Primal Prosperity now offers FREE cat coaching. Most cat behavior issues are due to the fact that their owners generally don’t understand their underlying ‘feline primal needs’. Most situations can be resolved by making a few changes to approaching cat ownership. Below is a list of pointers for typical cat issues. If you are still having problems with your feline friends, then make sure that your cat isn’t suffering any health issues and email primalprosperityforall @ gmail . com for a free email consultation. Emails will be answered in the order they are received.
Note: If you need immediate help, or you would prefer a phone call, a limited monthly number of clients will be given priority in exchange for a $50 charitable donation to a Primal Prosperity recommended charity. Please email for details and availability.
Cat Coaching 101: Even if you are not having issues with your cat, try these tips to improve the quality of your cat’s life and improve your relationship and bonding with your cat. While it is ideal to follow every tip exactly, we live in the real world, and small steps might still make big improvements.
- LITTER BOXES:
- Make sure that there is one litter box per cat… i.e. if you have 2 cats, have 2 litter boxes.
- Make sure that there are litter boxes on level of your house that your cat uses… i.e. if you have one cat and 2 stories and a basement, you will need 3 litter boxes.
- Clean each litter box a minimum of once per day, ideally twice a day.
- Most cats don’t want privacy, and rather, prefer open litter boxes for safety and smell… i.e. don’t use a covered litter box or hide a litter box in a confined space like a closet, cabinet or bathroom.
- Do not move the litter box abruptly, but rather move the box in small increments so that the cat always knows where it is.
- Different cats may prefer different types of litter. Generally, they don’t like scented litter, but some cats may be ok with scents. If you are having litter box issues, try different types of litter and talk to your vet.
- Many times, litter box issues are a result of a health problem, so it is always good to take your cat to the vet as soon as litter box issues start up.
- FEEDING AND PLAY:
- It is preferable to not free feed cats.
- Like humans, cats feel better and remain healthier on quality food. Ask your vet for suggestions.
- Play sessions should ideally be performed 2-3 times a day for 10-15 minutes each session. However, at a minimum, a morning and evening session is the most important.
- Do not leave play toys out all day, or they will lose their uniqueness. Only take them out when you are with your cat.
- A good solo toy is to use a feeder where you put some high quality treats in the tube and the cat has to work to get the food. This will keep a cat occupied and get lots of exercise. You can buy these or make your own with a toilet paper tube.
- Play should be done in a specific way to exercise the cat’s primal behaviors. When playing with a cat, use a toy with a wand so that the cat doesn’t learn to bite your hand. While using the toy, make sure that you move it around to act like prey. Don’t let the cat get a final ‘catch’ until the session is complete. When you are done, let the cat catch the prey and then give the cat their allotted meal. This simulates a cat in the wild who hunts, catches, eats, cleans and then naps.
- Cats love high spaces. If you can’t afford a cat tree, you can give the cat high spaces on sturdy pieces of furniture and bookcases. However, the best thing for a cat is to build high shelves at different heights where the cat can jump and roam around up high throughout the house.
- Cats love tunnels. You can buy one or build your own out of boxes. If there are two cats in the house, make sure they can easily escape each other by having a way out for short runs.
- Issues such as spraying, fear, sociability, aggression and multi-cat interactions, are usually much more specific and may need specialized consulting.
- YES, you CAN train your cat! It is called clicker training and it is a great way to bond with your pet and address behavior issues. If you are interested, you can just go to YouTube and search ‘clicker training’.