Guest Star: The Amazing Milly Moos

Hi everyone,

Today’s guest post comes from Milly Moos and her and her human Victoria:

The Amazing Milly Moos

Milly Moos is one awesome cat! Why you ask? Well because she has a special gift! She has the gift of sensing anxiety in people, especially children. This gift won her a place in The Cats Protection National Cat of the year finals in 2014. She has a “pawsome” relationship with her little human William, which started before he was even born. Milly Moos and William are the best of friends so read on to find out what adventures Milly Moos gets up to.
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We got Milly Moos when she was a kitten eight years ago from a local person who’s cat had a litter of kittens.

When we first brought her home, she would hide like most kittens do, but over time she came out of her shell and grew in confidence — and now she’s quite aloof! She does rule the roost, and I think that’s why she’s so protective over William.

She seemed to bond with William before he was even born. Before I was pregnant she would never sit with us or take any interest in us, but when I fell pregnant with William she would sit down next to me and put her paw on my bump. It’s usually dogs who can sense these things but she just knew something was going on.

As I was getting the nursery ready for William’s arrival, I’d often find Milly Moos curled up inside his Moses basket, and then I’d have to wash the sheets again! It’s like she was preparing for him coming as much as we were! Ever since William was born she’s had a great bond with him — they grew up and he’s always known her to be here.

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First day fears

Their special bond became real just after Easter 2014 when William started pre-school. He gets anxious in situations that make him uncomfortable, and was getting frightened just thinking about going to school. He’s always felt anxiety and when he’s uncomfortable he’ll get upset — and at school he was completely out of his comfort zone.

Milly Moos seemed to sense he was scared, so one day when we were getting ready to go to school, she just came and sat by the front door. Instead of worrying about going to school, he became focused on her and ever since then she has been coming to school with us! She will walk either next to him or in front of him; she knows where the school is and where she is going.

She won’t go right up to the school gates as it gets really busy around there, but she’ll go as far as some bushes nearby and then walk back home with me. She also knows what time she needs to go with me to fetch him as well. It’s like she has a built in clock!

It’s quite nice because it’s become a real talking point for William — he’s been able to make friends as they will ask him about his friend the cat, and that has helped him with his anxiety. When new people talk to him, he’s able to talk to them about Milly. And he now really enjoys walking to school with Milly! If she’s not there when it’s time to go, he’ll go looking for her saying ‘Come on Milly, it’s time to go to school!’. He’s completely lost his fear now.

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A feline celebrity

I had wondered if our situation happened to other people, but when I found out that it hadn’t, I decided to enter Milly into Cats Protection’s National Cat Awards for the Most Incredible Story category earlier this year. We had a great time at the awards and even though we didn’t win, Milly has become quite the celebrity cat.

Walking William to school is now a bit of a habit for her and she enjoys the attention she gets from people as well! She used to be aloof but she’s all about William now, I’ve since had a daughter and she’s not interested in her at all — she didn’t even come and sit with me when I was pregnant with her! It’s definitely William she has the bond with.

Do check out Milly Moos page here.

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Thanks,

Marc

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Purrsday Poetry: A Cats Head Haiku

Hi everyone,

Please find below the latest entry in Purrsday Poetry by Steve Dalachinsky.

snake plants
in the window –
a cat’s head

Haiku by Steve Dalachinsky

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Photo Credit: Gardeningknowhow which also contains some great tips on toxicity of plants.

If you would like to enter your own poems for Purrsday Poetry don’t forget to email info@katzenworld.co.uk

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Thanks,

Marc

Naughty Cat? Here’s How To Break Some Bad Habits

Even the loveliest, cuddliest, and most well-behaved cat can develop annoying or destructive habits, seemingly out of nowhere. The problem is, the longer you leave it and ignore it in the hope it goes away, the more ingrained it becomes in their routine and the more destructive it can become. Cat’s bad habits need nipping in the bud and banishing before they become a more serious problem. It’s never impossible, but the sooner you try to break the habits, the easier it is.

Address the cause

Bad habits rarely stem from nothing. If they’re scratching because they don’t have an adequate alternative, all it might take is the introduction of a new, dedicated scratching zone and claw clipping to put them off the furniture. If their habits are borne of stress and anxiety, it’s important to address the root cause. A pheromone such as Feliway spray can help them to feel less stressed around the home, and will also put them off urinating to mark their territory. Consider whether they’re getting enough attention, affection, and stimulation too, as that can also be a cause of their stress.

Make the most of distraction tactics

Before you undertake more extreme tactics of punishment, try to use distraction instead. When they start behaving poorly, change the situation. If they’re jumping on kitchen counters or leather furniture, simply move them to a more acceptable place, and do this every single time. If they’re scratching furniture, move them away to the designated scratching post. When you distract them and break their process, they start to learn that that action doesn’t pay off.

Use ignoring as a punishment

If your cat gets over-excited when they’re play-fighting, and the teeth and claws come out, the best punishment is being ignored. As soon as their behavior changes, stop playing and walk away. They’ll soon learn that that particular action means the fun has to stop.

Consider harsher punishments

No cat-mom wants to resort to harsher punishments, but sometimes bad habits can be so ingrained, especially if you’ve got a rescue cat, that the lighter punishments can be only a drop in the ocean. It’s an important point to make that you should never use pain or withhold food as a punishment, as that’s just unfair. A spray from a water bottle, however, used whenever the cat is misbehaving, should show results quickly, and the cat won’t be hurt or uncomfortable because of it. Using foul-tasting deterrents, such as bitter apple, on things that your cat enjoys chewing, such as electrical wires, also has a good effect, but make sure you use deterrents created for cats, so they’re definitely safe for consumption.

Reward good behavior

It isn’t all about punishment in fact rewarding good behaviour is often far more beneficial – when your cat does the right thing, uses the litter box, scratches the scratching post, or plays without claws, be sure to reward them with a treat and a scratch under the chin. They’ll soon get the hang of it when there’s the promise of rewards.

A cat’s bad habits are totally possible to break, although some will be more ingrained than others. Don’t give up, though – there are no habits that can’t be broken with a bit of perseverance and a few treats.