The Great Indoor/Outdoor Cat Debate

The Great Indoor/Outdoor Cat Debate

Dear Ms. Kitty, I've heard it's better to keep cats indoors but they seem to be really happy outside. Why shouldn't I let my cat outside to be a more natural cat? Recently someone told us she had heard a cat crying for days. After days of searching, she finally found...

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Clicker Training for Shelter Cats

Clicker Training for Shelter Cats

At Happy Cats Haven, we have been using Clicker Training--which we call Clicker Play because it's so much fun for the cats--since we opened in 2011. Along with our Shy Cat Handling techniques, it's one of the best methods we have for recovering traumatized cats from...

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Clicker Training Behaviors for Cats

Clicker Training Behaviors for Cats

You've learned a little about Clicker Training. Now you know the basics like the importance of the treat, which clicker to use, the Big Two Rules and how to get a behavior. Here are some basic behaviors to get you started! DON'T TEACH SIT YET Animals tend to defualt...

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Cat boarding or cat sitting?

Cat boarding or cat sitting?

Life can get very scary for cats when their family suddenly disappears. Cats are creatures of habit, so keeping their environment as familiar as possible is the best way to have happy cats while you are away…and possibly give them a little vacation too! Everything...

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Introducing Your New Cat

Introducing Your New Cat

Safe & Slow Thanks for opening your heart to your new cat! Cats are creatures of habit and changes are stressful for them. They do best with one new thing at a time. You are the bridge to your new cat's new life. We recommend two important things: Help your new...

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A Safe Room for Your New Kitty

A Safe Room for Your New Kitty

You've just adopted a new kitty and are excited to bring her home. You've been told to make a safe room for your new four-footed baby but aren't sure you want to designate a whole room to her. What is a safe room and why is it so important? Congratulations on the new...

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Play With Your Cat!

Play With Your Cat!

Cats are getting fatter. About 1 in 5 cats were obese 25 years ago. Now that number is almost 1 in 3. While they've gotten safer in the last 20 years, the typical indoor cat is bored, overweight and at risk for disease and early death. Most dog owners know they need...

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Declawing and cats

Declawing and cats

"Can a kitten be declawed at birth?" Someone asked this through the Happy Cats Haven website recently. It's a fact that cats come with claws. Scratching and touching with their claws is a basic cat instinct, like eating or purring. Not only does it keep their bodies...

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Why Does My Cat Do That?

Why Does My Cat Do That?

Experts think dogs have been domesticated for around 10,000 years. It's estimated that cats have been domesticated half to a third of that time. As pack animals, dog survival depends on being able to understand the communications of their pack mates. Dogs have...

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