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Food & Nutrition > Cat's favorite "texture" of food
Brownie

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Purred: Fri Feb 27, '15 1:40am PST 
We add water to all of the canned food we serve. We feed FF pate in the morning. Cookie eats most of it. I have to make "soup" for Brownie from Friskie shreds. I get out my immersion blender and plunge it into the can. I tried making soup with Friskies pate and my immersion blender. Yes, the pate is smooth with the blender. But the amount of gravy that flavors it is less so he turns is nose up after the first serving. And the rest of the can is wasted. The only other canned food that makes wonderful soup with the blender is Precise Holistic Complete, the chicken one. Merrick makes one called Turducken and it too makes nice soup or by just adding water to the pate.

PS, anything shaped like shreds or nuggets served from the can, Brownie will only eat the gravy. What a pill! I have tried to get Candie to eat any wet food and she refuses. This so upsetting.
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Choosing the Right Cat > Advice on owning a cat? First time cat owner maybe..
Brownie

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Purred: Sat Dec 27, '14 2:55pm PST 
My sister got a cat at Petsmart was declawed when she got her. When mad, she sometimes slaps, always hisses but never bits before running off.

In a few months after you get your puppy, go back to the shelters & tell them you are looking for a declawed & fixed cat good with dogs & leave your name & number. Make sure you tell them you want a short hair one. Long hair cats groom themselves all the time & end up with hair balls they throw up. When we had short hair siamese never a hair ball, unlike my semi-long hair Birmans always having hair balls. You will need to comb a dog or cat weekly. Get a Goody comb for humans. They last longer & are better than any pet ones for cats.

I have 1 pan upstairs & 6 in the basement for 3 cats. 2 pans for 1 cat is the rule. 3 pans for 2 cat & 4 pans for 3 cats & so on. Put the pans where the puppy will not get into them. The basement ones are cleaned weekly. I have one of those auto-stray air fresheners with a water or vanilla scent spraying every 30 minutes. The 1 upstairs is cleaned daily into a small trash can with a closing tight lid you step on the pedal to open the lid. I use a 8 gal. trash can bag in the trash can for easy cleaning with less odor. Arm & Hammer has a really good scent clumping litter, I think it is Double Duty.

PS, I have a thick clear plastic (good to winterize windows) I have taped with clear packaging tape to the wall & my bathtub that hangs into the litter pan. So if kitty pees standing up, all the pee runs back into the pan. And the pee never gets under the pan where you can smell the bad odor. I did the same thing in the basement pans to by hanging the plastic to framing.
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Behavior & Training > My cat seems to only be aggressive and cold to me

Candie

Leave me alone!
 
 
Purred: Fri Oct 17, '14 10:55pm PST 
Where do I start? Yes, your room mates are a problem playing with her in that way. We need to condition the cat back to you & they are not helping. I think the other cats are not a good thing. Are they all fixed???

I'll throw this one out here. How old are you? I say this because my older sister had a cat that hated me. I was 14 when she got her. Weird as it sounds, she hated kids or teenagers. I treated the same when I was 14-23 years old but for some reason she hated me until I was older. When I was 19 years old, she finally sat on my lap & would let me pet her.

Don't bite your cat. Candie did not like me for a 1.5 years when we got her from a breeder at the age of 5. She bite me. That "don't touch me" bite. So this is strange but worked with her. I made my hand a shadow puppet. (Bring your finger tips together like the Italian symbol to wait a minute.) The thumb is the lower jaw & the fingers the top half of the head. I'd made it talk really close to Candie's face as she started to bite me. It makes a snappy noise & she worried if it will get her. I'd never touched her but she back up & stop trying to bite me.

Now to win her over I would get on the floor to play with her on her level at least 15 minutes a night. Get string, feathers, a stick, laser chaser toy, woolen ball, or make a toy like (brown paper bag or a box you scratch on the outside while they are on the inside works too). Even if she does not come get on the floor with you, play with a toy. She should join you with the right toy. Done playing, then groom her while sitting on the floor. She might try to bite but try anyway. I have a Goody comb & groom my long hair cats with it. Do her tummy & under her chin. All I have to do is sit on the floor & show the comb for one of my cats to come running for grooming. Are you using catnip on her?? I give a little & mine eat it. Give every now & then in your room only like once a week only.

You said, you pick her up to go to bed. Instead of that get a ribbon & pull it behind you for her to follow you to bed. Make a game of it. Then shake the treat bag & give her a treat only in your room after she follows you to bed. She won't follow you some nights. But sit on your bed & shake the treat bag & she will come running.

Yes, 1.5 years to like me & 2 years for Candie follows me around. She loved every one in the house but me when we got her. And I'm the food person in the house too. I muzzled Candie for 9 months just to clip her claws. She even swatted me on the face. She just really hated me when we first got her. Now she climbs on top of me & cuddles.

Conditioning: Food, treats, play & grooming only from you.
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Behavior & Training > Issues with cats not covering feces

Candie

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Purred: Thu Sep 25, '14 4:11am PST 
I have had cats 40 plus years. I'm the official butt and pan cleaner in the house. Some cover while other wildly swipe the paw on edge of the pan to never touch the litter. My favorite are the few cats that never even tried to cover and walk away. I have never found one litter better to get them to cover. I'm afraid even if you lid the pan, they would not do better.

If you do not want to put up with it, would automatic cleaning pan, like a litter mate, be in your future? (There is another one that washes the litter when it is setup in a bathroom.) I have never taught a cat to cover better. I just use one of those automatic air fresheners sprays to keep the odor down until I can get to the pans in the basement. My tiny pan in our one and only bath room get cleaned twice a day by me myself and I. Only one cat poops in it. She covers 50% of the time.

I have the problem that sometimes the poop does not fall in the pan. It's stuck to a butt. Candie likes to run it off until it falls off in the house. Today, it was just stuck on Cookie and I find it later. And Brownie has decided not poop in the pan anymore. He poops next to one pan. Oh well.
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Food & Nutrition > What are the least expensive brands of grain-free cat food (both canned and dry)?

Cookie

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Purred: Thu Sep 18, '14 2:27am PST 
What about Petflow dot com??? They have a SUPER SALE on Natural Balance LID Green Pea and Chicken dry food. 10 lbs for $23. Free shipping if you spend $49 or more. This is cheaper than Taste of the Wild today. But TotW has salmon in all the feline products, so that is ruled out. The Natural Balance canned food is also on SUPER SALE.

Chewys dot com has a canned food By Nature 95% Turkey & Turkey Liver which is cheaper and free shipping on orders $49 or more. $24.71 for 24 cans of 5.5 oz. So that is $1.03 a can. And if you set up auto-delivery on your schedule, you can save even more.

These are only online suggestions. I'm not sure where you live. There might be cheaper at your local stores. But this a starting point for you to compare the stores around you.
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Food & Nutrition > Best dry food to feed growing kittens?
Brownie

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Purred: Sat Sep 13, '14 5:14am PST 
Petsmart's Friends & Family weekend is around the corner this month to get your hands on cheap pate style canned food. (15% off coupon for F&F) Even the Friskies pates are affordable. Petsmart has F&F June, Sept. & Dec. With Dec. having the best prices on cheap canned food. I have started to buy Petsmart gift cards now for the Black Friday cheap cat litter. (The gift card triggered an email coupon for $10 off $25. Sign up for Petsmart emails & their rewards program. They email you the best coupons.) I try spread out the cost of buying litter for the entire year on Black Friday, ten 35 lbs pails. The savings on litter lets my buy 180 cans of Friskies. Plus Discover Card, used to buy the gift cards at Petsmart, last year mailed me a $10 off $50 coupon. If you shop smarter, its like getting the canned food for free.

PS, Brownie loves him food ground up to be a soup. I also add a touch more water when I put in a bowl. Pate are easy to add a little water and make it easier to eat too.
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Food & Nutrition > PetSmart $10 off $25 coupon

Brownie

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Purred: Thu Aug 28, '14 9:19pm PST 
Just got emailed a coupon for $10 off $25. I have not checked but you could check Facebook.com/petsmart for the same coupon. Happy Labor day weekend!
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Food & Nutrition > What is the least expensive dry, grain-free food you have found?

Brownie

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Purred: Tue Aug 12, '14 7:51pm PST 
5 years ago I researched it and Diamond's Taste of the Wild was the cheapest. (They do not believe in coupons) You can write to them for samples or other local store may have them too. I so wanted my crew to love grain-free kibble. It was never to be.

Look for it at small Holistic pet food stores, Feed stores, Pet Supply Plus, Tractors Supply, Menards, Rural King and many other places listed on their website.

From Tractors Supply website - $12 for 5 lbs. So $1.20 a pound.
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Cat Health > Indoor cats with fleas - help!

Brownie

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Purred: Sat Aug 9, '14 10:52am PST 
Flea dips are the WORST. The Hartz shampoo is better than that.
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Cat Health > Indoor cats with fleas - help!
Brownie

I'm the Alpha- cat!
 
 
Purred: Thu Aug 7, '14 9:09pm PST 
Short hair cats are easier to get rid of fleas. I got the Program (Lufenuron 165 mg.) to kill everything but adult fleas. It's birth control for fleas. To kill the adults fleas, I got Capstar (Nitenpyram). With my long hair cats, I also had to get Hartz flea shampoo from Walmart. I waited a day between each phase starting with the Program then Capstar & finally a bath with Hartz. I vacuumed alot to get the eggs. Wash all the cat bedding.

We tried PetArmor but it was a waste of money on my long hair cats. I squeezed it on and with the long hair it did not travel all over them. I had better luck buying the flea pills on Ebay. Little City Dog & K9
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