I've been thinking about getting another cat to keep my current one company. I live in a 2 bedroom 1254sqft apartment with a roommate (who is cool with getting a second cat) and adopted a cat 4 months ago who is around a year old now.
She's very friendly, runs to greet you at the door, not afraid of strangers at all, sits in your lap willingly, and love, love, LOVES to play. Which is the issue. My roommate and I both work around 7-9hrs a day, so my cat is by herself at home most of the time. I've spent a ridiculous amount of money on toys, but she still wants to play nonstop whenever I'm home. Her favorite toys are the interactive ones, I guess. But if I'm not playing with her, she'll sometimes attack my legs as I walk by or when I'm sitting at the dining table. She's ripped threads out of a number of my sweaters and pants this way. Luckily, she doesn't seem otherwise destructive (yet).
I was thinking that I could get a second cat/kitten and maybe that would help burn her energy and keep her company while we're gone.
Drawbacks are that I don't really have anywhere to put another litter box, and one of my cats in the past reacted very badly to being introduced to another cat (literally scared the shit out of that cat, and she became super paranoid even though the new cat was super chill and didn't react to her at all). I'd also feel terrible if either my current cat or new cat got bullied by the other one, or if I had to return the new cat. My current cat also has a tendency to bite when she doesn't want to be touched, and her canines are pretty long (they stick out of her mouth a bit).
keep playing with her and spending positive time with her when you're home
get her used to having her paws handled and start trimming her nails so you don't have to worry about her accidentally pulling apart your clothes
do a little reading on cat enrichment. you may be able to find some toys that require your cat to do some thinking/problem solving that work well for her. the point of toys like this are to keep a critter occupied while you're not there. just be wary of anything that teaches her to rip open/dig for rewards as that may not be the... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>2028407 Thanks for the advice! I've been trying to trim her claws, but she usually only lets me clip one before trying to bite me, even when I try to sneak it while she's sleeping, haha. I'll keep trying I suppose.
I have one toy with holes where she has to pull out the balls/mouse/etc out of it. She seems to like it, but I pretty sure she's done with it in about 30min max. Are there any toys you know of that might keep her occupied?
Dude, you're her friend. My wife kept on talking about getting a friend for our cat. We did it, and now we have two cats. It turns out cat #1 didn't want a friend. It further turns out cat#2 is very clever and has managed to take over the house. Now cat #1 only comes home to eat once a day. Photo cat #2.
Dog got a hotspot out of nowhere and he's never had one before.
I put an e-collar on him to keep him from irritating it more until we got to the vet (tomorrow morning was the earliest they could get us in), but he showed me while I was on the phone with said vet that he can easily maneuver around it.
Wondering 1) what caused the hotspot and 2) what I can do to keep him from fucking with it more until tomorrow.
Unfortunately I'm pretty ill right now and I don't have the strength to take him out on a walk to tire him out and keep him from licking.... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>2028361 I think I've narrowed it down to a food allergy or stress. At the beginning of December I switched him from Science Diet to Taste of the Wild puppy food with salmon as its main protein. He's had salmon treats before. It was a rocky start even though we did a gradual switch, but by now his poop is normal and he looks and acts great. However, I know that dogs (especially goldens) can easily develop allergies to proteins they've already been exposed to no matter how long they've been eating it.
On... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>2028667 No its about a dog Emma that was adopted from Special Needs Animal Rescue and Rehab (SNARR) and was born with severe paralysis in her back legs. Emma has had several wheelchairs. Unfortunately, she refuses to use any of them. We have had custom ones made even she’s always been this way. Emma has no idea she’s ‘special.
But the inability to use her hind legs has never slowed Emma down — especially when it comes to showing some love for her dad.
Any tips for getting a cat to stop being a dick about using the litter box?
>health checks out, vet said she's fine and it's behavioral >9 yr old female, spayed >litter box is always clean >tried: FeliWay (spray & plug in), olbas oil, vinegar, citrus, aluminum foil, double stick tape, slew of diff enzyme cleaners, Ssscat, & replacing the carpet
Started a few years ago. Got gradually better in the sense of it now being... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
>>2028225 I wouldnt do anything to it, your probably gonna kill it. Just try to keep it alive first search up some info about the plant (it looks like a procumbens) and look up some bonsai care on youtube
Hi /an/. My house seems to have picked up fleas and they're bothering my cat. Where is a good place to pick up flea meds? My vet is cheap but I can't take my cat in the the vet every month just to get that dot of stuff on her neck (it freaks my cat the fuck out and I would prefer to not subject that to her if she doesn't have a health issue).
Now, here's the complication. I know that getting rid of the fleas in the house would be a huge help. Except I have tarantulas and I don't want to risk their lives by bombing the house (even the residue... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
My cat is in so much pain. I can tell he has major dental issues, but when I looked up the prices I almost cried. I can't afford it and the cat is mine now and my parents can't just shell out money for my animal. He is about 8 1/2 years old and still has so much life left.
I can't use care credit, I don't have a credit card yet (I'm a poor 19 year old college student). I don't know what to do.
He pees outside his litterbox if there is so much as a dryer sheet on the floor, he cries constantly, and shakes his mouth over and over and... Comment too long. Click here to view the full text.
You don't have to necessarily use care credit. There are vets that offer a payment plan. How bad is your kitty's mouth? I'd had two of my chihuahuas baby teeth removed when he got fixed and my Dobie had one of hers pulled after she broke it. The dobies was maybe $200 if I remember right. Do you have a job as well, or are you just a student?
>>2028029 I quit my last job due to horrible scheduling and not letting me go on a vacation I had planned for a while. So now I am looking. How long do you think I should wait after I start saving to get him done? Is waiting till the summer too long?
I've never had a pet but adopted a six months old cat about two days ago after dweling on the subject for about a year. I've heard a lot about how a pet should help lonely people and/or suffering from depression. Should have been great but so far it has given me nothing but anxiety. I'm not feeling attached and have no idea what to do with her.
Everyone knows I have a cat already but how bad would it look if I gave up and brought her back to the shelter or something?
You have to give it more than 2 days dude. The cat is anxious too and needs time to adjust to his new home. Once he has done that, he is more likely to be affectionate and stuff which is what commonly helps with depression. You also need time to adjust. Give it 2 or 3 weeks. You owe yourself and the cat that much
Hey guys, I uh, I don't know if this is the place to ask, but what is the healthiest senior cat food I can get for my pic related. She has all her teeth and is pretty healthy, lately I've been supplementing her dry food with wet food, specifically that expensive as shit Purina Pro-Plan grain free stuff. I'm looking at dry food brands right now and kinda want to go with a grain free option that mostly meat proteins and fats. What should I consider trying?
She's adorable and thank you for taking good care of your kitty!
Unfortunately I don't know much about cat nutrition except that higher protein/fat content is better, with as much meat and as little filler (grains and starches) as possible; also supplementing some wet food as well is good just for the extra moisture to make sure she gets enough water.
>>2027880 If they're intact (they shouldn't be) they might just be horny, But it's probably dominance. Animals are too dumb to understand anything but hormones and even if they did actually fuck eachother, what wouldn't they fuck if it smelled nice? they don't care.
>In a famous experiment, Hal Markowitz, later director of the San Francisco zoo, trained Diana monkeys to get food by putting a token in a slot. When the oldest female could not get the hang of it, a younger unrelated male put her tokens in the slot for her and stood back to let her eat.
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