I have two male cats, one is orange tabby (Tiger) and a black cat (Boo) that I got when they were about 4 months. They're about 31/2 yrs now. tiger is smaller than Boo. I give them canned and dry food (indoor) because they're indoor cats. I give them one fourth of the can in the morning and if they don'' eat the rest, I don't give them anymore for the day. Boo likes the dry, he don't care for canned ..go figure. Tiger likes his canned foot and hes smaller than Boo. One thing I started in the evening is giving Temptation treats and now I don't how to wean them. At least I make them fetch them when I throw to each cat.
Boo luckily is content and he does'n't care to fetch. If he happens to get the treats, which is not much its ok. Tiger on the other hand, leaps and runs like a road runner to get them. After throwing one handful of treats, he will coming back to get more and I will tell him "no, no more" and he leave and then 30 mins later hes back. He whines and whines to get more. I hate any kind of crying or whining I feel bad and I feel so weak that I give in. What can I do to wean him. They have a box of toys and I try to distract his distraction with no avail. I live alone, no kids, well my son is an adult and whenever he came over, the cats run like rabbits. They are not sociable at all. This has been since I got them. How can 4 month cats develop anti-social tendencies toward other people. Also does the fact that they don't care for their toys is because they're anti-social..??. Any kind of advice would be greatly appreciated.
It will be that time again soon where I take my annual a trip up to see the family for Christmas. My mom and sister will be coming up from Florida. My other sister lives in California and she can not get away at that time so she visits other times to see her grandson. I got a call from her the other day and she is visiting her son and see grandson and will stay at his house and she wants to see me since it's over a year since we saw each other. It just means another train trip to where she is staying. She will pick me up from the train which ten minutes from his son's house.
I of course will have to ask my son if he can stop at my house every day to feed the cats, change the litter. I dont why I feel so guilty about asking him to pop over. Understand he only lives 5 miles away so he should not be feel bothered. I think my real problem is; I have guilty feeling leaving the cats which I have not taken a trip since last year when I went to Florida at Christmas. I spoil them that's a fact, I am too soft at night when they expect their treats and religiously I give them, probably too many treats...it's my fault. One of the cats will come to me and meow and meow till I gave him the treats. I want to ween him off those treats every night. I am quite sure my son won't give them the treats like me. Hopefully he will give cats at least some treats. I have been panicky at night just thinkin taking trip because the catsy start in the morning meowing before 6 am for me to wake up.. They have their bowls full with food and their water but they still want me to get up.
I get SSDI every month because I have speech aphasia. I don't really have contacts nor friends to talk to. I feel I am being a hermit and self conscious becauses about my speech. My daughter in law never, never calls me or takes me anywhere since I came here 4 years ago. I have to wait for my son to take me shopping every two weeks. Whenever I go to their house, she is working (shes a hair sylist) and I never see her. Well, sorry for the ventingf but I wish I can get peace of mind about taking a trip and leaving the cats.
I have limited income so I have to rely on store brand cat food. I usually get the Friskies cans, different varieties for my two cats. They like the canned pate flavors, but after a while they will turn their noses up. I do also get other cans like the chunks, shreds, or grilled. I have to buy variety of Friskies canned because I cant buy a case of one kind. I also buy the friskies dry food, 7 lbs when I shop every other week. I usually get the seafood variety cause they seem to like it. Is there better canned food that I dont know of, with my limited income??. Any suggestions would be helpful.
I bought a water fountain for the cats about year ago and I keep it refreshed with cold water and change filter often. They drank of out of it many times and for the last few months they wont drink from it. I was worried that they wouldnt get enough water so, I have a white plastic basin (the kind you put in a sink) and I never used it. I live on a 2nd floor loft apartments and gets very warm in summer. My poor black cat lies around when weather is sticky. I put cold water in the basin for cats and set it on a towel in the front room. They do love drinking out of it and I clean it every day and then put cold water in it. I never wanted to start that habit, how can I get them to drink again from their water fountain again...?
My cats dont have to go the kennel, because my son will come once a day to feed them and change the litter. That takes a huge load of my mind, I was sick about them going to the kennel. Its funny when people dont communicate, I thought that they wanted me to put the cats in a kennel (he and his wife), but he didnt want me to spend money on a kennel and he said that cats would be in their own environment and not confined, thats 100% better. I asked him if he can stay awhile when he comes over with my granddaughter whos 4. I dont know, the cats go and hide whenever they come visit so, its mute unles he wants to coax them under the bed. They are not the most "sociable" cats. But when I am alone, boy oh boy, they want my attention all the time and especiially in the morning before 6 am one of them will start the yowling until I get up. They have their food bowls full but they want me to get up.
They will miss me terribly I fear and cry looking for me. I know this because when I took a trip before, the lady downstairs reported to me that the cats cried every night, and she heard them. I couldnt help that. That was another place. But I have the solace that my son will come by once a day to feed and change the litter. Thats all I could ask and I have the biggest load off my shoulders that I dont have to bring them to kennel...thankfully.
Please forgive me for this long post.... and not caring too much about kennels (cages) at all for my 2 cats. I always spoiled them and the only time I was away was ..one trip i went to my sister in Chgo. I left them for 3 days at home but my son came over and fed them and change litter. This time I am flying across 4 states and for 7 days and too long for them to stay at home. My son and wife won't take them to their house, his wife never liked the cats from the first time. My granddaughter who's 4 comes over with her dad to play with the cats.
So, I am going to visit my mom and sister in Florida over Christmas which I should be tickled pink because I haven't seen her since last year when they came to Chgo at Christmas. I took a train to my sisters and we had a nice visit with everyone.
I never wanted to board my cats, I dont have any friends to take them and i live in a quiet residential area. Anyway, I wanted to get any feedback about kennels and how do cats fare in them when their owners board them there. Do they have any withdrawal symptoms when they come out of the kennels..?? My cats are with me all the time, only me 24/7. I just want someone to say everything will be fine an d not to worry.
Don't you hate it when non pet people tell you that you dont anything or go anywhere cause of your pets. Hold onto your hats, this is a long story. My sister who lives 4 hours away by car and...by train...2 1/2 trip, and since I dont drive I have to take a train. I went there over Christmas and left my cats home but the plans were already made and my son lives 5 miles and he came once a day to feed them and change the litter. I still was torn leaving them home and I almost cried every night knowing they were alone. The reason I went cause my mom and sister from Florida flew there also and i had a chance to see them. When I came home the lady downstaiirs told me the cats cried every night and were running around ...what can i do about that.
Since that time, my sister asked me to go up there, once in may, cause my other sister from california was going to vist her and I flat out said no.,.I am not leaving the cats alone. I had to hear all the rantings that sisters do. Now, we dont talk hardly untill something comes up and sure enough she emailed me and said my sis from Calif is coming in mid July to see her grandson again and the other sister will ask me again if I can make the trip I am crinching cause I know everybody would get on my back. I dont think I skate on this one, even my son will advise that I shouild really go. He will offer to check on them to get their food for a few days. If I dont go... for sure they will say I am putting my cats before my family. How are your feelings about this...??.
OK...hold on your hats cause this may take a while to explain. I have 2 male cats...Boo (all black) and Tiger (orange tabby). They are about 8 months now and I never left them except once except one time when I went to my sisters whos lives in Chgo. I had plans already for Christmas and I got the kitties from my son who initially adopted them for my granddaughter who turned out allergic to them. He then called me and asked me if I could take them. At first I wasnt going to take them because of I heard these apartments are not supposed to have pets (thats another story). So I gave in because I love pets and he brought them over and of course I fell in love with them. My mom and sister from Florida flew in and we all went to my other sisters in Chgo for Christmas. I had to leave the kittens at home but my son came once a day to feed them and clean the litter. I felt so bad leaving them at home.
So this upcoming Christmas my mom and sister in Florida want me to visit with them for about 5 days. By the way, the lady downstairs told me when I came home that she heard the cats crying every night 5 nights and running all the time. So, I decided this time to bring them somewhere....but where.??. I only brought them to the Vets...one time, because I dont drive at all, my son drove me and the cats to the vet he knows. I dont know anything "boarding" at Vet. I don't have any friends to ask....seriously... I keep to myself. The thought of my cats confine to any "cages" it seems so cruel. My son certainly cant take the cats because of my granddaughter's allergies. I dont know ANY one around me to trust to come to my house to watch them. I am asking some kind of advise of where I can do with my cats when I go on vacation as far as the best place that they can have free time and play with other cats, and they wont be restricted. Thank you.
I have 2 male cats and I don't drive to take them to the groomers. I do have the special tool to clip their claws but dangit....I thought I was fairly strong but I can not get hold of them to try to clip their claws....which incidentally, I am getting thru bandages like crazy cause their claws are getting long. When we play, Im probablya glutten for punishment cause either I in the wrong time and tease them in a playful way and I get scratched one way or another. Is there a certain way to clip their claws so I wont like scratching post...lol.
I didnt experience that myself but my sister had a Saint Bernard that she had for over 10 years. Her name was Brandy. She was such a joy for her and her husband and was playful as ever and the family loved her too, especially me because I loved animals. She developed muscular and stiffness in joints where she couldn't even walk sometimes. We would walk her and at the end she would walk very slow and we had to hoist her hind legs up the two steps up to the house. She developed other symptoms and my sister knew it was that time and it was sad time for everyone. She mourned over her Brandy but time heals and so will you get over yours in time.View Thread