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  Kitty On A Leash
 

That cats are independent minded is a bit of an understatement.  Try using the expression "It was a bit like herding cats" the next time you describe an impossible situation and watch as your listener laughs with understanding.  But while  cat herding is not a realistic profession for those wishing to remain sane, it is perfectly possible to train your cat to walk on a leash.

In fact, leash training can mean a pleasurable, safe, outdoor experience for you and your cat.  Especially if you live in the city, where the outdoors isn't readily accessible to your feline companion, leash training can mean a change of scenery and a bit of exercise.  And since cats tend to be crowd stoppers, it will give you an opportunity to meet your neighbors. 

   

Minor Adjustments

Q


How
can we help Jack,  our 8 year old cat adjust to our new kitten, Cassandra?  So far we have endured constant hissing from Jack.

A


Jack
views the new kitten as an intruder.  He needs time and space to adjust.  The best advice: Keep Jack's routine as normal as possible.
Don't change the location of Jack's litter box or favorite scratching post.  Never let the kitten intrude on these locations until the two cats have grow well accustomed to each other. 
Confine the new kitten.
At first, confine Cassandra to a small area, perhaps a bedroom or bathroom.  She needs to acclimate to her new surroundings.  Keep the cats' possessions - food, litter, and toys separate until they are accustomed to each other.  Try to ignore the hissing.  This will cease as Jack becomes more accepting of the kitten.  To expedite this, focus your attention on helping the kitten become a well-adjusted cat.

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