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u/SandboxUniverse · 1 pointr/CatAdvice

I'm a bit limited in my stuff because I have a dog who tries to play with the cat toys, but here are some I have now:



Basically, my challenge is it can't have anything the dog might eat to her detriment, and/or it has to be used only under my close supervision. For that reason, we don't use the Kong Glide and Seek anymore. The toys have feathers, which she loves, and magnets - which she should not swallow.


My cats have also loved Hexbugs toys, but those are dangerous around the dog. They make both cat toys and non-cat-toy versions that are still great toys. They also love feathers on a pole/string. I have basically this: , but I found that the end piece wants to come off too readily. I used duct tape for a while, but need to fix it right at some point. As it stands, it's not safe, because the string mine came with is basically fishing line, and I don't want the dog to swallow it. It's fun though when the cats play with it. Mine grabs the feather end sometimes and trots off, trailing the pole behind her, looking for a safe place to eat her prey. But I think she sees the pole as a rival, so she just ends up carrying it from one hidey hole to the next, looking very smuggly satisfied with her catch!


If you do not have a good cat tree (something with several perches and such, consider getting one - some have toys affixed to them, and that can become a favorite outlet for energy as well as a place to sleep.


Smart cats need lots of stimulation, and if you don't have one, you might consider finding him a playmate, ideally female (male cats get in competition with each other sometimes, and you end up with literal pissing - spraying - contests). A cat who can keep up with him will be the best possible toy! I have two females (sisters) and a male currently. They all play together quite a bit. This does help keep down the crazy. If I had my genius by herself, I'd have to meet ALL her stimulation needs, and that would take probably a few hours a day. The actual amount of stimulation yours needs may be different, and what excites him may be a bit different. But he will need some stuff to do, especially over the next couple years. By the time he's 4 or 5, he'll settle considerably, but some interactive, interesting toys and such will only increase both of your enjoyment.

u/hearthewindblow · 2 pointsr/CatAdvice

I'm really glad to hear things have improved. Yes, it's very likely he needed time to adjust to his new home. With any luck he will continue to improve over time.

Are you going away over the holidays? I ask because you said he got more destructive after your trip this spring.

This product might help with his scratching at the carpet outside the door.

Does he have any scratchers near the sofa? It's great that he stops now when you tell him to, but you could take it a step further and redirect him to the scratcher with lots of praise when he uses it. Even if he already has scratchers elsewhere, sometimes it really helps to put one right next to the object they're scratching, since they apparently feel the need to mark their territory in that particular area.

Do you trim his nails regularly? If not, that can help control the amount of damage. There are also nail covers that you can try.

>sometimes it really is like it's some kind of attention seeking behaviour.

One of my cats (the passive one I mentioned before) will tap me with her front paw to get attention, which sounds ok except when she gets really anxious (or hungry), she'll follow me constantly, getting underfoot and repeatedly tapping my legs and screeching, and if I can't deal with her directly, she will begin adding a scrape with her claws when she taps. Is he doing something like that?

Oh, one more thought: he might like the toys that dispense kibbles or treats. That would be another thing to try for when he's alone during the day. If you're not familiar with them, it takes work (both physical and mental) for the cat to get the treat out of the toy, which helps satisfy cats' hunting instinct.

u/1bdkty · 4 pointsr/CatAdvice

absolutely. However a cat needs more stimulation than once every couple of days. Get a wand toy (like Da' Bird ), get some treat balls ( ) that you can put treats in for him to find. There is this butterfly toy that is very popular and pretty cheap ( $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.

u/meowcatninja · 6 pointsr/CatAdvice

Personally I would stay away from Scottish Folds, the "fold" in their ear is a deformity that has been breed into them and can be painful for the cat and lead to other health problems. Some countries are even considering banning the breeding of them because its cruel to the animal.


It sounds like you are going to be getting the kitten from a breeder (its the only way to know for sure what breed of cat you are getting since they have papers, cats from a shelter are going to be considered domestic short or long hair since they don't have papers). Please make sure that you do your research on the breeder, you don't want to use a back yard breeder. Questions to ask; are the kittens/cattery registered with TICA, are the kittens raised under foot, what diseases and genetic conditions do you test for, what is the health warranty? A respectable breeder would never let a kitten go home before 14 weeks old, anyone that says the kitten can go home before that should not be trusted.


If the kitten is going to be left alone for that amount of time expect it to get into everything and cause trouble while you are gone. The kitten can be left alone and end up fine but you have to leave it with a range of toys to play with and make sure that you are spending a lot of time with it when you are home.


For litter, use Dr Elseys Ultra, it cost more but you will never have a problem with smell as long as you are cleaning it ever day. I use a simple litter box I got at the Dollar Store, you don't need anything fancy.


Nails should be trimmed every two weeks or so, you can tell when they start to get really sharp again and need it. I hold my cat on my lap with her belly up and do one paw at a time. If she is fighting me I will wrap her in a blanket and remove one paw at a time. Make sure that you are getting your kitten used to her paws and nails being touched and it will make the process a lot easier as she gets older. When you are holding her just gently rub her paws every so often.


Make sure you are brushing regularly, especially if you get a long hair breed like a Ragdoll, matts suck and are hard to remove.


Items you will defiantly need, cat tree, scratching post, a horizontal cardboard scratch pad and a mix of toys.

This is a great scratching post, its large, hard to knock over and you can get the optional seat to attach to the top of it.


Dry food is horrible for cats, its like eating fast food for every meal. It causes dehydration, kidney and bladder problems, obesity and diabetes. Please feed the highest quality wet food that you can afford.


Please make sure that you get the kitten nurtured and keep it inside at all times (unless you are going to train it to walk on a leash). Cats that are let outside have a dramatically lower life expectancy.


Do not declaw, not only is it cruel but it causes a lot of behavior problems, you can teach the kitten to not scratch the furniture by using treats. When it is scratching something its not supposed to pick them up and place them by the post/scratch pad and use your fingers to show them what to do. When they use the post/pad give then a treat right away.


For a first time cat owner I highly recommend reading this book, it goes over everything that you need to know.


u/LoveaBook · 2 pointsr/CatAdvice

Try a free-feeding puzzle feeder. My cat got to a chonking 16 pounds (which is large for her size). We purchased a Catit puzzle feeder and she lost the weight in a few months. And she’s maintained herself at a perfect (for her) weight of 8.5 lbs for over 2 years now. Because my girl is a natural borne ✨Diva✨ my husband was against it at first, but it’s cheap, so...what’s to lose? I spent a couple minutes poking my fingers in and knocking bits down to show her the idea and she took to it like a fish to water. We now have a second one, of a different style and different maker, that we put elsewhere in the house and fill with a different flavor/type of food. Both my cats love them. The idea is to prevent them from easily eating too much when bored and to make eating more stimulating, like a hunt.

They can eat as much as they want for as long as they want, but they have to earn every last kibble of it. My (former) fat cat seemed to live in front of the feeder at first - knocking food down most of her waking hours. But now it’s just a few times a day, and maybe a single tablespoon’s worth of food at a time.

This is another Catit puzzle feeder. They also have a variety of puzzle feeder toys - if you’re OK with bits of kibble all over the house. This is just one example.

(We actually just had to put our former chonker on a special renal diet. (She’s 18). We picked her favorite puzzle feeder and changed just it to the new, specialty food and left the normal food in the other. My two girls haven’t had a stitch of trouble telling which is which. I think the only downside - as they see it - is that they’ve lost the diversity of two feeders. (According to the stuff I’ve read, they recommend multiple feeders spaced around the house to engage their instinct to search out food.) But I’ll be damned if I’m going to have multiples for each type of food spaced around the house. After all, there’s only so much room in my house.)

u/CiderOtter · 1 pointr/CatAdvice

My cat doesn’t love the cat brushes either. I ended up getting these gloves that he loves. They probably don’t work quite as well as a nice brush but the work pretty well on my cat!

Good luck!

u/jbixler · 2 pointsr/CatAdvice

We just recently took in a new kitten (Turbo) who is a couple of weeks older than yours. We were initially having very similar problems with constant biting.

The good news? It seems to be totally normal. From what I’ve read, there’s a ton of developmental stuff that happens between 7 to 12 weeks of age—specifically regarding kittens learning a restrained bite from play-fighting with their litter mates. Unfortunately our little balls of teeth and fury didn’t get those experiences, and thus are working through that phase on our hands, arms, and legs.

The bad news? It’s going to take a lot of patience and consistency from you and your family over the next few weeks, but this behavior can (and absolutely must) be trained out of them. Here’s what we’ve been doing that seems to be working thus far:

  • Get some toys on wands or sticks that you can use with Yonah to ensure that when you are playing with her (and you should be playing with her, multiple times a day) that your hands are far removed from the “area of attack.” Check out toys like Da Bird or the Bamboozler.

  • Never, never, never use your hands to wrestle with Yonah. It’s important that she learn that hands are only for loving/caretaking activites (and not biting), so don’t undermine your efforts by either you or yourself rough-housing with her with your hands. Trust me—kitten bites are bad, but adult cat bites are much, much more painful!

  • When Yonah bites you, you need to redirect her attention to something else. Some cats respond well to stuffed animals that they can grab and wrestle with, so go to PetSmart and get a large stuffed toy that you can give to Yonah whenever she starts biting. Hopefully she’ll prefer to bite that versus arms/hands/legs.

  • When Yonah bites you, she needs to learn that it hurts you. In her litter, either her mom or the other kittens would make sure she knew by correcting the behavior if it had gone too far. You will probably read a ton of different suggestions on how to do this, so try a few and see what elicits a response. One thing you should try is to completely freeze when Yonah bites you. It’s no fun to wrestle and bite something that isn’t wriggling and moving, so hold your hand or arm very still and stiff when she starts biting. Some folks suggest accompanying this with a loud yelp of pain to make the cat aware that their actions are hurting, but this has seemed to have no effect on Turbo. What does work, though, is a very loud, very scary hiss that we have been making right in his face whenever the biting starts. I felt horrible doing this the first couple of times because it scared the living daylights out of him, but sure enough it has helped reduce the biting to almost nothing in the 2 weeks we’ve been doing it.

    If you haven’t already read it, I highly recommend picking up a copy of the book Think Like a Cat by Pam Johnson-Bennett. When we got our first cat, it helped me understand so much about their behavior and how to communicate effectively. I highly recommend it!

    Good luck!
u/Kitticus_kattus · 6 pointsr/CatAdvice

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.

u/sluttylunalovegood · 1 pointr/CatAdvice

My cat loves this toy. He plays with it independently so he is much less needy when I get home from work. Cat towers also keep cats occupied because they love to climb. You can also keep him entertained with a feeding puzzle like this one. You seem to have a good play schedule, but maybe your cat just needs more mental stimulation! I understand you need to respect your roommates space, so hopefully adding some of these things into the cats life will help!

u/onomatopria · 1 pointr/CatAdvice

Oh, an igloo like this might be a good choice. You might have to clean the sides and steps every so often, but if it helps get the poop off the feet, it might be easier than your entire bathroom.

Even though your cat’s poops appear normal, it might be worth bringing it up the next time you see your vet. They might have food recommendations that would result in more solid cleaner poops.

u/NeedingVsGetting · 5 pointsr/CatAdvice

We had a food problem at our house, too. 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, eat less, and don't "scarf & barf". It also reduced the desperation for food at meal time.

My big-fat-fatty cat went from a 16 lb black bowling ball to a 12.5 lb cuddle factory :)


As far as the scratching goes, if the stairs are carpeted, I recommend using "sticky paws". It's basically thick strips of double-sided tape. Cats HATE it and move on to scratch less annoying... like their designated scratching posts/pads. Eventually she'll just give up on the stairs altogether.


As for the meowing, I'm afraid I can't really help too much. There could be a whole bunch of reasons for that. What I can tell you is that adult cats typically only meow to communicate with humans. She definitely wants your attention, but I couldn't tell you why. Maybe she's still stressed trying to settle in; maybe she's stressed seeing you upset at her (trust me, they pick up on it), or maybe you've got a chatterbox who's comfortable enough in her new home to come out of her shell a bit more ( happened with my fat boy).

Either way, I hope peace can be returned to your home soon! Good luck!

u/[deleted] · 4 pointsr/CatAdvice

First, buy this. My cats are all indoor cats only, and I worried about their sanity too. They LOVE this. They play with it so much. You can set a timer too, so it can go for a while and you can go to work without leaving it on ALL day.

You might just have a cat obsessed with you. One of my cats is IN LOVE with me and whenever she even hears me come home, won't stop meowing. She follows me everywhere and hates my husband for "taking up" her mommy time (we assume).

Try the toy, it might really help. Good luck!

u/666catlady666 · 2 pointsr/CatAdvice

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:
There are also food dispensers that run on a timer although they tend to be more expensive (

Hopefully one of these is able to help!

u/boosted_monkey13 · 1 pointr/CatAdvice

Yeah, I'd move his play schedule just a bit to allow him to play between 8-10 and then go to sleep when you go to sleep. I'd also get him some interactive toys such as this one: Circle ball track. My cats love to play with the tunnel that came with this bundle: Insert random name for hyperlink.

u/Sarabus · 3 pointsr/CatAdvice

If you’ve just fed him and he has access to water he might just be bored. My girl tends to sleep through the night but my friends would yell at night too. He ended up getting a few automatic toys to keep him occupied. This was one the things he got:

Other than that I can just recommend ignoring him so he’ll learn that he will only get attention when he’s quiet. Hope this helps, best of luck!

u/kt-bug17 · 2 pointsr/CatAdvice

The meowing and trying to open cabinets are probably him exploring the house or trying to find a place to hide because he’s a little nervous to be in a new place. My cat likes to hide inside cabinets when she’s feeling scared/unsure, though sometimes she’ll try to get inside them at random times when she’s calm. Curiosity I guess.

I wouldn’t worry about the litter box too much unless he starts eliminating outside of the box. If so then you’ll need to figure out if it’s a medical issue, an insecurity/behavioral issue, a litter issue, or a box placement issue.

For a new cat owner I highly recommend the book Think Like A Cat for a great introduction to cat behavior, care, body language, and anything else you might be wondering about.

u/babbybrix3 · 2 pointsr/CatAdvice

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 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.

u/ADHDCuriosity · 1 pointr/CatAdvice

Something like this. You want to have one with an adjustable treat window so you can vary the challenge level to keep it interesting for your cat without being frustrating.

u/PunkAssBabyKitty · 1 pointr/CatAdvice

If you can touch this kitten you can put flea meds on her if she is the right weight and age. I recommend Revolution.

You can buy various things that can keep cats away from certain areas such as these:.

PetSafe SSSCAT Spray Pet Deterrent, Motion Activated Pet Proofing Repellent for Cats and Dogs, Environmentally Friendly

Orbit 62100 Yard Enforcer Motion Activated Sprinkler with Day and Night Detection Modes

The only ways to keep the other cats from eating her food is if you make her a house cat. Or feed those cats too. Or supervise her eating and shoo the other cats away.

u/catnipfarts · 2 pointsr/CatAdvice

It really depends on what your cat likes scratching on. Some cats prefer cardboard, some sisal rope, some other surfaces. Some cats prefer horizontal scratching, some prefer angled scratching, and some like to stretch as high as possible.

If you're looking for a "buy it for life" kind of purchase, I recommend this one:

I've had that one for four years with three cats and it looks the same as it did out of the box.

When it comes to my cats favorite scratchers in the world, their absolute favorite is this one, but it doesn't last as long as the plastic ones because it's corrugated cardboard. You have to replace it about every nine months.

If you want to test out whether they are cardboard scratchers before investing you can get a $7 flat cardboard scratcher here. These will last about 3-4 months.

u/unsafeword · 2 pointsr/CatAdvice

I like putting some dry food along with a few treats in a puzzle ball before bed. You can adjust the number of open gaps (and how far open they are) to make it so she might have to spend an hour getting everything out. I often hear my cat nudging it about early in the morning.

It sounds like she may still have a kittenish temperament. Is it also possible that she's just bored? Does she have various toys to play with when you're asleep? Do you play long enough to exhaust her in the evening?

u/slemoine94 · 1 pointr/CatAdvice

Don't use Fabreze. Feliway spray is the appropriate product for this issue. You can get it at Petco/Petsmart, but I suggest Amazon if you have Amazon Prime

There are also plug ins that work very well. I would spray the tree and use a plug in next to it.

u/skyrocker_58 · 1 pointr/CatAdvice

I got one of these: PetFusion about 3 years ago and my cat hasn't lost interest in it yet. In fact we got a kitten about a year and a half ago and he started using it immediately. Well worth the money and seems like it will last at least another 3-4 years.

u/dorenello · 2 pointsr/CatAdvice

are you sure she is pooping in the box? if so, a Booda Dome Box might work and an automatic box should work. maybe any hooded box would work.

u/sassypants55 · 6 pointsr/CatAdvice

Try microchip food bowls. They unlock when the cat with the programmed microchip approaches. You can have more than one pet on a bowl, so you could have one bowl for the heftier cat and one for the other two to share.

u/chrissesky13 · 1 pointr/CatAdvice

I bought these off Amazon for the same reason. My cat can't get under them so the carpet gets to live another day.

u/clomcha · 1 pointr/CatAdvice

These are similar to the ones I have, but multiple companies make them. They make more form fitting ones too.

u/Jcmonnett · 1 pointr/CatAdvice

I had the same issue with my cat eating a lot and puking afterwards. My other cat never had this issue. I bought them a CatIT Food Tree and it really helped slow them down and also keeps them busy!



So far it has been working great for me with the occasional puking here or there from hairballs. Not so much from Food anymore.

u/Auri15 · 2 pointsr/CatAdvice

Maybe you could buy that automated toys and obly turn on in the mornings(like a treat, otherwise he'll get bored)

like this

We have a ball with a feather attached that rolls around and my cat is crazy for it but there are a lot options.

If nothing helps I guess thick socks and pants are a must, when I have them on and my cat do this, as soon as he realizes it doesn't get a reaction from us he stops

u/MilkyWhiteMistress · 5 pointsr/CatAdvice

I had a similar issue with my boy. I tried the ball in the bowl, I tried a slow feed bowl, I tried wet food, I tried an automatic feeder. Nothing seemed to work until I found this puzzle bowl: Pioneer Pet Tiger Diner Ceramic Food Dish/Bowl, Black

They have to stick their paws in the holes and can only get out a few pieces at a time. It's seriously been amazing. He rarely ever throws up now from eating too fast. It is a bit pricey, but it's worth not having to clean up puke constantly.

u/Svenislav · 4 pointsr/CatAdvice

It isn’t out of character but needs fixing.
There are a few things you can do.

  • he needs to get all that energy out. Is he alone all day? Get laser pointers to start him up running and going crazy, then move on physical toys like this one and ping pong balls you can throw around, so you can make him play while keeping a safe distance.

  • buy him a tall cat tree, make sure he has crazy playtime sessions a few times a day, always followed by some wet food. You don’t need to play with him for a long time, many 10 minutes sessions are the way to go.

  • never play with your hands. Never ever.

  • if the cat bites or scratches don’t scream, don’t hit him, just put your index finger horizontally on his nose and push slightly towards his face. He will let you go and also know he’s done something wrong, as this is the way mum cat will teach kittens to stop biting. After that don’t engage him for at least 15 minutes.

  • every single person in the house needs to abide by these rules. At all times. And be consistent.

  • if he still shows a knack for fighting with hands, you can train him to fight when you’re wearing an oven glove. If you’re consistent with the other tips he’ll soon learn that he can fight and bite when you’re wearing the oven glove and not when your hands are naked.

    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.
u/Mazelin · 1 pointr/CatAdvice

I also had that issue with my cats when I first adopted them. I ended purchasing a little zap mat that gives a very mild shock and corrects the behavior pretty quickly. I always set it on the lowest setting. Test on yourself so you know what the cat will be experiencing. It’s very light on the lowest setting.

PetSafe ScatMat Indoor Pet Training Mat for Dogs and Cats, Medium Size, 30 X 16 inch, Pet Proof Your Home, Electronic Training Mat

u/textposts_only · 9 pointsr/CatAdvice

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: (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.