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Your only option is to order silly things from Amazon so the package man will come and bring more boxes. Our UPS driver is incredibly hot, so this is now my go-to approach.
This product helped us out a lot. If it doesn't work, at least it came in a box???
My Sukie cat loves her Bergan Turbo Scratcher . My boyfriend is amazed at how much value she gets out of this thing. She sits on it, scratches at it, chases the ball, sleeps on it, pounces on it from the bed, drools all over it when I sprinkle some catnip in there.
The best thing is that the cat can use it by themselves! I'm often woken up in the middle of the night to the distinctive sound of the ball rolling around in the plastic groove.
They can hold a grudge for a long time. We left on a weekend trip and our cat was so upset when we got back. We left out food and water but she was pissed. They really love their owners and care when you're gone.
Give them love very frequently and if they dont like to be picked up, then just dont. Sit down and call them to your lap. They'll come...eventually. lol
Some cats like crazy petting. My husband pets one of our cats crazy hard and she is now in love with him. Weird ass cat.
Watch out for your fingers when playing. They are quick and will get ya. Use a toy on a stick instead.
NEVER own toys with strings. Our cat was rolling around with her toy as a kitten and it got wrapped around her neck. We almost lost her. I had to rush and cut it off with a knife. She was barely moving. It was horrible. No strings! Put your blind cords up and away too!
They like to chew on phone charger cords. Watch out.
Some cats don't like catnip.
If you let your cat be an indoor/outdoor, use a great flea meds every month from the vet. Our is only 25$ a month and treats some parasites. Not bad priced. Fleas cause tape worms and its a pain for you and the cat. Oh and make sure you treat for parasites. Talk with your vet about that especially if they like to go outside.
Best toy I've ever bought. Our cats love it and really helps with scratching. Got it at walmart.
Enjoy your cat! Best pet ever!
They love this plate like scratcher thing called turboscratcher something ( almost exactly like this). Catnip filled toys are also a big hit. And of course a simple cardboard box is always appreciated.
If youre going to return her, never get a young cat again.
Play with her MORE. Wild is a good thing - get it out and show her what she can play with.
You can also set your own boundaries by telling her No and throwing her a mouse or something she can play with.
Get one of those circular things they scratch on and bat a ball around
Bergan Turboscratcher Cat Toy (Assorted) [link]
Behaviors can be changed. Please dont get a dog - idk how you guys would be able to handle it if you cant handle a playful cat.
Just like dogs, tire her out. Give her coping mechanisms. Frick.
Definitely ask the cat sitter to hang out for at least half an hour - even if they're just watching TV it's good for the babies ot have them there (but if you're paying them they should be happy to actually play with the cats). In terms of interactive toys, my cats LOVE this. Even my grumpiest cat goes wild for that guy.
I buy my food from Costco and get the 40lb bags it last him about 6 months minimum. I get dollar store toys and cat trees from online. mine also like any catnip toys.
I would recommend getting one of these ( [link] )
Also I keep extra Sissel rope on hand always to repair the trees if needed. Mine only has a couple bed but other then that he just sleep on the furniture or floor. For blankets we just buy small pet ones from any place we can find.
Thank you for this thorough reply!
"Are you able to sleep in the room she currently is comfortable in? Maybe put a sleeping mat or cot in there?"
Yep I can actually. Currently there is a futon bed on the floor that I lay on when I'm in there with her. I could sleep on that one night or take a long nap on the weekend. I do agree with getting her used to me, it makes sense because she will be more trustworthy in the other rooms.
Great point with the food too as I was a bit iffy on that. Currently I put the food in her bowl and swirl it around so she hears it and her bowl isn't always filled.
It's been exciting. Those 2am spazz wake up calls when playing with this are reallllllll.
You'll want this, trust me. It's good for him to play with and entertain himself when you're away. Both our cats love this and come running when they hear the noise of the ball rolling around the track.
On the note of eating things. Definitely spray or get kitten proof wires or various charges. My Ganon was a kitten managed to chew through my phone charger. I replaced it and sprayed it with a bitter apple. Also be sure to play with them quite a bit to help tire them out. Also maybe look into scratching posts and something like this should help too. [link]
The Bergen Turbo Scratcher.
One of the cats here likes these itty bitty tennis balls meant for dogs I found at Walmart (3/$1). He's also very into glittery pom-poms he can carry around in his mouth like prey. I usually don't buy a lot in terms of cat toys, though. They tend to find their own stuff whether I want them to or not! My little boy cat likes plastic drinking straws and my pony tail elastics. My girl cat brings me the big twist ties from bundles of lettuce if I put them in the garbage so I can hold them while she bats at them. They'll always hop right into any cardboard box or plastic bin I bring home, that kind of thing.
A good rule of thumb is to supervise toy use and store toys away where the cat cannot get them if you aren't around to keep an eye on things. Toys that cannot be ingested can be left out. This is a good example of a toy that doesn't require your interaction or supervision. A lot of small store toys marketed for cats are super not safe if even chewed on, let alone swallowed whole. We don't really have the same good safety regulations for cat toys as those for children.
This might not always be easy, but it's a good idea to store toys away when not in use. For one, a toy put away can't be dropped in a dish, for two, a toy put away can't be accidentally ingested and cause a blockage.
This is especially true with less well-made toys.
A non-interactive (doesn't need you to make it go) toy like a turbo scratcher is good to leave out, and hard to get into trouble with, but cheapo small toys should probably go in a box in a closet when you aren't around.
My kitten loves this. We flip it over at night so she doesn't disturb us, but then as soon as we turn it back, she will come sprinting over and will immediately pounce on it.
Ah all right, being disinterested in toys is common for outdoor cats, because they know a knock-off from the real deal.
One toy I recommend is the turbo scratcher, because it's a solo toy (the cat can play with it by themselves) and it doubles as other items if the toy part doesn't interest them: scratcher, bed and ambush station, from my experience.
If you free feed, it takes away from food motivation, because cats are smart and will always "hunt" the food that takes the least energy expenditure. If you're busy though, you could try a food puzzle or food ball still, just put the free feed away (Ziplock bag into the fridge or freezer) when you, say, get home from work and set up the puzzle or toy. Then put the free feed back out before you go to bed.
I appreciate being too busy or otherwise unable to schedule feed, but if you can manage, at least one wet food meal a day will go a long way toward your cat's hydration and kidney and urinary health. If you want to make it a reward, put it out right after trying play. This is also best done before bed to encourage your cat not to disturb your sleep.
He might like one of the toys that has a ball in a track he can push around. I have this one that doubles as a scratching toy: [link]
My cats spend a bunch of time spinning it around, especially at night when they're locked in my room. He won't be able to get it stuck or lost, either.
Maybe taking his toys away at night is part of what's upsetting him? He has all of these fun things to do during the day but at night he gets bored, so he tries to play with whatever he can find.
Or maybe I just didn't sense the sarcasm? Ha.
They usually sell them in most pet stores as well. This brand is incredible and has lasted YEARS for my cat. Just gotta buy the replacement pads every now and again!
I have the turbo cat scratcher from Amazon and my 1 year old cat loves it. I definitely recommend the Aldi Find, especially at $6.99! I paid more than twice that!
No, she is not large. The toy is this one: [link]
You might also consider interactive toys for the kitten to keep him busy and to claim for himself, so he will leave the female cat alone. Some good ones are:
Cat Dancer Wall Scratcher
Also, I bet if you tossed two Scratch Loungers on the ground, the kitten and cat would each take one and the kitten would leave the cat alone. My cats LOVE these things and never want to get out of them. (Tip: The instructions say to fold down the sides of the box, but I keep them up, because the cats like it better that way.)
Bergan Turbo Scratcher Cat Toy, Colors may vary [link]
Mine love any kind of ball, especially ones that jingle. But they're still under a year old and are just as entertained by twist ties and bottle caps. One of mine even likes the ball in a track toy; he won't spend a long time with it but will play with it at least a couple times a day. My other cats were less impressed with it though.
Have you tried treat-rewarding toys? I thought my older cats would be too intimidated by learning how to work them, but they both figured it out eventually. Of course the kittens picked it up pretty quick. Some like the Snacky Mouse are more difficult than others so they don't get the treats too fast, and others will still make noise when empty so that even after the cat has eaten all the treats, they'll think there's more and continue playing with it.
If you don't already have one of these, I know a lot of cats really enjoy them, my own included.
also have this one
cat loves both!
Some cats simply aren't toy cats, or aren't being properly motivated. Cats who have an outdoor past may not see the "point" in toys when they already have hunting experience. Some cats don't want to do work for no reward (e.g. food), which is very relatable!
If you free-feed your cat, especially if you feed kibble only, you're squandering the opportunity to use food as motivation.
Lasers are a shitty cat toy in that they aren't something a cat can touch and tend to prove frustrating, so be thankful he didn't show interest! Wand toys are better.
As an aside, it's very nifty that you have a male calico! They're very rare, as the calico pattern is inherited through the X chromosome.
Try a turbo scratcher. It's something your cat can elect to play with by himself that is multi-purpose in case the play portion doesn't appeal to him (so it's no total loss). My cat uses his as a bed and ambush station in addition to the scratcher and ball track.
My two females like this thing and the cardboard pads are replaceable. They dont play with the ball, just scratch on it. They dont like the vertical posts. [link]
I never met a cat that didn't like this toy, instant redirection for their claws:
If you only buy one toy, buy the Turbo Scratcher. Every cat I've ever met has loved this toy, my ragdoll included.
There's the similar Play Circuit but I've found it's a little much for her right now. My older cat loves it though. Her second favorite toy (other than balls with bells and mice) is the Kurukuru Butterfly, totally worth the 3+week shipping wait. My little fruff plays with it all the time!
As far as sleeping goes, you can try! Our kitten slept in bed with me the very first night and was snuggled up against me purring. I think she was overwhelmed -- new house, no mom and littermates, etc. After that we had her sleep in the bathroom with a bed as her sleeping with me caused a big jealousy issue with our older cat.
I've tried to pull her into bed with me now, but she's too rambunctious and not interested in sleeping! She will sleep on our coffee table frequently in the evenings and I have found her in her bed in the bathroom when I've gotten up in the middle of the night. I think once she is big enough to jump onto our bed she may come to us more often.
I get my cat toys and just tears them up when she's bored. Problem solved for $14.
Does this work?
Toys that kind of allow the cat to play with themselves can help. I mean those ball track toys or other type items where once started, can provide stimulation for the cat without you throwing something for them.
I have one of these and they're great but you could use something like this or this too.
I'm sure there are other toys with a similar style where you don't have to do much before the cat can play alone.
here’s a quick Amazon version