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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
Give it love every day and a treat every other day. If you love your cat, and it loves you, its life isn't pointless. It still might be boring, though, so to cure that get one of those cool automated laser toys like this one.
Oh, that inspired me - evidently there are new cat toys that are self-running laser pointers.... something like this: [link]
It looks like it only stays on for 15 minutes though.
I also agree with the 2nd cat idea. My 3 spend so much time playing with each other, there's no way I could keep up!
Another toy idea is the Frolic cat. An automatic laser pointer. It entertains my cats for ofen 30 minutes without my involvement. [link]
Was thinking of this
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.
I agree with u/soylent1 . I've diy my litterboxes by using storage bins. I have a top entry, side entry, no top etc. I have yet to find a completely full proof method to keep litter from getting out. it gets stuck between their toes. the larger litter mats, especially the ones with the holes that look like mats that a restaurant uses in their kitchen/prep/dish area let's the litter fall through the holes. I'm fostering kittens right now and my vet gave me some free things. one is a scratching board. I have it next to their litter box. lol surprisingly, they hop out onto it and the litter goes in the holes.
also, are you using clumping or nonclumping litter? They're about equal as far as the cat kicking it out when doing their business, but the nonclumping doesn't stick to their paws as much.
I love my cat, but he did drive me a little crazy at times. we kept his litterbox in our laundry room since we knew we wouldn't bring the baby in there. Baby gates don't stop cats, but depending on the age of your cat, they may opt not to jump over it as often. our cat was about 2 yo when my daughter was born. if I had her in our den with the baby gates up, he only came in there to let me know he was hungry. he would bite and pull the bottom of what ever pants I had on. when I didn't have pants on, he'd do a short bite that didn't hurt (no skin broken). it seemed like the worst part was night time because he wanted to be in the bedroom with us. I wish I had bought a cover to go over her crib to deter him, but I didn't. I'd let him stay in our bedroom till he got to be a problem (jumping in the crib). btw, you probably know this, but there's an old wives tale about cats trying to steal a baby's breath or smother a baby. cats smell the breath of other cats and humans like dogs smell butts lol... it's like an identification. they also like babies because they're warm. our cat never sat on my daughter at any point, he just wanted to be in the crib with her. I didn't like that because I think of germs on the cat's paws and, if she was asleep, the thump of him landing would wake her. he would jump from the floor over the rail. every time he would jump over, I'd pick him up and put him out of the bedroom and shut the door. cue cat paws under the door and rattling doorknobs. he would quit eventually. we would let him back in until he repeated his undesired behavior. he got the hint over time. your cat needs more toys, more interaction/play. I bought this [link] for my kitties. it's an automatic laser pointer. you just plug it in and turn it on. we also got a set of cat trees on chewy for $120 together. we've bought cat tunnels, toys, multiple scratchers, a window shelf. we have 6 cats now. that keeps them entertained. I tried to bring in another cat when my daughter was young, but my cat didn't like her and she was afraid of him, but she was about a year old. a couple of years later, we found a kitten that was roughly 6 weeks old. he took to her and they became besties. he passed away several years ago and we still have the other cat. I rescue cats and have wound up taking some in permanently. one of my male cats has taken to my foster babies. I was trying to keep them separate from the other cats, but he wouldn't leave them alone and kept sneaking in the bedroom. I gave up and let it happen after a couple weeks. he's totally Mr. Mom now lol. it keeps him busy all the time... playing with them, cleaning them. maybe your cat needs a friend? my cat doesn't like other cats/kittens when he meets them... it takes around 3 days for him to adjust and I had to step back and let him have his moment of a little biting (just like mom... he's saying "stay still!") then he cleans them. you'd think he was killing them based on the noises, but I've watched them interact over and over and they only fuss at staying still to be cleaned.
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.
Have you tried one of the laser toys? My cat that loves leaves, snow, and rain loves the laser toys!
Do you have space for a cat tree? There's also boatloads of interactive toys that can be programmed or they can entertain themselves with like:
You can buy one if you don't wanna make it,
Mmmm there's a pillow behind him?
Edit: I'm kidding of course. It's a laser pointer!
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too much fun
We got our two cats this and they love it [link]
I'm actually a grad student as well, and am always looking for ways to keep the critters busy while I'm gone or studying. I've found a few helpful toys, though the best entertainment I have is a bird feeder on my deck, they will sit and chirp at the birds for hours.
I've heard good things about this toy, unfortunately you can't set it to go off while you're gone. But it has a setting to turn off after 15mins so you can set it and leave.
This one is amazing, it was recommended to me by a vet. If your cat is food driven this will keep him busy. You can put treats or cat nip in it, or even their whole meal.
This is also great for food motivated cats, one of mine will walk over and move the sliders around asking for treats. If he seems particularly bored I'll put most of his meal in this and make him work for it.
I have this one as well, this works better for when you're home and can turn it on and off, there is no timer. My cats love to chase things under blankets, and they come running when I turn this on. It is kind of loud, so I put it in the other room while I'm studying so I don't have cats all over my books.
Hope this helps! I would highly recommend starting with the food ball or the laser light as they're a little cheaper, but I also know us pet parents like to spoil our critters.
I saw an automated lazer toy in the store the other day. It wasn't too expensive...
If she likes laser pointers: [link]
Are you sure about that?