The Catit Senses Massage Center is an interactive toy for cats that includes a brush type mounted on the side so that cats can rub their faces along it, or their body. If your cat is stressed, wants a gum massage, or a ripple massage, this might be a great toy. If your cat is into that sort of thing.
Many cats are picky, Isis being one of them. She looked at the toy and hissed at it for a while, and walked widely around the toy, sizing it up, not really sure what to think.
I sprayed some feliway spray, as well as put some catnip on it and rubbed my fingers along the bristles to see if Isis would come and enjoy the wonderful, relaxing, stress free massage. No such luck.
For weeks it sat there, not being touched by anything but my hands, begging and pleading for Isis to just try to relax and enjoy her new massage center.
So far, Isis has used the toy twice. Once was when she was feeling particularly in a sweet mood, she rubbed her face along the bristles and I think she surprised herself at how it was kind of a bit too rough for her. She ate the catnip off the massage center. The second time she used the gum massage for about 30 seconds.
Final verdict: If your cat likes massage type toys, or likes to rub up against things often, this is probably great for them. For Isis, it was not. I donated the toy to our local shelter. Hopefully the cats there can use it and enjoy it. I am sure Isis was happy to see the strange alien object go. I would not recommend it unless you know for sure your cat would like a massage type toy. It is for sale on wag.com.
The swat toy is a cylinder shaped toy with a spring and a furry ball at the end that the cat is supposed to bat at and it will bounce right back up to give hours of playtime fun. The carpet covering encourages the cat to use it as a “scratching post” in order to not use furniture to scratch on.
The idea of this toy is great, and if you have a kitten or a cat that likes toys that pop right back and there is no real “catch and win” with the toy, meaning the cat cannot catch the ball and drag it away, then this is the toy for your cat. Your cat will be able to grab onto the ball but then when they release it, it pops right back up in place.
This toy…annoyed Isis to no end. We knew it was time to get rid of it when she actually hissed and growled at it, which she NEVER does to anyone or with anything else.
We showed her how to play with it, encouraged her to play, we played with it to get her to play with it. We put her favorite catnip on it to get her interested. Finally one day she started to play with it and then just hissed at it and growled. Every time she would pass by it, she would go around it with a wide birth and just never got into playing with it.
Final verdict: I would not recommend this as it sees that not many cats are interested in playing with it (after reading the reviews from other pet parents on the website). It did not provide any fun for Isis, it was far from anything she would ever play with. If your cat likes toys of this sort and doesn’t mind not being able to win, this is the toy for them, otherwise, steer clear of this toy. Not recommended.
The toy is available on wag.com for $8.99, at least it wasn’t a huge waste of money.
Teaching a cat to do tricks can be such a daunting task. Knowing what your cat will respond to and how far to push them are probably the top priorities in getting your cat to perform the tricks you want them to do.
Another important aspect is to get your cat interested in what you are doing. Let me back up a bit here and start over. If you want to teach your cat how to fetch, start to play with a ball (now start playing with a ball the size your cat will be comfortable with, like this, not a huge ball that your dog or a human would play with).
Keep playing with it each time your cat is in the same room with you, grab their interest. If they come over to play, give them a treat of their liking (some cats really enjoy a good petting, some like treats, whatever will work). Praise them and continue.
After some time, push the ball towards the cat and let them play, if they do, then reward them. Try to grab the ball back and start to push it back to them again, then trace your finger on the floor so that they will come back to you with the ball in their mouth. This will take time. Also this may not work with your cat, it all depends on what your cat responds to. Most important is that cats can sense frustration and anger, so if you start to get frustrated that they are not responding to what you want, do not let it show in your voice or trick learning time will be over.
Keep trying, keep rewarding, and keep playing. Any kind of interaction will help. I know I have done posts similar to this one, but I wanted to share the process again as it can be difficult to teach a cat to do tricks.
Here is a video from a cat behavior specialist that may help explain how to teach your cat to do tricks better than I can.
This video is worth it just to watch the two dogs in the beginning.
I promise you, the dogs are so sweet. The first trick they show is the dogs getting on their hind legs and hugging each other. That was enough to melt even the hardest of hearts!
If you watch the video, you can kind of pick up how they taught their dogs these tricks. Remember if you are trying to teach your dog more advanced tricks, patience is necessary and treats are necessary.
The dogs learn to weave in and out of their pet parent’s legs, as well as stand on the feet of their pet parent and walk with them. BOTH dogs at the same time perform this trick!
Next, the larger dog stays standing on the pet parent’s feet, while the smaller dog goes in between the pet parents legs AND the larger dog’s legs! These dogs are very smart and very well trained.
The next trick is outside. The dog is walking and jumping around on their hind legs and then they walk over to the CD player and they change the CD in the player.
If you want to see these tricks in action and possibly try to teach your dog these amazing tricks, click here. Prepare to be amazed.
Unbelievably, yes dogs and cheetahs can go together and become best friends!
At the San Diego Safari Park, dogs are paired up with Cheetahs for comfort, friendship and to increase the Cheetahs confidence. Surprisingly cheetahs are the “scaredy cats” of the large cat world. The dogs pair with them and help to increase confidence and provide them with “friendship”.
A dog and cheetah have bonded so well, the cheetah occasionally grooms the dog and the dog just loves it!
The cheetahs play just as hard with the dogs as they would with their own kind.
The cheetahs love to purr and play and learn to run and socialize with dogs, as well as learn to be around humans, that they are okay. The dogs help to alleviate the fear the cheetahs have about their surroundings and the people who give them their daily meals.
The dogs act as companions to their cheetah ambassador friends. So far there are 5 pairings, with three dogs, so some of the dogs work with multiple cheetahs.
To watch the lovable pairings and see the cheetahs running at their top speed and playing with their dog companions, follow this link.
I shared a video two weeks ago of Mukaluka the miniature Schnauzer therapy dog and was interested in learning more about this smart dog.
I Googled information and found quite a few different articles about this dog. It seems that Mukaluka works at hospitals and mainly with children, helping to entertain and comfort them, if only for a short time, help them forget about their ailments. Apparently Mukaluka will be part of a mural at the Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center where the children will see something to brighten their days each day, instead of the stark hospital walls.
Mukaluka seems to be helping to teach the Introduction to Therapy Dog training and even helps to teach other dogs new tricks.
There seems to be a Youtube channel with Mukaluka’s tricks and face plastered all over it. Really such a sweet face it is.
I am going to share some articles and videos for those who are interested in learning more about Mukaluka. This is one amazing dog.
- Mukaluka Youtube Channel
- Mural with Mukaluka in it article
- Mukaluka helping patients at the hospital article
You can also Google for more information, those seemed to be the most interesting articles and Youtube items that I found.
Many times I have said that there are many ways to teach a dog a trick, not one way is better or “proper”.
This is a video of Russell, a wonderful truly amazing dog who can remarkably remember 40 different commands and tricks.
The tricks range from down, fetch, go, kiss, gimmie 5, spinning and many others.
I just want to kiss that sweet dog!
If you want to teach your dog these tricks, or just want to see a smart dog in action, watch the video. You will be amazed!
Okay so this is something that might be crazy or new to some of you. I have been trying this with Isis, as I would love to take Sasha and Isis for a walk together. Be prepared though, cats will not walk the same as a dog does on a walk. Your cat will want to stop often, and I mean OFTEN to smell the roses and explore the world, so to speak.
You will need to get your cat a cat harness, NOT a collar. Your cat needs to get used to the harness, so putting it on the cat at mealtimes, will get the cat to associate the harness as something good.
It may take a long time for your cat to get used to the harness and not try to fight to get it off (it took Isis about 4 months to realize it wasn’t some sort of torture device I was putting on her).
Take them outside and start slowly, even a short walk around the driveway will give them time to get used to the outdoors and even give them lots of time to explore, while having the security of being able to run inside if they are scared.
Also, command words will be needed once you are able to venture out of the driveway. This can take months to get to this point.
Treats or rewards are needed so that your cat knows it is doing what you want them to do.
To learn specifically how to train your cat, here is more information!
Have a wonderful weekend!
There’s always one – the one person we know who all the cats gravitate towards. The one where even the most picky of kitties will walk up to them and allow them to pet or nuzzle them. We call those Cat Magnets.
These people seem to have some sort of agreement with the cat population, that they can meet and greet and become friends with any cat.
There are ways to become your own Cat Magnet. It takes time and patience and learning what cats prefer.
Most cats prefer space, cats are territorial and don’t like strangers and even people they know, invading their space. Crouch on one side of the room and let the cat come to you.
You can wiggle a finger on the floor for the cat to inspect, or rub your fingers together, something to get their attention so that they may decide to come your way.
To learn more on how to make yourself a Cat Magnet, this article explains it more in depth. (It took a while to load, but it was worth the time to read).