June

Ribwort plantain

  • Low pollution: from early April to mid-May; Mid to late September
  • Medium exposure: from mid to late May; From early to mid-September
  • Heavy load: from late May to mid-August

pasture

  • Low exposure: from the end of January to the beginning of March; From late May to late June
  • Medium exposure: from early to mid-March; From late April to mid-May
  • Heavy load: mid-March to late April
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Cats also often react to grassland pollen.© stock.adobe.com/AnMa

React soon

It is important to look into the symptoms of hay fever in cats know and recognize soon. Severe itching is also very annoying for our cats, which is why treating the symptoms early can save the cat a lot of suffering.

Taking your cat to the vet: 4 tips to make your visit as stress-free as possible

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Cats hate nothing more than changes in their daily routine. Visiting the vet and driving to the studio are stressful challenges for many. The following tips will help especially anxious cats survive the visit to the vet.

One cat becomes aggressive at the vet, while others remain completely relaxed – exactly how a cat reacts to a visit to the vet’s office is often tied to their past characteristics and experiences.

Some visits to the vet are inevitable. In addition to emergencies, this also includes preventative medical checkups for older cats. The following four tips will help make the vet visit as relaxed as possible.

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1. Transport and acceptance box: this is the best way to transport a cat to the vet

There are many things that can frighten a cat in the waiting room of a vet’s office and while traveling: noisy cars, strangers, barking dogs, and finally other sick animals who are just as nervous as they are.

Most cats are therefore safer in one closed transport box. Is your cat’s kennel usually in the basement or attic? This is not optimal for introducing a cat to this item:

If a cat only knows its carrier in connection with unloved visits to the vet, it will always react with anxiety to this item!

It is therefore advisable to keep the transport box in the animal’s living area. It is not uncommon for the transport box to have a second meaning for the cat as a so-called safe place.

From a cat’s point of view, a carrier perfectly fulfills these properties thanks to its shape and size!

2. Frightened cats: best to put them in the transport box for two

For the following method of putting a cat in a transport box, there should be two: the first person positions himself with the basket, opening upwards, on the floor. The cat should now be as close to the basket as possible, or at least in the same room.

The second person grabs the animal by the fold of the neck and lifts it into the open basket. The other hand should be used to stabilize the back so as not to cause unnecessary pain to the animal.

It is helpful to familiarize yourself with the box locking mechanism again before action, so that you can act as quickly as possible.

3. Use a leash instead of a cat basket

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Some cats go crazy at the vet because they feel locked in the transport box. These cats usually exhibit considerable stamina when placed in the carrier.

Wearing a cat leash as an alternative to a carrier has advantages and disadvantages that should be carefully considered. On the one hand, the cat harness offers the pet more freedom and is therefore in many cases less stressful than a closed box. On the other hand, cats without a protective box are more exposed to environmental stimuli.

You should also keep in mind that the cat can still defend itself against a visit to the vet. If the transport box is missing, there is no cat claw protection for the companion.

Even some veterinary practices don’t like it when feline patients come unboxed. It is advisable to inquire in advance about the provisions in the practice of the trust.

4. Stay calm in the vet’s office

While not all cats defend against it, a visit to the vet is nerve-wracking for most. The date represents a break with their family routine and cats hate nothing more than changes in their family routines.

If you want your cat to visit the vet as relaxed as possible, you can use little helpers to help you relax: Feliway is a spray that contains synthetic cat hormones. It helps many cats stay balanced and relaxed.

You can read more about Feliway and how it works in the article Mythos Feliway: What Pheromone Spray Can Really Do for Cats.

Cat diseases: the 30 most common diseases in a nutshell

Whether outdoors or indoors: at some point every cat will get sick. Diarrhea, vomiting and loss of appetite are some of the most common signs of illness in cats.

Accompanying symptoms provide information on what disease may be behind it. You can read more about typical cat diseases in the article The 30 Most Common Cat Diseases and How to Recognize Them.

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6 facts about tabby cats

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Tiger cats are beautiful and each one is unique in its own way. Find out more about popular cats here.

1. The tiger model

The tiger pattern is a fur pattern that belongs to the generic term “tabby”. In addition to the tiger motif, there are also spotted, brindle and ticked underneath.

The tiger motif constitutes the “wild type”. A tabby cat has one dark eel line along the back, from where narrow dark stripes run along the body. The tails and paws of tiger cats are curled. The other tabby designs evolved from this:

  • The brindle drawing it is a mutation of the tabby design. The stripes are wider and the brindle cats have a butterfly drawing on their shoulders. There is a dark spot in the center of each side.
  • In stained design tiger stripes dissolved in spots.
  • In checkered design cats appear more or less monochromatic. This is due to the fact that in this type of coat almost all the hair is banded several times light and dark. So the pattern appears dissolved. This is typical, for example, of Abyssinian cats.

Most people associate the tiger motif with gray / brown tabby cats. But the tabby pattern also occurs with other coat colors, such as red cats. There is also the tiger motif in many different cat breeds: from European and British Shorthair to Maine Coon and Norwegian Forest Cat.

Tabby cats come in different colors.© DoraZett-stock.adobe.com

2. Monochrome or tabby?

Locus A decides whether a cat is monochromatic or mackerel Allele A stands for the tabby fur pattern, that Allele a for monochrome.

Since each gene is available in duplicate, they can be composed as follows;

  • AA (pure)
  • Aa (mixed)
  • aA (mixed)
  • aa (pure)

The A allele, which stands for the color of the tiger, is opposite to the a allele dominant. This means that only cats with the combination “aa” are monochromatic.

Depending on whether the parents are cats pure or mixed which influences the pattern of their offspring. Pure reproduction means that both alleles are the same (AA and aa). They are different in mixed breed cats (aA and Aa).

If one parent cat has the “AA” alleles and the other “aa”, these two cats can they only have tabby childrenalthough one of the two is plain colored. This is because there is always one gene from the mother and one from the father, and the dominant tabby gene is always present in this case. This is Gregor Mendel’s “Law of Uniformity”.

On the other hand, if the cats’ parents are of mixed breed, it can both monochromatic and tabby kittens come into the world, even if both parents are Tabby. In theory this is the numerical ratio of the offspring 3: 1 (three tabby to a monochromatic cat). This is the “law of division” according to Mendel.

3. Risk of confusion with wild relatives

Gray tabby domestic cats look confusingly similar to their wild relatives! Even the European wild cat it has a tiger pattern, but is usually not as pronounced as in many domestic cats, but is rather “washed out”.

So is the African black cat, the ancestor of the domestic cat slightly mackerel.

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The European wildcat has a slight tiger pattern. © Friedrich Hartl-stock.adobe.com

4. The first mass-produced soft toy was a gray tabby cat

One of the first mass-produced soft toys was the so-called “Ithaca Kitty”. It was a tabby cat in fabric inspired by the gray tabby cat “Caesar Grimalkin”. Its owner Celia Smith and her sister-in-law Charity Smith of Ithaca (USA) designed “Ithaca Kitty” and from 1892 it was produced.

The soft toy sparked a passing fashion for soft toys and was successfully sold until after the First World War.

5. The “M” on the forehead of tiger cats

The “M” on the forehead is characteristic of tabby cats. They actually do all cats in the tabby pattern in red or black, unless it can be seen through the white areas of the face.

In Christianity the “M” is said to be a sign for Mary. Since a cat is said to have laid down to protect the baby Jesus, according to legend, Mary gave an “M” as a protective symbol. In Islam, the “M” stands for Mohammed, which a cat is said to have protected from a snake, which is why she gave him the “M” as a symbol of protection.

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The “M” on the forehead is characteristic of tabby cats. © Inkevalentin-stock.adobe.com

6. Personality of Tabby cats

Tabby cats are said to love to be solitary. Most of all they like to be in nature alone and look for new ones Adventures. In addition, they are considered tiger cats fearless, willing to take risks, curious and open.

Fear of Daily Noise: This workout helps cats with excessive fears

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It can be the hair dryer, the vacuum cleaner or the blender sound – many cats are terrified of the noises that come from everyday noises and electrical devices. Anxiety means stress, and stress is the cause of many diseases. The good news: cats leave it aloneI train against fears!

In nature, the feeling of fear is an important warning sign. It indicates that there is an imminent danger from which it is best to protect yourself. Feelings of fear are vital to cats in nature, but most of all they are exhausting when living with humans.

There are almost no real dangers to cats in the house. Our pets cannot suspect that a noisy vacuum cleaner is actually harmless. To eliminate a cat’s fear, simple methods can be helpful cognitive behavior therapy.

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: The methods are also effective in dogs and cats

Roughly translated, cognition roughly means “learning through experience”. This is exactly what it means to train a cat against fears. Since the animal is regularly and deliberately exposed to a fear-related situation (such as the sound of the hair dryer), it learns over time that there is actually no real danger from this object.

It is essential to keep the intensity low at the beginning, for example by switching on the hairdryer only in another room, and then gradually increasing it. This way you can get the cat to gradually lose its fear of noise.

It is not only young and inexperienced cats who are afraid of everyday noises in the house. The cats in the animal shelter are particularly frightened. Excessive fear of noise becomes problematic at the latest when a visit to the vet is scheduled:

If the vet wants to draw blood from a cat, the affected area must first be shaved. If a particularly frightened cat panics at this point, treatment will be delayed and coercive measures may also be required. This can lead to new – in this case also justified – fears in the animal.

In the interest of the animal, it is important to avoid such situations as much as possible. The Cat-News reader knows how easy it is Michelle Wilke documented for us with their cats.

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Hair dryers, electric razors and more: cats train against fears, that’s how it works!

To this end, the animal is gradually exposed to the fear-inducing object, until the fear subsides and eventually disappears completely. Our reader Michelle Wilke is amazed how quickly the method was able to prove success with her two little kittens:

At first it was difficult to get her to participate. Then I just tried again every day. It was worth it because now I know for surewhich can withstand a lot in an emergency. Plus, with training they trust me more than ever. “

With a little trick, our reader was finally able to motivate her cats to train against their fears: kittens Lucky Luke is Skittles he kept her busy with her favorite toys while her partner ran the vacuum cleaner in the next room.

When the two got along, it went a step further: Skittles is Lucky Luke he should now be able to keep his game even though the door is open.

When it worked well, the cat owner dared to run the vacuum cleaner in the same room the cats were in. After a few days of training 5 minutes a day, the animals realized that the device posed no acute threat to them.

… and what works with the vacuum cleaner works the same way with the hairdryer …

… or with the razor

Michelle Wilke found it important to let her cats decide for themselves how long they wanted to train. If a cat signals that they are no longer interested in anxiety training, they should be accepted:

“It is important that you do it in a playful way and on the basis of trust in order to become a team.”

She was also able to train her pups from her fear of water with the ME method, as the following evidence shows:

A common fear among cats that has absolutely nothing to do with loud noises is the fear of the carrier. How to reduce the fear of this object, you can read in the article In 7 steps: Carefully accustom a cat to the transport box.



Cat adopted from a shelter: experience and 6 proven tips for acclimatization

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Have you decided to adopt a kitten from the shelter? Maybe you also want to give a slightly older cat a chance for a new home? Both are a good decision, because cats of all ages wait in animal shelters for people who will give them their love! You can read here how you can make it easier for an animal shelter cat to move into their new home and what mistakes can be made.

The first step has been taken: your decision to get a cat from the kennel has been made. Maybe you have been living with your new cat for a while and are wondering how you can make it as easy as possible for them to settle into their new home.

If any of these statements apply to you, you are in the right place! In this article we have the best 5 tips put together everyone should know who just needs to get used to a cat shelter.

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1. A first health check by the veterinarian is mandatory

Animal shelters often have to take care of a large number of animals at the same time. Health problems are not always immediately apparent. It is possible that a shelter cat has a hidden disease that you were not told about when it was adopted.

Parasites such as mites and fleas are particularly common when living with many cats. In the case of rather shy animals, it can also happen that they hide diseases and symptoms well. Problems with the teeth are typical here.

To be on the safe side, a thorough veterinary check-up is mandatory for a shelter cat that has moved to a new home.

2. Get your new cat used to the rituals and keep them!

Routines create familiarity, the familiar creates trust: fixed rituals have proven their value in making it easier for a cat to settle in the shelter.

First of all, the cat should eat at the same time every day. Make sure you feed high-quality cat food – this will ensure that your pet stays healthy for a long time.

3. To initially limit a cat’s living space from the shelter

A completely new environment can quickly become overwhelming. To keep stress for the pet as low as possible, the living area should be restricted in the first week in the new home.

This may be less necessary for people living in rented apartments than for families living in a large multi-story house. For the first week in the new home, the cat should only have access to one area. It should be an area where you often stay yourself.

The cat should not be allowed to go outside during this time! It is safest to familiarize your cat with your four walls before letting him out.

Only when a cat moves safely around the entire apartment is it time to take an outing. Here you should roughly orient yourself on a program of approximately 4 weeks for the acclimatization period in the apartment.

4. Toys with catnip or valerian as little helpers

pet cat playing

Catnip and valerian are very attractive to cats. Some believe that plants have a euphoric effect on them. In fact, when you see cats with appropriate toys, this is an easy idea.

Despite the strong effects on cats, valerian and catnip are not dangerous! On the contrary, they can increase the welfare of our domestic tigers. Toys lose their effectiveness after 5-15 minutes and it takes a cat a few hours to respond again.

Playing with the cat naturally also favors the relationship with the animal. An animal shelter cat gets used to it all the more easily the more comfortable it gets with its new assistants.

5. Show patience

Each cat in the shelter has its own past. Unfortunately, cats cannot tell us what they experienced in their previous life. It is therefore all the more important that we treat them with indulgence and love, especially in the beginning.

It is possible that a new cat will refuse to accept its food while you are in the same room. Cats only eat when they feel safe. You should respect this and give the cat this freedom accordingly.

Direct eye contact can also be overwhelming for an animal shelter cat at first and can help him retreat. After a while, however, blinking at you is a good trick to show the cat that you like him.

You can read exactly how this trick works in the article How to tell a cat “I love you” very easily.

6. When the animal shelter cat hides

the domestic animal cat hides

It is normal for a shelter cat to hide in its new home. It’s best to place the food, water, and litter box so it can easily reach it when needed.

Forcing a cat to do something it doesn’t want to do makes sense in very few cases. You shouldn’t drag them out of their hiding place against their will!

Instead, you can try to get her to go out. Keep talking softly to your pet, because this way the cat will get used to your voice at the same time. Some cat treats or an interesting toy can also be useful in this situation.

It is extremely important to always keep a certain distance from the animal so that it does not feel under pressure!

Animal shelter cat: purebred cats are looking for a home too!

Some people want a special breed cat. What many do not suspect: not only the professional breeder, but also a trip to the animal shelter could fulfill their wishes!

If you want to adopt a cat of a certain breed and at the same time you want to give a kennel animal a chance, you could find it on the site Purebred cats in the shelter Find him. Whether it’s the Maine Coon, the British Shorthair or the Bengal cat – cats of almost all breeds are looking for a new home here across Germany!

In the postcode search, you can specifically find cats that are nearby.



When the cat has a trauma

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Derived from the Greek, a trauma means one Injured, mentally and physically. “After a strong physical impact, such as abuse, accident, burn or poisoning, there is a trauma to the body,” explains Marion Wagner, animal therapist.

Trauma Symptoms in Cats

The symptoms of trauma are obvious: Im acute case occurs at Release of stress hormoneswhich modify numerous functions of the body. Virtually everything is turned off which is not necessary for survival. This means:

  • The traumatized cat freezes.
  • The cat no longer responds.
  • The pupils are enlarged.
  • The direct gaze into the distance.
  • The cat is suffering.

The following symptoms may also occur:

  • Salivation
  • Tremble
  • The cat tries to hide

Causes of trauma in cats

Trauma isn’t just going through external force caused. There is also a trauma due to reason purely psychological tremors, that have such a negative impact. However, not all cats respond to certain events with trauma. Established personalities, such as cats with a “good nursery” and healthy self-confidence, can cope with this more easily than cats who are inherently sensitive.

Effects of trauma on cat behavior

“You have to be careful when a cat changes completely,” explains animal therapist Marion Wagner. Such behavioral changes can be:

  • sudden aggression
  • unfounded fear or hiding
  • Refusal of feed

First of all, the cat owner must obviously check if there is a physical cause such as one Cancer or Kidney problem there is behind it. “But if the cat is organically healthy, he obviously can’t process something,” says Marion Wagner. If the owner realizes that the animal is in pain, he must act immediately, she advises: “The fresher the trauma, the better it can be treated.”

Without or with subsequent treatment can post-traumatic disorders come to that Neurosis to grow up. It can happen that:

  • the cat is in stressful situations Pulling out the hair or
  • the cat exhibits excessive grooming habits, as a result of which it licks entire areas of bald, sore skin.

Disturbed behavior is addictive because endorphins in the body are produced, which create feelings of happiness. That’s why cats can’t stop cleaning. “A vicious circle is created,” says Wagner.

In cats, trauma manifests itself through inexplicable fear, among other things.© Patryssia-stock.adobe.com

Treating trauma in cats

Promising trauma therapies can be:

  • acupuncture
  • Acupressure
  • Tellington Touch
  • Bach flowers
  • homeopathy
  • Color therapy

With the latter, the purple, blue and green colors are suitable for trauma treatment, because the darker spectral colors have a calming effect on the four-legged patient. The best thing to do is to grab party bulbs in these colors from electronics stores and screw them into the desk lamp; But you can also stick colored sheets in front of the light source, as animal therapist Marion Wagner explains.

Also recommends support Music therapy (chamber music and baroque music have a beneficial effect) to relax people and animals. Because in addition to the cat itself and the therapist, the owner must also be involved in the therapy, for example by massaging the cat. However, this differs from therapy to therapy. The pet therapist will explain exactly how to help your cat cope with the trauma.

Important: Not all cats can be treated equally. For example, if a cat cannot be touched, acupuncture or acupressure is not possible. An animal therapist will closely examine your cat and then individually decide which treatment method is most suitable.

5 Types of Cat Owners | herz-fuer-tiere.de

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Researchers from the University of Exeter (England) interviewed as part of the project “Cats, owners of cats and wild animals“56 cat owners from rural and urban areas of England. With their study, the researchers wanted to measure the ecological footprint of cats’ paw and at the same time find out to what extent the personal opinions and beliefs of cat owners influence coexistence with their cats.
Scientists differed after evaluating all questionnaires five types of cat owners.

Type 1: the conscientious overseer

Owners of cats of this type think a lot nature reserve and the extent to which your cats’ hunting behavior affects local wildlife. Since they don’t necessarily rate prey trophies on their pillows, they keep their cats mainly at home. In addition, they are quick to limit their cats’ hunting behavior in a sensible way, such as making sure they can walk outdoors or letting them out at certain times of the day.

Typical features:

  • Conservation of nature and species is important to him
  • Housing or protected external access

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The conscientious one knows his cat’s hunting instinct. © Stock.adobe.com/vitamaq

Type 2: the defender of freedom

This boy is the opposite extreme of the overseer. They let their cats do what they want. The open space and the act of acting the hunting instinct on the “living object” are part of her feline naturethey don’t want to end. For them they are cats natural pest control. However, they tend to ignore the fact that it’s not just mice that fall victim to house cats.

Typical features:

  • Game not guaranteed
  • High acceptance of the cat’s hunting behavior

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The defender of liberty accepts hunting behavior. © Stock.adobe.com/Romuald

Type 3: the concerned protector

This boy is in the middle of the field. Protectors keep their cats mostly indoors, but not because they are worried about the little prey. Rather, they fear that something might happen to their cat in the open air, so they choose safe alternatives.

Typical features:

  • Mainly housing for fear of danger to the cat

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The protector prefers to keep his cat busy indoors.© Stock.adobe.com/Africa Studio

Type 4: the tolerant brace

In principle, this ambivalent type doesn’t care if an outdoor cat hunts as he wants, but it shouldn’t be a caught mouse or a bird on the doormat.

Typical features:

  • Free pass fully accepted
  • Undesirable hunting trophies

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The guard would rather not see the prey. © Stock.adobe.com/FurryFritz

Type 5: the follower of laissez-faire

Yes, they exist – cat owners who simply love it it does not matter that’s what your cat does all day. And if they do no interest in their cat show, this is even more true of species protection. However, in the study it was unclear whether this ignorance was due to disinterest or rather ignorance.

Typical features:

  • The cat can do whatever it wants
  • No interest in species and nature conservation

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The laissez faire trailer leaves the cat to himself. © Stock.adobe.com/FurryFritz

What can you teach a cat? 5 tricks every domestic cat can learn!

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What can you teach a cat? Unlike dogs, cats aren’t exactly known for obeying commands from humans. With empathy, patience, and the right method, anyone can teach their pet tiger tricks like paws.

Can cats learn commands such as down and paws or “pretend to be dead”? Most people still can barely imagine it. In fact, cats can learn exactly the same tricks as dogs.

Most of them are based on the principles of clicker training. Special clickers can be purchased, but a simple click works just as well. It is important to maintain the signal once it has been introduced. This is the only way for a cat to memorize the beep.

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Important to know: the tricks shown here require regular practice and must be trained. On average, it takes a cat about a week to reliably master a trick.

Positive reinforcement helps speed up training – if a cat exhibits the desired behavior, there is a reward as a reward.

Clicker training with cats: Indoor cats in particular benefit from this

Clicker training comes from the field of behavioral psychology and was in the 60s to educate the dolphins for the Dolphin therapy developed. Already in the 1920s, the Russian scientist, Ivan Petrovich Pavlovdogs successfully trained with the help of beeps.

It has now been shown that cats, which are generally considered to be rather stubborn characters, can be trained using this method. Indoor cats in particular benefit from this, because regular training ensures greater balance.

Cat expert Birgit Rödder detailed clicker training with cats in her book Clicker box for cats.


Clicker training with cats is fun and strengthens the human-animal relationship! The following 5 tricks are useful for getting started:

1. Teach a cat to “sit”

A small toy, such as a stuffed mouse, is used to easily bring a cat into a sitting position. The stuffed mouse is held directly above the cat’s head and slowly moves backwards so that the animal tries to follow it with its eyes and finally with its head. In most cases, the cat will automatically assume a sitting position.

Once the cat is seated, a click sounds and the pet is praised. If you want, you can also get a gift. The command “Sit down!” It can then be introduced as a cue to sit down.

2. Teach the cat to shake hands

Next time you try, keep your hand on the morsel. Your cat will likely touch your hand with his paw to get the treat. Right now you hear a click. The command “Give the paw!” Now it can be introduced.

During training, you can raise your hand more and more from the floor and finally present the palm of your hand to your cat, where it should place the paw. A click should sound for every desired action the animal shows, a reward provides positive support.

3. Teach a cat to high five

The “high five” gesture is one of the most popular tricks for house cats. The basis for this trick is to give the paw, which the cat should master first. The paw is then extended to five.

The trick to introducing a cat to high-fives is to model their behavior after giving the paw. As opposed to shaking your paw, you lift your hand off the floor step by step until it is finally upright and upright (like clapping your hands with a high five).

The trick of five is a challenge and not all cats immediately play with it as desired. If it doesn’t work right away, it’s always a good idea to step back during your workout and be patient.

4. Teach the cat to recover

A distraction-free environment is important for this trick. It works best when the cat is a little hungry.

A stuffed mouse, newspaper ball, or similar small things that a cat can easily put in their mouth are suitable for recovery. Initially, the pet is free to take care of the toy. The goal is for the cat to voluntarily take the object into its mouth. If so, a click is displayed and a prize is awarded.

In the next stage, the toy is placed on the floor a few centimeters away. If the cat picks it up and lets itself be lured to you with the toy in its mouth, there is again praise and reward. Please don’t be disappointed if you don’t succeed right away – teaching cats this trick requires a lot of patience.

As soon as the cat brings the toy back from a short distance, you can try to throw it a few meters. It is also a good idea to take your cat’s special “recovery toy” out on special occasions only. So it remains interesting in the long run.

5. Teach a cat to “bump” (pretend to be dead)

For this trick, the cat should first be able to use the “sit down!” Instead of moving the toy backwards at the cat’s head, it is pulled over the side, diagonally across the cat’s back.

The goal is for the cat to twist its head while chasing the toy. She may throw herself aside to make it easier.

If it doesn’t work right away, you can give your cat a little help: While your cat follows the toy with its eyes, you gently push it to the side so that it is prone to falling.

If the cat accepts it, there will obviously be a gift and praise as a reward. Only when it works can the “Bang!” Signal be introduced. So that the cat jumps into the desired position on command.

It takes a lot of patience and training to learn the peng trick. Gradually, the cat will eventually fall on its own as soon as it hears the appropriate signal and expects a reward.

Did you know: Cats can also learn to listen to their names #. The following article reveals exactly how it works: Teaching a cat its name – this is how it works!

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