By Marva Marrow
1. When the doorbell rings, what does your cat do?
a. Runs and hides under the bed
2. When you bring out the cat carrier, how does your cat react?
a. Runs and hides in one of those places only cats know (and people don't)
3. You pull out an interactive toy your cat has never seen and you move it through the air. What does your cat do?
a. Watches from afar, but only will approach when you gently drag it on the ground
4. A friend with a toddler comes to visit. How does your cat react?
a. The friend says, " I thought you had a cat?" But your cat is invisible.
5. You are going away for the weekend. The pet sitter, who loves cats and knows your kitty, comes. What does your cat do?
a. Your pet sitter sights your cat running across the room, or a flash of fur leaving the cat tree, but that is all.
6. When you bring out the nail clippers, what does your cat do?
a. She runs in the opposite direction. But if you get her in the bathroom with the door closed, she freezes, lets you clip the nails without an issue.
7. When you want to groom your cat, how does she react?
a. She sees the brush come out, runs away. But once you get her, she will give in, even offer a reluctant purr on occasion
8. You bring home a new kitten from the shelter. After keeping the kitten isolated for a week, you begin the face-to-face introductions. What does your cat do?
a. She hisses at the baby, is terrified when the baby arches its back and swells to three times its puny size, and then your cat runs away, very offended
9. You have a dinner party at your house and you are serving roast chicken, a favorite of your cat. How does your cat react?
a. She runs and hides in one of her safest spots becomes Ms. Invisible
What's your score?
Mostly A's: Your cat is shy and sensitive. Keep her environment calm and stress free. Desensitize her to the cat carrier by leaving it in a cozy place, filled with a plush bed or cushion. Spray the interior with Feliway spray, a pheromone spray that mimics the "friendly scent" that cats leave when they rub their scent glands (in their cheeks) on a surface. When you know friends will be arriving, set up an area in your bedroom or guest room for your cat, with litterbox, food and water. That way she will not have to venture out into "enemy territory" for these necessities. Clicker training will increase her self-confidence and her bond with you.
Mostly B's: Your cat is cautious and sensitive. She doesn't appreciate changes to the household or the routine. But she can be "motivated" with food treats. Choose treats that are healthy, such as cut strips of grilled chicken (buy and freeze in snack bags), cream cheese, meat baby food, dried shrimps or other freeze-dried treats. Speak in a calm, soft voice to her and offer the treats to soothe her nerves. A dab of Rescue Remedy, applied to the inner ear tips, is also good.
Mostly C's: Your cat is very social and outgoing, self-confident. Be sure to include her in the conversation when visitors are present. If she seems to be dominating the attention, offer a fresh new furry mouse, a small catnip toy, an olive or a milk bottle plastic ring to divert her interest. Clicker training will keep her lively intellect energized.
Mostly D's: Your cat is laid-back and easy going. Provide her with soft cushions or cozy beds and put these where she chooses to lie (she will tell you). Watch that she does not become obese - a dangerous condition for her health. Groom her and use T-Touch massage techniques to make her purr with pleasure.
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This program is supported by
The Cat Fanciers' Association, Inc.
This program is supported by The Cat Fanciers' Association, Inc.