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What do your cats do when you introduce new things to their environment? Different personalities will have different reactions.
immediately go to the new item and check it out, sniffing it up and
down, maybe scratching it or rubbing their cheek on a corner to mark it
with their scent. Others are a little apprehensive about the new
"intruder" and take longer to warm up to it.
The latter was the reaction of Sneaky, seen here, to the new Kitty Palm
his "cat dad", Kenny, had gotten him for Christmas. Kenny was dismayed
when Sneaky didn't immediately take to the new toy. I suggested that
perhaps catnip spray
applied to it would help. But Sneaky didn't even need that; a little
twine play and some treats in the built-in dish, and Sneaky was soon
happily enjoying his new toy. "I don't have any kids, so he's like my
baby," says his dad. Yes, Kenny, we all know how you feel! That's the
spirit in which Old Maid Cat Lady was created. Glad that Sneaky likes
his new toy, and I hope it brings you both many hours of pleasure.
My own little Vixen
has displayed a similar lack of acceptance of new things. Perhaps this
results from her first year of living rough, before she came to live
with me. She's always been a little apprehensive of things. That would
be a good survival instinct for a feral cat. Now that she's gotten older
and her senses aren't as sharp, she seems almost fearful of anything
new. Last year, I'd bought a new bed for her and placed it in a corner
to which she'd taken to sleeping on the bare carpet. Knowing that she
was getting older, I figured she'd love having the extra padding
underneath her, and the bolster sides would help keep drafts at bay. At
first, she'd curl up on the carpet just outside the bed, as though it
were in her way. But within a few weeks, I walked into the den and found
her happily napping in the new bed. Once she realized that it was okay,
she accepted it into her world.
In a way, cats aren't really all
that different from us. People accept change in different ways, too. We
may embrace it, or reluctantly accept it. And most of the time, things
turn out just fine.
If you're trying to introduce a new piece of cat furniture to your home, here are a few tips that will help your cats understand its place in their environment:
it where you intend to leave it permanently; while giving them a mental
challenge by putting treat balls or toys in unusual locations can be
good, cats don't like it if too many big things in their environment
move around. If you think like a cat would in the wild, this would be as
disorienting as a tree or building moving all the time.
Place one of the cat's toys or some treats on it. This lets the cat know that the new object is okay because it's now associated with something familiar.
with the cat and encourage him/her to jump up on it as part of the
play. Any fears quickly fly away as kitty realizes that he's actually
sitting on the big, new, scary thing.
If the furniture has a dish built into it, feed the cat there. You know how cats love to eat!
Use some catnip spray
on the furniture to attract kitty to it. Some trees even come with
their own catnip, or treated with it. Keeping some catnip spray on hand
is a good way to refresh that scent over time.
most cats will eventually take to things, even if they turn up their
noses at first. It may take up to a month, but as we all know, cats do
things in their own time, not ours.
Posted by Lynn Maria Thompson on January 15, 2011 at 10:59 AM under
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