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admin 01-22-2009 04:06 PM

Cat Tips
 
Invest in a scratching post and train your cat to use it. This will help save your drapes, furniture, and other "scratchable" items. Know that this won't keep your cat from scratching on other things altogether, but it will help. If they have a designated place to scratch, they'll be less likely to scratch elsewhere.

TipsChic 01-22-2009 06:08 PM

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Get your cat spayed or neutered. It is proven to curb bad behavior (especially in male cats). It also reduces yowling, fighting, and the chance of disease.

TipsChic 01-22-2009 06:08 PM

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Just like humans, cats need to stay slim to avoid health problems. Be careful not to overfeed your cat and make sure it's getting enough exercise.

TipsChic 01-22-2009 06:08 PM

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Keep your cat indoors. It keeps them safe from communicable diseases and it keeps them from fighting other cats in the neighborhood, and they will not get hit by cars.

TipsChic 01-22-2009 06:08 PM

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To keep your cat out of the potting soil in your plants, dampen a small cloth with oil of clove and place it just under the soil.

TipsChic 01-22-2009 06:08 PM

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Be sure your cat gets plenty of exercise indoors. Buy cat toys such as rubber mice and string. Drag the string around the house and watch them chase it!

TipsChic 01-22-2009 06:08 PM

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Cat Grooming Tips - It is a good practice to chip away at the tartar on your cat's teeth simply by using your fingernail.

TipsChic 01-22-2009 06:08 PM

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Want to make bathing your cat a bit more tolerable? Take an old window screen and put it on the bottom of the bathtub. Your cat will dig its claws in it and stay in one spot!

TipsChic 01-22-2009 06:09 PM

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It is not advisable to change a cat's litter too frequently. Cat's get used to the smell and the texture of the litter in their litter box. When you change it, they may stop using the litter box.

TipsChic 01-22-2009 06:09 PM

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Be sure the cord of your drapes isn't looped. Cats love to climb drapes and they can actually hang themselves from that cord unless it's cut.

bongobro 01-24-2009 05:24 AM

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Originally Posted by TipsChic (Post 251)
Just like humans, cats need to stay slim to avoid health problems. Be careful not to overfeed your cat and make sure it's getting enough exercise.

Your veterinarian may recommend a specific weight-management cat food, which can be bought either at the vet's office or at your favorite grocery or pet supply store. Check with him or her before starting a diet plan for your cat!

bongobro 01-24-2009 05:27 AM

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Most people think there's nothing better than giving a cat a bowl of milk, but don't do it too often!

Cats cannot tolerate large quantities of milk, and, if it goes sour, milk can become a powerful laxative! (I learned this the hard way yesterday when I gave my cat the milk from my breakfast cereal. Sometime later I was cleaning up the mess!) :o

Wiggum224 01-28-2009 04:33 PM

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If you own a cat (or cats) and you are about to become a parent, your cat or cats may experience jealousy issues when you bring the new baby into the house. To minimize this problem, before you introduce the baby into the house, bring home a blanket that the baby has been wrapped in, so the cats may take in the scents on the blanket and become familiar with them. You may also wish to shut the cats off from the portion of the house where the baby will be arriving for a few minutes so that everyone may get acclimated. The cats will also be curious as to where the baby sleeps, and while it is best to keep that door shut and the cats away from that room, sometimes this cannot always be done. I would suggest installing a screen door on the baby's room, so that the cats may see into the baby's room, or possibly a tent (or dome) for the crib, so that the cats can see in but won't be tempted to jump into the crib themselves!

Will 01-28-2009 07:34 PM

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Originally Posted by TipsChic (Post 260)
Want to make bathing your cat a bit more tolerable? Take an old window screen and put it on the bottom of the bathtub. Your cat will dig its claws in it and stay in one spot!

Another thing to do is to start the cat when they are young in about an inch of water. As they get accustomed to it add a little more water each time. Read the kitty shampoo lable to determine how young to start using soap. By the time they are fully grown adult cats, you will have a cat that will stand still while being bathed.

Will 01-28-2009 07:37 PM

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Trimming claws should be done often to minimize damage to furniture, as well as your arms and legs. It is best to start trimming when your cat is young so they are accustomed to it. The more relaxed the cat is about the process, the less chance you have of cutting into the quick. If you do hit the quick, have styptic powder on hand. This can be purchased at your local pet store.

Will 02-20-2009 02:46 PM

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When you get a new cat or kitten – cat proof your house. Do this by making sure all of you windows have screens, removing plants that may be poisonous (ask your vet for a list of plants), moving anything off of places they can get that may be breakable, hide wires, keeping toilet lids down, and storing plastic bags where your kitty cant get to them.

Bensdad 02-25-2009 09:25 PM

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Cats can be very agile and nimble animals. They can climb into places that you may not think they can. Do not be surprised if you happen to find your cat on top of the refrigerator someday! But, contrary to popular opinion, cats do NOT always land on their feet. So, if they climb somewhere high, don't panic, but do what you can to coax them down and make sure there are things the cat can jump down onto as he or she goes instead of having to make a direct leap back to the floor.

Will 03-17-2009 01:54 PM

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With litter boxes, cats don’t really like to share. For every cat you have you should have a litter box for them. Some people say that the ratio is a box for every cat plus one extra.

Will 03-17-2009 01:54 PM

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Don’t move your cats litter box unless it is absolutely necessary. Cats are creatures of habit. Once they know where the box is they will expect it to be there.

Will 03-17-2009 01:54 PM

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Traveling with cats can be an interesting experience. Some do better then others. Have a well ventilated cat carrier that your cat will be comfortable in. Get them used to going into it before you have to take them somewhere. If you cat is a bad traveler talk to your vet about medications.

Bensdad 03-17-2009 07:44 PM

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If your cat begins to vomit somewhat consistently, he or she may have an intestinal blockage. This can be caused by a number of reasons, but there's a good chance your cat has eaten something they shouldn't have (i.e. string, carpeting, plants, etc.). Consult your veterinarian immediately should this occur.

Bensdad 03-17-2009 07:45 PM

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When feeding your cat, if possible, try to avoid moist cat food. The dry cat food is generally more nutritious for your cat and will also better help to protect their teeth.

Bensdad 06-25-2009 05:05 PM

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After you have taken your cat to the vet for a checkup, he or she may be prescribed medicine. Be aware that like adult medications, there may be side effects with your cat's medication. Be on the lookout for these side effects, such as listlessness, increased appetite, and increased urination.

Bensdad 07-02-2009 08:51 PM

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If your cat seems to be listless, confused, walking around in circles, or favoring one side over the other, he or she may have a serious neurological disorder. Consult with your vet to see what they think. If your vet agrees, they should be able to refer you to a specialist who deals in neurological pet conditions for further diagnostic tests.

Will 07-06-2009 04:02 PM

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If you love cats, but are unable to have one – because your parents say no, you live in an apartment that does not allow them, or you live with someone who is allergic – you can still spend time around cats. Volunteer at your local animal shelter by offering to help with adoptions, cleaning cages, or just spending time with the cats so that they get some interaction with a human.

Bensdad 07-06-2009 08:57 PM

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Having trouble coaxing your cat to take a pill? If the pill is small, wrap it in a piece of cheese. By the time your cat has taken the bit of cheese, not only will they have eaten the cheese, but the pill as well, since they probably won't realize the pill was in there to begin with!

Bensdad 08-19-2009 04:36 PM

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If you have two cats who were adopted together and are roughly of the same age, and one dies suddenly, take extra care with your remaining cat. He or she, no matter what the nature of the relationship of the deceased cat had been, may get lonely and have a rough adjustment to being an "only cat" at first.

Bensdad 08-26-2009 08:52 PM

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If you have one or more cats and you decide to add an additional cat into your household, take extra care to make sure your original cat(s) do not get jealous. If you decide to do this, your adult cat(s) will be less likely to be jealous of a kitten than another adult cat, and will also be less likely to be jealous of a male kitten than a female kitten. If you go with a male kitten, try to have him neutered before entering the household if possible, as this will reduce the risk of future bad behavior with the other adult cat(s), and introduce him to the other cat(s) slowly. You may need to isolate the kitten from the other cat(s) for a short time at first to let the other cat(s) know there is no need to feel threatened by the kitten.

TipTasker 01-14-2011 05:36 PM

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A great training tip for your cats is to keep a spray bottle around. When they start scratching at something or climbing on something, take a quick spray in their direction. They hate it! Soon you won't even have to spray them, just pull out the bottle and they will run for it!

TipTasker 01-14-2011 05:37 PM

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Remember to team up your actions with commands. If you are getting ready to squirt your cat or swat at them for being bad, say your command first, act if necessary and then say your command again. Your pet will get used to the command and eventually will not even need the action.

TipTasker 01-14-2011 05:40 PM

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The reward system also works on cats, similar to the way it works on dogs. Your cat will always remember where their treats are kept, or hidden in my case. With cats though, the reward system only works when getting to do something - not stop doing something. So, if you want them to come, use a command or signal, call for them and then give the treat. Cats take longer than dogs to pick up new tricks as their aim is not always to please a master, so much as to please themselves. Teaching them tricks takes lots of patience and hard work.

TipTasker 01-14-2011 05:44 PM

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Cats are one of the cheaper pets to entertain. They don't require you buy them toys or bones. A simple shoe string can become their most fascinating toy. Candy wrappers also make great toys as the crinkling sound they make drives them wild. Paper balls are lightweight and they can toss them around. For some reason, my cats love the tabs that you pull off when opening a brand new gallon of milk. A cheap empty water bottle makes a great playmate. It crinkles and slides around the floor easily. Anything small and lightweight that the cat can toss around or makes a little crinkling noise will keep him entertained for hours.

TipTasker 01-14-2011 05:48 PM

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Speaking of cat toys! I recently splurged and bought a new toy I found at the grocery toy. You know how cats love to chase your feet under the covers? Well this toy brings it to life! It has a stick with a ball and string at the end (bonus!!) and it is attached to a revolving center which is all under a plastic tarp (double bonus = crinkling sounds!!). When you turn it on, the center piece revolves erratically making noises against the plastic and small movements the cat can chase over the tarp. It makes the perfect babysitter if I'm going to be out late and will be too tired to play when I get home. He's already pooped out!

bongobro 04-22-2012 01:02 AM

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If your cat refuses to use a conventional litter box, you may find help in the dog section of your favorite store's pet department. Those puppy housebreaking training pads (a/k/a "wee-wee" pads) make an acceptable substitute, especially if you have a dominant cat who won't let anyone else use his or her littler box(es). And they're easy to pick up and throw away after Nature calls. (Be sure to put a replacement in the same place after every use.)

bongobro 12-30-2013 02:35 AM

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Originally Posted by TipTasker (Post 4294)
Speaking of cat toys! I recently splurged and bought a new toy I found at the grocery toy. You know how cats love to chase your feet under the covers? Well this toy brings it to life! It has a stick with a ball and string at the end (bonus!!) and it is attached to a revolving center which is all under a plastic tarp (double bonus = crinkling sounds!!). When you turn it on, the center piece revolves erratically making noises against the plastic and small movements the cat can chase over the tarp. It makes the perfect babysitter if I'm going to be out late and will be too tired to play when I get home. He's already pooped out!

I can attest to that! We purchased just such an item for our five-year-old neutered male domestic shorthair for Christmas and turned it on for him today. He chased that little "mouse" around for two solid hours! At one point, he'd even dragged the toy up against our love seat to help "trap" the mouse! (Ours even "squeaks" like a mouse when the tail brushes against the polyester cover.) :cool:


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