The Scruff Substitute

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Dr. Sally J. Foote, DVM, LSHC-Silver This type of restraint is called the “cowl technique.”  A pillowcase, flannel baby blanket, or thin hand towel is rolled into a tube and wrapped quickly around the neck like a doughnut to hold the head.  The point of restraint is like scruffing but does not create the association … Continued

Ask Debbie: Getting Kitty to the Vet

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By Debbie Gass, CVT, LSHC-Silver Send Questions to DGass@cattledogpublishing.com I’m always thankful for the opportunity to be able to help pet owners, and in turn help make things easier for pets that have been entrusted into our care. This month’s topic is one that comes often, and it is frequently asked by clients at the … Continued

“What Did You Say?” – What Your Body Language Says To Your Pet

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By Debbie Gass, CVT, LSHC-S, and Traci Sennesael, LSHC-S   With so many different training resources available throughout the world today, it can be quite overwhelming when deciding which program will best fit the lifestyle of you and your pet. And, like with most things in life, there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to training … Continued

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Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? Help for the Multi-cat Household

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  By: Cheryl Kolus, MS, DVM In many ways, our pet cats today are not that different from their wild ancestor, the African wildcat. They even look similar. According to Wild Cats Magazine, the African wildcat is mostly nocturnal, hides during the day, tries to intimidate opponents by making itself look larger, and females defend … Continued

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Litter Box Misses – When Your Cat Goes Right Next to the Box

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Dr. Sally Foote DVM, CABC-IAABC, LSHC-S Executive Director CattleDog Publishing / Low Stress Handling® University May 2018 As a Veterinarian I am often surprised by how infrequently clients will ask about their cat who is not depositing their stool or urine in the litter box. I have learned over the many years I have been … Continued

Low Stress Emergency Care — Is it possible? Yes!

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  As I have lectured about less stressful veterinary care, and participated in various Facebook groups and forums, I often hear opinions that only serve to keep discussions about Low Stress Handling® polarized within the veterinary and animal behavior industries. Some believe that Low Stress Handling® techniques take too long to be usable in an … Continued

What is the Low Stress Handling™ Certification?

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  Dr. Sophia Yin’s pet-friendly animal handling techniques are shaping the new standard of care for petcare professionals. Low Stress Handling leads to safer and more satisfied staff, efficient workplaces, lowered liability, loyal clients, and of course, happy animals. Download your own copy of the Low Stress Handling Certification Guide now!! About this Program: Veterinary hospitals … Continued

Litter Box Happiness – For Cats of All Ages

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  One of the leading complaints from cat owners is elimination outside of the litter box. Dr. Nicholas Dodman DVM, ACVB, of the Animal Behavior Clinic at Tufts University, reports up to 4% of cats in United States Households (3 million out of 75 million) urinate outside of the litter box weekly, with 1% urinating … Continued

New Poster! The Body Language of Feline Anxiety

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The first step to keeping animals calm is understanding their way of communicating with us humans. We’ve covered the important cues to dog behavior in our Body Language of Fear in Dogs poster. Now we have those same cues in poster form for cats! This informative tool can now be downloaded as a pdf, which means … Continued

The Case of Finn, the Cat Who’s Afraid of Toenail Trims and the Vet

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In 2009, Dr. Yin produced the first and only textbook and DVD on Low Stress Handling of dogs and cats in the hospital or shelter setting. Since then the methods and philosophy have spread around the world. In this article, Dr. Yin’s colleague in the Netherlands, Dr. Valerie Jonckheer –Sheehy details how she used desensitization and counterconditioning to give a cat a pleasant toenail trim.