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Check out the Snuggle Safe Pet Heating Pad on Amazon. I've a pair of senior cats and when it turns winter in the Midwest, they regularly sleep on these. Work great because you don't have to worry about fires or keep something plugged in - head in the microwave for a few minutes, and they stay warm for hours. About the size of a plate.
Can also get a microwavable pad to put under cat beds on amazon. My elder statesman loves his.
You should get her a Snuggle Safe pet bed warmer! My old man lived to be 22, and I would heat his in the microwave every morning and every night during winter and it made him so happy. :') I hope Twist has many years ahead of her!
I foster puppies for my local animal shelter, and there have been plenty of times that I seriously thought I had had enough and was going to take them back to the shelter- TRUST ME- it gets better. Many of the puppies I had were terrible in the crates (very thankful for the ones who slept soundly, they were angels). Something that seems to help, though, is a "Snuggle Safe."
You heat it up in the microwave and leave it under some blankets in their crate. It mimics the heat a human or their mom would give off. Puppies would usually cry for a few minutes, settle down, and fall asleep for hours on top of this thing. You can probably find one for cheaper somewhere else if $25 is too much.
The chewing could be a sign of boredom. You may want to take him out on walks (not just potty breaks) more frequently or take him to a dog park. You could also try getting a playpen for confinement indoors. Take him out to play, of course, under your supervision and when you can be watching him at all times. Other than that, keep him in a playplen in a common area that he can see/hear you with all his toys, a bed, the snuggle safe, and a few treats (a FROZEN kong with peanut butter- they love this) and water. This one really saved me when I had multiple puppies and I couldn't keep an eye on all of them constantly.
EDIT: GOOD LUCK!! Enjoy your new fur baby! :)
No problem. I keep my guy out, in the pajamas for a long time. This thing (link below) helps, and it's great for transportation. He's not big on actually sitting on it usually but yours may be different. Not as good as basking but it gives me the peace of mind that he can easily find a warm source on my desk if he wants it.
This heating pad has a gel in it and you microwave the inside hard pad. The heat will last 6-8 hours. We use it for recovery of surgery for pets and many people use it to help keep outdoor strays warm. When you first get it only microwave for 3 min and see how hot it gets since all microwaves are different. You can microwave for up to 4-5 min if it's not hot after 3. You're supposed to let it cool completely before reheating again. Snuggle Safe Pet Bed Microwave Heating Pad [link]
She should be fine in there while you aren’t home. Otherwise, let her out and spend as much time with her holding her. I only segregate kittens (we foster) for a period of time if there are other animals in the house, otherwise give her free reign when you are home. For the sake of socialization, handle her and include her as much as possible and encourage friends and other people to come over and do the same. If you leave her alone too much, she will exhibit feral behavior.
I noticed that you mentioned that you were feeding her KMR (Kitten Milk Replacer) as a kitten, she wants to grow and you should be feeding her every few hours and as much as she wants, this is very important. Only switch to a twice a day feeding when she is older. Once you start weaning her off onto wet food, continue adding KMR to the wet food for awhile. You didn’t mention feeding schedule, so I thought that I would. She is quite young and being alone, she cannot regulate her body temperature yet, so make sure she has access to warmth, such as a Snuggle Safe disc. You can heat it up and it will stay warm for hours while you are away, just make sure she can get off of it if she wants.
Check out the Snuggle Safe Pet Heating Pad on Amazon. I've a pair of senior cats and when it turns winter in the Midwest, they regularly sleep on these. Work great because you don't have to worry keeping something plugged in - heat in the microwave for a few minutes, and they stay warm for hours. About the size of a plate.
Yes I have suspected endometriosis and horrible period pain - I take Reds and Greens 3:1 - Bentaungie seems to be the best and I prefer the green malay over others but any will do depending on my supply. I do have to take ibuprofen in conjunction since kratom won't cover it all. You can try soaking the kratom it in orange juice first to make it stronger but for me the added acid makes my nausea ten times worse.
My schedule is no more than 2 ibuprofens 3 - 4 times daily (more than 3 at once and my heart beat increases too much, and naproxen is a no-no because I used it for so long it causes projectile vomiting now -ughhh). Kratom 2-4g, 3-4 times a day.
I also take magnesium citrate 500mg which is 3 capsules, spread through the day - helps more than you think with the uterine contractions. I also take ginger root capsules to help with the basic nausea of menstruation.
Also other advice - eat healthy 2-3 days before onset of period - like only fruit/veggies - I notice if I have too much gluten-type food my pain is 2x worse (I know this is hard with PMS!) Also - my go-to heating pad that I've been using for periods is this - I know it's labeled for animals but it's the perfect size and weight if your pain decreases with heat and a bit of pressure. This thing works so well that I will freak out if I can't find it!
Cats love having the high ground, so I recommend, if at all possible, putting something taller (and appropriate for the cat to hang out on) nearby. Either a cat tree, a stool, a set of shelves or other similar furniture piece, depending on whether the tower is on the ground or raised.
If it's the heat as opposed to the height they're craving, I recommend these feline heating pads. They're especially handy to have in the winter.
I've heard good things about this heating pad. Even in the summer, a cat ought to love something like that. Their body temperature is higher than ours in the first place.
How cold do your winters get? Are there predators native to the area? That will determine how substantial of a shelter(s) you need to build.
Large plastic tote. Make sure lids go on securely (latch or hefty snap) to prevent wind or animals from taking the lid off.
Cut 2 openings (to keep cat from being trapped), sized large enough for cats but small enough to keep out larger animals
Openings should not be in a direct line with each other to prevent wind path
Put flaps over the openings, but make sure enclosure isn't air-tight. Flaps should be slightly smaller than the openings to allow them to swing freely and prevent it from being air-tight. Holes underneath handles of tote work well to allow air in/out without providing a path for wind.
Straw inside. No newspaper and no blankets, these both retain moisture. Also, make sure it is straw and not hay.
Can use styrofoam or mylar inside for insulation if you get ugly winters.
If you don't have electricity or don't want to use an electric heater, these microwaveable pads work decent enough. They aren't magic, but that extra bit of warmth will help.
If you truly get bad winters (or a lot of wind), you can make a "double-layer" shelter: a smaller tote inside a larger one. Getting them sized correctly for this is a bit tricky though. The interior tote needs to be sized such that it can't move around freely.
When I take my dog (a toller but very similar coat) up to the mountain, I bring a bunch of blankets for him to snuggle into. He never uses them but they're there just in case. I also have two of these which stays warm for 8 hours that he can heat up on if he gets a real chill. They won't help you now but maybe for the future. My boy seems to have no problem tolerating cold even though he lives inside but we have a bit of cold weather here.
We have two plug-in beds, and our super arthritic cat *loves them*. We do leave them plugged in all the time, and haven't had an issue.
Another option would be something like this: https://smile.amazon.com/Snuggle-Safe-Pet-Microwave-Heating/dp/B00008AJH9/ref=sr_1_10?keywords=cat+heating+pad&qid=1558474176&s=gateway&sr=8-10 We've used that, too, and she liked it, but not as much as the plug-in bed.
I bought a Snuggle Safe for my hedgehog. Sometimes I heat it up for myself and slide it under the blankets by my feet.
My need is for my precious fluff Dora (Here is Dora from just this morning being cranky I'm shooing her out from under the warm covers)-- she's old and sick and gets cold easily. I'd love to get her This Warmer Thinggy for her pet bed. I'm running on fumes until next payday or I would have bought it for her already <3
Also you are beautiful inside and out! Heckin' pretty!
You can try a bed of straw, line the walls with styrofoam, and one of these -- a microwaveable disc that holds heat for several hours. (and doesn't use electricity).
We have a different brand of one of these and you can just relocate Basenjis by moving it around!
I've been using this since the beginning of November. I and my cat are happy customers.
You should seriously read and mind the instructions fully, but short of not covering it (it comes with a cover) and the actual pad coming into contact with your pet's skin shortly after heating it's catproof. It's more dangerous to you and your microwave if you don't treat it with respect.
The reviews are a great source of information but, again, just heed the instructions and you'll be fine.
Also, don't worry about your cat being a heat sponge. From Wikipedia:
>...cats are able to tolerate quite high temperatures: Humans generally start to feel uncomfortable when their skin temperature passes about 38 °C (100 °F), but cats show no discomfort until their skin reaches around 52 °C (126 °F), and can tolerate temperatures of up to 56 °C (133 °F) if they have access to water.
Their body temperature is 38.6 °C (101.5 °F) to start with. They like it hot.
I use this one to avoid the whole "burning the house down" potential issue.
I bought one of these heater plates that you microwave for a couple minutes and it stays warm for hours.
You can probably find one for cheaper than that but you get the idea.
Awesome! I did this for a few strays years ago, too. Also, if you can swing the cost: [link] these are a (literal) life saver. I've had three and they're all still going strong.
Not sure if anyone gives a shit, but they are probably snuggling together because they are laying on a microwaveable puppy heat disc (and they love each other). Source: have puppy, bought it here Snuggle Safe Pet Bed Microwave Heating Pad [link]
They do smell. Don't let anyone tell you they don't. I use a guinnea pig cage from PetSmart. Do not use any heaters, they are very dangerous. Check out the Snuggle Disc. [link]
Keep them in a non draft area.