|A few minutes before the seminar began.|
Joan had been at the SPCA for several days accessing cats and training staff. For her presentation, she selected a group of ten hissy shelter cats to illustrate proper handling and care to get positive behavior from a cat. Animal control facilities often only keep cats for 72 hours, and Joan's years of experience has verified that that is often too short of a holding period. It can take weeks of slowly and gradually adding challenges to the cat before it comes around allowing human interaction.
|Joan illustrating scent glands.|
Joan's CARE CARE and FACTS:
- The number one thing cats want is PLEASURE FOR THEMSELVES!
- A Safe, clean, and comfortable environment.
- Cats are cautious observers.
- Gradual change and predictability.
- Some adversity and challenge each day.
- Cats are much more smell, than visually oriented.
- There are 400+ colors and patters in Pedigreed cats.
- All cats are black and tabby (genes will mask the tabby marking making it a solid or the black color making it yellow for example). Genes can also affect the eye coloring.
- A cat is not called a Calico (orange, white, black) UNLESS the black is solid colored. It is a tabby mix.
- Often blue eyed white cats are deaf, often if one eye is green, that side will be hearing but the blue side will be deaf!
- If your cat has copper eyes then you can almost be certain it has pedigree in its background.
|SPCA kitten calmly sitting in room full of cat lovers.|
|My obviously relaxed cat Gus.|