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November 29, 2013

Vet Connection: Creating a harmonious home for cats

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It may take a couple of months, but after several spats, they should start getting along. Sometimes, it a can take a year, but usually, two cats will bond. You will know because they will sleep together and groom each other. Grooming another cat’s head is a bonding activity.

Enriching the environment is a great way to keep your cats entertained and well-behaved. Cats need to jump and climb, so think vertical space to keep your cat active. On http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceyqSYHQb2A and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mnxWBk5IaQ, you will see a home with stairs and shelves on the wall staggered so a cat can jump from one to another to get up a wall and onto a bed or balcony. Litter boxes can be tucked away under furniture. Check out ikeahackers.com or whiskerstudio.com and hauspanther.com for ideas. Toys that swing and drop a piece of kibble when it is batted around provide endless entertainment.

One great way to enrich the environment is to train your cat to sit and come when called. All training, if done properly, is enriching for your cat. The training will make your cat more secure in the home environment. Dr. Yin has videos that will teach you how to train your cat on Askdryin.com and on YouTube. Now you can achieve peace and harmony in your multiple cat home.

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Dr. Elizabeth Bradt is a 1986 graduate of Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and the owner of All Creatures Veterinary Hospital in Salem. Email your pet questions to docliz@creaturehealth.com. Please title your email “Vet Connection.”

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