Koshka's Little Corner

Part of the joy of owning Koshka...well, hasn't been all joyful. I hope to use this page not just to introduce her in all her glory, but also the spectacular Russian Blue breed of cat, and also to help with some common (and not so common) behavioral problems that cat owners experience. A new addition is an introduction to Sinend Cattery and the Turkish Angora breed, with information on showing cats.

Koshka is a very special cat who suffered several behavioral disorders, and she and I are learning together how to work to solutions. I want to share what I've learned with other owners, to try to give credit to those who have supplied me with answers, and to give information and resources for the questions I can't answer. Please feel free to send me questions and situations; hopefully I can help.

Let me be clear - I am not a veterinarian. (Nor is Koshka.) No one should use this site or any information here as a replacement for licensed veterinary care. Keep in mind that many behavioral problems are *medical* problems - those which cannot be cured solely with behavioral retraining. You should always first talk to your vet about behavioral problems for that reason - they will be able to rule out and treat physical causes.

To learn more about Koshka, click here.
If your kitty has a problem, please, PLEASE start by clicking here. You'll find out all you need to know, or to find out, before I can help you. Then choose from the lists below.

Common Behavioral Problems
Introducing a New Cat
Elimination Problems
Destructive Behavior
Should I Spay/Neuter?
Indoor or Outdoor?

General Cat Care
Choosing Your Cat
The Turkish Angora Cat
The Russian Blue Cat
Evaluating a Breeder
Is Breeding Cats Responsible?
Herbal/Alternative Medicines
Ask Your Vet Before Vaccinating

Other Cat Ideas
Sinend Turkish Angoras
Sadakat Turkish Angoras
Showing Your Cat
Winning Ribbons in CFA
Pet Laws
The Banshee
Email Me
Links and Awards
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The information in this website comes not only from my personal experience and research, but in large part from what I've learned from Drs. Nicholas Dodman and Alice Moon-Fanelli at Tufts University . Their spectacular program has a wing focused on behavioral health, and their input and experience are insurpassed. I encourage anyone who sought out this web site to purchase Dr. Dodman's book, The Cat Who Cried for Help: Attitudes, Emotions, and the Psychology of Cats . It's more a less a treatise on the major behavioral problems, and it *will* help you work with your cat. Many feline lives, I am certain, have been saved with their assistance and input. If the answers here don't help, or have been tried, this book has much more information. And, you can also access Petfax at Tufts by clicking the link above. For a (fairly small) fee, their staff will personally consult with you and develop a plan for retraining your cat. I couldn't have gotten here without them, and Koshka is walking furry proof that they're great at what they do.

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