The Companion Veterinary Clinic Training Team is passionate about animal behaviour education. We’re excited to offer this new resource library to address your most frequently asked questions! Our Fear Free Certified Trainers offer professional positive, science-based methods of training and behaviour modification. Click here for more information about our virtual training classes and private training options. To be notified of new handouts as they come available, and learn valuable training tips, follow us on Instagram and Facebook.
Environmental Enrichment For Cats
Enrichment for cats means that we set up their environment in a manner that allows for them to display natural behaviours. These are behaviours such as for hunting, climbing, playing, scratching and much more. Cats living in environments that lack enrichment are more prone to stress and anxiety and this can lead to a plethora of behaviour and medical problems.
In this handout, you’ll find 10 ways to implement environmental enrichment into your cat’s day.
Teaching Your Pet to Love Being Handled
When your pet doesn’t like to be handled it can be very challenging. Giving medications, doing nail trims and teeth brushing can turn into a battle. It is also important to be aware this can progress into bigger stressors for your pet. A surprise tail pull, paw grab, or well-meaning hug from a child could potentially make your pet uncomfortable enough to bite. This handout covers how to classically condition your pet to handling.
Did you know we offer Fear Free sessions? These sessions are designed to give you the skills to work on veterinary husbandry at home, and keep your pet comfortable during veterinary exams. These sessions could include nail trims, grooming, medication administration and more!
Prevention and Management for Destructive Scratching
Cats scratch in order to maintain nail health and remove dead cells from their nails, stretch their body and mark territory, visually and by leaving a chemical scent on the item(s). Nails are also important for maintaining balance, climbing and are used for self-defence. Keeping your cat’s nails short is recommended but there is much more you can do! Here are some tips to help you set your cats environment up for successful scratching rather than destructive scratching.
Our Certified Trainers are available for private training sessions to address these and other feline behaviour issues.
How To Trim Your Cat’s Nails
Here is Shelby and Steve demonstrating how to do a cat nail trim with food distraction. Always remember to watch your cat for signs of stress such as, twitching or tucked tails, dilated pupils, ears back, looking away from you, pulling away or vocalizations (growling, hissing, spitting) and not eating their treats are a few to watch out for.
Remember: You don’t have to trim every nail in one session.
If you are interested in desensitizing and counter-conditioning your pet to nail trims because it causes them fear/anxiety, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.