Stress First Aid for the Holidays

Stress First Aid for the Holidays

Dear Ms. Kitty, I have a scaredy cat who won't let me trim her claws or take her to the vet. She used to be relaxed but that changed after she was accidentally locked in a room while a loud compressor was run. Will she ever get back to her old self? Even a single...

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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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Cats & litter boxes: what’s the big deal?

Cats & litter boxes: what’s the big deal?

Dear Ms. Kitty, We got a new, expensive automatic litter box. One of our cats is just fine with it but the other insists on pooping in the tub now. How can we get her back to using the box? Imagine you're a small wild animal. You have your outside territory, where you...

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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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Kitty Colds: How to Help a Cat with URI

Kitty Colds: How to Help a Cat with URI

Whether your kitten comes from a shelter or a breeder or the family down the street, it's very common for the stress of moving to trigger an Upper Respiratory Infection (URI). Just like us, their bodies can have a virus that doesn't emerge until a stressful event...

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