Daily Care and Routine
 
 

The animals in your care must be offered a regular daily routine, where they can make meaningful choices in their environment. This will give them an opportunity to feel secure and in control.

We must not disturb the choices the animals have made in their environment. There is no such thing as “cats trashing their cages”. Again, they are simply expressing meaningful choices that they prefer for their environment in order to adapt and cope

 

Let’s use cleaning as one example of daily care routines.

    If we use spot cleaning protocols:

  • The cat can remain in his space, with most of his familiar items such as blankets, hiding box, and toys
  • The cathas some control over his environment, and leaveshim with a sense of familiarity
  • Leaving the same blanket retains the familiar feel and the cat’s own scent
  • Leaving the cat in the same enclosure retains the field of vision and auditory input
  • Housing cats in cages that are double sided facilitates spot cleaning as the side not occupied by the cat can be tidied and cleaned, then the cat can move into the clean side while the other compartment side is cared for
  • Spot cleaning is also ideal for group housing or large rooms or runs
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        We use full cleaning procedures as little as possible because:

      • We strip the animal’s environment of all familiar sensory input
      • Animals may be relocated to a completely new cage with a whole different view, vantage point
      • May have unfamiliar neighbours
      • This results in frustration and stress for the animals in our care
      Spot Cleaning Protocol