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Common Cat Herding Mistakes

December 15 2021

Today is a pretty important day for our feline friends: it’s International Cat Herder’s Day. Of course, this may sound a bit far-fetched. Cats are notorious for doing what they want, when they want, and generally refusing to follow directions. However, it turns out that our feline friends can be herded, though this takes time, practice, and luck. A Westminster, MD vet lists some common kitty herding mistakes in this article. 

Not Using The Proper Tools

Sometimes the most useful tools are actually the simplest. For instance, this is one area where you can use Fluffy’s obsession with boxes to your full advantage. Want your feline pal to move into your spare room? Put a box down on the floor. Paper bags also work very well for this. In fact, your bedsheets can also be a great help. Kitties seem to think that they are duty-bound to help their humans change their bedding. Last but not least, don’t overlook the effectiveness of a simple laser pointer.

Working Against Nature

Mother Nature can also lend a helping hand here. We all know that cats love to nap in warm spots. Fluffy can’t resist sprawling out in a sunbeam! This is something to keep in mind as well. 

Misunderestimating Kitty Curiosity

One surefire way to get FLuffy to go in a certain direction? Use her natural instincts! For instance, you may find that tossing a toy or paper ball down the hall is actually very effective at getting your kitty moving. Chances are, your furball will run after it just to see what it is!

Overlooking Ancient Techniques

Up until fairly recently, the sound of an electric can opener was a surefire way to get Fluffy moving. The modern furball is a bit more attuned to pop-top cans, so this isn’t as effective as it used to be. However, if you open the cupboard where you store your pet’s food or treats, you may suddenly find your cat materializing at your feet. Even just picking up her food bowl may do the trick!

Skipping The Reverse Psychology

Our feline pals are full of curious quirks. While they are all unique individuals, many of them absolutely hate loud noises. If you want to get your pet out of the room, try banging two pots together. 

Happy Cat Herders’ Day! Please contact us, your Westminster, MD local animal clinic, anytime!