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    Cat likes to run in front of my feet while I'm walking

    Thanks for the responses. Toru is pretty young, about 16 months old or so, and he still hasn't been neutered (I have an appointment in a couple of weeks). I do often use my feet to nudge him out of the way and I've also used toys to divert him when he's doing things he shouldn't. But I felt...
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    Cat likes to run in front of my feet while I'm walking

    Toru likes to do this, and I've had other cats that like to do it too. When I'm walking up and down the stairs I'm usually hyper aware not to trip over him, but there's times when I'm not aware and I might accidently kick him when I walk. It's not hard and usually it doesn't bother him. Well...
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    Emergency change of location of feeding/litter

    Well he took to a new litterbox quickly! He didn't seem too put off by changing where he eats either. I may just end up permanently changing his feeding location.
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    Emergency change of location of feeding/litter

    Yes, that should be possible. I'll try that.
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    Emergency change of location of feeding/litter

    I had been keeping the litter and the area where I feed my cat in the basement. Well I've had a major flooding issue, and I have to find a new location immediately. I've read it's recommended to "slowly" move the locations, setting up a second litter tray and feeding station so the cat can make...
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    Cat acts like a kitten? Likes to bite? Help!

    Toru has been doing the same thing. Playfully biting me. It doesn't hurt, and it's pretty clear he's not trying to hurt me. But I may have my two young nieces moving in with me for a couple of months in the near future and I'd like to make sure he's not doing that if they are around.
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    Is it funny that someone wants to brush their cat teeth?

    Any strategies for getting cats accustomed to it. I was able to eventually get Toru to settle down enough to clip his claws, but he seems even more resistant to brushing his teeth. Maybe a different toothpaste? I held it out for him so he could smell it and get used to it but he fought and ran...
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    Explain your cat's name

    I named Toru after Toru Takemitsu, a Japanese composer. It was between that and Miles (Davis). I went with Toru because I figured I may be the only one still alive who is a big enough Toru Takemitsu fan to name a cat after him.
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    Is it funny that someone wants to brush their cat teeth?

    I bought a toothbrush and cat toothpaste to brush Toru's teeth but so far he ain't havin' it!
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    Can laser pointers harm cats?

    Not that one, it was this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B087C176SP/?tag=thecatsite I opted out. I still use my pocket laser pointer sometimes. It was useful training him to use the puzzle feeder, re-directing him when he's messing around places he shouldn't be etc. but I do try to keep...
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    Puzzle feeder questions

    I got my cat this Catit 2.0 Food Tree: Previously I was feeding him a dry/wet mix but after getting this I put wet food in his dish and started putting the dry kibble in this. When I put food in his dish, he'll eat everything in his dish. After about a day and a half with this feeder, I...
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    Can laser pointers harm cats?

    Laser pointers seem to be a common device for cat owners. Obviously they reliably get cats into play mode and it's entertaining for humans to watch them chase. I've found it useful to lure Toru places and get him to stop messing around areas he shouldn't be. I'm always very careful using it to...
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    Cat in the bedroom?

    I could look into that. I guess I'd have to keep my bed covered with plastic or something when I'm not using it. It's hard to say if he'd like being kept in an enclosure or being kept out of one better (in a way I've turned my bedroom into an enclosure for me!).
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    Cat in the bedroom?

    I actually have allergies so I keep Toru out of my bedroom. He is a Russian Blue so he doesn't shed much, and I make a point of grooming him and vacuuming frequently (well, I got a robot vacuum to do it anyway!). I also take allergy medicine. It's quite manageable. However Toru hates it not...
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    Toru has entered a phase I can only describe as "berserk"

    I've been trying to find a harness that would allow me to take him out (started a thread on that elsewhere). I'll definitely take him out once he is adjusted and I can make sure I've got an escape free harness he's comfortable with. And I might think about getting him a playmate after I get him...
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    Toru has entered a phase I can only describe as "berserk"

    Thanks for all those recommendations! And those articles are very helpful. I had a missing laser pointer and was being stubborn about not ordering a new one, but finally found it in my car. Toru definitely went wild for it. I made a point about making him go wild for a while before feeding him...
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    Stopping a cat from going underneath a recliner.

    If there's an edit feature I can't find it. The corrected one is above. I have to get out of the habit of rocking on this recliner!
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    Stopping a cat from going underneath a recliner.

    Little dude is persistent! After I used the ductape he tried to get underneath through the front of the recliner when I was leaning back. I had to give it to him because he'd already gotten his head under there... it was a close call and I'm glad I've how strapped a bunch more duct tape to the...
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    Toru has entered a phase I can only describe as "berserk"

    Thanks for the advice on Russian Blues! I will prepare myself for a bit of chaos for a while, LOL, and I have no doubt it will be worth it. Can you recommend any interactive toys that would occupy his time when he's alone? As I mentioned he absolutely loves the feather wand. Also have a ball...
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    Toru has entered a phase I can only describe as "berserk"

    Thanks for the advice and the link to the article. I bought a cat tree but seems like I could probably give Toru a few designated places to ignore. I just ordered a collapsible tunnel.
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