Posts by the cat:

A starter set for cat newbies

what you need to buy for a catOnly a short update, I’m busy catifying my home.

I bought some food, a window screen, a second cat litter and transport bag. I don’t really know how good all these products are, but I’ve to start somewhere.

I asked the shelter what food they’re using. They told me that they don’t give any particular food: 1. most of the food is donated and 2. they want to avoid that the cats will get used to one brand. Great. I’ll try to continue that procedure and bought different brands. (more…)

Weekly review – week 12 (2015)

I thought about having a weekly review on Sundays. I’ll review what happened on my and on other blogs and announce my blogger of the week. And last, but not least: I try to link to all articles dealing with cats and mental health. I’m afraid it’s a very long review this week, because this whole blog thing is so new to me. There were so many things to learn and read! (more…)

Cat-proofing my home

cat proof fridge1. Fridge

I’ve to declutter the top of my fridge. A cat can easily jump onto the fridge from the microwave. I could probably avoid that by removing the shelf next to the fridge, but the fridge could be a nice place for my cats. They can even look out the window when sitting on the fridge.

I first thought about putting some pillows there, but I read that this could cause a fire: pillows and blankets could fall behind the fridge and block the air circulation. I’m not sure whether cats actually need a comfy surface. A basket with a pillow would be a great alternative if I make sure that the pillow can’t fall out. I’m wondering though if it’s too difficult to jump onto the fridge when a big basket is on top of the fridge.

A hammock would certainly be the best option, but I’d need to make some deep holes in the wooden ceiling. I’m only a tenant here and it’ll be impossible to kit the holes when I move out. Sigh. (more…)

Where to put the litter box?

I live in a strange old house. I really love living here, but the groundplan is sometimes driving me nuts a challenge. I tried to draw the first floor plan – I’m not sure whether all numbers and proportions are realistic, but you get the bigger picture. It’d be great if the litter box wasn’t in the kitchen, and here the real challenge begins.  The only place in the bathroom would be the shower. This could work, I’ve heard that many people do this. But wouldn’t it be great if everything had its own place? when-the-cat-is-away-houseMy blind ambitions will drive me to hell (hello, shrink?), because the hall is a nightmare. (more…)

How cats can improve mental health, part 1. Housekeeping

So far, this week hasn’t been my best. My mental condition varies quite often; there are good and bad days. It’s really nice to see that the good days become more and more frequent, but the last days have been the opposite. I was eager about this blog and social media, but didn’t manage to do anything else. I hardly slept, I didn’t eat healthy and I was staring most of the time. Ok, compared to last year, it’s great that I’m eager about something. There were times when I didn’t care for anything at all. (more…)

Funny cat games, anyone?

I need a break from all those cat considerations. Feels like I’m doing a scientific research on What to think about before getting cats. Maybe that’s what my shrink meant by saying that I spend too much time and energy on things? Well, she can be happy that I spend time and a lot of money on my therapy.

Maybe I should focus on why I wasn’t into cats earlier. Many years ago, my friend Ashley and her boyfriend got a kitten, Jeanny. To be honest, I didn’t like Jeanny. She was as crazy as kittens can be. I was actually a bit afraid of her, because she hurt me with her claws and tried to bite me. I know, she just wanted to play and felt probably very lonely, but I wasn’t into cat psychology back then. (more…)

Inside and outdoor cats

Øyhoppertur Mevær Fleinvær 14Sigh. I’m still a bit down because I’ll probably get indoor cats. Let me be clear: I know that indoor cats can be very happy (and outdoor cats unhappy). I also know that there’ll be a lot of advantages: indoor cats are safer and live longer. The risk of expensive vet costs diminishes. I don’t need to deal with ticks and other disgusting animals on a daily basis. It will give me a great peace of mind knowing where my cats are. I neither need to worry about cars nor crazy neighbors.

Here’s the problem: it just is not what I had imagined. One of the reasons why I wanted to have cats was independence and equality: (more…)

Cat laws regulating outdoor cats

This posting was supposed to be the last post sharing my general thoughts on getting a cat. I wanted to reflect on why I will let my cats go outside. My outdoor criterium was also why I couldn’t get cats from my local animal shelter: you may not adopt a cat without signing a contract that you will keep the cat as an indoor cat. The staff didn’t give any concrete reasons and mumbled something about their general policy. I’m a bit disappointed about their lacking communication, because I now know why the shelter prevents their cats becoming outdoor cats. (more…)

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