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September 2009 Newsletter

Chew-Proof Your Home
Courtesy of Drs. Foster and Smith

Don't give your puppy an old shoe or sock to chew on. Puppies don't understand the difference between new and old. Your puppy can not tell the difference between your new dress shoes and an old tattered pair.

Puppies chew on whatever they can get their mouths on for any number of reasons: they are bored, they have a lot of energy, they are teething, or they are just curious. Dogs learn through their mouths. It is their tool; it is how they receive a great deal of information. They are naturally inclined to use their mouths whenever they can.

Fortunately, most destructive chewing behavior can be prevented or controlled. To prevent problem chewing and to direct your pup's natural inclination to chew toward appropriate objects, follow these simple guidelines:

Puppy-proof the confined area. If possible, remove all items your puppy can chew on, including socks, shoes, furniture, plants, etc., from any area in which you confine your puppy. Tape over electrical outlets and make sure electrical cords are out of reach, or at least protect cords that are exposed.

Confine your pup in a crate, cage, or puppy-proofed area when you are away. Because puppies learn with their mouths, giving your teething puppy free rein in the house is asking for trouble. Keep them confined; you do not want them to go to school on your expensive living room furniture.

Closely supervise your uncrated pup. Not unlike caring for a toddler, you should always be aware of where your uncrated pup is and what he is doing.

Give your puppy chew toys. The sole focus of your dog's chewing should be directed toward items you select. There are a wide range of items to choose from, including many Nylabone products. There are also many safe, long-lasting chew toys that are made especially for teething puppies that will keep them occupied and content for hours. Examples would be durable rubber teething products, like Dogzilla chew toys, that satisfy your puppy's need for chewing and gum stimulation. The items should not be similar to articles you do not want your puppy to chew.

Make departures low key to avoid causing separation anxiety, which is often expressed through nonstop barking, whining, or destructive chewing. Before you leave, add your scent to your dog's toy. Rub the bone between your hands and give it to your pup as you leave.

Give your puppy plenty of exercise to relieve boredom and burn off energy - two significant factors contributing to destructive chewing.

Correct chewing of inappropriate objects. If you catch your pup in the act of chewing anything but his chew toy, remove the object and replace it with an acceptable chew toy. If your pup then chews on the toy, praise him. You always want to reinforce desired behavior with praise. If possible, treat the 'inappropriate object' with a product designed to deter chewing that will give it a bad taste.

Teach your pup to ignore non-toy objects if he consistently chews the wrong things. Place tempting objects on the floor along with your pup's chew toy and pretend not to pay any attention to him. If (and usually when) he starts to put his mouth over one of the forbidden objects, correct with a firm 'No!' and point out his bone. Once he learns he can only have the toy when you are in the room, it is time to leave the room for short intervals.

 

If he chews on forbidden objects after you leave the room, your quick return will catch him in the act - the only time when corrective action should be taken. Again, give him the toy, and praise if it is accepted. If he is chewing forbidden objects but you cannot catch him, he should be crated when unsupervised until he learns what is and is not acceptable to chew on. The obvious purpose of this training is to prepare your puppy for the day when he can be trusted to be alone in the house and not confined.

 

Train Your Cat to Like His Carrier (or at least not mind it)
Courtesy of Drs. Foster and Smith

A carrier is a must-have for cat travel, but getting stubborn cats into them is no small trick. Their claws come out, grasping at anything to avoid the “scary” crate.  You can train your cat to enjoy, or at least tolerate, his carrier.

Water SportsIf you need to get out the door and your cat has never seen your carrier before, try the following. Turn your carrier on its end so the door is on the top (unless you already have a top-load carrier). Next, hold your cat underneath his front legs, so he is more or less hanging in the air, then place your cat in the carrier back-feet first.

If your travels are in the future, take time to train. Bring out your carrier, open the side doors, and place treats just inside. If your cat won't approach the carrier, place the treats as close to the carrier as you can without making him afraid. Repeat several times daily, slowly inching the treats inside the carrier as your cat loses his fear. Say the word "inside" when you place treats in the carrier, so he associates the carrier and the word "inside" with good things. Let him eat the treats and leave on his own. Do not close the door.

After a while, start shutting the door for a few seconds and then for longer and longer periods, so he becomes accustomed to enclosure in the carrier. Put a soft pad in the carrier to make it more hospitable. You'll soon find your cat goes into a carrier more willingly.

Pets of the Month

Congratulations to September’s pet of the month: Lilly!  She is an adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.  She was recently interviewed by her mom, Kendall, and had this to say.

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Lilly

How I met our family:

I was born on April 1, 2003 and my family met me when I was just 12 weeks old.  I flew into the Sacramento International Airport to reach my new home.  I no longer travel by plane, I prefer my pet sitters!

What I have to say about the companion human(s) we share our home with:

I have a fantastic Mommy, Daddy, and two younger human sisters.  I love to have snuggle time with everyone in my family.  I always like it when they are close to me and they really can never give me too much attention!

My favorite hobbies:

I like to run around my backyard and if there are any birds I enjoy barking at them.  I also enjoy laying on the couch and watching movies or TV with my family.

My favorite foods:

Science Diet small bites are my favorite everyday meal.  Every morning before I start my day I have to have my Happy Hips glucosamine chicken strips.  Trader Joe's chicken jerky strips are also a delicious treat I look forward to! 

My favorite toys:

I like my little squeaky carrot and my favorite toys of all time are plastic wiffle balls or plastic Easter eggs that roll across the tile really fa

My most exciting adventures:

Definitely going on car rides! 

My idea of a perfect day:

First, I'd start with a trip outside to play and a few chicken treats.  Then a nice nap and more time with my family.  I'd end the day curled up in Klaire's bed!

Secret skills or abilities that few people know about us:

Sometimes I get a huge burst of energy and I can run super fast all over the house!  I also have the ability to hide under the bed whenever I need some space!

What we like most about our pet sitters:

My pet sitter is incredibly reliable!  When I expect her she is here!  My pet sitter also gives me the one on one attention that I just love, she's the best!

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Focus on Fundraising

CatWalk 2009

Walkers and Pet Lovers are Invited!

Folsom Feline Rescue will hold its annual walk-a-thon (CatWalk 2009) on Saturday, September 26. CatWalk is not a competitive event; it’s strictly for raising money for animal spay/neuter and having fun while doing it. Walkers begin their 5-K trek at 10:00 a.m. from the starting point on Sutter Street in Folsom.

Registration will be held in the large parking lot near the Leidesdorff light rail station and across from the Folsom intersection of Sutter St. and Decatur St. starting at 8:30 a.m rain or shine. 

Look for the balloons.  The walk will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. and end at approximately 11:30 a.m.  Friends and supporters of animal rescue are invited to join in the fun – canine friends included! 

The CatWalk fundraiser began in 2000 in hopes of raising money for a kitten’s cataract surgery.  Not only was enough money raised for Viktor, the kitten, to see again, but there was enough extra to provide surgery for another kitten with cataracts that came along later than year.

This year, Folsom Feline Rescue has been fortunate enough to help a kitten with a genetic birth defect causing a breathing disorder that would eventually lead to his death.  Fundraisers like CatWalk allow this assistance to continue and also to fund spay/neuter programs, helping to control animal overpopulation in our local neighborhoods.  FFR’s programs have “fixed” thousands of cats and dogs in Folsom and the greater Sacramento county area, sparing communities thousands of unwanted litters and decreasing euthanasia rates.

Registrations is free with $25 or more in pledges or is otherwise $25 per walker (children 12 and under and canines walk for free!).  Just ask your friends, family members, and associates to pledge a specific dollar amount for each kilometer you walk. 

On the day of the walk, bring your pledge form and the checks you have gathered to the event registration desk, and get ready for some fun!

Follow these links to get a pledge form, registration form, and map:

CatWalk 2009 pledge form
CatWalk 2009 registration form
Get your route map here

Get a CatWalk flyer and help spread the word!

Pet Humor

A catcerto (cat concerto) performed by Nora, the piano-playing cat.

http://videos.komando.com/2009/07/29/catcerto/

British Cat Is Regular Bus Commuter

by Kirsten Taylor (RSS feed) Jul 31st 2009 3:00PM

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.pawnation.com/media/2009/07/bus-cat-england-425ds073109.jpg Photo: SWNS.com

Everyone can appreciate the conveniences of public transportation -- even a cat.

Susan Finden wasn't sure where her free-spirited kitty would disappear to every day until the local bus drivers in Plymouth, England revealed to her that Casper has been a regular on the No. 3 bus for the last four years! You read that right. Each morning, the Sun reports, Casper lines up with the paying passengers to await the 10:55 morning service. He takes a seat in the back and enjoys the 11-mile, round-trip route before hopping off to return home. The drivers watch out for the wandering feline and make sure he gets off at the right stop.

A spokesman for the bus company says they're happy to let the 12-year-old cat ride for free. After all, he said, "In cat years he's an OAP [Old Age Pensioner] so he'd get a free bus pass anyway."


   
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