22. February 2011 05:10
This is a picture of myself (Valerie) and Jeri (our Program Coordinator) training with Izzy. We have trained Izzy to stand up and put his paws on the mesh so that we can inspect his paws. He is easily susceptible to blisters that need to be medicated before they become painful. When he stands we can put medication on his front paws to keep them from getting infected. Typically he doesn't mind as long as he's getting chicken.
When we train our cats it's to help medical procedures to be less stressful on them and also to keep them thinking and from getting bored. We NEVER punish the cats we always reward them for the things they do correctly. Also we try to end each session on a positive note so the cat will enjoy it more. We use a clicker to let the animal know when they have done the behavior asked and then we positively reinforce them. I was a Psychology major so this is very exciting to me!
I started practicing my training skills on Izzy and now we are trying to work with Alexis. Alexis has caught on very quickly! Sometimes Izzy or Alexis doesn't have the attention span to concentrate so we keep the session short, but today both of them did very well! I don't have a picture of us training Alexis but here is a picture of her playing with a sugar bag with meat in it!
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7. February 2011 04:50
Today's enrichment we put snowmen in each yard! Isn't he cute? Most of the tigers just knocked them over but Izzy loved his. He looked like a kitten with a ball yarn. He rolled one of the snowballs down the hill which just made the ball bigger. He drug it around and tried to bite it and bat it around. He even laid on his back and kicked it with his back feet. Super cute! Tomorrow we're going to try to video tape him! Hope everyone else is having fun with the snow!
5. February 2011 00:33
Something very exciting happened today!!! Mohan played with me. All the other cats will run up and down the fence with you but Mohan barely acknowledges your existence. Today I was next to his enclosure with a big black trash bag and he was running along the fence and pouncing. This something we have never seen Mohan do with people. He likes to stalk and play with the other tigers but never us. He is also doesn't react to much of anything. Hopefully this means he is trusting us more and maybe even started to like us.
1. February 2011 00:52
In light of the upcoming weather, I found this picture:
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