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u/vannah08510 · 1 pointr/cats

Let her into your room! She'll be much happier with more space. I highly recommend having a cat tree or two in your place. Give her a box to hide in. Or even try one of these out!

KOJIMA Shark Round House Puppy Bed with Pet Bed Mat, Small to Medium (Gray, Small)

Don't prevent her from hiding, but do challenge her once in a while to be comfortable in different rooms and open spaces.

Try the toy distraction on your 2 year old cat. That's what I meant. If she's showing aggression, it's one of the best ways to distract her from the cat who's more shy.

Make sure the new cat isn't doing anything to provoke your 2 year old cat. If she is, that behavior will need to be adjusted before the 2 year old cat can be comfortable with her.

100% agree on the tuna. If you'd like to learn about cat nutrition, I highly recommend for its active forums and articles on feline nutrition (they can also give great input on behaviors)

Here are two nutrition articles to get you started:

You'll find that grain free high protein wet/raw foods are best for your babies as unlike people and even dogs, cats are obligate carnivores. (Here is some of that science: )
My recommendation is making a small trip to an independent pet food store (not petco, petsmart, or even pet supplies plus) Take a look on yelp for good ones in your area. (Just search for pet food stores) If there are none, try They sell all sorts of pet foods (you can filter by grain free) The forums on thecatsite are very good in terms of discussion of different commercial and home-made food options. (As you might be able to tell, I've done a lot of my own research!)

But yes. You are correct. Plain tuna does not contain the amount of Taurine (that's just one or the major ones) cats need to thrive. Fish generally is something you should stray from due to high mercury content and addictiveness. (Dry food is also very addictive and contributes most to obesity, digestive issues, UTIs, urinary crystals, and more)

And good! Yes, be creative in your ways to distract her! If she's not enjoying her favorite toy, try a new one. (Cats love Da'Bird and similar long (~3 ft) fishing pole type toys. ) Check out these links.

GoCat Da Bird Rod and Feather Cat Toys, Assorted Colors

Cats really jump for these types of long fishing pole toys that use feathers or other fur like parts. I do recommend always having a handy supply of strong duct tape to fix minor issues and strengthen the parts of well-used toys. (I had to tightly reinforce the end of the rod that connects to the string so the end piece holding the string wouldn't come off)

Petmate Jackson Galaxy Cat Crawl Solid Tunnel, Green/Orange

Great space for stalking and hiding during play

Nature In Hand Cat Play House with Catnip and Scratcher (Cat Scratching House)

Triple function hide, stealth play, and cardboard scratcher. I have one that my cat loves! You can sometimes find seasonal looking ones on clearance at local pet stores (I have a gingerbread xmas themed one that I got on clearance for half the price on amazon) Cardboard scratchers, to me, are a must. Whether it's something like this or just by itself.

Nano Robotic Cat Toy (White/Blue)

This one is great if you have hard wood or tile floors. Otherwise, pass.

The idea here is to give them more enrichment, hide space, and ways to play.

That said, having more vertical space is also a really good idea.

You know how cat trees (especially the 6 ft ones) are like 200 dollars at pet stores?
Check this out:

Go Pet Club Cat Tree, 50W x 26L x 72H, Beige

BestPet CT-9073 Cat Tree Scratcher Play House Condo Furniture Toy, 73-Inch, Beige

You can find more on amazon. Groupon or eBay are also good sources. Your cats will be more comfortable if they can observe their territory from a high place rather than hiding behind a toilet. I really do think it would help give them more confidence. You could even install cat shelves on your walls if you want to. But a cat tree(or two!) goes a long way!

Give them their own favorite places to occupy so that they are better able to share their space.

u/SirEDCaLot · 5 pointsr/cats

Okay a few cat suggestions.

  1. buy one of these. It will save you a LOT of scooping, and the soap cartridges it takes last a long time (months) and are cheaper than cat litter. Because this device uses a plumbing connection (water supply and drain) it flushes the cat waste down the drain so there is nothing to scoop or empty. Buy the normal retail unit, then sign up for the VIC program- over the course of a year they'll send you a ton of supplies, but it doesn't auto renew. The VIC supplies are cheaper than retail and work in the normal retail cat genie.

  2. To litterbox train your cat, look up a product called Cat Attract spray. If you get the Cat Genie, DO NOT put the cat attract litter in it- it will clog and destroy the machine. Use the spray, or litterbox train the cat with a normal litterbox and then switch to something automatic.

  3. Keep your cat inside. Inside cats live longer, healthier lives. However she should still have a collar and a microchip- cats can sometimes escape.

  4. Learn to communicate with your cat. Cats do most of their communication through body language, not meows. Most domesticated cats adapt and use meows to communicate with humans to some degree, but if you learn to read the cat's body language that can be a big help. There are lots of resources on cat body language so I won't go into it much here. But a few tips- tail straight up plus long meow is a greeting when you get home, tail up generally indicates happy or curious, ears back plus cat/tail low to the ground equals pissed off. Staring straight at a cat can be a sign of hostility. However if you look at the cat and blink very slowly, sometimes the cat will return the sign- that is a sign of non-threatening familiarity. Same thing if a cat does it to you, do it back. Cats rub against things partially to scent-mark them- so the cat rubbing past your leg is partially an affectionate sign, and also marking you as part of the cat's property. If a cat rubs its face on you (especially your own face) that's a strong sign of approval, it's considering you to be part of its family. When a cat rolls over and exposes its belly this is a sign of trust, not necessarily and invitation for a belly rub. Some cats like the belly rub, some don't. If you want to try it, start at the top under the chin.

  5. speaking of things cats like- scratching between the ears, rubbing around the ear sockets (there are a lot of little muscles in there which orient the ears), scratching lightly on the underside of the jaw and off to the sides below the cheeks. Some cats like having an ear lightly rubbed between two fingers. Right above the base of the tail is another good scratching place. Most cats would prefer having their legs and paws left alone.

  6. Don't declaw your cat. Declawing in human equivalent is the same as tearing off the end of each finger at the last knuckle. Get a good scissor-type nail trimmer- petsmart has them in the dog aisle. The cat designed quick detector one doesn't work at all. DO NOT cut the 'quick'- the pink area inside the nail. That will hurt a lot and bleed. Nail trimming time should be when the cat is very tired and relaxed so she will sit still. Plenty of treats should be involved. It's not always possible to do all the nails at once, sometimes more than one session is required. If you absolutely must declaw your cat, only declaw the front paws. However a better solution is to get a good scratching post and reward the cat for using it. Get something fairly tall- cats like to stretch out when they scratch.

  7. The more water your cat drinks, the better. Cats in the wild get most of their water in the meat they eat, so this is especially important if your cat eats dry food. This gadget works really well- cats instinctively know that running water is cleaner than stagnant water, so a bowl like this can encourage the cat to drink more. Proper hydration can prevent kidney and bladder issues.

  8. It IS possible to train a cat. The difference is that unlike dogs, cats are not pack animals. With a dog, once you establish yourself as ahead of the dog in the pack order, the dog will naturally obey as long as it understands the command. Cats have no such compunction, so you have to train them that it's in their best interest to obey. Negative reinforcement doesn't work well with cats, positive rewards work much better. IE, if you want your cat to come to you when called, having a treat ready as a reward is more effective than punishing the cat who doesn't come. You can train your cat for 'OFF!' or some similar command- for a while, when you say OFF, if the cat doesn't move chase her off whatever she's on, then ignore her. You don't want to create the association that 'off' is the start of a fun hide and seek game.

  9. If you need a punishment, a spray bottle full of water works nicely. It's totally harmless but cats don't like it. There are a handful of automated defense systems like static zapper mats and motion-detector compressed air spray things that work pretty well for training cats to stay off tables and stuff.

  10. If the kitten gets low to the ground, looks at you, and starts wiggling her butt, prepare for a incoming kitty-missile.

  11. Back on training- you can train the cat to not bite or use claws when playing. If you are playing with the cat and she gets a bit too rough, make a loud 'OUCH!' type sound, and end the play session (just walk away and ignore her). Then wash off your hands- any cat bite or scratch should be washed with soap and water.

  12. All cats go through a phase where they bite all the time. The bites are generally soft play-bites that don't hurt.

  13. Cats are smart. If you feed your cats by hand, they will usually figure out that rub against the leg + meow anxiously + be adorable = get food. Keep an eye out for when your cat is training you. Alternatively, get the cat an automatic feeder (only works well with dry food).

  14. Keep your cat entertained. Get a bunch of balls and toys and stuff and leave them laying around. This is especially important if you only have one cat- two cats will entertain each other, one cat will be bored out of its mind when you are away. Many cats prefer toys that make noise of some kind. A cat tower is another good investment.

    Hope that helps!
u/Purple4199 · 3 pointsr/cats

I can help with this! This info is not coming from things I've read or seen, but from an actual cat behaviorist (yes those are a real thing/person) that I had to hire to help with a very similar situation you are in.

  1. Is this your only cat? If not some cats really do need a buddy if possible, that might not solve all the nighttime problems but can help get that crazy energy out.

  2. Even though cats tend be awake more at night you can get them used to your sleep schedule.

  3. We were told the kitten needed to be physically and mentally stimulated so he would sleep better and get that excess energy out.

  4. I commented on a previous post on how she taught us to play with the cats, this is what I wrote:
    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.

  5. She told us to play with him until he was breathing hard, NOT panting just breathing hard. As a signal to the end of the game let the kitten "win" by getting the toy and playing on their own for a few seconds.

  6. If you play with the kitten in the morning and the evening at the very least it helps get all their little energy out.

    This of course is by no means the only way to do things, but it really worked for us. Hope your kitten calms down and you can start getting more sleep.
u/EarlofBlackthorne · 2 pointsr/cats

Man, that's a tough one. It's going to take some hard work, but it can be done.

I also have a male and female who were altered as kittens but it's the 9 year old male who is the problem. I call him "The Piddler" and am hoping that someday Catman shows up to dispense justice. :D j/k

Seriously though, up until recently it's been enzymatic urine removing spray, and blocking access to the problem areas.

After doing some research, I've found that cats tend to present this kind of behavior when they feel very stressed or feel that their territory is being encroached.

I've had some pretty good luck with a few Feliway Diffusers that dispense a drug-free, odorless vapor that mimics a cat’s natural calming pheromones.

They take a bit to fully kick in but you do start to see positive results pretty quick. I have three of them dispersed throughout the house and they really seem to do the trick.

I've also had luck with an extra litter tray. What I've read says "you should have one extra littler tray than you have cats". So you might think about having three litter trays in various locations in the house and staying on top of making sure they stay cleaned out.

So, I guess it all boils down to this:

  • Taking a good hard look at things that are potentially causing your female to feel stressed or threatened, and doing your best to remove the triggers.

  • Giving your cat a little extra positive attention in order to try to reassure her that her place in the house is secure.

  • Making sure the areas affected are kept super clean.

  • Adding an extra litter tray.

  • And, (I'm not trying to sell you a product or anything) installing a few of those Feliway things. (Man, they have really helped to drastically alter the behavior.)

    Good luck! Like I said, it's going to take some work on your part but you can help provide a more comforting environment for your problem kitty by just taking a few steps to help her along the path of a piddle free existence.
u/Treecey · 2 pointsr/cats

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).


  • Especially being short on money, but regardless, I would put aside a set amount each month into an emergency fund just in case.

  • Set boundaries from day 1. If you don't want kitty in your room, then don't allow her to do so just because she's new.

  • Take your kitten to the vet shortly after receiving her. Many shelters near me offer a free vet check at selected vets, or a coupon. But even so, a wellness visit does not cost much.

  • Jackson Galaxy suggests putting the litterbox in a place socially significant to the cat.

    What I must have before I get a cat?

  • Litterbox

  • Litter Scoop

  • Litter - I use Precious Cat Ultra Premium Clumping Cat Litter. It's affordable (lasts me personally longer than a month), and does extremely well hiding the odor.

  • Toys, buy a variety at first to see what your cat likes.

  • Cat Tree (optional but if your kitty is a climber she will like it.). Amazon has affordable ones as well. You could also try

  • Ceramic or Stainless Steel food dish and water bowl.

  • Collar and tags.

  • Brush.

  • Food - I buy Bambi a 3.5lb bag of The Goodlife in the salmon flavor. She loves it and it's affordable at about $7 a bag. I also feed her wet food. I buy the box of Fancy Feast the poultry and beef mix or something like that this costs about $14 a box and lasts 24 days because I feed her a can a day. People will knock Fancy Feast because there's a grain-free trend going at the moment, but 1) she won't eat the more expensive fancy stuff, and 2) I don't think it's necessary, but to each their own. Like everyone has a right to raise their child however, everyone can raise their kitties however. :)

  • Flea/Heartworm/Tick preventative. May be different there, but I like to be proactive. Even if you have an indoor cat, you can bring fleas inside on your clothes. Mosquitoes fly and can come inside. Tick, not sure, but I assume they could also hitch a ride on your clothes. Personally Bambi is just on a flea preventative as I have not found an affordable product that does it all. Revolution seems to be pretty popular though you have to go to the vet for this. I use Advantage II on Bambi. Can't recall the cost at the moment.

  • Scratching posts/pads - You will want more than one but they last a long time.

    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).

  • If you decide to adopt a kitten note that they require much more time and energy. You also should kitten-proof your house as they may get into things they shouldn't or chew on things they shouldn't such as wires. There are also usually more kitten appropriate toys and food to purchase.

    Good luck and enjoy your new furball when you get her!

    EDIT: Formatting
u/retryNarrowingKnee · 2 pointsr/cats

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:

u/SimplyBohemian · 2 pointsr/cats

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

Mouse bungee toy: SmartyKat Bouncy Mouse Cat Toy Bungee Toy

Catnip Banana: Yeowww! Catnip Toy, Yellow...

Crinkle balls: 12 Mylar Crinkle Balls for...

Chirpy toy: Your pet will love this Pet Zone Play-N-Squeak Backyard Squeaking Raccoon Cat Toy:

u/NonEdible · 1 pointr/cats

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:

  • actual named protein source first and second on list of ingredients ("chicken" or "turkey" as opposed to "meat by-product")
  • free of grains (rice, corn, wheat, etc)

    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:

  • if your kitty is fascinated with running water, try getting him a pet fountain. The sound of running water encourages many cats to drink more.
  • give him chicken broth, water from a tuna can, or a cat milk such as CatSip as treats
  • add one or two tablespoons of water to his wet food each meal

    I leave you with some resources that you may find helpful:

  • Feline Urinary Tract Health: Excellent feline nutrition website written by a veterinarian, very in-depth
  • Library of interesting articles
  • Forum for Cat Health/Nutrition: Knowledgeable people, can go to them for more advice

    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!
u/DigitalOsmosis · 2 pointsr/cats

I'm kind of a new cat owner myself, but that said I remember looking for a cat pretty recently :)

Typically shorter hair cats shed less, but my domestic short-hair still sheds more then I expected. Regular grooming with a good brush (my Furminator is amazing) keeps my lap pretty much hair free after petting sessions.

I wouldn't worry too much about the washing thing. Any smell associated with having a cat around is typically coming from the litter box, not the cat, and that can be controlled to some degree by changing the litter more frequently and putting it in another room. Unless they get into something, his/her regular grooming should keep her pretty clean. My cat hates it, but do give her a bath every 3-4 weeks mostly because I love how soft shampoo makes her fur.

As long as you try to make your house a nice place for a cat to live (toys, scratching post, maybe even a cat tree) cats can do very well being inside only. Without toys and something to exercise their claws on they can terrorize your stuff and your furniture though so be careful.

There is some correlation between breeds and personalities, and I did a TON of research before I went out to look for a cat, but what it really comes down to is the individual animal you end up getting. If you are adopting from an animal shelter (they have lots of great animals at least here in the states) just talk to the people that work there. They typically love the animals a lot and working with them everyday gives them a lot of insight into each of their personalities. I went to the shelter trying to get a particular kitten I found on their website, but he wouldn't come out to see us and was all around pretty grumpy. I talked to the shelter workers and explained what I was looking for, they introduced me to Winkie, and wouldn't trade her back for anything :)

u/Bibbityboo · 1 pointr/cats

Yep, normal kitten behavior. My cat was like that until he was about a year or so old, then he was still like that but in shorter and shorter spurts. It can be both adorable and frustrating at once! (Especially at night!).

Redirection like someone mentioned does help a lot. The spray bottle never worked with my cat. He just figured out that if I didn't have the spray bottle in my hand he had X amount of time to misbehave and run. I also found that attention worked a lot too. Like making sure you spend a fair amount of itme playing and tiring them out!

My cat had a ton of toys to play with,, which kept him occupied. Simpler tended to be better -- small plastic balls to bat around were probably his favorite. The other thing he LOVED was Its a cheap toy. Nothing to it, but its a stiff wire and when he batted at it, it owuld move in an erratic fashion (like a bug). So that would be something he'd do to entertain himself all the time.

Good luck!

u/blonderengel · 11 pointsr/cats

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!):

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:

Try cardboard scratchers, too. Cats love those!

Most cats love "da bird" to play with (

Here's a great resource for any cat appreciator:

That's all I can think of right now ... except this: have fun with her. Cats can enrich your life in immeasurable ways!

u/LAJuice · 2 pointsr/cats

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)

Go Cat Cat Catcher Teaser Wand with Mouse Cat Toy

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

Good luck!!!

u/84Dublicious · 2 pointsr/cats

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!

u/stumpside · 2 pointsr/cats

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!

u/skyblueandblack · 1 pointr/cats

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).

u/NextDayAir · 2 pointsr/cats

get a covered littler box... and get the arm and hammer double duty cat litter... it's the best I have come across so far to absorb odors...

also, you will probably have to promise her to clean the litter box all the time... if you decide to get multiple cats, you need at least one litter box per cat... plus one more if you get several cats... but that's a little down the line... gotta get the first one in the door first...

what you may have to do is just go out and get one... get a kitten because who the hell can resist their perpetual cuteness... she should fall in love instantly... but, if you don't want to take a chance of having her kill you and want her to be in on it, one thing to know, that I have experienced, when you get a kitten, the person who holds it on the ride home will become it's mom/dad (this may be theory, but it has happened with all our cats) so you may want to have a friend take you so the both of you can be there to play with it on the way home...

whatever you do, DON'T get a cat declawed... it's wrong and mean and needless if you have the proper scratching things for them to... well, scratch on... our cats like those disposable cardboard scratchers you see at the pet store...

you'll probably want a cat tree too... something where it has places to hide and a platform to get up above most of the action... if you have the tools and ability, you can even make your own out of wood and carpeting... cats will even scratch on those...

when you bring them home for the first time, open their carrier and let them come out at their own pace... don't force them out... and if they do bolt out and hide somewhere, let them stay hidden until they come out on their own... but have plenty of toys for them to choose from... I suggest one of these and one of these because our cats love them...

as for food, get the appropriate food for their age... preferably an indoor formula that helps with hairballs... because they WILL hork up hairballs regularly... be ready to clean those too... for water, I suggest one of these since cats love to drink from the faucets... so break that habit before it even starts so you're not here in three to six months asking about cats and drinking from the sink...

umm... that's all I can think of off the top of my head... I am by no means a professional, but just someone who cares about their cats (and I have a girlfriend so I am not a crazy cat guy)

any other questions, just ask... someone will be able to answer what I can't

TL;DR: none. it's a lot to read, but it's good info as far as I understand...

u/FakeWalterHenry · 1 pointr/cats

Not sure what your budget is, but there are a few suggestions I can make.

2. Make grooming easy with bribes! Healthy treats like Catty Shack or Greenies make Brush Time easier for both parties.

3. A lot of professional groomers charge an arm and a leg for cats (because of their arms and legs), so do the grooming yourself! You will need a Furminator, nail clippers, and cleansing wipes. Groom often, and invest in a scratching post.

4. As long as you are using a tool for grooming cats (i.e.: Furminator) you don't have to worry about overdoing it. Brush as thoroughly as you can, and stop when your brush starts coming out clean (or nearly free of loose hairs).

5. General tips: Buy the best food your budget allows. Preferably wet food, or a diet half wet food and half dry food. Go grain free, like Merrick and/or Soulistic. For a healthy, shiny coat I would recommend Pet Naturals' Daily Best; And to reduce hairballs, Hairball. Don't use hairball remedies that contain petroleum jelly, it will give your baby the runs :(

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u/critterwool · 1 pointr/cats

Please do not yell at your cat or spray your cat with water it will not teach it a thing and it will only confuse it and teach it to be afraid of you.

Increase one on one play time with your cat to get some energy out. Use a variety of toys and rotate them. Some tried-and-true favorites...
This is such a simple toy and a very cheap so order several as they are an add-on item and they’re great to have around in every room because kitties seem to always enjoy them whether it’s dangled from the air or drug along the ground for chasing.
Cat Dancer 101 Cat Dancer Interactive Cat Toy

Order natural peacock feathers off of Amazon for a super fun game with your kitty. The first time my girl are saw one she literally stood up on her hind legs walking across the floor trying to get out it. When you want to get the feather away pull it straight back toward you and it will slip through their claws and teeth. Eventually the quill will break from play so it's good to get a pack of them, they are not very expensive.
ALL in ONE 20pcs Natural Peacock Tail Feather

SnugglyCat The Ripple Rug - Made in USA - Cat Activity Play Mat - Thermal Base -Fun Interactive Play - Training - Scratching - Bed Mat My girl goes crazy for this one every time. Dangle a peacock feather or anything else outside some of the holes when your kitty hides in the rug and you’ll see little arms reaching out of holes all over the place it is hilarious and loads of fun.

Your kitty is a lifelong companion so please take a little time to make the most of that relationship and read this book by Jackson Galaxy- The cat daddy himself.

Total Cat Mojo: The Ultimate Guide to Life with Your Cat

u/RushIndustries · 1 pointr/cats

Firstly, it sounds like you are doing a lot right. I would suggest feeding wet food twice a day, supplementing with dry. Cats get a lot of their hydration through food in addition to water in bowls.

As others have mentioned, I would get a tall sisal cat post, tall enough to let her obtain a decent full body stretch. Also, try to set aside 10-15 minutes a couple times a day to play with her using a wand type toy to help satisfy her predatory instinct, which will help with overall behavior. You mentioned biting... never use your fingers, hands or other body parts for playing as you are teaching her to bite you. Don’t let guests do this either as consistency is important for behavior modification. When she bites, immediately distract by using the wand toy, such as DaBird to play instead. Never use punishment, only positive reinforcement when she does things well.

If you are truly interested in learning about your cat and cat behavior, I suggest watching Jackson Galaxy videos. He has tons of great information on his YouTube channel. If you do these simple to implement activities, you will develop a much better relationship with your cat which will benefit both of you.

Jackson Galaxy:

We have this scratching post and our cats love it and use it.

Wand type cat toy:

u/cavalier_queen · 1 pointr/cats

I wonder if some puzzle toys or a Turbo Scratcher might be good options for him? They shouldn't tax his heart too much, but they might provide more of an outlet for his prey drive. You could also feed him regularly via food ball.

Is he really food-motivated? If so, more mental stimulation could be had through clicker-training.

I don't know a ton about heart conditions in cats, so I'm not sure what activity levels would be safe for him. Your vet would know better. If more exercise (physical and mental) doesn't help, and he continues to be aggressive without warning, or it gets worse, I might explore medication options. I'm NOT advocating this as anything but a last resort, but sometimes mood stabilizers can improve everyone's quality of life. It doesn't sound like he needs this AT ALL right now, but it's not bad to keep it in mind if it ever does become an issue.

I hope your vet has some good suggestions and information for you! Good luck with everything, and if you feel like an update after the appointment, I'd be interested to hear how it went!

u/kristephe · 1 pointr/cats

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 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.

u/short_stack · 1 pointr/cats
  1. Make sure you are feeding good food. Wet food is better than dry, and high protein/minimal grain is best. Check here or search r/cats for the many threads on this subject. Grocery store brands like Friskies, and even brands advertised as "high end' like Science Diet and Purina, are not good foods!

  2. Slowly decrease the amount of food they each get until it is close to the recommended amount, and until their weight is ideal and stabilizes. Be careful not to reduce the amount too drastically as hepatic lipidosis is always a concern. If you're not sure of the ideal weight, check out a weight chart or consult your vet.

  3. Make sure they get enough play time. You should dedicate 15-30 minutes a day to getting them active! Try Da Bird or the Cat Dancer if they aren't very interested in play.

  4. Do not give in to begging!
u/cruelladekill · 1 pointr/cats

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!

u/bbdoll · 1 pointr/cats


cat dancer

the hot pursuit

cat tunnel

crinkle balls


my favorites in order are:

Arm and Hammer Seal and Clump

Ever Clean with activated charcoal (clumping)

Tidy Cats clumping


jumbo high-back litterbox

i would avoid covered or anything that makes the kitty feel trapped. no reason not to have tall walls, especially with sloppy kittens. you're also going to want a litter mat so they don't track it everywhere.


kittens. eat. constantly. so keep out dry food 24/7 and feed a little wet food morning and night. this is temporary, don't free-feed dry food when they're an adult. you'll want to transition kitty to scheduled feedings when they're 6-8 months old, and i recommend wet food only at that point as kibble really isn't great.

my kitten has been thriving on premium edge kitten food but purina's kitten offerings look good and are a bit easier to find. with wet food supplementation. if you want, tell me your budget and i can give you some recommendations.


72" wooden cat condo - (or something like it, you definitely want something 6 ft+ for them to climb)

a tall scratching post - random one i found. tall scratchers are healthy for your cat, they have vertical muscles that need to be exercised.

cardboard scratchers - i like this one as it lasts a long time and you can flip it over for a new side.

not sure about flea meds as my cats are indoors. your vet will know what is effective in your region (some flea meds are completely useless in certain states). i would keep your cat indoors though.

u/olalaelaine · 1 pointr/cats

SSSCAT Cat Trainer

This is a canned air device with a motion activated sensor. Just put it outside your door at night and when the cat approaches the door it will spray. Hopefully discouraging this behavior.

You could also try placing packing tape sticky side up around the door (or maybe aluminum foil). I hear these can deter cats, though they have no effect on my cat.

It sounds as though the cat is likely bored. Maybe getting some self play encouraging toys. They have kinds with a laser pointer. I personally have a "weezle ball" (a battery operated rolling ball with a fuzzy creature attached) I'll turn it on and let kitty play with it. It keeps her busy and happy, but out of my way so I can focus on other things.

I certainly wish you the best and hope you find a solution. Please work hard with your cat before resorting to getting rid of her.

u/That_Cupcake · 1 pointr/cats

PLEASE do not underestimate litter box logistics.

I live in a small apartment with three neutered males; 10, 8, and 3 years old, indoor only. Currently, I'm not having any issues, but I have worked hard to find the right litter box situation. The older ones have had all kinds of issues, including a serious kidney stone in the oldest, who got surgery a few years ago for it.

Maybe two years ago, we had a litter box problem where they were peeing in corners or close to the boxes. I had 4 of those igloos (rip off, do not buy) in the garage that they could easily access through a cat door. As it turned out, this was stressing out my cats. I can only speculate as to why -- perhaps one cat was being a bully and guarding the boxes, maybe the boxes were too small, maybe the sudden opening of the garage door was scaring them from going in the garage, etc...

so, to make a long story short, here is how I solved the problem:

  1. Different litter boxes. big ones. HUGE ones.

    Cats do not like to feel boxed in. They are sensitive little creatures. Although they like privacy, they also need to feel like they have an easy escape route if something scares them. Use 50 gallon storage containers, and cut a door for your kitty. Do NOT use a lid. No one likes looking at cat poop, but making them go in a little closed in box at their age could be causing the problem. These DIY litter boxes are cheap, and the high walls will prevent your fur babies from flinging litter all over. here is a good example:

  2. Switch litter, and use a ton of it.

    Now that you have 50 gallon tubs, you have plenty of space to fill. kitties like to dig -- let them! I was using the light weight pine shavings for a long time because dragging a giant bag of sand home was awful. That stuff isn't the best, and cheap kitty litter is, well, cheap. This litter had good reviews so I tried it and they loved it! Also, amazon prime will deliver it to your door. hehehe :3

  3. Litter box placement.

    The general rule of thumb is one box per cat, + one more. So, if you have two kitties, you should have three litter boxes. I have 3 kitties, therefore I have 4 litter boxes. This way, no one fights, and if one cat is being a jerk, they have lots of other options. The hardest part in all of this is finding a place for the boxes. They're big, they're ugly, and they require easy access every day for cleaning. The important part is that they are spaced far apart. Don't let your cats watch each other go, it makes them uncomfortable. Maybe put one in each room of the shop, or house when you can finally bring them home. :)

  4. Kitty Xanax and playtime

    I think I saw someone else posting about this too. The poor things sound like they are stressed. Help them out. You should also be showing your cats love and attention. They might not be around for all of your life, but you will be around for all of theirs. Maybe they are trying to tell you something.

  5. No-Kill options

    sorry about the facebook link;

    look into adoption if you feel like you've tried everything or you are simply done dealing with it.

    I hope this helps. Also, sorry for the formatting, everything is now step 1. I don't feel like fixing it, nor do I feel like it's important. :)
u/rabidstoat · 1 pointr/cats

I'm a fan too. I and several friends have this big bad boy, but they have smaller ones too. Actually, I have a smaller one of theirs upstairs and the bigger one downstairs. They aren't the most stylish but they get the job done.

Mine have stood up pretty well. The smaller one is a bit less steady than the bigger one, probably because it has a smaller base compared to height. It also probably wasn't put together as well.

I wouldn't call them the sturdiest of cat trees, though. Mine have held up relatively fine, except that the sisal has come unwrapped on one of the posts. And though the mice-on-a-string on mine have held up surprisingly well despite getting beat up routinely, most everyone else I know have had their mice strings break from cat abuse.

Still, they're my favorite, they are relatively cheap for the size and my cats seem to love leaping about them. They are second only to window perches for things that my cats enjoy.

u/CorporateDroneStrike · 2 pointsr/cats
  1. An adult cat can probably tolerate for it about 3 days, on an infrequent basis. It is pretty dependent on the personality of your cat - some cats might act out destructively or gobble all their food. Most cats can regulate eating dry food so you can put a lot out at once. They definitely won't guzzle water for fun, so just put out an extra bowl. Destructive behavior from boredom can be managed with some interactive toys - maybe a Kong treat ball ect. Unless your cat has some issues, 1 litter box scooped once per day should be fine. I have 2 cats and we sometimes skip a day- nbd.


  2. I spend about $10 a month for food (Taste of the Wild) and maybe the same on litter (Tidy Cats clumping) for each cat per month. So $20. I would plan on some start up costs for scratching posts, toys, and a litter pan. I tended to go high end on these:

    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.


  3. Domestic mongrel 100%. They are going to be healthier in expectation, and I'm not a fan of the breeding industry. As for adult vs kitten - it's hard to say. Adult cats have more fixed personalities, that can include bad habits. Kittens have random personalities but you have a chance to influence them and for the two of you to gel. Look into local shelters to see if you can foster - that way you can make sure you have a good fit without committing. If you foster kittens, get at least 3. If you get a pair, you have a higher chance of keeping both.

u/rubberduckiesncat · 2 pointsr/cats

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!

u/mandarex87 · 1 pointr/cats

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.

u/AlexTakeTwo · 1 pointr/cats

Image: Pixie is confused about why she can't get into her sister Trixie's bowl any more!


For years, I've used the PetSafe automatic feeder to dispense kibble, because my last cat was a food-obsessed only cat and this was the only way to keep him from begging incessantly. When he passed away and I adopted new kitties last year, I continued using the same automatic feeder as they had no complaints about sharing a bowl. Unfortunately, it turns out that one of them will often not eat her share of kibble, and her sister will happily eat the extra, so a weight problem was developing. Enter the SureFeed Microchip feeder. I had been looking for options and ran across a mention of this here on Reddit, and as it will actually read an implanted microchip instead of requiring a collar, it seemed perfect for my needs, although pricey.


I ordered two feeders in early February, expecting to be able to start training the kitties right away. Unfortunately, I missed the teeny, tiny "batteries not included" note on the order page, and so due to weather issues and multiple Amazon delivery failures, it took nearly two weeks to get enough batteries for both feeders (I had enough for one but not both.) In the meantime, however, I decided to set the feeders up with the lid open, and at least start getting the kitties used to the new contraption. Fortunately, since they have a self-cleaning litter box and were eating from an automatic feeder, they're already used to small mechanical noises and just needed to get used to the new bowls.


The first thing I did was take the automatic feeder and large shared bowl out, then put the feeder contraptions in the same place inside the cabinet where the kitties eat. I opened the lids on both feeders, and set the bowls in front of them so the kitties could have a new bowl without having to stick their head into the smaller confined space at first. Once they got used to the bowls, I put the bowls in the feeders and left them with the lid open for another week. During this week, I would occasionally call the kitties over, and push the open/close button on the feeder with batteries to show the mechanism without having it be in the way of eating. Lots of "check this out, isn't it cool!" positive encouragement while doing so. Luckily my kitties are young, curious, and fascinated by movement so they got used to it pretty quickly.


After three weeks of eating in open feeders, yesterday I finally programmed each feeder to read the microchip from one cat. Luring the cats through the hoop was no problem, a couple of favorite crunchy treats dropped in their bowl did the trick for that. Then once the feeder was programmed and the lid closed, another round with crunchy treats to lure them through and show them that it would open for them when they moved their head through.


The first couple of hours with programmed feeders was a little bit dicey, mostly because extra-eating kitty was quite confused about why she could no longer eat from her sister's bowl, and also slightly worried about the bright green light reflecting behind the open lid of her feeder. A couple of times sitting with her an re-assuring her while she approached the feeder and ate took care of that, along with setting the lid to the maximum slow-close duration so she had enough time to approach, open, contemplate, and get comfortable to eat.


The biggest problem mentioned in the reviews is the ability for a second kitty to come over the open back of a feeder and steal food while the "authorized" kitty eats. Luckily mine aren't at the food-stealing stage yet, but now that I don't need a cabinet large enough to handle the automatic feeder, I'll be moving the microchip feeders into a small Kallax cube shelf so each kitty is in a walled-off section that her sister can't invade. Bonus for being able to store the kibble and supplies in the upper sections of the shelf. There is also a back cover available for sale for the feeder, although apparently they can't manage to keep that in stock as it keeps going "unavailable" on Amazon. The only other change I need is to order a second set of the stainless steel bowls for the feeder, the included bowls are plastic and based on past experience, plastic bowls often cause chin acne in cats. I'd prefer ceramic over stainless, but so far I can't find the right size/shape of ceramic bowl to use with it.


Overall, a pricey option for multiple kitties, but worth it to be able to control feeding portions without having to separate kitties or add more daily feedings or other sort of crazy additions to daily life. Open feeders twice per day, add appropriate amount of kibble, and done. (Supplemented with wet food, which is a whoooooooole other thing. Note, though, that the lid on this feeder closes well enough it could support feeding wet food instead of kibble if needed. )

u/GZiggie · 1 pointr/cats

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!

u/msscrabble · 1 pointr/cats

I'm very glad she is on a diet! Get some cat wand toys (,, 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.

u/Relenq · 2 pointsr/cats

I'm testing out some types of treats with my new cat, and one thing that seems to have been a hit are freeze-dried treats. Thrive and Cosma are the two brands I know, both 100% meat that's been freeze-dried. If you've ever had freeze-dried fruit, you can estimate what the taste and texture would be like for cats :)

He also likes Dreamies treats, especially when we put them in a treat ball for him to bat around. He also adores his cat tree as he loves being up high and watching everything go by. In terms of general toys, he adores a rather simple feather waggler, and we're going to see how he gets on with a toy circuit. I've also seen people who found that a butterfly in a jar, while not a cat toy, was rather interesting, and likewise the hexbug also garnered interest from some cats.

u/Shihana · 1 pointr/cats

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.

u/alllie · 1 pointr/cats

Playing with a cat makes them more friendly than anything but food. I recommend this cheap piece of wire and cardboard. My cats LOVE it. The secret is play. They can't resist it even when they can resist food.

u/Luidaeg · 2 pointsr/cats

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!

u/xosir · 2 pointsr/cats

I like it. It's sturdy if you screw it together tight. The only thing I don't like is that it's not a real carpet material, but a fuzzy fabric. Gracie still loves it though. A lot of others on this thread have it and have said they made some modification and liked theirs too. Looks like the average lifespan is about 2 years, which is totally worth the price.

u/[deleted] · 3 pointsr/cats

I have the best cat brush ever: the Furminator! You still have to brush, but not as often because it really does a good job pulling out the loose fur.

Your cat has the best cat name ever! Do you say it all as one word like that, or do you call him Gary?

u/Keryy · 1 pointr/cats

On amazon! Both my cats loves it! My other cat is 17lbs and the hammock is holding up great :)

Oster Sunny Seat Window Cat Bed

u/dptofnala · 1 pointr/cats

My cat loved the sink, so I bought her a Drinkwell water fountain. It gives her a constant stream of running water. Some of the water fountains don't have a dripping stream (they have fresh water upwelling from the bottom). My cat LOVES this one. Best $30 I have ever spent. When I turn it off, she sits and stares at it until I turn it back on.

u/moqingbird · 1 pointr/cats

After resisting for ages due to the price i finally gave in and got one of these:
Totally worth it. The healthy cat eats fast and finishes his food so luckily i only need one (to stop him stealing the prescription food), but having used it i now think if needed i would happily bite the bullet and put a second one on my credit card. Not only does it keep other pets out, it keeps wet food fresh for longer which means the little parient is eating more of it and doing noticeably better.

u/hypno_tode · 1 pointr/cats

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.

u/betacatenin · 1 pointr/cats

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.

u/MiddleEarthGardens · 1 pointr/cats

Or, for a mere $6, you can get this, which we have dubbed the BEST cat toy ever:

I'm not sure what it is about this toy, but I have not seen a single cat able to resist it. Jackson Galaxy uses it very successfully to engage shy/upset cats in play and redirect their energy. All of mine have gone nuts for it (we have 6), and I've given it as gifts to other folks with cats who say the same thing.

u/northernCan81 · 3 pointsr/cats

Here you go!
Just make sure you clean it regularly (once a week or at least biweekly) and change the filter at least twice a month and your cats will be happy 😸

u/Arzalis · 2 pointsr/cats

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.

u/lilj0nyeah · 2 pointsr/cats

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:

Litter scooper:

Litter: (cheaper if you buy this one at PetSmart believe it or not)

Kitten food:

Litter mat:

u/lostinfhloston · 2 pointsr/cats

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:

u/Inessaria · 2 pointsr/cats

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.

u/stayingontask · 3 pointsr/cats

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.

u/calicocookiedough · 1 pointr/cats

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.

u/blairr · 7 pointsr/cats

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!

u/TheCatGuardian · 1 pointr/cats

You can try giving her less food more times a day, or you can get a food ball like this. That will slow the cat down enough to not throw up.

If you have only had her two months and she is skittish i wouldn't worry about her only eating dry for now. Once she is more comfortable you can add some wet food in.

As for the water I would try to not let her lick the shower. The shampoo, conditioner, body wash, cleaning chemical etc. are not good for her. You can get a fountain for her and she should be much more attracted to that than a water dish.

u/prnssleiao · 2 pointsr/cats

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:

u/omen77 · 2 pointsr/cats

Yes, take her to the vet. In case it's something physical.

Another thing you should do is get Feliway which is a pheromone that helps cats feel more relaxed / particularly a kitten who has been separated from his litter / mama. Feliway comes in a form that emulates the pheromones put out by the mother cat. We got it for our girl cat who was very skittish. In a couple weeks she was like a totally different cat. It can work wonders:

u/Utahman8 · 2 pointsr/cats

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.

u/flocculus · 6 pointsr/cats

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 :)

u/timhimself840 · 4 pointsr/cats

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

u/FerretWithASpork · 2 pointsr/cats

Yup! He's got a Da Mouse toy that he absolutely loves and he's surprisingly good at hunting it.

u/Pguin15 · 1 pointr/cats

It's definitely something to consider. Microchip feeders are amazing to have for situations like yours. You can buy one that only your slower-eating cat can get into, so she can graze whenever she wants and your bigger guy can't get into it.

u/thatkatrina · 1 pointr/cats

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 :)

u/QDKeck · 7 pointsr/cats

Try this Catit Senses 2.0 Food Tree

Makes the kitty work for the food, drops small amounts at a time, making feeding time longer - might help. Good luck!

u/marich92 · 1 pointr/cats

This one I have is the best and really cheap! Had it for a yr and still going strong :

Catit Flower Fountain: 3L Cat Water Fountain with Triple-Action Filter

u/sitapixie1 · 1 pointr/cats

I have a male (fixed) cat that pees occasionally wherever he wants. We got these and they've really really helped. We put them where he usually likes to pee (corner or counter-eewww).

Good luck, I've been trying to fix this with my cat for years.

u/insaneblane · 2 pointsr/cats

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!

u/Talon125 · 1 pointr/cats

Super cheap on amazon hey? $100 including shipping. The thing is massive.

Or if you like blue

u/biohoo · 1 pointr/cats

What kind of litter do you use?

Precious Cat Ultra Premium Clumping Cat Litter, 40 pound bag

We use this and it's wonderful at keeping poop smells at bay.

u/BeckyDaTechie · 1 pointr/cats

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.

u/ave23v · 3 pointsr/cats

If he eats dry food, maybe look into something like this :

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).

u/april_glowers · 1 pointr/cats

Oh, that inspired me - evidently there are new cat toys that are self-running laser pointers.... something like this:

It looks like it only stays on for 15 minutes though.

u/deepyell · 1 pointr/cats

The Catit Flower Fountain. It looks nice, and my cats love it.

u/bookworm326 · 1 pointr/cats

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.

u/Krstnzz · 2 pointsr/cats

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. :)

u/FestiveFerret · 2 pointsr/cats

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!

u/Scoxxicoccus · 1 pointr/cats

My 8yr old cat will take any opportunity to drink from the faucet and just passed a complete physical with flying colors. You might try something like this just to keep it happy.

Still, if you are worried, you should take it in for a checkup.

u/Lemoncow · 3 pointsr/cats

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.

u/AetherIsWaiting · 17 pointsr/cats

the furminator. Trust me. Trust me. Trust me. It's probably the most expensive brush out there, but it is worth it's weight doubled in gold. get here

u/Crystaleyes · 3 pointsr/cats

I forgot to mention that you may want to try a product called Feliway by Comfort Zone:
It comes as a diffuser or in a spray. It may help to calm her.

u/KaitlynnS · 3 pointsr/cats

One thing you may want to try as well is Feliway.

It mimics a comforting pheromone that may help.

Linky: Feliway with diffuser

u/x-cessive_dreamer · 2 pointsr/cats

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.

u/simiangeek · 1 pointr/cats

Could try this...

If it hasn't been recommended to you yet, grab a jug of something like Nature's Miracle, or some other enzymatic urine cleaner for the marked spots.

u/PandaPants33 · 5 pointsr/cats

Aww. That is a pretty harsh comb for just a long haired, fluffy cat; it may tug and feel uncomfortable. Try using a regular human's comb. It won't tug as much and he may like how it feels a little better.

The best comb is this one.

u/samolotem · 1 pointr/cats

Not a type of litter, but this litterbox has been great for reducing tracking in my apartment:

u/chubeccah · 1 pointr/cats

They have cat bowls that respond to collars on the cats and only open for those cats. Let me see if I can find a link.

I think this is the one I saw online. Hella expensive but if you don't mind dropping the cash I bet this would be a helpful solution. I've always wanted to get these because our dog eats the cats food, so we have to feed them on the kitchen table, but this is too much money for my taste.

u/Talyr_ · 2 pointsr/cats

We have two Wegies. One of them is more of a groomer than the other, so she's grooming a combined 28 pounds of cat on a routine basis. She gets severe hair balls and has had to be hospitalized twice because of them. I very, very strongly recommend you get one of these. We try to use it every two or three days. It's unbelievable how much hair it gets off. They're great cats, you'll be very happy with your little one.

  • Edit after rereading your post: you do need to trim their rears every other month or so to keep from things getting tangled up back there, but nothing too strenuous.
u/meerkat78 · 1 pointr/cats

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.

u/IamNoExpert · 2 pointsr/cats

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.

u/bluXndr · 1 pointr/cats

Since the cat has anxiety issues it is probably seeking a safe place or is lonely outside your bedroom. Bedrooms contain a lot more of your scents than other rooms in your house and to your cat those scents can be very comforting. If she has a preferred sleeping or hiding spot outside your bedroom, you could try putting an old t-shirt or something from your closet in the spot for her to lay on. The smells on the clothing could help her relax.

If that doesn't work you may try a more extreme training tool such as this: Just put the device in front of your door at night and it will give her a small blast of air whenever she gets close.

u/paperbackedsea · 2 pointsr/cats

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

u/ShutterBugIt · 3 pointsr/cats

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

u/thesarabear · 2 pointsr/cats

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.

u/lackofsupervision · 6 pointsr/cats

Yes, SSScat.

You can use regular compressed air cans instead of branded replacements to save money.

u/visinefortheplank · 1 pointr/cats

Many cats are fascinated by running water and some will only drink from a running water source. There are many cat fountains like this available if they want to try it as a way to transition the cat to water.

u/akiyineria · 1 pointr/cats

Is it this feeder? I've used it when my cats were kittens and we were free-feeding. This allowed both our cats to eat their fill. They've both mellowed out and learned to share both dry and wet food so we don't have to worry as much anymore, but maybe the feeder will help!

u/picklesthecat · 3 pointsr/cats

There are three toys I've found that cats consistently like, and they are all pretty cheap.

  1. A laser pointer
  2. catnip
  3. a cat dancer
u/Adolpheappia · 2 pointsr/cats

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.

u/Jashyk · 1 pointr/cats

Yup, like this

We use one of these until it runs out, then we just buy refills when our cats start to get stir crazy again. You don't need to be running them all the time.

It seems to help calm down our one wild cat when he can't sleep. Just put it in a higher traffic area that she walks by a lot, we have ours in the hallway, but you could even put it right in your bedroom if you want for max effect.

Worth a shot!

u/raccoon251 · 1 pointr/cats

Yup, I’ve owned this fountain for a few years. It’s easy to clean and my cat uses it regularly.

u/Gruesome · 3 pointsr/cats

Second u/loridee's advice...also, check out Feliway. It's supposed to emit feel-good pheromones to make them feel safe and secure. I bought the diffuser because we took our cats on a trip with us in our motor home! I think it made a big difference.

u/justanotherkatlady · 1 pointr/cats

Would a slow feeder toy be a possibility? I let my cats forage food out of one and it's legit just sit and use one paw to get the food out.

This is pretty much my cat arsenal. Not sure if these will work with your man but figured i'd put them out there. I also buy cat sticks for them to chew on but usually you have to supervise them because big chunks get chewed off.

Links: Slow Feeder Toy Springs. Cat Wand. Wand Attachments. Wand Attachments 2. String Wand. Tower Feeder

u/thejennadaisy · 1 pointr/cats

Looks like you could benefit from one of these

u/kickshaw · 4 pointsr/cats

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.

u/HGainRN · 7 pointsr/cats

I have it too and love it!

Go Pet Club Cat Tree, 50W x 26L x 72H, Beige

u/Tytillean · 1 pointr/cats

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.

u/shj1985 · 1 pointr/cats

I got this one on Amazon and my cat loves it

You can take the flower out and the water will still flow.

But there's a range of them on there, including fancier ones.

u/solidsimpson · 2 pointsr/cats

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

u/crowek · 2 pointsr/cats

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.

u/Rivermelodies · 1 pointr/cats

What a cute kitty!

I use a clevercat litterbox:

It's a significant improvement over the classic litterbox shape. The height and lid really minimizes litter mess and odor.

u/purplemilkywayy · 1 pointr/cats

I have this one for my cat. Holds a lot of water but it's a little difficult to clean thoroughly (lots of angles and crevices on the inside).

He drinks from it all the time. And I honestly have never seen him drink water from a bowl/dish.

u/EnnKayy · 1 pointr/cats

PetSafe SlimCat Meal-Dispensing Cat Toy, Great for Food or Treats

We put Temptations in it cause they're cat crack.

u/anbeav · 2 pointsr/cats

If you have construction skills they are likely easy to make but are far from flimsy, they are expensive but need to be of solid construction at least in my house where leaping from floor to the top is a thing and anything not sturdy would tumble.

This is the 2nd tower I bought him

The first was slightly smaller, fewer levels and maybe $70 if I remember correctly

u/Meow217 · 1 pointr/cats

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 and she loves that one! Not sure why, since it's nothing fancy. The way I found out was because I got her this: and she is OBSESSED lol.

u/hazel919 · 1 pointr/cats

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 ( )
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.

u/Clorox43 · 1 pointr/cats

Adding to what everyone else said, get a washable cat bed and a furminator. The furminator seems expensive, but I haven't seen a single hairball since I've started using it. And, I am able to use it to clean the hair off of the cat tree.

u/squirrelgirl18 · 1 pointr/cats

If you don't already have one of these, I know a lot of cats really enjoy them, my own included.

u/Ef3s · 2 pointsr/cats

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.


u/dontcryferguson · 1 pointr/cats

The Cat Catcher drives my cat wild, even more so than Da Bird. I've also heard great things about Tiger Teasers.

u/OakTeach · 1 pointr/cats

Get her one of those cat feeder toy things. My friend with formerly bored/insane city cats swears by these kinds of things.

u/Intereo · 29 pointsr/cats

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.

u/Noah8791 · 1 pointr/cats

My friend had these set up on the counter and the couch and they work with his cat. They don't like the "psssst" air sound that comes out so they avoid it. May work?

u/arbitraryprimate · 3 pointsr/cats

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.

u/sluttylunalovegood · 3 pointsr/cats

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.

u/tcpip4lyfe · 14 pointsr/cats

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.

u/nolij420 · 1 pointr/cats

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.


u/PoissonBleu56 · 2 pointsr/cats

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!

u/ammolite · 3 pointsr/cats

> 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.

u/onlymostlyinsane · 2 pointsr/cats

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???

u/Carelinus · 1 pointr/cats

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.

u/neonshizzy · 10 pointsr/cats

Just so ya'll are aware that this awesome kitty tower (I have the same one) Amazon sells these for a whopping $81!

You're welcome crazy cat people <3

u/MuffinBottomPie · 5 pointsr/cats

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.

u/mishugashu · 1 pointr/cats

I'd probably just buy her a pet fountain.

Like this:

u/Jak_Crow · 2 pointsr/cats

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

PetSafe Drinkwell Pagoda Fountain

u/ZubinJohnson · 2 pointsr/cats

You could look at feeding them in different rooms. Alternatively, you can get a cat slow feeder for the bolder one and it would make him work for the food and focus on his own meal a little longer.

And if it stays a big problem and you have budget, checkout the innovative SureFlap Surefeed feeder. It is designed specifically for the purpose:

u/kciuq1 · 7 pointsr/cats

We have a couple at our house, and they work really well even with our less than skinny cats.

u/SaulsAll · 2 pointsr/cats

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.

u/jrrhea · 12 pointsr/cats

It's still $81, at least in the US. I bought this exact tree too, my purchase history says in 2014. Still have it but it is in the spare room, they only use the top deck now to see it out of a high window. They never used the ladders, I took them off in the first week. I bought a newer and smaller tree for my living room area.

u/alexandros14 · 30 pointsr/cats

get yourself a furminator. worth every penny

u/dmcindc · 2 pointsr/cats

Well, until she stops peeing outside of the litter box, I would advise you to take the covers off all of them. She's not going to want to use one uncovered box if the other cat is bullying her near it. Best to make sure she has options, just in case.

Look into getting a Clever Cat litter box.

You can take the cover off and the sides are high, to prevent a cat from bothering another cat inside, and the high sides is also good for high female pee'ers. But overall, without the lid, there's not just one small opening to get trapped inside with and lots of room to get out. Over time, you can slowly try putting the lid back on, or just put it on top when you have company over.

u/agent_of_entropy · 3 pointsr/cats

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.

u/mariemisu · 2 pointsr/cats

There are timed automatic feeders for both dry and wet food. Here's a link to one on Amazon:

u/ugottahvbluhair · 2 pointsr/cats

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.

u/catscraftsanddnd · 2 pointsr/cats

It's not uncommon for cats to not chew their food, but crushing it could help.

Another cause of the vomiting might be that she is eating her food too fast. Scarfing food too fast or scarfing/then drinking water can cause cats to vomit (drinking after eating causes the food to absorb the water and swell in size).

Observe how fast she is eating, and if that's the case look into getting her an enrichment feeder. It forces the cat to slow down on their eating.

You can also make DIY feeders.

u/A_perfect_sonnet · 8 pointsr/cats

Amazon! This is the one I got but there are several on the market

Catit Senses 2.0 Food Tree

u/nylanfs · 1 pointr/cats

Get this and position near the door you will have to play with positioning since you will be going out at the same time but it's totally doable. Once the cat associates the door and the air spray they won't want to go near it.

u/janibus75 · 2 pointsr/cats

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).

u/morrowgirl · 1 pointr/cats

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.

u/crick2017 · 2 pointsr/cats

You could look at feeding them in different rooms. Alternatively, you can get a cat slow feeder for Felix and it would make him work for the food and focus on his own meal a little longer.

And if it stays a big problem and you have budget, checkout the innovative SureFlap Surefeed feeder. It is designed specifically for the purpose:

u/Akajou01 · 2 pointsr/cats

On it's 13$ for 40 pounds (so 18kg, so 4 box I was talking about) :

u/david_edmeades · 1 pointr/cats