Kajsa and Tessa have 2 litter trays. I’m about replacing one of them, but I thought I could use the time with 3 boxes for some experiments. So for now they’ve 2 trays with their normal litter and a third with silica gel litter.
To make sure that I know what they like / dislike, the new litter is in a familiar box and location.
They’ve ignored the box for over a week now. They only use the two trays with their normal litter, although one of the boxes is now on a new spot. So I’m pretty sure that they don’t like the new litter (since box and location are familiar).
How long would you keep trying? Is one week long enough? I’ve one more litter I’d like to test, so I’m thinking of putting the silicate litter away. (I’m happy that I don’t have to trash it: my friend’s cat likes silicate litter, so he’ll get it). Do you have experiences with silica gel litter?
Hard to believe, but somebody actually asked me for advice after showing the video of Tessa ignoring my feeding arrangements!
I use a desk pad from IKEA as a mat for food bowls, and I’m very satisfied with it – perfect size, easy to clean and cheaper than the mats I’ve seen at local pet stores. Its bottom is corrugated and makes the mat sticky without damaging the floor.
Well. The best mat doesn’t help when your cat carries her food away. I know that some cats have very sensitive whiskers and won’t tolerate any kind of bowl. I also understand that carrying your “prey” to a better place is something instinctive and natural for predators.
WHAT I DON’T GET is why on earth they always have to eat on rugs ?! I’ve lived with Kajsa and Tessa in 4 different apartments, and they have always carried their food to the nearest rug. That being said, they only do that if their food consists of bigger bits. For a while, they liked mashed food, but now they deny any “porridge”. They’re picky eaters, and very good at long-lasting hunger strikes and terrorizing me. And yes, of course I’m totally under the paw.
I got so fed up with cleaning rugs that I gave them their very own “rug”: a bathroom mat which I can wash in the washing machine.
They actually accepted the mat and used it as a plate. However, the mat looks stupid in our current living room, and I kind of hoped that they’d stop eating on the carpet at some point… Sigh. Hope is a wonderful thing, isn’t it?
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I first didn’t want to write this post because I’m so tired of all the focus media spends on ideal bodies. We probably all agree that medical overweight (which is something way different to what society considers overweight) comes with serious health issues. That being said, I seriously believe that social pressure does more harm than good. This is a cat blog, so I won’t go into depth here, but just to name an example: in Helsinki, overweight persons do get a discount on water gymnastic courses. The idea is to encourage people suffering from overweight to work out, and swimming is a great way as it doesn’t put weight on joints!
However, I decided to post this anyways because I had to laugh when I saw this picture of Kajsa.
It’s funny how different you can look from a certain angle! And no, I don’t think it’s an “unflattering” picture because overweight is a health issue, not a cosmetic problem.
Kajsa: Of course I’m always beautiful, it doesn’t matter if I’m thick or thin. I want you to admire my perfect tail curve!
Kajsa here. I know that my indecision drives my human crazy, but I sometimes suffer from it as well. Mom came home with a very appealing box the other day. I was of course carefully considering whether it’s safe to go inside, but Tessa occupied the box immediately.
I had a closer look and decided that I also wanted to sit inside.
Can you tell that I’m annoyed? Obviously, Tessa doesn’t understand feline because she should see from my ears that I do not approve of her squatting.
Hmpf. Maybe I’ll try to attack her from behind?
Finally! Oh, I love this box! How very thoughtful of our human to buy a box and a bath mat! Oh yes, we cats love bath mats for a number of reasons. So comfy to sit on, so good to barf on!
A perfect day. So glad Mom bought this box and bath mat only for us! I also like its location – the middle of the dining table is an excellent spot to hang out! She sure won’t move the box to another spot or use it for something else now that we’ve showed that we like it alot!
Ever since Mom has seen pictures of Sphynx* cats, she’s been wondering how our skin looks like. However, we never thought she’d go so far to shave us!! Oh, the horror when we discovered that the evil vet did not only steal parts of our teeth, but also fur!
Our human says the vet shaved our legs because we needed infusions, but we’re not convinced. Maybe this vet has a secret additional income by selling our warm, soft, delicate and most beautiful fur?! We should at least get a big paycheck for all the hours we’ve spent washing our fur to keep it smooth and fluffy!
Our silly human is still wondering about our skin color. We’ve both white skin, and so do all cats Mom has ever met. Some Sphynx and Peterblad cats have darker skin colors, but have you ever met a cat with dark skin (except Peterblad and Sphynx cats)?
Phew! This has been a very exhausting week and I really need to rest this weekend.
My human said something about working hard today, some sort of “spring-cleaning” in Autumn. That probably involves a vacuum cleaner which in turn means that Kajsa will hide and let me in peace. Wonderful.
I’m sure Mom wouldn’t dare making the bed while I’m here? Especially since I build a very comfy den? She may clean all she wants as long as she leaves the bedroom to me. Fresh bedding is anyways overrated, she sure doesn’t want to miss out on all the fur I put on “her” blanket?
You’d think that we suffered enough by seeing a veterinary dentist. Now Mom had this crazy idea to take pictures of our teeth so that she can follow up on plaque and other changes. She got her photos, but not without a fight and a number of outtakes.
Do you remember K., the Australian intruder, who stayed at our place last fall? Mom sent this picture to her, and you’ll never guess her comment: “Kajsa looks like a guinea pig!”
What? I know they’ve a lot of crazy animals down there in Straya, but how can she mix up a cat with a guinea pig? Can’t she see my dangerous fangs, indicating that I’m a predator and not a silly herbivore? Bah. Rather than commenting on European cats, she should focus on animals in her environment. Hope that some nasty spider or snake pays her house a visit anytime soon. Chances are she’ll mix them up with a birdie or maybe a kangaroo.
The bandaged paw we showed yesterday was due to anesthesia. I was a bit surprised that only Tessa had bandages, but turned out that Kajsa wasn’t too tired for working hard on our way home – I found her bandages in her carrier, hehe.
Tessa again was very tired. Kajsa ate a lot when we got home, but Tessa didn’t even care about her favorite treats.
I was of course hysterical and wanted to nurse her. She sure was very tired because she let me put a blanket on her!
Unfortunately, I didn’t stop there and made her a hot-water-bag as well. Sigh. Will I ever learn? Of course Tessa didn’t appreciate my efforts and decided that she had enough. So instead of laying in a den, she sat on the cold floor while Kajsa chose a high spot.
The cold floor and height didn’t really calm me down, but I tried very hard to ignore my patients. They obviously didn’t appreciate my non-existing nursing skills. Sigh. And of course everything went fine. Kajsa didn’t fall, and Tessa found a new spot to hang out. Both were behaving normal today and expected that the flow of treats will continue.
I think I’ll ask the vet next time if I can also get a shot to calm down.