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Hi, my name is Nusse and I am a pissed off cat. My parents went for a four day trip without me! Here is my story.

Gone For Four Days

My parents had gone on a mini holiday last weekend. They were leaving to England for a wedding celebration, but had no intentions of bringing me with on this trip.

When you leave for holiday, Nusse sleeps where she wants

In fact I did my best to go with, but it wouldn’t matter. I even tried to put myself in the suitcase, but I was quickly removed again before they closed the lid.

On the day of them traveling abroad, I even attempted to do a Felicia on them, I tried to run off outdoors while they had to go. It failed however and I was left behind with the other cat family members within the house.

There was plenty of food and water to enjoy though and many of my dear friends around. We even had a baby-sitter taking care of us every day while they were gone.

Protest

So in protest I decided to make a welcome home party for my dear cat parents.

At first I did use the amenities in the way they were intended, but over time I got more and more upset. Also the cat care taker wasn’t as good as my cat parents at keeping the cat litter box in perfectly clean condition.

Wondrous Gaffa Tape

Unfortunately the doors to the great outdoors were kept closed tight, even when the cat caretaker visited us. My cat parents had even taped off the cat flap on both sid

es.

Cats Opened Gaffa Taped Cat Flap

Gaffa tape is however not much of a match for us cats. We got sharp claws and sharp teeth to get rid of that tape in a matter of minutes.

Litter Box Behaviour

As upset as I could be I noticed the state of the cat litter box and had to do my business wherever I could. As the cat litter box had no more loose litter remaining, we all left our productions uncovered.

In due time the litter box was so full that we ended up doing our toilet business elsewhere. A nice smelling production of which the smell now had been taken by the airco, making sure the entire house was smelling like it.

Together with the other cats we managed to open the first cat flap. Now the second cat flap was all that remained between stinky place and the great smelling outdoors.

They got as far as to the first cat flap and had entered the cellar to look for goodies and the second cat flap. Most unfortunate for them, they didn’t manage to open the second cat flap and neither could come back out of the cellar as the dangly tape had stuck for the way back.

I intended to use the great outdoors for my next production, but unfortunately I couldn’t get out in time and peed on the floor in front of the door.

The cat caretaker took care of that by cleaning it up nicely with the best enzyme cleaner around.

Cat Treats

Frustrated that I couldn’t get out, I went to look for something nice to eat. JACKPOT! I found a whole bag with lots of bags in it full of cat treats. I called upon my mates and rampaged the sweet stock. That will teach my parents a lesson for leaving us all by ourselves!

Urgh.. my stomach, it feels so bad. I ate way too many cat sweets. Moments later my stomach contents was on the floor. That feels much better, now I need to sleep somewhere.

Cat Caretaker

After a nice sleep I felt much better again and wanted to eat some proper food. Unfortunately the food bowls were empty. Wait, what is that sound? Oh is the cat caretaker coming around for a refill? Perhaps this is my chance to escape the house!

The cat caretaker was way too good at stopping us from running out. Luckily she came with food which I now really needed after I emptied my stomach. I ate my tummy full and went to bed.

Kittens In The Bathroom

Next day I heard noise coming from the bathroom upstairs. Through the small opening between the door, I could see a kitten sitting and looking curiously at me. I hissed at it and it ran under the bath! HAHAHA what a chicken! I mean kitten!

Did I hear a car arriving at our premises? Time to get to the door for the next chance of running out. Oh look, its my cat parents! Whoohoo! Freedom!

“Hey Nusse, nice to ..” before they could finish their sentence, I had ran out of the door. “Thanks for not taking me with! BYE!!”

After a good run around the house I came back inside. Mommy picked me up and made me do my favourite I fits I sits again. I licked her and them gave her a little bite. “Don’t let me alone like that again please!”

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The Lucky Champ Litter Champ in taupe color is a more budget cat litter disposal system that still comes with a lot of quality for your money.

While being much cheaper than the bigger brands such as the Litter Locker II and the Litter Genie Plus, the Litter Champ is still having a strong position with a good quality product at an extremely nice low price.

Who is this for?

The Lucky Champ Litter Champ in Taupe color is a cat litter disposal system for people that don’t want to take a trip to the garbage container every time that they scoop the litter box. The Litter Champ stores the litter box produce in a way that we won’t smell it in the whole house.

Imagine the following:

Your cat does its business on the cat litter box (cat toilet). Your cat requires the litter box to be clean at all times, so you take out a bag and scoop away all the dirty litter you can find. Now you got an open bag of stinking cat litter in your hands. What will you do with that? Will you knot it up and drop it in the garbage container in your house? This might stink through your kitchen every time you open the container. Do you take it outside to the garbage container that gets collected every (other) week? That’s fine if the container is nearby, indoors or when the weather is great. What about the snowy season or the rainy season?

As soon as you got back from wherever you delivered the cat litter you return to the litter box, only to find the next produce of dirty cat litter.

A litter pail such as the Litter Champ stores all the cat litter until it is full. It will solve the problem of having to waste several bags for scooping cat litter. It will also save you from having to go to an outdoor container after every cleaning job you do on the litter box.

Litter Champ by Lucky Champ Review

After testing the Litter Genie and the Litter Locker II litter disposal systems, it was time to test another great litter disposal system. The Litter Champ is different from the other systems in that it is way simpler built, has a bigger container and is way cheaper. Even the bag cartridges that you need to replace over time, are way cheaper than the bigger branded products.

Even though the Litter Champ litter disposal system is way simpler built, it is surprisingly one of the strongest systems out there and it still keeps away the smells we all dislike.

 

The Lucky Champ Litter Champ in taupe color is a more budget cat litter disposal system that still comes with a lot of quality for your money. While being much cheaper than the bigger brands such as the Litter Locker II and the Litter Genie Plus, the Litter Champ is still having a strong position with a good quality product at an extremely nice low price. Who is this for? The Lucky Champ Litter Champ in Taupe color is a cat litter disposal system for people that don't want to take a trip to the garbage container every time that…
Lucky Champ Litter Champ Taupe Review
Lucky Champ Litter Champ Taupe Review
2018-09-04
For us the Litter Champ Litter Pail by Lucky Champ has been a great solution to scoop and store dirty litter. We no longer have to walk to the garbage container outside every time we clean the litter box. We got a large cat family with both our own cats and that of the animal protection that produce together a lot of cat litter. We manage with our 9 cats to store up to 1 month of cat litter in the litter pail. A one-cat household will easily quadruple the time before you need to take out the litter. The Litter Champ offers a lot of convenient storage of cat litter with a good locking mechanism and large bags. It is very convenient to scoop away cat litter without using more hands than necessary. The free scoop is also a joy for our scooping use, as it works surprisingly well for our litter. While there are reports of the second top lid to be flimsy, we haven't experienced the same problem yet, but are then also very careful with the device. We feel it is extremely handy that we can carry the Litter Champ around in the house by the handle between the many litter boxes we need to clean everyday. The only negative I can say about this product is that it isn't really locking litter away when you open the litter pail to add more scoopfuls of dirty cat litter. Other litter pails have better system designs for that. Nonetheless is the price of both the litter pail and the refill cartridges way lower than that of the other branded products on the market and therefore I really suggest you to give Litter Champ a try!
Review: Lucky Champ Litter Champ in Taupe
Quality of Product - 9.5
Functionality - 10
Storage Space - 10
Ease of Use - 10
9.9 Clean!

For us the Litter Champ Litter Pail by Lucky Champ has been a great solution to scoop and store dirty litter. We no longer have to walk to the garbage container outside every time we clean the litter box. We got a large cat family with both our own cats and that of the animal protection that produce together a lot of cat litter. We manage with our 9 cats to store up to 1 month of cat litter in the litter pail. A one-cat household will easily quadruple the time before you need to take out the litter. The Litter Champ offers a lot of convenient storage of cat litter with a good locking mechanism and large bags. It is very convenient to scoop away cat litter without using more hands than necessary. The free scoop is also a joy for our scooping use, as it works surprisingly well for our litter. While there are reports of the second top lid to be flimsy, we haven't experienced the same problem yet, but are then also very careful with the device. We feel it is extremely handy that we can carry the Litter Champ around in the house by the handle between the many litter boxes we need to clean everyday. The only negative I can say about this product is that it isn't really locking litter away when you open the litter pail to add more scoopfuls of dirty cat litter. Other litter pails have better system designs for that. Nonetheless is the price of both the litter pail and the refill cartridges way lower than that of the other branded products on the market and therefore I really suggest you to give Litter Champ a try!

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Main Features Large Container

The Litter Champ is much bigger than the other litter pails out there with 10 7/8″ x 16 1/2″ x 4 3/4″ (275mm x 420mm x 120mm). The inside of the pail gives room to a large 15 liter (4gal) container for storing away the stinking used cat litter. The container is built around the concept of being convenient in every way possible. If you happen to have multiple cat litter boxes in your house, you can easily use the same Litter Champ to scoop all litter boxes clean.

For a one cat household this litter pail can easily store cat litter for more than 4 months.

We surely don’t make the 3-5 months with a 15 liter bag, but still manage an entire month of dirty cat litter storage at a total of 9 cats (as of today).

Low Cost Refill Cartridges

The refill cartridges contain a liner that lines the container with an 18 micron thick bag. The bags are not ready-made, but instead a long line of bag material that you cut and knot up in the bottom. You knot them in the top when you dispose of them again later.

The liner is partly made with recyclable material but is still durable and tear-resistant. The refill cartridges with the liner for the container are much lower in price and are 30% longer than the other refill liners at 20 foot in length. That is a lot of storage of cat litter for little money. Usually these refill cartridges are sold at special saver deals with badges of 3 or more at stores too.

For some people the low-cost refill cartridges have not been cheap enough. They say that you can however use the empty liner cartridge to put a normal garbage bag around it and into the litter pail. That is a handy tip for those who want to use their own cheap litter bags for this litter pail.

Double Lid Locking System

The Litter Champ comes with a double lid locking mechanism to lock smells away. The first part is the lid that lifts upwards when you press the pedal on the bottom of the container with your foot. This lid has a seal all around to close off the litter pail from smells.

When you open the top lid with the pedal, the second lid is revealed. It has a dial to lock the lid in place, which needs to be dialed open before use. This lid flips open every time you empty the scoop into it. In this way you can conveniently clean the litter box without ever having to touch lids or cat litter.

Unfortunately there have been reports that the second lid is also prone to break down quickly. Mine has not broken yet, but I am extremely careful with the device while knowing about the flunk. As an extra solution instead of using just the scoop to open this second lid, you could use your free hand to open it and keep it open during your entire scooping session.

Cleaning the litter box has never been so easy!

Free Scoop For The Job

The Litter pail comes with a free scoop that can conveniently hang on a hook of the side of the litter pail. The scoop is exactly the size of the opening of the second lid, so that you can push the lid easily open with the scoop when emptying the scoop.

Take Your Litter Champ Everywhere You Need

The Litter Champ also comes with a carrying handle on the top that folds nicely in place. Have you got several litter boxes that need cleaning? Not a problem at all. No longer is there the need to carry the container around from the sides or bottom. No longer the chance that it will open up or dirty litter will fall out for you can simply grab it by the handle and carry it around.

This has been a bless for us as we got foster cats living in the bathroom with their own litter box and several other cat litter boxes for our big cat family all around the house.

Video

When I wrote this review, I had to test it out of course too and I managed to create a video to show how easy it is to change out the litter disposal lining bag. See the video below:

(video here)

Pros & Cons Pros
  • Large 15 L storage container for a lot of dirty cat litter
  • Double lock system to lock smells away
  • Low-cost refill cartridges
  • Convenient foot-pedal opening mechanism
  • Carry handle to take the Litter Champ where you want
  • Knife inside the box to cut the full bag lose
  • Free scoop that hooks onto the pail
Cons
  • Second lid has been reported as being flimsy and to wear out quickly
  • It doesn’t actually lock smells away when you open the pail for adding more litter
Frequently Asked Questions

Q: The product comes with one refill cartridge, how long will this last?

A: I see where the confusion comes in. Some people report the refill cartridge as a bag and some people report a single load of the liner as a bag. A cartridge could theoretically last you between 1 month and several months. A bag could last anywhere between 1 week and a month or two.

It will come down to how many litter boxes and cats you got and whether they go outdoors or are solely indoor cats. Our cats are both indoors and outdoors. In winter, they are more indoors than outdoors and generally do use the litter box more often. In summer, spring and autumn they are more often outdoors and don’t use the litter boxes as often. This means that we manage about one month on a single lining bag for about a month.

Solely indoor cats would probably fill the lining bag up in a week’s time. A cartridge would probably last about a month or a little more. 9 adult indoor cats would use probably much more than our 6 adult cats and 3 kittens are producing right now.

Q: Can you carry this unit around, is it heavy?

A: Depending on which litter you use, the container might be heavy or light. The unit itself is pretty light, even when it is full of litter. With an organic based litter it will be lighter than with clay based litters. The older model of the unit didn’t come with a carry around handle, but the newer model that is currently on sale in most shops does come with a convenient carrying handle. Carrying the Litter Champ around was never this easy.

Conclusion

For us the Litter Champ Litter Pail by Lucky Champ has been a great solution to scoop and store dirty litter. We no longer have to walk to the garbage container outside every time we clean the litter box. We got a large cat family with both our own cats and that of the animal protection that produce together a lot of cat litter. We manage with our 9 cats to store up to 1 month of cat litter in the litter pail. A one-cat household will easily quadruple the time before you need to take out the litter.

The Litter Champ offers a lot of convenient storage of cat litter with a good locking mechanism and large bags. It is very convenient to scoop away cat litter without using more hands than necessary. The free scoop is also a joy for our scooping use, as it works surprisingly well for our litter.

While there are reports of the second top lid to be flimsy, we haven’t experienced the same problem yet, but are then also very careful with the device. We feel it is extremely handy that we can carry the Litter Champ around in the house by the handle between the many litter boxes we need to clean everyday.

The only negative I can say about this product is that it isn’t really locking litter away when you open the litter pail to add more scoopfuls of dirty cat litter. Other litter pails have better system designs for that.

Nonetheless is the price of both the litter pail and the refill cartridges way lower than that of the other branded products on the market and therefore I really suggest you to give Litter Champ a try!

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Cats are stars when it comes down to the positions at which they can sleep. To give you an idea of what they are capable of, we present you 7 cats sleeping at weird places.

How Can Cats Sleep At Weird Places (And Positions)?

You might find cats asleep on the weirdest places, but you will also notice that they are in the strangest positions.

You would never want to imagine doing such a sleeping position or sleeping location yourself. What makes it that cats can do these positions? Why can they sleep in these weird places without having some form of pain from it afterwards?

First of all cats have a very flexible spine. They simply don’t have a rigid collarbone to stop them from moving in strange ways. It allows them to enter the smallest and most narrow of spaces. As long as head and shoulders fit through, the rest will follow without any problem.

Making Use Of Thermal Heat

The way they are sleeping somewhere isn’t based only on their super flexible spine and organs, but also based upon their sleeping preferences.

Cats love to snuggle up to something warm that can either warm them up or keep them warm. While you would go under the blanket to stay warm, cats will even get very warm from laying on top of a blanket. They use a technique that we humans know by instinct (or army training). Cats have their own body temperature that will be given to a blanket or bed when they sleep upon it. This heat in turn will keep them warm while laying there cuddled up to the blanket.

1. Tiger Sleeping Strangely On Top Of Me

Cats love to sleep on top of their humans. Usually they do not sleep on total strangers, although humans that generally don’t show to pose a threat can easily be target of this behaviour too. Cats love to use the free heat of a body and know of the thermal heat system of two bodies sharing body heat. Tiger is warming me up here alright and so is he getting some nice body heat from my body.

I was by the way asleep when this happened and Tiger decided to lay himself on top of me using my rather tall body for his entire body. It is this way he also lies on the edge of sofa’s often with both paws along the sides.

We got plenty of photo’s of cats sleeping on laps or bodies, so let’s move on to a stranger position and place.

2. Migo On Newspapers In Basket

This basket is to be found under the table. It is usually full of newspapers that are either read or to be read as well as other magazines or a book. This cat named Migo (my parents’ house), loves to lie down on a nice insulated pile of newspapers. The basket, however too small for his big body, gives him a lot of extra comfort and prevents him from rolling out.

3. (Old) Nusse In A Suitcase

Nusse here lies in the packed suitcase. We were ready to go for a trip as it seems, or perhaps we just returned. Cats usually don’t like us traveling abroad and leaving them behind alone, even though there is a cat caretaker organized for them. This is the old Nusse that passed away in 2016.

Before I start crying again, let’s show you a picture of the new Nusse. The Nusse that returned to us with awesomeness and funny stuff.

4. Nusse On A PC

Our kitten Nusse, laying on top of Theresa’s PC. She sure loves the heat of a PC. Hmm.. but a PC has coolers. I am quite sure it was the heat of the heater in that room on that rather snowy cold day in April this year.

Mind you, she has grown lots since April and now is more of an adult full-grown cat than a kitten, but still acts like a kitten. Nusse is a proper I fits, so I sits kitty, that can sit on two hands or on the strangest of places all over the house or outdoors.

5. Kira and Tiger On Cupboard

Although we had Tiger already before on top of me, here is Tiger together with our cat Kira (the black one) on top of the cupboard. While Kira isn’t currently asleep, she was just moments before (and moments after) taking this photo. Did you notice how she is laying on top of a wooden frame? Did you also notice how they are both not laying in a cat bed, like the one right next to Kira.

We often see our cats get off their warm or hot cat beds and onto colder surfaces such as floors, metal or wood to cool off a little. This is especially true for times when the heaters or the wood oven fire are blazing hot all winter.

6. Curled Up Tabby

How Tabby actually managed to fit himself into this slightly undersized cat bed is a good question. He did however and he feels rather content and sleeps his hours he needs for the next adventure outdoors. He loves his outdoors and is often more outdoors than indoors, except for the winter time when he is a bit more to be found in cat beds than the white cold and wet snow outside.

Sometimes I wish I could curl up like he does. He is basically having his own tail in his face. I am 1.94m tall and can only dream of making myself small like that without breaking anything.

7. (8. , 9.) Charlie, Daisy and Luna In A Cat Bed

These three cute kittens we saved from being without mom, parents and out in the cold. We caught them using our traps in the beginning of September. It took us two days to catch them all. These three are so close to each other that they will even allow each other to be in the same bed.

They even will want to be all three on your lap when you go to the bathroom and anywhere else in the house. They aren’t the biggest of friends with our other cats, so that is why they are mostly in the bathroom in their own cat bed, near their water and food bowl as well as the cat litter box made for them. The floor is heated, so they won’t ever be cold either. What a luxury life a cat has at our place!

Bonus Pictures

The following pictures are of our own cats that we have shown earlier in this article. They are usually to be found in several positions and locations during the day, so here are some other poses you can find them in.

Old Nusse In A Box

Cats really love boxes and our previous / old Nusse was no exception to that rule. Our new Nusse and many other cats do by the way still follow that trend. Cats rather have the box than the toy that came in the box by mail. This was however a rather small box for a toy, so I am guessing it was a cat box full of cat sweets. Now that it is empty, Nusse fits in it for a small nap.

Migo & Christmas

Migo enjoys Christmas just as much as we do, so it seems. He pushed out all the figurines and hay and made room for himself to have a nap, while being covered from rain, raging cat parents and those prickly Christmas Tree Needles.

Tiger Stopping Me From Working (Or Gaming)

Cats are absolute masters of helping their cat parents with all sorts of tasks. Here Tiger is helping me with the game I am playing (or the review I am writing). Usually cats will sit right on top of the keyboard, but Tiger is nice. Kinda. He just sits on the cable cord of the mouse, making it impossible to move the mouse by an inch.

I had to lift him away from there before I could do anything again. Felicia is usually to be found on either my laptop or my keyboard when I wake up. I have to push her off in the hope her weight didn’t destroy my equipment.

Old Nusse On Top Of Me

Old Nusse sure knows where the body is warm and it is great to lie upon. Unfortunately she was really ill at the time this photo was taken. You probably don’t see this on her, but we see it after seeing all the photos of them.

This is ultimately the end of my long list of photos of cats sleeping at weird places and locations throughout our house. I will definitely update it with new positions might they come up.

I’d like to hear from you what positions and places you have found your cats to be in. Please leave them in the comments below.

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Especially with a new cat, you have to try to make your cat feel at home. There are at least 7 things and methods that you can use to give your cat a place within your family and create a great bond between you and your cat.

Why Would You Make Your Cat Feel At Home?

You would want to make your cat feel at home to have a truly happy, healthy and thriving cat in your family. A cat that feels truly at home, will also give back to you.

Cats are truly loving animals that will be your lovely but quirky family member that you can talk to, cuddle with and enjoy playing with. A new cat might take some time to bond with and that’s why we come up with these ways to make bond with your cat and make your cat feel at home in your house.

Make Your Cat A Family Member

To create a good bond with your cat, you want to make sure that your cat feels like being a part of your family. To give your cat a place within your family, you should have the following 5 items within your house dedicated to your cat:

  1. Most Important Things
  2. Place To Sleep
  3. Place To Sharpen Nails
  4. Toys For Play
The Most Important Things First

First of all your cat needs some of the most important things sorted for them. They will stay with you when you offer them food, water and a litter box to defecate. That is the absolute minimum for having a cat in your house. Unfortunately these things do come in all shapes, sizes and types. Not all cat food you can buy is good for your cat, nor are all cat bowls equal in quality. While an outgoing cat might do their toilet business outside, in winter or in urban area’s cats will have to stay indoors which means they need a place to do their toilet business in your home.

To sum it up, your cat needs:

  • Good quality cat food
  • Food bowls
  • Drinking bowls
  • Litter box
1. Good Quality Cat Food

Good quality cat food is cat food with a lot of meat protein content. Cats are meat-eaters, simple as that and hence they need that in their food. There are different types of food and food quality, so choose for the health of your cat and not necessarily best for your wallet.

2. Food Bowls

Your cat needs a food bowl. One piece is an absolute minimal, but if you are going to offer wet food, then you have to have a separate one for that, mainly because of bacteria. Food bowls need cleaning often, every day or after every meal. Food and drinking bowls need to be of the right quality and type of material. Certain materials are more difficult to clean from bacteria. Bacteria left behind in food and drinking bowls are health hazards to cats.

3. Drinking bowls

Like humans, cats have troubles staying properly hydrated. Luckily wet cat food gives your cat 70% of their daily intake, but most cat owners feed their cats dry kibble (very little water content). A drinking bowl is absolutely necessary for your cat to stay optimally hydrated.

Keep the drinking and food bowls clean daily so that bacteria and algae have no chance to grow and be a danger to your cat and refill the bowl with fresh water.

As with food bowls, certain drinking bowl materials are more difficult to clean. Bacteria that are left behind in drinking bowls are a health hazard to your cat.

To make it more interesting for cats to drink, you could think about adding a cat water fountain to your collection. If that is too much money spend for now, then at least get a good quality drinking bowl for your cat.

4. Litter Box

Unless your cat is supposed to stay out or be out a lot, your cat will need a place indoors to take care of their toilet business. This place is usually a cat litter box filled with cat litter (sometimes also referred to as cat sand). In the old days people used old newspapers or fireplace ash. Those types of cat litter are highly silly to use, unless you love cleaning your floors from black spots all over the place or the stench of urine-drenched newspapers.

You will find many different types of cat litter of different brands available in supermarkets and online and offline (pet) stores. Some are better than others. (links)

This cat litter should go in a decent sized cat litter box. We reviewed a Top 3 Cat Litter Boxes as well as the Sifting Cat Litter Box By Arm and Hammer.

Tiger Asleep In Warm Catbed 5. Dedicated Place To Sleep

To include a cat in your life and into your home, you need to allow them as a part of your family. They should be allowed to go in most places in the house, they also should be having a place they can sit or sleep. Perhaps you will allow them on your sofa, chairs and bed, but a lot of people do not allow that and constantly move their cat away from the places they don’t want them to be.

The least you can do is give them a cat bed. That cat bed can be theirs and they can do what they want with it. There are many advantages of having a cat bed installed in your house. Cat beds will contain the hairs in that one place. Well that is wishful thinking of course, but at least there will be less of their hairs on the sofa where you just sat down in your nice clothing.

An even better place to sleep for them is a cat bed that is situated in a cat tree. These structures give a dedicated place to cats to play and sleep as well as something I discuss in the next point.

Dedicated Scratch Wall Corner 6. Dedicated Place To Sharpen Nails

Cats need to sharpen their nails constantly. It is an instinctual thing as they make themselves ready for the next hunt for prey. They also need their nails to climb, to balance, to scratch and itch, to fight (although that you would rather not have them doing) and to groom. In short, you cannot prevent them doing so, but you can definitely redirect the sharpening of nails on the appropriate place. We all want to keep our furniture looking somewhat nice, right?

So at the very least install some scratching boards on your walls or protect your sofa corners with them. The scratching poles and scratching boards come in all shapes and sizes and fit to most peculiar area’s of your house. The easiest still of course is to install a cat tree, as they usually tend to come with at least 4 of these scratching pole posts. A cat tree will also offer your cat a dedicated place to be at and sleep in.

7. Toys For Play

Last but not least, if you want to make your cat truly feel at home in your home, you should buy a couple of nice toys so they can play with that. Cats are excellent hunters and want to practice that also indoors with a couple of cat toys.

Young cats play with everything, while older cats might be more specific on what they can be bothered with.

The most popular toys we can think of, are:

  • Laser pen
  • Mouse, fabric tail or feather on stick with wire
  • Balls, balls, balls
a) Laser Pen

Laser pen’s are awesome. They put this nice (usually) red dot on the floor or wall and your cat will go crazy trying to catch the thing. Even our adult cats go amok on them. A normal cheap laser pen will be totally in your control and you can put the red dot anywhere you like. Just be careful that you don’t shine the laser beam in their eyes. Laser pens are dangerous and can cause permanent eye damage.

Going one level up from the basic laser pen and you will find toys that can either be remotely controlled through an App on your phone (with camera to do so remotely from another location too!) or have some sort of motor that will make a pattern of follow-the-laser-dot for hours of fun on your wall.

b) Mouse, fabric tail or feather on a stick

Not to confuse feather on a stick with carrot on a stick, although they got the same effect. Cats are not too amused with carrots, but they are way more amused with a mouse, a long furry tail or a bunch of feathers on that end of the line. You can make your cat jump up to catch the feathers or run after that mouse on a wire through the entire house.

These sticks are usually inexpensive and are an absolute joy. The stick requires however still mostly your interaction in the playground. There are also mice that are individual and can be caught, hunted and pounced down.

As a last note however, if you are looking into growing the bond with your cat, you should really interact with your cat – a lot -. Don’t just give them a toy they can play with while you are gone.

c) Balls, Balls, balls Nusse Tunnel

While a mouse on the loose is fun and can be thrown about and played with, a ball is the absolute winner. Especially around our kittens in the family, but you will also find popularity among the adults when we are not looking. Hey, they are just secretly enjoying this, you know?!

Balls do roll… and roll a lot. Ever seen a cat play soccer? Well now you can. Give them a tiny ball, not too heavy though, and you will most likely get that effect. They can enjoy this toy entirely on their own, but some interaction will help you grow your bond with them. I tend to lie down on the floor and push the ball towards them. Nusse is a pro at soccer and paws her ball all across the room. When it bumps into me, I roll it back to her and together we have a lot of fun.

What other items could you think of to make your cat feel at home? Leave your suggestion in the comments below!

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Cat litter containers are used to clean up cat litter and dispose of it clean and easy. We’ve reviewed the Litter Champ and the Litter Genie earlier and today we like to shine a light on both of these containers to find a clear winner.

When scooping litter every day, you don’t want to take the bag out every day to the garbage container to dispose of the smelly substance. Preferably you want a designated container that you can use to dispose of it without having to worry about smells spreading throughout your entire house.

A Litter pail helps you in such way. You open the pail, empty your scoop of cat litter and close it again. The smells will stay within the pail. Now you can keep the used cat litter stored within your house, without having to go to the garbage container outside every time. After a week or two you cut the bag loose from the system, knot it up and dispose of it in your outside garbage container.

The new bag rolls down, you knot that one and another week of disposing of cat litter can start. It is that easy and it is of great help to those having one or more cats in their household. Cleaning a litter box has become as easy as that.

Each of the several different litter pails come with different features, but generally it is about making sure that the smells from within the pail do not spread through your house. One of the first litter pail systems like these, was the Litter Locker. Litter Locker has a patented system that really prevents smells to spread, even when you open the pail for adding more scoops to it. This patented system is not available in the other popular pail brands. This is why we are not comparing towards the Litter Locker in this guide. We have reviewed the Litter Locker II, which is the newer version of Litter Locker, so check it out if you are interested in their system.

We reviewed the Litter Champ and the Litter Genie in the past months and saw clear differences between the two systems. Let’s find out what these differences are and whether they are important for you. We will give you our clear winner out of this review, but naturally by reading you can decide for yourself which one will be the winner for you.

Litter Champ

The Litter Champ is a litter disposal pail just like the Litter Genie. The most obvious differences are the sizes. The Litter champ has a bigger housing and fits therefore a bigger amount of liters in the bag, before you have to empty it again.The Litter Champ has a way to close off the bag from the outside, by two toplocks. The first lock is opened through the pedal in the bottom (foot pedal) and the next one is below it and can be pushed open either by your hand or the scoop. The extra lid has also a locking dial to really stop smells from spreading. The Litter Champ also comes with a scoop that fits the opening of the top of the box.

This pail makes sure that you don’t need to use two hands to dispose of cat litter. You simply press a bar on the bottom of the vail with your foot which opens the top lid. When unlocked, the inner lid will open by pressing the scoop down into it. All you need is one hand and one foot to scoop litter and dispose of it.

The Litter Champ is also one of the cheaper pails out there, going for a lot less dollars on the most popular selling places. The bag refill cartridges are also about the half cheaper than those of Litter Genie.

The big question remains of course what material quality you got on your hands for that little money. The Litter Champ itself seems well-built, but it has been reported by several that the inner top-lock mechanism wears out quickly. Luckily there is another top lid that potentially locks smells away.

Pros & Cons

Pros: 

  • Bigger pail, more room for dirt
  • Inner lid with locking mechanism
  • Scoop and bag-cutter
  • Pedal to open the pail
  • Cheaper than the popular brands (Litter Genie and Litter Locker II)

Cons:

  • Possible weak inner-lid mechanism

Read the entire Litter Champ review here

Check Litter Champ out on Amazon

Litter Genie

The Litter Genie, or Litter Genie Plus, is also a litter pail for cat litter disposal. This system has a way smaller size with only 30 liters of bag space. This essentially means that your pail gets faster filled up to the brim and you need to pay a visit to the garbage container more often.

The Litter Genie is a strong brand and is well-known all around cat owners space. With their name they imply they have invented a smart system to store litter.

Bigger brands usually also means bigger prices. The Litter Genie is one of the most expensive litter locking systems. Also the refill cartridges cost more than with the Litter Champ.

There are luckily people that have found ways around this, by using an old empty cartridge and a roll of new bigger bags. Check out these Litter Genie Hacks.

The Litter Genie however has a big plus over the Litter Champ. The Litter Genie comes with a litter locking mechanism that is quite similar to that of the Litter Locker pail. It actually closes the stored litter away from outside air while you are adding more used litter to the pail by a lever that you have to pull after dropping in the litter to let it drop down to the bottom of the bag.

Unfortunately is the quality of the Litter Genie as high as you would have hoped with a more expensive and well-known brand. The pail and its mechanics feel very flimsy. The pail has weak elements of plastic and it doesn’t seem to work quite as well as we would have hoped it would.

Pros & Cons

Pros: 

  • Proper smell locking mechanism (based upon the Litter Locker patented system)
  • small size fits everywhere
  • Clean & easy disposal of used cat litter

Cons: 

  • Flimsy plastic elements
  • Higher price

Read the entire Litter Genie review here

Check Litter Champ out on Amazon

Buying Guide

All pails do in essence the same thing, they store away litter and try to keep the smells inside the box. Although the mechanics quite differ between the models, the idea is the same and also do they all come with a refillable bag cartridge. That what you have to look for when you are looking for a litter pail are:

  • Size – does it fit in my house where I want to store it
  • Bag size – how often do I have to take the bag out
  • Quality – how well are the mechanics, will it last a while and will it keep smells in the pail
  • Availability of refill cartridges – can you buy the cartridges easily for the years to come
  • Price – how much do I want to spend on such a system
  • Ease-of-use – how easy is it to dispose of cat litter

For us there is a clear winner between the two. We were much happier with the Litter Champ, not because of the mechanics, but generally for two reasons:

  1. The price (about half the price of the Litter Genie) and
  2. The size of the litter bag. We want to keep it in-house for quite a while (about a month with a 6-cats household).

We are however not too fond of the fact that cat litter smells still spread when we open the litter pail top lid to add more scoops of used cat litter. Therefore we are considering to buy the Litter Locker II as well. As we have a rather big cat family, with cats that are in foster care, we have to have a litter pail with every cat litter box in our house, so having multiple cat litter pails is an excellent idea.

Our decission and choice on the best litter pail is very personally based. You should really read the reviews and make your own mind up. What is the best cat litter pail to you? What are your definitions or requirements for a litter disposal system? Please share them below in the comments. I’d love to hear from you and I am glad to answer to any questions you got.

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I’m pretty sure that you have seen your cat biting his tail and laughed about this silliness. Is it dangerous or is it perfectly okay when my cat bites his own tail?

Cats Biting Themselves?

It sounds strange when you hear it. Perhaps you have even seen it on a random cat or your own cat. Cats do sometimes bite themselves, but in most cases it is not because they try to punish themselves. In most cases, their biting has a very harmless meaning, but there are times when it can be something unusual.

Cats bite themselves on certain body parts, in particular their tails because:

  • Grooming
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Kitten Play
  • OCD
  • Hunting Game
Grooming

The most obvious and also most common reason for a cat biting their tail is because they are grooming themselves. Within grooming, a cat licks their fur with a very rough tongue. The licks in one area is usually in the order of: dry dirt removal, wetting the dirt, dry dirt removal. Their tongue is capable to transport their saliva to the area where difficult to remove dirt is stuck. The next lick the cat might be using the rough property of the tongue to give the area a good rough washing.

Sometimes however, dirt is really stuck and they need to bite and chew with their teeth to loosen the dirt from their fur. They basically use their teeth as a comb to comb the area clean.

You can see them using the same technique on the claws and nails as well as on their tails.

Stress and Anxiety

A cat can also bite in their own tail out of pure stress and/or anxiety. Stress in cats usually comes from environmental changes.

Environmental change can be under divided into:

  • A new cat (or another animal) in the neighbourhood or family
  • A new family member (new child, new partner etc)
  • Re-arranged living room or new furniture
  • A new apartment/house
  • In case of an outdoor cat: a change in the garden
  • New cat food, cat litter, equipment etc.

Basically any form of change to your cats’ territory is a change that might cause stress to your cat. Some cats are more affected than others. Even cat families that were thriving before might suddenly get into an argument with one of the families’ other cats and suddenly it becomes a stressful situation for them.

Stress in cats can be managed through a number of things. (link)

Kitten Play

When kittens play with each other they can easily bite each others tail in their play. At other times a kitten can be bored and play with their own tail. In most cases, cats are just trying to reach for their tail, so they can groom it. You can see a cat or kitten run after its tail a couple of rounds, before he captures his own tail with both hands, while laying on their back. The next moment the kitten will bite and nibble on it and start licking their tail.

Hunting Game

Sometimes the tail can be part of a hunting game. Not only kittens show this behaviour when they are bored, even adult cats can make their tail be part of it.

I am not always as sure, whether they are having a hunting game going or whether they are just out to groom that tail they neglected all week. We will never know, but at least it is enjoyable to see them finish a task

Obsessive Compulsory Disorder (OCD)

There is however also a whole category for those cats that have a medical issue. This is what can back up a constant obsession with their tail, trying to capture or catch it or trying to groom it all the time.

Another good example of OCD or other medical related issues concerning a cat biting their tail or other body parts is the appearance of missing patches of fur.

There are also those cats that will groom or bite their tail so much that they are bleeding from their skin. These forms of OCD or another biting medical condition are of great concern and it is a very good idea to visit your vet with your cat as soon as you notice it.

Other Reasons That Require Serious Competence

Illness is also a reason that a cat starts biting or goes grooming obsessively.

Very close to illness comes the things that itch, such as flea’s and other creatures that irritate the skin. Biting tail and other parts of the body is the result that follows. While a couple of usual bites is not going to bad, doing this over and over again on one area will cause wounds. In due time can these wounds become scars or bleeding wounds that can easily get infected.

So if you see any form of obsessive grooming or biting of your cat on their tail or other body part it is best to take your cat to the vet as soon as possible.

Ever seen a cat or kitten try to grab their tail and bite it? Share your experience below. It is always free to ask questions here as well.

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There are times that we need to travel with a cat, such as taking them to the vet, moving houses or going on a holiday. Today I want to talk about how to travel with a cat in a car so that you are prepared for it when you need to do so.

Prepare Carefully

Taking your cat to the veterinary isn’t as simple as putting your cat on your lap and driving off to the vet. Cats are terribly frightened when it comes to moving objects, velocity, g-force, darkness and not to forget, noise.

It is therefore essential that you prepare your trip very carefully for an optimal experience for both you and your cat.

To travel with a cat in a car, you will need:

  • Good quality cat carrier
  • Cloth or toy with your and their smell
  • Towel or bed nappies
  • (optional) sedation or travel medication
  • (optional) food and water for longer travel distances
  • (optional) health checks, passport etc for country border travel
Cat Carrier

First of all, having your cat on your lap while driving is not going to be an optimal experience. Even if your cat sits perfectly well on your lap, accidents are going to happen. The accidents I am talking about are not in the category of you crashing, although there are great possibilities for that too when your cat suddenly puts all its claws in you or jumps on the dashboard. I am talking about accidents of the bathroom type. They wet themselves or worse, while frightened or stressed.

A good cat carrier is of great value when traveling with a cat. A good quality cat carrier has enough space plus a bit more for your cat to be housed in. It has solid sides and a solid door that won’t open by the least of your cats violence trying to break out of it.

They have enough space for your cat to sit comfortable in and has room for extra’s such as the necessary towel, blanket and toy.

Cloth or toy with your and their smell

Another very important thing in these cat carriers is to put something in there that identifies with you. As such a used towel or perhaps even better, a worn shirt or sweater can help greatly. Your cat will feel more comfortable in their new surroundings, when they can still smell a familiar smell. You should also add a toy or something else that your cat has used before.

Towel or Bed nappies

It can be helpful too to add a towel or nappies to the cat carrier, so that eventual accidents don’t end up on your backseat.

Towels might work well, but even better, you could buy these square nappies or anti-leakage pads. They are usually sold at your pharmacy, because it is used for people with incontinence on their beds. They fit perfectly in your cat carrier and will help take care of the fluids.

Sedation or Travel Medication

When you take your cat to the veterinary, it is probably not too far away from your home (in most cases), so sedation is not a thing, besides, you want the vet to inspect an awake cat.

There are though those trips that are further away, like for example a holiday, moving houses or even transporting a cat that has been adopted away. You can sedate a cat before transport with an injection at the vet. This is usually done by a veterinary right before you step into the car or plane. Your vet can optionally also prescribe your cat special traveling medicine that calms your cat down for transport.

Food and Water (long distance travel)

If you are planning to travel for a long distance over a full day or several days, it is absolutely necessary to take food and water with for your cat that they can have at set times. Give your cat food when you are not traveling, such as when you are resting or having a meal yourself, so that they are not eating in a moving vehicle. Cats do also need to stay hydrated at all times. The extra food and drinks, also means that your cat carrier needs some form of cat litter box.

Health Checks, Passport etc

When traveling abroad, you might need to do some health checks some months before you are planning to travel. In some countries you need a pet passport. Be sure to check out the rules of the country or state you are traveling towards and your own country (look under travel with pets). There are a lot of different rules for different types of animals. Forgetting to do this can mean you do get stopped at the border or that your cat ends up in quarantine.

Cat In The Sack?

Getting your cat in the cat carrier can be a real drag at times. Even if you are the most skilled person with cats, it can still be a challenge. Often it is one where you will end up bleeding, if your cat is of the fighter type. We would value ourselves as pretty skilled when it comes to putting our cats in the carrier when we need to take them to the vet. Our cats are also very calm when it comes to us handling them, but there is always something about having to go somewhere they don’t want to go that sets them off in a wild bullfight mood.

On top of that we got one cat that can be cuddled and loves our attention, but simply hates to be picked up. This is the cat that we got most trouble with when it comes down to something as simple as giving worm treatment.

The Best method to put your cat in a cat carrier:

Keep your cat locked into an area, such as the living room or bedroom where they can calm down. Sit down yourself too and have the cat carrier ready and standing on a flat surface. Let your cat come to you or you visit him/her and cuddle with him. Now pick your cat up in the proper way and have her in your arms for a bit.

The next step goes best with an extra person, but if you are alone, you will have to figure out this one alone. With a difficult cat you will have to grab the cat in the neck. This will make them unable to move with their legs and now you can lift her in.

With an easy cat, you simply give a gentle push in front of the carrier and they will generally but slightly hesitant walk into the carrier.

Buckle Up And Go

Now that you got all the preparations done, it is time to buckle up and go. Buckle up literally, for the cat carrier will also need to be protected from collisions. Make sure you put a seat belt around your cat’s cat carrier, so that the cat carrier is locked into place. This goes as well for taking a cat on the airplane. Usually cats end up in the cargo bay, but in case of traveling by aircraft, they can also end up beside you on a seat in the cabin.

On long trips of many hours or days, it is essential to take cat food and water with for them, so they can eat and drink whenever they need to. Short trips to for example a veterinary, don’t need that type of treatment.

Common Problems During Travel

During travel with a cat you will come across one or multiple of the following “problems”

  • your cat might pant and hyperventilate (anxiety)
  • pee and feces accidents (very smelly and messy in the cat carrier)
  • meowing in tunnels (they don’t like sudden darkness, sudden speed changes)
  • smell of fear (sour smell in the car)

Some things that might help reduce your cat’s stress levels while traveling:

  • AC temperature, keep them warm
  • Music, type that your cats like can help reduce their nervousness
  • Talking to/with them during transport.
Cat Care At Arrival

At arrival of your destination, proper care of your cat is advised. Cats can get car sick too. At the vet it is of course a matter of visiting the doctors.

Whether you are moving houses, traveling to a holiday house with your cat or arriving back home after paying a visit to the vet, you will apply the same care.

Your Cat Needs To Calm Down

Your cat needs to calm down after a travel and after a possible vet visit. It will take some time before their dizziness and disorientation wears off.

When a cat has been to the vet, they are often ill and are on medication or have had anesthetics and need to sleep it out. Find a place in the house where your cat can safely sleep out the medicine. As soon as the sleeping medicine starts to wear off, your cat might wake up and start wandering around. Since their body isn’t properly woken up on all parts of their body yet, they will start wobbling around. It is therefore key that your cat is on a safe location, possibly a low sofa or simply on the floor. Floors are often too cold for a sleeping (and medicated) cat, so it is best that they lay on a towel or cat bed.

Keep Your Cat Indoors

General rule of thumb for a cat that has been traveling or been to the vet for treatment is that you should keep your cat indoors for at least the first 1-2 hours.

On holidays cats should stay indoors at all times, but if they are used to the area and have been outdoor there before, they probably can go out after a couple of days acclimatizing.

When you are just simply moving houses, your cat should stay indoors for at least 2-4 weeks before you start testing to let them go outdoors. In the latter, cats might wander back to their previous house or don’t remember their way back to you in a strange location and area.

What is your experience with travel with a cat in a car? Please share your experiences below.

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The CatIt Home Scratcher With Catnip is a great scratching tool to keep your cats from scratching your possessions and sharpen their nails on the scratching board instead.

Nusse on our CatIt Home Scratcher With Catnip Who is this for?

The CatIt Home Scratcher is for cats that love to scratch surfaces while keeping their claws sharpened. It is definitely a good idea to install places where your cat can scratch when they are otherwise doing this to your walls with wallpaper or your brand new great looking furniture.

Why Adding Scratching Places?

Cats need their claws for a lot of things and for all of these things they need their claws to be sharp at all times. Cats use their claws to:

  • run over all sorts of terrain
  • catch and kill prey
  • mark their territory
  • scratch an itch away
  • climb trees and other objects in nature (or inside your home)

The common problem with their instinctive behaviour and a house without any dedicated scratching places, is that cats will go for the next vertical or horizontal place that suits their scratching needs.

Unfortunately for us, cats will naturally go for anything that is either standing up (vertical) such as couches, sofa’s, chairs and walls, or lying on the floor flat (horizontal). Horizontal items such as toys, cork hotplates, carpets and certain clothing will get a good beating.

In our household this meant that the walls (with wallpaper) were being scratched to bits, the old textile sofa. Carpets were also a common target. Our solution with the carpets? We simply got rid of them, not only because of the scratching but also because of other unwanted behaviour. We generally have board floors, because they are easier to clean. Anyway, I am digressing.

The only solution to redirect this behaviour is by installing dedicated places for your cats to scratch and sharpen their nails at. Out we came with our wallet and we bought some wall scratchers and scratching boards and tools for on the floor. The CatIt Home Scratcher is such system. CatIt we know best from our water fountains, but they deliver a great range of high-quality products for the cat household, such as feeders, water fountains, massage stations, interactive toys etc.

CatIt Home Scratcher

The CatIt Home Scratcher offers a place to sharpen cats nails, while not being too intrusive in the household. This light carton board made toy can easily be placed elsewhere and will offer plenty of scratching fun for a good while. For a one cat household I would say about a month or two or so for a one cat household (note that we got a household of 5+1 cats at the moment, so it gets used up much faster).

The only main side effect of this material, is that it will give some garbage quicker. All scratchers do, because scratching the scratching surface, takes off layers of whatever material they are made off. Naturally cardboard is way easier to break than sisal rope for example.

Main Features

There are many different scratching board units from CatIt in different shapes and sizes. We reviewed here the Jungle-Stripe Lounge. The CatIt Home Scratcher from Amazon is a cardboard scratching unit for your cats that comes with a little bag of catnip.

Shape and Size

The scratching unit is of adequate size. I have seen our cats lie on top of it, because it is shaped a bit like a bed. In the same time it is also big enough for lying upon or scratching their nails properly. It is slightly in a boat shape, which helps the cat in keeping the unit in place while using it for scratching.

Material

The CatIt Home Scratcher is made of layers of cardboard that would be used in boxes and other packing material with the double isolation layer (wave-bubble). This texture makes it nice for cats to sharpen their claws in, because their claws will get slightly stuck in the tiny gaps while scratching the board.

Catnip

The CatIt Home Scratcher comes standard with a small bag of catnip to help the cats get attracted to the scratching board. When you run out of the catnip, you will have to buy additional catnip for your scratching board if your cats do not already automatically use it.

We have ourselves a lot of high quality catnip so that other places also get more attractive to them. Cats simply love this herb. Although, maybe I should say most cats. There are cats that do not respond to catnip at all. For those you could try kiwi sticks, which are also known by the name silver vine. That are the branches of the kiwi plant that are attractive to some cats as well. Read more about catnip here.

The idea of the catnip is to get the cat used and attracted to using the scratching board for scratching and sharpening purposes instead of your sofa or walls.

Different Models For Different Scratching Styles

So far I referred to the CatIt scratching toy as the CatIt Home Scratcher. When you go to Amazon, you will find that there are at least three different models under the same name.

In fact, CatIt sells several similar scratching boards made of the same material and on different product listings. It just comes all down to the same type of thing, same type of material and same type of package, catnip included.

We got the Jungle Scratcher, which is a type of lounger chair shape with two high sides and a lower mid part. Our cats actually use the Jungle Scratcher more as a bed to sleep on than as a scratcher. Or perhaps they have been scratching it before I found them sleeping or slumbering on it.

Under the same page, we also find the Urban Bench and the Animal Print S-Chaise. There is even a listing of CatIt Home Scratcher in the form of a straight box. I also found another one, called the CatIt Style Scratcher Butterfly Chaise and there is even one that fits to the CatIt Senses 2.0 set.

To make things easy, we have enlisted them all for you here to choose from. Very convenient for you to make a choice of the many scratching tools for your cat.

Do you have carpets in your house and notice that your cat is using the carpet as a scratching pad? A cat’s nails in carpets can easily do a lot of damage. Suddenly you will find loops and loose ends in your carpet and it can be expensive to repair. There are also solutions for this. There are carpets especially made for cats with sisal rope that they can use for scratching. Now you can redirect that misbehavior to their own little scratching carpet.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is it reversible or single-use only?

A: Yes, you can turn the scratcher around and your cat will use the bottom side as top.

Q: How long will this scratcher last a cat?

A: If you got only one cat, the scratcher will last somewhere between 2-4 months, depending on how crazy the cat goes with the scratcher. With multiple cats, it will of course be quicker used up.

Q: What is the size of this device?

A: All the Home Scratchers come in different shapes and sizes, but generally they are around 9×16 or 9×19 inches in size.

Q: Does it make a lot of mess?

A: Naturally, anything that a cat is allowed to destroy is going to make some mess. Even the sisal rope scratching boards will in time release tiny rope particles or even entire strings of rope.

So yes, it is going to leave a mess. You have to think about the aspect where your cat potentially scratches your sofa or chair or wall to bits. How much effort and money is it going to take to fix that up again? I would think it is more than the actual cost of cleaning up some residue of a carton scratching board.

Pros
  • Sharpens your cat’s nails
  • Cats love to use it as a bed too
  • Keeps cats from scratching furniture or walls
  • Cheaper than the sisal rope versions
Cons
  • Leaves carton residue
  • Relative short lifespan compared to sisal rope scratching boards
Conclusion

The CatIt Home Scratcher makes your cat happy and healthy. No longer does your cat scratch your walls or furniture. Your cat will feel at home and have their dedicated place for scratching and even sleeping. Although the home scratcher leaves some residue after a scratching session, it is minimal to the damage that cats can do to your furniture and walls.

We have seen a great improvement when we added scratching tools to our household. Cats are now dedicating their scratching behaviour to these places only and no longer or at a minimal amount on unwanted places. It is now also very easy to redirect that misplaced scratching behaviour to the new place.

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Cats are excellent climbers whether that is a cupboard or a tree, but why do cats get stuck in trees?

Cats Are Excellent Climbers

Cats are extremely well at climbing. They can easily climb a cupboard or wall, as long as it has enough places to hook a claw into. The more natural approach to cupboards and walls is a tree.

The ancestors to the domestic cat was a cat of the jungle that used to live in the trees for a great part of the time. Trees offer an overview over your surroundings and are a safer place then the ground. Trees also offer you access to insects and birds, squirrels and other animals that are the natural prey for cats.

So if the ancestors of the domestic cat were so used to climbing up and down a tree, why is it then that the domestic cat looks like a scared little chicken up in that tree? It seems to be coming down to some form of anxiety. I will explain more about that below.

Function of the Cat’s Claw

A cat’s claw has a lot of functionality. They are there for catching prey and killing prey, but also for marking their territory. Naturally the cat’s claws are also meant for climbing. With all these different types of functionality, a cat uses wood to sharpen their claws often. A dull tool is after all not much worth for your survival.

The cat’s claws are designed in such way that they make climbing easier. There is like a locking mechanism at the thumb level, that keeps them in place on the tree. That is an advantage for climbing upwards, but a disadvantage for climbing downwards head down. Their claw’s positioning makes it simply impossible to climb down like they would when they go down your stairs at home. So the only way for a cat to climb down a tree is backwards, step by step. Usually with the last few meters being a free fall drop.

Why Do Cats Get Stuck In Trees?

If they are perfectly well capable to climb down backwards, why do cats still get stuck in trees? This is generally an anxiety issue. They might have followed that bird to the top branch at many meters above ground with only a small twig supporting their body weight. The branch might be moving very much in comparison to the little movement they used to balance themselves with.

So cats getting stuck in trees all comes down to them getting frightened of the situation they are in and not being able to back down the same way they came up the tree.

Prevent Your Cat From Climbing In A Tree

There are things you can do to prevent your cat from climbing in a tree. I am quite sure that organisations like the PETA would say that you should keep your cat indoors at all times. We do not believe that, because cats have just as many rights to wander outside as we humans do.

In the same time I understand perfectly well when someone who lives in a busy city decides to keep their cat indoors at all times. There are however solutions for those cats too to be outside, if one would want to offer that opportunity that is.

If your cat can go outdoors and you got trees in your garden, then the simplest method of prevention is to put special guarding fences on your tree. The fence will stop the cat from moving beyond it and push them back down to the ground again.

Another way of prevention is to install a cat patio (also known as catio) into your garden or connected to your house/flat. This way you can minimize the area of reach your cats have. Catio’s can be build from wood with a layer that protects your cats from getting out from all sides, or you could install a fence system from Purrfect Fence.

Alternatives for Indoor Cats

Indoor cats will still have to sharpen their claws/nails and would love a place they can climb into or perch from. Cat trees offer both in one solution, but there are also many cat scratching posts available.

If your apartment has a balcony or window, then there is also a possibility to attach a catio to that, so that your cats can still enjoy the outdoors while not being in danger of getting stuck in a tree.

Conclusion

While cats are excellent climbers, sometimes cats get simply too high and are too scared to get back down again. Their claws do help them to climb upwards, but are not of any help to get back down again. The added panic and fright they obtain from being up there and on unstable branches, makes that they cannot back down (which they are perfectly capable of) and get stuck in trees.

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Cat Habits by Steven - 1M ago

If you just got yourself a cat, you might be wondering how you will get the cat to like you. Today I will show you how to bond with a cat so that you in time can be the best of friends with your (new) feline.

Why Bond With Your Cat?

You wouldn’t have a cat, just to have it live by your side. You probably have a cat to have a nice companion by your side that has a mutual understanding of each other. Like you would do with any animal or human, you would try to bond with a cat. Bonding with your cat will be beneficial in that.

How To Bond With A Cat – Felicia the feral cat is now a cuddely cat. Learn Cat Body Language

First step in any relationship is to learn the body language. Cats do not really communicate that well vocally with us and we haven’t gotten as advanced yet in science to make something out of the meowing noise cats produce. Cats do however communicate with their bodies. This is very handy when they meet other animals. In due time you will see that your cat does also communicate with you through body language. It is all just a matter of knowing and seeing this. When you understand your cat better, it will be easier to communicate with your cat.

Cats use their entire body, but the most profound areas on a cats body are:

  • Ears
  • Tail
  • Hairs/fur

Cats ears will turn around, as they can turn their ears by 180 degrees. They can do this individually with each ear. Tails of a cat also tell a story about how they are feeling. Cats can also rise their hairs while being angry and tough looking.

Here is more to read on the function of cat ears: 6 Facts About Cat Ear Language or How Well Can You Read Your Cat?

Understanding body language is essential for a good start on the entire process of bonding with a cat.

Your Body Language

Just as important, if not more important, is to understand how you behave around your cat. Your body language will also be read by your cat and can tell whether you are a threat or a friend to them.

The most important areas on a big human body are:

  • your overall stress level (being relaxed around your cat is best) and feelings
  • your eyes
  • your mouth
  • accessoires, such as glasses
Feelings and Vibes

Being stressful around your cat is not going to help your cat. In fact most relationships suffer from stress-related issues. It is essential for good communication to feel relaxed and at peace. It isn’t just reducing the stress levels, but the overall way we feel about ourselves.

The funny thing in this is that people with allergies for cats or people that are afraid of cats, are often faster targeted by cats then the people who smile and look at the cat.

Your Eyes

Your eyes are the most important part of your body after the stress level situation. The eyes are what you can communicate best with to any animal. It is kind of the thing that animals by instinct are looking for when confronting each other. Just keep notice of that, you will see that most animals make decisions based on a long stare at you.

Your Mouth

Also part of your face is your mouth and it is also a main part of what an animal looks at when trying to determine whether you are a threat or safety. Not only is this about how you open your mouth or not, but it is also about how soft you speak and how calm your voice is.

To put it simple, shouting is not going to help you bond with your cat.

How To Bond With A Cat

With the previous important steps in mind, you will end up pretty well-trained to do the next job: actually bonding with a cat.

The bonding process is another one with a few steps to go through and it will definitely take some time before a bond is created. This time required depends on whether you got a domestic cat or a slight feral type of cat. If you had gotten yourself a pure feral cat, it can definitely take a lot of time getting used to each other. Felicia for example took us 2+ years before she became a cuddely lap cat. All other cats are more domestic then her and were way easier to communicate with.

The process of bonding goes through the following steps:

  1. Same Level With Them
  2. Eye Contact
  3. Food and Treats
  4. Playtime
  5. Let The Cat Come To You
  6. Know Where To Pet & Body Language
Same Level With Them

The very first step for creating a bond with a cat, is by going on the same level with them. You are most likely a rather large human in comparison to the small cat. So go and sit on the floor with them, then you are much closer to their level. In some cases (such as with training a feral cat) you might even have to go on eye level with them, meaning you probably need to lie down on the floor with your face at floor level.

Being small or smaller shows that you are not as much a threat as a big human (or big animal).

Eye Contact

While being at the same level with the cat, you should also do some tricks in the eye contact department. People that stare at a cat, usually do not get the cat’s attention, while the person that is ignoring the cat (perhaps afraid or allergic) will get the cat on their lap.

Try to not stare at the cat you are trying to bond with. Staring is seen as a threat or at least a situation where possibility between threat and friend are very close to each other. Show calm eyes and when the cat looks at you, slowly blink your eyes (while counting 21-22 in your head for reference on the speed). This slow blink should be very slow, so you could count 21-22 while doing so. If you keep your eyes more closed then open during those two seconds, you are on the right track.

Food and Treats

Now that you have established eye contact and a normal understanding that you are not a threat to the cat, it is time for the next step. Offer some food or a cat treat. NB no cat treats to kittens, only to adults. If you don’t know the cat, you will have to go trial and error on which treats or cat food might work for them.

You cannot expect them to eat from your hand straight away, so toss some dry kibble in the cats direction (although wet food is usually the absolute winner here). If the cat shows any form of interest, we are well on our way.

Playtime

The shy cats or feral cats under cats will not really come out when you give treats or food. They need a little more feeling about what you are plotting upon. If the cat has come out at the previous step, you can easily move on to Let the cat come to you and do the playing afterwards.

With a bit of playtime, you can bond a lot with a cat. We used this technique a lot with the feral cats we domesticated. Feral cats usually are underneath the sofa and feel threatened as soon as you come close to them. Patience is a big key there and giving food and treats and a bit of playtime has helped a lot, before they felt confident enough to come out and check us out.

You can start pretty simple with a toy on a stick with a wire. These can be pushed in their direction and pulled back towards you easily. Another great tip is to use a laser pointer. You are very much in control with these two toys and it is known that cats simply go wild on them. A shy cat might not be so wild on them, but will perhaps throw a paw at it and get in the playtime spirit. Give it lots of time. Repeat all these steps for several days and perhaps several times a day.

Let The Cat Come To You

Now that you did lure the cat out with some food, you will have to see if they are willing to come to you. If the cat is already out and coming to check you out, then you are well on your way. If the cat has not shown these signs yet, wait patiently. You can perhaps show that you want to cuddle them or play with them (see playtime). Another option is to use the kibble cat food to let them come closer and closer to you.

Patience is absolutely key in the entire process. You cannot force anything with cats, especially not feral cats.

Jenny Outside with Theresa Know Where To Pet & Body Language

You finally established a connection with the cat and now the cat is exploring the ways they can approve of you. They will usually circle around you with their body, bumping their body into yours. Sometimes the tip of the tail swirls around your leg. Other times they will smell your legs (pants) and push their fangs against them. A cat moving their body so close up to yours means that they are approving of you, but in the same time also putting their smells on you. They are actually marking property or territory on you. In the same time this means that they have approved of you. Now is your chance to pet the cat.

Cats are not like dogs, so understand the difference. You cannot really rough house with a cat and you should not (in most cases) stroke against the hair direction of the cat. The Safest way to pet your cat is from the top of the head towards the tail. No sides and no bellies! Often underneath their chin is fine and on the sides of their face. A lot of cats do not like to be touched on their tail, so try to avoid that a bit. Also avoid their whiskers, they are sensitive.

If your cat is a tad bit shy or has anxiety issues, it is a good idea to come to the cat from the back, behind the eyesight. We’ve seen feral cats run away in fear whenever someone tried to pet them with their hand coming at their face. Perhaps they fear that you will hit them. A surprising cuddle from above is more appreciated as long as it goes slow and easy.

Calm and easy is definitely key when it comes down to petting.

While you are petting the cat, watch their body language and try to understand what the cat is saying. Perhaps the cat will push the right body part into your fingers, asking for more cuddles “right there!”

A dog might swipe or waggle their tail when they are happy, the opposite is the case with cats. When a cat waggles or swipes their tail, they are usually upset and irritated. Change your petting behaviour or stop petting the cat if this is the case. A diving away head from your petting hand is also a sign the cat doesn’t want (more) cuddles.

It is also important to know that a cat has a threshold on how many cuddles they can receive. See it as a temperature or barometer where it starts with green and becomes yellow and then red in the end. Red marks the end of the cuddle session, the cat had enough and you better leave them in peace.

Tiger Asleep In Warm Catbed Give Your Cat A Place Within Your House

If this cat you are trying to bond with is more then just a cat, but actually YOUR cat, then you should consider implementing some dedicated places for your cat to relax at. As such you can think of cat beds to sleep, a cat tree to hang out in and toys that are only for your cat to play with. Treat your cat as a member of the family and you will see that bond grow quicker then ever.

A lot of cats are also very talkative, so you can very well talk back to them and communicate with them. The vocal talking might not straight away be a thing for every cat, but it usually grows with time when the bond with your cat grows stronger.

Have you got troubles with petting or bonding with a cat? Please write in the comments below. We would love to help you out and advise you on your situation!

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