Hmm. When does it scratch you? Just randomly? Maybe you're getting too rough with it or touching it too much and it's trying to tell you to give it some space?
Are you playing with it daily? I strongly recommend playing with it for at least 5-10 minutes every day. It's the equivalent to taking it for a walk and helps curb a lot of behavioral issues. This is hands down the best toy you can get - [link]. My cats are also partial to chasing rolled up tinfoil balls that I throw for them.
For behavioral stuff I recommend checking out some books by the My Cat From Hell guy Jackson Galaxy. He's an actual expert, so his advice will probably be more helpful.
I got one of those roller balls for my fat cat, set to the smallest hole size. Means she had to kick it around a bit to get each piece, which really slows her down
Yes!! Came to say the same. Damn thing is $3 on Amazon and my cat goes insane for it. All the expensive toys just sit gathering dust.
Cat Dancer 101 Cat Dancer Interactive Cat Toy [link]
Can I make a suggestion? I put my cat on a diet last year after we found out he is overweight. After that he started doing exactly what your cat was doing. On Amazon I found a cat meal ball that you put the cat food in, and adjust the amount that comes out and then the cat has to work to get the food out. It has saved our lives! No more 4 am whining, no more sitting by the bowl crying. It allows him to eat slower so he realizes he doesn’t need to eat everything right away.
Here is the link: PetSafe SlimCat Meal Dispensing Cat Toy, Blue [link]
What about some toys that are like this? I use toys like these. They are prompted by the cat playing with it but are also encouraging them to keep playing by maintaining their interest.
I bought this laser pointer for my cat, but he's too lazy to play with it. But, it's my dog's absolute favorite toy. He chases it up walls and all over the place. When I turn it off, I literally have to hide it because he drags it back out and turns it back on and drives us insane lol
It’s a collapsible mesh tent. Works great, our 2 cats hang out in it most afternoons plus one human can fit but it’s a tight squeeze. We also put some cat beds in it with food, water and a scratching post. They nap and sunbathe in it for hours.
I have a VERY needy VERY active cat as well (even though she's almost 12!). She wants to play and be in my lap or snuggle or just be all up in my business ALL the time and also yowls outside my door when I'm working or sleeping. I got her this toy a few years ago and she LOVES IT. I buy her so many goddamn toys, a lot are expensive and interactive, but this is the one she loves THE MOST by far. A lot of other cats love it too. It looks like it might be semi-sold out on amazon right now but they have it a lot of places and it's normally only around $12. It has lasted years now despite her constant aggressive attacks. Whenever she's annoying me I turn it on and she immediately runs over to it and goes nuts. Highly recommend.
Also, getting draft guards for under your interior doors (bedroom door, office, etc) really, really helps to muffle the noise. I got them because my cat would reach her paw under the door and violently jiggle it back and forth, making a ton of noise, but after I installed them I learned it also really cut down on noise from the other side (aka her constant cries for attention).
You additionally need to be consistent with not responding to her going nuts. If your office is in an individual room, close the door while you're working and don't let her in no matter what. I used to let her sleep in my bed and when my boyfriend (now husband) started staying over a lot he was like um..no, because she knocks over everything in the room very aggressively at like 4am to wake me up. She was very mad at first but now she's used to it and she has plenty of very comfy places all over the house to sleep instead.
Yup. I used to have cats that I fed at 8am and 8pm. Pretty much every 6:30 the 'cat alarm' would go off. Sometimes, at 6:30am, I would stagger out of bed and shake the food ball which is how I fed the sweet, but greedy, asshole. Kibble would fall out, he would eat it and proceed to bat the ball around (and not howl) long enough for me to return to sleep.
I loved that dramatic asshole for his final 7 (of 18) years he owned me!
You can get a plastic ball that holds dry food, and they have to roll it around until the food drops out. I think it could work since only a bit comes out at a time, it shouldn’t get too sticky
This is some bits of cardboard on a thin black wire. Because the wire is very thin and black its almost invisible when moving, and the rigidity of the wire makes the cardboard move around erratically.
My cat goes absolutely insane for this toy to the point where I have to hide it when we aren't actively playing with it because if I don't she will drag it into a corner and act like a feral cat. It's a little over $2 on amazon but they sell it in most pet stores for about the same price.
The best toy I’ve ever found is the Cat Dancer.
So simple, but in 30 years I’ve never found anything better. Easy to entertain them while on a zoom call, because it bounces around just right so they think you are paying attention to them and not that stupid screen you keep staring at for no reason. Yes, it looks like you could easily make your own - but the cats clearly understand that a homemade version is inferior, so just spend the $2.
What kind of toys does he have? Cats will choose what they like (they never want our advice). Make sure you have interactive toys... things that will tire him.
This ball tower thing is a hit with our cats.
Find other toys that might keep him bouncing around. And, of course, throw some big empty boxes in the garage... as they all play with the boxes anyways.
Did the place you got him from ever try socializing him with other cats? He might settle down if he has a feline buddy to hang around with (because humans are boring). If you try this, I would start with talking to the shelter people about his history and if they ever successfully put him with others. They may be able to help you match him with an acceptable playmate.
Keep trying... show him love and patience. With time, he may settle down. Thank you for giving him the chance. The fact that he's had homes and been returned shows him nothing is permanent. He needs to see that he's staying and that you care about him.
Mine really like to get their pellets in a ball like this: https://smile.amazon.com/PetSafe-SlimCat-Meal-Dispensing-Great-Treats/dp/B0018CG40O/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=cat+treat+ball&qid=1620149637&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEyRFQ1SU1KVzVFTktSJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNjk2OTI4MjE1SjdVS0hHTU9WSyZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwNjg3NDEyMUI0WFRFNkdEM0hPUCZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=
Ahh I’m jealous, kittens are so fun! And a huge pain, but mostly fun lol. You probably already have a bunch of cat toys, but if you do need any I always tell people to get a cat dancer or a da bird. Cats go absolutely NUTS for both of them and I don’t know why
>As for his energy, I think I do pretty well with getting him on the go half the time as he has plenty of tunnels and bells and even huge, loud paper bags from shopping to play with. My other cat is a bit older than him but having a friend has been great for both of them.
Have you tried treat balls? I just put kibble in them.
> Wand toys are always great but Pat is definitely a chewer and has obliterated every one I have gotten so far. Luckily, i can tie the ropes back together but it only lasts so long 😂
Yeah, I get that lol. Will he play fetch? If he chases the toy and picks it up you could get him to do fetch. I've taught quite a few foster kittens.
>I love the hunting and hiding game. I have one of those "slow feeder" bowls for dogs that i put their treats into so they have to pick at it and get them out. But I do like hiding them around like that and letting him go at it.
You can also do some "approved distruction". If you know he won't eat the bits, you can put kibble into a twist of newspaper or a towel and he'll have to figure out how to unroll it.
Theres lots of diy puzzles here: [link]
Basically, pretend he's a high drive dog. Lol
>The ideas have been great and helpful, thank you again!
Good luck! I've had a few difficult fosters like your boy, and done training sessions with a few others. They do tend to settle down around 2/2.5, but usually are still pretty active cats for their whole lives. The training really helps them to be manageable, IME.
This is what I do for my girl. Of course I do not leave her out there alone she is 100% supervised. At first she was a little skittish but then she got very relaxed and enjoys it quite a bit. Your mom is right on not wanting your cat to go outside because there is so much danger. However I disagree about the leash because many cats do very well with them. My girl has a vest so there's nothing really digging into her it's comfy and it is also good to have around in case of emergencies. For example we were in a tornado warning one night in Dallas and I was so glad I had her leash and her backpack where I could grab them along with her and get into the bathtub. After we were in the tub I made sure she was secured in her vest and leash because cats can scratch really hard when they're terrified and you can't be guaranteed that you can hold onto them and keep them safe. Another night our building was struck by lightning and the fire alarm went off. No human could possibly stay inside the apartment with the alarm as loud as it was and I can only imagine how loud it was for my little girl because their hearing is so much better. Again I was so happy to have her equipment so that once I caught her we could evacuate ASAP and I knew she would be safe with me and would not get away despite all the commotion. It depends on your cats personality as to whether or not they would enjoy being pushed around. If I were going to push my cat around the neighborhood I think I would go for a stroller that's made for cats. But my girl enjoys sitting in the grass I wanted her to be able to experience that so that's why I went for this play tent.
Outback Jack Outdoor Cat Enclosures For Indoor Cats [Portable Cat Tent, Cat Tunnel, and Playhouse] (Play Tents for Cats and Small Animals) [link]
It’s called a “Cat Dancer”. They’re super inexpensive ($1.99 on Amazon last time I bought one). My bengal would make these adorable chirping sounds he didn’t normally make while playing with it. It’s also great because you can tape it to the wall when your arm gets tired and they can bat at it on their own time. I’ve given them as gifts to several friends and every cat seems to love it. Here’s the link: [link]
Best cat toy ever is the cat dancer, it's literally a wire with some rolled cardboard strips. Costs about $4? My cat is 14 and still loves to play with it even after all these years. edit- $2 on Amazon [link]
Cat Dancer or similar toy. It’s on a hard wire so you just have to twitch it slightly for it to move wildly. I can even play with kitty while reading a book
Maybe try getting a food puzzle ball or something like that for her. She could just be bored. This one works well for my cat puzzle ball. I just put my cat’s regular kibble in it. Fill it up before you go to bed and let her at it.
Also I don’t leave my cat’s food out all the time. For a while he would wake me up when he got hungry around 3 or 4am (usually when he started hearing birds outside). So I got a timed feeder. Now he gets fed at the same time every day/night, and I get to sleep. He normally eats and then goes back to sleep until I get up.
I’ve had my cat Doppler for 5 years now. He’s the first cat I’ve owned. He is very food motivated.
A valid concern. They are likely prone to sleep upwards of 15 hours a day so of they're awake and alone while you're at work, that's totally an appropriate use for toys. The best tool I've seen for that is little springs/coils like this since they're lightweight and zip around the room when they bat at them. Not dissimilar to seeing how a cat goes after a mouse that has the misfortune of creeping into the house. So it's also good exercise that feeds into their natural instincts. Just be ready to have to regularly fish them out from under the couch.
Cat dancer is really awesome & highly recommended.
Also, this is is very inexpensive & provides tons of entertainment & activity.
Maybe try a puzzle feeder to get them interested in dry food again. My cats have a couple like this one and they like it: [link]
I bought this one and my cats can't get enough of it. Best cat toy yet!
My 3 three cats and my 10 year old Corgi loves those Catchaser toys. They're like $2. These are like my favorite cat toys. See link.
You’re so very welcome! In this chaotic time we’re in, I think it’s important to do what we can to help each other no matter how big or small. I’m so glad that was the one, my two fur-kids have 4 of these catnip bananas because they loved their first one to destruction.
Hi Willow! My girl LOVES these little mice you can get at Walmart, as well as these cat toy springs
Lol oh no :(! I actually got a bonded pair, so her and her brother will wrestle and tire each other out. Was actually part of the reason I considered getting two! I got them this toy though that they seem to love, and it also gives me a break. It's so hard to keep up with them with all the energy they have, they're babies after all!
It's like an auto wand on a rotating wheel thing. They go ape shit for it lol.
Hope this helps?! Haha ¯_(ツ)_/¯
This is cheap and my cats love it since they're very food motivated (they're younger though, about 8-9 months old). https://www.amazon.com/PetSafe-SlimCat-Meal-Dispensing-Great-Treats/dp/B0018CG40O. They get both wet and dry food daily, and we do a portion of their dry food in the balls every day.
One of my cats lost interest in most toys a while ago but will still chase the laser. I usually have it lead to a treat or some kibble so he doesn't feel frustrated with not being able to "catch it".
This. ^ Also, my cat got one bald spot from over grooming, and it was stress. For us, it was higher quality, or frequent play that solved it. This toy is MAGIC and makes cats PLAY. I’ve never had a friend not have a cat go crazy for this toy. Two small or one larger play session with this toy changed the behavior overnight.
Edit: forgot Iink GoCat Da Bird Pull 2 Piece Pull Apart Rod & Bird, Handmade in The USA (1 Bird) [link]
My girl is the same. I got her some food toys to slow her down!
Get this: [link] Either gift it to your roommate or get him to pay for it, but it should effectively keep your cat busy at a time for at least 20 mins.
Get this as well [link] Find it on aliexpress or elsewhere on Amazon. Take it out of the fuzzy stuff and let it loose around the house.
Not similar in style, but my cat goes absolutely wild for hair ties too and he loves this wire toy from Amazon as much (if not more).
Clicker training with a target stick? So that he has to run and jump up onto places. You obviously have to use his regular dry food as treats which you have to subtract from his meals. Also feeding him (part of) his dry food with a snack dispenser ball might be a good idea.
This ball tower thing. I'm not kidding, they love it so much and play with it all day and night.
My cat gets board with toys very quickly, so don’t buy a bunch of toys. You can find some toys and catnip sometimes at thrift stores, so maybe look there and pick up one or two, and as others say, a shoestring on a stick or just little pieces of trash plastic, like a zip tie, can bring a lot of entertainment. One I’d recommend though is a treat ball. It’s cheap, lasts a long time, and hasn’t lost interest yet. His favorite place to sleep is in a sheet or blanket that over used so it has my scent on it. My biggest costs for him are food and litter.
Do try to save a bit if you can for a vet visit should you need it though!
Anything that comes in a box. Mines been attacking one all day. I think the original was Cosmic, but I know the one cat loves something if she puts a found sock or her banana in it.
THIS! Never failed my kitties or anyones I know of. Regardless of winning or not this is a must have. It’s just too damn cute too see a cat go crazy over a banana. Your kitty will love this! (Man i should be in retail 😂)
Yeowww Banana Singles Cat Toy [link]
I good cat toy that will also stimulate and help their food intake is one of those feeder toys where it's a ball or cylinder full of food they throw and push around and food falls out slowly through a small hole for them.
Like this one.
This is so true.
EXCEPT - this $2 toy on Amazon. My cats (even one who doesn’t really like any toys) go absolutely bonkers for it.
I saw tents on amazon that you can put the cat inside and put the tent outside so they can be outside without getting lost.
Maybe he's just naturally plump!
Have you tried a feeder ball? We use the PetSafe SlimCat Interactive Feeder and that's the only thing we feed him with.
Cats are cats. They do not do things to be vindictive, they do it as a response to stimulus. The spray bottle isn't going to teach them anything, its just going to frustrate the cat and make it act out more.
When the cat is doing an undesirable behavior, redirect the behavior with a toy. I GUARANTEE YOU kitten will pay attention to a string that's waved in front of their face if they're somewhere they shouldn't be.
Also, you can train cats to recognize tone of voice. My cats understand NO and OFF. Basically to start you give the command and physically move the cat then ignore them (so they don't think its reward attention.)
Say NO! or OFF!
Pick up cat.
Put cat down.
Rinse and repeat. Do not pet or otherwise show affection after the fact. Just be consistent.
Also this is a kitten. PLAY WITH THIS CAT. If it has energy to act up, that means you need to burn it off in a productive manner. We adopted a 10 month old cat recently and he destroyed our nice balance we had. Waking us up at 5am, running around the house, OMG.
So I got one of these: [link] and would play with him until he was PANTING. At least twice a day, normally before bed time and before feeding him. It worked.
Finally, your parents need to realize that all cats are unique and this is NOT their previous cat. They should stop trying to treat it like mini-old-cat and figure out how to communicate with this new cat.
I can't take your cat, but I have a cat that used to wake me up starting around 4 a.m. for food. She has gotten much better over time, and it's true what smitrovich says, if you play Clive before bed and then feed him right after playing he will chill out in the night. I break up my cat's play into shorter ten minute bursts a couple of times in the evening. Her favorite toys are the cat dancer and "da bird" feather toy on a pole. She literally cannot resist chasing them. [link] [link]
Adjusting to a cat can take time, especially if you are feeling irritated with it due to lack of sleep. Keep trying to improve your relationship even while you look for a new home. You might grow on each other!
Pet food will often have feeding guidelines printed on the bag that is based both on the brand's caloric density and it's nutritional value. I would start by following those or you can ask your vet for recommendations. My kitties get 1/3rd cup dry food in the morning and then half a can of wet in the evening. (The dry food is Taste of the Wild and wet is Weruva)
For the gobbling issue, I would recommend either getting her a food dispensing ball or some type of puzzle feeder. If you're looking for something shorter term, I would put a couple golf balls in her food dish. She will have to eat around these to get to her food and it should slow her down, but cats really smart and can figure out ways to 'cheat' this system easily. One of my kitties rapidly figured out that she could remove these and continue gobbling, so that method didn't last very long!
This is the one we use. It did have to be replaced after maybe 6 months, but that was partially because my hubby didn't realize there was a locking thing on it to adjust the holes and just forced it...whoops.
My cats chew on the sticks and then lose them. Mine enjoy kicker toys and wool balls. One of mine is terrified of crinkle balls and one of them loves to play with Nerf ammo.
We used to have a German shepherd and she had one of those fox toys that doesn't have stuffing in it, which she gave to one of our cats and that is still that cat's favorite toy. She carries it around the house with her.
We also have a ball tower that a couple of our cats enjoy. I don't see any rules about linking to products on this sub, so I'll share the one we got: [link]
To build on chemical_hold’s response, I’d also add to just generally try very very hard to not hurt their confidence. I play with my cats with my hand a lot and I never get too aggressive and always let them win. They should “win” every game in my opinion.
If you have people over and your cat runs away, don’t force the cat to interact as it will probably just run away again. Be sure children don’t chase her, as children are small and can often times follow them into their safe places like under the bed, making them feel less safe.
Sometimes it only takes one instance of an animal to have a bad experience when young and it will be afraid for years to come.
(I have never fostered or talked to a cat psychologist but I have had 2-3 cats including rescues basically my whole life)
I was also going to mention the cat dancer before I saw they replied with it! This is a great toy for even the shyest cats. I cannot recommend it enough. Like a want toy but more addictive for them in my experience.
101 Cat Dancer Interactive Cat Toy [link]
And while we’re on toys The spring toy is a favorite of my other cat but it’s not interactive.
Ethical Products 20 Piece Spot Colorful Springs Wide [link]
You can use interactive food dispensers! This is the one I use and it helps keep them active and not eating to much at the same time! [link]
Decrease food very slowly and surely make sure to consult a vet’s opinion on ur new furr friend!
Best cat toy ever to play with your cat. Use your imagination to make it fun. Dirt cheap too: Cat Dancer
Get some of these Cat Dancer 101 Cat Dancer Interactive Cat Toy [link] and this Cat Tunnel with Play Ball, Interactive Peek-a-Boo Cat Chute Cat Tube Toy, Camouflage S-Tunnel for Indoor Cat, Best for Puppy, Kitty, Kitten, Rabbit [link]!
This is the best and cheapest cat toy ever made. My cats love it and I can play it with them for hours. cat dancer toy
My cat has plenty of toys but her top 3 are:
1- A stuffed toy that looks like a fish. The toy does nothing, it just looks like a fish but she's throwing it around all the time.
2- A tunnel, she loves going into the tunnel, sliding into it etc
3- Tall cardboard boxes, she loves to jump in and out of them
Other things she likes:
This toy with 3 balls in it
I meant a toy like this: [link]. You can put any regular dry cat food inside, as long as the pieces are small enough to come out when the ball rolls. It keeps our cat occupied sometimes.
It's a cat toy, like this one. Probably left from Antonio Cupcake (RIP).
you dont even need a full catio if you dont want to put that much work in. they seel these little mesh pop-up tents for cats with a tunnel entrance! that way they can be outside but they are safe. i've had this one in my cart for a while....
It seems like she either isn't getting enough exercise and is bored or there's a medical issue. Have you already taken her to the vet?
My cat loves this toy. How often do you play with her?
I have two kibble-dispensing "balls" (one is egg-shaped) that worked great for my kitty back when I was feeding him kibble! Now he eats canned food.
Every cat I've met is absolutely obsessed with this. Worth a shot for $2
Cat Dancer 101 Cat Dancer Interactive Cat Toy [link]
Is he neutered? If not, get him neutered.
He wants to play. He wants more play than what he's getting from you right now. Sorry :(.
I got my guys some automatic toys, because I really don't feel like moving a string around while they stare at me, as much as they want that. Their favorite is this dumb thing: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06WP7F8YC
My friend has the pet cube, which you can program to start a laser game while you're out.
He also might benefit from a pal, like another young active cat.
Before i had a catio, i used this! Keeps the cat secure and has plenty of room for them to comfortably enjoy being outside. I would recommend not keepjng it out in the rain though, mine got kinda gross but lasted for years
Outback Jack Outdoor Cat Enclosures For Indoor Cats: [link]
To add on to the catio and harness/leash ideas from others: I’ve seen some pop up cat tents made specifically for supervised time in the fresh air. That might be worth a look too. Something like this. One of my old coworkers had something similar for her cat.
Would a tent be an option? It’s like a cheaper, portable catio.
My cat actually likes his belly rubbed lightly when he's sleepy, sometimes it even makes him purr, but he will also go insane-o on the turn of a dime and try to bunny kick your hand.
I've gotten good at sensing when he's about go nuts and tossing one of his catnip stuffed toys at his stomach, He then attacks the hell out of that instead and seems happy. We're learning together.
He's had this since he was a kitten and still loves it more than any other toy we buy him. Have to get him a few per year because he loves to bite and shred into it until the catnip spills, but it's honestly worth it.
It's like his stuffed animal, he takes it with him to bed. He gets annoyed if it's not next to him while he's laying down. I've seen many dogs carry around a toy with them wherever they go, but never a cat. This little dude is weird, but special and oh my god I'm writing way too much about my cat. I just love him. He's such a good boy.
My cat loves the 'ball tracks' which are basically stacked rings that have a track where balls go to bat at. It's this one:
I'm going to buy some catsit tracks (you can buy as few or as many sets, if she likes it, to make it bigger & different shapes. Same idea as the balltower, but different set-up & I think you can take the top part that they have to put their paws into, off of it, if she doesn't learn or like it that way.
She also would likely enjoy any kind of small toys that she can bat around. I replace the track toys with ping pong balls & my cat has pulled them & jingle balls out to bat around & she can pick them up with her mouth. She also likes to carry a lot of her smaller toys in her mouth when she plays fetch. There may be someone here, or videos on how to possibly train your cat to play fetch. My cat goes crazy for small crinkled up balls of any paper as well.
You can shop around to find these at the best prices. I've found things at Big Lots, Burlington Coat Factory, Chewy, Amazon, etc.
You're a good pet parent & she's so lucky you chose her.
The toys where there's a ball to bat around are pretty great if he's inquisitive! Izzy loved this one as a kitten, although apparently as an adult she got it stuck on her head and was wandering around with it like a goob. Mr. Image didn't take a photo though and I will never forgive him.
And then something like this one, which Amazon doesn't appear to have at a reasonable price, cause they're like $10 at the store usually.
You did say the hissing has subsided a bit, so it will probably just take a while. Continue to show both that they are special. Maybe get a few new toys that they can play with together (I still think the three tier round ball spinning toy is awesome.... all our cats love it.)
When we first adopted our cat, he had some pretty severe food aggression. For the first two years of his life, whoever had him was neglectful, and while he was friendly from likely having lived in a home with people early on, they threw him out in a courtyard with a colony and he essentially lived on the street. Food was a scarcity, so when he was adopted by us he didn’t realize he would be eating on a very regular schedule.
He was very sweet and would rub on our legs and meow when we were getting his dish to fill it, but in a split second would bite and claw our legs. It kept happening for months - not only was it painful but also shocking. When we turned to him to react it was clear he felt bad, and would go and hide until we could coax him out with his food.
In my research to figure out why he was doing it and how to get him to stop, I finally read something that suggested, when he did it, to stop, put down the empty dish, and then walk away. Don’t look at him or talk to him at all. Act as though you don’t have a cat at all. And stay like this for 20-30 minutes.
It only took a few tries and it worked. He also has calmed down considerably as he has aged, which is something your Kitty might do.
One other suggestion I have is using catnip toys. My cat loves to play with a wand/chaser toy or a little ball, but sometimes he just needs to beat the crap out of something too lol. I bought a toy for him that looks like this, and have since been through several of them because he takes about 15 minutes to pummel it and is quite happy afterwards. So maybe he just needs to get some teenage angst out of his system lol.
Honestly, its like just a young thing over being a bored thing. You have two so they have each other.
This is a real favorite at my home:
This is also beloved but it gets messy.
I dechonked my two cats (who previously free-fed) using a cat food ball and a Catit digger toy. They also get Greenies throughout the day, but they have to do tricks :)
I had a blind kitty. You wouldn't have known it though. As long as you didn't move the furniture, he did fine. It will take her a little bit to learn her way around. Her age might mean it takes her a little longer but she'll get there. If she likes catnip, give her some of that. My cats go nuts for Yeoww toys, especially the banana and rainbow. Get her steps for the bed if you don't have them already. I got toys that had a rattle in them, things that made noise. My blind boy's favorite was an octopus.
These things are just wire and cardboard, but they hold up surprisingly well. And they’re so cheap, it’s not a total bummer to have to replace them.
☺️ aww. My friend just got her cats a catnip banana and they’re loving it. Maybe a lil house warming gift for the kitty.
They come in a bunch of shapes too, she say the love the banana but the rainbow is also popular.
Get your cat one of these. Also when kittens are that young it’s honestly better to get them a buddy. They play all the time and tire each other out.
SmartyKat Hot Pursuit Cat Toy [link]
I know this isn't it, but it's the closest I could find...
Catit Senses 2.0 Digger Interactive Cat Toy [link]
Cheap and all 4 of our cats are OBSESSED with it. Cat Dancer 101 Cat Dancer Interactive Cat Toy [link]
This Cat Dancer is our inmate's favourite toy, it's a semi rigid wire with cylindrical cardboard pieces on it (very easy to DIY too), the wire makes it move unpredictably and she goes absolutely nuts for it. Much easier to use for long play sessions if you tape it to some kind of stick to waggle it around easier.
She will actually complain if we try to put it away and she's not done with it, so entitled! :P
The Cat Dancer is the best cat toy ever invented. I've gotten a lot of toys in the 15 years I've had my cats, but this is the only one I've replaced over and over and over with exactly the same product. The way it moves unpredictably and swings around like a bird or insect drives them crazy. They literally sit by it asking me to swing it around for them.
Not sure if someone mentioned this already, but one of those circular track toys with balls on the tracks. I’m probably doing a terrible job explaining what the toy is, so I included a link for you! Congrats on adopting those adorable babies!!
Another thing you could try is a food/treat dispensing ball like this one.
You can adjust the size of the holes to control how quickly the food releases as your cat bats it around. With a decent amount of floorspace she could get some good jogs in :). Good luck!
My cat used to do the same thing until I heard they were a choking hazard so I got her some springs like these from the dollar store and hid all my hair ties. She likes the springs just as much and can run around with them in her mouth and bat them around so I’ve found it to be a great alternative and not dangerous!
this is the kind I have. there are a couple different styles too which are fun.
Catit Senses 2.0 Digger Interactive Cat Toy [link]
The one that I have is not available anymore that I can find, but it is very similar to this one. I also got some cheap plastic mouse toys at Petsmart, and I will fill those with kibble so that the cats have to bat them around to get the kibble loose. Either way, it helps slow them down when they eat, especially the big one. He is my gobbler.
I had a chunky boy who would eat too fast and not chew and throw up every meal and I got him this.
You just put the food in and they have to roll it around to get the food out. Makes them eat a little slower.
I also have a ridiculously food driven cat who would scarf all of his own food and then nudge his big brother out of the way to eat that too. Oh, did I mention that he would also eat so fast he would throw up? Yeah....anyway, to slow him down, I got a couple of these feeders:
He has to eat a 1 piece at a time instead of steamshovel mode like he used to. It also seemed to discourage the more greedy behavior in that he probably registers feeling full/sated before eating more than he needs.
try cat nip, often times it will entice him to get his own energy out :)
these toys work great for my cats, i crinkle it up with my fingers and add a few drops of tap water to it to get it super smelly: Yeowww! Catnip Toy, Yellow Banana [link]
Assuming she's been checked to make sure there's no underlying health issues...I got my chunky kitty a slow feeding ball and a snuffle mat. Making her eat slower (at least her dry food) has definitely helped make her feel satiated longer. We also feed our other cats up high where she can't get to easily.
My chunker gets fed on the ground, my other 2 cats on the bar top. The kitten gets up by jumping from the cat tree to the top. The chunker can't because we blocked the bar partly so she'd have to jump farther and I think the space is too wide or she's too scared to jump. My other adult cat jumps from the barstool up. It has a towel on in which makes it weird to her but my other cat is fine with it.
I also got my chunker a feeding ball to slow down her dry food intake. I think that's been really helpful in keeping her satiated longer.
For my chunky monkey, I put her dry food in a feeding ball. Otherwise she hoovers it down. She'll still eat it all in one go, but it takes her longer. I also got her a snuffle mat to slow down her eating as well.
You could also get an automatic feeder. That way she gets a little bit of food around the clock that has nothing to do with you.
Its not quite, its not electronic, but I've not seen a cat who won't spend hours with it.
No way your cat would ignore this toy! My cats can't get enough of it!
Awe, so cute. I have a hard time finding toys my cats like. But they both love this one. They can't get enough of it!
You could try to make a cat wheel yourself! Here is a link with some ideas.
Alternatively you could buy an automatic laser cat toy. Then you don't have to run with the laser all day.
Do you have cat trees? Or a way to get some good window cat tv in for him?
In toys - buy this. Life saver and it’s timed so I’ll even turn it on when I go out for a bit.
Omg I love her! Such cute face markings. I have 2 ragdolls and an older Siamese. Compared to my siamese, my ragdolls LOVE water. One of them is obsessed with the cat water fountain, and the other isn't, so its not a sure thing. But they both love to play with the sink, so introduce water at a young age for lots of fun. They both love to kiss me/lick my head obsessively, so I'll leave it up to you if you want to encourage or discourage that. One of mine likes to be held upside down and the other one despises being held at all, so I think that is up to the individual cat and less training. Best of luck!
For toys: I recommend the springs and looney loops off of amazon. I have a swimming fish that they love too. They also love cat tunnels, cat scratch posts and outdoor cat enclosures (but I think all cats do!)
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DaBird. Trust me. No other toy is like it.
GoCat Da Bird Pull 2 Piece Pull Apart Rod & Bird, Handmade in The USA (1 Bird) [link]