Last week, the City of Denver became one of the first major cities outside of California to ban cat declawing. Huge news for the feline community! When I shared this good news to cat people, I got mixed messages. A majority of them agreed that this procedure is completely barbaric and others felt that it’s normal to declaw your cat. I mean, cats destroy your furniture! With my best convincing skills, I tried to explain that declawing was in fact cruel and painful for the cat. To avoid the perils of cats with claws (I have my own opinions on who should be a cat parent), cat scratchers are the best way to deter your cat from destroying your furniture. Before we get into the scratchers, I will say one thing: spraying your cat with a water bottle does not deter your cat from scratching your furniture. It will only piss them off and resent you.
Cat scratchers will do two things: prevent your kitty from scratching your furniture and will also make your kitty happy.
How so? Cats use their claws to mark territory. They have scent glands in their paws and when they extend their arms and scratch a tree, they are letting others know that this is their tree. Also, the act of scratching is very therapeutic and relaxing for the kitty. Extending their arm muscles and stretching their fingers, is very natural and feels very good to them. Providing cat scratchers will also deter them from destroying your furniture, so which scratcher is best?
Cats can like two types: horizontal and vertical cat scratchers. When people ask me what scratcher is best, I always say to get both to see which the cat prefers. In my cat household, some of them like the vertical scratching posts and others like the horizontal scratch pads. Once you get to know which scratcher your cat prefers, buy several of them and strategically place them all over the house. Near furniture you want to protect, sleeping and common areas as well.
With several scratchers around the house, your cat will be able to do what feels natural for them as well as preserving the furniture. In my household, our cats stay away from the couch and scratch away on their horizontal and vertical scratchers.
Which scratcher does your cat prefer? Do you still find them trying to scratch your furniture? Let me know!
How many people have almost been killed by their cat? Whether it was intentional or unintentional, we can all remember a time where our lovely feline friends tried to kill us. Cats are cute, adorable, but natural born killers. Here are the top 5 ways cats have tried to kill us:
In the past few days, my only male cat Messi has gone to my bed first thing in the morning to greet me with kisses as well as with his favorite toy. He expects me to play with him between 4-5AM as well as smother him with kisses. I’m not sure why he is now getting in the habit of doing this, but I can’t complain. There is nothing wrong with early morning kisses, purring and kneading from my favorite manx kitty.
I just watched the recent documentary on Netflix, “What the Health” where it exposes how bad processed meat is and how it contributes to diseases such as diabetes, all various cancers and more and I started thinking about where cat food comes from. We all know that cats are carnivorous and require all of the necessary vitamins and nutrients that come from animal-based protein. In our household, we feed our cats the highest tier of cat foods on the market, but we know that they are most likely the extras and all the bad bits from the slaughterhouses and processing plants. So what are the good brands? What foods on the market come from good, quality meat? Comment below on your thoughts and recommendations on what you think is the best cat food out there.
Anyone who has a cat can agree that there is no such thing as sleeping in. Forget about weekends and holidays, cats will wake you up when they want you up. Whether they want to play at 2AM or breakfast at 6, cats are natural alarm clocks. There are literally times where I forget to set my alarm, but I know that in my peaceful sleep, someone will wake me up at the right time.
I am definitely not a fan of waking up early or the loud sound of an alarm clock, but if I had the choice of waking up and hitting snooze, I would rather wake up to a cat sitting on top of my chest, crying into my face. Cats are literally the best and cutest alarm clocks.
I am currently fostering three kittens from a local rescue group here in Denver, CO. I have fostered in the past before and have always kept them in their own room, separate from the resident cats. In the past, the kittens would have full utilization of the room and that sometimes proved to be a disaster. I’ve had some kittens rip paint from the walls, others spew diarrhea all over the floors and litter stones everywhere! I decided that I would no longer allow them to have full run of the spare bedroom and keep them confined in a 3-story kitty condo and their own playpen. Not only would it keep the messes in one area, but it would also be safer for them. Kittens are notorious for getting into anything and everything!
The playpen is a mesh tent that I purchased for my cats several years ago when I wanted to have them spend time outdoors. I’ve used it several times and it works great and really easy to set-up and store away. It’s basically like a camping tent, but for kitties! I set-up the tent in the kitten room and laid down a blanket so that their nails wouldn’t catch on the mesh. I put several noisy toys and balls in there to keep them occupied. I placed the kittens into the playpen and it was a huge hit! Several of them used the restroom on the blanket the first two days, but later realized that it was not a litter box. The playpen allows them to run, play and stretch their legs and keeps them safely in one area. Here are a few pictures of their adventures:
Want to buy one of your own? They are pretty affordable and easy to clean if there are any kitten messes. Amazon sells it for $39.99 and it’s free shipping! Click here to get the kitty playpen.
Big chunks of dried urine at the bottom and in the corners of your litter box. We can all relate to the frustrations of what I like to call, “Litter Caking”. The complications from this and the constant scrapping makes us want to pull our hair out, so we look for solutions.
Typically, the first thing we do is purchase a different type of litter. Recycled paper, fragrance-free clay, extra clumping, or pine/cedar just to name a few. Then we find that it doesn’t work and we continue to see litter caking.
We then start to wonder if it’s the type of litter box that we have. Cats are finicky when it comes to the type of box they decide to do their business in. There are boxes with tops, round – dome like ones, ones that come with motors, etc. In all my years of being a cat parent, the best box to prevent litter caking is the large Rubbermaid storage totes.
If you don’t want to go from your current litter box to a tall, deep – uncool looking Rubbermaid storage container, the best way to prevent litter caking is to ensure you put at least 4-6 inches of litter.
If you go and check your current litter level, I bet you will have between 2-3 inches at most. Low litter level is the biggest culprit of litter caking. Just adding a few inches more to your current level will ensure that the urine stays at the top and doesn’t migrate to the bottom of the box.
Go and try it and comment below if it’s worked for you! I would love to hear about your experience with this simple trick of preventing litter caking.