Choosing The Correct Litter Box

Litter boxes come in various shapes and configurations, it is important to match the size of the box to the size of your cat. Cat owners often easy to get influenced by a desire to choose a litter box based on fanciness. Before committing to a fancy box, you need to ensure it is the right box for your cat will use regularly.  Place the new box near the old one, and let your cat take his time to make the transition.

Plastic pan:

The pan-style litter boxes is the most popular of all. They comes in different sizes and depths. Shallow litter boxes are useful for older cats who may have trouble climbing into and out of standard litter boxes. These simple litter boxes are the easiest to clean and you can use any type of litter with them. Adult cats sometimes get quite enthusiastic with their bathroom routines and may kick litter out of the box and on to the floor. This litter box is fine if you don’t mind sweeping up the floor periodically.

Sifting litter box:

This sifting litter boxes consists of two stacking litter boxes and a sifting insert. The sifting insert allows the separation of waste from clean litter. This insert keeps the clumps and allowing the clean litter to flow back into the box. You place one litter box inside the other and put the sifting insert in the top box.

Covered litter box:

Covered litter boxes are ideal for keeping the mess of scattered litter over your floor contained. This box features a rigid cover that attaches securely to the base litter box, with an opening for your cat to enter and exit. The covered litter boxes traps odours inside and will need to be cleaned more often than an open one. Covered litter boxes provide privacy for your cat. Larger cats may find these covered litter boxes constricting.

Decorative litter box:

These litter boxes are disguised as furniture. Some concealers are a stylish and ingenious way to hide your cat’s unsightly litter box. Usually, these concealer use a standard plastic litter box inside the chamber.  These cat litter boxes concealers can help to confine the litter mess and the odor.

Self-cleaning litter box:

Self-cleaning litter boxes are a great choice for cat owners who have limited time to clean litter boxes. This litter box is electrically powered, and most use scoopable litter. There are many different types of self-cleaning litter boxes available. These different self-cleaning boxes do have common similarities. They all come equipped with a motion sensor which is able to detects when the cat has left the box, and the cleaning machinery goes into action and scoop out cat pee and poop into a waste receptacle.

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Toys Are Necessity For Developing Kitten

Toys are necessity for developing kitten minds. Play gives them an outlet for their energy, mental and physical stimulation. Developing kitten show at least some interest in predatory behavior during playtime. They love to stalk, chase, attack and investigate toys. These behaviours in some ways practicing it. Many cats who were not taught to hunt by their mothers will figure it out on their own. It is safest to supervise your kitten when she is playing with any toy. Even toys designed for your little pet to enjoy on her own can come off of in bits.  Often times, these things  get swallowed with their mouth can cause nasty problems.

You do not need to invest in a cache of expensive fancy cat toy. Kitten will often wander into your cupboard and find a plastic cap, batting at your newspaper than the expensive toy you’ve just presented to her. House cats need to stay busy with play, and we must make sure that the toys we offer are a safe and tempting alternative to household hazards. Yarn, ribbon, and rubber bands are potentially deadly when swallowed.

  • Look for nontoxic labels on toys so you can make sure the materials, if ingested, will not harm your kitten.
  • Ensure trim and decorations are securely fastened to toys. Easily tear off glued-on “parts”may be chew off and swallowed
  • Steer clear of toys with small pieces or parts that can become dislodged during play

No matter how much your kitten enjoys a certain toy, her interest in it may wane if she gets to play with it too often and over too long a period of time. Let her play with it for about a week and then hide it away. Keep a collection of  safe toys to your kitty’s play stash. These can come from household items like plastic shower curtain rings, newspapers, plastic caps. Allow your cat to play in a cardboard box.

Cats usually appreciate softer fluffy toys. Other than that your kitten will likely delight in any toy that gets her attention, helps her to exercise and helps her development. Additionally, check entries in this blog for safe cat toys you can make.

DIY Toy: Foraging Box

Foraging toys give your indoor cat something to stalk and hunt, giving them a much needed outlet for their prey drive and hunting instincts. The concept of foraging is designed to make your cat think and problem solve, and they get rewarded each time they figure out the puzzle

This easy to make foraging box will keep your cat occupied and developed his foraging abilities. You can add kibble to the box (This should be a share of his normal diet, not an additional amount)

Materials

4 flat stones, 2 to 3 inches (5.1 to 7.6 cm) across 
- this is to weight the box down

cardboard shoe box with lid

4 to 6 small plastic balls, such as ping pong balls

8 ti 10 pieces dry cat kibbles
Tools

masking tape

pencil

pen knife
  1. Rinse the stones to remove any soil or dirt and dry them thoroughly
  2. With a pencil, mark 6 small circles or squares around the box, two on each of the long sides and one on each short side. The circles or squares should be smaller than the balls you are using, but big enough for your cat to get her paw through, and about half inch to one inch (1.3 to 2.5 cm) from the bottom of the box.
  3. Using the knife, carefully cut out the openings you have marked.
  4. Set the box right side up, put a stone in each corner of the box. then add the balls. Distribute the kibbles in the box. Replace the lid and tape down with masking tape.
  5. Place the box on the floor and let your cat enjoy figuring out how to get the kibbles

Types Of Treats For Cats

Treats is an excellent motivator for cats during training as a tasty token of affection.  At around 8 to 10 weeks of age, kittens are old enough to eat solid foods exclusively. They can have a treat or two as a reward for good behaviour. You can find out what taste your cat prefers (fish, chicken, beef, vegetable) through trial and error. Unlike most dogs, who will  basically eat what is in front of them as long as it does not run away, cats tend to be finicky. They let you know what they like.

Dental treats: These snacks work double-duty, removing plaque and cleaning your kitty’s pearly white while rewarding her with a treat.

Low-cal snacks: If you tend to dole out treats generously, opt for a low calorie treat.

Hairball remedy treats: Nothing is really as good as hairball formula cat food, regular doses of Petromalt and regular grooming sessions, but if your cat suffers from hairballs, these treats may offer a supplement to your hairball prevention routine.

Catnip: Catnip is available in flakes, treats, or grass forms. You can fill an interactive toy with catnip flakes. Or purchase stuffed toys that are filled with these substance.

Semimoist and chewy treats: Semimoist and chewy treats are easy on cats with dental issues.

Meat treats: You can purchase meat treats, or portion small bites of “people” meat (Chicken, beef) that is not seasoned.

Joint health treats: This type of treat provides your cat with chondroitin and glucosamine which help maintain healthy joints. They’re a good choice for older cats that suffer from joint stiffness and arthritis.

All natural yummy: Tuna flakes, cats grasses, lactose-free milk, and other low-cal treats are healthy for your cat.

There is nothing wrong with treating your cat, but don’t simply give your kitty treats when he begs you for them, because this will only lead to your little guy following you around and constantly begging for treats. Treat your furry buddy when he behaves well or performs a desired behaviour. Keep treats to 5 percent of your cat’s total food intake, especially if your cat need to drop some weight.

Day to Day Patterns of Behaviour

As your cats settles in with you, she will start to recognize key household activities in your daily routine. Her reactions to your daily activities may depend on weather they are likely to disturb her or not. if you are simply going out for a while, your cat will probably be totally unfazed and just keep on sleeping

  1. Anything that involves loud noise is likely to draw a swift response from your cat, as they normally prefer quiet surroundings. She will soon recognize when you are about to vacuum around the room or turning on the hair dryer to blow your hair, and beats a retreat.
  2. With kittens, gradual exposure to sights and sounds will be beneficial in helping them become less-reactive and fearful as adults. Simply seeing the vacuum cleaner may cause your cat to get up and head off to another part of the house.
  3. Cats will often appear at your feet when you are cooking, in the hope of being given a treat. Keep an eye on them, you don’t want them to jump up and burn their feet on the hob or there’s nothing on display there or on other high shelves that can be damaged or knocked off.

Your behaviour will influence that of your cat, and over time a daily routine will developed.  Anything that is food related may arouse your cat curiosity such as bags of food brought back from the shopping trip. These routines may be influence by the cat’s innate curiosity.

Going Outdoor For The First Time

As cat owners, we face similar feelings of worry and caution. So when we decide it’s time to let them explore outside, we should take steps to make it easier for us to relax. It is best to keep your new kitten indoors at all times for the first two or three days after his arrival. After that, the simple training that involves accustoming him to more of the world around him can begin.

Choose a dry day and a quiet time when you can accompany your kitten outside, allowing it to explore the new environment. Excitements, such as other cats, dogs which might bark or children screaming in the neighbor’s garden, are best avoided for the first couple of excursions, so that your kitten can concentrate on you and isn’t spooked.

Let your kitten out into the garden or backyard under your careful supervision. Check your garden is safe for him to explore and there are no hidden dangers, such as uncovered ponds or toxic plants – and if you can fix mesh, preferably of the stout plastic kind used for climbing plants, along the top of walls and fences to inhibit escape attempts and possible disappearance, which might happen before he has completely adopted his new home. Once your kitten is fully settled in, such defenses can be removed from your garden. Supervise your kitten’s first outdoor trips by staying in the garden with him. It is a good idea to schedule these trips for just before mealtimes, so that when you both return indoors he has something to look forward to. In addition, to reinforce his appreciation of the joy of being indoor again, give her a small treat or two.

If you plan to keep your kitten indoors, make sure he has lots of toys. Also, make time to play with him yourself every day as indoor cats need lots of stimulation and opportunities to perform activities they would usually enjoy outside.

Playing Ball With Your Cat

Cats enjoy playing ball as much as dogs. using their remarkable coordination for this purpose. Ball games provides a great way to establish a bond with your cat, and encourage  your cat to take exercise. irrespective of their age, all cats generally enjoy this type of fun activity. A very simple ball game can provide hours of entertainment. Some cats enjoy fetching with crumpled paper ball or ping-pong balls.

Some cats will take to playing fetch right away and will require very little training to retrieve their favorite toy or ball. Cats which retrieve are really training the owner to join in and to throw the toy; the cat then brings it back to start again. Fetching is simply an extension of a natural feline behaviour – cats will carry prey back to a place of safety to eat it or to give to their kittens. Cats which enjoy retrieving often do so with great enthusiasm. A cat which lives indoors needs exercise and stimulation. Such game of fetch  provides this and nurtures a bond between cat and yourself.

  1. For a simple start, just roll the ball across a level surface to get your cat’s attention. At first they may just watch from a distance rather than actively chasing the ball.
  2. Before long, your cat will happily chase after the ball and pounce on it. Some cats crouch down and like to ambush the ball as it rolls past them
  3. Cat is likely to start playing the game by herself once she is used to the ball. Partly in the hope that you can be persuaded to join in the game.

 

The right ball – Choose a suitable ball for your cat, make sure that it is lightweight and cannot cause her injury. Kitten will prefer to play with smaller size ball. As they grow, you can then introduce bigger ones. Some cats will enjoy the challenge of working out how to access the food hidden in a ball or maze. Such is an example a foraging box