Kitty Index (KITI) contains all the essential points for kitty care and some hints and notes too.
Kitty Index (KITI) contains all the essential points for kitty care and some hints and notes too.
The first point is the most important point. Love kitty and be a good kitty-owner by example, even when kitty is naughty (see Kitty nature).
One of the first points in kitty-life is kitty toilet. If and when kitty uses an other than designated toilet area, the solution is simple. Place kitty toilet product (liquid or solid) into designated kitty-toilet. Kitty will discover toilet product in a new location. Soon kitty will be happy to use it. In addition, kitty will learn about a very interesting material called ‘kitty-litter’. This material is intuitive and useful to kitty.
The stochastic distribution of kitty-litter around kitty-toilet is a sign of courtesy. Kitty is trying to create a hygenic environment. Attend to kitty-toilet promptly so kitty knows kitty-owner is diligent too. If kitty does not use kitty-toilet see First point.
Kitty claws are very sharp. If kitty scratches kitty-owner use a soft word like ‘gentle’ and caress kitty paw.
The scratch-post is often a subject of contention between kitty and kitty-owner. It is one of the main points of kitty training (after toilet system has been mastered).
The ‘no no’ system applies (see Kitty no!). In addition, gently remove kitty claws from furniture object and introduce kitty to an alternative scratch-post location. If kitty scratches the desired location, offer a reward.
Hint: a vertical scratch-post option is often more desirable than a horizontal one. Tie a piece of carpet around the leg of a table or desk. One scratch post is enough. Kitty may take some time to learn about the scratch-post and in the process, when kitty-owner is absent, some furniture may be affected.
Kitty discipline is an important point. Perform with kindness. To do this, hold kitty down with gentle but firm resolve. Show kitty that you care for kitty, but are still boss. This will encourage positive learning.
In addition, say ‘no no’ (in french ‘non non’) in a firm voice. This is very effective in teaching kitty what is ok and what is not. Ie. Curious kitty may like to jump onto the kitchen counter to investigate an attractive smell. This can be dangerous.
Remember: kitty is intelligent but kitty can become easily frightened (see Fire) and knock something over. Gently remove kitty and place kitty onto a favorite surface. Set clear boundaries and offer a more interesting option for kitty.
Note: it is a popular notion to spray mist-water on kitty’s face for disciplinary action. This is discouraged as it might result in negative stimulus response association with kitty cleaning process, which might also involve water on the nose (see Kitty shower).
Kitty likes to play. This is normal. Kitty likes string and elastics and headphone wires and will chew through them, then lose interest until new headphones are available. Discipline for this behavoir is not necessary (see Kitty nature). Kitty play should be encouraged. Offer alternatives that kitty is pleased with.
Play objects have equal value to kitty. A plastic bag or a Louis Vuitton are the same in kitty-mind.
Any combination of a string, fascinating object and smallness is potentially a successful toy. Shiny delicate things are very interesting too. Things that make crinkle sounds are very popular with kitty. Kitty boxes are essential.
Hint: cut a circle hole in one end of a kitty-size box. Kitty will occupy the box and enjoy the option to see outside while still inside. Kitty may enter or exit via the hole.
‘Hide the toy’ is a favorite kitty game. Kitty will show you how to play it. An even more exciting variation is 'hide the snack'.
It is a common human misconception that kitty, although cute, is sparingly affectionate. This is not true. The relationship with kitty is based on infalliable trust and includes all references to the absolute and all-present reality, which is the source and infinite domain of all that exists as existence itself.
Kitty may experience psychological discomfort in the form of fear of kitty abandonment. When leaving the home make sure to reassure kitty. Kitty is reassured when kitty stays on sofa.
This phenomenon is initially observed when performing daily tasks such as taking a shower, closing the door with kitty on the other side. To reassure kitty, leave doors a bit open. Kitty likes to watch the shower system when in use.
Concerning the last point, kitty is very curious about exploring inside cupboards, under the bed, and in other hiding spaces, but can get stuck. This is cute but also potentially tramautic for kitty. Keep these areas kitty-safe.
Sometimes kitty furs becomes attached to clothing or various objects in the home environment. This is normal.
Kitty likes to push things off high places, fascinated by the effects of gravity. This is a key moment to observe kitty super-focus. Kitty will focus on object and stay low to the floor surface, then rapidly accelerate towards object. This is kitty hunting-nature.
Kitty hunting-nature can become playful-nature with careful training. Playing a bit rough with kitty during this time teaches kitty that you are also a hunter. Pulling kitty tail is ok if done playfully and will not trigger kitty attack-defense instinct. Kitty learns there is no danger. Success is achieved when kitty responds to this type of play with licking or lying on kitty back exposing soft kitty parts.
Kitty play sometimes includes gentle biting or paw manipulations. If kitty plays too rough then hold kitty down and speak gently. Remember: kitty learns by observation and example.
Kitty sleep is cute, but is kitty really zzz?
Kitty knows what kitty likes to eat. Natural foods are ok. Learn what kitty likes with by letting kitty smell food items kitty is curious about.
If available, kitty will eat too many snacks. Eating at the same time as kitty is recommended, either a snack or a meal. Remember: kitty learns positive behavoir by example. Visiting the kitchen may be snack time, or it may not be. Be careful of kitty cuteness.
The kitty olfactory and gustatory senses are highly developed. Kitty prefers saline over savory snacks, with exceptions. Kitty may catch a mouse or a bird. Often this is a gift, not food (see Kitty gift).
Kitty likes to drink water drops from the tap and will likely prefer it over a bowl of fresh water. A small stream of water is best. Remember to turn the tap off after kitty is done. If kitty learns how to operate the tap, nothing can be done about this.
Kitty self-cleaning system is one of the hallmark examples of personal hygiene. However, there are situations in which kitty can get quite dirty and needs assistance.
Concerning the shower, kitty will likely resist. Kitties are fascinated by the shower device but also scared. Be gentle and start with warm water in a bowl and a cloth.
When a shower is necessary, start with a little bit of water on kitty paw. Avoid the face and a complicated situation. The essential point with kitty shower system is to give consistent positive reassurance to kitty and get the task done as quickly as possible.
Post shower, kitty may be in a state of shock (PTSD - post traumatic shower disorder), experiencing higher than normal levels of cortisol production in the kitty adrenal cortex. Wrap kitty in a towel and hold kitty tight. Kitty may try to escape but keep holding kitty until kitty heart-rate resumes statis at about 140-160 beats per minute.
•••••••• hold! • • • • • ok
Kitty does not wear shoes and neither should you (at home). Observation shows that kitty likes to lick paws, the wall, glass, paper, books, magazines, art, chairs, tibetan bowls, candles, crystal balls, cabinetry, and lay on the floor. To ensure that kitty is not licking residual traces of industrial chemicals it is advisable to use natural cleaning solutions.
Hint: apple cider vinegar can be used to clean most surfaces - floors, walls, and even in the bathroom.
Clean kitty litter box each time kitty uses it. This will ensure that the home environment is of an excellent standard for both kitty and kitty-owner (see Kitty toilet system).
If kitty likes to destroy plants then grow plants for kitty. Philodendrons are popular, as are ferns. Catnip and catgrass are excellent choices for kitty.
Hint: place elevated soft flat surfaces around the home for kitty to rest and self-clean.
Allow kitty to observe or explore the outside world by allowing acces to window areas. At first, be more attentive if the window is open. Kitty enjoys the home environment and its comfort but, kitty may also like to explore the outside world and meet other kitty for kitty reasons. Kitty knows that freedom comes from within (the home).
If kitty escapes make a poster (hint: bring snack-box).
Kitty may offer gifts, often from the outside world (kitty 'space'). Possible gifts are flowers, feathers, wrappers, sticks, small dead animals, moss, dried excrement, among other nature objects. Kitty will leave the gift in a location which kitty-owner is sure to notice (hint: this is how you know it is a gift).
This is kitty reward-system for being a good kitty-owner. Acknowledge the gift even if it is really gross.
Rewarding kitty is a reward in itself. Kitty will always accept. Potential rewards are snack, rubs, a box, or a new soft and flat surface in the home environment.
The much loved kitty sound ‘mew’ can express many things: hunger, toilet action, attention, or to tell about something in kitty-mind.
You can ask kitty and kitty will show you by leading you to appropriate action. Patience is important for kitty communication, but very soon it becomes evident what kitty wishes to express or what kitty needs.
Kitty can learn some words if used often in a similar context. (hint: kitty likes words with ‘s’ sounds – ‘foods’, ‘waters’, ‘snack’...)
Kitty will often sit on new objects in the kitty environment. These objets are often flat, soft, but not necessarily, as long as they are new. Items related to travel are especially interesting, as are objects which attract kitty furs.
The last information point in Kitty Index applies from the moment you welcome kitty into your home (caveat emptor). Remember, kitty is part of nature. Kitty is going to die someday (sine-qua-non).
It is reassuring to know however, that kitty-owner has a statistically longer life-span than kitty and can ensure the comfort and care of kitty for the entire kitty-life.
So enjoy each kitty-day (approximately 3 hours and 41 minutes).