Best cat supplies according to redditors
We found 9,048 Reddit comments discussing the best cat supplies. We ranked the 2,686 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.
1. PetSafe SSSCAT Spray Deterrent
Motion-activated unscented spray safely keeps pets away from off-limits areas such as counters and trash cansVersatile and easy to use Indoor training aid for cats and dogs of all sizes. Motion sensor detects pet movement and releases a quick burst of harmless yet annoying spray to create a pet-free...
2. PetSafe SlimCat Meal-Dispensing Cat Toy, Great for Food or Treats
DISHWASHER SAFE: Top rack onlyEXPERIENCE: PetSafe brand has been an industry-leading U.S. manufacturer of pet behavior, containment and lifestyle products since 1991, helping millions of people and pets each yearDistributes an adjustable amount of food as your cat playsHelps your cat fight obesity a...
3. PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Dog and Cat Water Fountain, Automatic Drinking Fountain for Pets, 168 Oz.
Large water capacity: 168 ounce water capacity is great for pets of all sizes or multiple petsEncourages drinking: Free-falling stream entices pets to drink more waterFiltered water: Includes replaceable carbon water filter that removes bad tastes and odors, keeping water freshLess refills: Built-in...
4. GoCat Da Bird Pull 2 Piece Pull Apart Rod & Bird, Handmade in The USA (1 Bird)
Realistic feather toy activates your cat's hunting instinctPull-a-part rod for easy storageCats love its flight-like motion and prey-like appearancePublic Alert: Hide toys when not in use and supervise your pet while playing at all timesHand crafted in the USA
5. PetSafe Drinkwell Original Dog and Cat Water Fountain, Automatic Drinking Fountain for Pets, 50 oz.
WATER CAPACITY: 50 ounce. water capacity is great for cats and small dogsENCOURAGES DRINKING: Free-falling stream entices pets to drink more waterFILTERED WATER: Includes replaceable carbon water filter that removes bad tastes and odors, keeping water freshADJUSTABLE STREAM: The pumps adjustable flo...
6. Bergan Turboscratcher Cat Toy (Assorted)
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...
7. Catit Senses 2.0 Cat Flower Fountain 3L, Cat Water Fountain
Cat fountain features 3 different water flow settings for picky drinkers and offers maximum oxygenation for fresher, better tasting cat water; the unique design filters water so that it always stays freshCan hold up to 3L in the cat water bowl and takes up little floor space; dimensions are 9.0 ...
8. Clevercat Top Entry Litterbox
Clever top entry design that cats loveEliminates tracking and is virtually dog-proofReduces litterbox odor9" diameter hole in lid for easy entry
9. Rocco & Roxie Supply Professional Strength Stain and Odor Eliminator, Enzyme-Powered Pet Odor and Stain Remover for Dogs and Cat Urine, Spot Carpet Cleaner for Small Animal, 32 oz.
ELIMINATES STAINS, ODORS AND RESIDUE If it’s gross, it’s gone. Not just the stain, but the stink. From stinky yellow pet urine and feces to vomit and other organic spills, our professional strength formula tackles them all.ENZYME ACTIVATED The key is getting to the problem deep-down. This spray ...
10. PetSafe SSSCAT Spray Pet Deterrent, Motion Activated Pet Proofing Repellent for Cats and Dogs, Environmentally Friendly
Deters pets: Place the spray deterrent on countertops, next to trash cans or near furniture to quickly teach your dog or cat to avoid off-limit spacesPet-free zones: Use the spray deterrent to train pets to avoid specific rooms or areas in your homeMotion-activated: Motion sensor detects your pet wh...
11. Cat Dancer 101 Cat Dancer Interactive Cat Toy
Made in the USAThe original interactive cat toy from Cat DancerSpring steel wire and rolled cardboardIrresistible lure for catGreat fun for cat loversHome-tested by over 8 million cats
12. Omega Paw Self-Cleaning Litter Box, Pewter
Self CleaningEasy to useTakes no electricity, liners or filtersPatented Grill separates clean litter from wasteEasy Assembly.Please refer user manual attached below for instructions and troubleshooting steps.Large litter box self cleans by rolling to the right and back againWaste collects in the pul...
13. Oster Sunny Seat Window-Mounted Cat Bed, 50 Pounds
Window-mounted cat bed gives your cat a front view of nature without taking up valuable floor space (retail box may vary)Industrial-strength suction cups hold up to 50 lbs.Installs in seconds to glass windows or doorsReinforced high-grade plastic frame for long-lasting durabilityDurable polyester co...
14. PetSafe Zoom Rotating Laser Cat Toy,off-white,Small
SAFE FOR PETS: The Bolt features a Class IIIa laser with a 5mW max power output for a safe play experience; requires 4 AA batteries (sold separately); for best performance, use only alkaline batteriesAUTOMATIC PLAY: The Bolt automatically turns the laser off after 15 minutes to prevent your cat from...
15. Go Cat Cat Catcher Teaser Wand with Mouse Cat Toy
Flexible wireRecommended by veterinarians as an interactive exercise toyPublic alert: Hide toys when not in use and supervise your pet while playing at all timesHand crafted in the use
16. Dr. Elsey's Ultra Premium Clumping Cat Litter, 40 pound bag ( Pack May Vary )
99.9% dust free, hypo-allergenic natural litter to keep your surfaces clean and perfect for families who suffer from allergiesHard clumping, medium-grain clay makes it the perfect clumping litter that helps prevent moistureMulti-cat formula and superior odor control keeps your home smelling clean an...
17. Cat Dancer Cat Toy Cat Charmer Safe Wand Teaser Colorful Fabric Ribbon Safe Flexible Exercise Toy 1 Pack
THE CAT’S PAJAMAS – The multicolor cat charmer teaser wand is a great way to play with your cat. Safe, simple, and one of the prime cat toys your favorite furry one will want. Whether light on its feet or not, your cat will love the cat charmer.FELINE FINE – Aerobic exercise can keep your cat ...
18. PetSafe Dog and Cat Food Dispenser, 5 Meal with Digital Clock or 2 Meal Tamper Resistant with Dials Automatic Pet Feeders, Portion Control, Holds Dry Food
CUSTOM MEALTIMES: Schedule mealtimes down to the minute to serve your pet up to 5 meals per dayFEEDER CAPACITY: Each compartment in the removable tray holds up to 1 cup of dry or semi-moist food; use this feeder to give your pet treats throughout the dayHELPS MANAGE PET'S WEIGHT: Schedule smaller me...
19. Cat Senses 2.0 Self Groomer Cat Brush – Interactive Cat Toys
Cat self grooming wall brush that helps remove and collect loose cat hairThis can be used as a cat self groomer wall corner; easy to mount on either a flat wall or corner surfaces, with strips (included) or screws (optional, not included)Includes a small pouch of Canadian catnip herb, for use in t...
20. Pioneer Pet Stainless Steel Fountain Raindrop Design
Circulating drinking water is naturally appealing to your petReplaceable raindrop charcoal filter (#3002) for clean and pure, healthy waterDishwasher safe, stainless steel construction allows for easy cleaningModern rain drop shape compliments décor of any roomFor optimal performance we recommend t...
Get him a water fountain. Cats don't like drinking from still water. I own a raindrop one for my cats, they love it.
Edit: For those interested, I use this one myself.
Bought one on Amazon for like $5, same model. The second I stuck it on the wall my cat was all over that bad boy for like 10min.
Edit: Link on Amazon for those wanting to buy it-
They can have catnip in them, so it might not just be enjoying the scratching.
It's a corner brush.
We have been compromised.
THIS is our last line of defense..
That is my Bertram! Catit Senses 2.0 Self Groomer
I would recommend getting additional wall stickies, it did not stay on the wall with the ones provided.
Confession: I bought my cats a fountain so they always have a supply of moving water. They really seem to love it!
get one of these.
they sell them at walmart and petco.
our cats always wanted us to turn on the faucet to drink from too but we decided to get one of these and they all love it. it's almost all dishwasher safe and if you have decent tap water you don't need to buy the filters for it.
Try this link
BOOM: Catit Senses 2.0 Self Groomer https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D3NI2PG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_5t08AbVDJPRA6
I also had to duct tape the bowl when we had that feeder. lol. Most cats are little shits that will figure out how to destroy anything you don't want them to mess with. Our cat is pretty well behaved but eventually she started messing with that feeder to the point where it had to go. There are zero issues with the new feeder due to the great design and quality of it.
That feeder I linked may be slightly cheaper somewhere else and it certainly costs way more than the other one but man, it has made all the difference. You have so much more control with the schedule and portions. I can feed her less food more frequently so her metabolism kicks into high gear. It's amazing what losing a pound does for a cat.
Also, since cats prefer running water to still water, she has been drinking tons of water since we got this- https://www.amazon.com/PetSafe-Drinkwell-Platinum-Pet-Fountain/dp/B000L3XYZ4/ref=sr_1_1?s=pet-supplies&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1480447163&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=drinkwell+platinum
Works great but does need to be cleaned every week or two.
Your questions aren't silly! It's great that you're thinking about how you can make you both comfortable before you dive into a new situation. Always set yourself up for success! :)
> do I buy a litter box/food/scratch-post before I plan to bring a cat home?
That's generally a good idea, yes. Means less stress for both of you as you're scrambling to get everything ready for him. You might ask the shelter what food the cat has been eating, as cats can get an upset tummy when switching brands/types. Not a big deal, but he will have poops that are a bit stinkier/liquidier than normal poops. That should alleviate within the week. You can lessen the tummy troubles by doing a more gradual change, mixing the food he is currently on with the food he will be on more and more, until he is eating what you want him on. But you can honestly just do the change, too, and just deal with the sadpoops for a little while.
I suggest a couple of different scratching posts, if you have the space! Cats like having options, like a horizontal post and a vertical one. Cats also like being high up, so if you can swing a tall post with platforms, he will probably like that.
Get two litter boxes! A lot of people don't realize it, but the rule of thumb for number of litters you should have is NumberOfCats + 1. So, 1 cat + 1 = 2 boxes. Clean them often. Cats are very clean creatures (especially compared to dogs) and are MUCH more likely to have accidents when they feel they do not have a better option than peeing in your bed. That's not their fault. You wouldn't want to step on your own pee/poop either! If you have problems with litter getting kicked out of the box, a litter mat can be helpful.
> Do I need to buy a carrier for the cat?
Yep. You'll eventually need to take him to a vet in all likelihood, and a carrier will make that so much easier, as most cats despise the car. I recommend a hard carrier. The softer ones seem nicer in general, but the hard carriers are easier to clean out, and you never know how a cat will be in the car until... well. They're in it. One of our cats poops and pees every. single. time. So he always gets the hard carrier.
> Should I contact a vet before I get the cat?
The shelter might require you to have a vet already, so I'd probably at least pick one out from google search. They might require you to go get a checkup, but probably not. That's more of a rescue thing, I think. Most shelters have their own in-house vet, so it's not really necessary. Don't be afraid to contact the shelter if he seems to be coughing and wheezing. Upper respiratory infections are very common in shelter environments due to the crowded nature of them, but they are also very treatable, and the shelter will be able to give you medication for him.
> How do I train a cat?
Someone mentioned Jackson Galaxy, who I generally agree is pretty good for training if you have some problems. But most of the time, cats are pretty out-of-the-box ready pets. That is to say, if you have an environment that is good for cats (where you let them have some space, where you don't make a huge amount of loud noise, where they aren't prodded and poked at constantly), they generally don't need training. We've fostered tiny kittens that automatically knew how to use the litter box. We also have boy cats who were not fixed until well into adulthood and have never had problems spraying.
It's instinct to go in the box, especially once they're fixed and don't need to mark territory really.
> For those of you who own a cat/cats, any advice for this first-timer?
Give both of you time to get to know each other. Don't force it. He will come to you, given time and space, and you'll be able to cultivate a better relationship built on trust and mutual respect if he knows that you won't force him to do things that he doesn't want to do (especially at first--think about it like building a friendship with a person; you would trust your friends to do things that you would never trust a stranger to do, and it's the same for him).
Cooing and gentle words are generally pretty good for coaxing, as is letting him smell your hand/something that smells like you before you approach for pets. Think about it like introducing yourself. You wouldn't go up to someone you didn't know well and just touch them without at least saying hi.
Every cat I have ever known, male or female, fixed or not, will pee in a pile of anything if it is left long enough. They see it as 'trash,' and I think it just registers as litter. So, if you are the type to leave clothes on the floor... I would try to stop that.
Keep nails trimmed. Scratching posts are for sharpening nails, which is an instinct that they have to fulfill, and you're giving them an outlet for. Some people think it's for 'filing' the nails down, but it's not. It's for keeping them sharp enough to get prey. You'll have to trim them.
And this is just my own personal opinion, but... young--but not kitten--boy cats are best for first timers. I have one girl, and I absolutely adore her, but she is very high maintenance/prissy/touchy, whereas my three boys are all pretty chill. Each cat is different though, so obviously your mileage may vary! It's just something I've noticed in general in my time of owning and fostering cats, that boys are more laid back/forgiving than girls (and thus I think a little easier for a first timer). Young adults are also great for first timers because you have less accidents (though that's generally not a big concern anyway) and they're more able to be on their own for longer periods of time. Older adults/seniors are great too if you want a really, really chill, more stand-offish cat, or if you want a cat that you'll have for <10 years, but if you want a little more energy and time, a cat that's about 1-2 years old is a GREAT way to go.
Some toys that are great for cats include the classic laser pointer, the feather toy, catnip toys, and crinkle balls.
Cats prefer to drink away from where they eat, so place his food bowl and his water bowl apart from one another! Some cats also prefer running water to still water, so if you notice your cat likes drinking out of the faucet (or if you just want to spoil your cat like I spoil mine...) you can get a water fountain for him!
Finally, if it's not working out for some reason, like your personalities just don't mesh well... take him back. I know it sounds hard, but it's best for him if he is in an environment where he is understood and his needs are met. There's no sense in forcing both of you to be miserable. Some shelters let you do a foster-to-adopt sort of thing, where you sort of try each other out for a bit. I like this option, because you hope for the best, but it feels a little bit easier to tap out if you need to. Either way, there's no shame in tapping out. Sometimes things just don't work the way you thought they would.
Sorry for the novel, but I wanted to be as thorough as I could. My parents recently got their first cat, and it's been... an ordeal for them, getting used to it.
It's great that you have some experience with cats though, so I think you'll be fine! Seriously, cats are sort of the next level up from a goldfish as far as easiness. Should be fine.
I hope you and your new furbaby are super, super happy together! :)
I got my cats a water fountain like this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00063446M/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_natgzbB98KH3X
They drink a lot more water now than when I put water in a bowl.
get some enzymatic pet stain remover. Its designed for the job. https://www.amazon.com/Rocco-Roxie-Supply-Co-Professional/dp/B00CKFL93K
I highly recommend getting a product called SSSCAT. It automatically sprays compressed air at whatever trips the motion detector. I've used it for a couple of months to keep my cats from getting behind the computer and on top of counters with great success.
Video of SSSCAT in action.
I highly recommend one of these. We have been using them for 5 years and set them to go at around 2 am. It seems to be the optimal time, and it makes almost no noise! Plus the cats can’t figure out how to get into it.
Ssscat. Although the replacement canisters are kind of expensive, I recently found out that the top is fairly universal and apparently you can just use compressed air from Staples or something. We have gotten to the point that we don't even need it on our counters anymore, and mostly use it if we want to keep the kitties out of a room temporarily, we just set it outside, and they stay away without scratching at the door. We usually don't even turn it on anymore.
I have one. Clean it every 2-4 weeks, refill it every few days and you're golden. My cats love it. Also healthier for them since they drink more water.
My cat does this too so we ended up getting him one of these which is essentially a food-dispensing pokeball
Catit Senses 2.0 Self Groomer
Kitty is asking you to buy a drinking fountain.
It's actually an loud air can on a motion sensor.
I'm not sure how much support you're getting for raising a blind dog, but you might consider getting him some Doggles. Since he can't see where he's going, Doggles will protect his eyes from getting scratched by branches or sticks on walks. Another good idea is a fountain for him to drink from, since he'll be able to hear where the water is.
I love the last image Amazon has for that product.
Cats aren't dogs, they don't react the same way. When a cat is trying to get your attention, any kind of attention is a reward. They don't understand "no" and will just come back once you shut the door again, because the sound makes you open the door.
Placing something like this outside the door is what they should do. It is a motion activated air canister that will spray air at the cat when it comes near the door, which will frighten it. It will learn to stay away from the door, and won't connect the discipline negatively with you.
There is much more that others can add, I'm sure. Good luck! >'-'<
Former veterinary nurse here. Everything you said is on point. As far as regular kitty maintenance, I cannot recommend a Litter Genie enough. It's definitely sold me on the concept, and if I ever have any babies, I'll definitely get one for them.
I will say though that timed feedings are a great idea if your cat will tolerate it, mostly because you end up knowing exactly how much kitty is eating. One of the first things to go when a cat is feeling unwell is their appetite, and they're notorious for masking symptoms until it's gotten bad. My sister has a cat in end-stage FIV right now for that very reason.
Oh, OP, by the way? If kitty is going to go outside AT ALL, you MUST do two things: parasite prevention and a microchip/FIV vaccine combo. Revolution is my personal favorite parasite prevention, as it's a monthly does and handles heartworms (yes, cats can get them), fleas, ticks, and most intestinal parasites. You have a ton of options, though. As for the FIV vaccine... Feline immunodeficiency virus behaves similarly to HIV/AIDS in humans. It's passed on through saliva, usually from deep bite wounds, as opposed to sharing a water bowl, but there is still some risk there. (This is probably how my sister's cat acquired the infection, as she spends a lot of time outside and has an ultra-nemesis cat that lives nearby.) The vaccine is effective, but it can cause a false positive result on a blood test. The only real solution is to have your kitty microchipped, which IMHO is something all kitties should have done. Here's the imaginary scenario which plays out all too often: Kitty is vaccinated for FIV but doesn't have a chip, gets picked up by animal control, get tested for FIV, and shows a false positive. Any cat that comes in the door with a positive FIV result is likely to be euthanized. However, the first thing anyone does these days is check for a microchip. If it's established that this cat has an owner, the medical workup will continue, but they can't just euthanize your cat anymore. It sucks and it sounds harsh, but it's the same thing as a puppy coming in with parvovirus.
As far as the rest of basic kitty care, a water fountain is definitely an excellent idea. We have one for our two cats and they L O V E it. It's cute and didn't cost very much, either. Here's a link: Catit Flower Fountain https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0146QXOB0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_MWVmzbNH28CMW
This sounds ridiculous, but my cats learned to love their scratching posts because we would scratch them together. If one of them ever started to scratch the furniture, I'd go over to the Correct Scratcher™ and mimic scratching it, and they'd go bonkers running over to do it with me. It's pretty cute, tbh.
I have one of these. I have it set to feed them 4 times a day on a schedule, and I only have to refill it maybe once every couple weeks. But yeah, the nice ones are pricey.
There are cheaper alternatives, though. Just need to be refilled a bit more often and probably less granular schedules.
Cats like running oxygenated water, try buying a pet fountain for your cat.
My parent's cat used to drink from the tap and would only use her water bowl if it was fresh and had ice cubes in it. They bought a pet fountain and now the cat drinks a lot more and leaves the tap alone.
Edit: Here are some cheaper options.
Guard your bedroom doors with these things
You posted a picture of your pet, so here's your standard "your pet is in dire medical straits" post :]
My cat used to drink out of my water cups all the time, even though I had a bowl out for her. She eventually got a urinary stone, which was the result of both feeding her too much meat (changes the pH of her urine) and not drinking enough water. I changed her diet, but also got her a waterfall bowl. Cat's really prefer running water, which from an evolutionary standpoint would be safer to drink than stagnant, still water. Once I put out the waterfall bowl she took to it instantly, and stopped drinking out of my cups. Even putting medical conditions aside, it's just a nice treat for your pet! Thought you might find this info useful.
You could get one of those water fountains for pets. Like this: http://www.amazon.com/Drinkwell-FWB-RE-Original-Pet-Fountain/dp/B00063446M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1369935306&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=pet+fountain
A lot of cats like to drink from running water.
okay person, here's how you do it with cats. If you value your cats, train them. I've trained my cat to Sit, Scratch, and Run on his exercise wheel on command. He is also trained "Gentle" to stop playing / drop claws, "git" to go to ground level if he's on something, and Come when called by name. Cats LOVE structure. Cats like rules and consistency. They don't like change (who does!?) and while it can be hard to see them struggle with adjustments, they will be okay, and it might end up being a lot happier long-term for everyone if you learn to teach them structure and rules in how they interact at home, starting with this.
Training that Meowing =/= attention (open door)
I would recommend in addition to this, you work on rewarding quiet behavior through the linked process of training to sit, then training to be quiet. It's a lot harder with two cats, but all cats can be trained. it's def a lot more work than dogs since cats only learn via rewarding positively, and not via punishment.
They sell motion activated cans of CO2 that Pssssst when anything comes near. Worth every penny.
My Mom's cat loves this thing.
We use this one:
Pros: doesn't jam, hides 4 meals so it lasts us 2 days when filled, clock etc. are pretty good, they haven't figured out how to break in.
Cons: the cats haven't disconnected us from the act of the food rotating so they think they need to tell us when it's almost food time.
If you're willing to spend like $60 or so, this might solve that problem.
Also quite convenient if you have to leave the house for a couple days, e.g. over the weekend. Just refill and clean it once a week and that's it.
Catit Senses 2.0 Self Groomer https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D3NI2PG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_BH5-BbQPT6XCN
Check out this thing I used from Amazon! I have a climbing, chatty tortie who LOVED placing her ass directly on my dish towels/dishes and this fixed it.
Have you tried this kind of toy? It may keep her further from your bodies when she plays and less like to redirect toward you.
I would recommend that when you play with her that at any sign of 'you' becoming the toy, play immediately stops and you either leave the room, or, if that makes her chase your feet, you stand still, arms folded, head up, until she calms down or leaves. Alternately, your fiance could remove her, calmly, from the room and shut her in a bedroom for 15 min or so.
Wear long pants, long sleeved shirts, and shoes to try to keep the damage to a minimum.
Don't act like prey. Don't scuff your feet, flap your hands, or make high pitched sounds - these may trigger her aggression. If you do and she reacts, stop. Of course if she's doing damage, do whatever you need to protect yourself.
Do look into the pheromones. I've heard from many people that they work, though I've never tried them myself.
You may want to try interacting with her by training her to do things... Like teaching her to sit on a chair or something. That could give you two a way to bond that isn't likely to lead to violence.
Try getting her a bunch of scratching posts and stop getting her nails trimmed. It's not worth it, since she can hurt you either way.
Oh, I hope you can work this out. :) And I don't blame you for freaking out when she attacked you, I would, too, if one of mine did that.
Shoots a little bit of air at them. Here's the product
should buy one of these lol, mine LOVES it.
Get her this
BOOM: Catit Senses 2.0 Self Groomer https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D3NI2PG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_5t08AbVDJPRA6
Link for the lazy: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00D3NI2PG
Also try getting one of the water fountains for him to drink out of, it encourages cats to drink more and urinate more, lowers the dangers of crystals in neutered male cats (that don't drink extra to mark territory).
This is geared toward dog owners, but "Impulsive Rehoming Phase" can happen to any pet owner. (http://familypaws.com/2012/impulsive-rehoming-phase/) You're certainly not alone (even if you don't feel impulsive).
Can you pinpoint other specific behaviors that are annoying? Your example of meowing makes sense, because presumably you work very hard and are tired, so your son's nap is your only time to relax. Plus, cranky baby. Discrete behaviors can be modified (whereas general feelings of annoyance cannot).
First, is your cat healthy? Illness or stress can cause your cat to vocalize excessively. Adding a baby to the home is definitely stress (as can be moving furniture, etc). Is your cat using the litter box normally? Missing the box can be a sign that it is dirty or that your cat has a UTI. If the vet gives a clean bill of health, you can help stress by using a calming pheromone plug-in.
Make sure you are providing your cat with enough enrichment and opportunities to exercise. For example, interactive toys, a bird-watching window, scratching posts, vertical spaces, or even a catio.
Finally, schedule in some TLC. If you have a cat that enjoys grooming or petting, carve out 10 minutes to do that activity (or even 5 if it is a long day). You might find that not only does it meet your cat's needs, but it helps to redevelop the bond that you once had with your cat, but aren't really feeling lately.
I've gone off a bit on a tangent, but a behavior counselor can help you identify plans to solve specific behavioral issues (if you can identify them), if you can't solve them on your own. Hopefully that would result in a happier cat and a happier mom.
My cat did this all the time when we had the sink running. We finally broke down and bought him a fountain.
This is a readymade product
PetSafe SSScat, has a motion sensor on the can that will shoot a puff of air to scare the cat. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000RIA95G/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_mbOBybGWWMK8F
Put one of these up there, cats don't fuck with these.
If your tap is dripping, fix it and get one of these:
My cats absolutely love it and it keeps them from making a mess with in the water bowl.
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I've used a number of puzzle toys, usually for treat delivery. I've found these two to be the best:
One is a ball-style one, one is an "activity center".
Oster Sunny Seat Window-Mounted... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005AUM8U0?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
She loves it! It’s her favorite spot in the apartment.
My cat used to only drink from a running faucet, be it the sink or the bathtub. Researched it and found that a large percentage of cats will only drink running water. We got him a cat water fountain and now he doesn't beg at the sink anymore.
I’ve purchased these little things that sense motion and spray air to keep mine from jumping on a table where he was constantly knocking down a lamp! He jumped up maybe twice, was sprayed with air, and has never jumped up on the table again since! link
While I totally agree with everything this poster said and I think ultimately negative reinforcement should not be the primary method, I have found using this [motion sensor air sprayer] (http://www.amazon.com/Ssscat-PDT00-13914-SSSCAT-Cat-Training/dp/B000RIA95G) to be a great deterrent to leave in place when I am asleep/away from home. As it's a method that becomes part of the environment, it also avoids some of the problems with other negative reinforcement methods (spray bottle in particular) such as kitty thinking that he'll only get in trouble when you're around and/or associating you with punishment.
If your cat doesn't seem like he likes playing, try Da Bird as a cat toy. I've never seen a cat who doesn't become obsessed with playing with this thing. It's like crack.
Play time helps. My cats go crazy for Da Bird
Breed: domestic short-hair, a.k.a. moggy.
She looks to be older the 6 weeks as her default blue eyes (almost all kittens, including those of the "big" cats are born with blue eyes) have already turned to green.
Looks like you are giving her Temptations treats; those are good for an occasional treat, but not for feeding real meals. Cats are obligate carnivores; they need meat--check labels on cat food and avoid anything that has fillers like corn.
Good wet food (esp for the price!): https://www.amazon.com/Purina-Fancy-Feast-Flaked-Shrimp/dp/B0012KB466/ref=pd_sim_199_3?_encoding=UTF8&amp;pd_rd_i=B0012KB466&amp;pd_rd_r=B8MQ2M7BCPCJGWPBQD1N&amp;pd_rd_w=SpSRe&amp;pd_rd_wg=Cwzvx&amp;psc=1&amp;refRID=B8MQ2M7BCPCJGWPBQD1N
Set up a feeding station somewhere quiet, where you have little foot traffic and no noise (like washing machine etc).
Make sure she drinks enough water. The watering station needs to be away from the food station (cats do not like to drink next to food; it's an evolutionary left-over -- in nature water next to killed prey might be contaminated).
Cats like running water (signals "fresh" to them); try leaving a faucet on a slow drip or get a water fountain.
Be sure to get her a break-away collar with contact info in case she gets out. Microchip her as well.
Take her to a vet soonish to check her over and get her spayed (no more kittens!). Do NOT get talked into declawing her.
Get a couple of GOOD scratching posts, one where she can do a full body stretch vertically without tipping over the thing (this one is good: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000634MH8/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1)
Try cardboard scratchers, too. Cats love those!
Most cats love "da bird" to play with (https://www.amazon.com/GoCat-Cat-Feather-Assorted-Colors/dp/B000F9JJJE/ref=sr_1_4?s=pet-supplies&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1504644018&amp;sr=1-4&amp;keywords=da+bird)
Here's a great resource for any cat appreciator: http://www.wayofcats.com/blog/
That's all I can think of right now ... except this: have fun with her. Cats can enrich your life in immeasurable ways!
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
I believe Air Wick makes them you can buy them almost anywhere. Drug stores, grocery stores, Wal-mart, Target, etc.
EDIT: There is an actual item made for the sole purpose of repelling pets. It's called a Ssscat
I strongly recommend this
My rabbits peed in a spot of carpet and rabbit pee is notoriously difficult to remove but this somehow managed to get it out weeks after the fact. Hope it helps!
I got one of these from PetSmart and my cat uses is almost daily for her face brushies.
It’s called a “self groomer” and made by a company called CatIt. I couldn’t find a specific listing on the PetSmart site, but here’s a listing on Amazon for the one we have.
Update: I found the exact one from the video on Amazon, dubbed “2.0”. It seems really the only difference is the colour (grey instead of blue).
Cats also love running water, they make drinking fountains for cats just for this reason.
This is not a good method. Cats will identify you as the source of the threat, which isn't a problem for them but is a problem for you. A cat that fears you will exhibit behavior problems that will escalate the more "punishment" you give it. Also, they will simply wait until you're not around to continue their bad behavior. They are not like dogs and do not learn better behavior through punishment.
Here are two good methods:
Cats train you, not the other way around, so you have to be a deliberately "stupid" student in order to get the cat to try new ways of training you.
>Ours will howl and bash on the door when we kick them out, which presumably won't help a baby sleeping.
My cat does this also if she's kicked out of the bedroom. She usually sleeps with us from whenever I go to bed till around 5am when she goes into "play mode" and starts running around the room getting into everything being super noisy. So usually around 5am we'll put her outside the room and close the door so she can go play literally anywhere else in the house but she more often than not comes back to the door to bang on the door and yowl. The solution my husband and I have found is to place a Scccat cat sprayer by the door so when she comes to the door to bang on it the sprayer sprays her with a little puff of air that scares her away. It isn't like it's hurting her or anything but she's scared enough of it to leave the door alone which means we get to sleep in peace.
And for what it's worth the Ssscat is great for training cats to stay off kitchen counters and things like that also. We originally got it for our older cat (who is now an outdoor cat due to other issues) to keep him off the kitchen counters and it worked like a charm after about 2 weeks of kitty jumping on the counter, getting sprayed, and running away. Eventually he just stopped jumping up at all and we were able to put the Ssscat away.
Are your females fixed? If not, that should be priority #1.
Any methods that would definitely keep him out or deter him (air sprays, scent repellents, etc) would work on your cats as well. The most obvious would be closing the window and just letting them in and out manually.
If your cats wear collars, you could get a special cat door installed that is activated by a fob on the collar. There is also this interesting one that is activated by your cat's microchip.
^or ^just ^keep ^them ^inside ^where ^they ^can't ^kill ^birds, ^crap ^in ^your ^neighbor's ^yards, ^and ^get ^into ^fights...
Catit Senses 2.0 Self Groomer https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00D3NI2PG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_D-8-BbMR08720
I literally bought one last week. Amazon link. My cat fucking loves it.
You could try tossing treats towards her and eventually hand feeding her. Talk softly when you are around her and attempt to engage her from a distance with a toy on a stick. Maybe something like a da bird.
Dr Elseys Ultra is the best, it doesn't smell at all and its very low tracking.
We bought some fancy toy for our cat with feathers and all of this other crap and he couldn't stand it. I went on Amazon and bought this for $4.50. He absolutely loves it, #1 cat toy on Amazon for a reason I suppose.
Price of owning kitten: $60 to buy includes all shots
flushable litter: $34 for 32 lbs at local shop; last for 4 months (called worlds best litter: http://www.worldsbestcatlitter.com/ ) This is the best litter you can get. Trust me on that; plus you can flush it and it won't go bad over time like others.
food: Evo cat food $35 for 15 lbs at local pet shop. Feed 1/4 cup twice a day. This will last 2 months according to food regulation. Note: you shouldn't let your cat gorge, it will get fat and poop alot so regulating it will make poop duty easier and save you money on litter and food. I recommend this because it has very little grain which is why the cat doesn't have to eat much. It's also as healthy as it gets, so you save money in the long run vs friskies or something.
Litter box: top entry Top entry causes the cat not to make a mess using the litter (when it kicks it up)
I'd go with an adult cat for your first so you don't have to deal with the kitten phase plus usually they are already housebroken. So all in all its actually affordable if you can commit to it.
this cat litter from Amazon. I have to order the 40lb tidy cats when the Dr. Elsey's is out but the Elsey's is much better... There's barely any dust and doesn't smell like anything, clumps better, overall better
Cuddling is great, but cats need exercise. It sounds like she's bored and restless. Play actively with her. If you tire her out during the day, she won't be so restless at night. I suggest a toy called Da Bird -- my cat isn't very interested in most toys, but she loves that one, and a lot of people say the same thing.
Another important point is that you don't reward the unwanted behaviour, i.e. don't react to it and thereby give her the attention she's looking for at night.
You might want to check out some of the suggestions here: http://www.catster.com/cat-behavior/why-is-my-cat-so-active-at-night
> Mine puke when I put more food in their bowl.
One of ours did this. He would gorge on the new food and vomit it up five minutes later, to the delight of our other one. This fixed that. Now he only vomits hairballs and people food, when he is able to sneak some.
>My gfs cat pisses high in the litter box
We had this problem too, and one of our cats rejects covered litterboxes (probably the same little shit who pisses too high). These fixed it.
Hi! I have two of these.
They’re only $15 and hold up to 50lbs. They’re super sturdy! My boys are around 12-13lbs each and every frequently I’ll find them both cuddled up on one. See? :)
> still cat vomit all the time.
Have you tried brushing with a furminator type brush so they are not swallowing all that fur? It's not really their fault if they are long haired or shedding cats and you're not providing the brushing to help them out in a domestic environment where they are not brushing up against plants all the time and there are "stupid human things" around like carpet that are fragile and easily damaged.
You could also try something like the self groomers:
I'd recommend you buy a Ssscat. I place mine right by the door facing perpendicular to the threshold so that if my cats want to come scratch the door/carpet right in front of the doorway, it triggers and scares them off. It's motion sensored to trigger a harmless blast of air. Should work perfectly. :)
In addition, it's great for keeping cats off counters or wherever else they shouldn't be. The downside is you do have to buy refills eventually, I feel like the fact that I can place it pretty much anywhere is worth it.
Keeping your cat hydrated is important for their health.
If anyone else has a cat with a similar preference I would suggest getting a cat fountain which will make the water run.
If you want to forbid your cat from going somewhere then its important that its not you who tells him no. It has to be the environment. Either by using aluminum foil or double sided tape for a while or a motion detection air blast: https://www.amazon.com/PetSafe-Deterrent-Activated-Repellent-Environmentally/dp/B0721735K9 (although this one is really expensive, there should be much cheaper ones somewhere!)
The reason why NO, and sprays and stuff like that dont work is that it only teaches them that they are not allowed to do it in front of you or when they feel like they can "defy" you. If the environment is telling them no, it just isnt possible. And dont worry, usually a cat learns that pretty quickly so the foil or the repellant isnt necessary for too long.
(Jackson Galaxy teaches us that if you want a cat to not do something, then you also have to provide them an alternative. Maybe a Cattree in the kitchen where they can observe you cooking?)
To the morning thing: Are you sure that you were completely ignoring him? You have to ignore him for up to 2 weeks. And by ignoring I mean really ignore. No going to the toilet when he wakes you up. No noises. No nothing. It will get worse before it gets better. Believe me. You just have to go through it.
Try a Sscat outside the door. It’s motion activated canned air. It’ll spray little kitty if she gets too close to the door. We only turn ours on when the door is closed and the cats have quickly learned that door open means come in, door closed means go away.
I have the same watering bowl, and this feeder and leave my cats alone for up to week sometimes.
They are cats. They don't care. When I get home they don't even to seem to have missed me. Assholes.
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.
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.
You need to listen to my advice here. Seriously, you really need to listen to a random stranger on the internet and do exactly what they tell you without question:
Buy this: http://amzn.com/B000L3XYZ4
You can thank me in two months via message after you realize how wonderful it is and how much your cat appreciates it. I have four cats and can go two weeks without having to change their food or water and they are happier with that arrangement than ever before. It's a win/win.
this may repeat what others have said but this is a fairly exhaustive list of things that have shown really good response from my cats:
that's about it as far as things that remain interesting... and that fit in nice categories
note the Go Cat toys will become destroyed if you leave them out unattended/after play so keep them somewhere out of reach when not in use
This has been my life since I got my own apartment 8 years ago. I am still battling my three cats to get them to pee in the litter box.
People are going to tell you to take him to the vet to get checked for UTI, urine crystals. That maybe the case. I have had major success in using SSScat as a behavioral tool to curve this behavior. We found that there were 'spots' my cats preferred over others. Most of them seemed territorial. We placed the SSScat there for a little under a month and they quit peeing there.
Also make sure your litter boxes are accessible, my cats prefer them without the lid, only tolerate a certain amount of refuse in their litter and are particular about the litter we use. All of these things contribute to getting them to cooperate with peeing in the box.
I suggest getting one or two [SSScats] (http://www.amazon.com/PetSafe-KIT19001-SSScat/dp/B000RIA95G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1464720946&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=ssscat) and messing around with different litters, making sure the box is clean, and other variables. My parents have also have had success doing this but you know each cat is their own unique asshole.
Maybe try this? It's overpriced on amazon for some reason, you should be able to get it half the price if you shop around.
It will startle you and your SO just as much, but it's hilarious.
Use a motion activated air can to keep him away from the door and he will learn to leave it alone.
Motion-sensitive air cans - http://www.amazon.com/Ssscat-PDT00-13914-SSSCAT-Cat-Training/dp/B000RIA95G
We use these when training a cat to stay off the kitchen counter/desk/etc. Just don't forget they're there; always scares the shit out of me when I accidentally set one off.
It's called the "Cat Charmer" and is made by a company called Cat Dancer. It's just a super-long (approx 4-5 ft.) rainbow-colored string made of tough felt that's attached to a short plastic wand. We got ours on Amazon: non-affiliate link. Sometimes I tie it around my waist and walk around (doing chores etc), and my kitty "hunts" the string trailing after me 😺
She might like something like this
If you try the Arm and Hammer and you don't like it, I recommend Precious Cat Clumping litter.
I live in a small apartment with 2 cats and 2 dogs, and the litter boxes have to be in my bedroom. This litter is the only litter that doesn't make my room smell like piss or gross fragrance. It's low dust too, which is nice for my asthma cat.
I have a cat that will only drink moving water (like from a faucet) so we got one of these and she's happy.
I desperately want two standalone slackline kits because I know Banjo, my Toller, would have a blast using them. That price tho.
I want a peanut but I just don't have the space.
A ladder too. Typical ladder. I'm borrowing one and realized its utility as a dog training tool.
A dog drinking fountain just because.
An A-frame and dogwalk. Maybe a teeter.
congratz !! :D
Our siberian favorite toy is this one
He absolutely LOVES it, he hides, he plays, he plots against us in there, the wrinkly sound make it super fun for him, and it's extremely robust couldn't find a single tear even with him putting is claw through it.
for a cat tree, it's better that you invest more money in a basic one, than paying for a cheap huge tree, siberian are BIG cats that LOVES to climb and jump and he will throw himself on it and you don't want an accident happening. Molyy and friends does amazing tree, we bought this one
It think he would have love one that his higher than this one but they get pricier, He's spending 80% of his time on it. the top bunk is his bed, he love to run and jump through the loop, playing pick a boo in there, and it comes with the scratching post that is high enough for him to stretch plainly.
this brush is a must have, not a choice YOU NEED IT, Siberian need good brushing often to avoid painful matted fur, get him use to being brush EVERYWHERE very young (especially the butt, and under his "armpits")
Best laser toy ever. you don't have to keep your finger on the button for it to work, it's super bright, and the cat will recognized the toy when he sees it before of it's bright color. we just need to say " Gaspachio wanna play ?" and show him the paws and he starts puring and getting ready to hunt. Make sure to train him to play with laser when he's young by rewarding it at the end of a session with a treat and making him stop on toy (so he has the feeling for catching something) after a few month he will have understand that the red dot CANNOT be catch, it's just fun to run after, and you won't have any mental issue with the cat.
This window bed is super strong, at first we though he didn't like it because we didn't saw him on it, then we realized he's always on it during the day when we're not home. And when we start pulling the curtain over it he starts going even more often since it's an "hidden place"
Absolutely NEVER feed you cat with crap cheap brand, if you can afford a 1k cat you can afford good food and treat for it. and brush his teeth regularly.
Also, plenty of soft hugs <3
I was determined this weekend to find a better litter box solution, and I have the satisfaction of having done so. It's magical. I recommended it yesterday but I feel so strongly about it I'm doing it again. This is the litter box in question.
They should pay me to advertise, because I am passionate about this product.
I think I get a half day tomorrow as compensation for staying late last week. Fuck yeah.
If it is from Pet stains from the previous owners or something use this
It works very well. A cat of mine was having some health problems and stopped using the litter box. We used this and you can't smell it at all now.
I got a food ball for my cat. She has fun knocking it around, and it stretches her meals out for half an hour or so. She meows less at night ever since I got it for her.
Preface: I am not a vet! I'm just a pre-vet student who has successfully gotten her chubby kitty to lose weight, so take my advice with a grain of salt...
Do you free feed or do you only give the recommended amount per day?
If you free feed, kitty is probably still eating as much as he wants and the weight may never come off. I would recommend switching to a regulated amount per day (I quickly looked up the feeding directions and it looks like you should be aiming for about 2/3rds cup daily; however, you should confirm this with your vet) if you haven't already.
In regards to wet food, try out several brands and see if you can find one he likes. My kitties are mostly fed Weruva or Best Feline Friend, but I've recently had to switch back to Hill's Ideal Balance wet food for just my Siamese because she is super picky.
As for exercise, you should be playing with him several times a day to the point where he starts lightly panting or flops over and refuses to move. I enjoy using the laser to run my kitties up and down the stairs and around the house. My kitties also lose their little minds for Da Bird, so you may want to check out your local pet store for something like this to encourage your kitty to use all his energy going after a toy.
When I was having my kitty lose weight, I would use this to feed her her small daily ration of dry food, so she actually had to work a bit to get her food and couldn't just sit there and gobble it!
Hopefully some of my experiences will be of help for you guys! Chubby kitties are stubborn, but once you find the right balance of food and exercise, the pounds will start coming off! Good luck :)
My lil guy (Cheeto) had UTIs and the vet said he had to go on a specific diet and be forced pills to help and he would have to go on that diet for life. Well 3 weeks later and after all the pills and diet change he wasn't any better, but we noticed that he wasn't really drinking and he wasn't eating as much wet food, especially with the new diet which was all hard food. Got the following water fountains and all our cats love them (3 different cats, but only the one had UTI problems).
Take your pick on water fountain, one cat each has a favorite!
We have a couple at our house, and they work really well even with our less than skinny cats.
Try this stuff - it's amazing.
Catit Flower Fountain
i have one for my cat, only the slightly cheaper model
I have this for our cats and they absolutely love it! I recommend keeping a small bowl of water somewhere until you're sure your cat is drinking from the fountain, but it didn't take long for mine to learn. Plus I only have to fill it up maybe once a week, and that's with multiple cats. No mess, no gross water, and the cats love it.
It’s for cats and dogs but they love it!
Alrighty, there seem to be some people here with the same questions so I will try my best to give a decent answer based my vast experience with cats and cat health care.
First the simple one. If your cat is peeing (not pooping) outside of the box then you need to rule out UTI first. There is no point in reading any further. UTI will make your cat pee outside the box because it starts to associate the pain from peeing with the box.
Now to continue, your cat is pooping outside of the box or all medical problems have been ruled out.
This happens when the cat is in mental distress. Cats can get depression and anxiety just like us human can and one way for them to express that is to take a big steamy smelly shit right in the middle of your sofa, bed, carpet.
If your cat does this, its trying to tell you something and that is that he or she is very unhappy. He/she might look her normal self but underneath that cute face is a ticking timebomb.
So your cat is unhappy, now what? It is still very important to have anything medical ruled out. Just take your cat to the vet for a general check up and mention that he poops outside of the box.
After he/she got a clean bill of health you can start to take action inside your home depending on the cause.
Just because you always had the same litter and box does not mean your cat didn't woke up one day and decided enough was enough and he/she isn't taking it anymore.
Cats are creatures of habit and like things just the way they are, if you mess with that they might surprise you with a steamy pile of crap.
Now of course I understand you can not simply return your baby to the baby store. So what to do now?
A Feliway plug really goes a long way and I would really recommend it to anyone who has cat troubles.
Unfortunately just plugging in some pheromones in a wall socket is not going to do the trick on its own. It will make things easier but you still have to do the hard work.
It is very important! that your cat has ways to get high up. Bookshelves, cat tree's, anything that is high so he can look down upon his/her kingdom and feel safe. This will go a very long way in giving back your little princes his or her self esteem back.
Also, and this really is the magic trick, you will have to play with your cat. Cat are hunters and even though they come in cute little packages now, deep inside of them hides a sadistic little killer. Letting this killer out and have its way with a feather or toy mouse goes a long way in making your tiger feel whole again. I suggest playing with your panther at least 20 minutes a day, active interacting play where you make him/her chase something on full speed and jumping over things. I suggest using something like this http://www.amazon.com/GoCat-Apart-Feather-Assorted-Colors/dp/B000F9JJJE have not met a cat yet that could resist Da Bird!
Step one and 2 are just the basic things to cover and usually when they are followed the problem will resolve itself.
If you have any specific question then just ask way, I am happy to answer them in any way i can.
Just get one of those time release cat feeder type deals. Portion control solved.
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.
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?
I'm a senior veterinary student (doctor in 6 months) and I love cats and cat behavior.
This is one of the best websites out there: http://indoorpet.osu.edu/cats/
Understanding cat behavior (video lecture by Dr. Buffington: http://streaming.osu.edu/vetmed/indoorcats/indoorcats.wmv
Best book: http://store.wexarts.org/yhtt.html
Litter boxes: 1 per cat plus 1 extra. 1 Litter box means one in a single room. Two litter boxes right next to each other or in the same room count as one box. Think about it like a toilet. You put two toilets together and no wall between them then two people are NOT going to use them at once.
Cats prefer deep, clumping litter and dislike litter liners (they get stuck in them).
The litter box should be as long as your cat is from nose to tip of tail. Put it in a quite room away from doors, drafts, windows, children and loud objects like washing machines. Clean at least once every three days.
If your cat messes outside the box DO NOT punish it. You're cat won't understand you (it doesn't speak english) and you'll just make it fear you. Do NOT clean it up with normal cleaning products. They'll set the stain and the smell will stay forever (encourging you cat to remark the area). DO use an ezymatic cleaner made to remove urine such as http://www.natures-miracle.com/ or anti-icky poo. For dirtied clothing use Dreft baby detergent as it's made to take out urine and feces from diapers. Remember to DROWN THE URINE CONTAINING AREA. Dump a full half gallon if you half to. If you don't completely drench the stain (ie you just try to dab or wipe) it'll still be there and the cat will remark again. Don't be stingy. Clean it up the first time.
Remember: your cat has the final say in what it uses as a litter box. Cater to the cat least the cat decide your rug is more attractive.
Scratching Post: Scratching is a normal cat behavior and should be encouraged (never punished). Declawing involves amputating the last bone in your cat's paw and is exactly the same as cutting off everything from the last knuckle on up on your hand. Declawing should always be a last resort for cases where the cat having its claws puts someone's life in danger (ie AIDs owners, hemophiliacs, or people who would have to give up the cat if it scratched them). There are plenty of alternatives to declawing such as claw caps, nail trimming, and MOST IMPORTANTLY providing a place for the cat to scratch.
An appropriate scratching post needs to be sturdy (never tips even if your cat leaps on it), and tall enough that your cat can stretch out to their fullest. I recommend this one. If your cat scratches on flat surfaces like the tops of chairs or the carpet get a horizontal scratcher instead such as this one. DON'T go cheap. Flimsy crap like this or this will just make you cat pick the nice big sofa instead. Also, most cats hate door hanger scratches so don't waste your money.
If your cat does scratch off the post DO NOT punish it. You'll just make it fear you and it won't understand what they heck you're trying to say. Positive reinforcement is always safer and very effective. Grab a great wand toy and run it over the scracthing post. NEVER take your cat's paws and try to "show them how to use the scratcher". Your cat WILL HATE IT and may become adverse to the scratcher.
Remember: Your cat will always choose their favorite place to scratch. You'd better offer them something better than your couch if you expect them to pick that instead. Cat's aren't stupid. They have good taste.
Medical: Indoor cats can absolutely still get rabies and I'm sad to say I've watched two indoor only cats die because they contracted rabies from catching a bat that got into the home. In both cases the owners never had bat problems ever and swore to me up and down that it was impossible. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE get your rabies vaccine every year. I don't want to ever have to comfort a crying owner again and you don't want to get the rabies post exposure shots. They hurt. Trust me.
Cats should be on flea and heartworm prevention year round in most areas. Cat's are more resistant to heartworm than dogs but when they get it, it's devastating. They can have a sudden allergic reaction and die. I's much harder to identify cats with heart worm because they usually only get 1-3 worms and may not always test positive. The safest bet is year round protection like revolution or advantage multi.
Cats get VERY painful dental disease, so if your cat's mouth smells bad take it to the vet. Waiting just increases your bill. Trust me on this one. Cats will eat through the pain until they get so sick they're nearly dead. Don't wait for your cat to stop eating.
Fleas are not a sign that you are dirty. Mice bring them in when they move into your house for the winter. If you see one flea then you will need to treat every pet in your household with prescription flea medication for at least 6 months. 1 live adult is only 5% of the fleas in your house. And for the love of all that's holy USE CAT PRODUCTS ONLY. Many of the dog products will kill your cat because they have different ingredients.
This that will kill your cat:
ibprofen (motrin, etc)
lily plants (easter lilies, tiger lillies, asian lillis ANY LILY IS BYE BYE KIDNEYS in about 4 hours)
sugar free gum (xylitol)
chewing on electric wires
string (thread, dental floss, yarn etc. think $2000 surgery and no guarantee your cat will survive)
See full list: http://www.catvets.com/cat-owners/caring-for-cats/feline-toxins-and-poisons
When to get in the car and drive your cat to the emergency vet RIGHT F-ING NOW:
cat ate any of the above plants or medications
cat has not urinated in 48 hours and/or is in and out of the litter box, crying and straining to pee (blocked cats will die in less than 24 hours without immediate treatment)
cat is open mouth breathing (cats don't usually pant except MAYBE after very hard intense play and even that should wane in less than 1-2 minutes)
cat is reluctant to move, vomits more than twice in one day, or seems weak and unable to stand
cat possibly ate something like a rubber band, hair tie, string or metal object
cat has not eaten for 2 meals or more
cat seems dazed, is bumping into walls or acting suddenly excited/drunk (this is a sign of poisoning)
When to go to the vet in the next 24-48 hours
Cat skipped a meal or has decreased appetite or only eats wet food when she used to eat dry food
Cat is drinking more than usual
Cat is peeing outside the box or going more frequently (cat's almost never get UTIs but they sure as heck get kidney disease, diabetes, cancer, hyperthroidism and urinary stones. Please don't dick around trying to treat this with those useless "medications" as the pet store. You could make things a LOT worse and you're just wasting money)
Your kitten is very young -- I assume that she has no other kitten companions in your household. The first two-to-three months of a kitten's life should be spent with their mother and litter so that they can properly develop and socialize, as this time is crucial to their development.
That being said, she may still see it as a 'playtime' activity when she grows up. It is not recommended to let her continue doing this, as she'll get stronger and more dangerous as she ages. I would recommend that you train her to not play in that way, since it can be painful.
One suggestion I have is to make a high-pitched noise or shriek when she bites or nibbles your hands. When growing up in a litter, kittens often playfight with their brothers and sisters, but use a high-pitched noise to signal an 'okay, that's enough, it's starting to hurt.' The same can be taught to your cat through you and your family.
Another suggestion is to give her more toys to play with. You don't have to spend a lot of money on toys -- a crumpled paper ball, a big brown paper bag from a grocery store, they're all viable toys. One toy that my cat loves is the Da Bird Cat Catcher ( http://www.amazon.com/Da-Bird-Catcher-Feather-Toys/dp/B000LPOUNW/ref=sr_1_2?s=pet-supplies&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1346535251&amp;sr=1-2&amp;keywords=go+cat+mouse ). It's not an expensive toy, but it keeps my cat busy!
Sssscat Cat Deterrent Spray. Motion sensing, squirts air.
The problem with the squirt gun is that the cat starts to associate that with you and not the action. Also... some cats think it's play.
Other than that, set expectations. A sharp "No!" - clap your hands, point to the floor and set her down. If that is not enough, the Ssscat definitely.
I actually bought a thing like this: SSSCAT
It's a motion activated spray can. Didn't work. Cat learned to ignore it.
This solved all of my cat on a surface I don't want problems.
The way that I understand it is that cats have a problem with associating punishment to the reasons for it. Since they only get yelled at from time to time for being on the table (when you see them), they never associate the root cause. To them, you are just blowing up randomly at them.
For proper training, you have to let the environment teach them that they don't want to be there. That's why there are many suggestions to use double sided tape or tin foil on counters to keep them off. They need consistent reinforcement of "I go here, things I don't like happen."
Cats want attention, whether it be positive or negative (they don't really know the difference). If they knock things off, they get attention. If you continually give them attention for these things, they'll keep on doing it. This is why you should ignore your cat at night if they are walking on you or messing with things; if he/she knows that doing this will get attention, they'll continue doing it. You're looking at a week or two of hell from them continuing to do it, but after they realize you won't engage they'll stop.
The best remedy is to use things like the SSSCAT, which has an infrared eye and will be triggered by the cat's presence on something they shouldn't be on. If you use a spray bottle, the cat will know it's you and will see that as "I did this and got attention from him." The SSSCAT, alternatively, will give make them think "table is super scary."
Source: I have a previously dickish cat who, as a result of a strategically placed SSSCATs, wouldn't dare go anywhere near my counter, dining room table, sink, desk, or bookcase.
A lot of cats will, because many prefer running water over still water. All cats are different, though! My oldest (15yrs) wants water from still bowls, but the other two won't drink from anything that's not bubbling. Here's a link to the most recent one I bought (it has the easiest setup and cleanup of the three I have in the house) https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0146QXOB0/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
That's where you're wrong, kiddo
Seriously, we have 5 cats and just bought two of these. They work and it seems like they don't associate the spray with the object so once you remove it from the forbidden area, they still don't want to go back after it gets them a couple times. It's working on all of them.
It seems a little mean but all it does is startle them. And I like that I don't have to yell at them.
If you're worried he's not getting enough water, this may help! my cat is in love with his water fountain.
A water fountain that circulates the water might help so that she can see the water moving. It seems like that would address why she is drawn to it after she sees it refilled.
I've had a good experience with this one.
XD There we go, jealous babe but a smart babe. He knows when you'll be without your kid and is excited for it. Kudos to Pidgey for figuring it out but he's definitely too strong about his mommy time.
Seeing the picture puts more context into it too, I swear, Siamese cats are a different creature sometimes!
Is the main issue the fact that he wakes you up too early or the attention? There are different options for both.
One, which may help the situation as a whole, is promoting plenty of time with both Pidgey and the baby. Hold the baby and play with Pidgey, use special toys, or offer special treats.
The more he associates your new babe with positivity the better. He'll begin to enjoy time when you're with the baby more (because more fun comes of it) and will feel that attention meter filling up. That's the first approach I would suggest. It will take time but it's a good, lasting, fix.
As your child grows let them be the one to set down the food for the cats, should problems persist. Positive reinforcement is the best thing to use with a cat, unlike a dog 'no' isn't often going to help. Not because they don't understand it but ANY attention is good attention to a cat.
The second option is to get a motion activated spray canister https://smile.amazon.com/PetSafe-Deterrent-Activated-Repellent-Environmentally/dp/B0721735K9/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1550332210&sr=8-3&keywords=motion+air+cat+deterrent A touch expensive but they should learn fast. The key here is that the can does the work, he doesn't see YOU giving the punishment. That means that the door becomes the bad place not you. Another key for training cats. You could also use a can of keyboard cleaner and spray it yourself but this would be more consistent and far enough away from the bed that it shouldn't bother baby.
Both options can be used in tandem as well for faster results but I always suggest going for one method at a time. That way, if there are any behavioral issues stemming from a fix you know which fix caused it.
I prefer this one. Catit Flower Fountain https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0146QXOB0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_BbDJzbYYCVG53
My cat did this when he was a baby too. I put him in the bathroom at night after the first few days. He cried for a bit, but was fine and all happy in the clothes basket when I went in to shower in the morning . :)
Cats aren't supposed to like citrus, but nothing has really turned him away from me. Just be careful with Tea Tree oil, it is very toxic to cats! Enjoy your new baby(pictures please :3)! At that age, mine was jumping on me because he wanted to play and I toss and turn under the covers, which makes it like a game to get whats under the covers. My SO sleeps like a rock with the covers pulled up over him. What also might help is getting a toy and playing with him until he is SUPER tired. http://www.amazon.com/GoCat-Apart-Feather-Assorted-Colors/dp/B000F9JJJE this is the ONLY toy that our cats will freak out over(some stores sell it too!). Our fatty will not play unless it's this, he really likes the mouse attachment and will chase it up our hallways. I have never seen my cat jump so high! Wear him out until he won't get up again before bed, give him some food, then he should go to be for a bit and give you some time to sleep. Jackson Galaxy's show is interesting(he does the play/food/sleep thing and it's the only thing that stops our cats from crying at our door at night).
Sorry if this is all unsolicited XD I am a crazy cat lady and I went through some hell with mine for a bit. He is my best little friend through and I wouldn't trade him for the world. :)
Hey! I had this same issue! My cat took up chewing on cords in order to motivate me when I tried to ignore her... so I had to replace several computer mice and headphones :(
I've FINALLY found a solution that prevents them from waking me up at 5am every morning! PLAY!
Seriously, play with your cat (we have great success with this thing) until they're panting right before bed. Then play immediately when you get up at normal time and feed them then.
I usually feed my cats around 7:30 am when I get up for work and again around 6pm when I am home from work. I play with them vigorously before each feeding session, and they've even come to expect it and enjoy it (they bring me the toy, for example).
It took about 10 days for it to REALLY kick in but oh my god it totally worked. It went from being woken up constantly starting around 5am to them sleeping with us soundly until my alarm goes off. It's a miracle.
It's one of these.
$50 is a little pricey for something so simple, but I haven't had any problems with it. Only changed the batteries once in 2 years, it's easy to program, and there's a little latch on front that makes it hard to get into.
Best purchase I've ever made
Have you considered a timed feeder? We had to get one for our adopted cat, he lived with an elderly woman before and was spoiled rotten, he was 18 pounds and insistent that hunger was unbearable. He was a nightmare until we bought an auto feeder.
We found one on amazon and it feeds him five times a day. He’s much happier now. I can’t link pretty on mobile but it’s this one and it’s worth its weight in gold!!! Fairly quiet, you can hear when it goes off but it’s not in our bedroom so we don’t notice it when it goes off at night.
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.
Same here, but I got mine (and her two other feline housemates) the Drinkwell Platinum because I thought it looked the most like a faucet, ha. She was scared of it for a few days because she's a weirdo but she loves it now :)
When I first adopted my cat, she got really sick, vomited foam, and started to act lethargic. I called the vet and he said that she was probably dehydrated - that she had probably learned to stay away from standing water during her days as a stray, and to turn the tap on and see if she'd drink.
I couldn't coax her out from under the table to bring her to the sink, so I crawled under there with her and slowly poured water from one bowl into another as she slowly lapped from the stream between them. After an hour of that, she stood up and crawled into my lap. Best buds ever since :)
I bought one of these the next day, and she loves it!
Have you considered a foraging toy with a few treats in it between meals? Something she can knock around to get treats out of? It might help distract her from the plastic. Something like this.
Your best bet is to feed him his meals in some sort of food puzzle.
I alternate my scarfing stray between these:
And then sometimes I feed him pellet by pellet by literally just throwing his food down the hall for him to chase. He loves this, it gets him some exercise, and it forces him to eat much more slowly.
Look into getting one of these:
My cat has lost a bunch of weight with it. She hears the food as it rolls around, so she doesn't whine for more :)
If you get a second cat you've got to name it Tomato.
No advice on whether or not to get a second cat, but on entertaining your cat when they're home alone:
-Leave the TV on Animal Planet
-Get some treat balls or puzzles to hide in different places around the house every day
-Rotate which toys are out instead of having them all out at once. That way they stay new and exciting.
-Get your kitty some nice window perches so she can look out the window.
I don't know about the bowl, but this works pretty well for my cats. The chubby one has been losing weight, and the other one can't eat it all too fast now.
To add a little to what's already been said...
Because they're purebred, their immune systems are often not the greatest. This means they can't be outdoor cars, so you need to blow off all their energy. Add in their high energy levels and intelligence, and you will need at least 45min a day and a variety of toys (that auto-laser will interest them for about 2min, before they figure it out and just punch the laser in it's origin spot) to make sure your Aby is exercised enough that it will let you sleep through the night.
Because they're purebred, they are expensive and people in the world will realize this. Seriously don't let them outside; they will be kidnapped. I have had people try to take mine from me when I have them in a carry bag and am taking them to the vet.
They are incredibly three-dimensional. Clear off the tops of all shelves... no, just clear all breakables off every space you have. Install more shelves. You do not have enough shelves.
The breed is prone to a few health issues that you need to watch out for and try to pre-treat with specific high-quality foods. Bladder/kidney issues and bad teeth. Brush your cats teeth as often as you can. May I recommend welders gloves to help save your fingers from the fallout of this activity.
They can get depressed if left alone for too long or not given enough time/attention. Depression can make them sick. Ideally, get two Abys. Otherwise, have another cat or dog around.
They will usually attach themselves to one person. They will love the entire family, but will super-freakishly-obsessively love one of you. If you are the kind of person who closes the cats out at night so you can sleep, an Aby is not for you. Being separated from you like that will cause destructive behaviour. Either embrace sleeping with your pet in a glorious snuggle-pile of love, or understand that everything you own will be broken. And not just 'cats push things off shelves' broken. I mean, they will dig into your bag, find your headphones and destroy them. They will learn to open doors, zippers, containers, cupboards and drawers. They are smart as fuck and have no problems with using their powers for evil.
I bought [this laser pointer] (PetSafe Bolt Interactive Laser Cat Toy https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0021L8W6K/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_WtKRBbZPXM13E) for my cat, but he's too lazy to play with it. But, it's my dog's absolute favorite toy. He chases it up walls and all over the place. When I turn it off, I literally have to hide it because he drags it back out and turns it back on and drives us insane lol
Hey! Vet student/cat owner here. /u/ads215 has already answered a lot of your questions, but hopefully I can provide a bit more info on others!
Regarding vomiting: it's true that some cats vomit regularly (though usually not as much as 1-2x per week) BUT there could be an underlying cause, too. Is there always heaving with the vomiting? How digested is the food? It could be because of eating too fast (you can get dishes that help with that, or try something like this), or it could be a sign of disease.
My cat poops 1-2x per day. Again, your cat having a bowel movement only every few days might be normal for her, or it could be disease-related.
As for separation anxiety, it is seen much more often in dogs. Cats are really good at entertaining themselves. Like the other poster said, toys, windows, even little twist ties are great ways to keep your cat busy and active during the day. (Side note: to keep it fun, have "sets" of toys that you switch out periodically. Makes it seem like brand new toys every few weeks!)
I have a Sunny Seat for my cat in the window which he LOVES, he's either there or on top of his scratching post most of the time. Which leads me to another thing - do you have a scratching post for her? It's a behavioural need for cats to scratch, and if they don't have something appropriate to do it on, you can expect other things to get shredded.
Also, her breath - normal cat breath definitely exists, but it can also be a sign of dental disease.
Overall, most of my points go to the same conclusion: I think it would be of great benefit for both of you to visit a veterinarian for a wellness check. You can bring all of these issues forward to the vet, and they can check out the cat physically and figure out if they're normal or concerning. Not only that, but you can also talk to them about looking into pet insurance, which, in my experience with bengals, every owner should have. They tend to need a little extra veterinary care.
It was really awesome of you to take in this cat! I hope that she's with you for a long time, I can see that you're having fun with her!
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Cats are like people. There's always the RISK you won't get along. But if you treat them with respect they will generally eventually warm up to you. It's all about trust. It may take a while but one day you'll wake up and they'll be purring on your chest and you'll be like "what the fuck changed".
If you want to try cat ownership without the risk of getting stuck with a bad roommate, try fostering one. If you guys turn out to be compatible, adopt the little bugger!
Edit: Additionally, litter boxes are probably the biggest downside of cat ownership, but https://www.amazon.com/Omega-Paw-Self-Cleaning-Litter-Pewter/dp/B005E2S77C this litter box I've found is an engineering marvel that has made dealing with stinky kitty poopies super easy.
Do you use one of the enzyme sprays on the spot she peed? That sounds a lot like territory marking which can turn into a cycle/habit if you don't completely kill the smell (including smells you can't smell).
This stuff is awesome if you haven't been:
Have you tried an enzyme cleaner and just let it sit? It might need to really get down to the floor boards to work. Covering up urine smell is really just a band-aid.
And are you sure it's just your cats that have done this? Did the apartment have air fresheners when you moved in it?
Buy one of these. https://www.amazon.com/Catit-Senses-2-0-Self-Groomer/dp/B00D3NI2PG
Wow my heart broke and also grew reading all this. Thank you so much for giving Pepe Le Pew (loved his name!) such a happy life. Roland sounds like he’s very happy with you and I’m so glad to hear he’s got such a loving parent! It takes a beautiful heart to want to do what you’re doing, and I think it’s just amazing. My condolences again friend.
If you don’t mind me asking, how do your cats drink water? I learned that cats don’t drink water often like dogs, and to help prevent kidney issues it’s recommended to get a cat fountain. They are pretty cheap, and I have noticed my cats drink SO MUCH more water now. You can find the one I use here
This thing. I read that cats instinctually want to drink from flowing sources, (do yours ever want to drink from the tap when you have it on?) and don't like still water that might be more dangerous to drink in the wild. They've both started drinking a lot more water since we got it.
Cats generally don't like drinking water that's next to their food. If applicable, moving the water bowl might help.
You could also buy a water dish that has a little fountain in it (like this one). Supposedly cats really like them.
Perhaps something about the tap water is off-putting.
Have you considered a fountain type water bowl?
It has a charcoal filter to help eliminate funny smells and tastes from tap water, helps the water taste fresher by keeping it circulating, and sometimes they will be attracted by the sound of running water.
My last dog drank noticeably more water after I made the switch.
Oh! Excellent!!! You'll be so happy with your kitty. Here are some of my cats' favorite things:
(1) A view out an open window, facing a tree or some kind of natural shrubbery where he can chirp at squirrels or birds (if you have access to such a thing). Even if there's no "wildlife" in the area, cats like to look outside at passersby too.
(2) High places, like cat trees, or window ledge lookouts: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/images/Categoryimages/normal/p-21651-43327-cat.jpg
(3) Multiple sources of water, and preferably a running fountain. Amazon has one for $20 I think. Cats don't have much of a natural thirst drive but (males especially) are prone to urinary crystals. One of the best preventatives is drinking plenty of water, which cats are more likely to do if you give them a running source of it. You'll also find that some cats like to drink out of your own water cups lying around. It may not seem important that they get that much water, but my cat has been hospitalized twice for urinary crystals and that's way more expensive than a fountain.
(4) Scratchy posts and such. Keep them off your furniture!
(5) A litter box, preferably a covered one, in a private area. A rug underneath it will help with your own sanity because they'll kick the litter everywhere. I've turned the closet under the stairs (the Harry Potter closet) into a cat bathroom for my babies with a motion sensor light to give them privacy. I currently use this litter: http://www.amazon.com/Precious-Cat-Premium-Clumping-Litter/dp/B0009X29WK/ref=sr_1_1?s=pet-supplies&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1370152220&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=cat+litter I used to use World's Best but it was like they were crapping in crushed diamonds, it was the most expensive thing I was getting for them.
(6) A furry bed or basket with blankets. Cats love that velvety furry texture. Mine seem to love baskets, but really anything with high walls that encloses them. If you are low on $$ then even a cardboard box with some squishies to line it are excellent.
(7) Toys that act like actual prey. My cats love Da Bird and they love this crittery thing even more: http://www.amazon.com/Da-Bird-Catcher-maker-Feather/dp/B000LPOUNW/ref=sr_1_3?s=pet-supplies&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1370151820&amp;sr=1-3&amp;keywords=da+bird, and I find it's more resilient than Da Bird (they yank on it). Toy mice and crinkle balls are also a favorite. Laser pointers, catnip-stuffed anything are also favorites. I've never known cats to really like balls or larger toys much. If it looks or acts like something they'd hunt, they basically go crazy for it. Again, if you're poor, you can easily make crinkle toys out of plastic bags (just watch the kitty during playtime and put the toys away when you're not engaging), or catnip-stuffed socks.
(8) Microchip! Collar! Kitties are good at sneaking through open doors. My cat is also insured and I've saved hundreds on his vet bills, it can be a good decision.
I can't say I'm the best with food recommendations. Sometimes it just really depends on your budget and how your cat likes and responds to food you're feeding him. If he has a glossy coat, minimal shedding, and a healthy weight, it's a good food choice. Hopefully someone else can chime in with what they're feeding their kitties!
I wanted one and I hate money... but I got sifting litter boxes off amazon, the ones with the top. My god it is literally the best thing I've ever done when it came to litter. Along with one of those poop boxes or whatever they are called that has the bag that you dump the litter into.
2 of these if you get these: Do not follow the instructions and leave the sifting pan in with the litter. Have a pan with litter, then the sifting pan, then the other pan. Take out the pan with the litter, dump it into the sifting pan, then pull out the sifting pan to sift the litter. Place sifting pan back in the empty pan, and place the litter pan back on top of the sifting pan.
1 of these
w/ these generic refils
with this litter
on these mats
It is the best system I have used and I have used almost everything. I had the litter robot gen 1 and ended hating it because it would get full so fast with 2 cats and then would get shit all over itself and then getting a bag in there was a pain in the ass and it stank
I have a puker. Things that really improved his pukeyness was a cat supplement that helps them with their gut. (Links below) Its advertised to help with poop issues, but will definitely help with puke issues as well.
You also need to make sure that there is NO grains in his/her food. Cats shouldn't have any grains in their food. Lots of cheap pet food use that as filler. Secondly, a lot of cheap food uses sub par ingredients. Check your cats food for chicken by product. It's bad for them. Its basically all the parts left over from taking the good stuff from the chicken. Wikipedia defines it as "It is made from grinding clean, rendered parts of poultry carcasses and can contain bones, offal and undeveloped eggs, but only contains feathers that are unavoidable in the processing of the poultry parts." Sounds pretty yucky, huh? You wouldn't eat it, so why should you feed it to your cat?
Crappy cat foods use a ton of fillers that are basically the equivalent to a bag of cheetos to humans.
Switch to a brand that is grain free and uses whole meats such as the wellness I linked below. Blue buffalo is also a good alternative. Do you feed your cat wet food? If not, try feeding a good wet food (Linked below). My cats love the core wellness wet food and really eating wet food is better than an all dry diet.
All this stuff is a little pricey, but its worth it in the long run. Taking him to the vet all the time is probably more expensive than switching to a better food. Do it slowly as well, like over a week or two.
Basically anything you can find in your grocery store's pet isle you shouldn't be feeding your pet. Its all junk. Even the "high end" purnia foods. Junk. I know purina makes a sensitive stomach formula for cats. I tried it and it didn't help my furry little puke machine at all. All these crappy foods don't really fill your cat up as much as a good food will so they will be hungrier more often because the quality of the food is just crap.
How I solved my cat puke problem was feeding them wet food in the morning and evening and leaving out a small bowl of dry food for them to snack on throughout the day. If your cat isn't really super hungry than they will eat a bit slower and that'll keep her from throwing up. Some cats don't handle the self regulating diet and instead just end up eating more food, so figure out if your cat(s) can handle grazing between wet food meals.
You can also try getting a cat water fountain and placing it somewhere separate from their water. Cats are weird and don't like their water near their food. Cats get most of their water from their food but having a flowing water source can really help them up their water intake. If cats don't get enough water they are prone to developing kidney and bladder problems. The Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain is really good. I have mine in my bathroom and my cats really enjoy playing with the water and getting their paws wet and licking them etc etc.
As for the stains, the stain remover I linked below is a god send. It's a good product that cleans up stains really well. It even does cat pee. I have light carpets and this stuff takes it right out and leaves no marks behind. It should even work on your old stains, you just have to leave it a little longer.
I know all this stuff adds up to a ton of money but its so worth it not to have to clean up cat puke all the time. I did a ton of research for my puke machine and he went from puking 3-4 times a week to puking maybe every 3 months and then its usually just a hairball. His coat also looked better and he was softer.
Let me know if you have any questions. I'd be happy to help you figure this out and field any more questions about how I solved my cats puke problems.
Core Wellness Wet Food
Cat Nutritional Supplements
This is the one I have. Cats don't like to drink still water, so a fountain encourages them to drink more. That helps prevent kidney failure, one of the most common causes of death for cats.
Every cat is different as to what they want to play with. Some acts like fast prey, others like to do sneak attacks. Some like air prey like birds and some prefer their toys on the ground, like mice. This toy sends most of my cats into a mad playing frenzy
And a lot of people have brilliant success with laser pointers. Treat balls, where you put the treats inside and they have to work out how to get them out, are also a popular one.
Basically, just try lots of different types of toys and you'll find one he likes... and then you'll be stepping on it and retrieving it from under the sofa for all eternity.
Your problem is... you have a kitten.
Honestly, all of this sounds like a normal young cat with a lot of energy who's bored out of her mind. Different cats have different energy levels, and your mom also had multiple cats together. Your kitten is alone, so all of her entertainment comes from you or from finding things to do herself, many of which won't please you. I would check out something like this book, which is a quick, easy read and covers strategies for all of the problems you're having. In brief, here are some things to try:
Edit: I fail at Reddit formatting, apparently. ;_;
You can use regular compressed air cans instead of branded replacements to save money.
You can try a ssscat device, you can buy it online and possibly at a local pet store. It is motion sensored so when it cat comes near it will put out a puff of air and it won't go into your room. We use it to keep the cats away from our door at night or they will lick our faces when we sleep.
Here is a link to amazon and reviews https://www.amazon.com/HunterShop-KIT19001-PetSafe-SSScat/dp/B000RIA95G
I've used one before, 20 bucks well spent:
We had a thing called a Sssscat
Booby trap your windows with cans of SSSCAT. You'd just need to find a way to fix them in place.
This has worked WONDERS on our stubborn little jacka...er....our lovely little feline friend.
Your boy needs to RUN.
He's an adolescent (actual maturity is between 2-3 years) and has lots of energy. You're his only outlet, so it's up to you to give him appropriate ways to drain his energy.
Use a distance toy like this to run him until he's panting twice a day.
Then you get to work his brain.
If you're feeding him dry food from a bowl get one of these instead. Also, check his food for added sugar. I usually recommend grain free as well.
Look into clicker training for cats, catification for your home, and a bird feeder for outside a window.
Smart energetic kitties are fun, and he's trying to play with you because he likes you. Stop punishing him for trying to play, it won't work and it's not fair.
Take it from someone with 4 cats who fosters kittens, your boy will calm down some. But he needs to be burning more energy to be tolerable until then.
My vet calls that "scarf 'n barf"
I have 4 cats and one of them was my "gorger". Our vet recommended these to stop the scarfing. They work beautifully!!
That, and slo-bowls
And Puzzle Bowls
Keeps them all from scarfing it down so they eat slower, don't "scarf & barf", and it reduces desperation at the next meal time.
Try putting a portion of her food in a toy that requires activity to dispense such as this. It may help increase activity and reduce eating out of boredom.
Enrichment! That's the word!
Unfortunately her little kitty brain is too small to find treats that aren't shoved in her face. I've been toying around with the idea of a treat ball, though.
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.
Here's the one I have and I've been very happy with it. There are plastic parts inside (the pump and its housing), but I wash everything about once a week or every other week and that takes care of any junk in there. The housing is dishwasher safe so that makes cleaning that part easy.
My cat was not all that happy with a water dish but would drink because it was available...he's not the type to drink from a water glass.
I got him a pet fountain and he loves it. It filters and circulates water so it stays fresh and it keeps quite cool.
Maybe that would be a solution for your kitty? As to what your aunt said, I don't keep his fountain in a separate room from his food (they're in the same corner of my kitchen), and he doesn't seem to mind.
If you're going to stick with a bowl, I'd recommend using ceramic, stainless steel, or glass; cats don't tend to like plastic bowls.
I have switched all my cats bowls to ceramic or stainless steel because one of my boys was having a bit of an acne issue. I 've had this fountain for 3 years now and it still works great. It's stainless but it also comes in ceramic.
On sale for $35! I might just buy another
Wet food naturally has moisture so cats will drink less anyways.
After my cat had a urinary obstruction, I also switched to wet food. In addition, I add a little filtered water to their wet food to increase its moisture even more (like an 1/4 cup per can) and I got a pet fountain. The cats now have plenty of moisture in their diet, and while they do drink less than with wet food, I still see them playing with the fountain and licking water from their paws / drinking from it occasionally. I know you already have one, but I got this one and it's awesome and super easy to clean. Maybe it might be worth switching it up?
Also, don't keep your water directly next to the food supply- cats have a natural instinct to find clean water, and avoid water sources near their killed prey to minimize contamination. Try moving the water further away and see if it helps!
I'm so glad your cat is alright!
For some reason I think it said up to 25 pounds, and it was labelled for small dogs as well, so you might be good.
Edit: I was wrong, it up to 50 pounds! https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B005AUM8U0/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1493664401&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=sunny+window+seat+for+cats
We got a litter box that you literally flip over and empty the clumps. No scooping required!! I think it's this one https://www.amazon.com/Omega-Paw-Self-Cleaning-Litter-Pewter/dp/B005E2S77C
I like that idea, though, for me, I dreaded cleaning the box, tried automatic ones, which sucked, and then found the Omega Paw http://www.amazon.com/Omega-Paw-Self-Cleaning-Litter-Pewter/dp/B005E2S77C worked flawlessly, cleaned the box daily, great box for the lazy. I did have to periodically have to take it apart and hose it out...
5 bucks on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Catit-Senses-2-0-Self-Groomer/dp/B00D3NI2PG/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1543329495&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=Cat+Self+Groomer
Here you go!
I got an answer for this! I too noticed a while back my cat loved drinking from the sink more than his bowl, and it turns out almost everyone who has a cat has the same issue!
So after some researching it turns out that cats are not fully domesticated (this is why they have such a strong need to hunt) and because of this they don’t drink water the same way dogs do.
A cat won’t want to drink water from a bowl, however if a cat hears running water it’ll kick start their instincts (just like when a cat sees a bird, something inside them clicks) and they’ll want to drink as much water as they can.
Without the sound of running water, a cat will get most of its water from wet food, because they will only drink when they are very thirsty. This is why it’s so common for cats to get kidney and bladder problems.
The best thing you can do is get a fountain for your cat.
There are some on amazon that very affordable, I use the catit water filter. I like it’s design and the way it uses it’s filters. You can also use it without filters, but if you make sure to clean out the water more often. Like once every day or so.
You’ll also have to keep an eye on the fountain, they’ll need to be cleaned often because if it it can get mold.
It’s a little bit more work, but it’s a HUGE difference. My cats drink so much water, it even reduced the stench of their urine.
Please consider doing this for your cat, and spreading the awareness. This alone can make your cat live so much longer and healthier.
cat fountain that I use
I got a fountain and it really seems to pump up the amount of water my cats drink. My water isn't too hard, so I don't have to deal with build up, but the only problem with mine is cleaning the middle part of it, but that isn't a big problem, all you need is a bottle brush. It's also great for seniors since they don't have to go down as far.
On top of speakers (can barely see it):
Draped over speaker so he doesn't stand on speaker and bat the blinds over and over and over:
There's a product out there by PetSafe called Ssscat that's simply a motion-activated can of compressed air. It sounds like a really big cat hissing. After a couple uses, my cats avoid wherever it is, thus I don't even need to turn it on anymore.
I suggest the Catit fountain, extremely easy to clean and doesn't cost an arm & a leg. I bought it for $19.99 a year ago and I'd buy it for the $24.99 it is now. There's a new model that is exactly the same but comes with a flower attachment which makes streams as if the water is coming out of a faucet.
We’ve been keeping the cats out of the bedroom. One of them is super clingy and the only thing that keeps him from howling outside the door is this. Our youngest cat practically tries to smother me at night so there’s no way we can allow them to be unsurpervised around the baby. I do feel really guilty for the cats, especially our old cat, but unfortunately it’s necessary,
I would personally start making the transition sooner rather than later. Having a baby show up is going to be a major change for the cat as it is. I wouldn’t wait until the baby is there to start keeping the cat out.
Yea, most bolws with flowing water will do it. I like this one though, personal favorite, because its customizable for your cats preference. Its the one I have for my little dude. It's just a bit pricey.
Catit Flower Fountain https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0146QXOB0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_QgEJzbH45NY16
I foster kittens and having a litter genie has made a big difference for me. Without it, I have a hard time motivating myself to scoop the litterbox (and find a bag to scoop into, and tie it up, and put shoes on, and take it to the outside garbage, etc.), but with the litter genie right there you can scoop it right in and have a clean litterbox and no stink.
The favorite toys of kittens I've had:
a feather on the end of a long, very flexible stick like this
The stupidly named Da Bird
*Laser pointers. I've found it's a better deal to get a high-quality $20 one than the $4 pet store kind because of battery life.
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.
One of my cats does this, the other doesn't. We kept the regular water bowl but got them a Drinkwell Platinum and they both love it and drink more. The vet encouraged us getting this anyway because the one who smacks at the water was having problems with not getting enough water in his diet and therefore was getting UTIs. This seems to be better overall for their health. My boyfriend's Mom also got her cats this one and they won't go near it. I guess it depends on your kitty.
Here's the link for the one we got:
I got this one.
One of them loves the water stream and bops at it and will drink straight from the stream. It beats the boring metal bowl. You can also wash it in the dishwasher. I highly recommend it.
This saved my sanity.
Enter-through-the-top litter boxes are the best (and only) solution I found to my kitten being a litter digger/player. I don't have this brand, but you get the idea: http://www.amazon.com/Clevercat-77000-Top-Entry-Litterbox/dp/B0002ZS20I
We have a CleverCat top entry box for our 15 lb digging maniac. He's a pain in the ass and gets cranky if the litter isn't at least 6" deep, but it's a deep enough container that it can be deep and still leave plenty of room for him to get in there and get comfortable.
I don't know about the rest of your problems except to say that every cat is different and she needs more attention than your other cat. But for the litter box, this saved my feet from litter in the bathroom. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0002ZS20I?pc_redir=1412917940&amp;robot_redir=1. Worth every penny. I read reviews of people who tried to make their own and they said it just wasn't as good.
My cat did the same thing. we got her this and it seems to help.
Okay a few cat suggestions.
Hope that helps!
If you get one of these, it might save you from having to leave your water faucet on all the time! Cute cat, by the way.
I second the playing tactics. I had to hire a cat behaviorist for one my cat (yes it was that bad) and she taught me how to correctly play with cats. Mimicking how a prey acts and behaves makes play time physically and mentally stimulating for kitty. Just changing how I played with him changed some of his misbehaving.
I totally got into the roll of the "prey" and actually really had fun figuring out new ways to do that. I've found one of my cats loves to catch things in the air and jumps super high. My other cat is super fast and after the initial stalking period he loves the toy to be whipped around like crazy.
This is the toy the behaviorist recommended and it is amazing. It's cheap, the cats LOVE it, so I always keep a supply of them in the house. The other thing is to make sure you don't leave these special toys out all the time. Put them away when you are done playing so it remains an exciting thing for them to do.
The recommended amount is often too much. If that amount makes him chunky, feed him less. Also, you can get him active with toys like these: link link link
I have two cats, and they really love a Cat Dancer type of toy - like this one.
To make it extra fun, I've attached a catnip filled toy to the end of it. The "Yeoww" brand catnip toys are by far the strongest, it's crazy smelly. My cats really like it.
Have you looked into Top Entry litter boxes? Not sure if that would work for your space, but they work great keeping EVERYTHING in. Litter too, since the cats have to jump out, there's less tracking!
I have the Drinkwell Original I ordered from Amazon. Its only $30 and I'm happy with it. It took a couple days for our cat to get used to it but now he is fine with it.
Thanks :) Amazon! ww.amazon.com/gp/product/B00063446M/ should help fix someone's little bird-soup problem, haha.
This is usually a hit
Mine is cat litter. Why? Because I just took weeks out of work because my boo wasn't doing well, and my paycheck is suffering. Shit sucks moneywise right now. :(
Window perches are great because then they can see outside and be entertained that way. Kind of like "cat tv". I would try to play with them for at least 20 min to a half hr every day. A variety of toys is always nice and its always good to have two or three sets of toys. Every week or so I gather all the current toys up and rotate them with toys that I keep in a plastic baggie with catnip.
This is, by far, my cats FAVORITE interactive toy. I actually have to put it out of sight when we're not playing because they'll seek it out and destroy the feathers.
I think it’s worth a try. Here’s the one I have.. It’s small enough to move it around if you need to, and the canister lasts a while.
Just bought this one! https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B000L3XYZ4/ref=mp_s_a_1_5?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1505072174&amp;sr=1-5&amp;keywords=cat+fountain
It isn’t out of character but needs fixing.
There are a few things you can do.
Ideally, he should get a kitten companion if at all possible, especially if he’s alone a lot. Better even if the other kitten has been properly socialised by mum and siblings.
The specs keep changing week to week with firmware updates. Here's the current setup:
-5200mAh, good for about 20 minutes of flight time before needing a recharge (battery life keeps increasing with use)
-Here's the remote controller I'm using, surprisingly awesome battery life!
-range: about 20 laps of indoor around the house flying
-motors: 4 individual of unknown make (catdrone found in crawl space)
10/10 would purchase again
J'utilisais ça pour empêcher mes chats de monter sur les meubles :
C'est un aérosol avec un petit capteur de proximité
They sell air canisters that shoot a beam of air when something walks in front of it
Idk if this will work or not but maybe it'll help
You probably won't be able to stop the purring, so your best bet will be to keep the cats out of your room and try to train them not to make a fuss about it.
If the cats scratch at the closed door, you can try covering the door and area around it temporarily with aluminum foil, double-sided tape, or one of those plastic floor mats for rolling chairs (with the pointy nub side facing out).
You could also try placing an Ssscat or two by the doorway, facing out, at night to keep them from approaching the door.
I've also heard of people putting a vacuum right outside the door, with the cord coming into the room -- the idea is to leave the vacuum turned on but unplugged, and when the cats start being annoying outside you plug it in and it scares them away.
Ssscat. We used this to keep our cats out of a plant and off a dresser. It works because it's not you activating it. They just learn they're going to get a puff of loud air on them if they go where they're not supposed to.
Keep your door closed. He won't get in.
For counters if your roommates have a cat tower, keep it close to the counters. That's his space. Cats are curious (or hungry) and want to see what's up (or can they eat that). When he's got his own thing to hang out and observe what's going on on the counters, he won't be inclined to be on the counter tops. If he stays on the cat tree, he gets treats.
If you want to keep him off the counters even when you're not watching, then get one of these https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000RIA95G or put double sided sticky tape on the counter tops.
I am sorry, I know that feeling. I have made the mistake of feeding my cats wet food first thing in the AM. This means starting at 5am I get my fat ass cat all up in my ear yowling at me. As soon as I move she scrams. If I have to get out of bed, they get chased down with a water bottle.
Maybe try some of this https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000RIA95G
so they get scared of your door?
Buy one of these, cats fuck right off when this goes off
[Sscat cat control system](PetSafe SSScat https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000RIA95G/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_XbUsybR7PWEWS)
video of it in action
I'm allergic, and it kept my roommates' cats out of my room and, by extension, off of my pillows.
The sensor isn't the most reliable thing in the world, but it works most of the time.
if you can't keep him out of the kitchen, I really recommend this:
It's just a can of compressed air with a motion detector on it. She can put it anywhere where she wants him not to be. I use this at my house to keep my cats off the table/counter.
(I know … it's not quite a cat chasing laser. It's still close enough for the gag value here, surely? And, also, an example of never underestimating the results of crossing human ingenuity with human laziness)
I switched my cat to a metal water fountain with a little charcoal filter and she loves it! My cat drinks at least 10x more than she ever did before. I clean it once a week and have had no issues with water build up and it's really easy to clean. My weird cat likes to drink with her paws so the fountain gets gross
fast, but if you have a normal cat you could probably clean it even less. This is the filter I have -- Pioneer Pet Stainless Steel Fountain Raindrop Design , 60oz https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0037NKDSG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_eE5TBb4RFSS8S
I love this Pioneer Pet fountain because everything except the pump can go in the dishwasher! I usually soak the pump in vinegar and then scrub it with a brush.
you should get him one of these: https://smile.amazon.com/Original-Sunny-Seat-Window-Mounted-Cat/dp/B005AUM8U0/ref=sr_1_1?s=pet-supplies&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1464831725&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=cat+window+bed
my cat (aka my fat little bastard) loves his!
Cats love these.
7 isn't really a senior as /u/antigoneelectra pointed out, but that's the age when some health ramifications from previous care start showing up. most owners neglect their cat's teeth and it really starts to become a problem when they're 4+ years old. another issue is UTIs (especially in males) which often pop-up again from a neglectful diet (or simply genetics). both are potentially expensive medical bills.
with that in mind, be financially prepared for a thorough vet check-up as well as a possible additional bill of a few hundred dollars.
don't find what i said discouraging, i think it's very responsible of you and also very insightful of you to get an older cat in your situation! i just wanted to give you a little heads-up on initial costs :)
anyway, adult cats love to lounge around so get them a window seat, a cat tree, a vertical scratching post (cats have muscles that need to be exercised vertically), and a regular scratching post.
consider a wet food diet too. either way, don't free feed as cats are prone to getting bored and grazing all day.
A few years ago my cat had bladder stones and she peed on my bed a lot. This stuff got the smell out, but be careful not to breathe it in when you spray it. It's pretty harsh.
Edit: good luck. Cat urine is pretty much the worst smell.
I haven't tried these but heard good things about them on other forums and the reviews are very positive, especially since Nature's Miracle switched scents and ruined a good product. Just a few suggested Amazon links that might work well for you. Not sure if anyone else can suggest them or not.
Rocco & Roxie Professional Strength Stain & Odor Eliminator: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CKFL93K/
Sunny & Honey Pet Stain & Odor Miracle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J4Z5B24
Zero Odor Pet Spray: https://www.amazon.com/Zero-Odor-Eliminator-Trigger-ounces/dp/B0049PBWEA/
Bubba's Rowdy Friends Pet Supply Company Pet Stain and Odor Remover Enzyme Cleaner Spray: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GK56SVE/
I have a cat that has marked its territory somewhere she shouldn’t have (carpet), have you heard of this?
Rocco & Roxie Supply Professional Strength Stain and Odor Eliminator, Enzyme-Powered Pet Odor and Stain Remover for Dogs and Cat Urine, Spot Carpet Cleaner for Small Animal, 32 oz. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CKFL93K/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_2SrRCbR36TB34
The thing with cat pee is that they still smell it even after cleaning it out with vinegar and or baking soda so their pee needs a enzyme cleaner like the one above, the reviews are great however I haven’t boughten one cuz I can’t afford it now.
I have never bought something so quickly.
I think this literally stole the pictures from the Catit one. https://www.amazon.com/Catit-Senses-2-0-Self-Groomer/dp/B00D3NI2PG
I care because Catit packages their toys in boxes that are decorated in fun ways that you can turn into additional toys. My dumb cat gets one that's like a treasure chest stuck on his dumb head all the time and it is intensely funny.
I also have this and my cat never uses it. But sometimes I hit my leg against it and it hurts, which will someday teach me to look where I'm going?
This is the one I have. Mine loves hers too, I just have to be careful to make sure I refill it often enough. Luckily it mades a horrendous noise when it gets empty but I'm sure it isn't good for the motor
You need this in your life:
Da Bird Interactive Feather Cat toy: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B000F9JJJE/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awd_bh8Jwb3CAJZF3
we've had cats before and nothing prepared us for our furry terrorist. Walls, sofas, curtains, carpets - all torn or damaged. Fingers and arms bleeding. Children running scared. she is tiny but she makes her presence known.
We give her a lot of love and she is much softer than when she was a kitten but she needs constant play with the feather cat toy and lots of high places to sleep/skulk/plot.
I don't think they can be indoor cats as someone would quickly end up murdered.
Might want to get one of these to try and wear him out:
Word of advice: Hide it when not in use; otherwise the kitty will eat it.
absolutely. However a cat needs more stimulation than once every couple of days. Get a wand toy (like Da' Bird https://amzn.com/B000F9JJJE ), get some treat balls (https://amzn.com/B0018CE8LG ) that you can put treats in for him to find. There is this butterfly toy that is very popular and pretty cheap (https://amzn.com/B01AJJOJGC $9.99 US) that most cats seems to love. Pet him, brush him, just talk to him (read him a book or reddit posts you think are funny or homework or whatever).
He probably don't want to go out but is bored. Cats can do fine inside and live long happy lives. Just find what he likes to do and make sure he gets his favorite activities.
just buy two of these, they are a lot cheaper.
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.
I've had great luck with this fountain. Well made, quiet, adjustable flow and the filters are inexpensive. http://www.amazon.com/PetSafe-Drinkwell-Platinum-Pet-Fountain/dp/B000L3XYZ4
It seems it might be this.
PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000L3XYZ4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_vo.Azb8ZB8HFJ
I have the Drinkwell Big Dog Fountain and the Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain. My cats love them! My father let the cats drink from the tap. They got spoiled and started turning their noses up at their water dish and begging for water at the sink. After nearly tripping over cats every time I had to pee, I bought the smaller of the two fountains. It was an immediate hit, not just with the cats, but with the dog, too. Between them all, they emptied the fountain very quickly. I had to upgrade to the big one just to keep up!
I used to get so mad about friends and guests using their hands to play with my kitten. Luckily, when the people she saw most often stopped using their hands entirely, she learned to play with toys that were meant for her instead.
Try big soft toys stuffed with catnip, or this thing. Those are basically the greatest hits among my six cats. Some of my cats like toys that twirl in the air, while others like it when they're dragged along the ground, so try lots of different ways to play. Cardboard scratchers with catnip rubbed in are another much-beloved toy.
As for training the people around you? Remind them that claws won't be cute when your cat is big and strong, and put a toy into their hands. Kittens who are trained to attack people are the same cats who end up in shelters as adults, because their owners are too scared of them! I'm sure your cat will be fine since he has you to look out for him, but things like this do happen.
You are simply showing him some poop (yup, that's poop), and then forcing him into an enclosed space against his will. i.e., he will learn to dislike being picked up, and he will associate the litter box with an unpleasant experience.
Put the litter box where he's peeing now and get him used to using it every time. Then move it and him to an enclosed room for a day. Once he's using it regularly, he should remember this new location.
To clean up urine odor: http://about.pricegrabber.com/search_attrib.php/topcat_id=30/form_keyword=Natures%20Miracle
All in all - think like a cat. Don't try and apply human characteristics or logic to him, he's a cat. Make him want to do the things you want him to do through steady, regular and patient rewards.
My male cat needs exercise, and actually requests it every night. As I'm brushing my teeth and whatnot, he'll go and sit on my weight bench in the exercise room. I then go in and fetch his Da Bird from the closet and make him do jumps and flips until he flops on the floor and loses interest. Then he'll sleep from ~11PM til 7AM in one shot, most of the time.
Not only your cat but you too will be fascinated watching the birds. You might need one-way mirror film on the window behind the feeder so the birds won't see your cat.
For you to play with your cat when you are home, nothing tops Da Bird.
If he's slowly warming up to you and improving as time passes, he will hopefully continue this trend. It's only been three weeks. If he starts biting you just say "no" and stop petting him or walk away. Maybe try just sitting next to him for a while without petting him and see if he will come to you. I know you said you play with him, but make sure you are tiring him out during each play session. Wand toys are great for this because your hand is nowhere near the toy part so he will eventually associate the toy with biting and not your hand. This is the absolute best wand toy in my experience.
Dear cat owners:
Before feeding, require that they catch this twice.
1/4 cup dry food morning & evening goes in here.
1/2 small can of wet food before bed.
This will create a svelte, but not too skinny, very happy cat who will love you for longer, be able to lick its ass and clean itself, and not require insulin shots or crazy shit like that later in life.
My big Bengal boy loves his scratching post and playing fetch. My girl loves her Da Bird toy, although I wouldn't get one until they are older due to development and such. I think my breeder recommended not encouraging excessive leaping until they are more developed, similar to not running a puppy under a year of age.
some are better than others for portion size control & ease of timer programming
I have this one: http://www.amazon.com/PetSafe-5-Meal-Automatic-Pet-Feeder/dp/B000GEWHNS/ref=sr_1_2?s=pet-supplies&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1462122045&amp;sr=1-2&amp;keywords=automatic+cat+feeder
I use this automatic feeder. It’s the best price (used to be cheaper, unfortunately it’s about $10 more now than when I bought it). It’s really easy to use. The rotator can be a little loud, but I don’t notice it at all anymore.
This is the one we have:
Gets the job done
Some cats are more vocal than others. Both of mine will yowl loudly when they find a particular toy (a fuzzy crinkle ball sets them both off, as does a catnip mouse). Usually these toys end up under a sofa for a week or two but if they find it they run around with it in their mouth yowling. If this wakes me up, I have to take the toy away and hide it so they quiet down.
If your cat is wailing for food / to be fed, then I HIGHLY recommend getting [a PetSafe cat feeder] (https://www.amazon.com/PetSafe-5-Meal-Automatic-Pet-Feeder/dp/B000GEWHNS/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1496432458&amp;sr=8-6&amp;keywords=cat+feeder). I have had one of these things for YEARS and I've rarely had to replace the D batteries. It has five 1-cup dry-food compartments that I have set to rotate at 6:15am. The cats hear it rotate and run for breakfast, leaving me alone. They know not to bother me for food.
They are grazers so I have it rotate just once per day, but you can set it up to rotate 2 or 3 times per day if you want to dole out food in smaller portions. Then you are associated with play and cuddles and the cat(s) learn not to cry to you for food. It really works!
EDIT: I should add that I sometimes give them snacks or wet food to supplement the dry, but never when they are around / crying or begging for food. They get excited when they hear the sound of the wet food dishes coming out of the cupboard, but they never pester me for it, because it isn't something that happens every day.
PetSafe Eatwell 5-Meal Automatic Pet Feeder https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000GEWHNS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_USxMAbT37ZRWS
There are fancier ones but I like this one. The cat can’t force it to rotate and neither can the dogs. The dogs tried but all they did was leave nail marks. The dogs are 55 lbs each so it was a real attempt.
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.
It's called a Turbo Scratcher! Amazon link (no referral code): http://www.amazon.com/Bergan-Turbo-Scratcher-Colors-Vary/dp/B000IYSAIW
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.
That (or variants) is the best cat toy I've found.
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
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...
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
For the litter tracking problem I'd recommend a top-loading litter box or just buy a large plastic bin and carve a hole out of the top if you're handy with tools. This almost completely eliminated the litter tracking problem in my house with two cats.
As for spilling water, I would suggest getting a heavier ceramic water bowl with non-slip feet and placing it on a feeding mat. You could even invest a pet water fountain like this one (which are large and virtually impossible to knock down) if you find that your cats enjoy running water more than standing water.
We have something kind of like this for the water. Then no screaming for food or water. You don't have to reward his screaming with pets, either, if you just ignore it and then only pet him when he's not screaming.
I understand how annoying it is. We ran out of dry food recently and had to feed him wet food a few times. It's taken weeks to get the screaming to stop. I hate our cat so much. This thread gives me hope because our first is due in August and I want nothing more than for my husband to start feeling the same way so we can put him down. (He's old. And hardly potty trained, so we can't just give him away.)
You guys are fabulous. I see both of you around here a lot and it amazes me how generous you both are.
Gift One: I would really love this. I want my cat to be as healthy as she can be and if this can help her to stay more hydrated, that would be fantastic!
Gift Two: I want dis! C'mon...gimme.
Thank you so much for the opportunity!
Seconding the water fountain. Running water is infinitely more attractive to cats. One with a charcoal filter is even better. This is what we have. If you live in a place with horrible water, use filtered stuff from a Brita pitcher or bottled.
Mine loves the taste of ice, as well (yes, it has a taste). I plunk ice cubes in his bowl on hot days. He runs right over and slurps away.
Don't keep the water next to the food bowl. For some reason, cats don't like that! As /u/libcrypto says, several bowls out at strategic locations will help with this.
have you tried one of these My cat is a total jerk and will tip over her water bowls, but these fountains are suppose to entice them to drink more with the fresh running water.
Exactly. Our cat was always licking the faucet to signal us to turn it on. We bought one of these and he loves it, and has also stopped licking the faucet.
Congrats on the MC!
I have two MCs....
Also, cats don't like their food and water in the same spot . I found my cats tend to drink way more water and it stays cleaner when they are in different areas. Previously i was cleaning their water daily because my silly cats were dropping their kibbles into the water, or their food was getting sugar ants.
Everyone has given u a lot of wonderful advice here! Some of which i actually wish I knew when i was getting my babies! Good luck and enjoy your new kitten :)
I got my cats one of these a couple years ago. It's awesome. There's a little filter in in (since city water is kinda gross, at least in my building), and it holds a lot of water, which means during times like the hot summer we just had, I can go to work or away for a day or two without being worried about my cats water supply.
I have the PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain. its quiet, my guys love it and it goes a couple of days without a refill.
They deserve to be spoiled :)
This is the fountain I'm using, been working great so far.
That cat sounds like he needs play and his own space.
Since you have no option but to live with this cat you could probably fix this behavioral problem yourself. Play the aggression out of him for about 10 to 15 minutes a day. (Play until he's tired.) You could use a laser pointer or something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Go-Cat-Catcher-Teaser-Mouse/dp/B000LPOUNW. (It should go without saying don't use your hands and teach the cat that hands are toys.)
If you can afford it, get some cat furniture near a window. (Or just make a space for him on a shelf near a window.)
Reinforce good things and good vibes whenever he's near you. Carry treats and give them to him. (Don't use your hands at first unless he's played out.) Slowly work up to petting him.
If there are other cats then it could also be anxiety about those cats. In that instance all of these things apply but the importance of establishing a safe territory (either with or without the other cats) becomes important.
LOL, here's the toy that we bought him. The mouse is about 2 inches long. Yeah, he detached the mouse from the fishing line (which is made of metal). He's swallowed other stuff in the past, like hair-ties, zipties, and plastic, but has pooped it out. This time, it was causing him to vomit so we figured a trip to the vet would be in order.
You're in Pennsylvania, too? Hi! We're in the EDT zone. :-P get your zoo on gurl
This cat toy is $6.99 with free shipping (through Amazon Marketplace) or this catnip for $4.99 as an add-on item ($5.99 with free shipping through Amazon Marketplace). If that doesn't work, I do have Pet Sematary on my WL...
Vet student and cat lover here. Undersocialized kittens, kittens separated from their mom too early, and Bengals can all make challenging pets, so I'm not surprised you're having some trouble with that combination!
It sounds like your kitten has play aggression. Basically, he's bored and under-stimulated, and his pent-up energy is being directed towards you. Here's some information about play aggression from the SF SPCA, a well-respected behavior consultant, and VCA hospitals. I hope you'll find it useful!
My cat used to be play-aggressive, and here's what's worked for me:
I hope this helps! I realize I've just thrown a ton of info at you, and my main suggestion is to take just a couple little ideas and start incorporating them. Maybe find one toy he loves and use it twice a day, scatter his food over his cat tree or in an ice cube tray, and try to keep yourself covered so he can't hurt you.
Also, definitely take him to the vet! I agree he can probably be neutered now or soon, it's always good to take new pets to the vet, and they may have behavior advice. Best of luck!
I agree with the other posters who advise you to be patient and let her adjust to this big transition before you worry too much. When I moved recently, my cat was so shook up about it that he hid for three or four days and had no interest in even his favorite toy.
One thing you can do is cat-ify (to steal words from Jackson Galaxy) her environment so that she has lots of options to "own" her new space. Perches, cat trees, scratchers, etc. Access to a window where she can watch outside. Don't be too worried if she doesn't use something right away. Simply having plenty of spaces where she is free to be a cat should help her start to feel at home.
Wait for her to "ask" you to play when she's ready. What I mean is: as she grows more confident in your home, she'll start taking an interest in play. She may find your phone cord and start batting it around. Or seem very intrigued with the birds outside the window. Or you'll be petting her and she'll start trying to bite your hands like a toy. Whatever it is, one day you'll see that kitty instinct come out in some way.
When you see it, that's a good time to try to engage her with a toy. She'll be less likely to be fearful of it because she'll be in her hunting mode. It can also help you determine which kind of play she prefers: some cats love the chase, some cats love batting a toy, some cats love to hide and watch a toy move before pouncing..etc. One of my cats absolutely loves to chase toys around as I wave them while the other seems to prefer observe-pounce-run away-repeat.
Finally, as far as treats... don't worry so much. First of all, she may just not be into treats because she's adjusting and (kind of like a human) has other things occupying her attention. But I have found many cats that just aren't as food motivated as others. It seems some cats live to eat and others eat to live. There is nothing wrong with her if she's just not that excited by snacks.
I hope this helps and reassures you that you're doing a great job and she'll grow in confidence over the next few weeks and you'll see her personality start to come out more. As an owner of a treat-picky cat, I have had huge success with these treats. For toys, I haven't met a cat yet who doesn't end up loving [this thing.] (https://www.amazon.com/Go-Cat-Catcher-Teaser-Mouse/dp/B000LPOUNW/ref=sr_1_5?s=pet-supplies&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1527026128&amp;sr=1-5&amp;keywords=cat+wand)
Good luck and congratulations on the new kitty!
Sorry, here it is: PetSafe SSScat https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000RIA95G/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_1rNJyb07Z370K
This is what we used, not the exact brand but this looks like it works even better! It is scentless to us, so it wont bother you at all.
SSSCAT is a pretty awesome product. We used it on our counters and a deterrent from the christmas tree. We got this product in our first apartment with our kitty and it worked well. What is nice is its sensored. So we can have it on at night when we can't see her and scold her.
> I swear he is nocturnal.
That's because he is, heh. Cats are partially to fully nocturnal. That's why they seem so lazy and uncaring during the day, only to become giant pains in the butt at bedtime. (Or 2am, or 3am...)
Firstly, don't feed him too much too late in the evening. If he's a natural grazer, put food out in the morning only. If he wolfs everything down at once, feed him a larger meal in the morning right before you leave, then a smaller meal as soon as you get in. This can help keep his energy levels in check.
If you really need him to stay away from the blinds or off a desk, try the Ssscat. It's pressurized air with a motion sensor. While the air doesn't hurt the cat, it helps to scare kitty away. Also, try draping a blanket over your chair to muffle the sounds and prevent scratching.
But they sell this.
The landlords in my cattery require [these] (http://www.amazon.com/Ssscat-KIT19001-SSSCAT-Cat-Training/dp/B000RIA95G) on all raised surfaces prevent an uprising from US catties.
Get a couple of these. You put it on the counter when you leave and if the cat decides to jump up there the can senses it and sprays the lil fucker. You won't need to buy replacements when they're out either. The cat will get the picture!
My wife and I have two cats and we've been thinking about that. Part of it is confidence that your cat has their own space to run, hide, or perch so that they don't even really think of messing with the kid.
But we've also had luck in keeping the cats out of our room at night with Ssscat. They learn pretty quick, when that can is out it's a no-go area.
I recently purchased a Ssscat (https://www.amazon.com/PetSafe-PDT00-13914-SSSCAT-Spray-Deterrent/dp/B000RIA95G) to keep them away from certain areas and it seems to be working so far.
motion sensor stuff.
i know some folks do a motion sensor sprinkler.
if you're not in a particularly rainy area or keep good tabs on the weather, you could try Ssscat or something similar.
I haven't used it outside but I've used it indoors with great effect on the kitties.
There are a number of motion-activated or remote-activated sprinkers you could get, I believe they were made with your specific problem in mind. Here are some examples from a Google search:
Set something like this up near your birdfeeder and after a few soakings the cat will probably leave your yard alone.
This will spray him with a gas and he'll learn pretty quick.
You need to get ssscat spray.
This is worth every penny, and we have two! One is currently under the Christmas tree, and one is outside our bedroom door. We don't even leave them on anymore because the cats are afraid that they'll be sprayed and don't go near them.
I bought two of these. No risk of getting other things wet, and it's hilarious every time it goes off! http://www.amazon.com/Ssscat-PDT00-13914-SSSCAT-Cat-Training/dp/B000RIA95G
Scat mat: https://www.amazon.com/PetSafe-ScatMat-Indoor-Training-Electronic/dp/B0007NTBJ6/ref=br_lf_m_obag9nqtcktf8rm_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;s=pet-supplies
Motion detector spray: https://www.amazon.com/PetSafe-PDT00-13914-SSSCAT-Spray-Deterrent/dp/B000RIA95G/ref=br_lf_m_obag9nqtcktf8rm_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&amp;s=pet-supplies
HAVE YOU TRIED SSSCAT?!?! Our kitten is very frisky at night, so we bought this product off Amazon called Ssscat—essentially a canister of compressed air that has a motion detector on it and releases a puff of air if kitty walks by. Not enough to really scare him, but enough to deter the behavior! We use it outside our bedroom and it has HONESTLY been a lifesaver because kitty doesn’t bug us every night!!! He doesn’t even really try to get inside anymore. Just bought one for the guest room for when people sleep over. Can’t recommend highly enough! You’re $30 away from better sleep.
Buy Ssscat on Amazon
I put this under my tree: http://www.amazon.com/Ssscat-PDT00-13914-SSSCAT-Cat-Training/dp/B000RIA95G
None of my cats touch the tree anymore :)
No :) the point of this is that it has sensors so the cat doesn’t associate you with anything negative!
So there are these things called Soft Claws. They are little nail caps that you glue on your cat's nails to prevent them from damaging things when scratching. They work great!
If they are worried about him jumping on counters, there is this motion detect compressed air thing called SSSCat training aid. These are really great for keeping cats away from things you really don't want them to stay away from. I always use one for the Christmas tree. No kind of training will keep my cats away from the temptation of a Christmas tree! So these would really be useful for things that your cat is absolutely forbidden to jump on.
A good cat climber near a window in the common areas will reduce his interest to scratch up stuff as well.
Get yourself one of these: https://www.amazon.com/PetSafe-SlimCat-Meal-Dispensing-Blue/dp/B0018CG40O.
Makes your cat work for his food and does not allow for over eating. Your cat will thank you.
These wipes for when kitty gets into minor messies
And this extra gentle wash so you can give her baffs and play!
A leash to go on walks
Oldie but goodie toy
You're going to need a tag in case kitty wanders off, and a collar of course!
Deshedding brush to control the hairs
Clippers to trim the nails
Maybe try some new toys?
I've been meaning to make a list of my cats' favorite toys. I have two cats, brother and sister, Millie and Smokey, now about 9 months old.
First, I can't explain it, but this carrot. I bought it on a whim at a pet store because it was on clearance and I thought it kind of looked like the Minecraft carrot and I thought it would be cute to see them playing with it. It comes with separate catnip container and you can fill the carrot with catnip, but I didn't use any. OMG, they go crazy for the thing. They get super possessive of it. If the other cat comes near, they'll growl and run away. Smokey likes to be chased when he has the carrot in his mouth. I lunge like I want to steak his carrot and he runs a few feet away, daring me to try to take it again. Millie will self-play with the carrot, batting it around on our hardwood floors. They've gone through two already. I think it's time to get a third.
Da Bird. It was recommended here and it's awesome. Something about the movement, the twirling, the colors, the noise. They can't ignore this thing. If the feather thing gets destroyed, replacements are available and cheap.
Cat Dancer 101. This is a stiff wire with some cardboard bits on one end. Move it and shake it a bit and I guess it looks like a flying insect. On the plus side, when they catch it, it's fairly easy to get them to release it.
Cat Dancer 301. This is Millie's favorite. She knows where I keep it and "leads" me to it at every opportunity. Like, first thing when I wake up and when I get home from work. It's a short stick with a long strip of fleece material. Wave it as you move in a circle and they're mesmerized. When they catch it, it's a bit difficult to get them to release it.
He may be a little freaked out for the first few days. Try to keep the house quiet and calm. Cats hate loud noise, such as vacuum cleaners and blow dryers. They also are skittish around new people. Don't pick him up if you don't have to.
I read that wet food is much better for losing weight than dry food. Dry food has a lot of grain it. Occasionally give him some canned tuna (in water) for humans. My cats loved it much more than cat food. And if you are having a tuna sandwich give him the water. It's the perfect soup for cats.
You might want to buy a cat tree. You don't need it from day one but most cats love them. Make sure it's at least 6 feet tall. They love being high up. Makes them feel secure. They tend to stay at the top and don't use the lower portions much at all.
I recommend this toy:
Have more of a routine with your kitten!
Start by having a long play session(10-20minutes) with a wand toy that you only bring out during this time. Have a variety of like 2 or 3 different wand toys, my favorites are:
Da Bird - this one is great because the wand part is super long so you can sit while still making your cat cover a lot of ground! ,Cat Dancer - For the feline who likes trash like toys but seriously this thing reminds me of a moth if you move it just right, cat charmer - just a great toy very durable great for cats who just like string!
After your long play session give your cat his dinner and he should be good for the night!
Cats natural routine is to hunt, eat, groom, sleep.
If you are still having issues you could try leaving out different types of cat enrichment to keep your cat entertained through the night. HERE is an article about the importance of enriching your cat and a few ideas!
They make some like that, we had this one for my old cat (rip gilbert). He loved to toss litter around and this helped a lot but it was a bit of a pain to clean, but then what litter box isn't?
This unsightly thing actually worked surprisingly well. Generally, dogs hate sticking their heads in small spaces like that. So, even when she's older, she'll likely leave it alone.
There are a plenty of others, but they can be rather costly. If you're crafty, you could always design something around it too. I'm not, so that was out of the question.
I do the same, I've got mine in the laundry room with cat door. I use one of those litter catching mats, combined with an extra tall litter box (you might even consider a setup like this). I also vacuum the room regularly, because my cat is just ridiculously messy no matter what we do.
Use the Clevercat litter box: http://www.amazon.com/Clevercat-77000-Top-Entry-Litterbox/dp/B0002ZS20I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1421103970&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=clever+cat
I switched to this when I had my cat track litter all over the place from his usual front entry litter box. The top entry for this prevents him from throwing litter out while burying his poop and the grooves on the top scrape off litter that is stuck on his feet. Pair the litter box with a mat/pad and you will have little or no litter in the rest of your house. Bonus: If you have a dog, this box will stop them from getting into the kitty litter for treats.
Ever seen a top entry litterbox? Your son might be compelled to toss a toy into the hole, but he himself wouldn't have access to it. Plus it keeps cats from flinging litter everywhere, win-win.
You guys look super nice today ;)
I would like this cat water fountain as gift one because my new kitten should be just about ready to move in about a week or maybe less!
For gift two, this strange plunger-looking washing device should come in handy in my new apartment as it doesn't have a washer/dryer. C'mon...gimme.
Thanks for the contest guys!
The cat might appreciate a water fountain; it's a lot more appealing to many cats than drinking out of a bowl. Considering how many cats get kidney failure, anything that will help them drink more water is a good thing!
I don't know a single cat who doesn't prefer to drink moving water.
FYI, you can get something that keeps it naturally moving and thus not so contaminated
My kitty is also very picky about toys, but his favorite is cheap and awesome... Cat Dancer! It's just wire and cardboard tubing, so you could totally make one. Your little Boo will have some serious fun!
I can't really speak for any institutions that are cat-friendly, but my cat is solely an indoor cat (he's FIV+) and I feel bad about having him in a small apartment as well. I try to exercise him every night with toys -- he really loves this one. I can sit on my bed and just bounce it around the floor and on the bed and he goes crazy for it! After 20 minutes he gets tired out, and it's somewhat of an arm workout for me as well.
It's cheap and simple, but my super lazy cat goes crazy for this thing called the Cat Dancer. And yes, it is just rolled up pieces of paper at the end of a wire. I have no idea what it is he loves about it.
This. Freaking. Thing.
It's just a wire with rolled up pieces of paper on it that you wave around your cat. Mine are both 7 and lost interest in toys a few years ago, but they LOVE that thing. Plus, it's only $2.
Additionally, the only other toy they really play with is this feathered Kong catnip toy.
It’s called a “Cat Dancer”. They’re super inexpensive ($1.99 on Amazon last time I bought one). My bengal would make these adorable chirping sounds he didn’t normally make while playing with it. It’s also great because you can tape it to the wall when your arm gets tired and they can bat at it on their own time. I’ve given them as gifts to several friends and every cat seems to love it. Here’s the link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0006N9I68/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_W5V7BbWNMZ1VK
There are three toys I've found that cats consistently like, and they are all pretty cheap.
My cats have a ton of toys too, these are the only ones they really like now and still play with:
https://www.chewy.com/yeowww-catnip-pollock-fish-cat-toy/dp/130278 (I was skeptical my cat would play with this but they all went INSANE with it - kicking up a storm and wrestling with it)
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006N9I68/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (this one you have to play with them. I'd say it mimics flying insects and my cats NEVER get tired of it)
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JANUEQ8/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (a wand toy. Mine get bored with wands after awhile but for some reason really like this one)
A laser pointer is always good for exercise and fun also.
The funny thing is, you can get that shipped to your house in 3 days with Amazon Prime these days. For 18 bucks.
Edit - also, 40lbs!
Sorry I can't help you out - we're in the same boat financially - but I wanted to let you know that this stuff right here is great: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0009X29WK/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=36N3KEYR7492&coliid=I37BT3LL5HHPDH&psc=1
It lasts us much longer than Arm & Hammer, is better at odor blocking while being pretty much unscented itself (it doesn't have that weird cleaner-meets-citrus smell that litters like A&H have), and it's way cheaper than Arm & Hammer ($18 for a 40lb bag). If you haven't tried it before, I recommend checking it out when you get a chance (or adding it to your wishlist if you like).
Anyway, just wanted to let you know about it. We're a three cat household as well, so we're always looking for the best and most economical stuff when it comes to pet supplies.
I use this litter and don't have issue with odor: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009X29WK/
I had this issue as well when I first got it. I had to change litters. Now I use Dr. Elsey's Premium Clumping Litter, and I've also had success with Cat's Pride.
Cats are territorial and an invader can stress out your cat and cause problems so it's a good idea to deal with the problem quickly or this may cause your cat to "mark" its territory (your house) to feel safe.
You can either capture the younger cat in a cage and send to the local pound or use what are generally called motion-detecting air repellents to keep the cat from entering your yard. It will take a little detective work to figure out where the cat is entering your yard, but a few cans placed in common entrances will blast some air when the cat comes near and keep him away. This requires a bit of a time and a monetary investment but it's better than seeing your handsome cat getting stressed or hurt.
As for your poor fella, there are cat doors with special microchips that ensure only your cat comes in the house if that's an option.
1+ Sssscat! I bought one of these to train my kitties and it worked great. Not too expensive, but well worth the money I paid for it. Just remember it's there cause it'll scare the crap out of you sometimes if you forget!
We use Ssscat motion activated air sprayers to keep our critters away from places they're not supposed to be. You don't need to buy the proprietary refills, just get canned air from the office store. The cans are universal fit.
We've been using these things for years. There is also another version by a different company we found on Amazon that also beeps so you can use it even when the canned air runs out. I couldn't find the link for it at the moment though, but it is worth seeking out.
This is the original Ssscat. They are worth it.
PetSafe SSSCAT Spray Pet Deterrent, Motion Activated Pet Proofing Repellent for Cats and Dogs, Environmentally Friendly https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0721735K9/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_CQg7AbV1EYM04
After you clean it with enzyme cleaner I would hide mothballs around the area (cats hate the smell). Is the specific spot the piss on somewhat private (meaning it’s a corner and the can back into it and feel safe peeing there)? If so you can place objects there to discourage them. Some cats hate aluminum foil you can try that in the spot. This worked for us to keep the cats ways from the front door (one likes to runaway): PetSafe SSSCAT Spray Pet Deterrent, Motion Activated Pet Proofing Repellent for Cats and D... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0721735K9/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_tai_8ddSAb...
This is the one I used!
Punishing a cat is not a very effective deterrent. They rarely make the connection between what YOU think they've done wrong and the action that you take against them; to them, it just ends up looking like you've gone psycho and are attacking them for no reason.
I've found that it's best to have something up there that deters them the second they land after the jump. Foil, as u/DJEricDanger mentioned is a decent option. Sticky-side out tape loops are also very effective, tho they can get stuck on the cat's paws so they're best used when you're home. Aluminum cans with beads inside, strategically placed where the cat usually jumps up so that they'll get knocked over can work, too. Scat mats are great, also.
All of those can be pretty unsightly, tho. THIS, on the other hand, takes up very little space and I've found it to be extremely effective (and entertaining):
This also disassociates YOU from the deterrent so that you're not the Bad Guy/Gal. You can even sweep in and "rescue" them immediately afterwards and be the hero... or run out of the Kitchen screaming and then seek comfort with your fellow furry victim of this senseless violent attack! 😃
I think you're combining the Ssscat with timed air fresheners.
You could try bitter apple spray which shouldn't harm the plant itself but will smell and taste bad to discourage her from chewing. I know you said that you haven't seen her doing it but you could get a water spray bottle to squirt when she does...
They also make spray motion sensors. So something battery powered you'd put in the pot next to the plant that will mist or squirt water if sensed motion too close to the plant. These are specifically made for pets who chew plants
Edit: here is a link to the motion spray: PetSafe SSSCAT Spray Pet Deterrent, Motion Activated Pet Proofing Repellent for Cats and Dogs, Environmentally Friendly https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0721735K9/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_snY0CbPFPRFEG
PetSafe SSSCAT Spray Pet Deterrent, Motion Activated Pet Proofing Repellent for Cats and Dogs, Environmentally Friendly https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0721735K9/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_HfgSDbEKZW68Q
Not sure where you keep your switch, but when we tried to keep our cats out of a certain area we used a motion activated can of air:
Worked pretty well, cat learned not to go near that area for fear of the air.
Do your kitties prefer one over the other?
Fountains do help. We've had a few. We found one easy to clean and the cats love it.
Its how we stopped out cats from knocking over the bowl. And we still have a couple that like to put their paws in the water, but its fine.
And no, they will still drink from a regular bowl. All of ours do if needed. Minus the one that refuses to drink unless it's running or in an actual glass.
The one we have https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0146QXOB0
Try getting a fountain water bowl: Catit Flower Fountain: 3L Cat Water Fountain with Triple-Action Filter https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0146QXOB0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_Dd3LDb5Z5XCCM
We have that one and our cat drinks more water than with a regular bowl.
I love water fountains for my cats. Cats have difficulty judging where the water's surface is if it isn't moving. This is why he splashes.
I have this one, and I love it. I wish it was ceramic, though.
I have 3 cats. There was a stray cat running around my neighborhood and we decided to bring her in and take care of her. Apparently she was pregnant. She had 5 babies and we kept 2 from the litter. Anyway, here are a couple random pics of them. They're my little babies 😍 My cats would love this!
If he eats dry food, maybe look into something like this : https://www.amazon.com/PetSafe-SlimCat-Meal-Dispensing-Blue/dp/B0018CG40O
Also, quality of food may be a factor, wet food is better than dry food. If you need to stick to dry food, grain-free is better than regular (cats can't digest carbohydrates in grain and it just turns them fat).
We have the ball, but we block a couple of the holes with tape.
This one is our favorite and it is funny to watch
And we originally got this one, made them super angry but now they like it
We switch up what one we feed them in to keep it interesting. They are much happier now, less destructive, and are kept entertained
May I suggest this?
This is the one we use. He's had it for a couple of months and it's still in good shape considering he abuses it and sends it flying across the room constantly, and it was like 8$. Plus it has adjustable holes so you can make it easier while they learn to use it then harder after and it works with different kibble sizes.
Food puzzles ! I give our girl a treat dispensing ball with treats in it to keep her occupied - keeps them mentally stimulated and gets a bit of exercise in too. We have one that you can change the difficulty level in, and I also put a small weight in it to throw the balance off and keep it unpredictable for her.
We started her on easy puzzles like a toilet roll with the ends covered and a hole in it to get her used to having to fossick / problem solve. Then you can move onto more advanced puzzles !
There are a whole bunch of websites if u want to make your own out of boxes etc, otherwise there are some very cheap ones on amazon.
This I the one we have and mishka loves it
Trump is better on his feet then liberals give him credit for.. that’s a great quality to have when playing politics..
What do dems have? “Orange man bad” what does trump have PetSafe Bolt Laser Cat Toy, Automatic Laser Cat Toy https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0021L8W6K/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_2-5IDb4X4BN7G
Dems show how full of shit they are when they try and get trump on bullshit.. we are looking for an excuse to can him instead of beating his ass in the field..
Dems do not have the ability to beat him in the field because all their complaints can be used against them.. they are full ass hypocrites..
This is why I support tulsi.. she isn’t in this to say orang man bad.. she’s in it for us.. beating trump isn’t the mission, empowering and protecting Americans is the mission..
To average voters.. dems want to tax you more, and take away your rights and hate on everything America.. republicans want to lower taxes, shoot guns and have screaming eagles with American flags..
If we were serious about winning we would change our image.. we love our country and only want to make it better.. we shouldn’t get lost in the weeds trying to please specific constituencies.. (looking at you warren) dems need a little more empathy for their fellow American.. we are all doing the best we can even if that isn’t good enough..
If you really want to drive her crazy get her THIS
Have you tried a pet fountain? I have this one but there are different brands/models available. A fountain at least keeps them drinking in the area you want them to drink, and is available all the time vs. only when someone showers or turns on a faucet. Plus, it's easy for cats to get dehydrated since they have a low thirst drive, and that can cause health issues. The fountain worked for my cat.
Get your cat a fountain. There is a ton of benefits. I have this one. it's dishwasher safe. http://www.amazon.com/Pioneer-Pet-Stainless-Fountain-Raindrop/dp/B0037NKDSG/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1409707980&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=cat+fountain
My cats have had UTIs before and we switched them to Hills c/d wet food. We also have a water fountain for them which encourages them to drink more water. Here’s the link for the one we have, it’s great: https://www.amazon.ca/Pioneer-Pet-Stainless-Fountain-Raindrop/dp/B0037NKDSG?th=1&amp;psc=1
I've got this tiny fountain, and my cats generally don't spill a drop as long as I keep it clean.
God forbid a floof of fur gets in there, though, then they go mad trying to "fish" it out... but that's about the only problem I've run into. They both really love drinking from it, probably the single best investment I've made for my cats.
Chiming in with another cat water fountain rec:
Its stainless steel and dishwasher safe. We wash it then replace the water once a week. Our cat started out drinking from the reservoir part but now she only drinks from the burbling part. Haven't had any problems with wet neck ruff
Read this. I bought the water fountain, feed her Instinct brand dry food (just got an Amazon subscription delivery today), got a 7 foot tall cat tower for her to lounge on and use Special Kitty Multiple Cat Scoopable Clumping Cat Litter, 40 lb (out of stock online, but should be available at your local store). I use about one bag of cat food every two months and one box of litter a month. The litter pan is the cheapest one available at Wal*Mart, around four bucks IIRC. My vet expenses have been nil on this kitteh. I did two rounds of ear mite treatments which cost around ten bucks when I first took her in, that's it.
I have this one
For cats who may like it more open and has more room for big cats. Mine loves it. I just had to clean the window and cups with alcohol.
Ehm, I'm just thinking out loud here now, wouldn't it be amazing
if the programs that let you surf the world wide web would include
some feature to save links to pages you want to review later?
Like for this instance, the www.amazon.com part is quite easy.
but http://www.amazon.com/Sunny-Seat-Window-Cat-Bed/dp/B005AUM8U0 is not an easy string of characters to remember,
Like if it were a book, you have a strip of paper you put between the pages so you know where to open, only for the internet.
hmm, maybe a list feature where you can save internet addresses for easy access, we could call it pagesaves, pagemarks or maybe bookmarks!
Low tech version that's much more affordable
If the item comes in a marked box, Amazon tell you. I just bought this tonight:
See where it says "This item's packaging will indicate what is inside. To cover it, select Ship in Amazon box on the checkout page"?
There's an option during checkout to have the marked box put inside a plain box:
So there you go, no worries needed. Selecting that option doesn't add to the cost (I tried it, for science)
This will probably only apply to "sold by and shipped from Amazon" and "fulfilled by Amazon" items FWIW.
Almost everything has been covered, but may I suggest this litter box?
At first, I had one of those boxes where it has the mesh segment that you lift up to sift, but then you have to pour all the litter into the other tray and stuff. It's a mess. It's one of the reasons I had never really wanted a cat to begin with until my wife brought home our two little furballs; I hated scooping litter.
I got this one and it's fucking genius. All you do is flip it over and all of the poop and clumps are in the little pull out drawer. It's goddamn magical.
best thing ever
Over the weekend, my bf and I drove to a huge hunting and fishing store (Cabela's) to try on chest waders for our fishing trip with my dad later this month. The bf was able to find some that fit, but the entire store did not contain a single small chest wader for me to try on. The mediums were much too big, but I really wanted to at least try on a small to make sure it was the size for me. :(
Got my cat a new litter box. It doesn't seem to be living up to the glowing reviews at the moment, but maybe I'm doing it wrong or put it together wrong or something.
At least I got the KAL hydra mitts cast on and going strong this weekend.
I'm sorry for the dad comment. That was really not my place even though that bothers me because my cats are the only thing in my house to keep me sane from nMom.
Here's the link. Sorry, it was cheaper in December ):
We had the same issue and a combination of three things worked with us.
This is the best spray I have ever used. I have two cats. You can purchase a larger amount. It should take care of the cat urine smell even if it is dry.
This stuff works wonders.
My daughter had pet dumbo rats that got loose in her room and it took 3 weeks to catch them. They pooped and peed everywhere and it made her quite sick with a respiratory infection!
We put out humane traps that we got from Amazon to catch them with banana and peanut butter in them for bait. It took about 3 tries to get themrat trap both.
We then used this cleaner to get rid of the left over feces and urine smell. enzyme cleaner
And the fruit fly infestation needs addressed ASAP! Make sure there is no standing water in the kitchen or other sinks, food left out, fruit left out uncovered, and you hang up multiple strips and change them often and move them around so they don’t start avoiding them. We used this kind over our rabbit cage and sink. fruit fly trap
All you can do is disinfect, deep clean, air the place out and really focus on humanely catching the pet rat and rehoming it or getting it a safe cage/aquarium home with lid.
Good luck and I hope you can get things improved for you and everyone. ❤️
First step is cleaning and vet. Take both cat's to the vet because sometimes this behavior is due to bladder infections, kidney issues, UTI's.. etc. It is essentially them saying "Hey something is wrong".
Get a good Enzymatic Cleaner and start scrubbing. Everywhere they have peed on the floor (or pooped). Buy or use a good scrub brush and some rubber gloves and just get it really good.
Next step is to clean out the litter boxes and put fresh litter in both (you really should have 2, 1 for each cat) but save some poop (just one scooped bit) from them and put it in the fresh one. It kind of helps them with association. Make sure the litter boxes are big enough for the cat's (1.5 cat lengths long and 1 cat length wide). Also make sure they are in low traffic areas of the house or covered (even kitties like privacy).
If none of this works then I honestly don't know what else to do. This is all the things I have done and they have worked in the past when we had kitties that had bathroom issues. Good Luck :)
It’s a groomer brush you can attach to a corner
Way cheaper on Amazon! Catit Senses 2.0 Self Groomer https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D3NI2PG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_nok.BbW9XND0M
My cat does this! I hold it down on the floor for her with my foot, but she also has one of these.
Catit Senses 2.0 - Cat Corner Self Groomer https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D3NI2PG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_vUu3DbC724583
Jumping on your comment to say: My vets have advised me that the first ingredient in cat food should be some sort of whole meat - not a grain or meal (corn meal is popular) or vegetable. Cats are obligate carnivores and need to eat meat.
Also, if your cat won’t eat wet food (mine won’t, the tiny asshole) make doubly sure to provide water. Cats generally like their food and water sources to be separate, for some reason. I keep the litter box, food and water in three separate rooms. My cat is particular about his water fountain but really likes this one: Catit Flower Fountain: 3L Cat Water Fountain with Triple-Action Filter https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0146QXOB0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_B8YyDbEX56WVY
All this said but cats are super individual. They aren’t very good at adapting to new situations, so you have to meet them (more than) half way.
Not at all. Catit Water Fountain
I've had it for a couple years, still going strong. Bonus feature that is possibly unintended, it gets noisier when it is getting empty. It doesn't make much noise when full, but the pump becomes audible when it's almost out of water.
I assume he's a kitten? Up to three months old cats generally are super bitey because they are infants learning their litter mates limits and sticking everything in there mouths. This will likely end by like 6 to 10 months naturally, still worth training though.
Dogs and cats have kinda similar bite inhibition training (aka the big ones being dramatic like owie or like no bad and shoving off with a paw) so the dog may help but I would not keep them around each other without someone to keep an eye for a while.
I think that's enough but for the first 8 months his energy will be endless. So don't feel bad he's up at 3 am like hey play? You essentially have a 6 year old on a sugar high.
Depending on the size of dogs I'd get some toys, and a way to keep a dog out of a room like a baby gate or area so you can leave small cat toys out. For a kitten I highly suggest a box of random assorted toys to find what they like, and avoiding cat nip filled ones. You don't need all these but if your family wants to get the kitty presents for Santa these are my suggestions at a young age.
This is super long but tdlr, your doing good, he's a kitten, he wants to play a lot when he's nibbling, here's a shit ton of cool cat stuff.
I have a moron kitty as well - he likes to chew on plastic bags and packing tape. The other will use larger pots as a litter box, so I have to be sure any big pots are full of uncomfortable things like sansevieria.
Destruction like the carpet and tearing pots apart sounds like lack of enrichment/mental stimulation. Consider multi-level cat furniture or shelves and some fishing toys or laser lights to get them going. Stuffing their food into treat balls that slow release the food can help as well. Good luck!
Les trucs qui roulent c'est des trucs comme ça le chat doit faire bouger la bouboule pour récuperer ses croquettes donc il fait de l'exercice et il mange moins comme un gros morphale.
That sounds incredibly frustrating! Maybe try a slow feeder or a treat ball. Cats are hunters so making them work for their food can help them eat slower and keep them entertained. I hate to suggest buying something new when money is tight but my treat ball was under $7. I don’t use a bowl for dry food at all anymore, I have a few different types of slow feeders.
Here is the treat ball I have: treat ball
My cat has a roller track that he can use autonomously. We don't tend to see him use it that often nowadays, but he does occasionally play with it in the mornings while he's waiting for us.
He also has a tall cat tree where he can sleep/watch out of the windows, and he often uses the windowsill in our study to watch for birds. He also has his pick of cardboard boxes scattered around the apartment and often chooses to play/sit/nap in them on his own.
We also have a tunnel feeder, and a treat ball -- both used to keep him occupied and thinking at meal times.
Congrats on your first cat! How old is he? How much would you say you're feeding him these days? I'm just wondering if he would be alright eating two small meals- perhaps you're still giving him more than he actually needs. Cats are pretty small, after all. The typical full grown cat only needs about a cup of food every day.
You could look into getting a second person involved so he's still getting small meals but that way one person doesn't have to constantly stop by to feed him. There's also toys you could buy that slowly dispense food while the cat plays with them, although if he's not particularly active he might not be interested in something like that. (Heres a link to one: https://www.amazon.com/PetSafe-SlimCat-Meal-Dispensing-Blue/dp/B0018CG40O)
There are also food dispensers that run on a timer although they tend to be more expensive (https://www.amazon.com/PetSafe-Healthy-Simply-12-Meal-Automatic/dp/B00VIXRB6O/ref=zg_bs_2975260011_1?_encoding=UTF8&amp;psc=1&amp;refRID=Q0W06AVHE8R6AMYAAV6H)
Hopefully one of these is able to help!
PetSafe SlimCat Meal Dispensing Cat Toy, Blue https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0018CG40O/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_VWjszbVPE5CNE
There's a link for the ball. That's surprising she looks like my cats twin. Do you live in England? My cat had a kitten when she was between 1-5 years old, While she was still a stray. Maybe we have some relatives?
Try putting it in a food dispenser. He'll have to push it around to get the food to fall out, burn some calories, and it'll slow him down if he eats fast.
Something like this: https://www.amazon.com/PetSafe-SlimCat-Meal-Dispensing-Great-Treats/dp/B0018CG40O
Similar idea: my cat eats all of his dry food out of a treat ball like this. Not sure if it would help with the multi-cat problem, but it does slow him down and it gives him something to do while I'm away at work.
You definitely need to stick with some sort of reduced food regimen. I wouldn't be surprised if domesticated animals don't get how to hunt anymore... I mean, can YOU hunt down a moose for dinner? =)
Maybe you're switching up the food locations too quickly for him. You could try less random locations around the house to "hide" the food. Pick a few set locations. Take him to it at first. Make sure he remembers where they are. Then switch it up after he's getting it. It might take him a month to get it. Give him time. You may never be able to just randomize the locations without showing him.
Maybe try a food-dispensing toy like this or this or this - Edit: that last one seems to work the best, based on the reviews. Try looking locally or more internet search. But don't give him more than the 1/4 cup daily.
He might not recognized the wet food as food, or he doesn't like that brand. I'm not sure if it works to slowly add some wet food to his dry food to make him understand that it's still food.
See if he'll chase a wadded up paper ball or tin foil ball. Try to make him bring it back for a kibble =) See if he'll chase string. The idea is to try to make him run. A friend of mine had a cat that would chase a chain so I'd sit cross legged on the floor and drag it along the floor in a circle around my body. The cat would chase it around and around me while I kept switching it from one hand to the other.
I tried treat balls similar to these:
He thought those were ok but he really loves when I put the treats somewhere he can put his whole arm in (I don't know why) like this:
He gets really into it and will dive bomb the maze and shove his arms as deep inside as he can. It slides around on the floor with him. The larger holes means some pieces come out very easily but enough get stuck/move around that he spends 20min+ trying to get every last piece out. He even uses his paws to cup pieces and lift them out.
Walking is an excellent idea, particularly for an active breed like a manx!
I would also suggest a few extra things :
Example 1 .example 2
Get her something like this, which drops a treat but requires your cat to actively work for it.
I am by no means a cat expert, but I have the same issue with my two newly adopted boys! At first I tried to feed them in separate rooms, but my slow eater was just not understanding what was going on.
At the moment I feed one in his crate, and he seems to be more comfortable that way. I also got something similar to this https://www.amazon.com/d/Cat-Toy-Balls/PetSafe-SlimCat-Meal-Dispensing-Great-Treats/B0018CG40O for the chunky speed eater. He gets most of his dry food this way. He figured out how to use it immediately and it forces him to eat a lot slower. While he's busy with the feeder ball, my other boy can eat at his own pace and in peace.
I think this is the laser I bought. It turns itself off after 15 minutes. Sometimes I set it up in the basement and shut the door so my cat can play without the dog. Since your dogs keep stealing the cat toys you might want to only take them out when you can supervise or when the dogs can't get to them. You could also get a cat tower that has toys on it. Hopefully the dogs wouldn't try to climb it.
some cats like http://www.amazon.com/FroliCat-BOLT-Interactive-Laser-Pet/dp/B0021L8W6K
I got my cat a friend to play with.
If he doesn't react, try a different color.
Here is an [automated laser toy](
also found this, which looks cool
Get one of these automated laser pointer toys and only turn it on at night til he gets over it.
FroliCat BOLT Interactive Laser Pet Toy
This gave me back some sanity.
Check this out
Adopt a cat after you move. Gives an extra level of stress to the new kitten.
However, try to get the second cat right when you move in, so that the original cat doesn't have a lot of time to establish territory
get some toys that move by them self, like these:
also, continue giving the cat treats and petting her or kissing her once in a while so she knows that you still love her :)
If you're too broke to afford a $17 laser toy then I'm afraid you won't be able to hack one together for cheaper. The cheapest small dev board I can think of is itself $16 and you'd still need at least 3 servos, a mirror, ball joint, laser, power supply, wire, and a soldering iron.
The cat dancer toy doesn't operate on its own or have lasers. Perhaps you were looking at something else (like this)?
It's a little over, but I think that your new kitty would enjoy dis : )
I got one of these automated lasers for my cat to play with. She loves it. Christmas present a few years back.
This toy will be great for you and your kitten: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0021L8W6K/ref=ox_ya_oh_product
I have one and it keeps my cats busy
I avoid plastic. It can cause cat acne, and a plastic fountain will never really be clean. I used to have a white ceramic one but it was hard to keep clean. I switched over to this and love it.
I have this one and it's super easy to clean (just a top piece and a bottom piece and both are steel so you can scrub them really good).
After 2 years the pump burnt out, but they sell the replacement pump for 15 bucks.
That is a very nice fountain... Bonus that I think it's pretty ascetically pleasing for humans also. I plan on upgrading soon to a porcelain one... For now my two cats like this one as well...
Get one that isn't as tall and has a wide base and us made of heavier materials. Something like these
Pioneer Pet Stainless Steel Fountain https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0037NKDSG
PetSafe Drinkwell Pagoda Fountain
I have the Pioneer Raindrop fountain (here) for $30 and I use these filters. I only need to replace the filter once every one to two months. Totally worth it because of how much the cats love it, and it gives me peace of mind knowing that it's helping them stay healthy.
Our first cat, Roger (whom I originally bought the fountain for), was terrified of it at first. A month went by before he finally had the courage to drink from it, and then he quickly adored it. Unfortunately he passed away, and we adopted two kittens. Simon and Chloe instantly loved it as soon as we brought them home. So there's a chance she may hate it at first, but running water is very natural and appealing to cats. I think she would grow to like a fountain very quickly. :)
The filters are meant to be changed periodically, just like filters in anything else. Some people just rinse the filter off and stick it back in the fountain, and then wonder why it has science experiments growing in it. You can back flush it a couple of times, but then it's time to change it.
That one works well for our cats, although only one of them likes the running water. The other drinks from the bowl. We wash it once a week or so and do filter maintenance once a month. Works fine.
Pet lover pro-tip!
Have any of you tried the pet water fountains? I have tried a few and really hate the plastic ones. For one, they are plastic. Two, the design is always such that they really need to be washed daily because they clog with pet fur really badly. Three, not easy to get in the dishwasher (some you can't get in the dishwasher at all).
A couple of months ago I can across this fountain on Amazon and decided to try it. And it's amazing! It's a really simple design so it goes together and comes apart in minutes. The design is such that it does not clog with pet fur the way the original ones did. And it goes in the dishwasher easily.
Highly recommend to my fellow pet lovers!
Is it this one? http://www.amazon.com/Sunny-Seat-Window-Cat-Bed/dp/B005AUM8U0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=undefined&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=cat+window+suction
[This as seen on TV item] (http://www.amazon.com/Sunny-Seat-Window-Cat-Bed/dp/B005AUM8U0/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&amp;colid=1L8ON2MX2QPTV&amp;coliid=I38RFI7VXQZL0R) because it makes me look like a crazy cat lady. But my cat loves to sit in the window. Surprises are fun!
If you have the space, I recommend a cat tower with the sisal scratching posts. It'll function as a climbing playhouse for the kitten as well as a place to sleep. My cat also loves to sleep on these
For when the kitten is a little older, I think indoor cats should have collars too. The bell helps locate where the cat is and if the cat gets out of the house (knock on wood), people are more inclined to report cats with a collar because they'll know it's not a stray.
Something like [this] (https://www.amazon.com/Original-Sunny-Seat-Window-Mounted-Cat/dp/B005AUM8U0) is a good option. We have two of them.
If you are referring to this one I highly recommend!!
My cat is 12 lbs. This thing holds up to 50lbs and is sturdy. Only thing was initially when he went on it he heard the velcro and got a little scared. The material moved a little but still stays in place. My cat loves it!! So great to add this to the window and easy assembly. It's also very reasonably priced. I added a little bit of catnip on it to entice him to rub against it to leave his scent.
Hope this helps! I was also skeptical so hope you enjoy it if you choose to purchase one.
I bought my guy a Sunny Seat. Actually got it from Bed, Bath, & Beyond for the same price. Works wonders in a loft apartment. haha
fear cuts deeper than swords
Thanks for the fun contest
It's this one! And I absolutely love it. I've had it for a couple years now with no issues! Sometimes all three of my kitties squish into ir. :)
Sunny seat cat bed
I haven't had any trouble with it at all! It's still in the same exact spot as the day I put it up which was 3 months ago. I have another cat that's much bigger, 16 pounds, and he sits up there just fine. They love the heck out of it. This is the one I have.
I have one of these, while not "auto cleaning" in the sense that you have to physically rotate the box it eliminates the need to scoop. Coupled with a Litter Genie it takes me less than 30 seconds to empty my (2) cat's litter box.
Eventually I'll get myself a Litter-Robot but for now this is just fine.
For those of you, like me, struggling with cleaning litter, this catbox changed my whole experience.
Just roll it upside down, pat the bottom (now top) of the box, bring rightside-up, and all the litter has been collected in the scoop to dispose of. Bam.
My husband took over the job but he bought this litter box from amazon and we love it! It has a filter inside so all you do is roll it to the right and the clean litter sifts through the filter while the clumps collect in that scoop thingy. Then you just take the scoop out and trash it and that's it. No contact with anything.
For everyone who says it is too expensive, here is the litter box I use which has the same sifting and turning process for $40, the only difference is that you turn it yourself instead of having a motor turn it for you. The litter all sifts into a long scooper for you to toss out.
I have a covered box you just roll over to scoop. It's great, and it won't break like the automatic boxes.
This is the one I'm referring to to avoid.. Good luck in your search!
Buy this. It is the best thing to ever happen to cat owners.
Oh no, that's terrible. I had a cat that was like this. He'd keep peeing on the same spots on a rug and I had to re-train him.
You need to spend a few strict days with her litter training her again. After eating, after waking up from sleep and after playing take her directly to the litter box. If you notice her drinking a lot of water or something, take her to the litter box. Make sure it's not next to an unpleasant place like a washing machine or the trash. Cats don't like loud or pungent smells and their nose is really sensitive. Also make sure to keep the box in the same place and if it makes sense in your situation, have two littler boxes in different places in the house. Also, if you're using an enclosed litter box, take the top off while you train her, until you feel confident that she's using it consistently.
You also need to spot clean everything she has peed on. Rocco and Roxie's pet odor and stain remover is what I use and I have 2 cats and a puppy. It works great! It really gets in deep to rid of the scents we people can't smell but animals can. Cats, specially dominant cats, tend to pee over the place where they peed previously because they have claimed it as theirs. If it smells like urine they're likely to go pee on it again.
Also, keep your parents bedroom closed and off-limits as often as you can. It's possible to train a cat to not go into a certain room. None of my pets are allowed in my computer room unless I'm in there and they avoid it even when I keep the door open.
You can also ask your vet. It might be something else that is bothering her, maybe her food or maybe the litter that you use. Try different things. Some cats don't like scented litter or chaulk-y litter.
The best way to prevent doggy messes is to immediately start crate training. Get your dog used to the crate, and over time you can slowly let your dog have a bit more freedom in the apartment. And if he's out for play or hanging out then you have to supervise him and hopefully distract him and take him outside if you see him about to start his business.
You can get an odor/stain remover and have that handy for accidents. As far as killing the carpet, you have to let them know that there are better, more fun alternatives.
Zak George's Dog Training youtube channel is a good place to start learning, imo. But honestly, I can't stress crate training enough. You have to teach the dog where it's okay to go.
First, you need to identify if it's a behavioral or medical issue. Medical problems are the most common cause of going outside the litter box.
If it's behavioral, a whole host of things could be the cause. It's possible your cat doesn't like its litter, its litter box is in a place not easily accessible, or somewhere the cat doesn't feel safe, or it doesn't like the box (too small, covered, uncovered,etc...). Lastly, make sure you clean the box everyday, sometimes if it gets too dirty a cat will stop using the box.
While you're trying to figure out the cause you can (if feasible) place aluminum foil over the place your cat usually pees, they don't like the sound/feel and will avoid going there. Get a good urine/feces enzyme cleaner. It will remove any remaining scent that your cat may be drawn to. One like this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CKFL93K/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_h1ftDbCQBJG9E
Good luck, hope this helps!
I have heard good things about Nature's Miracle, but also heard that they are not what they used to be. This was recommended to me as a replacement, and it's worked well in my home:
I use an industrial chemical called Consume by Spartan Chemical but it's not going to be available at any normal retail store, only janitorial supply companies and stores. You can probably find a different enzymatic cleaner at your local supermarket, they're usually marketed as cleaners for pet messes (OUT!, Nature's Miracle), but they work as well on other organic matter.
Here's one available online: https://smile.amazon.com/Professional-Strength-Stain-Odor-Eliminator/dp/B00CKFL93K
Use some baking soda to soak up the wetness, then vacuum.
Next, use some enzymatic cleaner to get rid of the smell.
ownlive with cats, you should always have some of that cleaner around anyway.
Yup, that's probably what is happening. Get an enzymatic cleaner. Something like this.
You cannot prevent pet accidental peeing, Fortunately you can clean it up almost entirely with very little damage.
First thing you will need is a small portable black light, For identifying where the spots are.
Second you will need an enzyme cleaner to remove the urine completely. http://www.amazon.com/Pet-Odor-Eliminator-Urine-Cleaner/dp/B00CKFL93K
Third you will need something to get the enzyme cleaner into the carpet and padding underneath, http://www.amazon.com/Marinade-Injector-Syringe-Cooking-Poultry/dp/B008Y9GS7S
In a darkened room a black light will cause the urine spot to glow, Fill the injector with enzyme cleaner and then inject into the carpet and pad, The enzyme will eat the urine completely and then die off.
Good luck and love your pets.
You need an enzymatic cleaner or one that will break down the molecular structure of the mildew.
Something like this - https://www.amazon.com/Rocco-Roxie-Supply-Co-Professional/dp/B00CKFL93K/ref=sr_1_21?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1536852308&amp;sr=8-21&amp;keywords=carpet+cleaner+spray
Pour like half the bottle onto the area where the smell is occuring. Let it sit for 20 minutes then get up all the moisture via shop vac or other carpet cleaner. Get it as dry as possible. the smell should fade away within a day.
Here's a molecular one - https://www.amazon.com/Ozium-Original-Spray-Mist-Sprays/dp/B003VSECIY/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1536852426&amp;sr=8-1-spons&amp;keywords=ozium&amp;psc=1&amp;smid=A3NI681A613SJA
Warning, it's stupid powerful. Like, open your windows and leave the room for a bit.
I prefer Rocco & Roxie. It has never failed me and is way more effective, imo: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CKFL93K/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_HjKKDbZYH3BRH
She might have a UTI, and is associating the litter box with her pain. Take her to the vet for confirmation.
Clean the area with an enzyme cleaner. Add another litter box as /u/ajru222 suggested. You can also add a litter attractant.
I know of this product from two of my friends and I see it has many great reviews so you might want to try it. Good luck :)
If you can get this type of stuff it works really well. I've had to clean up my share of cat piss. https://www.amazon.com/Professional-Strength-Stain-Odor-Eliminator/dp/B00CKFL93K
This stuff does wonders when my kitty with chronic diarrhea misses the litter box. Not sure how it would work for human poops.
You should use an enzyme-based cleaner to take care of the smell, especially if it’s in carpet (some info as to why).
This one works pretty well.
Enzymatic cleaner plus upholstery cleaning machine?
We use this enzymatic cleaner for pet messes and it works for human pee too: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00CKFL93K
I have this upholstery cleaning machine and it works pretty well - you can make your own cleaning solution instead of using their branded stuff, but it comes with some sample sizes of the branded stuff: https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B07D46F8S5/
This stuff is amazing!
It gets out animal pee smell better than anything I've ever used. I have a freaking super power sense of smell and it gets cat pee smell (which is the worst smell ever)out completely.
Have you considered investing in....SELF BRUSHY?
I have a Kong Zoom Groom and Savannah looooves it, but she's not so hot on other brushes, and detests the fabled Furminator. I got her the exact self brushy linked above after seeing it here, because it's cheap so why not. She loves rubbing her face & neck on it, particularly while getting scratches elsewhere! I recently had to mount it with screws because the adhesive strips couldn't handle her love <3
I have one that I got on amazon here. I don’t think it’s the same exact one but it’s design is identical
Great job loving your cat! I can tell your cat loves you back! I don't want to take this special time together away from you, but would happily buy you one of these to see if your cat would be willing to use it while you are away? My cat loves it.
Catit Senses 2.0 Self Groomer https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00D3NI2PG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awd_tbfAwbND2S7Z4
Cat self-groomer! Mine loves it, so I can imagine it’ll be popular with most cats!
I was thinking of installing some of these on the edges - https://www.amazon.ca/Catit-Senses-2-0-Self-Groomer/dp/B00D3NI2PG/ref=asc_df_B00D3NI2PG/?tag=googlemobshop-20&amp;linkCode=df0&amp;hvadid=293035334305&amp;hvpos=1o1&amp;hvnetw=g&amp;hvrand=11723127091590297201&amp;hvpone=&amp;hvptwo=&amp;hvqmt=&amp;hvdev=m&amp;hvdvcmdl=&amp;hvlocint=&amp;hvlocphy=9000676&amp;hvtargid=pla-314562381589&amp;psc=1
Maybe something like this would help? Can be attached to the wall.
Catit-43152-Senses 2.0 Self-Groomer https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00D3NI2PG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_ooH8AbNEM9RH1
We have the catit fountain and my cats love it. My little girl was putting her paws in it within minutes and our boy was terrified. For a while, he would get close and then hiss at it. My roommate’s cat has had fountains before so he started drinking from it immediately. I spent some time dipping my finger in it and letting our boy lick the water off. Now, my cats love it. They prefer to drink from the fountain more than a dish of water. I use it without the yellow center of the flower after some trial - my cats like being able to drink where the water bubbles in the center and from the streams down the petals.
My local shelter has larger water fountains that look more like these. If your cats really like faucets they may like this better. The Catit isn’t very loud/splashy.
My cats were very unfamiliar with the fountain at first, and just gave it the side eye as they walked past. But it didn't take long for them to get used to it. We did end up swapping the original one out for This one once they got a little taller, as one of my idgits likes to dab her paw in and watch the water drip off her fur. Unfortunately that resulted in a frequently clogged filter, as they are long haired. The new filter is designed differently so she can't do that as much, and whenever I check the water in the tank it is wonderfully clean and fresh looking with nary a hair to be seen, which I like.
We did find that we had to move the fountain a few feet away from the food, as someone was apparently getting a drink with food still in their mouth, which would drop into the water, get all boated and contaminated, and be gross. But just make sure the water is always fresh and topped off, and she'll get the hang of it soon enough.
I have a finicky water drinker and eater too. Make sure you have wide, shallow bowls (non plastic) so the sides won’t touch his whiskers.
A fountain is also a great idea. My cats always come running when I turn on a faucet so I decided to get this one from Amazon. I also keep their food bowls in a different place than their water. Some cats won’t drink if their water is too close to their food source.
I got my water cat this one from amazon and he loves it!
My cat's favorite toy up until recently was just a simple cat dancer toy - she'd get excited by it and play with it. However, I recently made a 'toy' out of an old sock stuffed with catnip. She'd also get excited and bat that around the room...
The clincher was tying the sock to the end of the cat dancer - it's simply ridiculous. She'll be panting after chasing it for upwards of twenty minutes, and then meow constantly at me if I stop playing with it! Such a cheap and effective toy!
socks... + cat toy + used book = 20.08
I went a little over :( I too want the snow, snow go away thing to happen.
And, you are very pretty :)
I think you need to buy one of two things for your kitten:
So I think not only do you need these socks but you will enjoy them as much as I would.Your poor kitty would love this I know my cat love playing with toys like this.
This is a collage of my pit bull, Angel, and my cat, Suki (:
~I wub my animals~
We're not too sure about Angel's background, since we rescued him off of the streets, but considering the fact that he was scared of literally EVERYTHING for about 2 months, we think he came from an abusive home. He still struggles with anxiety and fear, but he's getting better and better everyday (: He's so sweet, and loves of snuggle!
Suki, our Calico, was also a rescue. We weren't too sure about bringing her into our house, considering the fact that we already have 2 pit bulls there. But Suki is an odd individual. Somehow, she has managed to become the "alpha" of our group of pets!! The dogs know not to mess with her, because she WILL bite back, lol! But she is affectionate and friendly with all people, and doesn't hide under the bed like other cats. She also goes outside every night and hunts for us! It's kind of disgusting, but adorable (:
Lol believe it or not, This toy will thoroughly entertain both Angel and Suki!
Thank you for the contest!
there are 2 toys that were listed in Amazon as foolproof for this very thing.
One is Cat Dancer
The other one I can't find. It is a wand with a thin wire that cats cannot see, on the end is the worlds tiniest mouse. And they are both ranked incredibly high for cat interaction and interest.
My experience is that they both actually work. My cat is known for watching me play with her toys too
You don't think you have expensive tastes until everything vheap on your wishlists are for the cats! But it's hard to spend more money when they get bored of toys so fast!
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 :)
Looks similar to the one I bought. I started off with storing it in the linen closet after playtime, now I can't open my linen closet without one (or both) of my cats climbing the shelves looking for the toy. Up from a dead sleep at the slightest cracking of that door. Even the super lazy one acts like she's on crack when it comes out.
My cat loves these things. Just don't leave them out without supervision, because he might try to eat the ribbon.
I use the Clever Cat Box: https://www.amazon.com/Clevercat-77000-Top-Entry-Litterbox/dp/B0002ZS20I
It's worked well.
We had the Clever Cat top entry litter box for a long time for this same reason and it worked awesome. But when we decided to try the Breeze system we just installed a cat door so the cats could get in and out of the bathroom without dog interference.
Yeah, she uses a vertical entry one, it's down below in the link. works really well, much less mess to clean up. She will go outside from time to time when I take her on walks but usually uses the litter box.
This is it on Amazon, I've found it for less in Mud Bay Granary tho so check around. Cleanest litter box I've found.
I've been thinking about getting a top entry litterbox for when my son gets mobile
If I'm understanding you properly, I had a similar problem. I took down the baby gate, got a Clevercat litter box that the dog can't get into, and got a small ikea end table to put the cat food on. So now the dog can get in the room, but can't get into the litter box or their food. Clevercat: https://www.amazon.com/Clevercat-77000-Top-Entry-Litterbox/dp/B0002ZS20I
Sometimes things changing can make cats poop outside of their litter boxes - has anything happened in the house that has changed? Baby, new person, other cat, etc.?
Also, I know it seems weird but with cats with a history of not-using-litter, vets are starting to prescribe Fluoxetine (Prozac), so you may want to discuss that with your vet in case it may make a difference.
It's best to keep the litter box in the same places - quiet places that are away from the normal pathways of people. You could even try a top-entering litter box, like this one: CleverCat. This would create his own little confined poop area.
Keep us posted! Let us know if you have any more questions.
I didn't pay $40 for mine, but these are the shit.
Ever considered a top entry litter box? There are cheaper ones than this, or also DIY, but it would save the constant cleanup if he took to it.
But it's not a requirement. That scratching post is great though because it's nice and big, and indestructible. Also, I urge you to get sisal scratches because the texture is more unique. Carpet style scratchers teach your cat that similar fabrics are for scratching... As for vet visits, I would just make sure you have a credit card. A healthy cat, who doesn't go outside or get fleas/worms from other pets, is probably not going to cost you much. Spaying/neutering is a one-time expense, that may be taken care of by the shelter, and there are groups that do it for around $35-60.
My old guy was way too interested in the cat poop too. I would suggest you get or make a top entry litter box like this one.
Ours started digging out all of the litter onto the floor and using it there. I was so pissed! After 3 weeks of dealing with it and scrubbing the floor with natures miracle every couple of days, we bought one of these. It has definitely helped quite a bit with their bathroom behavior.
We have one similar to this.
Definitely invest in a top-entry litter box. You can just take the top off and your cat should be ok to use it. We tried this with my cat and it made a world of difference.
I use the Clever Cat box.
Ha! Friendly advice...you need a new litter box with taller walls. Something like a Clever Cat litter box.
It's not cheap but it is worth the money!
This wouldn't work for me. One of cats loves to dig. Before I started giving her access to the back yard, she would spend up to a half hour at a time just digging in the box. Even the boxes with a flap couldn't keep the litter in the box. I ended up making one of these (http://amzn.com/B0002ZS20I) out of a $5 Sterilite container, and it works perfectly. Very little litter gets out of the box at all.
How often do you play with Finn? Does Finn have any type of routine with you in the evening?
Even though Finn has cat buddies, that doesn't mean he is entirely entertained by them 24/7. I would suggest dedicating a good 30 minutes to play time in the evenings, every day. Cats need to "hunt" every day. Finn sounds like he would really benefit from a cat toy like THIS.
Also, perhaps a different type of "watering hole". Cats like to think that they are drinking fresh water. Think about it like nature... cats in the wild tend to drink from bodies of water that are at least, slightly, moving. Still water breeds sickness. Maybe try THIS.
If those options don't work.. try the vet.
I feel you, cat-owner-bro.
But think like you were, also, a feral killer feline beast: Why would you drink water from a well when you could drink it from a river? Running water it's safer to drink from.
Making a long story short: http://www.amazon.com/pet-supplies/dp/B00063446M
I recognize your cat, Stephanie Connolly.
Have you looked into something like this?
PetSafe Drinkwell Original Cat and Dog Water Fountain, Filtered Water for Your Pet, 50 oz. Water Capacity https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00063446M/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_im0nDbPX808ME
My old cat used to do the same thing with the bathtub. Finally got her the water fountain so I wouldn’t have to leave the water in the tub running all the time.
Cats instinctively drink from running water. Something like a cat fountain might help you out.
This kind of machine fails gracefully...
Meaning - no power, cat still gets water
They sell them at pretty much any pet store. They're not that expensive, either unless it's the really nice models.
I basically got this one and it works great. Just replace the filter every month or so. Filters are like 10$ for a 3 pack.
My cat use to only drink from my cup. We got him this and he drink from it no problem.
First, I suggest listening to the vet :) Kittens grow quickly and are quite active so they need more calories per pound that an adult cat. If your vet thinks he'll grow into it, he probably will.
There are a few ways to tell if your cat's weight is appropriate for his size. You can apparently tell by feeling his ribs or the base of his tail to see how easy it is to feel bones. This seems like a pretty solid resource. I've had trouble with this method since I thought my cat was fine, but turns out she was just a bit overweight.
My cat is pretty much as grown as she'll be. So now I weigh her, which seems much more precise to me. It's tough to get your cat on a scale, but an easy way to do it is to pick him up and hold him while you're on the scale, and then weigh yourself alone and note the difference. It's not quite as exact as a scale made for cats, but it's got the benefits that 1) Your cat is more likely to sit still in your arms for a few seconds than in a scale you put him in every so often 2) it doesn't cost you any more money. It should be accurate enough for the purposes of monitoring weight changes as they can change by as much as 1lb without you noticing otherwise. It doesn't seem like a lot to a person, but for a cat 1lb can be a lot!
It's good that you're getting your cat on quality food. Again, as a kitten, personally I would not worry so much about the feeding pattern as long as it's consistent and he's getting what he needs. If you have a strong bond and he's vocal, there's a good chance he's going to whine for food a lot anyway (my cat makes the most pathetic sounds nearing feeding time, but she's perfectly healthy). I fed my cat 3 times a day as a kitten but now that she's grown she gets fed once in the morning and once in the evening. Unfortunately I can't leave any food for grazing since she'll just eat it all as soon as I fill the bowl.
Also, especially if you're feeding a lot of dry food, make sure you have water available for your cat and that he's drinking it. Cats naturally tend to get most of their water from their prey and have a low thirst drive. That doesn't exactly work when you're feeding them dry food so dehydration is a problem for some cats. They tend to like running water more than still water (you may notice he's interested by a running tap) so an inexpensive fountain like this one works for my cat.
Good luck, and I wish you and your new buddy a long healthy time together!
I used this model for a number of years without a filter. It worked well, but would sputter when low on liquid and has a number of hard-to-clean nooks in it.
I've recently purchased this model which runs much quieter (both without sputtering and without a water trickle noise which might be good or bad for you). I've only had it a week so I don't know how much better or worse it is to clean, but it seems to have fewer tiny nooks in it.
I have a water fountain for my kitties. About $50 at the pet store. Entertains both me and them, and keeps me from having to change the water twice a day.
I read somewhere (probably reddit, i don't have a source) that Cats prefer running water to still water because the latter can be bad, but running mostly isnt or seems fresh (that's why there are things like this).
I bought my Charlie a ceramic version of this and he drinks water now like all the time, even when its near his food bowl. He also likes to touch the stream with his paw, it fascinates him.
She might like a cat water fountain. My girls love theirs!
I've had this one by Whisker City for ~7 months now, and have yet to have any problems. Is yours also the smallest size one?
At home my parents have this one by Drinkwell. They've been using this for probably several years now, with no major problems, besides having to refill/clean it all the time because a LOT of cats share it, haha. Hope you find one that works out!
Directly from the link
Drinkwell Original Pet Fountain
by Water & Feed
If you get one of those cheap wire Cat Dancer toys and bend the wire around one of those Da Bird bundles of feathers or something similar, it will drive your cat absolutely batshit insane. The Dancer toy on it's own is good for Bengals because it's basically indestructible given the fact that it's just wire and some cardboard. Adding in the feathers puts it over the top.
CAT DANCER It costs about $3 and is a 3-foot wire with cardboard bits at the end. My cat is obsessed - she will drag it from room to room with her.
I bought This and This for my super active, playful kitty last summer.. I realize the first one just looks like cardboard on a wire.. but.. she loves it so much, it's scary. She prefers it over any other toy I've ever gotten her, it's ridiculous. NOW, I bought these before they were addon items, so in case addons aren't allowed:
This has lots of different textures and includes drugs for your
Not similar in style, but my cat goes absolutely wild for hair ties too and he loves this wire toy from Amazon as much (if not more).
Cat Dancer 101 Cat Dancer Interactive Cat Toy https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0006N9I68/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_K6tDAb87MYF99
Here’s the link if it’s easier
I’ve bought my kitten this (I forget how to link on mobile so sorry for the ugly link) and of course it’s the cheapest toy I’ve bought, but he will play with this until he’s panting, go eat, come back and play over and over.
You can also kinda DIY some toys. My older cat (5 years) hates anything and everything I buy for her. I bought a bungee mouse toy you can hang on doors and stuff, and tied a long ribbon through the ring. She will play with that forever. (Also linked)
The one they both agree is with the Yeowww catnip banana. They go absolutely bonkers for it. (Linked)
Some also love little chirpy toys. You can find plenty on strings, or little strong free ones (linked).
Go to town with feathers, bells, and whatnot to figure out what your kitty likes!
Crinkle balls are also a hit with both. They love the sound and it’s their jam. My youngest will play with them for hours. Be careful of which brand you buy of these though, some people have issues with the dye.
If you don’t want’em scratching on anything, try getting a couple scratching posts and place them near where they scratch the walls or whatever else. They also love being up high, so a cat tree is always great! Preferably near windows since most cats enjoy looking outside.
Cheap toy: Cat Dancer 101 Cat Dancer Interactive Cat Toy https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0006N9I68/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_R7yTBbDYBC4T8
Mouse bungee toy: SmartyKat Bouncy Mouse Cat Toy Bungee Toy https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001FK62YM/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_2.yTBb1ECB06G
Catnip Banana: Yeowww! Catnip Toy, Yellow... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000AUJFHE?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf
Crinkle balls: 12 Mylar Crinkle Balls for... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06VVY88VR?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf
Chirpy toy: Your pet will love this Pet Zone Play-N-Squeak Backyard Squeaking Raccoon Cat Toy: https://app.chewy.com/pEfewDgnJQ
Plastic spring toys and the cat dancer
Ethical Products 20 Piece Spot Colorful Springs Wide https://www.amazon.com/dp/B016L9R2Z4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_EeTzCbX3B4P4P
Cat Dancer 101 Cat Dancer Interactive Cat Toy https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0006N9I68/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_3eTzCb3T2WWPS
I'm a fan of garbage toys - things that normally get tossed or recycled. Easiest is a toilet paper roll, or a tissue box (cut holes in the sides and pop a tin foil ball in).
Of course, heading to a pet store and grabbing a cheap pack of toys and tossing them around. Not all cats like the same kind of toys, but if you see something like this, I 100000% recommend. Pretty cheap, tons of life, easy to play with, and I haven't met a cat yet that hasn't played with it. I actually have to hide mine from the cat, as she won't stop playing with it and exhausts herself.
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.
The cheaper, the better.. I've bought some expensive toys in my life, but I once went to petsmart with 1 dollar, and a plan to make my cat's life better.. I ended up with this (which cost $1 at the time, and is still for sale there to this day). This lasted over 6 months before they destroyed it, and I had a box laying around, which lasted over a year.
Honestly, somehow the simpler the toy, the more they love it. Add a $2 bag of catnip, and you're done. I'm able to afford high-end cat food because the entertainment fund is so cheap. My cat's are now aged 6 and 7 years old, and act like kittens to this day.
Add Costco cat litter, and a good de-shedding brush, and life is good. I do my own vaccinations through farm supply stores, flea drops through petshed.com, and you're talking like $150 per year to own 2 cats who are healthy, vaccinated, and flea free. I still take them to the vet, but they don't ever prescribe anything more than what I already give them. I don't enjoy giving them shots, but it's so simple that anyone on a low budget could do it without a care in the world. Nobody should ever not own a cat due to "operating costs".
Garnet is almost 13--and it's so weird because even though she's a senior, she is as active and playful as a kitten. It's amazing what weight loss can do.
Actually, there is a toy that has really helped--she LOVES it and goes crazy for it:
every cat i've ever had has LOVED cat dancers. it's literally just a slightly curved wire with little bits of cardboard on the end, but it drives them CRAZY. they're super cheap too. you can find them at most pet stores, or on amazon here
So precious! If he's your first, I really recommend a few things if that's ok! Amazon/ ebay links but products can be found elsewhere.
Watch My Cat From Hell - it's FULL of good ideas and knowledge, despite the cable TV format.
Harness and leash train your cat asap. Not only can you then take them for walks (which takes a couple years to do but is well worth it), being ok with a harness and leash will make him way easier to travel with and take to the vet.
Cat backpacks are easier than cat carriers; I like the solid rectangular ones best.
Check out robot toys that your cat can play with on their own, as well as bouncer toys (basically a long wire with a little cardboard thingy on each end that you can wedge somewhere for them to play with.
Couple of things mine love:
A cat tree next to a window with a bird feeder outside (you can get ones that stick onto your window) will make them very happy. Note on cat trees - I got a really good deal on ebay recently, and the same cat trees were way more expensive on Amazon - I totally recommend checking ebay for cost comparison on this. They were like 30-40% cheaper.
He looks like he's going to be a floof. I recommend these two brushes - the first is for removing extra hair every so often in the summer months, the second is a general daily brush (I just keep them in the powder room seeing as my cats insist on going to the bathroom with me anyway). This seriously reduces the amount of hair all over your home. We barely have cat hair on anything aside from their regular spots on cat furniture.
If they do turn out to be floofy, watch out for them seeming bit light/ skinny in hot weather - they can get dehydrated, and this is a real life-shortener. Avoid cheap cat treats, which tend to be too salty (Temptations/ Dreamies etc) get the vet recommended sort.
My cats also love this fountain (we've gotten them three and this is the top pick and the easiest to use):
Learn to trim his claws yourself - you'll save your furniture. I use these:
I recommend this brand from Amazon. For 40LBs, the price is currently at $13.10. It goes on a price "sale" often and the price varies a bit from time to time.
Precious Cat Ultra Premium Clumping Cat Litter
The litter does not smell and clumps wonderfully. The best part is for the benefit of the cat--when the cat kicks up the litter too energetically, there isn't a dust storm!
Crazy cat lady here, I have four in my apartment. Unless they are lying to me, everyone that comes over is always shocked I have cats because it doesn't smell like it "should". I have two air purifiers in the house these and I have this one that sits directly on top of the litter box. I've had my four cats around 10 years and also fostered probably about... 30. So I feel like I've tried it all and I finally have a good ritual and set up. I use this litter box because it's big and tall which they prefer but also easy to get inside when it's time to clean. I use this track mat because so far it's really done the best to keep the litter from traveling far from the box. And like you, I clean it 2-3 times a day. The litter that is. I use this litter which is LIGHT YEARS better than anything else I've ever used. One of my cats also has horrible allergies and this is the one litter I've found that she doesn't react to. It also doesn't dust so you don't have to constantly feel like poofs of litter are showing up around the house or on the carpet or furniture. I also vacuum every single day. I have one vacuum I use for the floor where there may be litter tracked and another I use that never touches litter. I think this is fairly important. This vacuum honestly is the best I've found for hair. Miracle worker. Unless you can afford the Dyson Animal. I also have this spray that I'll use for my carpet and fabric once a month or so and I feel like it makes a huge difference. And then lastly I also keep windows open whenever I can and I have this diffuser and put oil in it a few times a week and let it run for a bit, plus it looks cool with the lights :) Oh! and one last thing that I think is great... put one of those cardboard scratch pads near the litter box so the cat has to step over it to get anywhere else. Like off the track mat but near the box. I do this and all the cats inevitably use the scratch pad for fun when walking by it but I'm convinced it also cleans their paws from any litter left over before they start walking around the rest of the house!
We could really use some cat litter. I think the why is kinda self explanatory. Plus my fiance lost his job last week and the week before that car issues basically wiped out our savings. He's looking for a new job now and still waiting for unemployment to kick in which always takes forever (gotta love New York state).
Edit: fixed typo.
I need this for my smelly kitties.
Buy a litter box, fill it with this. Put the litter box in your basement or a closet and scoop out the clumps every day or two. Be sure to carry the cat to the litter box several times during the first few days so he remembers where it is. I go through one of these bags of litter every two to three months.
If you have any other pets, keep the cat SEPARATED from other animals for 1-2 weeks while exchanging scents (with blankets/toys/etc.). The #1 thing cats don't do well with is change.
Total cost of ownership of a cat all depends on food. My cat eats a wet/dry mix of Wellness grain-free and Royal Canin Special 33. It's much healther than what most people feed their cat, so it's a more expensive. I'd say about $40/month. Cheap cat food will cost much less, probably around $20/mo (fancy feast classic). I'd recommend WET food over dry, dry food contains lots of grains which are NOT good or natural for cats (cats are like lions, meat-eaters!). Long term dry food will cause kidney problems.
If you decide to keep one, take it to the vet and get him tested/vaccinated/medicated ASAP. You can call the vet before hand to see what the cost will be. Take two of them!! Cats do really well with a brother/sister to play with.
Now I have that song stuck in my head. I love that song.
We've had financial problems lately and can't afford some things we need. I need this acid reducer because it would help with pain, or cat litter because we have 3 cats, or anything else from my wishlists. Or a giftcard that I can use toward food. If I order food myself, I can get the 15% Subscribe and Save discount, plus use any digital coupons.
Thanks for your contest :)
Forget about your worries and your strifes
Frankly, I'd love a couple bags of Precious Cat Ultra Premium Clumping Cat Litter ;)
I have my kitty set up in the guest room. I too HAVE to conceal the litter box because my dogs love to have a kitty poop snack and they dig into the litter and make a huge mess on top of everything. The solution was to get two LACK side tables from ikea (7 dollars each) and cover them with fabric on all sides with a single opening large enough for Lily to fit through. Underneath, there is a high walled litter pan and we are using Precious Cat as our litter. It is completely odorless and low dust. I only start to smell the poopies if I slack on cleaning it for 2-3 days (I know! sorry)
Whenever we have a guest over, which is rare any way, I simply move the litter box to our bedroom. The tables stay in the guest room as part of the decor and they don't even realize it was a cat toilet moments ago. And when we have people over that aren't sleeping, I can easily close the door and it's completely out of sight. I can even leave the cat in there and she'll be perfectly happy until the guests go away. Good luck!
I live in the US so I don't think I can guide where to buy things. However, I can only imagine you have discount type stores similar to Walmart (if you have dollar stores I wouldn't buy food from there, toys should be OK).
What I must have before I get a cat?
Things I should do as soon as I got him/her?
They say to isolate the cat when you bring them home so as to not overwhelm them. I personally just let Bambi out and she looked around the apartment and then hid under a bed for awhile. Don't be alarmed by this as a new environment is overwhelming for a cat and you are new to them. It can take several days to several weeks before they feel comfortable.
Where can I adopt a kitten?
I believe kitten season is coming up (at least here anyways) so you can most likely find them in shelters, and I would recommend you adopt from a local shelters. Most shelters will post their available cats/kittens online or on their website. You can do a search and find both (pet adoption search engine, and local shelters).
Good luck and enjoy your new furball when you get her!
Some cat food. My cat eats grain-free, and a change will upset his little cat stomach an awful lot. But a recent unexpected bill has made it so hard to buy some, and I don't want him to ever go hungry. I'm portioning it out as best I can now, but it won't last long.
I'm almost out of cat litter even more than I am out of food, though. Either one, really. I'm Turking as fast as I can. God, I don't deserve to be a cat mom.
I have a recommendation from a vet-student of mine: Purina Pro-Plan. It encompasses extremely high-quality ingredients, affordable prices and various flavors/specialty blends. The dry food or wet variant are both excellent for your kitty, but the dry food will be cheaper. I would use the wet food if the kitty doesn't adhere well to drinking water as the wet-food contains high amounts of water. If you have any other questions please don't hesitate to ask. Congratulations on becoming a kitty owner!
Here are my recommendations on supplies:
Litter box: http://www.amazon.com/Catit-Jumbo-Hooded-Cat-Litter/dp/B003RQVGKC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1376458653&amp;sr=8-2&amp;keywords=litter+box
Litter scooper: http://www.amazon.com/Duranimals-DuraScoop-Litter-Scoop-colors/dp/B001DCAAP4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1376458674&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=litter+scooper
Litter: http://www.amazon.com/Precious-Cat-Premium-Clumping-Litter/dp/B0009X29WK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1376458691&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=cat+litter (cheaper if you buy this one at PetSmart believe it or not)
Kitten food: http://www.amazon.com/Pro-Plan-Chicken-Formula-7-Pound/dp/B003R0LLXU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1376458746&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=purina+pro+plan+kitten
Litter mat: http://www.amazon.com/PetFusion-SmartGrip-Litter-Gray-Twist/dp/B007SQFRMU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1376458842&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=litter+box+mat
This Precious Cat Ultra Premium Clumping Cat Litter plus this Zero Odor keeps my two cat household odor free.
You should try using Precious Cat Litter. It's unscented, clumps well, and is highly effective at controlling odor. I have two cats and it's the only brand I will buy.
On amazon.com it's 13$ for 40 pounds (so 18kg, so 4 box I was talking about) : https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0009X29WK/
Best investment I ever made was Da Bird and a few different attachments. I had a few things for my cat, but keeping them interested was work. Not so with this thing. First time I ever heard my cats 'chatter' was when I opened this thing up and gave it a few test swings. Definitely worth the investment, and since it's so long, much easier to run them around in circles to tire them out while my lazy butt sits on the couch. Young cats are all about energy management on both sides!
Bring him home and set him up in one room for a couple days, especially since he's little. Let him explore that room and get comfortable before you let him have free reign of the house, it can be really overwhelming.
One of mine really liked to bite- there are many cat chew toys of rubber/mesh/catnip/whatever at Petco/Petsmart. It doesn't hurt so much when they're kittens and it's cute but their adult teeth are not so cute. Also, he indiscriminately bit everything. Cardboard boxes? Yep. Power cords? Yep. Cushions? Yep. Toes? Yep.
If he is adventurous, once he's really settled in, get him a harness and leash and take him for walks! Much like dogs, cats have a bunch of energy, and walking satiates some of their natural curiosity.
These springs are some of my very favorite toys and they haven't gotten tired of them yet, but they have lost about 15 under the sofa and fridge. This bird wand is also amazing.
Also- start brushing/grooming him now. It's also recommended to brush their teeth, which I was never successful with (have two skittish cats). But at least brushing, so that they get accustomed to it.
Routine helps. If he knows what to expect, he'll settle down a bit more. Also, wand toys like da bird are wonderful. Playing will help him burn off some pent up energy but it will also be a way to earn his trust. Follow up with super tasty treats (cooked chicken, Temptations, bonito flakes). Two 15-minute play sessions a day are recommended.
If you do decide to try to hold him, wrap him in a towel. Sometimes this helps them to feel more secure. The more you touch him the better, in my experience anyway.
Edit: Also, thanks for taking him in :)
Your first mistake is thinking your cat has a master. There are three things that could be happening here. One is that he doesn't like you. One is that he likes you and is playing with you. One is that he likes you and is playing with you but could really use some more toys. Get him some toys. Might be fun to get some of those toys on sticks and play with him since he clearly wants to play with you. But I wouldn't assume this is aggressive. Try filling a sock with catnip and sewing it closed or buying something similar. My cats love kicking and biting those. He just sounds like he's having fun, though. Just get him something he can rabbit kick and bite and direct his attention there. And have fun so he knows you love him and that it's just more fun for everyone to use the toy!
He might do this with you because he thinks you like it, too. But I think he's just being a happy cat and doesn't mean to be aggressive. Try something like this so you can play with him and he gets his kicking and energy out: https://smile.amazon.com/Go-Cat-Piece-Apart-Handmade/dp/B000F9JJJE
>5) Whatever toys he likes. Whatever you get, he'll like the packaging more than they toy, as a rule; with one exception:  http://www.amazon.com/Bird-Cat-Toy-Easy-Store/dp/B000F9JJJE aka "bird on a stick"
I got one of these, never seen my cats go so nuts for a toy. It's a must have for $10.
best cat toy ever
If you live in the country side or on a farm, I understand if you have outdoor only kitties. Otherwise, keep your cat inside.
Cats sleep a lot. Most of the time really. Don't stress about a specific cat bed, in my experience they are ignored in favour of the bed/sofa/your chair/a shelf/under the coffee table/in a cupboard/windowsill. Get a scratching post/cat tree/cat gym, something they can scratch and climb on, they will entertain themselves a lot with them. Get a couple if you have the space.
In terms of toys that you can use with them, the one cat toy I have seen that is universally loved is "da bird," my boy goes mental whenever I get it out of the cupboard.
A lot of people will say to get two cats if you can but it really depends on the individual cat. Some really desire socialising, others really prefer to be alone. If you are adopting an adult cat, try to get one that has always been indoors (one elderly owner) as a previously outdoor cat probably will not adapt well to being indoors. My boy came from a breeder and was never an outdoor cat. Whenever I am home for a whole day I get to observe his routine, which mainly consists of snacking and finding a new place to sleep.
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This thing is my cat's favorite toy. He loses his mind whenever we get it out.
These are his favorite treats. He LOVES them.
Hands down her favorite toy is Da Bird.
Mildly obsessed with Maine Coons (understatement of the year). Worked at a vet clinic for cats for 9 years, 5 as a vet nurse, and we had some of the top Maine Coon breeders in NZ as our clients. It was the Maine Coon Fan Club whenever I was on reception!
Sounds like your scaredy cat has been abused systematically while in his kittenhood. He's scared of the sudden movements because those were the types of movement that hurt him before - you're fortunate the previous owners didn't stroke him before hurting him, or you'd have a whole new level of terror to deal with.
I can suggest interacting with him in ways that don't always involve his direct focus on you - try [Da Bird Cat Toy] (http://www.amazon.com/Da-Bird-Cat-Toy-Store/dp/B000F9JJJE) as a good way of having him occupied in a positive activity while you're around. It will also begin to desensitise him to your movement, because he's focusing on the toy so much. Start out with very minimal movement of your body for a few 'play sessions', then start moving your arms a bit wider, and a bit quicker, just keeping it within his comfort range. He shouldn't notice your movement too much, because he should be quite intent on the feathers. However, in the background of his mind, he'll realise that you're there and moving around a lot, and quite quickly, and nothing bad is happening. It will take him a while, but he will eventually come to terms with the fact that you are not going to hurt him.
Your other wee boy sounds so damn cute, and he'd probably enjoy Da Bird Cat Toy as well! I've got one for my Maine Coon and she goes positively wild for it!
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(http://www.amazon.com/Pride-Prejudice-Restored-Edition-Colin/dp/B00364K6YW/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&amp;colid=ZJTYBG9S817P&amp;coliid=I2JAGS8BIXE6M9) Because Colin Firth.
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14.) [Something bigger than a bread box.] (http://www.amazon.com/Tree-Condo-Furniture-Scratch-House/dp/B003XLIVZ4/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&amp;colid=35DW5BWHD972D&amp;coliid=I33YA670HLM8GP)
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17.) [A (SFW) toy.] (http://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Little-People-Friends-Exclusive/dp/B008ZUGOAW/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pd_S_nC?ie=UTF8&amp;colid=2YFT1UP19UC6T&amp;coliid=IIMNWL3OA8808)
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20.) [Something that is just so amazing and awe-inspiring that I simply must see it. Explain why it is so grand.]
(http://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-Little-People-Friends-Wheelies/dp/B00650F5SG/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&amp;colid=2YFT1UP19UC6T&amp;coliid=I3RS9BP4QYQAC7) Because tiny Super Friends in cars are awesome for raising a baby nerd. (On a related note, this question made me realize that I am boring and practical.)
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Yes!! I have two cats and they go crazy for this stick toy:
I have one very similar and it's very entertaining to hold it just a little bit above them and see them leap for it and paw at it. Plus when you get tired of it, stick the pole somewhere (like sticking out of a drawer) and let the toy dangle so they can play with it like that as well!
I bought an automatic feeder for my cats years ago when they were eating all their food at once and then bugging me for more. I like this one because you can set it to feed them when you want to up to five times a day. So long as you measure the amount of food in each dish you shouldn't have to worry about over feeding them. Now my cats can tell time, and the only time they whine at me for food is when I forget to refill the dish. It wouldn't work for wet food very well, but it's great for dry food.
I've got one of these, and it goes off twice a day, early in the morning, and in the afternoon. Then she gets some raw food in the evening, and the feeder gets refilled every 2 days.
We have this feeder at our house. Like yours, our cat will gorge until she barfs, so we use it all the time. Like eveekay said, get the feeder ASAP and start using it before you leave to be absolutely sure the feeder doesn't have any issues and that your guys are making proper use of it.
Biggest problem I've heard from other cat owners is that their cats find a way to open the feeder and feed themselves. Luckily my cat is dumb as dirt and hasn't figured this out yet.
There are timed automatic feeders for both dry and wet food. Here's a link to one on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/PetSafe-5-Meal-Automatic-Dispenses-Digital/dp/B000GEWHNS?ref_=bl_dp_s_web_3038413011
I'm not sure why you want to moisten his food. His teeth will be fine chewing kibble.
However, you would probably do better with something like this for wet food.
Not sure this is exactly the kind of thing you’ll want, and it’s right at that $50 cutoff, but I love this PetSafe feeder. It is battery operated and rotates through five vestibules. Works for either wet or dry food but I imagine wet would get rather crusty?? Anyway, we use it for weekends away because it’s perfect for covering two days with two feedings a day. You could easily refill it throughout the week though, to use it all the time. It’s especially helpful if you’re trying to only feed your pet a certain amount or monitor their food intake. The only downside is that it’s better for smaller animals probably—cats or smaller dogs. Or smaller food portions, anyway.
It's this one on amazon! We chose it over this style because we were worried she'd figure out how to reach her greedy little paws up in there!
Also yay for chubby black cats ♡♡
I only have the one cat, however, I've had this one for years. It runs on 4 C batteries (which I've only ever changed once) and you can program it for one or more feedings per day. It also says it's good for both wet and dry food, though I've only tried it with dry because I feed her a 1/2 can every night and the dry is for mid-day snacking. They're not too expensive assuming you'd need a few at least but I love this thing and I can vouch that it's worked well for years.
PetSafe 5-Meal Automatic Pet Feeder https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000GEWHNS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_TsQCzb19VFYXD
There are a couple of brands, we have this one but if you search 5 meal feeder you'll find a lot. Or N meals.
How many times a day do you feed your pet? Mine has 5 slots but I feed twice daily so it only lasts 2.5 days.
Link to the feeder I use. This company makes much fancier models as well, but this one is really basic and does what I need without being super expensive.
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've had a lot of success with this style https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000IYSAIW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_zwbBybPKSBE4H
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!).
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.
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!!!
Bergan Turbo Scratcher Cat Toy, Colors May Vary https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000IYSAIW/ref=cm_sw_r_other_awd_JQUEwbRAP1BVQ
Yup. Right here
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.
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???
Have you gotten him a fountain? Cat's in the wile rarely drink from still water, they looooove having a fountain.
My cats are all about it.
This is the model that I own and my cats love it.
I've gotten both of these
The cheaper was was terrible and broke quickly. The $80 one has lasted me for 4 years. I think it's better to spend the extra money for a quality product
PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Dog and Cat Water Fountain, Automatic Drinking Fountain for Pets, 168 oz. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000L3XYZ4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_P7dADbA2J9NFN
I have this one. My mom bought it a few years ago for her senior chocolate lab and chihuahua. Both loved it. Once her lab passed she gave it to me for my GSP puppy. We've had it for over a year. Actually just had to buy a replacement reservoir (sister's lab ran into it while playing. It cracked and duct tape can only hold so well for so long). I usually rinse it out once a week and then do a deep clean every few weeks.
I'm a huge fan of it. If I had just a regular bowl, I'd have to refill it multiple times a day. With the fountain, I have to refill every couple of days.
This is the one I've had for two years now. It's worked out really well for my cats but my only gripe with it is that it's not the easiest to clean, and you do have to fully clean it from time to time. Otherwise, the motor gets really sludgy and dirty. With you having just one cat, you shouldn't have to do it too often though. I have 4 cats who all love drinking out of it.
Word. I heard this about bought one of these for my kitty.
He absolutely loves it. He doesn't drink out of the dish on the bottom, he drinks out of the stream pouring out the top. He even plays with the water with his paw sometimes and it's adorable.
When we have to clean the device and it's in the dishwasher, he gets really vocal because he wants his water thing back. Spoiled kitty!
My cat had urine crystals too and ended up needing a PU surgery. We got him a water fountain and he loves it, previously he loved to drink from the faucet at the sink so this was perfect for him.
Here’s the one we got
“Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain 168oz” https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000L3XYZ4?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf
or a water fountain.https://www.amazon.com/PetSafe-Drinkwell-Platinum-Pet-Fountain/dp/B000L3XYZ4/ref=sr_1_fkmr2_2?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1486485202&amp;sr=8-2-fkmr2&amp;keywords=dog+water+foun
PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Pet Fountain
Bought the same one a couple years ago from amazon on cyber Monday
You can use a food stand, a no spill mat, or a water fountain bowl
Oh! I also have a somewhat elderly cat. No kidney problems yet, thank goodness, but I noticed she wasn't drinking as much water and it got me paranoid. I got her one of these guys. They have smaller versions as well, and I bought a big value pack of the filters, and it's lasted me a good long while (I can't remember exactly when I got it, sorry). Both my cats love it, and it's saved me a lot of time not having to fool with their water every day. I wash it once a week, and refill it every couple days.
Edit: It's a cat drinking fountain. I need to be more descriptive about my links. >.<
PetSafe Drinkwell Platinum Dog and Cat Water Fountain, 168 oz. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000L3XYZ4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_U6hOAbH0VN3FS
That's what I've been using for my three fluffy cats for almost four years. Good with or without filters, high capacity, and the plastic has yet to degrade or crack or anything.
Like most things in my home, amazon
Chewy has it if you don't like Amazon.
I use them for a lot of pet supplies and they are great.
Nice looking cat.
Cats tend to like faucets because of the running water. Because of this a lot of cat fountains have been made. They tend to have a filter and emulate running water. Something like this (though I don't have personal experience with that model). You could consider upgrading her water bowl to one of these and seeing if she takes to it.
The ice cubes in the bowl might work too.
I'd also suggest buying some wet cat food with a high moisture rate, as cats generally dehydrate themselves on dry food. So with a wet food she might feel less thirsty.
Its awesome. Only fill it about once every few days, and I clean it every week or so (though Ill admit sometimes I get too busy and forget).
It dismantles into bottom, middle, cover and the motor. The motor has a few little parts to be taken apart, but its all easily done and cleaned in about 5-10mins.
Ive had it for YEARS. Since 2010 I think. I thought it stopped working the other day, turned out the motor had just gunked up and I had not cleared it out well enough.
He loves it too. Better than him drinking out of the damned tub.
Oh and you cant see it, but i also have this
2 times a day, half a cup. Keeps him from chowing down and me from overfeeding him. I wipe it out when I refill it, but its pretty cool.
He does get antsy though and will start yelling for food about 2 hours before the thing goes off.
Here is the one I bought.
It does well. I throw it in the dishwasher once a month to clean it up and then just fill it back up. I use nothing but distilled water in it.
Just any higher quality soft food, to be honest. They will probably try to sell you on the Science Diet food that is supposedly formulated for urinary tract issues. A good quality soft food that isn't, say, friskies, offbrand, or fancy feast, will be good. Iams is pretty decent with their soft food, but it has been a while since I used that brand. As for water fountains, ones with removable carbon filters tend to work best. They do require thorough cleanings every now and then because cats saliva will always get into the water dish and cycled through so it eventually makes it dirty and a bit slimey. I use an old toothbrush to clean the harder to reach spots. Takes me about fifteen minutes every two weeks. This is with multiple cats, though. I'm not too sure how long you can go between cleanings for less than three cats.
This fountain is generally well-recommended and works decently. It has replaceable carbon filters so once they get pretty nasty you can just replace with a new one.
As for the methionine, if it ever comes to that, you can order it online, I believe. They sell it in some sort of meat flavored chewable tablets for cats, I believe. We crush them up and mix in with their soft food and that's that. It's not super expensive to order, either. My mom has always had a very limited budget and we have managed perfectly fine.
Honestly it's alright to keep feeding your cat some hard food, too, just read the ingredients beforehand. Ash is what you want to look out for. The main thing is to just introduce more moisture into your kitty's diet. We usually will mix a small handful of hard food with a can of wet food and feed them that way.
Note, this is the 50oz model. I have the 168oz model:
I have 3 cats and can get about 6 (maybe 7) days from it between refills which comes in handy when traveling. The 50oz model would be way too small.
I don't have a website, but here's my experience:
food - it's pretty basic, but make sure you provide them with clean, fresh water every day. also (and this is just my personal opinion) try not to feed exclusively dry food. it is convenient, but is very high in carbohydrates (not good), whereas wet food has more fat and protein, and of course a lot more moisture! more moisture means less chances of your kitty getting a UTI or blockage, both of which are pretty bad. the very best thing you could do would be to feed only wet food, but that may not be possible as dry food can be more economical. also try to avoid by-products and grain IF possible. many brands will have a recommended feeding guide on their site or on the package so you'll have some idea of how much food your kitty needs.
play - cats have a reputation for being lazy, but they do require stimulation (some more than others)! try to play with them at least once or twice a day, even if it's just with a laser pointer or letting them stalk and chase a toy like this.
litter box - keep it clean, scoop it out at least once a day and dump all the old litter and replace it with fresh litter when it starts to get smelly (for us it's about once every two weeks). this will help prevent litter box avoidance.
affection - depends on the cat. some are super cuddly and want a lot of attention and petting, others not so much. one of my cats will ONLY want affection/cuddles in the morning, and typically ignores me for the rest of the day. the other chirps at me when she wants scritches or to get on my lap. ymmv.
other needs - kitties need to scratch! to save your furniture, get a couple of vertical and/or horizontal scratchers to place around your house. discourage them from scratching on furniture (a firm "NO!" will usually be enough of a deterrent) and if they still do, invest in some sticky tape. cats also like to climb and look down on their ~kingdom~, so a cat tree or at least a small perch is always a good investment.
ugh that was REALLY long, I'm sorry. if you have can, watch "My Cat From Hell" (it's on Netflix!). You'll learn a lot about cat needs and how they operate. Good luck and good for you for considering adoption!
Yup! He's got a Da Mouse toy that he absolutely loves and he's surprisingly good at hunting it.
This would not only make me happy, but my kitten very happy as well
Make me smile, Rasta - its a dreary Monday here too :(
How much time do you spend each day playing with them? I mean with toys, like this. Cats bore easily, and in the absence of being worn out by play, they're going to find other stuff to amuse themselves - like picking fights.
They need stimulation... interesting vertical surfaces to climb, places to hide, stuff to chase. They're cats... they're not stuffed animals who spend all their time sitting and looking pretty.
If you still have aggression issues despite wearing Nip out (15 minutes of heavy play should do it), then plugging in a few of these may curb his aggressive nature a bit.
We have a male that was constantly after our old grumpy female. He'd stalk her and pounce, she'd freak the fuck out and back in a corner growling, he'd menace her, and she'd end up even more neurotic than before (she was a rescue, suffered abuse previously). The combination of really active play and the diffusers has made our home peaceful again for all three of our furkids.
You have me stumped on the mexican candy.
But, I recommend this cat toy. I know it looks just like any other "mouse at the end of a string" cat toy, but there's something special about this one. My cat is a bit of a toy snob and puts her nose up at most toys. But she goes ape shit for this one. I think it's because it uses thin wire instead of a more obvious string. She's more willing to pretend that it's a real mouse. They also have feather refills that look awesome. They flutter through the air very convincingly.
My cat is obsessed with this wand toy. I’ve bought several of them, and he never gets tired of it! Pretty sure he loves it because the mouse looks like an actual mouse: https://www.amazon.com/Go-Cat-Catcher-Teaser-Mouse/dp/B000LPOUNW
Is it this mouse? with the metal string and it attaches with a fishing thing? My cat freaking LOVES this thing.
Here is something to try. Both of my cats like this one -- and they don't agree on much.
On the other hand, my lazy cat wants to lay on her back, and bat at it in the air above her. But my boy jumps up into the air to get it. He's more active with this than even da bird.
He loves this mouse want toy! I move it in a circle and he follows with a backflip, its insane! He's definitely lost some chonk since the extreme gymnastic training.
There are many things you can try, and ultimately it’s just the more responsible cat guardian to do. Most people think cats like to sleep all day, but my 45years of cat parent experience definitely shows otherwise. Cats will sleep if they have nothing else to do, but the two main things your cat is going to need are 1. Stimulation and play and 2. Territory.
Outdoor cats have established territory, it will take a while for your cat to adjust, so be prepared for many attempted jail breaks. A tall baby gate at the door may help, you can get a 48inch gate on amazon.
Secondly, your cat needs attention and distraction- but a couple of cat wands, one with a feather twirly at the end and one with a deer hair mouse - every cat I have ever known love these:
GoCat Da Bird Rod and Feather Cat Toy, Handmade in The USA (1 Bird) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001BOVEU4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_5zHZDb58EY5F7
Go Cat Cat Catcher Teaser Wand with Mouse Cat Toy https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000LPOUNW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_LAHZDbYVCB38S
But what ever it’s your cat likes, work towards 10 solid hunting minutes in the morning and again at night. Use the cats favorite toy to distract when they want to go out.
Finally- there is an amazing calming product called “licks”. If your cat starts howling, you squeeze the packet on their front arm, work it into the Fur, they lick it off and it was better for calming my cat than Prozac.
Licks - Cat Zen - Calming Aid and Stress Management- Tryptophan, L-Theanine, Eleuthero Root, and Ashwagandha Root - LiquiPaks - 30 Use https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00SLBMLR0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_4CHZDbM1TA9DC
I have always had kitties, and have 3 right now. I wouldn't get her started on live animals, that could make her always wanting live prey, and if she's eating them on a regular basis she will most likely always have worms (that's how they get them). She is playing with you, and you should get her some toys and just wear her out. A laser pointer is a great one, as well as any feather dancer type toy or something like this:
My oldest kitty was crazy as a kitten, attacking and biting me even as I slept, and playing with him on a regular basis helped. He mellowed out a lot as a grew older.
This Go Cat Cat Catcher toy. One of my cats will drag it around the house. You put it in a cardboard box and she's in heaven. http://www.amazon.com/Go-Cat-Catcher-Teaser-Mouse/dp/B000LPOUNW/ref=sr_1_2?s=pet-supplies&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1427228912&amp;sr=1-2&amp;keywords=cat+toy
Get a laser pointer and a wand toy. My cat goes absolutely bonkers over this toy:
I got one of these Ssscat things for the bassinet in our room.
They DO NOT like this thing - it is abrupt and unexpected.
When it detects motion - it squirts canned air out.
It has kept them out of the bassinet. I don't like the idea of them thinking they can use it prior to the baby or while the baby is here - so I just wanted to establish that it was not their territory from the start.
Mine do not care about foil - they will lay right on top of it, no fucks.
I am not too worried about them cuddling with the kid right away - I have a feeling they will avoid like crazy, or maybe just try to lay on my lap while I have the baby (they are momma's boys - between them, the baby, and my husband, I am about to have 4 momma's boys to keep off of me! haha).
Have you heard of this? It's motion sensor based.
You need to get one of these. We have four cats and got a couple of these to keep them off counters and out of baby's room. It works so well that if they even SEE the can, they don't go near it. There are YouTube videos of these in action if you want to see how well they work.
There are a lot of things you can try (and I've had this problem oh so many times).
The first thing I recommend is play with the cat before bed time. Get a feathers-on-a-stick or play mousey-down-the-stairs or laser pointer, whatever it takes to tire her out. She's scratching to come in because she's bored!
Two is deciding if she's allowed in your room or not. Whatever you decide, be firm. Cats can learn that they are allowed in during the day and not at night, but it's harder. Never let her in at night and if she breaks in put her right back out again. Lesson: scratching at the door does not work!
You can get automatic air sprayers that will tsst every time something comes near. You can turn it on at night and leave it outside your door. She will start to just be afraid of the can itself and you will no longer have to turn it on.
Opening the door to punish her is not usually as effective. If you open the door to spritz her with water or something she will more often than not dart in and then her plan worked.
I have also had mixed success with double sided tape where she puts her claws, or something hanging from the door like a sheet/blanket that's unpleasant to get her claws stuck in.
Primary advice however is exercise that cat! A tired cat is a pleasure to have in your room. Good luck!
I got something called "ssscat" at PetSmart. It was about 40 bucks and is a small can with a motion detector on it. When they walk past it, it sprays. Used it to keep 3 cats from digging under my bedroom door in the morning.
Cheaper on amazon!
There is a cat training aid on the market called ssscat. It's a compressed air can on a motion sensor. Set that up near the window, and let it work it's magic. Every time he goes to the window, the device will hiss at him and scare him away. Here is the link to it on amazon.
we had issues with our cats climbing between the shower curtains and scratching it up so we bought this and it made a world of difference. The only challenge is to not trip the eye yourself or you get an unexpected puff of air.
this is also a good thing to consider when he gets a bit older.
Go purchase something like this https://www.amazon.com/PetSafe-KIT19001-SSScat/dp/B000RIA95G/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1466110148&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=cat+motion+sensor+spray
I would definitely suggest a glass tank instead of acrylic if it is a smaller tank, because it adds a little more weight to it. Water weighs 10 lbs/gallon, though, so its pretty difficult for a cat to knock over anything over a few gallons :) If you are concerned, you can put shelf liner or something similar underneath it to make it difficult to slide. I would suggest that anyways if the tank is on something that you want to protect from water damage though!
Also, be careful of glass lids if there is somewhere above the tank that your cats can access (bookshelf, ledge, etc) because if the cats jump down onto it, you'll probably have a wet cat and some broken glass.
Some cats are really not at all interested in aquariums anyways, which makes it a lot easier! I've been lucky since I have 6 small and 2 larger tanks, and my cats don't even seem to know that they're there!
If they are too interested though, and you think that they pose a threat to the tank, you can use something like this to deter them from it. I had to use that for my parents' very large cat after he broke 3 of my glass lids!
I know it's not the dog's fault for this, but you might be able to train the dog to stay away from your yard. There is these air blasters ( http://www.amazon.com/Ssscat-PDT00-13914-SSSCAT-Cat-Training/dp/B000RIA95G ) that startle animals. You can totally use those to teach the dog that your property is bad. Bad shit happens there and going to the bathroom there results in a scare and a blast of air to the face.
We utilized sticky tape for a while... but that never worked, and it was a pain to clean.
Our best advice is this product - it has a motion sensor that will spray air loudly and deter our cat from coming near the plants. We positioned it right next to our aerogarden. It’s a bit expensive, but our cat doesn’t go near our garden now... so worth it in my eyes!
There are these plastic spike thingies you can put in your flower pots to discourage the cat from getting in there. Cheapest are the ones at Daiso. Dunno if you have that store..so here is a link to them on Amazon.
Cat Scat Mat With Garden Spikes, Anti-cat Prickle Strip w/12 Staples, 12 Strips, Tape, Deter Dog Digging Yard, Fence, Pots, Repel Critters Climbing Birdfeeder, Safe no Hurt,11.8inx6.5ft Roll https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PDNH18L/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_pXsmDb1D1GH9F
If you don't want the cat to jump on something, like your counters, then try these:
PetSafe ScatMat Indoor Pet Training Mat for Dogs and Cats , Sofa Size, 12 X 60 inch, Pet Proof Your Home, Electronic Training Mat https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0017XBDPA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_UYsmDb6SZ2MJE
Or these Ssscat Spray Ssscat Kit https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000RIA95G/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_sZsmDbWXRRJSB
What do you mean by 'drops things'?
Scentless spray deterrent
I personally have two plant destroyers and my way around their bad habits was to put the plants out of reach from them. I have some that are hanging from the ceiling, I've got a table with my succ's pots that I surrounded with boxes and noisy obstacles as well as strategically placing my pots so they don't have space to jump on the table (aka buy succ's till the table's filled, I don't have a problem... <.<)
But really, when I first had my destroyers go after my plants, I was recommended anti-chew spray or even compressed air cans with a motion activated trigger to scare them away. I never got these as putting the boxes around my table stopped my plant destroyers' rampage though so can't say if it works well or not. :)
love all of the above....also I've always wanted to try these to keep my cats away from certain areas
"Train your cat to stay away from restricted areas, such as the fishbowl or the kitchen counter. The SSSCAT Cat Training Aid uses a patented motion detector that senses when your cat is approaching an area she’s supposed to stay away from and releases a brisk spray. The scentless, stainless, harmless, painless spray startles the cat, training her to avoid that area from now on. You can adjust the angles of detection and spray direction. Good for indoor and outdoor use. Repels cats from up to 3 feet. Requires no training. Leaves no residue. Completely safe for all cats, humans, and the environment. Includes adjustable SSSCAT motion detector, can of harmless HFC134a gas, and user guide. Uses 4 AAA batteries (sold separately)."
There's a motion activated air spray can that makes it so you don't even have to get up.
For example: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000RIA95G
There's probably better ones, that was a 10 second google search.
I have seen alot of people suggesting this I don't know if it works good or not.
Some also suggest foil, plastic wrap or double tape, but none of these would stop my cat.. he'd probably have fun with the foil and plastic wrap... I'll start with a spray bottle then we'll see!
Put one of these in front of it!
you should get one of these! There are YouTube videos of them in action, but on the advice of other cat owner moms to be, they're the best! I've already grabbed a couple for my troublesome two, lol.
For the meowing before his feeding, have you considered getting an automatic feeder? Right now he meows to wake you up because he associates your waking up with getting food. You might have to put up with meowing for a few more weeks though. Or if you don't want to get the feeder, you could spend 10-15 minutes doing your morning routine (change, brush your teeth, eat breakfast etc.) after waking up before giving them food, so they don't think that you getting out of bed = food. I do this with my cats and it has worked for me.
For the scratching, you can also try using an automated spray like this that sprays out a loud puff of air whenever your cat activates it and put it near the doorway where you don't want him to be.
As for the biting, I've never experienced that problem myself but it sounds as though your cat is bored. I've read that having structured play time with him is important.
And yes, cats can totally be trained! I'm working on clicker training my cats myself and you'd be surprised at how smart they are. :)
My SIL swears by this stuff for her two cats! Sorry for the long link, I'm on mobile. http://www.amazon.com/Ssscat-KIT19001-SSSCAT-Cat-Training/dp/B000RIA95G
Greatest investment I've ever made.
My cats are destroying our bedroom door because they aren't allowed in there (I'm allergic to everything, and need a safe place away from furry things). I'm trying to come up with a way to stop them, but very little seems to be effective. It's not like they don't get loved on ALL DAY (you know - when they run away from me like I'm a monster), but no. At night, they apparently NEED to be in there.
I'm considering Ssscat. Heh.
Also, I'm seriously craving some pizza. I think I'll make mini-pizzas today. Mmmm, yummy, gooey, cheesy pizza.
There's a company called Innotek that make a compressed air can with a motion sensor. I have used them in the past and they work really well. Here's a link to one on Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/Ssscat-PDT00-13914-SSSCAT-Cat-Training/dp/B000RIA95G/ref=sr_1_1?s=pet-supplies&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1372708632&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=innotek+motion+air
There's also a product out called Boundary that you can try. It's a repellent spray and it sort of works but no where near as well as the motion sensored compressed air.
Another idea would be to cut poultry wire or a screen and put it around the plant that way they couldn't dig their hole. This method is untested as I just thought of it.
Sssscat, motion activated air sprayer. It's a little expensive but it'll often get the job done. I use it to keep my cat from getting behind the PC and chewing on the monitor cables' ferrite beads. Once the cat gets wary of it I find I can replace it with an empty air can (just the sight of a can is enough to keep the cat away) then move the Ssscat to another location for more training.
As a bonus, I found that the sprayer head fits onto standard air duster cans for a cheap refill with extra capacity.
I think that could work!! I heard also having a ssscat behind our door will help "scare him away" a bit and avoid him sitting outside the bedroom meowing until he gets fed.
You could try a Ssscat. Seriously, check the video.
Motion activated can of air is supposed to work wonders:
If you really want them to stop, get this from Amazon. It's a motion detected sensor that sprays air and make a terrible noise that terrifies them into oblivion.
One of my cats was peeing in the bathroom sink for a medical reason, but continued to do it after it was cleared up. I put one of these on the bathroom counter and she has never been back since :)
there is a cool thing which senses the presence of a cat and blows air at them. they don't like the hissing sound.
i used it to keep the cat off the kitchen counter, and he never goes up there anymore.
We had the same issue with our cats last year so this year I decided to get a ssscat. Much entertainment to be had, and the cats have not touched my tree this year!
OP - if you must keep the door closed, use this. Changed my life.
And even better, this one is automated!
I use ssscat to keep my cats off the counters and such. It has a motion sensor and sprays compressed air. It won't fix the damage done, but it will keep them from doing more (or being on the table in general).
They actually make toys similar to this for weight loss/exercise. My girlfriend is a vet and highly recommends them for overweight cats. https://www.amazon.com/PetSafe-SlimCat-Meal-Dispensing-Blue/dp/B0018CG40O
another option could be a puzzle feeder like this
you can also make your own puzzle feeders from cardboard tubes or plastic water bottles
ETA: I use an automatic feeder for my cat's breakfast. The neat thing about it is that they come to associate food with the machine and not you directly, so they beg less (and don't wake me up at 4am to eat)
TEMPTATIONS SNACKY MOUSE Cat Toy for Cat Treats https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OLSARPK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_ba2cAb3YDA82G
This is the one I have.
PetSafe SlimCat Meal Dispensing Cat Toy, Blue https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0018CG40O/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_Ya2cAbG6WHQ2D
This one looks like a good option.
Amazon has a ton of them. Just search for "cat treat dispensing toy"
P.s. hopefully these links work. I've never shared links here before.
Best $35 I ever spent.
> As far as the rest of basic kitty care, a water fountain is definitely an excellent idea. We have one for our two cats and they L O V E it. It's cute and didn't cost very much, either. Here's a link: Catit Flower Fountain https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0146QXOB0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_MWVmzbNH28CMW
Seconding this, it was absolutely worth the purchase. Running water is much, much better than stagnant, and the filter keeps it clean. The basic water bowls I bought before would always get incredibly gross, but this thing has been wonderful for my cat.
Catit Flower Fountain: 3L Cat Water Fountain with Triple-Action Filter https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0146QXOB0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_rtHBCb273PAWK
We use SSSCAT Spray Pet Deterrent to keep our cats from coming up the stairs. So far so good.
Use duster cans for the refills. They're not as powerful, but the Petssscat refill cans are way overpriced.
If you find a substitute can that is a good price and just as powerful as the original cans, come back here and let us know!!
Hi, I'm interested in getting a cat fountain (never knew any of this before!). I found two that might be what you're describing, what do you recommend? Thanks for the information!
We bought Ssscat to keep the cats out of our bedroom at night. It kept the skittish one out of the room permanently whenever it was out (even when turned off), but the bull headed one just looked pissed off while it sprayed air at her and she knocked it over to break into our room. I think it would work wonders with a kitten as they're more impressionable. It sprays air at the cat when they trip the sensor and that's it. Makes the cat jump and run off and eventually you might not even need air or batteries in it to scare kitty off. Citrus is also supposed to be loathed by kitties but, again, the bull headed one doesn't care. LOL Good luck with kitty. :)
I hope all works out with your cycle and you get some answers on it soon, too. It's always frustrating when you're trying to conceive and your cycle decides to do something wonky.
Thank you for your advice! She is normally on a mix of wet and dry Urinary S0 (and we always mix the wet food into more of a soup), but we can definitely give her more wet. I hadn’t thought of that.
I don’t have a pic of my sink at the moment, but the water fountains I have are the Pioneer swan fountain and the Catit flower fountain.
I’d get a motion activated deterrent spray to put near the tree. When the cat gets close, it’ll spray a puff of air to scare the cat away. The cat won’t want to come near the tree, and won’t associate you with scaring it (unlike spraying them with a squirt bottle)
I bought [this one](Catit Flower Fountain https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0146QXOB0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_4EDUzbK1CJR56) on Amazon for my cats. It's only $30 and surprisingly sturdy. It's really easy to take apart, clean, and put together, and my cats love it.
We use this from amazon and it’s been great! She drinks from it all the time.
Catit Flower Fountain: 3L Drinking Fountain with Triple-Action Filter https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0146QXOB0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_hIn-AbNXX5PKK
Just like mine prefers to drink out of the sink or tub rather than his bowl. I’m considering getting https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0146QXOB0/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1522243446&amp;sr=8-3&amp;keywords=flower+cat+water+fountain&amp;dpPl=1&amp;dpID=41W4QSh7LnL&amp;ref=plSrch
> I don't really know how to stop it
Now ya do
You mentioned it is somewhat hard to clean?
I have this
Cats are not too keen on this.
She should have just used these:
EDIT: for the lazy: https://youtu.be/zP5gx6Bw7v0?t=69s
Try Ssscat to keep the cat away.
Put this outside your bedroom door at night and sleep tight...;)
There's a motion-activated compressed air device that we've used to deter our cat from certain areas: https://www.amazon.com/PetSafe-Deterrent-Activated-Repellent-Environmentally/dp/B0721735K9
For new plants, especially small babies or props, we cover them with a mesh food cover to discourage nibbling until we're confident the cats will leave the plants alone. These may not work for a taller, upright plant like a Ponytail Palm though. Or a very determined cat. But it's been effective for our needs.
Here's some different types:
For more desperate measures when we needed to keep cats off window sills or ledges, we put some wide double sided tape on the window sill or some kind of sticky or noisy pad they wouldn't want to walk over. There's all kinds of "cat training tape" or scratch control strips for furniture available online or at pet stores.
Here is a real solution. This is how you train cats with passive negative reinforcement and non-harmful.
This is a motion sensing air sprayer, when the cat gets near your Xbox it will spray air and the cat will run away. After a few weeks the cat will avoid the area entirely and not think you’re a jerk.
Don’t spray your cat with water ever.
PetSafe SSSCAT Spray Pet Deterrent, Motion Activated Pet Proofing Repellent for Cats and Dogs, Environmentally Friendly https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0721735K9/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_TZiLzbJ6WQKKR
Amazon It works really well when used consistently! We had one on top of our china cabinet and the cats never even bother to jump up there anymore.
Like everyone else is saying, exercise, but some cats are just obnoxious and need to run around like a maniac at 2am getting into things. My cat used to jump on the kitchen counters for the joy of spiting me after I'd gone to bed - tried aluminum, double sided tape, citrus, barriers, nothing stopped him.
I finally got a Sssscat spray thing and it worked pretty immediately. It has a motion sensor trigger that when set off sprays scentless, chemical-free aerosol for about 2-3 seconds. This scared the living hell out of my cat. It also scared the living hell out of me the couple times I forgot to turn it off before walking up to the counter. But it worked - within about two weeks I was able to take it down entirely and he's never gone onto the counters ever again.
Long story short, if there's one particular area you're trying to keep the cats away from, buy the spray thing and it will work.
one on each turntable - now they think the turntables are out to get them and they avoid them like they are monsters.
My youngest would only drink running water from a faucet. I gave this a try and she's very happy with it, as is her older buddy. I replace the filter every month or so.
This is a motion sensor device that shoots a focused blast of air. It's for cats but it's just as effective for birds. Scares the shit out of cats. PetSafe SSSCAT Spray Pet Deterrent, Motion Activated Pet Proofing Repellent for Cats and Dogs, Environmentally Friendly https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0721735K9/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_EedvDb9SGHKSP
The ideal thing to do would be to build an enclosure, but you might also want to check this thingy out. It's just compressed air hooked up to a motion sensor, so if the cat jumps in it's line of sight it shoots air at them, which they don't like very much. I used one to keep my kitty off the kitchen counter because I didn't want his brown star on my food prep surfaces. You could always place it right infront of the printer.
edit: OH one more note from the psychology books, in operant conditioning you want rewards to be intermittent, but punishments to be consistent. using a spray bottle is not a good way to train your cat because they know they can get away with it sometimes. They also just end up learning that they can still do the thing, they just can't do the thing around you. That's why the air can thing is cool because every time they jump near it they get an undesired stimulus which they don't associate with you. I only bring it up because someone else mentioned a spray bottle.
For the counter you can invest in Motion Activated Pet Proofing Repellent. Just set it on the counter where you don't want her to be and once it sprays air at her a couple of times, she'll no longer want to go there.
Does your office have a window? if it does you could set up a lounge for her near it so she can enjoy some "Cat TV" while you're working and not bother you.
It sounds like your roommate needs to invest in some cat toys and spending play time with their cat. Try to get the roommate to check out episodes of My Cat From Hell, Just watching it well help them/you learn about how to have a happy and content cat that doesn't annoy you, there is also a book by the host, either way you go it will definitely help in the bored kitty department.
There are different auto-feeders, you could get one just for the night. We used something like this (not the same model) back when we fed 4x/day, and best of all it worked for wet food with a cold pack.
But if you go the deterrent way, there are motion detectors for air canisters for just this purpose.
My cat always turned on our faucets to get a drink. We'd come home to running water all of the time. We finally bought a cat bowl that is a fountain and it helps quite a bit. Some cats really prefer running water.
It's actually a product called Ssscat Spray. (I bought on Amazon.) It's a motion-activated, uh, thingie that makes a hissing noise whenever the cat wanders into range.
These did work for us, but I must warn that they were a real pain in the butt to set up. There's a motion detecting base and a spray canister that you attach to it. I used up half the canister just trying to get it attached to the base. You can buy extra canisters but that can become costly. And then setting the motion detecting sensor can be a little infuriating.
I think I bought 2 or 3 of them and they did achieve the intended goal of keeping the cats away from the tree. But, like I said, my husband got 'sprayed' - from across the room - more often than the cats did.
The price now is almost double what I paid a few years ago....but maybe they've improved? Sometime, when you need a good laugh, read Amazon's reviews for this product. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0721735K9/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_sxK8BbAMDZJ54
Anybody that yells at my cats gets kicked out of my house. End of story. You train animals, or you modify your habits, but you don't scream at animals. I'll admit I've had an incident in the past where our dog, a rescue who was bred and abandoned, shit all over the floor rather than let us know she needed to go outside. For some reason she would sneak downstairs, poop (like, liquid poop, all over the living room), and then sneak back upstairs. After 3 times in one week, while scrubbing diarrhea out of the rug, I lost my temper and yelled at her. I felt terrible after because I knew she wasn't doing it out of malice, but we just could not figure out a way to train her out of this awful habit.
Okay, but that's still my fault, honestly. I'm the human. She's the dog. I needed to keep better track of her, figure out a way to let her out more, or just control my temper. And your SO needs to wash the freaking dishes!
Thankfully, cats are pretty easy to train away from doing things. [Here's a great product you can buy that sends out a burst of compressed air when it senses motion. It's perfect for training pets away from countertops.] (https://www.amazon.com/PetSafe-Deterrent-Activated-Repellent-Environmentally/dp/B0721735K9/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1543245608&amp;sr=8-1-spons&amp;keywords=ssscat&amp;psc=1) Alternately, you can use spray bottles to spritz them when you catch them in the act. You can also spray your SO from time to time if he won't do the damn dishes. You should not have to be putting pans in the oven, dealing with ants.
My cats aren’t interested in my plants so far 🤞but I’ve used this to keep them away from a specific area and it’s worked for me. I’ve read people using this to train cats to stay off of counters so maybe it would work for keeping them away from the top of the fridge?
PetSafe SSSCAT Spray Pet Deterrent, Motion Activated Pet Proofing Repellent for Cats and Dogs, Environmentally Friendly https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0721735K9/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_Xt25BbDDQBR9S
kawaii water fountain.
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We used to have a Drinkwell Platinum, and our cats were OK with it. Then we switched to this Catit Fountain the the kittehs really loved it!
Forget the water bowls. Get him one of these fountains and never worry about it getting dumped again.
Daughter talked me into buying one of these things. Used bottled water, but it took a LOT to fill it, especially daily! The filter was not able to handle bio contaminants like giardia (1 micron). Chlorine doesn't kill the little bastards either, as it turns out. Resorted to just using regular water bowls, and refreshing as much as we can. Didn't matter. Silly cat just loves to always stick his feet in the dish before he drinks, no matter what. Help! Send duct tape. 😂
Which one is it? I've found 3 that look like yours.
Cat Water Fountain Stainless Steel, Intelligent Auto Power Off Pump
Catit Flower Fountain: 3L Cat Water Fountain with Triple-Action Filter
Vekonn Water Fountain
Aww, I love this. My cat was very similar. She got me through some incredibly tough times. She doesn't like to play with much (she's more of a hang out on the bed in the sun kind of chubby kitty, waiting for food and requesting belly rubs) but she LOVESSSS this silly toy and it makes her go crazy. She previously wasn't very interested in wands but this lit a fire in her! Sweet, silly cats.
Another thing I love about animals is how non-judgemental they are in a world full of judgment. They just want you to be well and they know when to support you. It's an amazing form of support because it's pure love.
The best cat toy ever is Da Bird.
Refills are available for when the bird gets destroyed and it will.
My dogs love anything but a super nice orthopedic bed would be a great choice for an older dog.
I find the Foster and Smith beds to be really well made and the replacement covers are always available.
is this the cat toy? (Sorry if im not supposed to post links)
Okay so I got a running water fountain for my cats, $20, good investment. In the wild still water is usually stagnant so cats want running water, leftover instinct from when they were wild. I got this model, my cats really like it. As for the food thing, maybe check out some of Jackson Galaxy's youtube videos, cats naturally want to follow these steps: hunt, catch, kill (eat) groom, sleep. So playing really vigorously then feeding your cat will stimulate that huntinh instinct and tire it out. There are food dispensing toys that do the same thing. Encourage your cat to play during the daytime, as well. Jackson has some great videos and clips from his show on toys snd how to play with your cat. My babies love this toy, you can replace the feather part as often as it gets destroyed. An older cat might not play as much as mine, who are 1 and 5ish, but every older cat I've ever met got very playful in their old age.
Maybe also try sleeping with the door open, if you're not already. If kitty sees its humans asleep it may come join you.
Here is the desktop version of your link
Oh oh oh! By the way! GET ONE OF THESE http://www.amazon.com/GoCat-Apart-Feather-Assorted-Colors/dp/B000F9JJJE
Great for getting some of that spare energy out, and far out it's funny to watch them chase it.
Hmm, well, just like people, individual cats have different preferences and interests. Definitely get some little mice (or similar-sized toys) that he can bat around. I like to look for sales on the multi-packs at PetSmart for some variety. Some cats like longer toys that they can hold with their front paws and kick with their hind legs. I would also get a long "teaser" type of toy (something like this or this), and a laser pointer is usually a safe bet.
Additionally, while not a toy, something for him to scratch is also pretty important. If you don't have room for a scratching post, there are other options like those refillable corrugated cardboard scratchers.
Congrats on your new kitty, and thank you for adopting from a shelter!!
The mouse wand toy is also my annoying/hyperactive yet cute/adorable cat's favorite toy. I also have the other toy you linked and yeah it's not a toy he plays with every day, maybe twice a week if we're lucky.
I recently bought this for my cats. It's still not as entertaining as the wand toy but it usually works for about 5-10 minutes every couple of days, especially when i tie different things to the end of it.
But no matter what toy you get him. You and Eleanor will always be his favorite "toys" so just get in the habit of having a designated play time where you wear him out. Also, there's another toy similar go go cat wand mouse toy which has a longer string to it and is a bird instead. I use this one when I'm lying on the couch or in my computer chair because I can idly flick it around (due to the longer string) while I'm watching something else.
Da bird original spins in a way that make cats go nuts. It's always my gift for new cat owners.
Our (very chubby) cat discovered a new lease of life when we bought this. Something about the movement of the feathers sends him loopy.
I want to be friends with Hanners and Viktor!
HI!!!!1!!!! I'm Gandalf. I know I look lazy lying here in bed, but I'm actually a pretty damn good runner. I want to spend the day with Viktor the Hypnocat! NO, REALLY. I LOVE CATS. They smell wonderful. I bet hes a good runner too, if I chased. I would love anything off my wishlist! (Except maybe those nail trimmers. I hate when Jack wants to do my nails! PFFT, humans!) Viktor, you would love this thing. I mean, just look at those pictures! You're practically going to be flying through the air.
Two words: Da Bird.
I have a cat that loves to play. Here are some of the things she has: da bird cat toy, circuit , a cat tree (armarkat), and some stuffed toys I made for her
Edit: For the circuit, you can make it as long as you want, and it doesn't have to be in a circle. Also, cats like boxes.
I'm very glad she is on a diet! Get some cat wand toys (http://amzn.to/1390BRi, http://amzn.to/10O9psF, http://amzn.to/11uazIy) for her to chase around and schedule 20 good minutes of play every day. My cats are indoor cats - it's definitely possible to keep them fit and healthy if they stay inside. Stick to the weight loss though, I guarantee you that she'll be happier and have more confidence once she gets some of that weight off her poor little legs.
I have used a Petsafe feeder to feed cats while away. You can feed them once or twice a day for a total of 4 feedings without refilling.
I use this feeder for my formerly tubby kitty. It's worked really well and cut down on her between-meals-harassment meowing by quite a bit! I fed her Purina Pro Plan weight management wet and dry food. She went from 13-14 pounds to 9-10 pounds from this routine.
Obviously the solution is to just take your baby with you on your trip! :D
lol no I'm just kidding. I would recommend this one, or a style like it:
Since you'll have someone coming over every other day, they'll be able to refill the bowls. I like it because it works with wet food! But if your cat is too curious they might be able to pry open the door...Best of luck! And enjoy your vacation!
We got This for my mom a few years ago. It works great, but programming it can be kind of tricky at first. A little more in the mid-range for price to but it's sturdy and can take being kicked around a few times
After a lot of debating, we got this one. It's a bit bigger than I wanted but it was the only one that would hold wet food that had decent reviews
PetSafe 5-Meal Automatic Pet Feeder https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000GEWHNS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_gMqczbEBSKG4N
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NAH except for the cat. (I say this as a proud owner of a terror of a cat when he's hungry)
Just a suggestion, because I used to have this same problem: You can get one like this that lets you measure out each portion in advance and just opens that compartment: PetSafe 5 Meal Pet Feeder for Dogs and Cats - Food Dispenser - Portion Control https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000GEWHNS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_SfNODb68GREPW
I have been using a similar one for probably five years now. My cat is super wily, so I had to weight it down with a two pound weight but it was totally worth it.
And my cat still super super loves me. He goes to eat in the morning while I sleep in then comes back into bed and cuddles with us. Good luck!
I put wet foot in my automatic feeder. I set it up to feed the cats three times a night (10pm, 4am, 6am). The canned food shouldn't go bad within the 7-8 hours it sits out.
Get one of these and you'll be able to sleep in peace again.
My cat left me alone once he realized the food was automatic.
Have you considered placing him in another room for mealtimes? That way, your other cats can eat in peace.
You may want to consider portioning his meals using a timed feeder. I own a similar one, with an ice pack built in for wet food, available on Amazon as well. You can set it to dispense food up to 5 times per day. I’ve also heard that these are good for cats that eat too fast, as they have to “hunt” for their food little by little (alternatively, you can also hide his food in small portions around whatever room he eats in, inside puzzle feeders, etc). I think the food dispenser is probably easiest. The version I linked to above is $36, but I’m sure you can find it cheaper on OfferUp or eBay.
As for fighting, Jackson Galaxy and Pam Johnson-Bennett have some great suggestions. Pam has a great reintroduction guide here. They also stress the importance of playing with your cat to get any excess energy or aggression out.
My guess for why he attacks the other cat may be some insecurity on his part about his status in the home. Do you have any cat trees, or high perches where he can sit? That may help him feel secure. Does he get to spend adequate time with you? I know it sounds silly, but some studies now show that cats view their owners in the same way that children view their parents, in contrast to dogs, who view their owners as pack leaders. Maybe your cat feels like the child who is always getting disciplined (however well-deserved it may be). In either case, reintroduction would likely be the first thing to try. It can take weeks, but it may be worth it for some peace in the home.
Another option is Feliway Multicat . It is a diffuser system (and I believe they have a spray version) designed for homes with multiple cats. The diffuser contains artificial pheromones designed to mimic the ones produced by a mother cat to calm her kittens. A friend of mine volunteers at a local shelter that utilizes these extensively to help keep the peace among their cats, and I know they’re quite popular in households with cats that don’t get along. It’s a pricey product and you may need multiple diffusers throughout your home for adequate reach, but again, you may find them cheaper elsewhere. Additionally, you can try placing them specifically where the two cats fight.
Good luck with everything. If you do choose to re-home your cat, the best thing would be to find him a loving home yourself, or at the very least, be sure you are looking at no-kill shelters (they often have waiting lists, by the way, so you’ll likely have to wait a bit - but it would save his life!) Be transparent about his issues and his need to be an only cat (in probably an adults-only home) so he can be placed where he’d be a good fit.
I hope it all works out for you and you can all live peacefully together!
Here's a list of the protein/fat/carb content of most commercially available wet foods for reference: http://catinfo.org/docs/FoodChartPublic9-22-12.pdf
Shoot for a carb content under 10%. It doesn't have to be super expensive--Fancy Feast classics (and kitten feast) are low carb. The calorie column of the chart could also help you find something that has more calories for their growing bodies without too much volume in their stomachs.
I bought an autofeeder that works with wet food, and it has been a lifesaver for making sure my cat gets smaller, more frequent meals even when I'm at work or sleeping. She tends to get sick if she eats too much at once or goes too long without eating. Here's a link: https://www.amazon.com/PetSafe-5-Meal-Automatic-Pet-Feeder/dp/B000GEWHNS/
Good luck; hope the little ones feel better soon!
I use this one for dry food, works great :) I've had it for 2-3 years now! It holds five meals.
This is the feeder I have. I was terrified to buy any feeder because they all have mixed reviews, but this one has worked perfectly since the day that I bought it. The con is that the tray is plastic which I don't prefer to feed in. Also, I like to feed on plates so as not to irritate my cat's whiskers, and the tray is more of a deep triangle-y bowl. Worth it though. I also feed my cats in separate rooms. If that doesn't work, try feeding between a baby gate, or maybe feed one in a carrier but in the same room.
We got the similar one. It's been going strong on batteries for a couple years now: https://amzn.com/B000GEWHNS The cats used to beg constantly. Not anymore! Just in the morning still. :-/
Cardboard boxes are definitely the greatest thing ever according to many cats. You can get some of those plastic jingle balls as well - unless your cat is a compulsive chewer, they are more than sturdy enough.
My cats are huge fans of the Turbo Cat Scratcher toy. The round scratching pad can be flipped over and replaced easily.
A good scratching post or cat tree is a must, if you have the space.
Stay away from toys that involve long strings, or cloth that can fray into threads she can swallow; cats don't really have the ability to spit things out the way humans can (wrong muscles and mouth shape), so if she gets a thread in her mouth and swallows it, it can lead to really serious problems for her and expensive vet bills for you. Of course, fishing pole toys while she's supervised are great!
If you want cloth toys or blankets, microfleece works well - it's strong and stretchy, and doesn't fray easily. You can even make your own catnip pillows out of small scraps of fleece!
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.
also have this one
cat loves both!
If you don't already have one of these, I know a lot of cats really enjoy them, my own included.
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.
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.
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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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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
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.
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.
Bergan Turbo Scratcher Cat Toy, Colors may vary https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000IYSAIW/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_B621CbDECY8XD
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.
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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
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
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
I actually just wrote a post on my new shiba facebook page on my top 5 shiba toys that offer great exercise and stimulation.
My cat would do that as well and I did some research that some cats are super finicky about drinking "fresh" running water. Bought one of these and took care of the problem.
I got one of these off Amazon for $50 because my cat was knocking his bowl water all over the kitchen floor. He hasn't done it since and he drinks a LOT of water now which also means his piss isn't as smelly. Considering my previous rage at mopping up my kitchen every morning/night and his better urinary health, it's definitely one of the better purchases I've made for him.
I had a similar problem. I bought this.
We have this one for our dog and love it. The entire thing diassembles and can be put in the dishwasher.
It appears to be this, for those wondering.
That's a good idea. I have this one. It works great, my puppies love it.
Have you considered a water fountain, like this?
Here are three kitty drinking-fountains I saw:
Hope that's useful; best wishes to your cat!
With 3 cats, I offer you should using some fountain capacity more than 70 oz.
Here is some best idea for your cats:
You can read full the article I just done here: https://pawsometalk.com/best-cat-water-fountains/
I got one of these for my kitties. It was a GoldBox deal a while back (years ago), but now it will run you about $35. Keeps the water circulating, which they like, and it won't mess with your job :)
You should get one of these. We use one and it works pretty well.
I have this one: http://www.amazon.com/Drinkwell-Platinum-Pet-Fountain-168oz/dp/B000L3XYZ4/ref=sr_1_17
and the buns drink from the bowl part, the cat likes to drink from the running water streaming down. Our two buns are just little (~1.5kg?) but they seem to like it.
It does have a cord that you may have to protect, of course. The best part is the big reservoir on it, surprising how fast three small mammals go through water.
This is the one I have, it works pretty well
I have had the same problem. We used these and fed our cats at set times during the day. Eventually just the fat cat was fed in a ball, and the other one was fed elsewhere. It seemed to work pretty well, as our fat cat has lost weight just this year.
My Siamese had stomach problems for years. Through many vet trips, we discovered ailments that could have been related and some that weren't.
He's allergic to wheat and corn. He had bladder stones. That prompted a switch to wet food only. This all seemed to help some. Then the poor guy got resorptive lesions and had to get his teeth removed.
Recently he started vomiting a little blood, so back to the vet. He's ten at this point. Well, he has hyperthyroidism. It was on and off for years, but finally really kicked in. We caught it before he lost weight.
Now he's stable on liquid medication once per day. He hates it, but only throws up now when he eats too fast. We got a slow feeding bowl for the dry food we leave out and that helps.
The problem is that vomiting can be caused by many things. Good luck with finding a solution. Sometimes it takes a while to figure it out.
Edit: you might try a slow feeding bowl or a food ball if you haven't yet.
PetSafe SlimCat Meal-Dispensing Cat Toy, Great for Food or Treats https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0018CG40O/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_C9.iDbNHWZTBH
We put Temptations in it cause they're cat crack.
I highly recommend something like this. We got one for ours to play with and they loved it. It's easy to adjust the size of the hole to accommodate whatever sized treat you use. The only downside was that our German Shepherd figured out how to open it really quickly.
First, what is the good food you are feeding? Does it have grain? Try a very plain and simple diet of chicken/pea, or rabbit/potato and see if a limited ingredient diet like that helps. Look for something with one protein and one carb source. Also, try giving her tiny amounts at a time, as it sounds as though she is eating too fast, or she has a lot of food in her tummy when she plays. This is a great option for limited feeding. It holds a good amount of food but makes the cat work for it and only lets out a small amount at a time.
An interactive feeder like this: PetSafe SlimCat Meal-Dispensing Cat Toy, Great for Food or Treats https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0018CG40O/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_WnPYBbTYRJWQX
> puzzle balls
Is this what you're talking about?
I suggested this to someone else in the thread, we often recommend food balls that the cat has to knock around to get the kibble to fall out. Usually helps!
This is what I have,
you could provably find it or something similar in the cat section at any pet store or online. Like so http://www.amazon.com/Petsafe-SlimCat-Meal-Dispensing-Blue/dp/B0018CG40O
You could try something like this if you're giving her dry food. It'll slow her down and keep her occupied for a while. Mine are pretty good about not scarfing down their regular food but we use the ball sometimes for treats.
If you are looking for something a little more sturdy / adjustable:
I got this cat treat toy for my buns; I fill it with pellets, and it's absolutely hilarious watching two buns roll it around. I should upload a video I took. They rolled it onto the kitchen tile and just stared at it until I picked it up.
I know you have the convenience of an autofeeder, but I use a slimcat food ball for both of my cats. One cat, Loki, eats so fast that he throws up. This slows him down and I have to clean up kitty vomit only a few times a year instead of every single day. Also use it for the other cat so he doesn't finish first and then steals Loki's food ball.
Firstly, thank you for the contest! I'm sorry you're not going to get what you want, but hopefully gifting makes you feel better (it always does for me)!
My last birthday, I had asked my girlfriend to sew me a new pillowcase for my travel pillow (which I sleep with nightly so as to relieve pressure from my ear piercings) since she is handy with a sewing machine and we are pretty frugal. I had been saying I needed a new one for months (I really do, my current one is ratty and ripping because I can't sew for the life of me).
I never got a gift from her for that birthday. ): I know she's busy with life and the table with the sewing machine is very cluttered, but it still makes me a little sad thinking about it.
If that doesn't count as a disappointing gift, since it was a non-gift, the next would have to be every gift ever from my dad. It's always just been money, sometimes just casually taken out of his wallet after birthday dinner and tossed in my general direction. I mean, I know my dad loves me, and it's a nice sum, but it's a bit sad that he's never tried to think of an actual gift for me.
This is my item. (:
and I know that Kat would love this
I'm actually a grad student as well, and am always looking for ways to keep the critters busy while I'm gone or studying. I've found a few helpful toys, though the best entertainment I have is a bird feeder on my deck, they will sit and chirp at the birds for hours.
I've heard good things about this toy, unfortunately you can't set it to go off while you're gone. But it has a setting to turn off after 15mins so you can set it and leave.
This one is amazing, it was recommended to me by a vet. If your cat is food driven this will keep him busy. You can put treats or cat nip in it, or even their whole meal.
This is also great for food motivated cats, one of mine will walk over and move the sliders around asking for treats. If he seems particularly bored I'll put most of his meal in this and make him work for it.
I have this one as well, this works better for when you're home and can turn it on and off, there is no timer. My cats love to chase things under blankets, and they come running when I turn this on. It is kind of loud, so I put it in the other room while I'm studying so I don't have cats all over my books.
Hope this helps! I would highly recommend starting with the food ball or the laser light as they're a little cheaper, but I also know us pet parents like to spoil our critters.
Just like people, animals have different metabolisms, too.
You can try cutting out the canned food first and only feeding the dry. You can also get him a food puzzle! My cat uses a Stimulo bowl and I'm now a firm believer that every cat should, too.
You can also try the Slim Cat Ball. This one your big dude will have to whack the ball around the get the food out.
Weight loss takes time. My dad has a 17lbs cat that only eat 1/4 of food a day and maintains 17lbs on that. My 11lbs cat eats 1/4 to 1/3 a day. Everyone is different!
I just ordered this today http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0018CG40O/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i01?ie=UTF8&amp;psc=1 and going to give it a try.
I have the same issue, so I'm going to guess this will help.
I saw an automated lazer toy in the store the other day. It wasn't too expensive...
I also agree with the 2nd cat idea. My 3 spend so much time playing with each other, there's no way I could keep up!
Another toy idea is the Frolic cat. An automatic laser pointer. It entertains my cats for ofen 30 minutes without my involvement. http://www.amazon.com/FroliCat-BOLT-Interactive-Laser-Pet/dp/B0021L8W6K
Oh man I know some about this one - cat enrichment is a passion of mine, as well as cat training through positive reinforcement!! Cats DO NOT learn from or respond well to negative reinforcement (actually a misnomer, but basically 'punishment' or deterrents), and this might increase his anxiety. Definitely begin this process before baby gets here, as others have said! For you guys, enrichment will be the name of the game. Buckle up, and apologies for the long post....
Give him as many things to do at night as you can - puzzle feeders, try feeding him right before going 'in' for the night with a puzzle feeding bowl, lots of toys. Hide little stashes of food around so he has to 'hunt' for it; you can even make little scent trails. Feeding on a schedule, not leaving it down all the time, makes food much more high-reward and fun to discover. You can also leave worn shirts or bras of yours out, either next to his favorite sleeping spaces or even in them (like cat beds) so he has some 'momma smell' to comfort him when you're separated!!
Put the toys and food away during the day, except for his breakfast!! Night time can become a 'fun' time for him, but only if you do it very positively! Exiling him from the bedroom with negative stimuli (picking him up and carrying him out, chasing him out of the room, shutting the door right in his face) will reinforce the negative associations; try to get a toy that he will chase out and then shut the door once he's left of his own accord.
Some major things to think about are - active playtime, not passive play. These are things that move (either on their own battery-operated or because you drag/swing/point them), versus balls or toys that sit on the floor. Cats have a LOT more energy than we give them credit for! They have an absolutely huge hunting instinct, and get a lot of satisfaction out of using that. Try toys like battery operated laser pointer stand, ones that move with very little jostling, mice that he has to 'hunt'. Here are a few I've used - a butterfly on a wire, a mouse that goes around a track for about 7-8 minutes, a laser tower. You get the idea. None of these are perfect, but they will be new and fun! You might have to come back out a few times a night to turn them back on at intervals, but hey, you'll be up with baby or to pee anyways!! Again, put these away during the day so they are 'new' at night. You can also try cat tunnels like these for fun new territory to explore.
Speaking of territory, try to get him using his 'vertical space' (shelves on the wall, cat trees, etc) as much as possible with treats and catnip. More places to explore means more places to hide food and toys!
In general, look into as much 'fun stuff' at night as possible. He's definitely going to want to explore and get to know baby; this is normal and fine as long as it is safe. Babies actually benefit from contact with animals as it helps their immune systems!! I think that night time is definitely going to be your hardest bit, but just be as consistent as you can and start small. Start with just 15mins locked out, but again, have him chase a toy out and then have something high-value (treats, a favorite toy/game) out there to keep him occupied. Just keep building those positive associations with 'outside the bedroom' and make the bedroom as boring a place as you can for him!!!
Another good page with a lot of the same info, a little better worded haha!!
Eeek, I'm like 4 minutes late! I think this thing is awesome. I can make fun of my kitty doing strange things (and you can too if you have a kitty!)!
[e] This is really random but I was looking at your wishlist and noticed that you have a really good taste in knives, so much so that I thought I was looking at my boyfriend's wishlist for a moment (you two both have the same name)!
Mmmm there's a pillow behind him?
Edit: I'm kidding of course. It's a laser pointer!
Edit2 for link: http://www.amazon.com/FroliCat-BOLT-Interactive-Laser-Pet/dp/B0021L8W6K
Give it love every day and a treat every other day. If you love your cat, and it loves you, its life isn't pointless. It still might be boring, though, so to cure that get one of those cool automated laser toys like this one.
Do you have space for a cat tree? There's also boatloads of interactive toys that can be programmed or they can entertain themselves with like:
If you have no use for an ipad, you can use these as an alternative http://www.amazon.com/FroliCat-BOLT-Interactive-Laser-Pet/dp/B0021L8W6K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1348596945&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=cat+laser+toy+automatic
http://i.imgur.com/Jn6aL6w.jpg I am Kipper. I made my human make an entire wishlist for me on her Amazon. I want to be friends with Hanners and Viktor, truly. well....I haven't really figured out pups yet, but I would like to meet some cool cats to see if I want help overthrowing my human. In addition, I need help defeating [this terrifying creature] (http://www.amazon.com/FroliCat-BOLT-Interactive-Laser-Pet/dp/B0021L8W6K/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_nC?ie=UTF8&amp;colid=1FC6W7IXTUVPL&amp;coliid=I1YVB78XW2WUUN) Perhaps you, Hypnocat, would be an able bodied warrior up to this task?
Hi! My name is Albus and I'm not sure how this reddits thing works. My owner sure is on here a lot, sometimes I have to jump on her to get off of it. Viktor, you look like a pretty classy feline with a super awesome name and I think I'd love to share some catnip with you. I think you'd really like this laser pointer, my owner has a laser pointer she uses for me all the time and I go CRAZY for it.
I know my owner has a couple of toys on her list for me, but this one is the one i want the mostest.
I want to be friends with Hanners and Viktor
Oh, that inspired me - evidently there are new cat toys that are self-running laser pointers.... something like this: http://www.amazon.com/FroliCat-BOLT-Interactive-Laser-Pet/dp/B0021L8W6K/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1426122481&amp;sr=8-4&amp;keywords=laser+pointers+for+cats
It looks like it only stays on for 15 minutes though.
This laser cat toy is pretty tight.
I'm so sorry you're having to treat infections, it sounds like your cat has a more severe case! :( I am happy to tell you what has worked for us.
To cure this particular flare-up, we added water to her food for hydration and gave her some tuna (more pungent so she would eat it even with her nose clogged).
We also purchased this moving water fountain. She slurps out of that thing where she wouldn't even look at her water bowl before. We also ran a humidifier for a while. She might have been on the up and up anyway, but all of this seemed to do the trick.
I mainly try to reduce her stress by keeping everything consistent, especially the kind of litter I use. If you're not already, do consider using a dust-free corn based litter like World's Best. Their lungs are smaller and the dust can really aggravate them.
Anitra's Vitamineral Mix is something you might want to look into as a wet food supplement. I considered using Feliway like one poster here suggested, but the price kind of kept me from pulling the trigger and we've been fortunate to not have another outbreak.
You might have known all of this already, in which case just ignore me, but I really hope your kitty gets feeling better. The Natural Cat is a book that really helped me after I first adopted. I don't agree with everything she prescribes and she's big on holistic treatments (avoiding the vet and medication as much as possible) but the lady knows her cats and I think everyone has something to learn. When nothing else has worked, it might be worth a shot! Take care!
I totally hear you. Good luck! It's so stressful but worth it Our 3 yr old male kitty had crystals and was hopitalized for 4 days in December. He's great now and even happier than before, playing even more vigorously. I haven't read as many research papers as I'd like to about it but we kinda feel like stress and dehydration/dry food might have factored in though I know that there are cats with other urinary tract issues with different causes or prognosis. He loves drinking out of the tub and we had multiple foster cats/kittens getting in his life and added quite a bit of stress then most of them left but my husband got really ill, my parents visited, so there was even more home stress then he got blocked after a few weeks of me thinking he was marking due to the momma cat he hadn't liked but I think in reality was him having urinary issues.
Anyways, we buy the prescription Royal Canin food on Chewy.com but I am thinking of phasing him over to the over the counter Purina Pro Plan Urinary. He's happy now, plays even more, loves the tub water and his fountain. Got stainless steel to avoid kitty acne but keep it clean! I wish you the best and hope it's a smooth recovery and he makes it through! Ours was on anti spasm meds for awhile after and it took him some time to get back to normal due to the trauma of the catheter. He was dripping and acting quite weird but eventually got back to normal.
You can try this one - it is small and quiet: Pioneer Stainless Pet Fountain
This is the one we have, since we have 3 large dogs as well as the kitty: Drinkwell Large Dog Fountain
Once we got the fountain running, our cat was no longer trying to drink out of the sink, faucet, or the toilet. =)
My cats have this fountain. It's great! It bubbles at the top.
Hi TurbinePoweredVagina, sorry to hear about your kitty. I hope some of this information will be able to help!
First off, good on you for introducing wet food back into his diet! I also suspect that the change to all dry is triggering these blockages. The number one issue concerning cats with urinary crystals water consumption. Cats naturally have a very low thirst drive (as they get virtually all water from their prey, which is ~70% water), and often will not drink until extremely dehydrated. So a transition from a primarily wet diet (70-80% moisture) to a primarily dry diet (~10%) moisture would undoubtedly cause your kitty to consume less water. In essence, a uretic dry food isn't going to do much more for your kitty than if he were eating a generic dry food, as he is likely chronically dehydrated.
When looking for a canned food for your cats (and this applies to all cats, including healthy ones!), look out for a two important things:
Cats are by design, obligate carnivores (teeth shape, short digestive tract to minimize bacteria in prey). They haven't lived with humans long enough to evolutionarily adapt to the consumption of high-carbohydrate diets, and thus, their bodies still lack the necessary enzymes to properly digest carbohydrates. Note that most dry foods are very high in carbs (30%+), due to the necessity of a starch to bond the kibble together. As a result, high-carb dry diets (upwards of 30% - 50% carbs) contribute to maldigestion, hairballs, obesity, kidney diseases, high blood sugar leading to feline diabetes, and chronic dehydration leading to urinary blockages.
In terms of good common canned food brands, may I recommend Wellness (the 12.5 oz cans, look for the Grain Free yellow triangle) or EVO (13 oz cans)? The Wellness website often has promotions and will provide coupons for their products, and EVO offers a frequent buyers club, in which the 10th purchase is free. I find that buying the large cans in bulk (two boxes at a time) is enough to last my cat almost two months. They're pretty economical as the large cans (the EVO ones are $2.69 where I live, no doubt cheaper in the US) end up being around the same price if not cheaper than supermarket brands like Friskies or Fancy Feast, per gram. You should be able to find Wellness in big box pet stores like Petsmart and Petco, however EVO isn't as common and it might only be available in smaller or privately-run stores. If you're in a rush and need to get food fast, Fancy Feast actually isn't terrible; as their classic variety lacks grains and has named protein sources at the top of the ingredient list.
As the main concern with a cat with urinary tract issues is water consumption, here are a couple things you can do to alleviate his condition:
I leave you with some resources that you may find helpful:
tl;dr Cats naturally don't drink enough water so eating an all dry diet will cause dehydration and urinary blockages. Best solution is to switch to a primarily wet diet (grain free for optimum health), get a pet fountain, give tasty broth and lactose-free milk as treats, and add additional water to food during mealtimes.
Hope this helped. Best of luck to you and your little guy!
It's about half the price on amazon.
Declawing is the same as surgically removing the last bone from each of your fingertips. Learn to keep the cat's nails trimmed correctly. Too short and if a cat's not used to it, they can't walk, run, or jump without wobbling until they grow back.
Not all cats like scratching posts -- mine prefers cardboard, but not the 'on-edge' cardboard cat scratchers, so my dad helped me add a wooden 'tray' to the top of the post in which I place flat squares of cardboard cut from boxes. She scratches and sleeps there, and sometimes just perches there to watch out the window. Don't get a carpet-covered scratching post or pad unless you want to teach your cat that scratching carpet is a good idea. =P
I have a Booda Dome for a litter box -- she still tracks some litter. I don't think there's a system out there that will keep cats from tracking any. Some litters are better than others. Covered litter boxes are nice for the humans, but not all cats will adapt to the flaps. Some litters are lower 'dust' than others, and this is better for cats' lungs and humans' alike. =)
Not all cats will respond to catnip or all types of toys. My cat is indifferent to laser pointers, and only likes the actual fur-covered realistic mice. She doesn't care for bell toys, but those little plastic springs drive her nuts (when she's in the mood). Her favorite toy is a wooden wobble 'bead' in which you can place catnip. Also a Da Bird Feather Cat Toy which you can make flutter to sound like a real bird. I'd suggest the non-collapsible one, as I'd suspect my cat would pull that apart. =P
Talk to your vet about what food(s) are actually good for your cat. From my research, you want to avoid bone meal products or and 'meal' products as they include ground bone which is hard on your cat's kidneys. Also avoid grains. Turkey is better than chicken; not all fish are terrible, but you have to consider mercury levels. You should consider only feeding your cat wet food, but this is more expensive, and difficult to manage with hurried schedules. Mine loves kibble and hates having to give that up, so I leave that out all the time and supplement with a big scoop of wet food at night. (These are the best quality, least expensive per-serving foods I've found.) A 6-lb. bag of kibble seems to last my cat ~3 months. At four days (servings) per can, the 12-pack of 12.5 oz. cans last about 1.5 months. You'll need two snap-on plastic can lids. My cat adores salmon as you may see. =P
Not all cats will like all types of cat beds.
Mine LOVES water (she literally demands 'cat showers') and she likes to play with the dripping tub faucet, so next I'm going to get a cat drinking fountain. Cats in general prefer 'fresh' or moving water, so mine always wants clean water in her bowl every time.
Because no one cat will like every toy or bed or litter box, you may have to buy more than one. Talk to your vet about what types to try and how to encourage a cat to like what you buy. I put catnip on my cat's things -- that seems to have worked, but not all cats respond to catnip.
I got this one a few months ago. It looks dope. http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0037NKDSG?pc_redir=1412054906&amp;robot_redir=1