Perhaps not directly related to adventuring with cats, cooperative care is still an important topic. If we work with our cats to get them to willingly accept things like nail trims, teeth brushing, pilling, and more, life would be so much better for everyone!
In this episode, I chat with cat behavior consultant Tabitha Kucera all about cooperative care for cats. She explains what it is, along with tips for following through with it. If you strive to live a stress-free, happy, and healthy life with your cat, you don’t want to miss this episode!
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Overview of the Episode
- What is cooperative care?
- What is Fear Free?
- Making vet visits less stressful
- Using gabapentin for calming your cat for vet visits
- How to administer nose drops to a cat
- Acclimating your cat to nail trims
- Using the right tools for nail trims
- Should muzzles be used?
- Getting your cat comfortable with blood draws
- How to desensitize your cat to smells
- Taking “happy visits” to the vet
Resources & Recommended Gear:
Live Video Episode Replay
Where to Find Tabitha
Website: Chirrups & Chatter
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About the Author
Emily Hall is a cat trainer and cat adventure enthusiast. As “mom” to seven cats, one dog, and two sugar gliders, she has been writing in the pet industry for 10 years, with a focus on traveling and adventuring with cats. Emily and her husband enjoy hiking, road-tripping, camping, and canoeing with their three cat adventurers. Read more about her here.