Brat cats Me and Ow are at it again

Ash is a three-year-old American bulldog. Originally, he came to CAPS from the pound where his family left him when they moved. He is very sweet, well mannered, and loves to walk on a leash. Ash needs a home with secure fencing, and he would like to be an only pet. Come out and meet this guy; he needs someone to pal around with, and he’ll be your best friend forever.

Ash is a three-year-old American bulldog. Originally, he came to CAPS from the pound where his family left him when they moved. He is very sweet, well mannered, and loves to walk on a leash. Ash needs a home with secure fencing, and he would like to be an only pet. Come out and meet this guy; he needs someone to pal around with, and he’ll be your best friend forever.

My friend Renee has Me and Ow, two constant cat companions. Renee now works from home because of the pandemic, and they have all been sheltering in the house. Recently, she confessed that Me and Ow are brat cats.
It seems that they have taken over her keyboard, bed, counters, and table. To put it mildly, they are driving her crazy! They sleep most of the day and spend the night goofing around. The most recently annoying behavior is that they knock anything that is up on the counter or table to the floor.
I am familiar with babies endlessly dropping things to the floor but that is because they are developing object permanence. Up until about six months, babies do not realize that things continue to exist outside of their view. Once they figure that out, they purposefully drop things to see what happens.
Are cats experimenting with objects to see what happens? There are a several theories about cats knocking things over. One idea is that cats are natural hunters and knocking things over may be instinctual. Cats’ paws are very sensitive, and they use them to test unfamiliar objects in the environment.
Another motivation is attention. Cats love attention and are sensitive to their owner’s reaction. When they deep six a glass of water off the counter, they get attention. If you do not give them attention, they will knock things over to get it. Cats are clever at getting what they want.
Cats are curious, and they love to touch things. If your cat is bored, he will roam through the house looking for something to explore. Toys and scheduled playtime may help curb the behavior, but as Renee says, “Me and Ow are naughty brat cats, but I love them.”
 
IN NEED OF
Folks to help “Pup Grade” our kennels; see the details below.
Dry cat food and Friskies wet. Dry dog food and Pedigree wet food. Our current supplier of donated food is no longer distributing food to shelters. We need help to maintain our guests.
Puppy milk, puppy pads, and Taste of the Wild Puppy food. We have puppies that need lots of care and supplies.
Bleach and cleaning supplies.
Aluminum cans. If you have, cans to pick up, give us a call (775-423-7500) and we will come get them. You can also drop them off at CAPS.
 
SHOUT OUT TO
Churchill County High School for their donation. They held a penny drive (class vs. class) for CAPS and the student council matched all the donations. The winners are fist place-Seniors, second place-Freshman, third place-Juniors and fourth place Sophomores. All tails are wagging for you!

 

COME SEE US

CAPS is now open, by appointment only, for adoptions, SNAPS, and food pantry. We cannot accept volunteers until further notice. Call 775-423-7500.
 
DON’T FORGET
February Pet Holiday: Annual Doggie Date Night. It is time to party with your pooch!
You can help “Pup Grade” our kennels. We rely on fundraisers, donations, and volunteers but the pandemic has crippled our sources of revenue. At this time, our kennels are in need of serious service.
We need permanent roofs over the outdoor kennels and new flooring in the indoor kennels. If you are able to contribute expertise, supplies, or monetary assistance please call at 775-423-7500.
CONTACT CAPS 
CAPS’ mailing address is P.O. Box 5128, Fallon, NV 89407. CAPS’ phone number is 775-423-7500. CAPS’ email address is caps@cccomm.net. Please visit the CAPS website (www.capsnevada.com) and Facebook page (Churchill Animal Protection Society). Be sure to “Like” CAPS on Facebook because we are likeable.
CAPS is open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Kathleen Williams-Miller is a CAPS volunteer. Contact me at jkwmil@outlook.com.

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