One of the most interesting cat behavior webinars I’ve attended in the past few months outlined “Cooperative Care for Cats” by Tabitha Kucera, Owner, RVT, CCBC, KPA-CTP at Chirrups and Chatter. In cat behavior we’ve been learning about finding ways to ease cats into activities they find uncomfortable or frightening, like claw trims and vet visits. Cooperative Care goes a step farther by actually engaging a cat in its own handling and inviting it to be a participant in making decisions. I was excited to be able to share this topic in this magazine focused on the human-animal bond.
Cooperative Care for Cats
“Cooperative Care ‘involves training an animal to not only tolerate handling and husbandry procedures, but to be an active, willing participant in these experiences.’ “
While giving cats choice may sound far-fetched, break down an activity and you can see there are many points where a cat can indicate preference and comfort that you can respond to.
Read the article in the Spring 2021 issue of Pittsburgh PetConnections Magazine, “Cooperative Care for Cats”, featuring Hamlet’s sister Ophelia, who responded well to my socialization techniques that later fit well into “fear free” training.
You can find it on page 24:
- on the PetConnections website home page (look for the icon for the Spring 2020 issue)
- in the online issue of the magazine on ISSUU (it’s easy to set up an account to view magazines on this site)
You can also find my updated Cat Resource Guide on page 25 listing low-cost spay/neuter, vaccine and care options in the Pittsburgh area and links to search other areas, and read other articles about pets and other topics focused on the human-animal bond.
You can also find the latest cat resources on the resources page on this site.
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Each month features one of my commissioned portraits of a feline or felines and their rescue story along with a kitty quote on the left page, and on the right page the month name with enough lines for all possible dates, with standard holidays and animal-themed observances and events. Great Rescues also includes a mini cat-care book illustrated with my drawings including information on finding strays or orphaned kittens, adopting for the first time or caring for a geriatric cat, a list of household toxins and toxic plants, or helping stray and feral cats and beginning with TNR.
Each book includes also 10 sheets of my “22 Cats” decorative notepaper with a collage of all the portraits in black and white so you can make your own notes or write special notes to friends.
The portraits in this book, collected as a series, won both a Certificate of Excellence and a Muse Medallion in the 2011 Cat Writers’ Association Annual Communication Contest, as well as the 22 Cats Notepaper mentioned below.
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Weekly schedule of features:
Sunday: Essays, Pet Loss, Poetry, The Artist’s Life Monday: Adoptable Cats, TNR & Shelters Tuesday: Rescue Stories Wednesday: Commissioned Portrait or Featured Artwork Thursday: New Merchandise Friday: Book Review, Health and Welfare, Advocacy Saturday: Your Backyard Wildlife Habitat, Living Green With Pets, Creating With Cats And sometimes, I just throw my hands in the air and have fun!