Adopted by a cat

posted 2 years ago in Pets
Post # 31
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Bumble bee

Cats are hugely social and loving creatures.  Banishing kitty to the basement is cruel.

First on the scratching – give kitty a variety of approved places and textures to claw.  Sissal rope, a shag carpet covered scratcher, a berber carpet covered scratcher, cardboard – and make sure that whatever you get is sturdy to keep kitty from pulling it down on itself.  One of my giant (18 & 16 pound) girls’ favorite scratcher is a berber carpet square that that hangs on a door knob.  Teach her as a baby that claw trimming doesn’t hurt.  My girls will sit in my lap and cooperate then they get a bit of spray cheese (nasty disgusting stuff that my vet swears by).  Claw trimming is now a ‘good thing’.

As for cabinets.  As kitty grows, keep an eye on it.  I actually taught my first kitty not to jump on things by scaring the holy hell out of myself.  We got two dozen mouse traps and set them upside down on the top of the TV where she had been systematically eating a dried flower wreath whenever we weren’t home.  In the process of putting the traps down, we set them off more times than I can remember.  When one went off and jumped (since the spring was down), it bounced and hit another and so on into a huge chain reaction.  Precious jumped on the TV ONE time after we put them out and she never did again.  She was unharmed and my wreath survived.

 

Post # 33
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Bumble Beekeeper

ok but srsly where are the cat pics?

Post # 35
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Bumble bee

soon2behb :  Ooh I’ll play!

These are the two girls we are actually adopting tomorrow! 

Kitties are so sweet 🙂 You’ll get used to having him/her around and you’ll love it. Dogs are amazing (I’m personally more of a dog-person as well), but cats bring something new to the table. Something soft, fuzzy, maleable, and there’s just something so soothing about a sleeping, purring cat on your lap!

Post # 36
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Bumble bee

I’ve had cats practically all my life. I only had 1 male that would spray, but he would only do that outside to the bushes, on a tree, etc. I agree, cats are really low maintenance and are generally very healthy. 

 

Post # 37
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2021 - Dracut, Massachusetts

Glad you are keeping the cat! Spaying/neutering can get pricy. I paid like $300 for my dads kitten and I feel like most of the fees are for the damn anesthesia. My cats are both from shelters so they were already fixed when I got them. I love my cats, they always know when I am feeling sick or down and come to snuggle. I love dogs too, but they really are a lot of work, which is why I like owning a cat so much.

The clippers that I’ve found best to clip their nails are actually the bird ones. My vet who only cares for cats suggested it. They are smaller than the regular cat ones. I find that the bigger ones tend to crush their nail and will hurt more. These are more like little scissors. Push gently on their paws so they will come out and clip them- they may not like it at first so you can try to do one every so often until they get used to it. For me I have to bring my cats into my tiny bathroom so that they will stop squirming and have no where to hide!

Also, be ready for hairballs! Mine barf up hairballs every now and again and its really gross. They hate being brushed so it’s hard for me. And see if you can get them on a combo of wet and dry food. My vet says cats are naturally desert type animals and will not drink enough water, which is why so many of them end up with kidney disease when they are elder. So the wet food will provide them water that they may not be getting otherwise.

Post # 38
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Bumble bee

Something to think about, especially since you’ll have a dog also – consider a fountain type water bowl.  Cats like the running water and tend to drink more than they will with still water.

Post # 39
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Blushing bee

THis is long sorry!!

I am a cat person mostly but I love dogs.. I was just raised with cats.  Anyway, they do have a bad reputation.. which sucks because my two cats are the most loving babies around.  They always want to be with me and give me hugs and sleep on me.. play with me.. they almost talk to me.. with their meows.. its precious.  Theyll be sleeping in one room where I’m sitting.. if I get up.. they follow me to the other room and go to sleep there.. They are so friendly they dont attack or bite anyone.  A little shy around strangers but it takes seconds for them to warm up to them.. They werent like this as kittens.. they grew into their personalities.. They also prefer human contact to food.  I put food out in the morning.. and they run into my room instead and want cuddles.. There was a study done on this actually.. and thats why it can be harder to train cats than dogs.

 

As for the cons.. yes you have to clean litter boxes.. that is gross.. but my cats use them all the time with no issues.. you have to get the neutered and spayed young or else they will exhibit territorial behaviors.. like spraying.  My one cat was neutered late and when we brought the second cat into the home.. he started spraying because we didnt introduce them properly.  We used feliway and separated them for a week or two and he stopped spraying completely.  He never sprays now ever.  

The two other cons are its hard to take them outside like dogs.. most dont like to be leashed.. my one cat is fine but the other one will try to take anything off of himself.  Some cats if trained can learn to like this and even learn to like water etc.  They are all very very very different.  Just like dogs!

 

The last con is the scratching but this can be taken care of with diligence.  I started clipping my cats toe nails when they were young and if you hold them firmly and dont let them squirm away they will let you cut them and in the future they wont try to squirm.  If you let them go when they squirm they will do it everytime.. I also hold them and pet them after I’m done and they like that.. then when I let them go sometimes they dont even leave my lap.

 

Scratching posts are vital.. if they dont have a place theyre allowed to scratch.. then they will scratch where they want.. .these need to be in moderately high traffic areas of the home.  I have two different styles.. one thats a curl and one thats tall.  They use them and all is good.  If I forget to clip their nails sometime sthey do scratch furniture accidentally.

 

Also I have taught them that countertops are not allowed.. they are always pushed off or “scolded” when they jump onto counters where food is prepared.

 

All in all, I love my cats and they are really relatively low maintenance animals.  They have varying personalities and some can be more destructive vs not.. the more destructive ones tend to be the ones that want more attention and affection and arent getting it.  One of my cats was ignored his whole life with previous owner and we started loving on him.. he changed completely.

 

Lastly please feed him a good diet.  My one cat had tons of urinary issues while on dry food and once I changed him to wet.. his health improved tremendously.  My other cat now has early kidney issues because of the diet he used to be on.

My cats also had trouble drinking water.. now I add water to their wet food in addition to keeping a water bowl on the side.. they love the meat flavored water.

Vet visits are also sooooo rare unless they are wellness visits or teeth cleanings now.  Just thought I would mention that.

Post # 40
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Blushing bee

soon2behb :  You can totally leash train just get a good harness type thing or vest instead of a collar only.  They can easily wriggle out of those.

Post # 41
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

blondie603 :  $300! Wow. In my area you can get cats neutered for $35-50.

I had cats at my parents, 3 who were male and none of them sprayed. We currently have 2 male kittens at home and they don’t spray either. None of the cats I’ve lived with had hairballs, and only one of mine likes to jump on our counters. My himalayan/siamese likes to jump on our kitchen table though. I saw on a Jackson Galaxy video (the guy from my cat from hell, he is the cat master, check out his videos) that it’s good to put a cat tree for them in the kitchen somewhere to keep them off the counters. They like to see what you’re doing in the kitchen! Mine sure do 🙂

I was never a cat person, always was crazy about dogs. I even was kind of scared of cats until we got our first one when I was 15. Fell in love and I’m a crazy cat lady now! Cats are A LOT less work than dogs, especially if you’re dealing with puppies vs kittens.

Is he going to be an indoor kitty only or are you letting him outside? I highly recommend keeping a cat indoors if possible. Two of my parent’s cats are indoor/out and they’ve both gotten sick from eating animals like lizards, one got sick from drinking antifreeze at a neighbor’s house, there’s the risk of coyotes, etc. Also, outdoor cats will leave headless animals all over your yard and I can’t deal with that. So my two kittens are strictly indoor.

The most loving pet I have ever owned was a sweet orange and white tabby. We were cuddle buddies and we’d play hide and seek. I’d duck behind the couch and he would try to find me. He never once tried to bite or scratch (actually, none of the cats I’ve had have scratched or bit on purpose, scratches happen sometimes on accident). He was an indoor cat and the door was left open and he got out. We never saw him again, it’s been a year and I still cry about him :(.

 

Post # 42
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Newbee

bee123456789 :  Yes! My cat is an orange and white tabby and we play hide and seek all the time. I feel like a weirdo when I play, but it’s so much fun. 

OP, if you do go the leash route, I suggest introducing a harness while the kitten is young. As my cat was an adult when I got her, it was a bit of a struggle. Week one was let her sniff it and give her a treat for not running into the other room when she saw it, next week was leave it by the food bowl, etc. Now she sits when she sees it, and waits by the door to go out once she’s suited up.

I’d also suggest buying some cat grass. My cats loves it, and it keeps her from eating my houseplants.

Post # 43
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2021 - Dracut, Massachusetts

bee123456789 :  yeah I went to an animal hospital. I should have done the spay wagon , but I didn’t know anything back then haha. All the regular vets around here charge that but the shelters do specials

Post # 45
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Helper bee

The first part of pet ownership…start calling the cat he/she instead of it. 😉

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