Cat care, like any pet care, like child care, inevitably involves making mistakes.
The true test of one's character/parenting quality means learning from those mistakes after they happen.
That's my two cents.
Yes, definitely. I live in an older apartment building in Wisconsin, where winters get cold and air gets dry. Also have radiator heat that I can't control (but it's included in rent price) and it gets ridiculously hot inside sometimes. Actually have to crack a window in e.g. the middle of...
For what it's worth, my cat once started vomiting after doing an extensive cleaning of my kitchen and bathroom with heavily-scented cleaning chemicals (I live in a one-bedroom apartment so there isn't a ton of space). I wasn't using drain cleaner, but used some sprays containing bleach.
That's another good point ... doing just a few at a time.
Usually he lets me do one before the bunny-kicking actually starts. Maybe doing even just one at a time, then giving a small treat, etc.
This would be yet another obnoxious thing to have to do, but it beats having more holes put in my...
That's interesting. My cat is also food-motivated and a scarfer. But I have to slow his intake because he is a big vomiter if he eats too fast.
Somehow relating the activity to food, however, is a logical thing to try.
My cat was declawed before I found him, so he only has rear claws. But clipping them by myself (no other humans here) is always a struggle.
I wrote a response in some other thread about learning how to pill him (see here for that specific post for more background: Cat remembers the gabapentin...
Not trying to say I advise doing anything to break your agreement, but honestly, how would anyone find out if you had to bring him into the basement like that in such an emergency? (Nod nod, wink wink)
I've lived in an apartment building for several years that is cat-only, but I see people...
Well, he never showed signs of pain in his life, and it was something I discussed with the vet since the early days.
He never hesitated to fly off of high surfaces onto the floor, slamming down on his front feet. Always preferred little toy mice that he'd pounce on. Etc.
Arthritis may be one...
Yeah. I hope AT LEAST that he wasn't just dumped outside after being declawed, and that somebody legitimately lost him instead. Still irresponsible, but that's my hope.
He was very loving of all humans from the start.
I have another thread about his waning interest in play, and hadn't known...
I went through hell trying to get my cat to take pills. I eventually just had to finally pill him by hand, which took practice before succeeding.
I did the wrapping in a towel first. Pinned him between myself and the arm of a couch (so he can't back away or squirm). Grab him over the top of his...
Yeah, but he was just under a year old (estimated) when found, so he was kind of between kitten and cat.
And no idea what happened to him before. But he clearly came from other human(s) before me. He had been declawed, he was litter trained, and he sought out humans by coming up to our house...
I actually used one of those grooming gloves briefly. But it was a cheap knockoff (I believe) and fell apart fast.
Just a tip for anyone reading... I vacuumed the hair off of it after finishing grooming using a small dust-buster vacuum. Was SO much easier than removing hair manually.
That makes sense.
I live in an older apartment building where we have radiator heat. And live in the Midwest where winters get cold. So I am in a constant cycle of hot/cold as the hot water starts/stops flowing through the radiator to keep the apartment warm in winter.
Yeah, most of the time, with my friends' cats, when they do it, they are looking out a window and spot a bird or something. It's like an expression of excitement.
But it could also be kitten-chatter. Or maybe both.
Just a general question here for anyone with a "tripawd" (which is a term I never heard before this thread... 😂 obviously a loving term for a bad situation ).
How does this affect a cat's play? Do you have to use specific toys?
Lol, I just wanted to say that's one of the funniest cat stories I've heard 😂
I feel lucky Willy only ever needed one box, since I live in a one-bedroom apartment and keep the box tucked away around a corner.
That's good to know. Maybe after I try a gentler kind of brush and get him used to doing that for a while, then he will be a little more tolerant of the FURminator when his really heavy shedding periods are happening.
BTW, can anyone explain how the "shedding waves" occur and why? He's a...
Interesting. We don't have any ferals here where I live, so I don't have experience dealing with them. So I was earlier reacting just out of conventional wisdom of indoor vs. outdoor. Nothing that people on this forum don't already know.
Willy came from outside, but he was clearly a cat...