Just for Kids

If you love cats and would like to help The Cat Protection Society encourage responsible pet ownership and to help us look after the cats and kittens at our Shelter, then you have come to the right place.

Our tips for being a responsible cat owner

Prepared by Natayla Dundovich Animal Behaviour Consulting

May I touch you?

Cats have feelings just like us. Some cats like cuddles, others don’t. Sometimes cats are in the mood for pats and sometimes they just aren’t!

Can you remember a time when a grown up pinched your cheeks or ruffled your hair?

Maybe someone has hugged you when you didn’t really want to be hugged? How did it make you feel?

The way we touch cats can make them feel happy, scared or angry. Even though we speak different languages, we can still ask if our cat wants to be touched.

Step 1
Encourage your cat to come to you. Wiggle a toy, call their name or make a kissy noise.

Step 2
Hold out your fist. If your cat…

  • Headbutts your fist
  • Rubs against your body

They are saying “Yes please!

Step 3
Scratch them for the count of 3 somewhere they like (most cats like being scratched under the chin, around the neck and head)

Step 4
Now stop! What is your cat saying now? If your cat…

  • Keeps headbutting you or
  • Continues rubbing against you and
  • Perhaps makes a friendly sound like a meow, purr or trill and
  • They are saying “Please give me more scratches!”

Step 5
Every so often, stop touching and see what your cat says. This helps you to know when to keep going and when to finish.

SIGNS THAT YOUR CAT DOESN’T WANT TO BE TOUCHED

  • Choosing to stay away from you
  • Stretching forward towards your fist, then moving their head away
  • Flicking or lashing their tail
  • Choosing to be close to you, without touching you
  • Checking out your fist and then going back to what they were doing before

It’s a good idea to avoid rubbing your cat’s belly or picking them up.
Respect your cats space just like you respect your human friends space. This teaches them to trust and love you. You’ll probably notice they want to be with you even more!

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Best ways to play with your feline friend

Cats are predators. Their instincts tell them to stalk, wiggle, chase, pounce and bite! Like you, cats need to play to be healthy and happy.

TIP: Always play with your cat using toys (never hands or feet). Never touch them on their belly or when they are flicking their tail – these are times they might bite or scratch you

Cats are predators. Their instincts tell them to stalk, wiggle, chase, pounce and bite! Like you, cats need to play to be healthy and happy.

TIP: Always play with your cat using toys (never hands or feet). Never touch them on their belly or when they are flicking their tail – these are times they might bite or scratch you

Try…

  • Fishing rod/ feather wand
  • Jingly balls
  • Scrunched up paper
  • Cardboard box
  • Tunnel
  • Paper bag
  • Toy mice

*Laser lights should be used with caution and are generally not recommended

Teaching your cat to ‘hunt’ for their food at home is so much fun! Instead of feeding them in a bowl…

  • Toss pieces of kibble across the floor for them to chase
  • Hide kibble in toilet paper rolls, egg cartons, empty boxes
  • Make or buy some puzzle feeders to hide food in (eg. treat ball)

Did you know that we train pet cats the same way we train lions at the zoo? Cats LOVE to learn and are very intelligent. Find a reward that your cat really likes (most love treats) and teach some of these tricks…

  • Hi 5 or fist bump
  • Spin in a circle
  • Jump through a hoop
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Does your cat have a bedroom?

Cats need quiet time too, especially in busy homes. We should make a sanctuary for our cat to use as their ‘bedroom’.

What things help you to have quiet time in your bedroom?

Some of the things your cat might like in their bedroom include;

  • Cosy and dark (eg under a bed)
  • Comfy bed
  • Up high
  • Out in the open (on a chair) or
  • hidden away (in the wardrobe)
  • quiet music
  • a favourite smell such as catnip
  • something to scratch on
  • water
  • a few toys

When cats are in their bedroom, we leave them alone. It’s important that they can have some alone time every day. They should always be able to retreat to their bedroom when they want to. Having a sanctuary helps cats to be more confident and friendly.

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Get Creative with Kitty Craft

We are always looking for toys and blankets that our cats and kittens can play with whilst at our Shelter. We have included patterns / instructions for some of the items that are extremely popular at our Shelter. You may like to make these at home for your cat or bring your craft in to donate.

Join our Junior Feline FanClub Membership Program

Our Junior Feline FanClub Members play a very important role in helping The Cat Protection Society of Victoria care for cats in need.

When you join our Junior Feline FanClub Membership Program, you will receive:

  • 1 x Welcome Pack with Activity Book and Pencil Case
  • Invitation to attend exclusive Junior Feline FanClub events (4-6 events yearly)
  • Birthday Card and Christmas Card
  • Cat and Kitten Cuddles Club Magazine (produced twice yearly)
  • Regular e-updates from The Cat Protection Society (where an email address is provided)

For an annual price of $25. If you would like to become a Junior Feline FanClub Member, ask Mum, Dad or a Guardians permission and click here to join.

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Happy Kids. Happy Cats. Cats can help teach children compassion for living things and can help encourage a sense of responsibility