The confined cat Keeping safe and sane! Claire Bessant, Feline Advisory Bureau
Confined cats <ul><li>Boarding cattery </li></ul><ul><li>Veterinary surgery </li></ul><ul><li>Rescue establishment </li></...
You may love them . . .  <ul><li>but to deal with them properly you need to understand them . .  </li></ul>
The enigma of the cat <ul><li>Solitary or sociable </li></ul><ul><li>Predator or prey </li></ul><ul><li>Wild or tame </li>...
Feline Advisory Bureau (FAB) <ul><li>Vets </li></ul><ul><li>Behaviourists </li></ul><ul><li>Rescue </li></ul><ul><li>Owner...
Combining information <ul><li>Essential cattitude </li></ul><ul><li>Cat friendly practice </li></ul><ul><li>Cattery standa...
Esssential cattitude <ul><li>What is a cat? </li></ul><ul><li>What does this mean for owners? </li></ul><ul><li>How does i...
Scene setting - What is a cat? <ul><li>A hunter </li></ul><ul><li>An obligate carnivore </li></ul><ul><li>Territorial </li...
1 Hunter
What does this mean for owners? Physically active  Attracted to movement Active at dawn and dusk Claws which need sharpeni...
2 Obligate carnivore What does this mean for owners?
Cats cannot be vegetarians
3 Territorial What does this mean for owners? Territory extremely important More attached to territory than owner Don’t ex...
4 Athletic and agile What does this mean for owners? Cats use all dimensions Nowhere is safe! Provide opportunities for ex...
5 It’s all about smell What does this mean for owners? Sensitive to smells we are unaware of Implications for household ac...
6 Self-reliant What does this mean for owners? Happy on their own – sharing may be stressful No pack, no dominance hierarc...
7 Highly aware What does this mean for owners? Can be stressed by new sights, sounds and smells May react quickly if distu...
8   Emotional What does this mean for owners? Cats are hard to read – fear/pleasure/frustration Cats are fast learners Rou...
9  Adaptable . . .  What does this mean for owners? Cats can live with us in all types of situation Misunderstanding of fe...
And not to forget  - 10 Fertile!
What does it make us think about for the confined cat? <ul><li>Presence of other cats usually disturbing </li></ul><ul><li...
Confined cats <ul><li>Health issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Disease control and prevention </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recove...
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The Confined Cat Part 1: Keeping Safe and Sane - Claire Bessant, Feline Advisory Bureau

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Claire Bessant of FAB (http://www.fabcats.org.uk) presents on how to keep cats safe and healthy in a shelter environment.

THIS IS PART 1 OF 2.

For more information, see www.icawc.org

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The Confined Cat Part 1: Keeping Safe and Sane - Claire Bessant, Feline Advisory Bureau

  1. 1. The confined cat Keeping safe and sane! Claire Bessant, Feline Advisory Bureau
  2. 2. Confined cats <ul><li>Boarding cattery </li></ul><ul><li>Veterinary surgery </li></ul><ul><li>Rescue establishment </li></ul><ul><li>Breeding </li></ul><ul><li>Quarantine </li></ul><ul><li>In our homes? </li></ul>
  3. 3. You may love them . . . <ul><li>but to deal with them properly you need to understand them . . </li></ul>
  4. 4. The enigma of the cat <ul><li>Solitary or sociable </li></ul><ul><li>Predator or prey </li></ul><ul><li>Wild or tame </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to age </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to catch </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to handle </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to diagnose </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to treat </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult to assess pain or stress </li></ul><ul><li>Behaviour often different in different environments. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Feline Advisory Bureau (FAB) <ul><li>Vets </li></ul><ul><li>Behaviourists </li></ul><ul><li>Rescue </li></ul><ul><li>Owners </li></ul><ul><li>Catteries </li></ul><ul><li>Breeders </li></ul><ul><li>Cat Group </li></ul><ul><li>All with a slightly different point of view and feel for the cat, but all trying to understand it in order to treat it better. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Combining information <ul><li>Essential cattitude </li></ul><ul><li>Cat friendly practice </li></ul><ul><li>Cattery standards. </li></ul><ul><li>1 Understand cats </li></ul><ul><li>Understand how human activity </li></ul><ul><li>(rescue, veterinary, boarding) </li></ul><ul><li>will affect the cat </li></ul><ul><li>3 Understand how disease can be controlled where cats are housed </li></ul>
  7. 7. Esssential cattitude <ul><li>What is a cat? </li></ul><ul><li>What does this mean for owners? </li></ul><ul><li>How does innate behaviour affect how cats react to the situations we put them into? </li></ul><ul><li>How far can we push the adaptability of the cat? </li></ul><ul><li>www.fabcats.org/publications </li></ul>
  8. 8. Scene setting - What is a cat? <ul><li>A hunter </li></ul><ul><li>An obligate carnivore </li></ul><ul><li>Territorial </li></ul><ul><li>Agile </li></ul><ul><li>Scent sensitive </li></ul><ul><li>Self-reliant </li></ul><ul><li>Highly aware </li></ul><ul><li>Emotional </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptable </li></ul>
  9. 9. 1 Hunter
  10. 10. What does this mean for owners? Physically active Attracted to movement Active at dawn and dusk Claws which need sharpening Catch prey + bring in Need space and opportunity for this strongly motivated activity May wander when hunting is good
  11. 11. 2 Obligate carnivore What does this mean for owners?
  12. 12. Cats cannot be vegetarians
  13. 13. 3 Territorial What does this mean for owners? Territory extremely important More attached to territory than owner Don’t expect neighbouring cats to get on May hide, fight or feel threatened If limited, provide stimulation Don’t enjoy being off territory Territory marking is natural
  14. 14. 4 Athletic and agile What does this mean for owners? Cats use all dimensions Nowhere is safe! Provide opportunities for exercise Mad half hour!
  15. 15. 5 It’s all about smell What does this mean for owners? Sensitive to smells we are unaware of Implications for household activities – sensitive cats Communication owners miss Defining territory – may use urine spray if stressed
  16. 16. 6 Self-reliant What does this mean for owners? Happy on their own – sharing may be stressful No pack, no dominance hierarchy, no protection May be very independent/hunt/territorial Run away/hide from danger Driven to keep coat immaculate - poisoning Hide signs of weakness/pain Control is the key
  17. 17. 7 Highly aware What does this mean for owners? Can be stressed by new sights, sounds and smells May react quickly if disturbed or frightened May ’shut down’ if cannot cope with situation Cats are generally more sensitive to unfamiliar people and situations than dogs and, because of the subtlety of their communication systems, more readily misunderstood
  18. 18. 8 Emotional What does this mean for owners? Cats are hard to read – fear/pleasure/frustration Cats are fast learners Routine/predictability reduce stress Changes in behaviour may signal emotional change or health problems
  19. 19. 9 Adaptable . . . What does this mean for owners? Cats can live with us in all types of situation Misunderstanding of feral cats Can give cats credit for talents they don’t have Take adaptability for granted – push too far?
  20. 20. And not to forget - 10 Fertile!
  21. 21. What does it make us think about for the confined cat? <ul><li>Presence of other cats usually disturbing </li></ul><ul><li>The importance of somewhere to hide </li></ul><ul><li>The difference between feral and pet cats </li></ul><ul><li>The importance of resources and position </li></ul><ul><li>The need for control and predictability </li></ul><ul><li>The need for outlet of natural behaviours </li></ul><ul><li>Aggression often fear orientated </li></ul><ul><li>Behaviour in the cage may not reflect </li></ul><ul><li> in the home. </li></ul>
  22. 22. Confined cats <ul><li>Health issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Disease control and prevention </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recovery </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environment conducive to eating </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Handling for examination </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and treatment </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Behaviour issues </li></ul><ul><li>Other cats </li></ul><ul><li>Little control over environment </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing stressful factors </li></ul><ul><li>Confinement boredom </li></ul><ul><li>Assessing behaviour </li></ul>

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