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Changing Cat Litters – Love This One

SmartCat Unscented clumping grass litter

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Changing Cat Litters

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Thought I was hooked on one odor and dust free litter. But even after many years anything is possible.

 

There was clay available many years ago. It was heavy and dusty. And it really didn’t hide odor.

 

Breeder friends introduced me to corn cob litter. Not really advertised for cats. It referenced small animal litter. Referring to birds, rabbits, hamsters, etc. But a number of breeders used it for cat litter. I did go through a process of also using rabbit pellets and later a combination of the corn cob litter. Eventually deciding on only corn cob litter.

 

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Cat Trees – Build or Buy

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Cat tree in living room

6-foot cat tree

 

Indoor cats need to climb. Providing them with appropriate cat furniture will make them and you happy.

 

Without a cat tree to climb; a curtain might be a great alternative. Although I did have a cat that raced to the top of my living room curtain. She walked across the rod, while the others cats watched her in awe. Luckily they didn’t find it necessary to follow suit.

 

Back in 1980 I designed a cat tree to fit the space that was sandwiched in between a bookshelf and an organ. We went to carpet stores to see if we could acquire a few remnants to put our design to life. I made 4 cat cutouts to adorn our cat tree. With bits and pieces we configured a multi colored tree. With a very fine woven carpet, we were able to have enough to cover the bottom (to protect the floor when sliding back and forth) plus there was enough to cover the back and two sides.

 

The cat tree of 1980 still resides in our home and was always in the living room, even when we moved to a new house. Oh it has been re-carpeted many times over the years. The cats loved to scratch on it, destroying the covered post and also the top platform edges.

 

If you ever decide to make a cat tree or even recover one, do make sure you never used looped carpet. And for that matter do they real make much of that anymore? I’m sure there is some close looped pile, but still not advisable for cat trees. You don’t want your cat hanging by a claw, desperately trying to break free.

 

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Siamese at Three Years

Chocolate Point Siamese cat in the office.

Lily the Office Helper

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Siamese When They Are No Longer Kittens

Hard to believe Lucy turned 3 on September 17, 2023. Got her on January 17, 2021 at 4 months old. Tiny little kid. I had brought the big cat carrier to transfer her into for the ride home. She seemed so lost in the small carrier. It made sense to keep her in a cozy bed and closed in space. For the 3 hours to home she was snug in the carrier we had used to pack one cat in for a short trip to the vet. She was just a small handful. I had forgotten how small kittens were at 4 months of age. It had been 1997 since I picked up my last pint size kitten at 5 months.

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Why Does My Cat Pee on My Bed?

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Lucy waiting for cat cookiesReason your cat urinates outside the box

Cats don’t set out to be bad or have a revenge plot in mind. I know it can be frustrating and there can be many reasons for what seems to be a revolt. Trust me, they are not capable of a manipulative behavior. Yes, cats are smart but would never do a no-no to teach you a lesson.

I have had my share of cats peeing and pooping outside of the box. It is frustrating. Most incidents there was a reason and for the ones that were a puzzle I found a solution.

 

It is just like they say in real estate, location, location, location.

That is probably the first issue to look at. If a cat feels like it has no privacy where the litter box resides they will find somewhere else to do their business. But what if that was fine months ago for them, but why is it a problem now? The answer to that question is what has changed. Do you have a new pet? Is there someone new in the house? Is there more activity in the area of the litter box? Was there something that fell in the area that frightened your cat? Are there new smells in the area?

Are you using a new litter box or a different cat litter? Is the litter box being changed often enough? Do you have enough litter boxes? Are the litter boxes placed in a convenient place for them to use when needed? Are the litter boxes sharing space with people in the house?

Not sure why my cat Freckles, decided to use a suitcase. Had left it on the floor after a short vacation and she used it to pee on, totally out of character for her. Tried to cut the odor, but it never really did go away. For her reason, I doubt that it was because we had gone away. More likely the luggage smelled maybe of a room that had a dog in it or the litter box she wanted to use was occupied at the time and this was an easy substitute. But not a pay back for leaving. All the cats had been left before so this wasn’t a reason.

If nothing in the environment has changed time to investigate another reason.

 

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Colors My Cats See

chocolate point Siamese in the living room on a mat in the morning sun

Lily on one of the blue mats.

What Colors Cats See

And we all thought our feline friends could see that red mouse you so happily picked out for Christmas. UGH… They were not impressed with all the green and red toys. We were so naive about that cute stocking full of cat toys. Surely our cats would be impressed with such a vibrant selection. But apparently not.

They may have appeared impressed with the new selection and smells of those new additions to their toy box, but alas, not the colors. Just crazy shades of gray to them. You didn’t know that it was packaged for you to whip it up off the shelf and put in your basket to impress your cat at Christmas.

I had been told they don’t see colors like we do, but I didn’t want to believe it. After all they attack my new artificial flower arrangements, so surely they must notice the colors when I change them and some seem to attract them more than others. Apparently even I was fooled. In fact their color range is much smaller than I first believed. Continue reading

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