“Dogs are so smart, they can be trained… but cats? No way!“
Hmph, so they think! We cats are smarter – we just need the right motivation. We won't do it to please anyone, unlike these dogs. If we like the rewards and find the trick interesting, we’ll do some amazing tricks and even take part in agility tournaments (cat gymnastics)!
Cats aren’t dogs, so of course there are differences between the way you would train us versus how you’d train a dog! Us cats are loners by habit, so we aren’t driven to work in partnership with our pet humans (that’s right, I said it!) and praise only goes so far with us.
My pet-parents taught me how to do all of these things :
My smart pet-parents used these cool ways to train me :
Besides being trained to do tricks, us cats can also learn to stop unwanted behaviour. More on that when we meet next time. Meow until then!
“Those were the days my friend, we thought they'd never end...” – Mary Hopkin
Those were the days of frolicking, running out the door at top speed the minute my pet-mom opened it, jumping up to catch the biscuit my pet-sister held up, bouncing up on the beds when no-one was looking... and getting screamed at by my pet-dad for excitedly ripping up a cushion… “PEPPER !”
Today, at 17 years of age, I move around with effort, and sometimes am unable to get up without help. I have arthritis and an enlarged heart, weakening eyesight, hearing and sense of smell. Nights are painful for me and my family, as I tend to pace up and down and stare and bark at walls, because of certain changes in my brain, similar to Alzheimer's disease. Yes, we too have human-like geriatric problems.
But I'm lucky to have a loving and caring pet-family. They provide me with a soft bed for my arthritis, anti-skid socks to help me walk without slipping on the tiled flooring and doggie diapers for when I can’t control my sphincter muscles.
Medical care and monitoring
I am given my medicines hidden in tasty chicken treats so I don’t get the bad smell and take them easily.
I’m taken for regular checkups to the vet if I –
Food and exercise
At my age it is important to keep my weight under control, especially since I’m not as active as before. I am glad my pet-mom has been particular right from an early age regarding a healthy, nutritious diet. My pet-sister ensures I get adequate exercise, taking care not to tire me.
I soil myself frequently these days, so it’s important for me to be cleaned often, and bathed with care. I need to be dried completely or I can catch a cold. Many itchy spots are now unreachable, so I need help with a soft grooming brush, which does not hurt my old-age related warts.
My pet-parents ensure my good health during my senior years by providing me with –
With love and good care, we too can enjoy a good quality of life in our old age.
Pet-Friendly Spaces In Delhi-NCR
Everyday I'm by myself, sometimes lonely and bored, when my pet-parents go off to work. I wait eagerly for them to get back. I know if I'm a good boy, my human dad will say ‘Bheem, you deserve an outing this weekend!’ My ears prick up... I know what that means! :) I wait excitedly for the outing. We have a good choice of places to be taken to in Delhi NCR.
Here are some of the places we have been to :
Puppychino - Delhi
The first pet friendly cafe which opened in Delhi. I love being here. They have an excellent play area and a special menu specially for us with drool worthy names like Toothy pasta, Woofsome cupcakes, Snoopy Spaghetti etc.
Cafe Canine - Gurgaon
One of my favourites, with a big, open lawn, (where I can run and play with other dogs) and a swimming pool. I also have birthday parties here.
Tabula Beach Cafe - Delhi
This is such a fun place... I can just roll around on the sand and play with my pet-parents. They love the delicious seafood and beach brunch. I get to meet other kinds of pets too.
Cafe RED Garden Kitchen - Gurgaon
My pet-parents love to take me here. Besides playing on the lawn with me, they enjoy yummy global dishes. Here too, I can meet other pets.
Throttle-Shrottle - Gurgaon
My pet-parents love bikes and there are all sorts of rare bikes on display here, and it's a go-to place for bikers. It's also pet-friendly, so I get to go along with them and sniff the bikes as well. The owners of the space love me!
Off The Leash - Gurgaon
I feel totally pampered here as there are so many fun activities to do. The best part is I'm off my leash. My pet-parents too enjoy the good food.
The Brown Box - Delhi
Whenever we're in the mood for some quiet time, we head here, and I love it. My pet-parents love the amazing cupcakes and pastries served here.
Roots - Cafe in the Park - Gurgaon
The outdoor ambience here is fantastic and I always end up having a good time.
There are quite a few other pet-friendly places that I've heard about from my friends, like Soul Garden, Jharokha, Boheme Food Music Art and Domdom Biryani - Bistro, to name a few. My pet-parents and I can't wait to check them out!
I’m sure that soon, there will be many, many more pet-friendly places that we can go to as a family that my pet-parents will enjoy as well!
Hi! I’m Pixel.
My human pet-parents and I lived in Bangalore, and we were one happy, loving and fun family!
One day, I heard my pet-parents talking... they were planning to move to Delhi! “What about me? :(" I wondered. I knew they wouldn't leave me, we were family.
I was right! I ended up flying to Delhi, and for all you other cats out there who want to move cities, my Momma and Poppa humans made enquiries about how to relocate with a pet cat, and here’s what they found out about domestic pet relocations :
Travelling by plane
It was possible for me to fly with my pet-parents, but not in the cabin, as I was not 8-12 weeks old, and weighed over 5 kg, including the special crate (as specified by IATA). So it would have to be as excess baggage or cargo. But not all airlines would take me. Only Jet Airways, Air India, SpiceJet and Vistara were pet-friendly. Airline pet policies and prices varied slightly with each airline; my pet-parents eventually chose Jet Airways.
I needed to have all my vaccinations up-to-date and certified fit-to-fly by a vet before I travelled. As for food and water for the long haul – my Momma human found out that the bowls could be fixed to my IATA crate door, and she got quite creative with the fixing business. The airline had to be informed that I would be flying 72 hours in advance, and I had to be checked-in a couple of hours before travel. Details about me (breed, nature, feeding instructions and contact details of my pet-parents) were to be clearly displayed on my crate, and it was marked ”live animal” before I was taken into the cargo hold. All instructions carefully followed and rules adhered to, I flew to Delhi... a slightly scary but exciting journey! How many cats can say they've flown so high above the earth? :)
Travelling by train
The Indian Railways are trickier for cats; it's easiest for us to travel in the East Coast Railway (ECoR), but in some cases it becomes difficult if the issue that 'Cats fall under Wild Animal category' comes up. If this issue crops up, cats are not allowed on passenger trains unless certified by the Chief Wildlife Warden, Govt. of Delhi, that we are not wild animals. Even after that, it is preferred that we be sedated and put in a dog box on the condition that the other co-passengers do not object. If they do, we could also be asked to get off the train along with our pet-parents! Train travel with us is not without its hassles.
On most other trains, they allow dogs to travel with their pet-parents in the cabin in 1st AC, unless objected to by co-passengers. The alternative is a journey in the brake van. Sometimes, if there is space in the guard’s cabin, dogs can be put there, provided the guard likes dogs.
Some pet-parents find it more convenient to book the whole compartment so they can enjoy travelling together with their pets.
Travelling by car
This might be the most hassle-free way to travel, but when it's long distance, not always convenient. These days, thankfully, there are resorts and hotels which are pet-friendly. It helps to make stops at these hotels on a long car journey, but pet-parents should make sure to identify and make bookings at these pet-friendly hotels well in advance!
My pet-parents did all the paperwork and bookings to relocate with me on their own. In case your pet-parents need additional help, there are agencies that can help with this arduous process – FurryFlyers, AirPets, Maxwell Relocations and PetFly to name a few.
So... don’t worry about being left behind by your pet-parents when they relocate, as we can move cities too!
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