HOW TO: Buy or make cat toys

Cats are curious by their nature so it is really easy to create or buy toys for them to play with. The only criteria being that it can move or they can climb into it. For this reason, it is possible to interest them with things that one often has around the house. One of their favorite toys is a CARDBOARD BOX that they can either crawl through or hide in. Another favorite is a ball of YARN or a yarn string with several knots on one end. Since they love the smell of birds, REAL FEATHERS are also attractive to them. Any time I buy them a toy with feathers, they will play with it until all of the feathers are destroyed.

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Below you will find several photos: they show a few of my cats (who are available for adoption) playing with a few of their favorite toys which I have purchased. In addition, I have included a photo of a few small toys which my cats enjoy…

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MIDNIGHT playing with scratching floor toy (catnip sprinkled on cardboard) that has weighted plastic ball enclosed in outside ring.

MIDNIGHT playing with scratching floor toy (catnip sprinkled on cardboard) that has weighted plastic ball enclosed in outside ring.

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STRIPES playing with soft cloth catnip filled toy with feather tail

STRIPES playing with soft cloth catnip filled toy with feather tail

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BUTTERSCOTCH - playing on catnip sprinkled wooden ramp that has been stabilized over the bottom of a chair leg (NOTE: cats love to crawl & play in the long cardboard box  with both ends open that is located behind chair leg)

BUTTERSCOTCH – playing on catnip sprinkled wooden ramp that has been stabilized over the bottom of a chair leg (NOTE: cats also love to crawl & play in the long cardboard box with both ends open that is located behind chair leg)

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SMALL CAT TOYS - before & after Here are a few examples of small cat toys - The length of time the toy last depend on whether they like it or not - :-)

SMALL CAT TOYS – before & after
Here are a few examples of small cat toys – The length of time toys last depend on whether the cat likes it or not – 🙂

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Cats also like to climb and sit on high places so upper bookshelves, refrigerators and sunny windows are some of the places from which they like to watch the world.

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Although this is just a brief list of cat toys, I hope that it will get your creative juices flowing. Have fun getting to know your new pal…

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More cats available for adoption – July 1, 2013

Following is the third group of adult cats that I available for adoption – they would all make good friends / pets for anyone willing to care for them …

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WHITE PAW - a long-hair tortoise colored female cat - has good house manners and loves to cuddle and be brushed - she generally spends about a week inside and then gets the urge to go outside and is gone for several days - returns and pattern repeats - I only know when she wants to go outside when she goes out the door - I haven't figured out any pattern or reason for her comings or goings - it's just her way ...

WHITE PAW – a long-hair tortoise colored female cat – has good house manners and loves to cuddle and be brushed – she generally spends about a week inside and then gets the urge to go outside and is gone for several days – returns and pattern repeats – I only know when she wants to go outside when she goes out the door – I haven’t figured out any pattern or reason for her comings or goings – it’s just her way – spends either 100% of time inside or 100% of time outside …

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PAINT - a calico colored short-hair female cat - she has very good house manners and spends 75-90% of the time in the house - loves to snuggle in bed and under the covers in cold weather - enjoys brushing & likes to lie on her back and have her underside rubbed - nice purr - likes catnip & plays with cat toys

PAINT – a calico colored short-hair female cat – she has very good house manners and spends 75-90% of the time in the house – loves to snuggle in bed and under the covers in cold weather – enjoys brushing & likes to lie on her back and have her underside rubbed – nice purr – likes catnip & plays with cat toys

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DEEP WOODS GIRL - a short-hair calico colored female cat - she came to this property as an adult and has adjusted to the community - prefers to stay outside but likes to be petted & brushed - she will sit on my lap - also likes to sleep with me when I'm outside in a lawn chair - prefers to not be around a lot of other cats - but will eat in a community feeder - outside 100% of the time

DEEP WOODS GIRL – a short-hair calico colored female cat – she came to this property as an adult and has adjusted to the community – prefers to stay outside but likes to be petted & brushed – she will sit on my lap – also likes to sleep with me when I’m outside in a lawn chair – prefers to not be around a lot of other cats – but will eat in a community feeder – outside 100% of the time

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BLACK BOY - a short-hair black male cat with white spots on chest and neck - born wild on this property and has remained outside - will come when called & can be petted but prefers to live outside 100% of time - likes his "special" food and eats at outside feeder - gets along with other cats - good cat to keep unwanted "kritters" away

BLACK BOY – a short-hair black male cat with white spots on chest and neck – born wild on this property and has remained outside – will come when called & can be petted but prefers to live outside 100% of time – likes his “special” food and eats at outside feeder – gets along with other cats – good cat to keep unwanted “kritters” away

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MIDNIGHT - solid black short-hair - female cat - born on this property and is basically an inside cat - she has an independent nature and plays well by herself - would make a good apartment cat - likes catnip - spends 90-100% of the time in house - only goes outside once in a while and then only for a few minutes - likes to be petted - sleeps by herself

MIDNIGHT – solid black short-hair – female cat – born on this property and is basically an inside cat – she has an independent nature and plays well by herself – would make a good apartment cat – likes catnip – spends 90-100% of the time in house – only goes outside once in a while and then only for a few minutes – likes to be petted – sleeps by herself

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GRAY STRIPES GIRL - a coarse, short-hair female cat that likes to come in the house in the am to eat special food - spends rest of the day outside - friendly and also likes to be petted - spends 90% of the day outside & sleeps outside

GRAY STRIPES GIRL – a coarse, short-hair, gray & white colored female cat that likes to come in the house in the am to eat special food – spends rest of the day outside – friendly and also likes to be petted – spends 90% of the day outside & sleeps outside

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If you are interested in adopting any of the 18 cats in this blog, please send me the name of the cat you are interested in & your contact information to my e-mail @ patricia_75711@yahoo.com

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Thank you…

HOW TO: Feed cats

I have been feeding a large number of cats for more than a decade and have found the following to be the best. Over the years I offered them a wide variety of foods and have finally settled on a few that they all seem to like. I have chosen these both for their nutritional value and what my cats will eat. Some of the cat foods that have been widely marketed just aren’t liked by my cats so I don’t use them.  Yes, I do spoil them and they love it. They are healthy, happy cats.

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DRY CAT FOODS:

1) Whiskas – either variety

2) Friskies/Purina – any variety

3) IAMS – either of the original varieties

WET CAT FOODS:

1) Whiskas pouch – any variety

2) Friskies 5oz cans – the shredded, flaked, meaty bits & fillets

3) IAMS 5oz cans – shredded, flaked, meaty bits & fillets

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HOW MUCH TO FEED CATS:

It has been my experience that cats do not overeat IF they know that they will be fed regularly. It is for this reason that I have dry food available (for my in-house cats 24/7). I only feed my outside cats once a day (in the morning between 7:00am – 10:00am). This way their food is gone by late afternoon so the raccoons (I live out in the country) will not be encouraged to visit during the night.

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Following is a good pattern to start with (as this is what is familiar to them) – then adjust as you & your cat get to know one another and your lifestyle …

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FEEDING PATTERN (DRY CAT FOOD):

1/2 cup of Friskies dry food

1/2 cup IAMS dry food

1/2 cup Whiskas dry food

(either offer all three daily or feed two of the three choices – alternate daily – per cat)

FEEDING PATTERN (WET CAT FOOD):

1/3 can of IAMS wet food

1/3 portion of Whiskas pouch

1/3 can of Friskies wet food

(offer one of the above daily between 7:00am – 10:00am daily (store unused portion of food covered in refrigerator) – per cat)

WATER

2-3 cup bowl filled with fresh water at least once a day

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CATNIP

I generally sprinkle catnip on cat scratching toys about once a week – usually keeps them happy for several hours

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If you have any specific questions, please let me know and I will do my best to answer you.

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More cats available for adoption – June 24, 2013

Following you will find the 2nd group of cats I have available for adoption:

These cats have also been spay or neutered & have either found my property of been born on the property.

All of these cats are at least 1 year old and would make wonderful pets as they like to be petted…

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Pipsqueak - short-hair tortoise colored female cat (about 2 years old) likes to stay close to your feet when you walk - soft meow - likes to snuggle in bed any time available - inside 75% of the time

PIPSQUEAK – short-hair tortoise colored female cat (about 2 years old) likes to stay close to your feet (and under long gowns) when you walk – soft meow – likes to snuggle in bed any time available and wants to be petted all the time – inside 75% of the time

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Baby Girl - black/white short-hair female cat - about 2 years old - vision in only left eye - partially/completely??  blind in right eye - dropped off on property as a skinny, adult cat but bigger/healthy now - very loving cat & snuggles in bed at night -  sometimes likes to go outside - still timid but will now stand up to other cats - inside 85% on time

ADOPTED – March 2014: BABY GIRL – black/white short-hair female cat – about 2 years old – vision in only left eye – partially/completely?? blind in right eye – dropped off on property as a skinny, adult cat but bigger/healthy now – very loving cat & snuggles in bed at night – sometimes likes to go outside and can climb trees – fearful when in new surroundings but very smart & adapts quickly – can be timid around new cats but will now stand up for herself and others give her space – inside 85% on time

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Stripes - blue eyed (dad mixed Siamese) solid white, male cat with striped tail - pink nose typical of white cat - per vet - "sensitive to sunburn" - inside 50 - 75% of time - loves to run & play outside - about 1 year old -brother of Seal - still loves to suckle at nighttime

ADOPTED – 8-31-2013: STRIPES – blue eyed (dad mixed Siamese) solid white, short-hair  male cat with striped tail – pink nose typical of white cat – per vet – “sensitive to sunburn” – inside 50 – 75% of time – loves to run & play outside – about 1 year old -brother of Seal – still loves to snuggle & suckle my arm at nighttime

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GREEN-BROWN EYES: long-hair, calico colored female cat with one green eye and one brown eye - very soft fur - loves to be petted & be brushed - prefers to live outside - very independent cat that keeps her fur extremely clean - even though quite long - outside 100% of the time

ADOPTED – March 2014 : PATCHES – GREEN-BROWN EYES: long-hair, calico colored female cat with one green eye and one brown eye – very soft fur – loves to be petted & brushed – prefers to live outside – very independent cat that doesn’t like to be carried – she keeps her fur extremely clean even though quite long – outside 100% of the time

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Seal - Mixed short-hair Siamese female cat with blue eyes (dad mixed Siamese) - about 1 year old - sister of Stripes - has exotic personality but good in-house cat - likes to be petted, brushed & sleep with me at night - in house 75% of the time

SEAL – Mixed, short-hair Siamese, female cat with blue eyes (dad mixed Siamese) – about 1 year old – sister of Stripes – has exotic personality and very smart – can open doors if not closed tightly – good in-house cat – likes to be petted, brushed & sleeps with me at night – in house 75% of the time

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BUTTERSCOTCH - male, long-haired tan cat - very gentle cat that likes to be in the house and loves to be petted - gets along well with other cats as long as not too aggressive - spends 75 - 90% of time in house or on screened porch

BUTTERSCOTCH – male, long-haired tan cat – very gentle cat that likes to be in the house (very good house cat) and loves to be petted – gets along well with other cats as long as they are not too aggressive -likes to snuggle in bed at night – spends 75 – 90% of time in house or on screened porch

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That’s all for group 2 – if you are interested in adopting any of my adult cats please leave me an e-mail message with your phone number…

HOW TO: Successfully transition adult cat to “new” family

Over the years I have been able to successfully introduce adult cats into my community of cats. The blessing of adopting an adult cat is that you know what you are getting. If a cat is adopted from someone who has lived with them for a period of time, their behavior and manners are known facts. Once you get to know them, you will see that they are filled with affection and that they will bring you many moments of joy. These are priceless gifts. It has been my experience that kittens sometimes turn into challenging adult cats. As with life changes in people, all transitions take time & patience – let me repeat that: it takes time & patience, but adopting an adult cat is really worth the effort. A real win-win situation for all involved.

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STAGE ONE:  Realize that cats are subject to emotional trauma and adjusting to change takes time. When you first bring the cat to your family you will need to keep it in a separate room for 1-3 months. You will know when the cat is ready for additional space. (More on that in a little while.) This room will eventually become its “safe” place. In this area you need to have available 24/7 the following: fresh water, dry food  and clean cat litter. In addition, there need to be places for the cat to hide (remember that cats like to climb), a scratching pole, and enough floor space for a few rolling toys. I also usually keep a cardboard box lined with old towels & a warm, partially filled hot water bottle in the room at night. Some cats like to sleep in a box like this. The room I use is a – storage room near the living area of my house (with wall shelves & screened window). It has worked well for me several times. You need to visit the cat once to twice a day while it is living in this controlled environment. At first, the cat will hide from you. As it gets used to your voice (always speak the same greeting gently to the cat and knock on the door before entering the room) and the fact that you bring it food & water that hiding will get less and less. I keep dry food & fresh water available 24/7. I have never had a problem with my cats overeating. I normally start with having only dry food available 24/7 for a couple of days and then add moist food (about 1/3 can or 1/3 package) as a breakfast treat every day. I rarely give cats treats – have found that most don’t like treats – but would rather have catnip a couple times a month as their special treat.

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STAGE TWO: One of the reasons that a storage room works well, to acclimate an adult cat, is because the cat can hear the activities/sounds in your house. Cats have very good hearing and quickly adapt to your environment. When the cat is ready to explore more of your house, it will start to visit with you when you come to feed it. When this happens you need to begin petting the cat and speaking softly to it more. Keep it in the closed room during this time as the cat is still not ready to explore the rest of the house – it is just getting used to you & your patterns. During this time you can also begin to brush your cat and play with it. Cats really love to chase a piece of yarn with a knot in the end. After this second stage has been going on for several days you are ready to transition to stage three.

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STAGE THREE: Now is the time to open the door to the cat’s room in the morning after you feed breakfast and have playtime with it. If possible, observe the cat from another part of the house (where it can’t see you) and see if it comes out of its room within an hour of the door opening. If it does, then it is starting to get ready for exploration. If it doesn’t, then it isn’t ready yet. You will need to wait a few more days and try again. For several days to a week you will see that your cat runs back to its room for safety or to sleep. This is normal and it is probably good to continue to close the cat in its room at night for at least one more week.

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STAGE FOUR: Your cat is now ready to begin its life with your family either as a house cat or as an outside cat. Now you can either keep the feeding & cat litter in its present location or move it into another part of your house. Keep the same feeding patterns that you have been using up to now. This is not a good time to make any other changes to the cat’s pattern. If you decide to change anything other than the food or litter, wait at least a month after allowing your cat free range. Remember that it takes time to adjust to change so go slowly with any other changes that you make. That will be easier on both you and your cat. Also, I would continue to allow your cat free access to its safe room and would not close that door any more. It knows you and your patterns and will choose where it wants to live/sleep. It now feels safe with you and knows that you will feed it, take care of it and play with it. The initial bonding work is now done.

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Congratulations!  May you find as much joy with your cat as I did with it when it was my cat.

Cats available for adoption – June 19, 2013

Garfield - short-hair male cat - came to property as an adult - wild but wanted to be part of community - very friendly and likes to sit in lap & be petted - would be good house cat if only cat but doesn't have good manners if in house with other male cats - otherwise good outside cat - but needs to be petted ... currently outside 100% of time

GARFIELD – short-hair male cat – came to property as an adult – wild but wanted to be part of community – learned to get along with other cats on property – very friendly and likes to sit in lap & be petted – will come and sit on my lap when I am outside resting –  would be good house cat if only cat, but doesn’t have good manners if in house with other male cats – otherwise good outside cat – currently outside 80% of time – often sleeps on screen porch at night

Tortoise girl - small, short-hair, tortoise colored female cat - about 3 years old - distinctive meow - timid but likes to be petted - other cats look out for her - outside 100% of time

TORTOISE GIRL – small, short-hair, tortoise colored female cat – about 3 years old – distinctive meow – timid but likes to be petted – other cats look out for her – outside 100% of time

Gray Boy #2 - short-hair male, gray cat about 3 years old - walks with a crooked back - likes to be petted but does not want to come inside house - good outside cat - outside 100% of time

GRAY BOY #2 – short-hair male, gray cat about 3 years old – walks with a crooked back – likes to be petted but does not want to come inside house – good outside cat – outside 100% of time

Speedy - black, short-hair male cat - about 3 years old, high energy (which is why he is skinny) - runs everywhere, but likes to sit in my lap and be petted - very possessive when on my lap - doesn't want any other cats to be near when it is "his" time - outside 90% of the time

SPEEDY BOY – black, short-hair male cat – about 3 years old, high energy (which is why he is skinny) – runs everywhere, but likes to sit in my lap and be petted – also likes to sleep on my lap when I am outside stargazing – very possessive when on my lap – doesn’t want any other cats to be near when it is “his” time – outside 90% of the time – spends some nights on screened porch

Midnight - solid black, short-hair female cat with white mark on neck - doesn't like other cats but likes to sit on my lap - prefers to be outside but is very affectionate & friendly when no other cats are around - outside 75% of the time

BLACK WOODS GIRL – solid black, short-hair female cat with white mark on neck – doesn’t like other cats but likes to sit on my lap – prefers to be outside but is very affectionate & friendly when no other cats are around – outside 90% of the time

Squeaky - solid white colored, short-hair, male cat with squeaky sounding meow - inside/outside cat - loves to snuggle (note: pink nose is typical in white cats - per vet "sensitive to sunburn" - 75% indoor cat)

SQUEAKY – solid white colored, short-hair, male cat with squeaky sounding meow – inside/outside cat – loves to snuggle – will nudge me with his nose when he wants to be petted  (note: pink nose is typical in white cats – per vet “sensitive to sunburn” – 75% indoor cat)