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The followin’ post will be written in human English fur reader and translator ease. Our Service Cat posts aren’t intended to be an all inclusive Trainin’ Manual but rather Tips, Tricks and Techniques used/developed by mommy A thru her many years of animal trainin’, cats in purrticular. And to offur insight into your questions about Everything Feline. Always remember, Training is all ‘bout Repetition and Rewards.
So, we’re going to tackle a couple of questions today because they kind of go hand in hand. Here’s the questions: What age should kitty be spayed or neutered?, And: My kitty hates going out in the car/My kitty gets really stressed when he/she has to go to the VET, what can I do to make it easier on him/her?
Regardless of kitty’s age or background, they can be Trained. A really skittish kitty may always be a little fearful, but even they can learn to be calmer and less stressed. And, in the end, that’s all we can ask of them. We gave you Training Tips and Tricks on Harness and Leash Training here. There are numerous reasons to Train kitty to be comfortable with going out/riding in the car. We’ll be covering more of this in a future post. Anyways, we live in something called Tornado Alley; meaning a tornado could appear and wipe out everything in it’s path. Many of you live in areas that could flood or have the ground beneath you quake and open up. Regardless of weather, there are many natural disasters that could occur making it necessary for kitty to have to leave the home and ride in a car. So, Harness and Leash Training are always a good idea. You should always secure kitty inside their carrier with any provided tethers, or by clasping the leash to a zipper, handle or carrier grate. This step will ensure that kitty doesn’t escape even if they manage to get their carrier open. The last thing you need is a scared kitty running loose in an unfamiliar place possibly surrounded by unfamiliar people/other anipals.
We highly recommend keeping kitty familiar with going out throughout their lives. We also recommend taking kitty to places other than the VET. Think about it, if the only place you ever went when you went for a ride in the car was to some place you didn’t like, how eager would you be to continue to go? So often kitties only go out when they need to visit the VET. Even the calmest of kitties will eventually get a little stressed out by these outings. Our prayer would be that no kitty ever got sick or needed regular doctor’s visits, but the reality is that as kitty ages VET visits become more frequent. And, since we can’t all live in areas that have VETs that make house calls, a kitty that’s comfortable going out makes those visits much less stressful for all involved.
Me thinks me’ll take a little nap in here.
Remember, kitty also feeds off your emotions. More than a few times we’ve heard, “My cat seems to know I need to take them to the VET.” The answer is, of course we know. We’ve already felt your stress about having to corral us into our carrier and make the drive while listening to us sing the song of our people. Take control of your own emotions and start sending “positive vibes” instead of nervousness or stress. No matter how small your home may be, we recommend leaving kitty’s carrier/stroller out at all times. The more comfortable kitty is with their carrier/stroller, the less stressed they’ll be when you close them up in it. You should make closing kitty in their carrier a game you play off and on throughout their lives. Once kitty is in their carrier, calmly close it up for just a few minutes at a time. Once kitty is comfortable with this, start taking kitty out to the car and drive around the block and back home again. You can eventually make these trips longer and longer. And remember, all trips in the car shouldn’t end up at the VETs. We often go through the drive thru at the bank, just to say hey to the tellers in the windows. We’ve also gone with mommy to buy gas. We stay in the car while she pumps the gas and then we either go inside with her to pay or go thru the drive thru window. Again, we’ll cover more of this in a later post.
Ifin I’s stay here long enuff, maybe I’s can go fur a stroll later.
Now to the question of when kitty should be altered. In recent years all surgical procedures have advanced and become safer. Lots of VETs perform what is called a Gonodectomy (removal of the ovaries or testes) on very young kittens, beginning around 6 weeks of age. Most require the kitten to weigh at least 2 pounds. This procedure is more common in rescue and shelter kittens in an attempt to make sure adopted kitties actually get the surgery and can’t reproduce. While we totally understand the need for this, mommy is personally against this procedure on such a young and small animal. That being said, we also don’t believe kitty/doggy should be allowed to mature and “go thru a heat cycle” before being altered. We certainly don’t believe kitty should have to experience the birthing process. It is not necessary and increases the risk of mammary cancer, cervical cancer and other medical issues. We tend to favor the spay/neuter surgery occur when kitty/doggy is about 5 to 6 months of age. By this time the male testes have fully dropped, the female ovaries have fully formed and there’s less chance of “missing/leaving” behind an ovary or testicle. Altho’ rare, this has and does happen.
Raena’s spay day at 5 1/2 months old.
We were also asked if we believed that a female kitty in heat was in some form of pain and should be given pain meds. Our answer to this is absolutely not. But, that being our opinion, we researched said topic and could find nothing to substantiate that kitty is in actual pain. The yowling and contorting of her body is not due to pain, but her desire to mate. She doesn’t need pain meds, she needs to be altered as does the spraying male tom that’s yowling, fighting and stinking up the house/yard/neighborhood. It is our opinion that we often over medicate these days whether it be human or animal. That being said, kitty should be altered before she has to go into heat. Again, it’s much healthier to spay kitty before a heat cycle. However, don’t let that stop you from adopting a mature kitty who hasn’t been spayed. It’s never too late. And it’s never too late to start Training your kitty. Remember, Training is all about Repetition and Rewards. To revisit Training kitty to go out, you should take kitty out at least once a week throughout their life. This will help insure that VET visits go smoothly and kitty isn’t bouncing off the walls when you take them in the car.
Dezi in stroller in the car.
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Raena: Hey, is anypawdy out there? It’s me, RaenaBelle. Storms, storms go away and don’t come back any day.
Dezi: Uh Raena, me doesn’t think you’ve got that sayin’ right?. Not that it matters, just meowin’ somethin’ isn’t gonna make it happen.
Are you sure sissy? Mommy says the Bible says “ask and you shall receive.” (Mt. 7:7)
Oh Raena, (Dezi shakes her head) furst, you’re paraphrasin’ that scripture. But, more ‘purrtantly, that’s not what it means. And, since ya’ paraphrased it, you missed the most ‘purrtant pawrt, ‘bout askin’ in Jesus name. But really it means spiritual things and really ‘purrtant stuffs, like healin’ and things. While me might not care fur the storms any more than you do, they’re typical in the area we live. And, while it might mean we don’t get to go fur strolls, the ground and farmers who farm the land, really need the rain. Summer’s comin’ and you’ll be complainin’ ‘bout the heat in no time. Besides, you got to get out yesfurday with mommy and go to the dentist.
I’s did sissy, but that wasn’t any fun. Mommy furgot to put a towel down in the new stroller and I’s got all wet. Fanky fankfully, she had some paper towels in the car so she was able to dry us both off. And as usual, the nasty peeps at Aspen Dental did mommy dirty again. It’s a real shame, cuz we had just met a new dental assistant that mommy really liked. He’s ex military and really nice. Mommy says she really ‘purreciated how nice and respectful he is.
Wish me could have met him. Did ya’ll make sure to fank him fur his service Raena?
Of course we did, sissy. We never miss an oppurrtunity to fanky fank those who serve our Country and fight to keep us safe. I’s thought he might cry when he told mommy the office manager said they didn’t want mommy to come back and they weren’t gonna make her lower denture. He said they were tired of mommy wantin’ them to do things right and to make mommy’s denture look good and fit propurrly.
So, after upsettin’ mommy and tellin’ her that she still owed $800.00 and makin’ her sign a new contract; due to their incompetence, they’re voidin’ their own contract? These peeps just don’t know when to stop. (Dezi shakes her head)
I’s just gonna have a short nap.
Yep sissy, I’s thinkin’ the same thing. ‘Specially since in all this time mommy hasn’t lost her tempurr not once. No screamin’, callin’ peeps names or cursin’. They have no idea how lucky they are to have never known mommy’s wrath. We’ve gotta go back next week to hopefully pick up mommy’s upper denture. We’re sure purrayin’ hard that it fits this time. And hopefully, mommy can find somewhere else to go to finish all this up. It sure has been an ordeal and quite furankly, we’re all tired of it. Anyways, let’s finish brekky and see ifin mommy will let us play with our hexbugs. Since they run off batteries and not ‘lectricity, mommy has no reason to keep ‘em from us. And hopefully these storms will pass soon and we can visit all our furiends.
Hey, is anypawdy out there? It’s me, RaenaBelle. Sissy, Aren’t you thru checkin’ unner the bed yet? I’s purretty sure nuffin’ got in the house since the last time you checked!!! Mommy says the silly weather guessers have issued warnings fur every town and county ‘round us, but left us out.
(Dezi meows loudly from UTB) Ifin we’re not s’posed to be havin’ all these storms then what’s that loud noise that keeps bangin’ the roof?!!
Mommy says it’s those ice balls called hail. I’s haven’t figgered out the difference t’ween hail and sleet. Seems they’re both ice that rains down from the sky and makes a lot of noise. Anyways, mommy says she was really purroud of you last night fur stayin’ out and eatin’ your dinner even tho’ it was stormin’ outside. So I’s was thinkin’…
What did me tell ya’ ‘bout thinkin’, Raena?
Sissy…I’s only tryin’ to help. Anyways, I’s was thinkin’, ifin you could come out last night and eat your dinner, then you oughtta be able to come out today and eat your brekky and hang out with mommy and me.
(Dezi slinks down the hall to the living room focusing on the door) Hmmmm, Why didn’t you tell me brekky was ready?
I’s thought you heard mommy hollerin’ fur ya’ fur the last 10 minutes and then sing our brekky song.
(A loud clap of thunder is heard overhead. Dezi, flattens and looks around. Seeing Raena still eating and mommy A sitting calmly in her chair, Dezi decides to continue to eat. Mommy beams with pride at Dezi’s actions) Me sure hopes that these storms go away and soon, Raena. Guess we oughtta be really glad we got in those strolls last week. Doesn’t look like there’s gonna be any strollin’ this week.
May be sissy, but I’s gonna look on the pawsitive side and believe these nasty storms will pass by us today. You know, mommy says havin’ a pawsitive attitude is half the battle. Y, Look’it you, I’s believed with mommy that you could hang out with us in the livin’ room even tho’ it was stormin’ outside. And there you are, purrettyin’ up in front of the fireplace. Can’t you see how purroud mommy is of you?
Yeah, well, ya’ll shouldn’t get any big ideas, me might need to check fur intruders again soon. We better wrap this up befur the catputer blinks. We couldn’t get in any visits with our furiends fur the last few days cuz the catputer keeps shuttin’ down.
I’s know sissy. But I’s think mommy’s the reason the catputer’s been shuttin’ down. You know she doesn’ like us to be on it when it’s stormin’ outside. She says she can’t affurd to replace it ifin it gets hit by lightnin’ or somethin’. We’ll just have to hope our furiends unnerstand and know that we’ll visit as soon as we can. In the meantime, let’s go play.
RaenaBelle, hurry up. It’s time fur our Blest Sunday posty. Mommy says the weather guessers have said it’s gonna storm; so we’ve gotta get our posty written befur the heavens start rumblin’.
I’s comin’ sissy. What’s with the stormin’ meows? I’s don’t want anymore storms. I’s thought spring was s’posed to be here?.
Yeah, well, spring or not, you know it storms here a lot.
That I’s do, sissy. That’s kind’a why I’s don’t get why you wanna run hide when you hear the furst rumble in the sky? You’d think you’d be used to it by now. After all, it’s not like you were born yesfurday.
Uh? Me thinks you’re callin’ me old Raena. And ifin you are, that’s not very nice. Besides, how many times does me have to tell ya’, me’s not hidin’. Me’s makin’ sure you and mommy are safe from any critters that might try to get in the house and hide unner the bed. Anyways, me was really happy to see mr. Sunshine come out this week. It warmed up enuff fur mommy to take us fur a few strolls.
What fun we had, right sissy? I’s luvs to go strollin’ with mommy. I’s even met a couple of the neighbor ladies. They wanted to make over me and pet me and talk ‘bout how soft mine’s fur is. I’s wasn’t real fond of all those hands comin’ at me all at once, but I’s sucked it up and let ‘em manhandle me. I’s sure mine’s beauty made their day.
Hmmmmpht Conceded much Raena?
I’s don’t even know what that means, sissy. Anyways, I’s heard all kinds of noises and even saw a herd of deer out in our woods. Did you see ‘em when you went out?
Look’it mommy, it’s the bobcat!!!
Nope Raena, me didn’t see any deer, but me did see that old bobcat we used to feed. Least me thinks it was her. She was watchin’ mommy and me from the woods. She had a purretty good hidin’ spot, we almost missed her. Unfurtunately, mommy scared her when she went fumblin’ fur the camera. Then when she tried to take a foto of that old bobcat runnin’ away, the camera slipped and all mommy got was a foto of the sun settin’. It’s actually a really nice foto, just not what mommy was tryin’ fur.
Yeah sissy, mommy’s not the greatest fotographer in the world. Least she tries. I’s guess that’s what counts. And, mommy said it was good to see the bobcat. Maybe we’ll see more of her this year. I’s not got to meet her yet.
And ifin mommy has anythin’ to say ‘bout it Raena, you won’t ever get to meet her. Mommy says she’s not like us. Even tho’ she looks furiendly, she’s a wild cat and not meant to play with us.
Really sissy? You call me wild all the time, what’s the difference?
Your wild is kitten energy Raena. Her wild means she’s not used to hangin’ with peeps and she actually kills most everythin’ she eats. X’cept those times when everypawdy ‘round here puts out food fur her. She’s kind’a like our lion and tiger cousins you watch on the teevee; pretty to look at, but not suited fur home livin’. We’re so Blest to be homey kitties and have such a pawsum home with mommy.
We are at that. It’s just too bad sissy, I’s sure wanted to meet her.
Well, maybe you’ll see her one day while you’re out strollin’ with mommy. You can wave to her, just ‘member to keep your distance. In other words, stay in the stroller where you’re safe.
I’s do feel safe in our new stroller sissy. I’s luvs the tethers. They’re strong enuff to make sure we can’t escape or get hurt, but still long enuff to let us move all ‘round and take in the view. I’s just wish the wind hadn’t been blowin’ so hard when I’s was out.
Me too, Raena. All that wind was blowin’ our winter furs all over the place. Still, it was really nice to get out and take in some furesh air. The neighbor even came out to see me. Mommy wouldn’t let me get out and walk ‘round tho’. She said the exterminator had just sprayed the yard and she didn’t want me gettin’ poison on me’s paws. It’s the furst time he’s sprayed the outside in five years. We hope that helps cut down on all the scary bugs that try to get in the house like the scorpions, spiders and fire ants.
Fleas and ticks too sissy. We fur sure don’t want any of those.
Sure ‘nuff Raena. Altho’ me’s purretty sure mommy will take care of that fur us. Anyways, we are so Blest that we got to go out fur those amazin’ strolls this past week. Me can’t wait fur more.
Me either sissy, me either. Meowin of Blessings, we wanna fanky fank uncle Pete, Timmy and the furmily fur the green papers fur somethin’ special. Mommy didn’t say what she was gonna get us yet, but she purromissed to get us somethin’ we’d really like. And fanky fanks to awnty Lene fur the green papers fur me to get a bacon burger the next time we go to Ardmore. That stinkin’ dentist office has upset mommy so much at her last few visits that we didn’t even get to stop fur a special treat. Now mommy has no x’cuse, awnty Lene said so.
You better get enuff to bring home some fur me too Raena.
I’s will sissy, don’t worry.
Me also wants to fank all of you fur bein’ our furiends. We fank God fur all of you each and every day. We wanna remind you all to take a minute today and every day to give Thanks fur the Blessings in your lives. We’d also like to fank our sweet furiend Ali fur nominatin’ us fur the Mystery Blogger Award. Ali be a fellow Cat Scout and gawjus tabby. She doesn’t blog a lot, but you can check her out here. We think we’re s’posed to tell 3 things ‘bout us. So, nummer 1 is that we are Blest. Nummer 2, we luv all our furiends.
And nummer 3, we luvs strollin’!!! Fanky fank ya’ Ali. Anypawdy can take this award. Just link back to us and tell us 3 things ‘bout yourself. Let’s link up with the Kitties Blue fur Sunday Selfies and get in some rainy day cuddles, sissy.