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Comment by Unseen on March 25, 2013 at 11:21pm

Squeaky actually prefers cat treats to raw meat for some reason, and she gets those all the time.

Comment by Unseen on March 25, 2013 at 10:31pm

Mabel, since I'm normally home alone (semi-retired) I don't close the bathroom door. Squeaky comes in while I'm sitting down and sometimes begs to be lifted up and held in my arms. Sometimes she unrolls the toilet paper. Sometimes she curls up in the sink. Sometimes she goes past the shower curtain and plays in the bathtub.

Comment by Unseen on March 25, 2013 at 10:28pm

Raw meat? How so?

Comment by Unseen on March 25, 2013 at 5:54pm

I picked Squeaky up awkwardly and I think I hurt her a little bit. Well, since then she's been moody, seems frustrated (she meows at me like I'm supposed to know to do something), and sometimes she swats at my hand or even bites, by which I mean hard play bites not killing bites. I wonder how long it'll take her to forgive me.

Comment by Mabel on March 25, 2013 at 4:37pm

Are any of you cat owners familiar with this dilemma? lol  (from ShutupImTalking.com)

Comment by Unseen on March 25, 2013 at 10:28am

One area you might be able to save money to spend on cat food is in the litterbox. According to Jackson Galaxy, people who change out the litter weekly and scoop anytime there's some poop in there are missing the point of the litter for a cat. A cat is territorial and when it finds its own scent in the litterbox (even at a level a human can't detect), that makes them feel good. 

Now, my sister goes to the opposite extreme. She has a large litterbox in the basement and cleans it just about once a month, which must be almost unbelievably nasty. She tosses it all out, washes and sanitizes the box, and then starts afresh.

Me, I scoop feces and urine clump every 3 days or so, but I just replace whatever litter was lost. That way the aromas stay there for Squeaky. When I change the litter, I reserve a bit to mix in with the new litter so that her aromas are there for her. 

In particular, Jackson is against toilet training for cats, but he asks, basically, why ask your cat not to be a cat? It seems rather pointless, like training your feline to jump through a flaming hoop. That cat won't really like it and you're robbing your furry friend of an important part of kitty cat life. Here is Jackson on "The Politics of Litter":

Comment by Unseen on March 25, 2013 at 10:10am

Better cat foods have more meat and less vegetables, berries, and grain. Cats simply can't digest anything that isn't meat protein. So those "natural" cat foods that have acai, carrots, and other veggies good for people mean nothing to a cat, and can actually trigger allergies. Yes, meaty cat foods are more expensive, but your cat can eat less of them than the ones extended with things cats don't need and get the same nutrition.

At the same time, many experts say that the cheapest bargain basement wet cat food will probably be better for cats than the best dry food.

Why? As wild desert critters, cats get most of their water from their food, so nature didn't give them a strong thirst drive. Consequently, a cat fed exclusively on dry food can be perpetually dehydrated, causing kidney damage.

If dry food is all you can afford (and I can certainly understand that), then wet it up a little bit with water. Tiki Cat food is about $2.60 per 6 oz can. If I fed a can a day for a month, that's almost $80, so I try to make it half her diet and the rest dry. 

Also, water feeders with moving water encourage cats to drink. My own solution is the Hagen Catit Fresh and Clear.

Comment by Unseen on March 25, 2013 at 9:26am

Lovely cat, Mabel.

Comment by Teri G on March 25, 2013 at 8:27am

@Unseen

"so I was effectively the cat's butler."

Aren't we all! Pick me up, put me down, let me out, let me in, play with me, feed me, no not that food the nice stuff, no leave me alone. All orders from our beloved masters. Hahaha

Comment by Mabel on March 24, 2013 at 11:43pm

Me and Zena - may she rest in peace. I want another one! Angela - your cat reminds me of her.

 

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