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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.
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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.
Da Bird, he will wake from a deep sleep if he senses its presence.
A 3 way cat tunnel.
The rings from the caps of milk jugs.
The big pieces of brown papers that are used as packing material.
Half of a wooden clothes pin.
He doesn't care a whole lot about other "cat toys", including the cat dancer which cats usually love apparently.
In the wild, cats are generally ambush hunters meaning they will hide, stalk their prey from the shadows/cover and when they have the perfect opportunity, ponce and attack. Play mimics this behavior.
The best way to play with them is to get a "fishing toy" (stick with string and a toy tied to the string). Then you mimic the behavior of the "prey" (toy) you are useing.
Ex: a popular one in my house is "Da Bird".
Using it you would mimic the behavior of a bird "flying" around the room, occassionally landing and hopping along the ground to eat, maybe pausing like the "bird" heard something and trying to dart out of the way. A mouse on the end would scurry across the ground in spurts. "Snakes" would slither at a slow steady rate. Etc.
Try different movement patterns to see which prey behavior your kitty prefers and try to remember, you are pretending to be the prey while they are the hunter. IOW, its a combo of "hide and seek" mixed with a game of "tag".
Eta: When in doubt, watching some nature docs like "Life" or "Planet Earth" can better help you see different hunting styles cats use, how prey tends to act/react in the wild and what behaviors to mimic.
Da bird. I have two bengals and they go nuts when I pull this thing out, I've never seen a cat pant before but my two boys will play until they are exhausted. One of my cats will randomly drag the thing into my office to try to get me to play with him.
Do you ever play with him? By that I mean with birdie toys like this. I watched a lot of Jackson Galaxy and it was shocking how many behavioral issues popped up because a cat has too much energy. It can sometimes make them pent up/aggressive.
Getting some cat trees/hidey beds might be a good idea to help him feel more secure/relaxed as well.
One of my cats loves getting petany time of the day no matter what. But the other isn't fond of it unless she comes to me. Some cats just like affection on their own terms. To him, this was a big "nope I'm not in the mood" warning bite.
But I would definitly recommend playing with him, my crazy cat, is in a much more cuddly mood after playing, and I'm sure it helps us bond.
Aww, I love this. My cat was very similar. She got me through some incredibly tough times. She doesn't like to play with much (she's more of a hang out on the bed in the sun kind of chubby kitty, waiting for food and requesting belly rubs) but she LOVESSSS this silly toy and it makes her go crazy. She previously wasn't very interested in wands but this lit a fire in her! Sweet, silly cats.
Another thing I love about animals is how non-judgemental they are in a world full of judgment. They just want you to be well and they know when to support you. It's an amazing form of support because it's pure love.
Have you tried GoCat Da Bird Pull Apart Rod and Bird Cat Feather Toys, Assorted Colors [link]
This is my cats favorite. It sounds like a bird, it's long and easily controllable so you can really run them and tire them out, and if it breaks there are replacement feathers.
Wear him the hell out.
I have one exactly the same way plus he has medical issues which require my feeding him every hour he is awake. To him that hour goes by in 15 minutes and he's squalling for his next meal..
All I can do is whip out Da Bird toy and exhaust him enough that he sleeps.
I feed my ragdoll life abundance dry food. You can only buy it online but it has autoship options. She also eats wet food once a week. We like to switch the wet food up, right now she eating Tiki cat sea bass.
Her favorite toys are the feather wands. [link]. We go through a feather in about 10 days so buy refills.lol she also likes laser pointers.
Also for litter we like dr.Elseys Precious kitty litter. It works great.
PLAY! See if Murray likes a laser pointer, but if not, go online and find Da Bird. Make sure it says "Da Bird" on there. It's the best designed cat toy I've ever seen. It's how we got Bartleby's weight down a bit. It's the one toy that he NEVER gets tired of.
As soon as you see her go into "hunting mode" whip out one of the bad boys and get her running around the room, leaping over furniture, and jumping in the air for the feathers. Play until she lays on the floor and pants. Give her a minute or two to catch her breath, and then engage her in play some more until she lays down again.
>Bottom line. Panting from a cat is never good.
Here's another source, my cat and my room-mates cat are perfectly healthy and neither are overweight but both will pant for a bit after a long vigorous play session with Da bird.
Yes panting out of the blue is bad and a sign of illness or stress but as myself and others in this thread have said, they can pant after a vigorous play session. I even asked my vet about this last time I visited and he said it's fine.
this WILL help. it won't be an instant thing, but within a few weeks, I can almost guarantee that your cat will adjust to your schedule. You just have to give them a little nudge in that direction.
If you're looking for a cat toy to tire him out, I can't recommend this enough [link]
The thing is, you shouldn't just play with him, you need to exhaust him.
Start with 3 times a day for at least 20 minutes. Get a laser pointer or a feather on a string toy and you make him run. No cat can resist one of these: [link]
So make him run around the house on high speed chasing the bird, make him jump on tables and against walls. Make him run up and down the stairs after that thing. And keep going until he is visibly tired. Do that at least 3 times a day, one time being just before bed time.
If you can, don't let him sleep for hours during the day. A bit of napping is fine but if he sleeps to much during the day he will just be awake during the night. So if you see him sleeping for longer then a hour get the bird toy out and make him run!
we bought this recently, first time I've seen a cat pant like a dog, he just doesn't stop chasing it, so we have to hide it to stop him having a heart attack.
edit: crying at the reviews, heres a quote
>I got this for my mother's cat, Saskia. She's a chocolate tabby-point Siamese, who is very ladylike and graceful: she can't abide walking across wet lawns in the morning (rather, she will use the longer but drier option - the path around the edge); she likes to stretch elegantly when she awakens from her special cushioned area by the window, and she does so leg by leg. She follows this with a careful wash, starting with the paws.
>She is very much a lady-like cat - she always has been. Even when under the influence of catnip, she never lost her decorum (she's the type of cat that instinctively knows what that word means).
>Forget all that when this toy comes out - the lady is really a tramp. She goes absolutely mental - and I'm not exaggerating. She hares about the room after it, unable to concentrate on anything else. This is so much better than catnip.
A rep for one of the companies that makes veterinary prescription diets once told me that their dry weight loss diet doesn't really work, but the wet food is very effective. It has to do with how cats sense that they're full. I would talk to your vet about getting Romeo on a canned prescription weight loss diet.
Encouraging exercise in cats is tough but definitely doable. If you're going to feed a dry diet, feed it out of a ball he has to move around.
Do you have a da bird toy?
Here's an idea as to why cat's may do that. Our cats do this while chasing this toy when I just lay it on the ground.
EDIT: OK, so I forgot to link to the article, and now I've lost it. Basically it was article about a scientist that witnessed cats hunting monkeys in south america, and "chattering" to mimic their sounds. Had the monkey's almost fooled as well. So they think the chattering is a way of mimicking the prey to disorient and make them not realize the danger they're in.
You gotta get Da Bird. The way it flutters mimics real wing beats and drives cats Crazy [link]
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!
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]
As far as making the loss easier for her... if you have friendly contact with the old family, you might ask for brushings from the other cats. (Like fur from their combs/brushes.) Rubbing that fur on a petsafe stuffed kitty doll that resembles them slightly and giving it to her might help. A blanket of bed they used would also help. And yes, I realize how odd that sounds but let me explain.
A human's main sense is sight. If we miss a person or want them with us when they can't be, we keep a visual representation of them with us. Ie: a photograph. But humans are odd compared to cats and dogs, not for keeping the pictures, but because of our reliance on sight. Many other animals have scent as their dominant sense. So, giving her a little kitty doll with the other cat's scent on it is the same as giving her a photograph to keep with her.
Also, try to get her to play with you via interactive toys. Even if you don't succeed, keep trying. Cats are natural born hunters and claim territory by hunting, the domestic equivalent being play. So every place she hunts and "kills her prey" will expand her confidence. A confident cat is a happy cat. Plus, it will help her build a bond with you. If you're having trouble, look up some you-tube videos by Jackson Galaxy on how to play with cats and watch nature docs about large cats. Seeing how they hunt in the wild can help you understand the prey's movements that you're trying to mimic. One toy that I've had most cats go crazy for is "Da Bird" toy wand. I've seen them go nuts for it even when they ignore other wand toys.
Treats are hard. What makes one cat loose their mind in excitement is boring to the nexts. But I've had a lot of success with freeze-dried natural meat cat treats, like salmon. ( [link] as an example) Also, so long as you remember to treat it as a treat or desert, human foods can be a great one. Just be sure to look up human foods that are dangerous for them. If you stick to plain non-spiced meats, you're normally pretty safe. Crab, salmon and bacon are big winners in my home.
Reading to her is an amazing idea! Great job on thinking of it!
All in all, she'll get through it and warm up to you. The fact you care enough to even try to understand her perspective goes a long way.
The best cat toy ever is Da Bird.
Refills are available for when the bird gets destroyed and it will.
My dogs love anything but a super nice orthopedic bed would be a great choice for an older dog.
I find the Foster and Smith beds to be really well made and the replacement covers are always available.
Da bird original spins in a way that make cats go nuts. It's always my gift for new cat owners.
Okay so I got a running water fountain for my cats, $20, good investment. In the wild still water is usually stagnant so cats want running water, leftover instinct from when they were wild. I got this model, my cats really like it. As for the food thing, maybe check out some of Jackson Galaxy's youtube videos, cats naturally want to follow these steps: hunt, catch, kill (eat) groom, sleep. So playing really vigorously then feeding your cat will stimulate that huntinh instinct and tire it out. There are food dispensing toys that do the same thing. Encourage your cat to play during the daytime, as well. Jackson has some great videos and clips from his show on toys snd how to play with your cat. My babies love this toy, you can replace the feather part as often as it gets destroyed. An older cat might not play as much as mine, who are 1 and 5ish, but every older cat I've ever met got very playful in their old age.
Maybe also try sleeping with the door open, if you're not already. If kitty sees its humans asleep it may come join you.
Yes, something that he can "hunt" and "kill" so he gets into eat mode. I have this: [link] and my cat loves it. He does some impressive acrobatics trying to catch it in the air, haha. I also have this, which I drag on the ground: [link]
So essentially, I have "air prey" like a bird and "ground prey" like a mouse for him to hunt. Maybe if you can get your guy engaged in play, he will perk up a bit.
Is he eating any better today/yesterday? The stomach shrinking thing could be true.
If he still won't eat, even with cheap stinky food like Fancy Feast, then I would talk to your vet about either a feeding tube or syringe feeding to get more into him until he puts on enough weight.
> Honestly, I find it pretty entertaining to watch the air show once the feather-on-a-stick happens.
Da Bird? Possibly the best cat toy ever.
Hey there, it sounds like Gatsby can get pretty intense. I'm about to head out but here's some quick suggestions:
Jackson Galaxy! [link]
He's on that show "My Cat From Hell" and he gives some great advice - his youtube channel is even more packed with great info, Q&A, "catification" ideas, etc. The biggest thing for multi-cat homes is space! Lots of nooks and crannies in high places that your cats can go to have time to themselves. The key is that they shouldn't have to fight over the "prime" location - there should be multiple spots like that.
He has advice videos on multi-cat homes, scratching, aggression, etc. He's a fantastic resource.
Activity/puzzle feeders are great - it sounds like your boy is really food motivated, he may enjoy these. My 18 year old cat loves her Trixie 5-in-1 and the Stimulo tube thing too. These toys are great for tapping into their foraging and hunting behaviors. It's also pretty easy to do some DIY cat puzzle feeders, just search "katzenfummelbrett" on YouTube for ideas.
Toys - Da Bird - amazing toy, really great for interactive play. Sounds like your boy could use some dedicated play time to get some of his energy out.
I want to go into more detail but I'm on my way out, I'll check back later but start with this stuff and see if it gives you any ideas! Good luck :)
Da Bird is the greatest commercial cat toy ever invented. No lie.
I have a Bengal and I understand completely, lol. Basically you need to set up a routine with your cat, you need to play with her before bed. Cats have a natural cycle to their lives, hunt, eat, groom and sleep so you need to mimic that as much as you can. Usually I dedicate an hour and a half to high energy play (I use "Da Bird" toy) as a sub for hunting, lots of running, jumping, stalking,all those things. After that session is done you should feed her and when she is done eating she should groom herself, then sleep.
You need to do this everyday around the same time of day (the evening before you go to bed) and she should (In theory) start sleeping more through the night. If not, you need to play more during the day.
Giving a cat a toy to play with vs playing with your cat are different things, you need fun interactive stuff. I highly suggest Da Bird , its usually a huge hit with any cat and it'll burn off energy like crazy. You could also look into getting a cat wheel for her to run in, one fast cat has a great one that is much cheaper then any of the other designs.
Trim his nails as short as possible and do it often. Have a vet or groomer do this for you if you are not comfortable.
Put soft paws on his nails. Again, have a vet or groomer do it for you if you do not feel up to it.
Put a barricade of appropriate scratching things in front/ on top of the problem spot. It may only take one, or you may need four. Try upright scratching posts, horizontal cardboard scratchers, sisal and carpet.
Play with him for 10-15 minutes before going to bed. The da bird is an excellent cat toy and most cats go wild for it. Get him really running, jumping, and leaping for the toy. Also play at regular intervals throughout the day. The optimal schedule for the evening would be- play until he is panting heavily and visibly tired, feed him dinner, go to bed.
This is not an overnight fix. With time, patience, and persistence he will get better and you won't have to amputate the tips of his toes.
Oh oh oh! By the way! GET ONE OF THESE [link]
Great for getting some of that spare energy out, and far out it's funny to watch them chase it.
I also have a kitty that is a BIG boy and struggles a bit with weight due to living in a tiny NYC apartment. He has no interest in lasers at all, but I have had good luck with "dabird" feather toy ([link]) and mylar cat toys ([link]). I switch him to Wellness CORE dry food and it has been wonderful! [link]
Two words: Da Bird.
This, this, and a laser pointer are all you need. Plush toys won't entertain your cat because they sit on the ground and do nothing. These replicate prey and how they move. Buy them and spend time every day playing with your cat.
You need to start clipping his claws. Declawing is not only cruel, but it can change their personality and make them aggressive. Buy a set of clippers from the pet store and watch vids on youtube about how to do it. Wait until he's sleepy and clip away. It helps to handle his paws while petting him so he gets used to you touching them.
To keep him off things, put a handful of coins in a tin can and tape the top shut. Shake it every time he goes on a surface he shouldn't be on. It spooks him and he will avoid it. If possible, get him a cat tree so he will have his own vertical space to hang out. Cats crave being high up so it would really help to give him his own place up high. You can often find cat trees on Craigslist or you could build your own.
Lastly, the only thing to make him less hyper is to play with him. Get toys like Da Bird, Cat Dancer, and a laser pointer. Play with him in the morning for at least a solid fifteen minutes, and get in as much as you can for the rest of the day. Tired kitties are calmer kitties.
I hope these ideas help. Remember, with cats it's not about disciplining, but recognizing why they act certain ways and knowing how to counteract them.
Cats are going to scratch, it's natural instinct. They use it to shed their claws and leave their scent. You need to provide your cat with a proper post that is big and heavy enough to support the cat's weight, and teach the cat how to use it. Younger cats tend to be more destructive, but after about 1 year they calm down.
From my history with cats, they will choose your bed over their bed anytime. Don't bother. However, make sure he can get to a vertical space like the top of a couch or a cat tree, as they crave being up high.
I wouldn't know how to keep a cat out of my bed, because every night I spend all my time trying to get my cat to join me. There's nothing like waking up to a purring cat.
What is really important for indoor cats is that YOU spend time playing with him, rather than just buying a bunch of toys and leaving them out. I'd recommend Da Bird, Cat Dancer, and a laser pointer. Take some time out every day to play with your cat, more especially if you get a young one. Of course, the best toy for your cat, is another cat. It's not as much work as it sounds, seriously. A single cat is lonely and hyper, while two cats entertain themselves.
Um, for litter just follow the instructions on the bag. You want to scoop every day and throw it all out every week or two depending on how gross it is. I'd recommend Swheat Scoop, it's really pleasant smelling, low dust, and bonus you can flush it down the pooper rather than messing with plastic bags.
Get a nail clipper if you want to do that, which I recommend, and enzyme cleaner like Nature's Miracle for any accidents. Just go to the pet store and look around. I'd recommend not using that gravity feeder and using a regular feeding schedule, because with indoor cats you have to be careful to maintain an light weight.
I think you should get a copy of Think Like a Cat, it answers a bajillion questions and it is a really easy read.
Make sure you are feeding good food. Wet food is better than dry, and high protein/minimal grain is best. Check here or search r/cats for the many threads on this subject. Grocery store brands like Friskies, and even brands advertised as "high end' like Science Diet and Purina, are not good foods!
Slowly decrease the amount of food they each get until it is close to the recommended amount, and until their weight is ideal and stabilizes. Be careful not to reduce the amount too drastically as hepatic lipidosis is always a concern. If you're not sure of the ideal weight, check out a weight chart or consult your vet.
Make sure they get enough play time. You should dedicate 15-30 minutes a day to getting them active! Try Da Bird or the Cat Dancer if they aren't very interested in play.
Do not give in to begging!
There is something you can do. You can wear them out before before bedtime and there is a good chance they will sleep through the night. Da bird is captivating to cats. THey also make a mouse thing that cats love. My cat is no longer nocturnal.
Hey, mom, stop posting my face all over the internets.
Oh wait, I can has prize? Okay! Uhm. I want this one because feathers are nom nom. You could get another one for Viktor because I'm sure he'd love it.
I'm timid as hell so I'd rather not spend the day with any other animal.. but if I had to, I'd pick Viktor because seeing a big dog would make me poop myself.
I want to be friends with Hanners and Viktor! (over the internet or with a wall between us)