Things You Need For A Cat

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Things You Need For A Cat

Reconsider the Boarding Facility If you don’t like the idea of leaving your cat completely alone while you’re away for an extended time, you’ve no doubt considered taking them to a boarding facility that specializes in cat care. After all, that way you’ll have someone to watch over and feed your cat, and your cat will have someone to interact with, too. Turns out that actually might not be the best move for your cat. “Cats are territorial and it’s typically much more stressful for them to be placed in an unfamiliar environment, especially if that environment contains the sight, scent, and sounds of other animals,” says Pam Johnson-Bennett, cat behavior consultant and owner of Cat Behavior Associates, LLC. “When cats are placed in a boarding facility, they get the double whammy of not having the cat parents around as well as losing their territory.”
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Things You Need For A Cat

  To enrich the lives of indoor cats, we have developed this “resource checklist” and some suggestions for making changes. A Purrrfect Start. Listed here are things an “ideal” house for cats might include. Your cat(s) might not need all these features to get along, but making your house more “cat friendly” will ensure that you and your cat enjoy each other’s company for years to come. Informed Owners As an owner one of the most important things you can do for you cat is to educate yourself about feline idiosyncrasies. These resources will help you do just that. Litter BoxesAt least one litter box per cat and clean them daily, find out what else can make a difference. Scratching You already know they like to scratch, but why and how can you encourage “proper” scratching? Resting Areas It may seem like all they do is sleep, but there is a method behind narcoleptic tendencies. Perches Everyone likes a pleasant view, cats are no exception. Toys Cats need recreation too! Identifying your cat’s prey preference Making changes Refuge What is Feliway? FACT (Free Access Crate Training) You will need Adobe Reader to download and view documents. Download extended PDF version
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Things You Need For A Cat

Do Cats Like to Be Alone? By Elizabeth Xu Chances are your cat likes to stay to him or herself most of the time, so you might think they don’t even notice your absence each day after you head to work. Actually, you’d be surprised at how much they do notice. If you’re a cat person, it might appear pretty easy to set things up for your cat while you’re away, and in general, for a lot of cats, it is pretty easy. However, there are special considerations to keep in mind if you leave your cat every day to go to work or school, or plan to head out of town for a few days. Sure, your cat is pretty self-sufficient in most ways, but that litter box won’t clean itself. Here are nine things you need to know before you leave your cat alone, whether for a day or a week.
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Things You Need For A Cat

Your Cat Might Need a Friend Sometimes lonely cats just need a friend—a feline friend, that is. If you leave your cat alone every day, consider whether you have the time and energy to give to your cat. If the answer is in the negatives and your cat clearly needs more interaction, another cat can fill that need. “Many cats who spend time alone may actually benefit from having a feline companion,” Johnson-Bennett says. But never get another cat solely for the benefit of your current one. You must be fully committed to your new pet and to working through any issues that might develop between your pets.
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Things You Need For A Cat

Cats Need Stimulation Even While You’re Gone People think cats can be left alone because they sleep so much and tend to be independent, but Johnson-Bennett says they need interaction and enrichment, too. This will help your cat to alleviate any boredom issues, and the behavior problems that can develop as a result. “Create a little fun for the cat before you go off to work,” she says. “There are so many simple ways to create activity and entertainment for a home-alone kitty. Puzzle feeders, a cat tree, cat perch, open paper bags, interesting and safe toys, and even a cozy bed near a sunny window can make a difference to a cat who spends the day alone.”
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Things You Need For A Cat

If you don’t like the idea of leaving your cat completely alone while you’re away for an extended time, you’ve no doubt considered taking them to a boarding facility that specializes in cat care. After all, that way you’ll have someone to watch over and feed your cat, and your cat will have someone to interact with, too. Turns out that actually might not be the best move for your cat.
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Things You Need For A Cat

Cats crave comfortable and secure snoozing spots. While a cat bed isn’t considered a necessity, most cats love having a soft space all their own. In addition to the standard pillow-like cat bed, there are elevated cat beds and cat beds integrated with cat trees to satisfy the feline’s natural desire for using vertical space.
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Things You Need For A Cat

Sometimes lonely cats just need a friend—a feline friend, that is. If you leave your cat alone every day, consider whether you have the time and energy to give to your cat. If the answer is in the negatives and your cat clearly needs more interaction, another cat can fill that need.
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If you’re a cat person, it might appear pretty easy to set things up for your cat while you’re away, and in general, for a lot of cats, it is pretty easy. However, there are special considerations to keep in mind if you leave your cat every day to go to work or school, or plan to head out of town for a few days. Sure, your cat is pretty self-sufficient in most ways, but that litter box won’t clean itself.
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Cats Get Lonely, Too You enjoy spending time with your cat, whether you’re playing or just cuddling up on the couch. But sometimes you have no choice but to leave your cat alone—especially if you work outside of your home. Even if your cat is used to you leaving daily, they can get lonely and you should know the signs that there might be a problem. “Because cats appear very stoic, it can be easy to miss signs indicating that all is not happy in kitty’s world,” Johnson-Bennett says. “Changes in behavior, appetite, litter box habits, or grooming could be signs that a cat is having trouble with too much time spent alone.”
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Keep Feeding Routines Regular You’d never leave your cat without food and water, of course, but when they get that food is very important. Because cats like routine, Johnson-Bennett says that any friend or pet sitter should visit your cat at least as often as the times you give your cat meals. “If the cat is normally fed on a schedule, you would want to keep as close to that schedule as possible to reduce stress,” Johnson-Bennett said.
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“Create a little fun for the cat before you go off to work,” she says. “There are so many simple ways to create activity and entertainment for a home-alone kitty. Puzzle feeders, a cat tree, cat perch, open paper bags, interesting and safe toys, and even a cozy bed near a sunny window can make a difference to a cat who spends the day alone.”
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Cats Crave Routine A pet sitter or friend should always be called if you’re going to leave your pet for a long period of time, Johnson-Bennett says. Cats should never be left for more than 24 hours without having someone check on their well-being. In addition to helping with unexpected illness or injury, the caregiver will help keep your cat on a routine, which is important because “cats are creatures of habit,” she says. “It will be less stressful for the cat if a normal routine is maintained in terms of having the litter box scooped regularly, food served at the normal times, and some degree of normal activity in the home,” Johnson-Bennett says. Meister-Yetter agrees, and regularly employs a professional cat sitter. “The sitter should check the food and water bowls and refill accordingly. The sitter should also administer any medications, scoop out the litter box, and spend a good 15 to 30 minutes either interacting with the cat or simply being present in the home.”
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This is a big commitment you’re about to make. Start the relationship off right by learning about what cats need, as well as how they communicate. Many of the behavior problems I see come through our office are related to cat parents misunderstanding what their cats are communicating by particular behaviors. Take the time now to learn about how to train a cat so you can hopefully avoid future behavior problems. Cats are not dogs and they aren’t little fur-covered children. Cats need to be able to act like the beautiful, intelligent and sensitive creatures that they are. A solid training plan can make a huge difference when it comes to having your new cat happily integrate into your family.

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