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.

Cat Carrier

Many pet owners do not need a cat carrier most of the time, but you find that you do need one from time to time.

For instance, cat owner will require a carrier when:

  • Routine checkup and vaccination at the vet
  • Occasional travel outdoor. For example, bringing you kitty to a nearby park
  • In case of an emergency for unexpected medical situations
  • Occurrence of natural disaster, such as fire or earthquake that require you to evacuate your home

A sturdy cat carrier is an essential piece of equipment for the cat owner. You’ll need it to take Kitty to the vet, when you travel, and when you move. Cats should never be allowed to roam free in a car; they tend to like to curl up on the dashboard or under your feet, making for dan­gerous driving conditions.

3 basic types of carriers are available on the market, these includes cardboard, soft or hard carrier. Your best bet is a carrier constructed of high-impact plastic. Plastic carriers feature a hinged door and are very easy to clean, unlike the other types. The small openings along the sides allow for air circulation while providing enough shelter and privacy that your cat will feel secure while you move him. Place a washable blanket, towel, or carrier pad in the bottom of the carrier for your cat’s comfort. Cat feels more secure in smaller area so bigger carrier does not mean better in this case.

You will need to get your cat to be used to the carrier so that having to go in it won’t be a traumatic experience, especially important in an emergency when time is of the essence. But accept that even the best-trained cat will be reluctant to enter the new carrier at first.. One way to introduce your kitty to a new carrier is to leave it in the middle of the room, or other place where it’s easy for her to get into. Try throwing a couple of healthy treats inside. Your goal is to get your cat to explore the carrier and become familiar and comfortable with it. Ideally, your cat’s experience with her cat carrier will be a pleasant one. Some cats become so accustomed to their little enclosure that they sleep in it or use it during their playtime.

For young kittens you are likely to have to do this yourself. First, set the carrier on one end in another room, with the opening facing up. Pick up the kitten by the scruff of his neck with one hand and support his bottom and hind legs with the other. Quickly but gently lower him into the carrier and close and latch the door, being careful not to close it on a paw, tail or ear.

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

Making A Catnip Toy

This is a very easy to make and simple Catnip toy.

Materials needed:


Scissors

2 sheets of felt, one each of two coordinating colours

Sewing machines or a needle & thread

2 tablespoons of dried Catnip


  1. Cut one 7.6 x 7.6 cm square out of each colour felt
  2. Cut one 3.8 cm circle out of each colour of felt. Use a small lid or shot glass as a template, if you need one.
  3. Centre one of the felt circles on a felt square of each other colour. Sew the circle to the square, Repeat for the other circle and square pair
  4. Stack the two square of felt together with the circle on the outside. Sew the squares together edge to edge on three sides, with a 1 cm seam allowance. If you are sewing by hand, be sure to use small stitches.
  5. Stuff the opening with the Catnip and cotton balls. the cotton balls gives the toy more bulk.  Sew the remaining side closed

Let you cat enjoy!

Cat Collar

Choosing The Right Cat Collar

A cat owner’s need to purchase a cat collar for their furry pets often for 2 reasons. First, use and acts as a way of showing ownership and second being a form of decoration for their pets. Other reason of wearing a collar maybe simply to let people know that the cat is owned. A cat collar can also provide the owner the vehicle for an ID tag and it provides the owner a peace of mind in the event their cat become lost.

The wide variety of collars available today let you make a fashion statement to fit your cat’s personality. Collars come in an extensive variety of colors and patterns. Nylon webbing is a popular material for cat collars, other choices include leather,vinyl, cotton, hemp, and elastic. Although the design and colour may be important for most cat owners, the important thing is to ensure the cat collar fits comfortably.

No matter which material you choose for your cat’s collar, the collar should fit around your cat’s neck snugly.  Allowing enough room to comfortably slip two fingers underneath. Your cat is a naturally curious animal, they like to investigate. Many cat owners may not realize hanging attachment from the collar can be hazardous for the cat in the event the attachments get snagged on fences and branches.

Cat bells on collars may seem like nothing more than a decorative feature. Most owners does not know that the little cat bells that are on most cat collars actually serve a purpose. Cats are notorious bird chasers and they can move very stealthily. The bell prevents the cat from being able to sneak up on birds and also help cat owners keep track of their cats.

Breakaway collars are considered to be the safest type of collar for cats. Such safety collars are strongly recommended as these collars allows cat to free themselves quickly if they gets stuck on a tree branch to avoid strangulation. Cats may scratch at the collar initially feeling foreign, they should adjust to it gradually over time. Check your cat’s collar on a regular basis. Your cat may lose or gain weight as she gets older. If collar is hanging loosely around her neck or seems to be squeezing her neck, take it off and make the necessary readjustment.