Friday, August 25, 2017

August 2017

The Wilbourn Way Blog 

(aka Cats on the Couch)  

Dear Readers,

** How's this for a Cat-lipse?

The Viewer  .......

** The Kitten and The Siberian Husky 
They share a special bond.

Rosie the kitten and her surrogate Mom

** Meet the Cats 
The feline models photographed for T's Fall Women's Issue, were all professional, except for one fledgling "foster" kitten. Alongside almost 200 Japanese sweets.  
 Read more 

** Annual Show At The Algonquin
The Algonquin Hotel in New York City hosted its Annual Celebration and Cat Fashion Show.   Read more
Orion sent me with his robotic cat

** Teen saves cat heaved on to bridge from moving car

Catcentric Behavior 
"Just when I think I have my cat all figured out, she does something wacky to blow my whole theory" was a remark from one of my callers to a radio broadcast I was part of for the BBC.
I told the caller that this wacky behavior is what makes a cat so fascinating and I liked to refer to this behavior as "catcentric". Yes, leave it to a cat to throw a curve when you least expect it. I'm reminded of Ju Ju and his "jaw action".   
Toothless Grooming -- Jaw Action
One of the cat's top priorities is grooming. This washing process also provides comfort as it is reminiscent of the mother cat's care. So it is not unusual for a cat to groom when in doubt or anxious. The tongue does most of the work but sometimes a cat will pull the strands of fur between his teeth.

Bald Spots Emerge
This can sometimes provide a challenge for a toothless cat. Ju Ju was one of those cats. Like his brother Faxi, all of his teeth had to be removed. Their guardian Terri, worried that they would not be able to eat. But no problem. They were even able to eat and digest their dry food. But one day she noticed that Faxi had a crescent shaped bald spot on his side. When a couple of more spots appeared, she was totally confused. 
Ju Ju Adapts     
Poor Ju Ju. His periodontal problems left him toothless. Now something was pulling out his fur. It turned out that Ju Ju was the 'something'. One morning she watched him as he groomed. He would grab a clump of fur with his mouth, clamp down on it with his jaws and end up with a mouthful of fur. He no longer had teeth to comb the strands of fur but continued to groom in his usual manner. Terri realized she couldn't teach him a new way to groom but hoped he would adapt to his new situation before he was fur-less. Luckily, Ju Ju probably tired of ingesting mouthfuls of fur because soon Terri saw him grooming without pulling and no new bald spots.

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Matilda's Swan Song and Legacy to Hamlet 
She was found in a cardboard box and arrived at the Algonquin Hotel in 2010 where she reigned supreme. But Matilda recently hosted her final Annual Celebration and Feline Fashion Show. She has retired to a forever home in Minnesota.
(Photo NY Post)
Hamlet -- Matilda's Successor   
(He Will Soon Be the Most Famous Cat in NYC)  Read more  

Never fear! Hamlet, another orphan of the streets, will carry on for Matilda. Her legacy includes Reiki treatments to ease and enhance Hamlet's transition as the hotel's resident cat.

Hamlet's First Reiki Session
His staff told me which executive office I'd find Hamlet in. Sure enough, he was stretched out on one of the swivel chairs. I added some tissue paper to his cushion, selected music on my iPad, and Hamlet zoned out to his Reiki treatment. Toy therapy wrapped up his session .... until the next one.  
Hamlet settles in

Hamlet meets his look-alike robotic cat 
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Orion's Catitudes
(Orion, a recovering feral rescue gives his cat-speak and ©whisker waves on cat issues)

Orion’s faves for August …... 

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When You Meet Someone New Who's Rude  (ViralThread)   

Artistic Cats
Tommy and Jasper's pose mirrors their guardian's regard for art. She is on staff at the Whitney Museum.

Let's Plant Catnip
What could go wrong? It prevents mosquitoes. 

Straighten up and fly right     

Matilda's Annual Celebration And Cat Fashion Show

My Orion's passion for Matilda lives on

Orion's tail always curls and whirls for feline hotties -- gender non-specific.

Orion sent his surrogate robotic cats to cat-speak and Reiki-assist with me at the Algonquin Hotel. Three lucky cats were adopted at the event, and 100% of the $12,000 raised from ticket sales and a silent auction will benefit the Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals.   
Orion coaches his robotic cats Casanova and Ziggy StarDust
Orion's robotic cats will join me at the next Adoptapalooza, another Mayor's Alliance event. Bookmark please:
Sunday, September 17
Union Square Park, NYC
Noon - 5 p.m.

Feline Fitness 
Orion liked that Roofy rocked with toy therapy during his therapy session.
Multipet scores again. 
Roofy's eye is on that chunky ball
Look what's next!!

A Cat Devoted To His Post

Biggie's passion for his post delights his guardian whose furnishings are now cat-proofed. The plus is, Biggie's claws will remain forever.

Select CATS at Sisal Rugs Direct and see their special discounts.

And for all the above Orion has highest points ©whisker waves 


Will Our Two Cats Ever Be Friends?
(Rivalry, Inter-Cat Hostility)

Matilda up high for security
"When there's food to be had, Matilda is fearless of Fito," said Alan. "She's there in a heartbeat. Otherwise, she hangs out on top of the kitchen cabinets."
Fito -- An Arabian Mau
As I watched Fito dart boldly around the apartment, I could see why Matilda could feel threatened. 
Fito was about six months when adopted from a shelter in Dubai. Alan and Meg were told he was an Arabian Mau. 
Fito loves that Catnip Garden nip
Sounded fine, but to them, he looked like your handsome, American domestic short hair. Back in Dubai, he was their only cat, but he sometimes played with a neighbor's laid back cat.
Matilda Moves In
They moved to New York in 2015 when Fito was three years old and still their only cat. Matilda joined the family several months ago. The rescue group told them she was found on the street and had a litter of kittens who were all adopted. Now it was her turn to be chosen. At first she and Fito hit it off. But that was short lived. All he had to do was look her way and she bolted.
Food Was Matilda's Courage Magnet"Have some catnip," I said and sprinkled some on some tissue paper for Fito. Even before I could offer some to Matilda, she had scampered down to the floor from the top of the kitchen cabinets.
"She thinks it's food," said Meg.
I quickly sprinkled some Catnip Garden nip on a separate piece of tissue paper which Matilda pounced on. Fito didn't stalk Matilda, but his eyes were glued on her, as she finished off the nip. While Meg diverted Fito with more nip on his tissue paper, Alan returned Matilda to her perch on top of the cabinets.
Mutual Gratification
"You've now experienced Matilda's total obsession," said Alan. I nodded and explained that when her focus was on food, her m.o. of 'Fito angst' switched to the fulfilling pursuit and gratification of food. Fito, if not absorbed with his own food gratification, became the voyeur of Matilda. Food became their mutual distraction and gratification. She only had eyes for food because it was her means of survival from her days on the street.
"Unfortunately, non-stop food gratification isn't the key to a cat-friendly relationship," said Meg. "What is?"

Appeal to Fito's Comfort Zone. Replace Rivalry With Acceptance.

  • You've got to stroke Fito's ego. Commend him on his generosity, but be authentic about it. The better he feels, the better Matilda will feel. Rivalry is what provokes Fito's aggressiveness with Matilda. He relives his early kitten deprivation and abandonment to the streets whenever you give Matilda attention, and she becomes his tension target. Her reaction is to run for cover. She's classic flight and he's classic fight -- I'll get her before she gets me. 
  • Most of all, remember to acknowledge him whenever you touch, talk to or even mention her name, so you don't trigger his rivalry -- that 'left out' complex.
  • Provide visible not physical contact with gates or another see-through barrier to the doorway of the guest room where Matilda spends the night. It's best that she remains in this room until they have a major peace breakthrough.
  • You can play with them both through the gates so they'll both be engaged without physical contact. The barrier also allows them to hiss and posture without incident.
  • Always stop interaction with them on a good note before they become agitated or startled -- so their memory is a positive one.
  • Eventually, you can open the gates for brief cat-mingles.
(Refer to A Home For Christmas in December 2016 Blog for more recommendations on Introduction-Integration of a new cat. Scroll down to Integration Reminders For Cat-Mingles).
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Chilling out to his music
As we said our good byes Meg brushed Fito who blissed out, and I reminded them to play the musical MP3 to reinforce the desensitization of the cats' session and to be in touch with a progress report.

Paw-gress -- Follow-Up Two Weeks Later

"Hi Carole," said Meg, "the phone is set on speaker phone. Fito plopped down beside me as soon as I turned their music on. Check out his selfies. How's that for bliss?" Meg went on to tell me that now Fito appeared to be fascinated by Matilda. The gates were set up in the doorway of her room, and Fito's eyes were glued to Matilda. He still hissed at her, and she sometimes took cover, but there seemed to be less resistance.  
 Fito spellbound

Matilda on her side of the gate
"Well there's a thin line between love and hate. Gradually, Matilda's fear will chip away, and Fito's love attraction will no longer be unrequited," I said. "They may even become BBFs, when Matilda gets it that Fito's fight has turned to play and even love."

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Friday, July 28, 2017

July 2017

The Wilbourn Way Blog 

(aka Cats on the Couch)  

Dear Readers,

** Pet Sitting Vacation
This Pet-Sitting Site Lets You Vacation Around The World For Free   Read more 

** Cat Meets 50 Dogs At A Dog Show

** The Cat's Meow 
“Why does our cat, Cat Stevens, attack us?” 

Find out why in my podcast interview on Unorthodox - Tablet Magazine.  

Set the video at 00:31:42 minutes to start, End at 00:45:00 minutes. 

** Matilda's Annual Celebration And Cat Fashion Show
To Benefit The Alliance for NYC’s Animals  August 3rd at 5:00 p.m

I look forward to seeing you all at Matilda’s annual celebration where I will be available for behavioral tips and Reiki treatments. Wear your cat inspired outfits. If you can’t attend, you can still bid in the Silent Auction. I have donated a phone/video consult with lots of MultiPet Toys. Orion has requested that his robotic cats accompany me as his surrogates.


Carole's Take On Oscar The Cat Who ..... 

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From RoommateTo Lover With Four Cats
(Bedtime Integration) 
Marcia's cats in La La Land
At a recent presentation, Marcia, one of the attendees mentioned how her current relationship might move from platonic to romantic.

“There’s a possibility that, John, my roommate may become my lover,” she said. If so, how could they sleep together with their four cats? Her cats had always shared her bed, and his two cats bedded down with him.

I told her that they should do a trade-off. One night they could sleep with her cats in her bed and to leave the door open. When John’s cats joined in, they should each concentrate on their own cats. If John’s cats didn’t tuck in, after two or three nights, they could sleep with John’s cats in his bedroom with the door open -- each doting on their own cats. A sprinkling of catnip before bedtime could help to relax the cats.

John's cats BFF

Bedtime Is Prime Time.
They should proceed slowly, so as not to rock the cat-mosphere. Bedtime is prime time. Eventually, they would all end up in the same bed.

“I guess our cats will make the final decision — but I hope it’s my bed,” said Marcia.

Orion's Catitudes
(Orion, a recovering feral rescue gives his cat-speak and ©whisker waves on cat issues)

Orion’s faves for July …... 

Orion, an enthusiast of whale music, shares this cat’s whale camaraderie.

** Hungry, Tap that Bell (Click Here)
Satisfaction on demand makes a very happy cat.

** Delicate Timing - About-to-be Mum Rescued
Luna (aka Snow White and her Seven Kittens) gave birth to seven kittens shortly after she was rescued by a compassionate cat lover. 
All of her kittens survived but one. Luna was a Mum Extraordinaire, not even a year old and a real “hottie”, Orion’s PV.
Luna (Click Here to see her with the kittens .. AND again)

** More please

** Older Cats Saved From Shelter

Two 21-year-old bonded cats are taken out of shelter so they can spend their golden years in a loving home ....  Read more 

21years young - now adopted and loved in their forever home
** A Special Bond

Orion has ©whisker waves for his faves

Ellis -- The Random, Tireless Talker
(Vocal Angst - OCD)
"Maybe Ellis wants to reinvent himself as a “pundit” on all things cat,” I said as he and his companion cat, Ezra, checked out the toys I tossed their way. 

Ezra and Ellis with the glitter ball

Brett and Tess had contacted me to do a home visit for their “overly vocal” two-year-old, neutered, Bengal/mix. “ He’s always been in the fast lane and chatty, but his random, nonstop meows are over the top — especially in the middle of the night,” said Brett. 

Ezra, like Ellis, was a player so the two were a cool match. But Ezra would often play with his fave mice solo, whereas Ellis lived to play and needed new activities to stimulate and inspire his senses. 
Ezra takes time out as Ellis carries on

A Touch of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder or OCD
I explained that Ellis’ nonstop meows or vocal angst was triggered when he couldn’t work out his energy. He became over stimulated. Bored and frustrated, his vocal cords took over — he obsessed — a distraction from his discomfort.

“So what can we do to inspire this boy? We don’t want him to be frustrated,” said Tess.

Ways To Delete Ellis’ Frustration Gap

  • When Ellis starts to obsess, quickly distract him. Redirect his focus with a vibrant shout, hearty clap of hands or any sudden noise.
  • A game of hide-and-seek. To start, pick a place where he can easily.find you.
  • The Multipet Catnip Garden Sprinkles Mouse will give both Ellis and Ezra a tasty roll for their nip. Read more.
  • Take him for walks in the hall at quiet times so he isn’t startled by a bevy of neighbors or the elevator or a stroller.
  • A kitty stroller would provide a way for both cats to view the great outdoors. By the time you return to your apartment they’ll be ready for a nap.
  • Place a ladder against the wall so he can climb to the top and play “king of the mountain”.
  • Put a rubber toy in the sink or tub of water for him to bat at. 
  • Arrange for a cat-friendly child to come by for a play date.
  • Give both cats daily private time.
  • Tight hugs and a toss in the air so he lands securely in your arms.
  • Arrange a tunnel of paper bags across the floor. Include some toys and nip. Some tissue paper would provide extra sound effects, together with the crinkle and pop of the paper bags. Clip the handles of the bags to prevent any accidental entanglements. Shine their laser light through the tunnel.
“This play list should keep us all occupied,” said Brett. I nodded and added that if Ellis vocalized in the wee hours, they should lead him to the bathroom in an upbeat, positive way. The bathroom or another small room could become his nocturnal digs.
Ellis feeling zoned
Scroll through an earlier Blog for Des' story in Sleep Deprivation Read more from Vice.

As we said our goodbyes, the cats chilled out with their toys, and link of music that I’d sent for their session. 
“Remember to keep their MP3 of music streaming so they can relive the emotional catnip of their session. I’ll send a case report to Dr. Dougherty of The Cat Practice to update him on Ellis."

Co-Founders of The Cat Practice 1973
June was the 44th anniversary of The Cat Practice, my former digs with co-founder Dr. Rowan — 1973-78. With Dr. Rowan’s medical expertise and the birth of The Wilbourn Way — techniques to treat behavioral and emotional problems — we were able to treat the total cat.

Your Cat -- Your Exercise Buddy

“Whenever I do Pilates or Yoga, my cats chill out nearby”, was a text I received from one of my readers. It reminded me of my late cat Sunny-Blue.

His Own Mat
Whenever I had a session with my trainer, I would put a mat down for the floor work. Sunny would show up and join me on my mat which became a little crowded. He soon had his very own mat—but very close to mine so he could stretch out and watch. One of these sessions was filmed by a Japanese television crew. The theme was: How your cat is often your “exercise buddy”.

Positive Energy
A cat is usually naturally drawn to positive energy. This energy is released when you’re exercising, so your cat joins in to share the benefits. This is a great source of mutual inspiration. Your cat may also encourage you to stay motivated when you have the urge to give up. It’s great to have such a supportive influence. So when you try to avoid your cat’s request for play, remember how your cat accompanies and inspires your workout.

Meditation may also be a fave, because as you relax and unwind, your cat mirrors your behavior. Paws up to those ties that bind!

Simon, The Serial Whiner
Simon prefers to think within the box
“Last month Simon started to whine, and now it’s become his mantra — his buzzword. Food is the only way to quiet him,” said Kim. She had arranged a phone consult to find a way to end his serial whines.  

Kim went on to say that their baby girl was born a year ago. A few months later Simon’s Best Bud passed on. Simon has a chronic intestinal problem which is managed symptomatically with a special diet and steroids. Last month the family was away for eleven days, his intestines flared up, so his medication was increased. His whines started soon after. Kim and her husband, Jake, felt there might be a direct correlation, but wanted to provide Simon with an alternate support program.

So Many Transitions
With the birth of their baby, the loss of Simon’s companion cat and their eleven days absence, double separation angst, plus new baby competition triggered Simon’s physical and emotional discomfort. His serial whine was his tell tale signal for help.

Simon And Baby

Blissed out to the baby's soft touch
-- To enhance Simon’s relationship with the baby, they should remember to credit him for any praise or attention they give her e.g. “Simon, you picked out the very best baby. That’s because you’re the best boy.” This positive praise will provide a very chummy association with the baby. Simon will respond to their relaxed body language, tone of voice and sense of humor. 
-- Photos of Simon with the baby are another way to empower him to feel included and loved — another baby connection. 
-- It may be necessary to lower Simon’s dosage of the steroids or slowly wean him off of the medication. A homeopathic remedy may be an option, if needed, to ease any intestinal inflammation.
I concluded the consult wth a Distant Reiki treatment for Simon to restore his balance in mind, body and spirit. Read more.

Kim’s Update:
“Steroids were the primary catalyst for Simon’s serial whine. The vet recommended we stop the steroids to see if they were the cause of Simon’s discomfort. It’s day four and he’s nearly perfect.”

All’s well that ends well. As long as Simon was on the steroids, his well-being and recovery were beyond help. Now his behavior program would enable Simon to be even more at ease.  A happier Simon, a happier family!

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