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Cat Toy and Scratcher Pad offers hours of fun and exercise for your cat while reducing potential furniture damage due to scratching.Catnip and ball included. Scratch pad is replaceable. 16i 1/2 Diameter x 1.88i 1/2Provide hours of playful activityProvide exercise and mental stimulationScratch pad is replaceable
ask the roommate about opening the window for the cat during the day. Alternately, you could buy the cat something like this http://www.amazon.com/Bergan-Turbo-Scratcher-Cat-Toy/dp/B000IYSAIW
Wow, thank you so much for rescuing a kitty that needed a home!
BTW, in order to decrease chewing, you can try rubbing bitter orange on cables (with a cotton ball). Another tactic is to play with him and give him lots of activity- I love the Bergan Turbo Scratcher, but you can also DIY great toys for cats.
He was in the shelter in a cage or a small enclosure, yes? And now he is in a BIG NEW WORLD and it is most likely scary and stressful to him, and he feels no sense of his own space and territory. Try moving him to a bathroom for a week or two. Put in a litter box and a small bed and some toys (interactive ones if you can, like the ball track). Try a bed that is enclosed, like a cube bed or similar. Then when you bring food and water in to him, or when you use the bathroom, spend some time talking to him and petting him. It seems weird and all, but cats usually have to acclimate to new spaces, and starting out small is best. Even a small bedroom might be too big for some cats. You'll know when the cat is ready to leave the bathroom, as he will start to be curious when you open the door and try to see what else is out there and try to get out. When that happens, leave all his things in the bathroom and just leave the door open for him to explore as he feels he can. He will go out for a bit and explore, probably mostly when you are asleep, and eventually he will start making the outside rooms his new home and feel safe.
Okay, first of all, if you genuinely think she'll make you more miserable and stressed when baby arrives, you won't be a horrible person if you can find someone else to take her. Any pet is a lot of work... and an infant is even more.
That said, I want to offer my 2 cents because I feel really bad for you and I've worked with a lot of problem cats (both mine and others')!
I'd say priority one is discouraging the sleep attacks. Try keeping a can of compressed air by the bedside and spraying it when she attacks you. It's pretty effective with our cats as an immediate "no way" reaction for very bad behaviors.
You can also adopt some cat body language if you're not afraid of looking silly. Just like dogs, cats have communication behaviors that you can take advantage of with a little patience. Jackson Galaxy (the cat whisperer) has a ton of resources on this if you're interested; my husband and I have used a lot of his techniques with positive results! There are several, but one example is the "slow blink." Next time she's just staring at you, stare back and then slowly blink your eyes. This is a way of communicating you're not a threat and it tends to calm really wild/anxious felines.
It definitely sounds like she has some pent up energy, too. She's still pretty young and kittens can be pretty wild (all of my cats have mellowed out considerably as they've gotten older). Different cats like different toys, but some that I've noticed have been favorites of all have been those little fuzzy mice that come in multipacks, feather teasers, and this turbo scratcher cat toy. The last one is nice because they can play with it without any help from humans.
Finally, if there's ever a time and place where she's sweet (even if those moments are few and far between), keep a few treats handy around the house and try to just reward her occasionally when she's chill, nicely sitting in your lap, etc. Just like dogs (and people!), it's often more effective to train them by positively rewarding good behavior than just punishing bad behavior.
Sorry for writing a book! I really hope you can work things out with your psycho little fluffball.
Lil Bub doesn't have teeth either! So she has a celebrity to look up to.
In every case I've experienced of transitioning a cat to indoor-only life after being allowed outdoors, there were verbal protests. They did subside. Cats don't naturally vocalize to communicate with one another after the mother-kitten rearing period (they rely more heavily on scent and body language) and tend to become vocal because humans react to it. Failing to react can discourage meowing, but that's not always true when the cat is really trying to say something and isn't getting what they want, so you'll probably have to suffer it out until she adjusts and the indoor atmosphere becomes habit/normal. I definitely sympathize with how taxing it can be when you're trying to sleep.
You might find some success with something like a Turbo scratcher for play, and if she doesn't find it engaging at least it can double as a bed and scratching board. My family's older female cats love those things, even the generally non-playful ones.
Also, when do we get adorable pictures?
Congratulations! Our siberian is about 1.5 years old now and has been an incredible cat and great experience for us. Here's a couple points from my perspective and experience:
strangers and introduce them to people. This worked well with our kitten to make him very social and unafraid of visitors at our home.
Those are my thoughts! Feel free to post any specific questions as they arise.
If your cat is into vertical scratching then I recommend the Smartcat Ultimate Scratching Post. I bought one 3 years ago when I adopted my cat and it still looks good. Yes, it is pricy but I looked at it as an investment. It's the only cat scratching post that I've bought in 3 years except for a toy, the Bergan Turbo Toy, that came with a cardboard scratch pad. The cardboard insert was long ago destroyed but I haven't bothered replacing it because my cat prefers the Smartcat post anyway. The post looks good and is really sturdy. My cat has only managed to tip it over once when she went crazy and performed a wall (post) jump off of it.
2 months old? And you are wondering how to "tame" him?! I rescue cats, mostly kittens and there is only one way to "tame" a rambunctious kitten-PLAY WITH HIM! Wear him out. He is a little body with all of this energy that he needs to get out...he is doing what every kitten does if someone doesn't play with them...he knocks over plants, he tears stuff up, he is a terror. Find some toys that are interactive for when you are not there but play with him twice a day for 15-20 minutes or more. I recommend a laser pointer for playtime with him. That wears a kitten out more than anything.
Use a spray bottle, squirt him when he does something you don't want him to do-BE CONSISTENT and don't let him see it come from you. You want him to think...gee, everytime I step on this table, water comes from somewhere and I don't like it. If he knows it comes from you, when you aren't there he will do it.
Here are some toys I like to use for these little guys.
Only use this one under your supervision since he's so small...I have had a kitten get their head stuck and it took a vet to get her out after putting her under anesthetic and using a saw to cut her out.
Also, do you realize that he will be this way for a few more months? Don't play with him using your hands (he will think they are toys and might bite you) and get him a scratching post. He is at the point, if he is two months old, that he can be neutered as well.
All of the cats I've ever had were like this, including the 3 we have now. I buy them so many toys, especially when I feel bad for buying the dog a new toy and not them (even though they won't play with it). They prefer playing with bottle caps, pens, the milk rings off of milk jugs, balls of aluminum foil (but not the premade crinkly balls you can buy), basically all of the non-toy things they can get their paws on. I can't even leave nail polish bottles on a table because they'll jump up, knock them off the table, and start batting them around on the floor.
The only actual cat toy they'll use are those round scratching pads that you put on the floor that have the ball that goes around the outside, or regular scratching posts.
This toy? My little guy looooves it. Best toy ever. I got the ball that lights up for it (mostly so I can see it in the dark). I now gift them to all of my friends with new kittens because they are amazing.
My guy loves catnip mice and leaves them everywhere; like the bathtub, my bed ala godfather style under the covers, in purses and shoes mine and visitors.
The first thing to resolve is playtime. It's possible she just loves plastic, but the fact that she doesn't want to play with you at all suggests either a picky cat, or one that doesn't yet trust you. You're the food provider, but playtime is also quality bonding time for a cat. She's already fully grown, so maybe it's a learned thing, but it's something that you should be able to correct to some extent.
There are some motion cat toys that you could try using to get her playing more on her own.
It's also possible that you aren't playing with her the way she wants to be played with, cats can be very fickle about this. My own cat is very picky about how my SO and I play with her, and she picks one of us based on how she wants to play. She'll pick me when she wants to chase a stick toy, and my SO when she wants to wrestle, that kind of thing.
Have you tried using the straws to play with her? Maybe try hiding a straw under a blanket where she can see it move from wiggling it. You could also try new tactics with the stick toys like this, hide them under things and move them. My cat only likes the stick toys if I alternate between moving them very slowly while in her line of sight, slowly moving out of her line of sight, and then moving it quickly to get her to chase it when she tries to pounce it.
I'd also suggest looking up different playtime techniques for cats online, like on YouTube or what have you, especially related to more wild/feral cats, as they also don't really like playing with humans. I'm not saying she's wild of course, but because she's more standoffish from you it may be along the same lines.
If you can get her to play with you consistently, then you can very easily tire her out and get her on the schedule YOU want her on. The idea is that cats hunt/play and then eat the reward of the hunt, and then sleep.
My own cat used to be very similar with waking us up very early for food, usually by making lots of noise and biting if that didn't work. Once we were able to get her on the hunt/eat/sleep schedule with her timed meals, we basically stopped the bad morning behavior entirely.
Sorry for the long post, hope this helps!
First of all, let me say that you're doing a good thing. So many people abandon pets when they just don't fit into their ideal lifestyle anymore. It's easy to get jaded when you constantly see that. (So ignore downvotes- What's important is that you recognize the issue and are working to resolve it.) You're clarification does help.
Trying a different type of scratching post may work. For example, my current cat adores one made by Kong that has little rubber bristles like this, but he doesn't care for any other scratcher.
Another thought would be a cardboard ball chaser like this. Every cat (other than my current one) always loved to scratch these... plus, ball to chase. And, quite frankly, I've found babies/toddlers to be fascinated by the balls, too.
Plus, as you know, once they find a place they like to scratch- it can be very hard to break that habit. You can also try putting a sheet of tinfoil over the couch (where she likes to sharpen her claws) when you can't be there to monitor it.
The cat quiet space is a great idea! I'm sure she'll appreciate places that she can go to be alone with her kitty thoughts. (I've even used an upper cabinet above the refrigerator to give my cat a break from the children. He could reach it and survey the land, but the kids' couldn't touch him.) High spots are always good. Cats feel safe there and can see (and enjoy being with the family) without having to endure unwanted attention.
Bergan Turbo Scratcher Cat Toy, Colors may vary https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000IYSAIW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_nsrXzb4EG3KFN
I bought one for my cat. She did not play with it. But she prefers to play with leaves and dryer sheets. She liked the box it came in though
I've had many cats over the years. Before I knew better I would get them declawed, but haven't done that in well over 15 years. Once you know better, you do better.
We have three clawed kitties and we had trouble getting them to scratch at cat scratchers until we got this one. It even comes with catnip that you can sprinkle in and the cardboard insert is replaceable. Plus the cats love the toy.
Oh man...! Interactive toys? Until she got older and lazy, my cat loved her [scratcher ] (https://www.amazon.com/Bergan-Turbo-Scratcher-Cat-Toy/dp/B000IYSAIW/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1481180797&amp;sr=8-6&amp;keywords=cat+scratcher). And those little plastic [jingle balls] (https://www.amazon.com/Hartz-Play-Midnight-Crazies-Toys/dp/B000BO96K0/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1481180915&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=cat+jingle+balls). She likes those hartz ones, I guess because they are easier for her to pick up and carry. We used to find them in bed with us all the time!
Anyway, those two things really helped us get through those kitten crazies. Now we just have to deal with her stealing our pillows and kicking us in the head while we try to sleep!
You're not a bad pet owner; as the former director of the world's largest cat-only adoption organization and sanctury, I hereby absolve you of your concerns about being a bad pet guardian.
If you need some alone time and he's driving you nuts temporarily, puting him in his own little playroom (your bathrooom) is totally appropriate; especially if you leave a few fun things in there for him to play with.
Toys like this:
are great options to keep him entertained.
As they get older, cats tend to spend the vast majority of their time sleeping; he'll get there. Enjoy him as much as you can; and when you need a break, let him have a few hours recess in his playroom.
It's all good...
I second a more elaborate tower or tree!
I replied to a post similar to this so I'm just gonna yank that answer because these products might be handy for you to consider too, especially if you don't have the time, space, or funds to get a second cat (it's also not a guarantee they'll get along):
What about toys you can hang off door knobs or the tops of doors that mimic you on the other end?
Then there are some good play toys that can be enjoyed solo or with you. Our cats love these Sproket straws because they're woven and bouncy, so the weave can catch in their claws as they bat at it, which lets them toss it around in the air and chase after it on their own, which is like a step up from normal straws (which can also be a good time):
Tracks like these can be a lot of fun for cats even on their own:
If weight/diet isn't an issue and he is food motivated, you can get a treat ball:
We got the purple Kong one with one hole from Petsmart for $6. I "reinforced" mine with tape so it takes longer and more rolling to get the kibble out, but a palm full (0.5 oz) of kibble keeps my younger cat busy for half an hour, and then she stops and goes back to it occasionally throughout the night for short bursts. Definitely keeps her busy.
Our cats really like hanging out and chasing toys in and out of this too: http://www.petsmart.com/cat/toys/toys-r-us-tunnel-pop-up-cat-toy-zid36-11815/cat-36-catid-200099
That (or variants) is the best cat toy I've found.
Just wanna add: it's a great trap AND a great toy! We've fostered hundreds of kittens through the years and that toy Bergen Turbo Track with Scratcher has consistently been the most popular toy in the house and it cannot be broken. It's solid and well made and the kittens go crazy for it. Only about $10-12 and you can buy replacement scratcher pads too. Pro tip: buy an extra couple of twinkly ballsat the same time. They light up and twinkle when in motion so pop one into the track and now it went from a good toy to a great toy. They're cheap (<$3) but are only sold as "add on" items.
It's called a Turbo Scratcher! Amazon link (no referral code): http://www.amazon.com/Bergan-Turbo-Scratcher-Colors-Vary/dp/B000IYSAIW
My kitty loves this thing. I got her the "starchaser" one, which basically means that the ball lights up when it's moving.
She's suuuuuper playful for a 7 year old cat. She's got her claws and previously had a regular cardboard scratcher that she loved. This thing takes the cake, though. She plays with it at night when I'm sleeping (and leaves me be!) and I can play with her with it too, by cover it with things (tissue paper is a favorite) or spinning the ball. She tears up the cardboard and loves the ball. It's like kitty crack.
Luna with her toy after about 2 months of play.
Your only option is to order silly things from Amazon so the package man will come and bring more boxes. Our UPS driver is incredibly hot, so this is now my go-to approach.
This product helped us out a lot. If it doesn't work, at least it came in a box???
My cats enjoy something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Bergan-Turbo-Scratcher-Cat-Toy/dp/B000IYSAIW
I also have a puzzle feeder so they can work for their food.
Bergan Turbo Scratcher Cat Toy, Colors May Vary https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000IYSAIW/ref=cm_sw_r_other_awd_JQUEwbRAP1BVQ
Yup. Right here
I've bought a ton of toys for our kitten in the last few months, but these are his absolute favorites: Bergan Turbo Scratcher, a crinkle tube like this one, Cat Dancer, and the Go Cat mouse on a string toy. With the Go Cat mouse toy especially, he definitely lets you know he loves that toy. It's the only one he never ignores and the only one he will pick up in his mouth and carry to his "den" like it's real prey.
We also got him a fluffy mouse puppet that he loves to wrestle with. I might just be projecting, but it seems like it kind of makes up for the lack of another furry companion to play with. Bonus points: it lets you play hands-on without getting your hands scratched up.
The bitter apple spray doesn't seem to deter our cat much, but liberal application of Sticky Paws (double sided tape) and taping loose cords to the wall helps keep him away from scratching and biting things he shouldn't be messing with.
Also, if you have house plants, look them up to make sure they aren't toxic to cats. The kitten's interest in chewing on plants may vary, of course, but ours loves chewing and climbing on plants. The ASPCA has the most comprehensive list of plants that are toxic to pets.
Baby Josie is beautiful! I had a Maincoon named Tiki. He lived to be 16! BEST CAT EVAH!!!!
She would love this: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006VMN4O
A Mini me for her to snuggle with: http://www.amazon.com/Davey-Maine-Coon-Douglas-Cuddle/dp/B004YSH3Y0
A Kitteh tunnel!!!: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000EFMLBW?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=maicoocatnat-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000EFMLBW
And more toys: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002DHV16?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=maicoocatnat-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B0002DHV16
Maincoons LOVE to play and have that kitten play aspect to them for YEARS!!!Mine loved balls, and a good old laser pointer was the best thing ever. He would get running after that red dot, and couldn't stop well on our hardwood floors and would slide in walls....
Oh and a cat bed on top of the Fridge would be great for your girl. Tiki always slept on top of the fridge :)
YAY! I love cats, and am commonly described as "a cat lady" if that helps you take my suggestions a little seriously... hehe.
First I recommend figuring out the species of the cat, and look up personality traits of them. Sometimes cats are super attention whorey and some keep to themselves mostly. Just be prepared for whatever yours is, and don't try to force it to be otherwise. Not that you would, of course, but yeah.
My cats loooooooove to play with balls. More so than cat-nip mice and stuff. They like the little tennis balls and basketballs (those are made out of the stress-ball type material) and they like them because they can use their claws to throw it around! Also any wand, but they looove feathers. My cat will eat rubber bands so she's not allowed to play with them. Make sure to keep an eye on what she eats/plays with! Also they love the sit n spin it seriously is their favorite. Our cats also love bags of all types, and boxes of course, but I think they just like small spaces. We usually keep a few of these tent like things around, the ones we get at walmart are less than five dollars and usually last a few months before being destroyed.
Some cats really like to climb or be up high. You just gotta let them. Usually if you have a few spots they can get at, they'll keep away from the no-no zones. Try not to punish the cat for doing cat-things. It's sad when I see friends who I thought were great with animals yell at their cats for just doing their thing. I also recommend getting a specific scratchy thingy for her, whether it's just the cheapo cardboard ones (as low as $3 at walmart) or a fancy pants tree thingy. But usually if they have a designated space they won't scratch much else. If they do instead of spraying them with a waterbottle, pick them up and place them in front of/on their designated scratcher. That's the best way they learn that.
Also cats don't respond well to being punished like dogs do. They don't understand that their actions correlate with what you're upset about. They just think you get scary is all. The best way to "punish" a cat or "train" it to not scratch/swipe/bite is to blow in their face. It's not super threatening but will establish you as Alpha (they do have a "pecking order") and it won't scare them like yelling does. My cat was abused and a little shit to people, but in less than a year she shaped up with the blowing on her face thing. She responds well to it now still, and she's warmed up to people. I recommend you make sure everyone who visits your house knows your rules on how to treat the cats- I've yelled at people before for fucking with my kitties too much, that's how cats get mean!!
Also the cat will probably take some time to get used to you. Don't push it. That's the best way to become besties really fast! Let her come to you, let her decide when she's done being pet or sitting in your lap. It'll build trust between you too. :) And also be careful with picking her up, some cats hate it (my bf's cat haaaates it, when he was a kitten my bf's friends wouldn't let him escape so now he freaks out every time someone grabs him. Definitely should not do that haha).
Also be wary that cats are suuuper allergic to garlic. Therefore people food is extremely dangerous to them. Chocolate doesn't really bother them, but most cats won't eat it. Also lots and lots of cats don't actually like fish or tuna flavors! My kitty only eats chicken flavor treats, but she'll drink the water from a tuna can (not the meat, she's weird) so just be watchful when you start buying her food. They won't eat if they don't like it. Little shits (hehehhehe) Also along that topic, they have super super sensitive tummies and often puke just from eating too fast! So be careful of that too hehe. But treats and nip will make the kitty know you're someone to warm up to really fast, hehe. Even if it doesn't seem like it at first and is shy from you. Also try and get it in the same room as you when you feed it for the first bit, they'll realize you control food then too.
Only other thing I can think of is to "cat-proof" your house. My kitty tears up anything paper, including my ex roommates homework if left out, toilet paper, newspapers, posters, etc. Bf's cat just lays on paper but they both have eaten through plastic bags and attempt to open cupboards and doors, we had to get child locks for our pantry. Consider those things and remember a cat is ornery and mischievous so don't get too mad at it for it's nature. (once again, not that you will, but sometimes people forget!) just blow on it and get it away from the area it's been naughty in if it does get into something. Also if it's a boy and it sprays, ask your vet what you can do to help that. Some cats are hopeless once they start, but some only react when upset/nervous/sad/scared/angry. Also, clean the litterbox as much as possible. even with one cat everyday is best, but every other day or every three days can be enough. cats will poop on the floor only as a last resort, but will as opposed to a messy litterbox. maybe consider even getting two boxes if you have the space! to cut back on smell use extra baking soda in the litter, clean often, and get the tall box covers for the litter boxes. my cats won't poop without them too, they like the privacy as well hehe.
Really cats that young adjust well, and once you build trust they should be pretty great little friends. You should like you're totally set for this, I'm sure you'll be a great kitty mommy!! And holy WOW, Sorry that this is like a hundred years long.... I just really fucking love cats. Also watch "my cat from hell" because it's funny and usually you can learn a thing or two. Also doing any other research on cats/your cat is good. Of course. :) YAY HAPPY NEW KITTY BABY DAY FOR YOU!!!
Ooh, my cat is obsessed with carpet (because at first when I got her I had a trash rug that I didn't mind her scratching), but she doesn't love scratching posts for some reason. But I got her this scratch pad and she's OBSESSED. I just had to change out the cardboard for like the fifth time because she just DESTROYS it. Which is fine, because she does that instead of the carpet now.
There are some automatic toys you could try, like Cat's Meow
That's their TV ad, but it's in a bunch of stores around me, too. Growing up, my cat's favorite toy was just a ball stuck in a plastic ring that he could bat around. It would spin around the ring, so he'd catch it and bat it the other way. It was kind of loud, so we just kept it away from the bedrooms. My cats now just love anything red and fluffy that they can toss around.
If you google interactive cat toys, there's a few things that could work, depending on whether or not you want something that takes batteries. Something he could climb on with different things to bat at might be good for your cat. And don't underestimate their love for boxes and paper bags (no handles!).
I've had a lot of success with this style https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000IYSAIW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_zwbBybPKSBE4H
This is another cheap option. You can get it at Walmart or petsmart and such. It gives them a place to scratch and a ball they can paw at.
Bergan Turbo Scratcher Cat Toy, Colors may vary https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000IYSAIW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_ofHIAbWGGPQH1
I actually just wrote a post on my new shiba facebook page on my top 5 shiba toys that offer great exercise and stimulation.
Definitely ask the cat sitter to hang out for at least half an hour - even if they're just watching TV it's good for the babies ot have them there (but if you're paying them they should be happy to actually play with the cats). In terms of interactive toys, my cats LOVE this. Even my grumpiest cat goes wild for that guy.
Cats bury their waste by instinct, so they're technically born litter-trained. ;) You'll want to have two boxes available (if you have the room in your flat, of course). Open boxes are supposed to be way better than ones with covers, but mine actually much prefer the enclosed ones. *shrug* There's a bunch of different litter box designs, too... take a look at the selection on Amazon, if you get a chance (I recommend this one).
Some cats are much messier than others with the litter; one of mine flings pawfulls of litter out of the box. Another one of mine finishes, and races out, tracking little grains of sand as far as she can. We have litter mats in front of all the boxes, which helps a lot, but you might want to invest in a dedicated little hand-held vacuum to keep nearby.
And you'll need something for claw maintenance -- a scratching post or pad. Don't go for expensive, fancy things, because it'll need replacing periodically. I tried a bunch of different ones, but ultimately, mine prefer the cardboard ones (specifically, this one). Well, that, and one of the living room chairs. *sigh*
An adult won't be as hyper and needy as a kitten, but play is still important. A laser pointer does wonders. If you're crafty, you can make some little catnip-stuffed toys (I crocheted some little mice and things that mine love, although they usually bat them up and down the hallway around 4am).
Another thing I noticed, and others have similar stories, was that a couple of my cats would bump the water dish before drinking. Another would dip her paw in. I'm pretty sure they couldn't tell where the surface was when the water wasn't moving. I got a drinking fountain for them, which solved that, and has the added benefit of filtering the water, keeping it fresher -- and cooler (so important, here in California).
I have two scratching posts .. both can be sit on. One is upstairs and one is downstairs, and she rarely scratches on either. She prefers to just kind of lounge on them. But I have one of these http://www.amazon.com/Meow-Town-Corrugated-Cardboard-Scratcher/dp/B0040DL1V0 and she loves that one! Not sure why, since it's nothing fancy. The way I found out was because I got her this: http://www.amazon.com/Bergan-Turbo-Scratcher-Colors-Vary/dp/B000IYSAIW/ref=sr_1_1?s=pet-supplies&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1427326224&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=cat+ball+toy and she is OBSESSED lol.
You'll want this, trust me. It's good for him to play with and entertain himself when you're away. Both our cats love this and come running when they hear the noise of the ball rolling around the track.
Honestly? the boxes the stuff comes in lol My boy will go into any box he can fit in. But hmm, cats seem to like this a lot https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000IYSAIW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 especially if they're kittens/playful. A pet water fountain is also nice esp if they only eat dry food, I wanted to link the one I got in 2012 that's still going today but it isn't available anymore. Definitely get a cat tree of some sort so they have somewhere to claw and climb. A nail trimmer. If they have long hair a cat brush. And of course some sort of string toy, my cat went nuts for this one and it's so simple: https://www.amazon.com/Cat-Dancer-101-Interactive-Toy/dp/B0006N9I68/ref=pd_bxgy_199_img_2/133-1717712-3740751?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B0006N9I68&pd_rd_r=15a43a5b-f70b-4d52-bd5d-cf182d33ebf0&pd_rd_w=pfMSD&pd_rd_wg=kSrv9&pf_rd_p=09627863-9889-4290-b90a-5e9f86682449&pf_rd_r=6SWRV4AMWV9Q5ENPA58R&psc=1&refRID=6SWRV4AMWV9Q5ENPA58R but any kind should do it.
This approach may take some time, but my cat eventually learned that if I am in the bedroom with the light off and fan on (its an oscillating one that makes a fairly strong humming sound), I am down for the night and it'll be at least a few hours before I come back. After a few weeks of this routine, he gave up on screaming outside my door. The bedroom is off-limits to him at all times, as well. If I'm in there with the light on, he will meow at me, because he knows I'm likely to come back soon.
Mine's a door-rattler, too - he can fit his paw in the crack under the bedroom door and wrap it around the door. To protect the bottom of the door from his claws, I put some rubber weatherstripping on it. For the floor, consider getting a protective film to put down where she usually scratches. Hardware stores sell them to use during painting / construction, and many of them are affordable and tear-resistant.
It may be inconvenient, but do your best to cat-proof the house so you can ignore her acting out with minimal collateral damage. Keep anything fragile in drawers or cabinets unless you're actively using it. Consider making the bedroom a no-cat zone and putting as many valuables as possible in there. Don't leave food or drinks unattended - if you have to step away, stick them in the fridge or a cabinet while you're gone.
Also consider an electronic toy that moves around or something more interactive that will keep her engaged at night or while you're busy without the need for a human to facilitate playtime. Here are a few ideas::
Also, if she ignores the scratching post but loves to tear the crap out of your floor, she may prefer a horizontal scratcher. One wasted $30 scratching post later, I figured that out about my cat. Something like these would be worth a try:
https://www.amazon.com/Bergan-Turbo-Scratcher-Colors-vary/dp/B000IYSAIW - doubles as a toy
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009YQ5KJM/ - this one is nice because you can lay it flat on the floor, prop it up at an angle with the cardboard flap, or hang it from a doorknob to see which works best. Also comes with catnip to sprinkle inside it. These have corrugated cardboard surfaces and don't last as long as carpet or sisal rope, but my cat seems more satisfied with something he can actually destroy. He'll jump on it, attack it with his claws, then roll around in the bits he tore off. You will vacuum a lot of cardboard flakes off the floor as it starts to wear out, but for me it's worth the trouble. If you don't like the mess, you can buy this one to test whether horizontal, inclined, or hung against the wall works best, then invest in a similar style of scratcher made from more durable material. That was my plan, but he just loves this stuff so much I order one as an add-on every month when I buy litter.
We have resolved to play with jack more. He's a machine though. He has a metric shit ton of energy. Right now we mostly use this thing to play with him because he absolutely loves it. We also have one of these but he is hit or miss on it. Do you have any suggestions for interesting fun toys?
cat nip your cat areas, and give the cat a place that you respect as hers and not yours (for me this meant blocking up under my bed with a small cat-sized entrance for the cat to hide in, so she can go somewhere she knows I won't annoy her at.) The cat nip will help steer her towards the areas you want her in, and giving her her own space will curb her resentment towards you and your things ;)
Also put a scratching post or plank or whatever in every major room your cat hangs out in. I use the cheap cardboard ones and my cat loves them.
On the note of eating things. Definitely spray or get kitten proof wires or various charges. My Ganon was a kitten managed to chew through my phone charger. I replaced it and sprayed it with a bitter apple. Also be sure to play with them quite a bit to help tire them out. Also maybe look into scratching posts and something like this should help too. https://www.amazon.com/Bergan-Turbo-Scratcher-Cat-Toy/dp/B000IYSAIW
So, I've always been a dog person. But about a year ago, my boyfriend convinced me that we should get a kitty. Although she destroys everything, I still love her!
Here is Taarna (Bonus points if you know where that name is from!)
I honestly still don't know much about kitties, but I think she would like this or this. If anyone knows something their cat loves, please share! :p
I have a Golden Retriever puppy, Summit (8 months old tomorrow, he came home at 8 weeks old) and an indoor-only cat, Sprocket (1 year old). The big thing is to be patient and monitor all interactions.
Our cat is very tolerant and go-with-the-flow. He has never hissed or clawed at the dog. Thee was one time the dog did get too rough with him, and the cat meowed loudly for help, but never fought back (which in a way, makes things harder for our situation). Our dog is extremely playful and although he doesn't mean to harm that cat and just wants to play, he doesn't understand that the cat is too little, is not a dog, and cannot be a wrestling buddy.
Additional Tips for living with a puppy and a cat
Bergan Turbo Scratcher Cat Toy, Colors may vary https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000IYSAIW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_B621CbDECY8XD
I got stuff to set up a cat agility course for my kitten. He loves the tunnel and the hurdles, but isn't so keen on the weaving. He screams at me multiple times a day for me to let him into the room where it's at and take him through the course. I bought orange cones for the weaving, a cheap tunnel, and these hurdles: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B075MSPYVG
I have a feather toy I keep in that room to lead him through the course. It's the only feather toy I have in the house and he only gets to play with it when he's successfully done what I'm trying to get him to do. So it adds a mental challenge as well, and by not letting him use the toy unless he does things right it keeps the toy more special.
If I forget to take him through the course on my schedule, he screams at me until I do. He loves the hurdles most. We just started this around two weeks ago but he's already learned pretty well (again, not the weaving, lol). I just have the hurdles at about six inches but will eventually raise some of them up. I have a dedicated room for this but I think keeping the stuff in a closet and pulling it out twice a day would be fine.
For toys they can play with by themselves, both of my cats like sparkle balls and the captive ball on track toy. I can hear my older cat playing with the latter right now. He's lazy so he likes that he can just lay down and play. He recently had a leg injury so I haven't tried the agility course with him yet but will when the vet says it's ok.
Thank you for this thorough reply!
"Are you able to sleep in the room she currently is comfortable in? Maybe put a sleeping mat or cot in there?"
Yep I can actually. Currently there is a futon bed on the floor that I lay on when I'm in there with her. I could sleep on that one night or take a long nap on the weekend. I do agree with getting her used to me, it makes sense because she will be more trustworthy in the other rooms.
Great point with the food too as I was a bit iffy on that. Currently I put the food in her bowl and swirl it around so she hears it and her bowl isn't always filled.
It's been exciting. Those 2am spazz wake up calls when playing with this are reallllllll.
For the cat wheel, check craigslist, letgo, offerup, etc. Buy it second hand and get it for under $100 (list price is $200). I introduced my Bengal at about 18-20 weeks.
My kitten also LOVES these dollar toys: https://www.dollartree.com/greenbrier-kennel-club-plush-mouse-cat-toys-125-in/207358
They have a little jingly piece in there. They are without a doubt his favorite. He's destroyed 3 of them so far, but thankfully they're so cheap I can afford to replace them at will.
https://www.amazon.com/Bergan-Turbo-Scratcher-Colors-vary/dp/B000IYSAIW is a great scratcher/toy combo
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On my pets wish list there is this:
My cats love this thing and we haven't been able to find one anywhere else!
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The Bergen Turbo Scratcher.
One of the cats here likes these itty bitty tennis balls meant for dogs I found at Walmart (3/$1). He's also very into glittery pom-poms he can carry around in his mouth like prey. I usually don't buy a lot in terms of cat toys, though. They tend to find their own stuff whether I want them to or not! My little boy cat likes plastic drinking straws and my pony tail elastics. My girl cat brings me the big twist ties from bundles of lettuce if I put them in the garbage so I can hold them while she bats at them. They'll always hop right into any cardboard box or plastic bin I bring home, that kind of thing.
I buy my food from Costco and get the 40lb bags it last him about 6 months minimum. I get dollar store toys and cat trees from online. mine also like any catnip toys.
I would recommend getting one of these ( https://www.amazon.com/Bergan-Turbo-Scratcher-Colors-vary/dp/B000IYSAIW/ref=mp_s_a_1_4?keywords=cat+ball+track&amp;qid=1563984795&amp;s=gateway&amp;sprefix=cat+ball+&amp;sr=8-4 )
Also I keep extra Sissel rope on hand always to repair the trees if needed. Mine only has a couple bed but other then that he just sleep on the furniture or floor. For blankets we just buy small pet ones from any place we can find.
If you don't already have one of these, I know a lot of cats really enjoy them, my own included.
also have this one
cat loves both!
My kitten loves this. We flip it over at night so she doesn't disturb us, but then as soon as we turn it back, she will come sprinting over and will immediately pounce on it.
I wonder if some puzzle toys or a Turbo Scratcher might be good options for him? They shouldn't tax his heart too much, but they might provide more of an outlet for his prey drive. You could also feed him regularly via food ball.
Is he really food-motivated? If so, more mental stimulation could be had through clicker-training.
I don't know a ton about heart conditions in cats, so I'm not sure what activity levels would be safe for him. Your vet would know better. If more exercise (physical and mental) doesn't help, and he continues to be aggressive without warning, or it gets worse, I might explore medication options. I'm NOT advocating this as anything but a last resort, but sometimes mood stabilizers can improve everyone's quality of life. It doesn't sound like he needs this AT ALL right now, but it's not bad to keep it in mind if it ever does become an issue.
I hope your vet has some good suggestions and information for you! Good luck with everything, and if you feel like an update after the appointment, I'd be interested to hear how it went!