wands are not toys

didney-worl-no-uta  asked:

Should kittens be adopted in pairs? Is it a bad idea to have just one kitten, when it will spend most of each day alone? I get worried about my new kitten (6 months old) being alone most of the time when I'm at school or a medical appointment. She's pretty active, as all kittens are, and sometimes I don't have the energy nor time to keep up with intense play sessions. Is it cruel that I haven't adopted another kitten with her?

I wouldn’t say it’s cruel, there are ways to keep an active kitten entertained with your schedule. Puzzle feeders full of healthy treats, motorized toys, wand-type toys you can hand from the door knob, rotating the toys you leave out, etc.

If you feel your kitten would benefit from another kitten you can consider adopting another, but don’t think that will cut down your work load. They may entertain each other when you’re not home, but when you are home that’s twice the interactive play. That’s three litter boxes, that’s more food, more cat trees and scratching posts, etc.

Day 5 of the witchy art challenge: draw a witchcraft tool. So, I wanted to draw a wand, but I wasn’t sure what angle to take so it would be unique, but then I thought I’d just combine all my favorite stim toys into a magic wand! This is definitely my favorite of my witchy art challenge drawings so far. I really like the idea of an autistic witch using her magic to stim, and I may incorporate that into a story I’m writing

I’ve gone back and forth so many times on whether or not to post about Snowflake here.  Snowflake is a year old persian mix with extreme socialization issues.  Basically, she’s terrified of humans. 

She’s an excellent study in cat body language, especially with a focus on self-soothing behaviors.  When I took this picture, she was purring, making eye contact, rubbing against things, and rolling around on her cat tree.  In most cats, these would be signs of contentment and happiness.

In her case, she was extremely anxious and trying to communicate that to me.   It’s basically the cat form of laughing anxiously to diffuse tense situations.  It’s really hard to distinguish these from actual happy behaviors.  The best way I can describe it is that the energy levels are different.  A happy cat usually has very even and smooth movements, even when trying to play.  Snowflake was dashing all over the place, her movements almost frantic and desperate.  I’d love to get a video of her to further explain, but I haven’t been given permission to film inside my workplace just yet. 

Whenever I work with her, I remember the various asks and messages I get from people saying “this cat was purring at me, but when I tried to pet her, she just scratched me and hissed!!  Why are cats so weird???”

All behavior is communication.  It’s important to recognize just WHAT is being communicated though.  You can prevent misunderstandings by letting the CAT decide if they want to approach you or not.  Extend your hand and just wait.  If the cat wanders off, don’t pursue.  You don’t have the right to pet every cat.

I’m very happy to say her socialization is coming along well.  In cases of poorly socialized kittens, it’s important to find a drive.  Most cats are pretty food-driven, but Snowflake is largely toy-driven.  She’s frightened of wand toys, but loves soft toys.  Right now, my socialization plan for her is centered around me tossing a toy towards her and her batting at it.  The goal is to make my presence (or the presence of any human being) a happy event, something she looks forward to.

It seems to be working.  She headbumped my hand yesterday.