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Groom Your Cat, Trim Their Nails, and Give Them Medicine (PPiC Ep12)

Zazie and Kristi chat about the right way to groom cats, what to do with matted fur, trimming cats’ nails, and the right way to give meds to cats.

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Husbandry for cats

On this episode we chat about the right way to groom your cat and the right way to cope with mats, in addition to the right way to trim your cat’s nails. We talk about the various the explanation why it’s vital to not “declaw” your cat and the way it’s actually like an amputation. Scratching is a pure conduct for cats and we discuss in regards to the sort of put up to supply to maintain your cat comfortable.

We additionally talk about the tough matter of the right way to give meds to your cats, together with pilling, towel-wrapping, and tips to make meds simpler. Alongside the best way we share tales about our personal cats and naturally just a few suggestions for canines as nicely.

On the finish we chat in regards to the books we’re studying. 

Purr: The Science of Making Your Cat Joyful by Zazie Todd is obtainable from all good bookstores.

The entire books talked about within the episode can be found from my Amazon retailer.  

The Paw Challenge: Cats’ paws want their claws https://pawproject.org/ 

BC’s 2018 ban on declawing cats was excellent news for cats, research exhibits  

What sort of scratching put up do cats desire?  

Caring for a diabetic cat will get simpler with time, research exhibits  

give your cat an insulin injection (iCatCare)  

prepare your cat to make use of an bronchial asthma inhaler  

Educate any cat AeroKat (iCatCare)  

clip your cat’s claws (iCatCare) 

Two individuals giving a cat a capsule (iCatCare) 

Medicating suggestions and tips (Basically Feline)  

Consolation cats in a towel wrap (Dr. Sophia Yin)  

Contemporary and Fearless: Primary Grooming Made Simple (Kristi Benson)

The Books

Kristi’s suggestion is Purple, White and Royal Blue: A Novel by Casey McQuiston. 

Zazie recommends Unbroken: My Battle for Survival, Hope, and Justice for Indigenous Girls and Women by Angela Sterritt.

The books can be found from all good bookstores and the Companion Animal Psychology Amazon retailer

Highlights of the dialog on cat husbandry

Z: Let’s begin with speaking about how typically we brush our cats and the way we do this, as a result of certainly one of my cats Harley completely likes to be brushed. And it took me just a few years to find this about him as a result of he is a brief haired cat and he did not really want brushing. My different cat Melina isn’t very comfortable [about it], she is going to settle for it nevertheless it’s not one thing that she significantly loves. Harley simply naturally loves it, Melina would not find it irresistible. 

However Harley likes to be brushed every single day it seems. And he has an excellent inside clock so he is aware of what time it’s when it is time for him to be groomed, which was truly simply now, and he’ll come and meow at me and say it is time for me to be groomed. And that meow is a barely completely different meow from when he is meowing as a result of it is time for his supper time. So he needs to be brushed out at this set time within the morning, that is when he expects to be brushed, and he additionally does sort of want it as a result of he sheds quite a bit. Though he is short-haired he does shed quite a bit. Even when he is simply been brushed he nonetheless sheds quite a bit, and he is getting on a bit as a result of he is 14. Older cats typically want a little bit of grooming even when they did not earlier than. So for him it is every single day. 

For Melina, she comes and appears after I’m doing Harley and generally she’s like okay you possibly can brush me a bit bit and I’ve to do actually actually brief strokes with the comb, sort of like you realize if a cat was licking one other cat there’d be actually brief licks. In order that they need to be actually brief whereas with Harley I can truly do fairly a protracted brush and he likes it, however for Melina it needs to be brief after which she’s okay. One other day she’s like no I am going away immediately, she would not need it. So how about Apricat? As a result of Apricat is short-haired is not he? 

Okay: Sure short-haired and we do brush him however kind of when he wants it, and so I might say just a few instances a 12 months virtually. And possibly I am it with like a canine individual’s lens however I see his coat appears to be like a bit completely different and I am like oh it is time to brush him now and I brush him. However you realize if you’re saying older cats should be brushed extra, that’s attention-grabbing and I am questioning if that is what they’re saying he appears to be like like. 

if you requested me to speak about this I checked out him and I assumed, oh you realize what it is truly it is most likely time to groom him proper now, I feel his coat is wanting a bit bit like he must be brushed. However sometimes I feel he takes care of himself in that approach fairly you realize, his coat tends to be fairly good so when his coat begins to look not like his stunning Apricat self then I give him a brush and he is okay with it. 

However he solely likes it for a brief period of time, identical as kind of most sorts of petting he’ll solely put up with it for a bit bit after which he is identical to “and now I am carried out.” However I feel he likes it in that point he would not go away you realize till he is like okay now.

Z: And I feel most cats desire issues to be brief. It is like most cats desire solely to be petted for a short while after which they’ve had sufficient after which they’d prefer it most likely to occur once more fairly quickly with the patting. Whereas that is the weird factor about Harley, he fairly likes it to go on for a very long time. Once we hadn’t had him for very lengthy, if we had been petting him and we stopped, from his perspective it was too quickly, he would chew us after which he would observe us meowing like “I need extra!”. So he is a really cuddly affectionate sort of cat in that approach although he is not a lap cat. However I feel short-haired cats do not want it fairly often. 

I stated older cats as a result of I feel typically older cats if they’ve a little bit of arthritis or one thing it may be a bit tougher for them to achieve sure areas so possibly their pants would possibly want grooming a bit extra, like their trousers, the again of their legs for instance. And with Harley I even brush him on the stomach however I’ve to do it when he is standing up and I sort of attain spherical beneath his stomach and brush his stomach and he’ll settle for it if he is standing up. He truly likes to rub his head on one thing so we now have a set spot and he has someplace he can rub his head whereas I am brushing him and it is simply ecstasy for him. 

I feel longer haired cats, and I’ve had longer haired cats earlier than, they want much more brushing. And I feel a Persian cat would undoubtedly want much more brushing probably every single day, and that sort of cat, as a result of they’ve a extra squashed face and a few folds of their faces they most likely would want wiping round their eyes identical to some canines want wiping round their eyes as nicely. 

Okay: Yeah after which you have to by no means get mats in. Apricat as a result of he is a brief haired okay I do not assume so, I am making an attempt to assume, I do not assume he is ever had something like mats wherever. Yeah no, his hair is fairly persistently brief you realize and he does, he’s fairly straightforward to deal with and he is on us quite a bit. It is not like you realize when you have a canine or a cat or one thing that does not prefer to be touched generally I feel mats can creep up you realize after which abruptly you are like whoa I assume I have not patted your you realize stomach or no matter for a very long time,  or behind your ears or wherever canines normally get mats. However as a result of Apricat sits on my lap for like hours a day, he would not wish to essentially be patted that complete time however he likes to kind of sit on my lap, I feel as a result of I am kind of touching him on a regular basis I might really feel it.

Z: Yeah I feel you’d. And I assume the trousers and possibly the armpits and there are particular areas possibly behind the ears maybe as nicely the place mats are extra possible. Possibly they’re frequent throughout cats and canines I do not know. 

Okay: Yeah I do not know. You probably have a protracted haired cat it you possibly can miss mats in the event you’re not cautious as a result of they will really feel superb if you stroke them on the floor however the mat might be beneath. 

Z: Yeah yeah, they are often fairly deep after which that may be actually uncomfortable for the cats. So one factor you are able to do about that’s truly simply to sort of tease the hairs aside. It takes some time and also you want a affected person cat however you possibly can simply sort of tease the mat aside. And that is typically higher than making an attempt to chop it, as a result of in the event you minimize it you are risking reducing the cat unintentionally and that is not good. And naturally if it is dangerous then it’s worthwhile to ask your vet to assist out. And yeah you possibly can take them to the vet and have them shaved if crucial on the vet and then you definately get a clear slate to start out once more. However actually it is one thing it is best to do and to start out doing if you’ve received them once they’re younger, it is a lot a lot simpler. However like canines you possibly can train them at any age. Sorry go on.

Okay: I used to be gonna say in the event you take them, identical because the canine you realize, generally individuals will come as much as me and say oh I noticed that you’ve got like Jane’s grooming course, I’ve a canine that hates to be touched and has matting. And I typically advocate you discuss to your vet and let’s examine if we are able to do a groom the place the canine is receiving kind of medical help, get all of it groomed and that provides you such as you stated a clean slate to start out training as a way to begin with out having to be like that stress of being like Oh my God my pet has a mat and it is uncomfortable for them and I want to love work on it. You possibly can simply be like this is a contemporary begin for me and my cat or my canine. I can begin working. I can begin doing counter conditioning and get the animal actually snug being groomed which I feel is a pleasant it is a good reward for you and your animal. 

Z: Yeah and also you’re proper in regards to the individual’s stress as nicely as a result of in the event you’re considering oh there is a mat I’ve received to cope with, you are going to wish to get on and cope with that, and on the identical time in case your purpose is basically to show the cat or canine to take pleasure in being groomed truly you must go at their tempo, which is sort of contradictory to checking out the mat. So it is a good suggestion such as you say, in the event you get that carried out on the vet then you possibly can consider doing the coaching correctly and get that carried out. Yeah it makes it a lot a lot simpler. And it is so good that you’ve got these this course obtainable to assist individuals with that I feel it is good. 

Okay: Yeah yeah completely.

Z: Yeah. So many individuals so many individuals need assistance with that. After which nails as nicely. So your course appears to be like at canines’ nails, the one that you’ve got obtainable, however cats generally want their nails trimmed too particularly in the event that they’re indoors solely. It is a bit completely different in the event that they’re outside cats as a result of they use their nails for lots of issues they most likely climb timber with them and so forth they usually most likely put on them down a bit extra however how typically do you do Apricat’s nails? 

Okay: I do his nails once they begin to hurt me when he sits on my lap. So he takes care of them himself generally a bit he does have a scratching put up that he likes to make use of and generally I feel that the nails get kind of worn down or they shed there, however I do maintain cat nail clippers proper at my desk after which when he is sitting on my lap, it offers me a chance to trim his nails. So not as a lot as I’ve to do the canine’s nails for positive, as a result of the canines’ nails, I try to do them each week, nevertheless it finally ends up most likely being as soon as a month simply because it is laborious to try this sort of stuff however possibly as soon as each couple months I might say I’ve to do it so generally. He is excellent right here that is why my arm is doing just like the tram kind of factor. 

If he is right here and he is snug I can kind of gently seize one foot, do one nail after which pat him and he is superb with it. In order that’s one of many ways in which I love to do it. 

The opposite approach is I maintain Churu within the closet there and and I am going to put a plate down if he wants all of his nails carried out and and I want I wish to do them rapidly, I am going to simply put a bit little bit of Churu on the plate and he’ll lick it after which I am going to minimize a nail after which I am going to give him a bit bit extra. So it is kind of prefer it’s each a distraction and a counter conditioning I feel kind of protocol. It is a bit sloppy, do not inform Jean {Donaldson]! However it works and he goes bananas for the style of that stuff and it takes an entire tube primarily, or you realize two-thirds of the tube after which I get by means of all of his nails and his complete physique and he is snug and comfortable after which it is carried out. 

In order that’s how I do it once more. I put a bit bit on the plate to get him oriented to the plate after which I decide up his foot and I clip a nail after which I give him a bit bit extra so I be sure that after each nail clip he will get some treats in order that he is making that affiliation. 

Z: Yeah and I feel it is one thing individuals do not typically understand they will do with cats, and even so far as canines and husbandry behaviors go we’d like extra consciousness that you should use meals to assist your canine take pleasure in this stuff. However for cats we’d like much more individuals to know that utilizing meals is an effective method to prepare your cat or to make use of this as distraction for one thing. And yeah these these tubes are Churu. I feel each cat appears to like them. 

Okay: Yeah they’re very helpful, very helpful. They usually’re good as a result of they’re shelf steady so I can simply have them in my workplace you realize and pull them out when it is time, they usually’re not terribly costly so throughout great things. 

And I feel I have been fortunate as a result of Apricat may be very handleable, so it is all the time been straightforward for me to choose up his foot. He would not like his foot being held you realize however he would not, you realize it hasn’t taken numerous work like a few of my canines have taken numerous work. Sitka has taken numerous work to get snug having her nails trimmed. However I assume it is you realize kind of for cat homeowners to comprehend if their cats are actually uncomfortable having their toes held you possibly can discuss to a behaviorist you realize or discover a good coaching plan. Is there one in Purr? I can not keep in mind. 

Z: Not for nails. The 2 coaching plans in Purr are one for a trick known as sit fairly and the opposite one is educating your cat to go within the service. And I solely had area for 2 coaching plans. However it tells you numerous about the right way to prepare your cat so it offers you all the common rules that individuals can use.  

Okay: Yeah so I imply you possibly can you possibly can provide you with a coaching plan or work with a cat behaviorist on a coaching plan the place you realize so as an alternative of going proper to grabbing and holding their foot and sort of like wrestling them to carry their foot after which minimize their nail. You begin with one thing actually easy and that the cat’s already snug with, possibly like a agency contact to their shoulder or one thing and then you definately give them among the deal with and over time when your cat is demonstrating that they are  snug in anticipating the treats you progress into this like better and better kind of nearer and nearer to the precise nail clip. However ultimately then you find yourself clipping their nails and it is all stunning and angels sing! 

Z: And yeah so that you begin with the shoulder and transfer all the way down to the paws as a result of they most likely do not prefer it in the event you simply seize them by the paw. They are not used to that so you must begin with one thing they’re extra used to. After which there’s the implement as nicely. So I am positive that is what you probably did with Apricat of exhibiting the implements individually and getting them used to the implement. Or possibly you did not have to as a result of it did not predict something did it? 

Okay: I might, I had to try this with Sitka, construct a separate plan. However with Apricat no, he’s simply that straightforward that he is like oh meals positive I am going to allow you to do this. even when he is kind of like within the I do not love this however I am going to tolerate it, he would not have an issue. I do not assume he is ever had an precise painful expertise having his nails carried out as a result of it is fairly straightforward. As a result of nails are white you realize so it is simple sufficient. And Sitka would not match on my lap so it is sort of a special situation. 

Z: Yeah that’s extra of a problem but when somebody’s canine or cat have beforehand had dangerous experiences then you definately would separate out the implement and you’d counter-condition them to seeing the Implement as nicely. 

Okay: Yeah and generally canines do not even want a nasty expertise to simply discover issues scary. So you realize your canine greatest or your cat greatest. In the event that they discover one thing scary then you definately’re gonna need to do the coaching for it. If you happen to’re fortunate sufficient to have an Apricat you possibly can transfer a bit extra rapidly.

Kristi Benson is an honours graduate of the celebrated
Academy for Canine Trainers, the place she earned her Certificates in Coaching
and Counseling (CTC). She additionally has gained her PCBC-A credential from the
Pet Skilled Accreditation Board. She has lately moved to
stunning northern British Columbia, the place she is going to proceed to assist canine
guardians by means of on-line educating and consultations. Kristi is on employees
on the Academy for Canine Trainers, serving to to form the subsequent technology
of canine professionals. Kristi’s canines are rescue sled canines, largely
retired and totally having fun with an excellent snooze in entrance of the

Web site: http://www.kristibenson.com/  Fb   Twitter 

Zazie Todd, PhD, is the award-winning creator of  Wag: The Science of Making Your Canine Joyful and Purr: The Science of Making Your Cat Joyful. She is the creator of the favored weblog, Companion Animal Psychology, and likewise has a column at Psychology As we speak. Todd lives in Maple Ridge, BC, along with her husband, one canine, and two cats. 

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