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    How to Stop Your Cat From Waking You Up in the Morning

     
    If your cat insists on waking you up at 4 a.m. every day it’s probably because they tricked you at some point in the past and then kept tricking you because you were so easily tricked. 

    Congratulations, you have been outsmarted by an animal that comes up to your shins and poops in a box in the corner.

    The good news is that you’re not alone. Cats are wily creatures who are excellent at training their people to do what they want; e.g., annoying them in the morning for food and attention. The better news is that you can recondition your cat to stop waking you up before the sun rises or raising hell at night while you’re trying to sleep.

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    Topics: Cat Behavior, Cat Tips, Cat Toys, Indoor cats, Cat-friendly products

    The 12 Days of Christmas: Pet Hazards Series (Day 1 - Tinsel)


    DAY 1: Tinsel

    Cats and tinsel can be an expensive combination, and it can prove fatal, too!

    Tinsel is often a very attractive toy for cats. After all, its shiny, it dangles, and it’s something new in their environment. Few cats can pass it up – and even fewer can "pass it out."

    When cats play with tinsel, they often end up swallowing some or getting some wrapped around their tongue, and this is when their nightmare (and yours) will begin. Fortunately, with awareness and some simple preventive steps, this is a common pet emergency that you can easily avoid. Read on to learn how...

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    Topics: Cat Health, Cat Safety, Christmas pet hazards, To pull or not to pull, Linear Foreign Body, Tinsel, Dangerous Cat Toys, Pet Hazard, Cat Toys

    Why You Should Provide Environmental Enrichment for Your Cat


    Many pet owners don’t realize that cats need socialization and stimulation. Cats are characterized as “independent” or “self-reliant” and some people actually choose to bring them into their home because they are considered less “high-maintenance” than dogs.

    The truth is that cats do have these needs and providing an environment that addresses these needs is important. Cats still have all the characteristics that allow them to live a feral, undomesticated lifestyle, but think about the difference their “natural” environment looks like versus a home environment. You have to address socialization and stimulation in the home in order for the cat to live a full, happy life.
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    Topics: Signs of a Happy Cat, Playing with Your Cat, Happy Cat, Play & Environment, Environmental Enrichment, Cat Socialization, happy cat behavior, environmental enrichment for cats, how to make your cat happy, how to play with your cat, socializing a cat, is my cat happy, Cat Toys

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    Please do not ask emergency or other specific medical questions about your pets in the blog comments. As an online informational resource, Preventive Vet is unable to and does not provide specific medical advice or counseling. A thorough physical exam, patient history, and an established veterinary-patient-client relationship is required to provide specific medical advice. If you are worried that your pet is having an emergency or if you have specific medical questions related to your pet’s current or chronic medical conditions, please contact or visit your veterinarian, an animal-specific poison control hotline, or your local emergency veterinary care center.

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