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SJ.com cat people, I humbly ask for your advice

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by hockeybeat, Aug 31, 2008.

  1. hockeybeat

    hockeybeat Guest

    Due to circumstances, I am cat-sitting my sister's beautiful four year old long hair until November.

    This is the first time I'm going to be responsible for something other than me. Is there any advice that you all can give me?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Sam Mills 51

    Sam Mills 51 Active Member

    Just feed it, have water available when the cat wants it, and see that the feline knows where the litter box is and have it cleaned out pretty regularly.

    Giving it a little attention when you can doesn't hurt, either. Good luck, HB.
  3. forever_town

    forever_town Well-Known Member

    If the cat's anywhere from a bit stand-offish to outright scared of you, feeding it treats might allow you to bond with the cat.

    Giving it attention is another sure bet.
  4. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

  5. forever_town

    forever_town Well-Known Member

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  6. Advice:

    Get a dog.
  7. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    Is there anything YouTube cannot give us?

    I like the boxing cat. Well, I suppose I like the cat who pounces on the boxing cat.
  8. Hustle

    Hustle Guest

    And attention doesn't have to mean petting. If there are toys laying around, find one that the cat is fond of and play with it.

    If there aren't any toys around, head to PetSmart/Petco and find a mouse/bird on the end of a stick. Our cats loved them - they've kind of grown out of them - but it's more interactive than just a toy mouse.
  9. Chef

    Chef Active Member

  10. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    The hell? What is this, VH1 Popup Videos?
  11. Wenders

    Wenders Well-Known Member

    And this is the problem I have. I have inherited a cat from a friend of mine in the past few weeks. The cat is used to being fed in the morning. I normally don't wake up until mid-afternoon. The cat expects feed at 8:30 in the morning and when she doesn't get it, he comes and nudges me with his head. Repeatedly. What I've learned to do is feed it half its ration of food a few hours before I hit the hay. Then the cat is fed and content and ready for bed when I am.

    My cat is particularly fond of catnip. Get a bucket of the stuff. Many places also sell stuffed animals to put the catnip in so it doesn't get everywhere.

    A scratching post is a must, unless you want your furniture to be ripped to hell.

    My advice for the litter box: put it next to the toilet in the bathroom. That room already has enough smells coming out of it anyway. Then, when it's time to scoop, all you have to do is go two feet away and flush.
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  12. sportschick

    sportschick Active Member

    Get an automatic feeder. Keeps the kitties from waking you up early.

    Either that or make them grazers. I've got food out all day so they always have some.

    Also, get a brush. Long-haired ones need to be brushed daily so they don't develop mats, which can be quite painful. It will also cut down on any shedding.

    Also, get the stuff to treat hairballs, just in case. If it develops hairballs, use it for a week instead of the 2-3 days recommended. It will work better.
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