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The Total Cat Manual: Meet, Love, and Care for Your New Best Friend Paperback – October 18, 2016
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As a multiple world champion Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu competitor, as well as a martial arts expert and teacher (having trained the likes of Chuck Norris and many top UFC fighters), David Meyer has spent a lifetime enabling weaker individuals to become stronger. But as the co-founder and president of Adopt-a-Pet.com, he is a passionate advocate for the truly powerless in our society – abandoned and homeless animals. David has used his skills to help guide Adopt-a-Pet.com to become the world’s largest non-profit homeless pet adoption website, and he continues to push the organization forward and act as a spokesperson for all shelter animals.
Abbie Moore, executive director of Adopt-a-Pet.com, revels in the opportunity to bring joy to animals and the people who adopt them. After starting her career in the entertainment industry, Abbie pursued her passion for animal welfare and worked at a large animal rescue organization in Los Angeles. With Adopt-a-Pet.com, Abbie leads many new initiatives, including celebrity-oriented social networking campaigns and the organization’s extensive work with professional athletes who have a passion for helping stray pets.
Dr. Pia Salk specializes in social justice and the human-animal bond. She is an Adopt-a-Pet.com spokesperson and a contributing writer to their website; her writing was also included in the recently published Pet Loss and Human Emotion. She was a frequent guest on the Martha Stewart Show and was a regular guest contributor to The Martha Stewart blog “The Daily Wag”. She has been featured on Animal Planet’s Hurricane Heroes and 20/20 for her animal rescue efforts following hurricane Katrina.
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Tip 023: Catproof Your Furniture
Because of your cat’s heightened senses, your personal scent is discernable on everything you touch, including your furniture. If you like your sofa, so will she, even when you’re not on it. As far as kitty is concerned, it’s her furniture, too—so here’s how to do a little catproofing and keep it looking nice.
TOSS A THROW Draping an inexpensive throw blanket across furniture is a simple way to keep cat hair in one, easily-removable place.
ADD SOME CITRUS: Spraying citrusy smells on the corners of your furniture may deter your cat from lounging there. Just be sure that whatever you spray is safe for your cat and your furniture alike.
TRY BUMPY MATS: Plastic mats with raised bumps (sold in pet stores) can deter your cat from leaping onto the furniture. She may stay off it even after you’ve removed the mats.
GIVE YOUR CAT CHOICES: Give your cat plenty of nice, cushiony spots to sit, ideally elevated and close to windows for his viewing pleasure. The goal is to make better spots available—so he’ll want to spend less time on that boring old sofa. As with any training, reward your cat with verbal accolades, treats, snuggles, and brushing when he’s learned what you expect of him regarding the furniture. This will reinforce his success—and yours.