10 Tips to Keep Your Cat Happy Indoors

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Start young
Kittens who are kept indoors usually show no desire to venture outside when they grow up.

Fence me in
Provide a screened porch or other safe way for your cat to experience the
outdoors. Consider building or purchasing a “cat fence” or similar enclosure.

Walk this way
If you live in a peaceful neighborhood in which you can walk without encountering loose dogs, consider buying a harness and training your cat to walk on a leash.

Play time
Play with your cat each day. Try different types of toys that allow your cat to stalk, chase, pounce, and kick.

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Relationships between cats and owners

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Relationships between cats and owners have a similar dynamics than the relationships between babies and parents: The parents act as caregivers and the cats as dependant furry babies. Cats have needs, and they understand that humans are the way by which their needs will be satisfied. This does not mean that cats view humans as their slaves; it only means that cats feel the same vulnerability as an infant, and they share that timid egoism that babies have toward the world as they are psychologically incapable of putting themselves in someone else’s shoes or head. Also, their needs are not limited to being fed; they want to feel protected and loved. Sounds similar?

While cats are not hesitant to communicate those needs to their owners, they do adapt their speech according to their owner’s personalities. They take into account what works best with their owners, what is well understood, instead of just screaming their needs with no regard to the person at the other end. Cats do listen, and they try to interpret their owner’s actions to get feedback. For example, an owner who talks a lot to his or her cat will most probably end up with a very vocal cat, while an owner that is very attentive to his or her cat’s actions might have a cat which discretely stands in front on his bowl when hungry.

And this communication adaptability goes beyond communicating needs: Cats and their owners strongly influence each other’s actions and personalities. Have you noticed how outgoing owners tend to have more active and sociable cats than timid and introverted owners?

Cats and humans do share an incredible bond. Interestingly, this bond is even stronger between women and cats, regardless of the cat’s sex. Cats tend to go toward women, and this is true even if the owner is a man. Would you say this is true under your roof?

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TWENTY STEPS TO BEING A GOOD PET OWNER

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1. Choose a type of pet or the breed which is compatible with your lifestyle.

2. Your pet is totally dependent on you for food, water and shelter.

3. Make sure you feed your pet at regular times with a diet suitable for its age and species.

4. Fresh, clean water should be available at all times. Make sure the water container cannot be accidentally tipped over.

5. Provide shelter from rain, the cold in Winter and the heat in Summer.

6. Make sure your pet receives any vaccinations required for protection against contagious diseases.

7. Regularly worm your pet.

8. If you do not intend to breed from your dog or cat have it desexed.

9. If you do decide to breed from your pet, be prepared to keep the offspring until you can find responsible homes for them.

10. Do not let your pet be tormented by fleas — during flea season use an appropriate flea control product.

11. Groom your pet on a regular basis to keep it free from mats and tangles. Even shorthaired pets enjoy a brushing.

12. If you suspect your pet may be unwell seek immediate veterinary advice.

13. Comply with all local government regulations for keeping pets.

14. Ensure that your dog is securely confined on your own property.

15. For your cat’s safety make sure it is indoors after dark.

16. Carry a ‘pooper-scooper’ bag to clean up after your dog when out walking.

17. Do not allow your dog to bark unnecessarily.

18. Make sure your dog and cat wear identification tags at all times, or are microchipped.

19. Teach your pet dog manners. Enroll in your local dog training classes.

20. Provide your pet with appropriate exercise.

Read more from Petcare Information and Advisory Service Australia

College students abandon pets as they leave campus

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Many university graduates who had once doted over pets are abandoning cats and dogs as they leave campus, leaving the pets to the mercy of volunteer caregivers.

Many dogs and cats are abandoned after their owners lose the excitement they had felt when they had first got a pet and may then come to recognize just how much work and energy it takes to raise an animal, Gong added.

The increasing number of stray pets on campus has proved a headache for administrators.

“Their numbers increase every year when students are about to graduate,” said Gu Jie, a logistic worker at Southwest University of Political Science and Law, who often feeds homeless cats and dogs on the campus.

She said university workers recently expelled some dogs to make the campus safer.

Chen Mingcai, head of the Association of Small Animal Protection in Chongqing, said the number of abandoned pets has increased on campuses because many students have recently taken a fancy to the idea of keeping a pet and are unaware of how large a responsibility they would be taking on by having one.

Some students exchange pets as gifts or symbols of love. But the fun often ebbs away when the owners are under pressure to finish dissertations and find a job, he said.

Read more from China Daily

College Students, Have you thought it through?

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Anyone can own a cat, but it takes a very special cat lover to go through the trouble of keeping one in an apartment or small house during the college years. If one bothers to get a cat while in college, I think it’s the real deal.

Also, I think college students get a bad reputation for abandoning pets at the end of a semester or upon graduation. If you’re not serious about owning a pet for life or making additional arrangements when you can no longer do so, please do not waste your time. When you commit to owning a cat, you need to be willing to give up to 20 years of your life for him (assuming he is a kitten when you become his owner). If you’re in college, then yes, this cat could very well be part of the package that your future spouse gets when he or she marries you! Your kids will meet this cat if you keep him in good health. So be serious! If you can’t commit, don’t mess with a cat’s life. How would you like to be abandoned?

April Tubbs, an adoption screener at Pet Rescue By Judy in Sanford, Fla., said students often don’t realize the level of commitment that owning a cat requires. A full-time class load, mixed with changes in housing and roommates, sometimes leads to disaster or neglect.

“If anything, just think carefully before you decide to adopt,” she said. “Really consider the cost and your lifestyle and if adding a pet to the mix is the best idea.”

Use our blog as a guideline to better understand your cat and know when something is wrong.And read more from Lindsay Weaver

BECOME A VOLUNTEER

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Are you passionate about animal welfare and want to make a difference by being involved?

Are you dedicated and willing to make a regular commitment to help animals – animals that have been displaced, abandoned and possibly neglected and abused?

If so, you may be just the person they are looking for to become an RSPCA NSW Volunteer.

Volunteers are an integral part of the RSPCA NSW team and play an active part in supporting our work to improve the welfare of animals and protect them from cruelty and neglect. Volunteering involves dedication, commitment and passion. It is a great way to meet new people and be directly involved in the animal welfare cause.

There are many volunteer roles available; some involving contact with animals, while others provide support without direct contact with animals. Opportunities exist to assist with animal care, administration, events, customer service and local community fundraising (roles available may differ between shelters and branches).

Join today at RSPCA NSW

International Students! Register your pet!

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All cats and dogs must be registered before they are 6 months old. If your pet goes astray, the pound or vet can use your pet’s microchip and registration details to contact you and quickly reunite you with your pet.

Registration is cheaper if your pet is already desexed.
Make sure your pet is already microchipped and that you have received your certificate of identification. (If you have not yet submitted your microchipping paperwork – the permanent ID form – and received your certificate of identification you can do this at the same time as your registration.)
Complete a lifetime registration form.
Send the lifetime registration form and your pet’s certificate of identification to us.

Find out more at City of Sydney