With a child's toothbrush, a finger brush or a special cat toothbrush, brush your feline's teeth with cat toothpaste on a regular basis. Start slowly and very gently, offering tasty treats to discourage squirming, before attempting to increase brushing times.read more
When it comes to fun, there's almost nothing cats love more than to watch the world from above. Unfortunately, they often like to perch where they don't belong, like atop bookcases and dressers, where things can easily get broken.
Keeping a cat grounded can be a challenge, but it really is in your pet's best interest. Your cat could hurt itself by getting tangled on something while jumping from the chair to the dresser, or by leaping onto that not-so-stable plant stand.
Keeping Your Stuff in Place
Try these kitty-tested strategies for controlling your pet's natural need to leap.
Cleaning Up Your Cat's Climbing Habits
If your cat doesn't get the message and continues to climb, don't lose hope. The next step is to try startling it into behaving better with a squirt gun, a whistle or a beanbag. The key is to make sure your cat doesn't come to associate you with the water, noise or sudden motion. If it does, it may become frightened or continue the bad behavior behind your back.
Try these ideas for taming your cat's climbing ways:
The overall goal is to find a balance between your natural need to keep plants upright, and your cat's natural need climb. With these strategies and a little bit of time, you and your cat can live together in harmony.
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