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I would most certainly describe myself as a “cat person”. I live with two beautiful kitties that are very energetic. When the rainy weather starts, my cats spend a lot of time indoors and don't get a lot of activity. I was looking around for a toy that they would like playing with, but was also a little more interactive, so that they would not get tired or bored of it quickly.
|General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home|
|You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.|
|General Cat Care #2: Feeding|
|An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).|
Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.
Searching through several toys and treats, I settled on the Cat's Meow. This cool new toy has been a great addition to the toy box, and my cats love playing with it almost every day.
What is the Cat's Meow?
If you have yet to see the advertisements, this new kitty toy is a disc shaped sheet with a motor unit in the center that drives a wand around in a circle. The wand running under the nylon sheet simulates a mouse scurrying under a carpet, appealing to a cat's natural instinct to chase prey.
The motor will change directions and speeds at random, so that your cat will never know which way to turn or where it will go next. This will keep kitty entertained for a lot longer as it seems that the toy is alive and actively trying to get away.
Assembly and Quality of Materials
|General Cat Care #3: Grooming|
|Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs|
|General Cat Care #4: Handling|
|To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.|
|General Cat Care #5: Housing|
|Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.|
When I first received my order, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it wouldn't take more than a couple minutes to have the Cat's Meow up and running. After fitting in the 3 AA batteries that run the motor the toy was ready to go.
I was a little skeptical about the nylon fabric of the main sheet, but it seems that I was wring to assume that it would be torn apart easily. After three months of almost daily use, the nylon is still in pretty good shape, despite my cats best efforts to rip it apart.
The motor unit is strong and fairly quiet, and has not lost any of its power over the past few months, which I was very happy to note. I have gone through a lot of similar toys because they just seem to break down and stop working after a few weeks.
The only problem I can really think of is the length of the battery life. I will admit that the Cat's Meow gets a lot of action at our house, and is used almost daily. The first set of batteries that I used wore out after about two weeks, when I noticed that the little wand wasn't getting away from my cats anymore.
I now use rechargeable batteries, because it just seems like a more cost effective method than buying replacements every month, and its better for the environment as well.
Probably the most important question, will kitty like it?
I know that my cats have had a great time playing with the Cat's Meow, and have not gotten tired of it even after three months. When the weather starts to get wet outside I know that this toy will be even more popular than it is now.
|General Cat Care #6: Identification|
|If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.|
|General Cat Care #7: Litter Box|
|All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).|