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u/DinkaAnimalLover · 2 pointsr/Rabbits

Don't give up on him! Give him a chance - he is not trying to be a bad bunny, it's hormones... you can fix this! Let me help with a few suggestions.


Firstly you need to get him neutered! He is reached the age when he is hormonal and he can't help it....Getting him neutered will help this and many other things. It's imperative! I can share info on where to look for a vet and post op care and everything. It really is the absolute best investment you can make into his/her happy and healthy future. :)

In the short term give him a stuffed animals to take some frustration out on.


Secondly a 36 inch space is not enough - he is frustrated with lack of space and acting out, try to expand it with a dog play pan ('ll suggest what you use for flooring below). You need a taller xpen so he can't jump out - 42 inches should be enough and it's under $50. Consider doing something like this and this. They are using a large dog crate (though you could use the one you have) and attached an xpen. The person kindly shared their set up and how they made it in this thread. You can use zipties to attach the xpen to the crate with ease. Or you can use the NIC griids you have to expand the space but just make them taller (again use zipties to attach).


For flooring I got just the thing for you! :)

  1. I highly suggest this indoor/outdoor rug - it is easy to clean, inexpensive, and due to a tight weave hard to chew. A lot of bunny parents on here use it and love it. :)
    1. This one chew and dig-proof, but if needed you can flip it upside-down and it's even more so. .. been tested.
    2. You can also get another one for when you let him out to explore to place over the carpet he loves to chew.
  2. If he loves to dig though don't deny him, provide a good alternative instead on top of the rug below in one spot - these seagrass mats - they are safe and awesome.
  3. Also try placing tiles (scraps are cheap) over spots he loves to chew temporarily, or weighed down boxes even.
  4. Giving toys and things that are actually meant for digging and chewing will prevent the carpet digging (as in more targeted toys) - try to provide a box full for shredded paper to dig like this in or a cat scratcher like this one or something like this.

    No we have come to the last and most important point - bunnies are smart and they need toys to entertain them and stay out of trouble. In the absence of good things to chew they will chew the other things - chewing and digging is their natural instinct, so the solution is not to spot them, but to provide alternatives specifically meant for them to chew and dig and to reinforce them using it. Bunnies are very food-motivated so you can use food to train them to do what you want them to do. :)

  5. I will mention some things to buy and make for toy for your bun below - don't think you need to get everything - start with some basic things and rotate toys to keep him interested. But the most important thing is reinforcing and redirecting. Bunnies unlike cats and dogs don't understand negative reinforcement or discipline at all, it scares them and actually leads to the opposite of desired results. But they do really understand positive reinforcement and build positive associations when you redirect bad behavior and reward good behavior. So you have to actively and diligently train the bunny overtime not to chew and dig the wrong things. Anytime you see digging or chewing, immediately try to offer a toy or some alternative instead and reward with a small treat when it works. This does need to be done very diligently each time you see him do things like that.

    So what to give as toys?

  6. You say he likes to dig on your bed, provide to him a blanket or something you keep on your bed specifically for him - reinforce when he hops that that is his spot, he can dig that special blanket you give him just for him.
    1. Also give him a stuffed animal - so he doesn't feel lonely, that usually helps.
  7. Bunnies like exporting type toys - tunnels, cardboard houses, willow and hay balls, chews, and treat puzzles . The two thread below have examples:
  8. Also a couple suggestions below that are my personal favorites and all buns tend to enjoy:
    1. Treat/pellets ball - feed pellets in it vs a bowl
    2. Nesting cups - hide little treat bits between stacked cups, I have not met a bun who doesn't love these
    3. Plastic slinky - most buns love these
    4. Play house
    5. Dig box
  9. Also try homemade things - the best I found was an empty egg carton stuffed wit favorite greens for him to figure out how to open. :)
    1. Or something like this
    2. Or a homemade castle like this person did - she has instructions on how to make one, send her a message.
  10. Chew toys specifically - there are what you need to get to offer as alternatives to him chewing furniture!
    1. Willow and hay balls are great - good quality ones here
    2. They also have these logs where you can hide treats and pellets for fun - the bun would love to chew those I think and they last too. :)
    3. Great quality toys that are super fragrant and yummy to chew here
    4. And thicker good chew sticks here


      Why neutering is essential:

      It will help with the territorial hormonal behavior you may be seeing for sure but more than anything it will also tremendously improve you boys quality of life... imagine how frustrated you would be if you could not act on your instincts ever, and his are making a lot of little babies and he can never do that.. that is not the best thing for a bun. That in addition to litter habits and long term health (risk of testicular cancer and inflammation) are all reasons why I think neuter is worth it. Keep in mind though that after neuter, it takes about 4 to 6 weeks for the boys hormones to subside, so the behavior change won't be instant, but it will come.

      Neutering is a simpler and less risky (less costly) procedure than spaying, which is a big plus for boys. rescue! Do not hesitate! It is worth the risk and the cost!

      Take a look at this thread for a great summary of a personal account

      Having said this, picking a GOOD rabbit savvy vet is really key here. I would not go with the cheapest, not most expensive, but really try to get a good experience vet for bunnies and then ask for the cost (btw they offer payment plans).

      Try to google your local rabbit rescues, see what the closest House Rabbit Society chapter is. Dedicated rabbit rescues do a lot of spays and neuters (they never leave the buns unfixed) so they can always recommend a good and well priced vet. Often you can find this info right on their websites (look in different sections there) but if not an email with a question will get you a response. Also here you can also find a list of rabbit savvy vets by state to cross reference the info:
u/salire · 53 pointsr/TheGirlSurvivalGuide

Your questions aren't silly! It's great that you're thinking about how you can make you both comfortable before you dive into a new situation. Always set yourself up for success! :)

> do I buy a litter box/food/scratch-post before I plan to bring a cat home?

That's generally a good idea, yes. Means less stress for both of you as you're scrambling to get everything ready for him. You might ask the shelter what food the cat has been eating, as cats can get an upset tummy when switching brands/types. Not a big deal, but he will have poops that are a bit stinkier/liquidier than normal poops. That should alleviate within the week. You can lessen the tummy troubles by doing a more gradual change, mixing the food he is currently on with the food he will be on more and more, until he is eating what you want him on. But you can honestly just do the change, too, and just deal with the sadpoops for a little while.

I suggest a couple of different scratching posts, if you have the space! Cats like having options, like a horizontal post and a vertical one. Cats also like being high up, so if you can swing a tall post with platforms, he will probably like that.

Get two litter boxes! A lot of people don't realize it, but the rule of thumb for number of litters you should have is NumberOfCats + 1. So, 1 cat + 1 = 2 boxes. Clean them often. Cats are very clean creatures (especially compared to dogs) and are MUCH more likely to have accidents when they feel they do not have a better option than peeing in your bed. That's not their fault. You wouldn't want to step on your own pee/poop either! If you have problems with litter getting kicked out of the box, a litter mat can be helpful.

> Do I need to buy a carrier for the cat?

Yep. You'll eventually need to take him to a vet in all likelihood, and a carrier will make that so much easier, as most cats despise the car. I recommend a hard carrier. The softer ones seem nicer in general, but the hard carriers are easier to clean out, and you never know how a cat will be in the car until... well. They're in it. One of our cats poops and pees every. single. time. So he always gets the hard carrier.

> Should I contact a vet before I get the cat?

The shelter might require you to have a vet already, so I'd probably at least pick one out from google search. They might require you to go get a checkup, but probably not. That's more of a rescue thing, I think. Most shelters have their own in-house vet, so it's not really necessary. Don't be afraid to contact the shelter if he seems to be coughing and wheezing. Upper respiratory infections are very common in shelter environments due to the crowded nature of them, but they are also very treatable, and the shelter will be able to give you medication for him.

> How do I train a cat?

Someone mentioned Jackson Galaxy, who I generally agree is pretty good for training if you have some problems. But most of the time, cats are pretty out-of-the-box ready pets. That is to say, if you have an environment that is good for cats (where you let them have some space, where you don't make a huge amount of loud noise, where they aren't prodded and poked at constantly), they generally don't need training. We've fostered tiny kittens that automatically knew how to use the litter box. We also have boy cats who were not fixed until well into adulthood and have never had problems spraying.
It's instinct to go in the box, especially once they're fixed and don't need to mark territory really.

> For those of you who own a cat/cats, any advice for this first-timer?

Give both of you time to get to know each other. Don't force it. He will come to you, given time and space, and you'll be able to cultivate a better relationship built on trust and mutual respect if he knows that you won't force him to do things that he doesn't want to do (especially at first--think about it like building a friendship with a person; you would trust your friends to do things that you would never trust a stranger to do, and it's the same for him).

Cooing and gentle words are generally pretty good for coaxing, as is letting him smell your hand/something that smells like you before you approach for pets. Think about it like introducing yourself. You wouldn't go up to someone you didn't know well and just touch them without at least saying hi.

Every cat I have ever known, male or female, fixed or not, will pee in a pile of anything if it is left long enough. They see it as 'trash,' and I think it just registers as litter. So, if you are the type to leave clothes on the floor... I would try to stop that.

Keep nails trimmed. Scratching posts are for sharpening nails, which is an instinct that they have to fulfill, and you're giving them an outlet for. Some people think it's for 'filing' the nails down, but it's not. It's for keeping them sharp enough to get prey. You'll have to trim them.

And this is just my own personal opinion, but... young--but not kitten--boy cats are best for first timers. I have one girl, and I absolutely adore her, but she is very high maintenance/prissy/touchy, whereas my three boys are all pretty chill. Each cat is different though, so obviously your mileage may vary! It's just something I've noticed in general in my time of owning and fostering cats, that boys are more laid back/forgiving than girls (and thus I think a little easier for a first timer). Young adults are also great for first timers because you have less accidents (though that's generally not a big concern anyway) and they're more able to be on their own for longer periods of time. Older adults/seniors are great too if you want a really, really chill, more stand-offish cat, or if you want a cat that you'll have for <10 years, but if you want a little more energy and time, a cat that's about 1-2 years old is a GREAT way to go.

Some toys that are great for cats include the classic laser pointer, the feather toy, catnip toys, and crinkle balls.

Cats prefer to drink away from where they eat, so place his food bowl and his water bowl apart from one another! Some cats also prefer running water to still water, so if you notice your cat likes drinking out of the faucet (or if you just want to spoil your cat like I spoil mine...) you can get a water fountain for him!

Finally, if it's not working out for some reason, like your personalities just don't mesh well... take him back. I know it sounds hard, but it's best for him if he is in an environment where he is understood and his needs are met. There's no sense in forcing both of you to be miserable. Some shelters let you do a foster-to-adopt sort of thing, where you sort of try each other out for a bit. I like this option, because you hope for the best, but it feels a little bit easier to tap out if you need to. Either way, there's no shame in tapping out. Sometimes things just don't work the way you thought they would.

Sorry for the novel, but I wanted to be as thorough as I could. My parents recently got their first cat, and it's been... an ordeal for them, getting used to it.
It's great that you have some experience with cats though, so I think you'll be fine! Seriously, cats are sort of the next level up from a goldfish as far as easiness. Should be fine.

I hope you and your new furbaby are super, super happy together! :)

u/imalittlepiggy · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

YAY! I love cats, and am commonly described as "a cat lady" if that helps you take my suggestions a little seriously... hehe.

First I recommend figuring out the species of the cat, and look up personality traits of them. Sometimes cats are super attention whorey and some keep to themselves mostly. Just be prepared for whatever yours is, and don't try to force it to be otherwise. Not that you would, of course, but yeah.

My cats loooooooove to play with balls. More so than cat-nip mice and stuff. They like the little tennis balls and basketballs (those are made out of the stress-ball type material) and they like them because they can use their claws to throw it around! Also any wand, but they looove feathers. My cat will eat rubber bands so she's not allowed to play with them. Make sure to keep an eye on what she eats/plays with! Also they love the sit n spin it seriously is their favorite. Our cats also love bags of all types, and boxes of course, but I think they just like small spaces. We usually keep a few of these tent like things around, the ones we get at walmart are less than five dollars and usually last a few months before being destroyed.

Some cats really like to climb or be up high. You just gotta let them. Usually if you have a few spots they can get at, they'll keep away from the no-no zones. Try not to punish the cat for doing cat-things. It's sad when I see friends who I thought were great with animals yell at their cats for just doing their thing. I also recommend getting a specific scratchy thingy for her, whether it's just the cheapo cardboard ones (as low as $3 at walmart) or a fancy pants tree thingy. But usually if they have a designated space they won't scratch much else. If they do instead of spraying them with a waterbottle, pick them up and place them in front of/on their designated scratcher. That's the best way they learn that.

Also cats don't respond well to being punished like dogs do. They don't understand that their actions correlate with what you're upset about. They just think you get scary is all. The best way to "punish" a cat or "train" it to not scratch/swipe/bite is to blow in their face. It's not super threatening but will establish you as Alpha (they do have a "pecking order") and it won't scare them like yelling does. My cat was abused and a little shit to people, but in less than a year she shaped up with the blowing on her face thing. She responds well to it now still, and she's warmed up to people. I recommend you make sure everyone who visits your house knows your rules on how to treat the cats- I've yelled at people before for fucking with my kitties too much, that's how cats get mean!!

Also the cat will probably take some time to get used to you. Don't push it. That's the best way to become besties really fast! Let her come to you, let her decide when she's done being pet or sitting in your lap. It'll build trust between you too. :) And also be careful with picking her up, some cats hate it (my bf's cat haaaates it, when he was a kitten my bf's friends wouldn't let him escape so now he freaks out every time someone grabs him. Definitely should not do that haha).

Also be wary that cats are suuuper allergic to garlic. Therefore people food is extremely dangerous to them. Chocolate doesn't really bother them, but most cats won't eat it. Also lots and lots of cats don't actually like fish or tuna flavors! My kitty only eats chicken flavor treats, but she'll drink the water from a tuna can (not the meat, she's weird) so just be watchful when you start buying her food. They won't eat if they don't like it. Little shits (hehehhehe) Also along that topic, they have super super sensitive tummies and often puke just from eating too fast! So be careful of that too hehe. But treats and nip will make the kitty know you're someone to warm up to really fast, hehe. Even if it doesn't seem like it at first and is shy from you. Also try and get it in the same room as you when you feed it for the first bit, they'll realize you control food then too.

Only other thing I can think of is to "cat-proof" your house. My kitty tears up anything paper, including my ex roommates homework if left out, toilet paper, newspapers, posters, etc. Bf's cat just lays on paper but they both have eaten through plastic bags and attempt to open cupboards and doors, we had to get child locks for our pantry. Consider those things and remember a cat is ornery and mischievous so don't get too mad at it for it's nature. (once again, not that you will, but sometimes people forget!) just blow on it and get it away from the area it's been naughty in if it does get into something. Also if it's a boy and it sprays, ask your vet what you can do to help that. Some cats are hopeless once they start, but some only react when upset/nervous/sad/scared/angry. Also, clean the litterbox as much as possible. even with one cat everyday is best, but every other day or every three days can be enough. cats will poop on the floor only as a last resort, but will as opposed to a messy litterbox. maybe consider even getting two boxes if you have the space! to cut back on smell use extra baking soda in the litter, clean often, and get the tall box covers for the litter boxes. my cats won't poop without them too, they like the privacy as well hehe.

Really cats that young adjust well, and once you build trust they should be pretty great little friends. You should like you're totally set for this, I'm sure you'll be a great kitty mommy!! And holy WOW, Sorry that this is like a hundred years long.... I just really fucking love cats. Also watch "my cat from hell" because it's funny and usually you can learn a thing or two. Also doing any other research on cats/your cat is good. Of course. :) YAY HAPPY NEW KITTY BABY DAY FOR YOU!!!

u/littlestray · 3 pointsr/Pets

There's already been a lot of great advice here, but I want to stress that should your parents engage in abusive behavior again (such as the slapping and throwing) and even just the neglect of tossing the cat outside and leaving care up to you (if they fail to scoop/maintain litter, food and fresh water), report them to animal welfare. This could be an SPCA or other similar welfare organization, but NOT animal control and it's best to go straight to an animal welfare organization than the police (who are more concerned with people).

You've made mention that things for animals (like shelters) aren't so good in your country, it may help us help you with recommendations on humane resources if you mention what country that is (and if you're comfortable, smaller area like province/state/et cetera).

A lot of the kitten's behavior (being a 24/7 pain in the ass) is normal and expected, and they'll be a handful for most of their youth. A kitten is considered a cat by one year but it may take two or even three years to mellow out into a full grown cat personality. However since they've been separated from their mom and litter mates too early it's on you to provide the extra care they need until they're of weaning age, so be sure to do plenty of research on providing care to an overly young kitten. It's been over five years since I raised my last litter so I'll leave further advice on that to others.

Additionally, you can easily never buy cat toys. Mine loves just plain ole straws, many thoroughly enjoy other "garbage" toys like crumpled paper or crumpled aluminum foil, hair ties, milk caps, et cetera. The only mandatory "cat toy" will be the cat scratcher. There are all types, even just corrugated cardboard. If you wanna get fancy when they're a bit older if you can't find a better home, these turbo scratchers are amazing.

Good on you for stepping up to the plate, good luck in training your parents. I hope you also have access to therapy and a strong support system (like good friends). Best wishes.

u/megangigilyn · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.

I'm very sorry to hear about your baby. I went through something similar a few years ago. My standard poodle, Abner, was my first pet. We adopted him from the humane society and he was awesome, though a tad neurotic.We then adopted Nellie, another standard poodle who was similar to Abner but very hyper. We all grew up together and bonded and they saw me through so much, my parents divorce, my adopted brother coming home, moving multiple times, and the death of my great grandmother. No matter what happened, they were always there. Abner got old, and by the time he was 16 we decided he had to be put down. He was just getting too old and really had an issue moving around and living like we had wanted him to live. It was one of the hardest days of my life. Exactly one week later Nellie suddenly passed away. We found her vomiting blood and immediately took her to the vet. There were xrays and blood samples taken and the vet determined that she had eaten a string and perforated her intestines. There was nothing she could do. So we had to put her down as well. Losing two of my babies in a one week span was the most horrible thing I have ever had to go through.

I now have two dogs and two cats. Millie is a one year old boxer and drives me crazy on a daily basis. But I love her all the same. Sandy is a goldendoodle and my love. She is so calm and collected and seems to know exactly what your saying at all times. I call her my noodle. Malachy is a two year old Maine Coon Cat and also drives me crazy. She constantly knocks things over on my desk and scratches at my door. But again, I love her anyway and she always is there to cuddle with me when I need it. Moxie is my big baby. He is my first ever cat and litereally the cuddliest cat I have ever met. We adopted him from the same humane society where we adopted Abner. I also now volunteer there. He sleeps on my chest every night and is a bed hog. He has huge double paws and can't retract his claws so he clicks when he walks across the floor. I adore all of them.

My cats would really love this but because it's on the higher side of the price spectrum, they would also like this. Either one would provide a nice replacement to their now almost ripped to shreds scratcher. They love to play!!

My favorite pictures are the one her as a puppy, and one of her playing in the snow. It shows her at two different periods in her life, and having both of those pictures would provide a nice balance. Thank you for the lovely contest and I wish you nothing but the best. :]

u/jsmith2447 · 6 pointsr/SiberianCats

The Molly and Friends tree looks nice but if you're going to spend $350 on a cat tree you could also check out Contempocat:
We splurged on our floor to ceiling cat tree for the same reasons Odow mentioned: Our Siberians are rowdy and play rough on it, plus they're around 10 lbs already and they're only 9 months old. If you chose this breed for the hypoallergenic factor then you can get the planks without the carpet material which is nice, and it's all handmade from actual wood so it will last a long time.

For a scratching post we picked up this one:
They both love it and seem to favor it over the vertical one we bought.

I second the window hammock! We got a similar one:
The girls will often jump from the top of their tree (ceiling height) 4 feet down onto the window hammock and so far it has held up, even with both lounging in it at the same time.

Another thing to check out is an exercise wheel. We don't let our girls outside so they tend to have a lot of pent up energy. We picked up this cat wheel for around $450:
It was really easy to train and it gets used daily, plus they sleep much better once they've had a run!

Another great "hunting" toy is this fishing pole type retractable wand:
They go straight up COOKYDOOKS for this thing! I also picked up a pack of feathers so they could have some variety as well as the inevitable destruction of them:

The FURminator works well for one of my girls but not so great for the other one. I found a comb called the Greyhound comb:
There are lots of "Greyhound Style" combs out there so it's up to you if you want a knockoff. That website also has some nice grooming products. I just picked up the Essentials Travel Kit to try and I gotta say, they looked quite glamorous!

I hope all of those links work, I'm still a bit of a noob when it comes to commenting on Reddit cause I mostly just lurk. Congrats on your new floof, they are SO affectionate and fun!!

u/ski3 · 1 pointr/dogs

I have a Golden Retriever puppy, Summit (8 months old tomorrow, he came home at 8 weeks old) and an indoor-only cat, Sprocket (1 year old). The big thing is to be patient and monitor all interactions.

Our cat is very tolerant and go-with-the-flow. He has never hissed or clawed at the dog. Thee was one time the dog did get too rough with him, and the cat meowed loudly for help, but never fought back (which in a way, makes things harder for our situation). Our dog is extremely playful and although he doesn't mean to harm that cat and just wants to play, he doesn't understand that the cat is too little, is not a dog, and cannot be a wrestling buddy.


  • Start by sequestering them in separate parts of the house/apartment. Let them get used to each other's smells. Since we live in a small apartment, we couldn't exactly close them completely out of certain rooms, but if you can, this can be a good step.
  • Invest in an exercise pen for the dog. Let them sniff each other through the pen. This allows them to see and smell each other without physically interacting with each other. (It's also extremely useful for keeping the dog and your home safe when you can't 100% of your attention to the dog).
  • Until you begin to trust the dog, make sure she is leashed for all interactions. We still only let them interact when Summit is leashed because he still doesn't understand that he's bigger than the cat and could potentially hurt him. Reward both animals for reacting calm around each other. Initially, reward the dog of nicely investigating the cat as well. Be ready to separate them if one of the animals gets overexcited, or if the interaction is becoming dangerous for one of the pets.
  • Create a safe space for your cat. Shelves and high-up places for her to go to escape the dog. Maybe even invest in a baby gate similar to this one so that the cat can access a room that the dog can't (note that the dog will have to grow a bit before the size of the door will prevent her from entering the room).

    Additional Tips for living with a puppy and a cat

  • Contain the cat's supplies. Find a way to cover the litter box or place it in a room that the dog can't get to. Move the food to a place where the dog can't get it as well (we put Sprocket's food bowls on some shelves that the dog can't reach).
  • Many Golden puppies will eat anything that can fit in their mouths. This can cause fatal bowel obstructions. Put away all small cat toys and keep them in a place where the dog can't get it. Also, if your cat enjoys toys, invest in some larger ones that the dog cannot easily swallow such as the [Kong Kickeroo](,, and the ball-track type toys.
u/littlewootiewoo · 8 pointsr/BabyBumps

Okay, first of all, if you genuinely think she'll make you more miserable and stressed when baby arrives, you won't be a horrible person if you can find someone else to take her. Any pet is a lot of work... and an infant is even more.

That said, I want to offer my 2 cents because I feel really bad for you and I've worked with a lot of problem cats (both mine and others')!

I'd say priority one is discouraging the sleep attacks. Try keeping a can of compressed air by the bedside and spraying it when she attacks you. It's pretty effective with our cats as an immediate "no way" reaction for very bad behaviors.

You can also adopt some cat body language if you're not afraid of looking silly. Just like dogs, cats have communication behaviors that you can take advantage of with a little patience. Jackson Galaxy (the cat whisperer) has a ton of resources on this if you're interested; my husband and I have used a lot of his techniques with positive results! There are several, but one example is the "slow blink." Next time she's just staring at you, stare back and then slowly blink your eyes. This is a way of communicating you're not a threat and it tends to calm really wild/anxious felines.

It definitely sounds like she has some pent up energy, too. She's still pretty young and kittens can be pretty wild (all of my cats have mellowed out considerably as they've gotten older). Different cats like different toys, but some that I've noticed have been favorites of all have been those little fuzzy mice that come in multipacks, feather teasers, and this turbo scratcher cat toy. The last one is nice because they can play with it without any help from humans.

Finally, if there's ever a time and place where she's sweet (even if those moments are few and far between), keep a few treats handy around the house and try to just reward her occasionally when she's chill, nicely sitting in your lap, etc. Just like dogs (and people!), it's often more effective to train them by positively rewarding good behavior than just punishing bad behavior.

Sorry for writing a book! I really hope you can work things out with your psycho little fluffball.

u/postc88 · 7 pointsr/SiberianCats

Congratulations! Our siberian is about 1.5 years old now and has been an incredible cat and great experience for us. Here's a couple points from my perspective and experience:

  1. Establish a consistent feeding schedule and plan for how you'll approach food with your kitten. Your breeder should be able to help with this - understand what food to start them on initially, how frequently and when to give them food, and then in the next 6-9 months where you're trying to take them food wise (off kitten food, to what kind of feeding plan). Changes in diet can impact their stomachs and behavior so it's good to have a plan here.

  2. Change their litter box daily. Having this clean will help ensure the kitten uses it. I've never had any issues with our kitten on this which is a great breed trait.

  3. Get a good combing comb for grooming. You'll want one that is specific for dematting, they tend to get matts in their fur due to their long coats. Something like this one: You'll also likely want to find a local cat groomer as their matting may require an occasional grooming and this will avoid any issues with their litter box and long fur as well. We have ours groomed on a 3x per year cadence and have found a groomer that will come to our house which is nice.

  4. Early on, if you're bringing just one kitten home, give them a ton of attention. Siberians are very social and will look to be around you all the time and to ensure the kitten develops to be social and friendly i'd recommend adhering to this. Between my wife and i and our 2 roommates, for the first 3 months or so we tried to have someone with the kitten at all times more or less. Get some good toys - a mix of bird like toys (with feathers on a string) and balls they can chase are likely best. They all love this thing too:

  5. After 1-2 weeks at home, gradually begin to increase their interaction with
    strangers and introduce them to people. This worked well with our kitten to make him very social and unafraid of visitors at our home.

    Those are my thoughts! Feel free to post any specific questions as they arise.
u/zangelbertbingledack · 2 pointsr/SiberianCats

I've bought a ton of toys for our kitten in the last few months, but these are his absolute favorites: Bergan Turbo Scratcher, a crinkle tube like this one, Cat Dancer, and the Go Cat mouse on a string toy. With the Go Cat mouse toy especially, he definitely lets you know he loves that toy. It's the only one he never ignores and the only one he will pick up in his mouth and carry to his "den" like it's real prey.

We also got him a fluffy mouse puppet that he loves to wrestle with. I might just be projecting, but it seems like it kind of makes up for the lack of another furry companion to play with. Bonus points: it lets you play hands-on without getting your hands scratched up.

The bitter apple spray doesn't seem to deter our cat much, but liberal application of Sticky Paws (double sided tape) and taping loose cords to the wall helps keep him away from scratching and biting things he shouldn't be messing with.

Also, if you have house plants, look them up to make sure they aren't toxic to cats. The kitten's interest in chewing on plants may vary, of course, but ours loves chewing and climbing on plants. The ASPCA has the most comprehensive list of plants that are toxic to pets.

u/dooflotchie · 1 pointr/LifeProTips

Take a cushion cover from the couch with you to a fabric store and find a piece of upholstery fabric that is a similar texture and thickness, then use that to cover a scratching post. Cats choose their favorite scratching surface by what feels the best on their claws and it seems your couch is perfect. Make sure the scratching post is secure enough so they can rip on it with all their strength and it won't move. It also needs to be tall enough so they can get in a good stretch while they scratch too. Once you get the post set up (AWAY from the couch!) find a scented spray that is agreeable to you but not the cats. For me, lavender works best but not all cats hate it as much as mine so you might need something else. Spray the couch with it so it becomes less appealing than the post. Then put catnip on the post and show them that this is their new, human approved scratching place. With a little patience and training they should now use the post and not your couch. If that does not do the trick, double sided tape or Sticky Paws can help reinforce the idea that the couch is off limits, as can a spray bottle when you catch them in the act.

They don't deliberately pick the most expensive piece of furniture in the house to claw on and destroy, it's just that our comfy, thickly upholstered couches are often the perfect scratching surface that cats love the best and for some reason the pet furniture makers of the world think that all cats love scratching on carpet.

u/jonilholt32 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Baby Josie is beautiful! I had a Maincoon named Tiki. He lived to be 16! BEST CAT EVAH!!!!

She would love this:

A Mini me for her to snuggle with:

A Kitteh tunnel!!!:




And more toys:

Maincoons LOVE to play and have that kitten play aspect to them for YEARS!!!Mine loved balls, and a good old laser pointer was the best thing ever. He would get running after that red dot, and couldn't stop well on our hardwood floors and would slide in walls....

Oh and a cat bed on top of the Fridge would be great for your girl. Tiki always slept on top of the fridge :)

u/oldpplfreakmeout · 2 pointsr/secretsanta

My cats love this thing. It's one of those food dispensing balls that they bat around, I call it the cat piñata. One cat even refuses to eat out of her food plate if there's still food in this ball. You'd think she'd prefer to get her food the lazy way, but nope...

One of my other cats loves this little beaver guy. She tosses it up in the air and tries to catch it. It's her absolute favorite toy, she carries it all over the house.

Her sister loves this one. I don't know what it is with them and beavers but they both love their beaver toys more than anything else I've given them. I think it's the crunchiness that attracts her to this one, she likes to carry it around and then plop on top of it and rub herself on it. I don't know.

Their mom loves the toy that comes with this scratching mat. The scratching mat itself is actually pretty great too, they love it and sometimes use is as a sleeping pad.

u/Jourdin · 1 pointr/Dogtraining

Not freshly-trained cashiers, but like... folks who had worked as cashiers (or in other positions) and got "promoted" to trainer after a brief training session on how to train. I'm not sure exactly how it works, it might actually depend on the individual store, but by no means are they professional trainers. If they are, they're few and far between.

I would suggest training her yourself! It's the best way to bond with your dog and there are lots of resources out there for people who want to do it. I would start by reading Karen Pryor's Don't Shoot the Dog! to get a good idea of what positive reinforcement training is and why it works more effectively than correction-based techniques. Clicker training is my favorite way to apply positive reinforcement methods; this would be a good first resource. Both of those I linked to can be found for cheap on thriftbooks, which ships anywhere in the US for free. :)

u/catnamedbasil · 1 pointr/IFseniorclass

My dogs love their bed by Bessie and Barnie. It's so damn expensive (think about 125) but it's got a washable cover and it's super luxe. [see website here] (

[Favorite treats] (

Also we got a [KitNipBox] ( and also the dogs love a [BarkBox] (

[Cats fave scratcher] ( This thing lasts around 6 months! Love it so much.

And if I may state, I do love our Roomba. It's pet related right?
*edit to add pure Roomba love ;)

u/skyblueandblack · 1 pointr/cats

Cats bury their waste by instinct, so they're technically born litter-trained. ;) You'll want to have two boxes available (if you have the room in your flat, of course). Open boxes are supposed to be way better than ones with covers, but mine actually much prefer the enclosed ones. *shrug* There's a bunch of different litter box designs, too... take a look at the selection on Amazon, if you get a chance (I recommend this one).

Some cats are much messier than others with the litter; one of mine flings pawfulls of litter out of the box. Another one of mine finishes, and races out, tracking little grains of sand as far as she can. We have litter mats in front of all the boxes, which helps a lot, but you might want to invest in a dedicated little hand-held vacuum to keep nearby.

And you'll need something for claw maintenance -- a scratching post or pad. Don't go for expensive, fancy things, because it'll need replacing periodically. I tried a bunch of different ones, but ultimately, mine prefer the cardboard ones (specifically, this one). Well, that, and one of the living room chairs. *sigh*

An adult won't be as hyper and needy as a kitten, but play is still important. A laser pointer does wonders. If you're crafty, you can make some little catnip-stuffed toys (I crocheted some little mice and things that mine love, although they usually bat them up and down the hallway around 4am).

Another thing I noticed, and others have similar stories, was that a couple of my cats would bump the water dish before drinking. Another would dip her paw in. I'm pretty sure they couldn't tell where the surface was when the water wasn't moving. I got a drinking fountain for them, which solved that, and has the added benefit of filtering the water, keeping it fresher -- and cooler (so important, here in California).

u/Msc2117 · 1 pointr/CatTraining

Personally, I'd say the cat can tell that you don't like him in that you're actually paying more attention to him than you think you are. Every time you pick him up and move him or talk to him or shoo him away you're interacting with him, which is what he wants, attention. And now he's afraid of you so he matches your frustration in some actions and you apply your feelings to him for the other ones. So first things first, ignore him completely. Don't look at him don't pet him don't react positively or negatively to his actions. Especially the peeing thing, don't just stare at him. If you do want to play with him pick a room or a place and only play with him there and ignore him the rest of the time. That way he associates playing with you with that spot. A bell on his collar might be a good idea if you want to be able to tell where he is so you don't accidentally pay attention to him.

Secondly, for the peeing. Make sure you clean that spot with an enzymatic cleaner. Nature's Miracle is a really good one. Clean that spot OBSESSIVELY. As soon as he pees there. Then provide better alternatives. How many litter boxes does he have? Are they in a private calm spot? How often do they get cleaned? Have you tried putting a litter box over that spot and then slowly moving it to another room if he starts using it? is often linked here. Check it out for litter box help (and help with the other stuff too).

For keeping him off furniture I would try remote methods. That way he has bad associations with those surfaces and NOT you or his owner. Something like the scat mat or sssscat.

Eventually he'll get the hint and stay off those surfaces. You can also reward him for hanging out where you want him to hang out by leaving treats hidden in "his spots". And same for the peeing problem, you have to provide preferable alternatives in addition to the negative reinforcement. If you don't want him on your surfaces you have to provide higher surfaces that are HIS. Cats like to be high up. You're never going to get him off the surfaces without providing an alternative for him. Look into Jackson Galaxy's Cat Super Highway or "catification".

Finally, this cat seems bored. I would make sure he has plenty of stuff to play with on his own or that his owner is putting at least an hour a day into playing with him (think of it like walking a big dog. The dog needs that activity or else it goes nuts cooped up). You don't mention how old he is but younger cats or high energy cats need A LOT of play time. He's looking to you for entertainment and interaction because it seems like you're the only option he has. If you don't want to be his source of attention, provide positive alternatives. (Also I would keep some treats on hand to bribe him out of your room if he gets in there again. You could probably train him to come when called no problem)

I'm a relatively new to cats myself so this is just stuff I've picked up in my research. Hopefully some of the more experienced cat people on here can help! Check out those links and just search through the archives on this subreddit for more ideas.

u/LoverlyRails · 3 pointsr/Pets

First of all, let me say that you're doing a good thing. So many people abandon pets when they just don't fit into their ideal lifestyle anymore. It's easy to get jaded when you constantly see that. (So ignore downvotes- What's important is that you recognize the issue and are working to resolve it.) You're clarification does help.

Trying a different type of scratching post may work. For example, my current cat adores one made by Kong that has little rubber bristles like this, but he doesn't care for any other scratcher.

Another thought would be a cardboard ball chaser like this. Every cat (other than my current one) always loved to scratch these... plus, ball to chase. And, quite frankly, I've found babies/toddlers to be fascinated by the balls, too.

Plus, as you know, once they find a place they like to scratch- it can be very hard to break that habit. You can also try putting a sheet of tinfoil over the couch (where she likes to sharpen her claws) when you can't be there to monitor it.

The cat quiet space is a great idea! I'm sure she'll appreciate places that she can go to be alone with her kitty thoughts. (I've even used an upper cabinet above the refrigerator to give my cat a break from the children. He could reach it and survey the land, but the kids' couldn't touch him.) High spots are always good. Cats feel safe there and can see (and enjoy being with the family) without having to endure unwanted attention.

u/ecofriend94 · 2 pointsr/Rabbits

Do they still have that bed in their enclosure?

It can actually be quite dangerous if they ingest that fabric. Ingesting even little bits of fabric is GI stasis and blockage waiting to happen... I would remove that bed immediately and replace it with something else they don't chew


not sure how big the bunnies are, but many people get an IKEA doll bed and line it with a fleece blanket.


Otherwise I would try to get something with a stronger material that they can't chew through and/or put a blanket/towel or something they don't chew over it


Do they have enough/different types of chew toys? Giving them other things to chew will stop them from chewing things they shouldn't..


Advice from user DinkaAnimalLover:

Try these seegrass mats.

Try to get him lots of chew toys and dig toys and really reinforce that playing with them is good. Giving toys and things that are actually meant for digging and chewing will prevent the bad habits (as in more targeted toys) - a cat scratcher like this one or something like this.

For a dig box, try to get a covered box and fill it with dirt for him to dig and see if he might like that and not pee into it.

Also provide plenty of exporting type toys to keep the bun occupied - tunnels, cardboard houses, and treat puzzles will keep the bunny entertained. The two thread below have examples:

If they do have chew toys... try to actively train the bunny overtime not to chew and dig the bed. Anytime you see digging, immediately try to offer a toy or some alternative instead and reward with a small treat when it works. This does need to be done very very diligently each time you see them do things like that... redirect and rewarding does work but takes effort and diligence.

u/cavalier_queen · 1 pointr/cats

I wonder if some puzzle toys or a Turbo Scratcher might be good options for him? They shouldn't tax his heart too much, but they might provide more of an outlet for his prey drive. You could also feed him regularly via food ball.

Is he really food-motivated? If so, more mental stimulation could be had through clicker-training.

I don't know a ton about heart conditions in cats, so I'm not sure what activity levels would be safe for him. Your vet would know better. If more exercise (physical and mental) doesn't help, and he continues to be aggressive without warning, or it gets worse, I might explore medication options. I'm NOT advocating this as anything but a last resort, but sometimes mood stabilizers can improve everyone's quality of life. It doesn't sound like he needs this AT ALL right now, but it's not bad to keep it in mind if it ever does become an issue.

I hope your vet has some good suggestions and information for you! Good luck with everything, and if you feel like an update after the appointment, I'd be interested to hear how it went!

u/valiantdistraction · 1 pointr/ragdolls

I got stuff to set up a cat agility course for my kitten. He loves the tunnel and the hurdles, but isn't so keen on the weaving. He screams at me multiple times a day for me to let him into the room where it's at and take him through the course. I bought orange cones for the weaving, a cheap tunnel, and these hurdles:

I have a feather toy I keep in that room to lead him through the course. It's the only feather toy I have in the house and he only gets to play with it when he's successfully done what I'm trying to get him to do. So it adds a mental challenge as well, and by not letting him use the toy unless he does things right it keeps the toy more special.

If I forget to take him through the course on my schedule, he screams at me until I do. He loves the hurdles most. We just started this around two weeks ago but he's already learned pretty well (again, not the weaving, lol). I just have the hurdles at about six inches but will eventually raise some of them up. I have a dedicated room for this but I think keeping the stuff in a closet and pulling it out twice a day would be fine.

For toys they can play with by themselves, both of my cats like sparkle balls and the captive ball on track toy. I can hear my older cat playing with the latter right now. He's lazy so he likes that he can just lay down and play. He recently had a leg injury so I haven't tried the agility course with him yet but will when the vet says it's ok.

u/PurePerfection_ · 1 pointr/Pets

This approach may take some time, but my cat eventually learned that if I am in the bedroom with the light off and fan on (its an oscillating one that makes a fairly strong humming sound), I am down for the night and it'll be at least a few hours before I come back. After a few weeks of this routine, he gave up on screaming outside my door. The bedroom is off-limits to him at all times, as well. If I'm in there with the light on, he will meow at me, because he knows I'm likely to come back soon.

Mine's a door-rattler, too - he can fit his paw in the crack under the bedroom door and wrap it around the door. To protect the bottom of the door from his claws, I put some rubber weatherstripping on it. For the floor, consider getting a protective film to put down where she usually scratches. Hardware stores sell them to use during painting / construction, and many of them are affordable and tear-resistant.

It may be inconvenient, but do your best to cat-proof the house so you can ignore her acting out with minimal collateral damage. Keep anything fragile in drawers or cabinets unless you're actively using it. Consider making the bedroom a no-cat zone and putting as many valuables as possible in there. Don't leave food or drinks unattended - if you have to step away, stick them in the fridge or a cabinet while you're gone.

Also consider an electronic toy that moves around or something more interactive that will keep her engaged at night or while you're busy without the need for a human to facilitate playtime. Here are a few ideas::

Also, if she ignores the scratching post but loves to tear the crap out of your floor, she may prefer a horizontal scratcher. One wasted $30 scratching post later, I figured that out about my cat. Something like these would be worth a try: - doubles as a toy - this one is nice because you can lay it flat on the floor, prop it up at an angle with the cardboard flap, or hang it from a doorknob to see which works best. Also comes with catnip to sprinkle inside it. These have corrugated cardboard surfaces and don't last as long as carpet or sisal rope, but my cat seems more satisfied with something he can actually destroy. He'll jump on it, attack it with his claws, then roll around in the bits he tore off. You will vacuum a lot of cardboard flakes off the floor as it starts to wear out, but for me it's worth the trouble. If you don't like the mess, you can buy this one to test whether horizontal, inclined, or hung against the wall works best, then invest in a similar style of scratcher made from more durable material. That was my plan, but he just loves this stuff so much I order one as an add-on every month when I buy litter.

u/lazer_potato · 3 pointsr/catproblems

The first thing to resolve is playtime. It's possible she just loves plastic, but the fact that she doesn't want to play with you at all suggests either a picky cat, or one that doesn't yet trust you. You're the food provider, but playtime is also quality bonding time for a cat. She's already fully grown, so maybe it's a learned thing, but it's something that you should be able to correct to some extent.

There are some motion cat toys that you could try using to get her playing more on her own.

like this



or this

It's also possible that you aren't playing with her the way she wants to be played with, cats can be very fickle about this. My own cat is very picky about how my SO and I play with her, and she picks one of us based on how she wants to play. She'll pick me when she wants to chase a stick toy, and my SO when she wants to wrestle, that kind of thing.

Have you tried using the straws to play with her? Maybe try hiding a straw under a blanket where she can see it move from wiggling it. You could also try new tactics with the stick toys like this, hide them under things and move them. My cat only likes the stick toys if I alternate between moving them very slowly while in her line of sight, slowly moving out of her line of sight, and then moving it quickly to get her to chase it when she tries to pounce it.

I'd also suggest looking up different playtime techniques for cats online, like on YouTube or what have you, especially related to more wild/feral cats, as they also don't really like playing with humans. I'm not saying she's wild of course, but because she's more standoffish from you it may be along the same lines.

If you can get her to play with you consistently, then you can very easily tire her out and get her on the schedule YOU want her on. The idea is that cats hunt/play and then eat the reward of the hunt, and then sleep.

My own cat used to be very similar with waking us up very early for food, usually by making lots of noise and biting if that didn't work. Once we were able to get her on the hunt/eat/sleep schedule with her timed meals, we basically stopped the bad morning behavior entirely.

Sorry for the long post, hope this helps!

u/itsronnielanelove · 6 pointsr/Pets

I thought this post did a fairly good job talking about costs.

A couple of notes: Please, for your sanity and the health of the kitten, spay her when appropriate. Unlike dogs, cats go into heat monthly until they become pregnant. During their heat they are loud, needy, and trying to escape to find a mate. Especially at night. Cats have a lot more health problems when they aren't spayed like Pyometra. I've read dogs need to wait until after their first heat, but this is untrue for cats. Most vets try to do it before the cat's first heat.

Also, please don't declaw your kitty. If you can start her early trimming their nails isn't hard and you can ask the vet to show you how. If her scratching is bad you can use soft claws which make it impossible for them to destroy things. We get a completely flat scratch box thing from walmart for like $10 that we can flip and it's pretty much the only thing she scratches.

Other things: All window blind strings are now toys. We tie ours up/ hide them behind the blinds so that our little lady can't mess with them.

Cats love to be higher up than you. I'm in a super small space so this cat tree is perfect for us. She can survey her kingdom without it taking up valuable floor space.

She ignores her bed at this point. Oh well.

Keep any of your supplies that are small enough to eat or toxic out of reach. Strings can be very dangerous for kitties too if ingested.

Good luck :)

u/Draco_Dormiens · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Winter is coming D:

I already love you because of your username, which I always read as accio-corinne (hp related is my assumption but i could be wrong) and then I went and looked at your wishlist and I'm enamored with you. Rittersport??? and cat toys???? and all this other awesome stuff? Yes please.

Anyways, I think your wishlist was definitely lacking is this awesome cat scratcher I know my kitty likes to scratch furniture and I think every cat owner needs one :)

Thanks for the contest!

u/likewh0aa · 1 pointr/cats

My cat loves sisal posts but won't touch cardboard apparently! I bought her this fancy scratcher 2 months ago and she's only scratched it like twice lol


The reviews rave about how their cats love to scratch it and are laying on it all the time. My cat never does either. But she loves playing with toys in the holes so atleast its not a total waste :p

u/salziger · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Aw, your girls are adorable!!

My guys would love one of these. I would also love one, because maybe they would shred on it instead of my legs! I foster kittens and currently have five foster babies and their mama.

Man's best friend and thanks for the contest!

u/jwallwalrus26 · 1 pointr/Dogtraining

I actually just wrote a post on my new shiba facebook page on my top 5 shiba toys that offer great exercise and stimulation.

  1. Flirt Pole - my go to and my shiba's favorite toy, don't know where I would be without it.

  2. Kong Wobbler - great way to help them if they are fat too.

  3. Hide a treat puzzle toys - so many different types of puzzle toys to choose from!

  4. Cat toy with ball thingy - my girl loves cat toys

  5. Kong - which is pretty much universal to all dogs.
u/ETL4nubs · 1 pointr/kittens

Thank you for this thorough reply!

"Are you able to sleep in the room she currently is comfortable in? Maybe put a sleeping mat or cot in there?"

Yep I can actually. Currently there is a futon bed on the floor that I lay on when I'm in there with her. I could sleep on that one night or take a long nap on the weekend. I do agree with getting her used to me, it makes sense because she will be more trustworthy in the other rooms.

Great point with the food too as I was a bit iffy on that. Currently I put the food in her bowl and swirl it around so she hears it and her bowl isn't always filled.

It's been exciting. Those 2am spazz wake up calls when playing with this are reallllllll.

u/million_dollar_heist · 1 pointr/cats

Try getting one like this one, this one or this one

Using catnip or catnip oil will make it more attractive to her. I can't guarantee that she'll never scratch the furniture, but most cats prefer things like this that have a better texture for scratching.

Owning two cats is really in many ways easier than owning one. They become lower maintenance. Of course you have to spend slightly more time feeding, cleaning the litterbox, grooming etc, but the cats are happeir, better behaved, and much more pleasant to spend time with, which in my opinion is worth the small amount of extra effort.

u/theRacistEuphemism · 3 pointsr/Pets

I second a more elaborate tower or tree!

I replied to a post similar to this so I'm just gonna yank that answer because these products might be handy for you to consider too, especially if you don't have the time, space, or funds to get a second cat (it's also not a guarantee they'll get along):

What about toys you can hang off door knobs or the tops of doors that mimic you on the other end?

Then there are some good play toys that can be enjoyed solo or with you. Our cats love these Sproket straws because they're woven and bouncy, so the weave can catch in their claws as they bat at it, which lets them toss it around in the air and chase after it on their own, which is like a step up from normal straws (which can also be a good time):

Tracks like these can be a lot of fun for cats even on their own:

If weight/diet isn't an issue and he is food motivated, you can get a treat ball:

We got the purple Kong one with one hole from Petsmart for $6. I "reinforced" mine with tape so it takes longer and more rolling to get the kibble out, but a palm full (0.5 oz) of kibble keeps my younger cat busy for half an hour, and then she stops and goes back to it occasionally throughout the night for short bursts. Definitely keeps her busy.

Our cats really like hanging out and chasing toys in and out of this too:

u/anthrogeek · 4 pointsr/ragdolls

This toy? My little guy looooves it. Best toy ever. I got the ball that lights up for it (mostly so I can see it in the dark). I now gift them to all of my friends with new kittens because they are amazing.

My guy loves catnip mice and leaves them everywhere; like the bathtub, my bed ala godfather style under the covers, in purses and shoes mine and visitors.

u/MissBananaBeak · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon


I love cats too!

I just brought my cat to my apartment last week after not being able to have her with me for 2 years! She's still technically not supposed to be here but I love having her here and we're going to try to keep her as long as possible (basically not getting caught for however long we can)

This is the only thing she really needs since she doesn't have anything to scratch up. Those in stores are like $10+...just for them to destroy! Anyway, I keep catching her trying to claw up my boyfriend's couch so I know she needs something to claw at!

For the first part, something cool for kittens/cats. This mane is adorable! /u/Lyd_Euh has one and it's so cute!

Thanks for the contest! Can we see your kitten? 😊

u/EntropicTempest · 6 pointsr/needadvice

Please don't declaw your cat. If you decide that you cannot have a cat unless it's declawed, then don't get a cat. Even if you plan to keep it indoors, you're pretty much cutting off part of their finger. I have two adult cats in a 750 square foot apartment. Just get a cat tower and a scratching post like this, and your cat won't scratch up your furniture as long as you train them what's OK to scratch and whats not. Don't. Declaw.

Cats are pretty low maintenance and inexpensive. I would recommend avoiding clay based litters, as those tend to kick up a lot of dust when pouring and when the cat is scratching around in it, and it's bad to breathe in for both you and the cat. Food can be pricey if you want to get what's best, but it's still pretty cheap when compared to a dog. I spend $30 on a big bag of blue diamond that lasts for about 6 weeks for two adult cats. I get a pellet based litter that also uses a pad for urine and it costs about another $20 every 6 weeks.

So other than the upfront costs of getting the cat its shots and buying those toys/scratch posts, cats are pretty cheap.

As for gender, it does not matter so much. Cats each have their own personality and it really just depends. Males sometimes have issues with spraying, but if you get them fixed early on it's almost always not a problem. I would do some research on different cat breeds, as they each have their own traits that tend to run through the breed that affect their personality.

u/aquanautic · 3 pointsr/AskWomen

My kitty loves this thing. I got her the "starchaser" one, which basically means that the ball lights up when it's moving.

She's suuuuuper playful for a 7 year old cat. She's got her claws and previously had a regular cardboard scratcher that she loved. This thing takes the cake, though. She plays with it at night when I'm sleeping (and leaves me be!) and I can play with her with it too, by cover it with things (tissue paper is a favorite) or spinning the ball. She tears up the cardboard and loves the ball. It's like kitty crack.

Luna with her toy after about 2 months of play.

u/thehostilehobo · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

So, I've always been a dog person. But about a year ago, my boyfriend convinced me that we should get a kitty. Although she destroys everything, I still love her!

Here is Taarna (Bonus points if you know where that name is from!)

I honestly still don't know much about kitties, but I think she would like this or this. If anyone knows something their cat loves, please share! :p

u/xxlemonchan · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Allourah Lou! I just think it sounds sweet, especially if she's a munchkin darling.

I love kitties! I just adopted my second one not too long ago. The things you need: Litterbox (I prefer clumping litter) a litter mat, litter liners.... Something cool to get her is one of these or just a feather toy- kittens love those!

u/hmousley · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I really really love the adorable puppy and favorite adventure day pictures!

This is my kitty, Akuma Prometheus Butters Caruso Zucati on the way back from the vet. I gave up on the carrier and just let him hang out on my shoulder (I wasn't driving!)

We are moving soon and Mr. Kitters would love a new scratcher

u/aimeenew · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
Oh wow. I'm so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful way to look at it. A celebration that you two had each other in your lives. Pets are the best things ever.

My cat Weasley would love this scratch board

u/MorbidPenguin · 3 pointsr/dogs

Basically what Bumholay said below. I also googled a few pages about it and bought a book: Clicker Training for Dogs and What Clicker Training Teaches Us About the Animal Mind.

Basically, get them used to the clicker meaning "treat." Click, give treat. Repeat 20-30 times with a small treat so they understand what the click means.

Then start teaching. Say "sit" or give the hand signal. If the dog sits, click and give a treat. If the dog poops/pees in the proper place, click (while they are doing the deed) and give a treat.

Make sure you give a treat EVERY TIME you click and always click for proper behavior. After the dog has the behavior down, you can lay off the treats and focus on other behaviors.

u/auditory · 1 pointr/cats

In my experience, cats kind of do what they want but you can do some things to curb their behavior. If he likes catnip, you can put catnip in the places you want him to go. Also, you might find it beneficial to get him some more places that are "his" like a cat tree and a laydown scratcher. My cat is partial to this one and will lie in it all the time.

The key to getting him to know that you don't really want to hang out is to humanely give him signals that cats understand to say "hey don't get in my space." Yelling, setting him down somewhere else or scolding won't work because cats down understand that. You can try things like blowing air in his direction if he's on your lap, or get a squirt bottle to mist water at him if he's somewhere you don't like. Make sure it's a mist, and not a directed nozzle squirt.

As an aside, you should probably talk to your GF about this.

Hope this helps, good luck.

u/llamacolypse · 7 pointsr/AskWomen

Victorinox 8 Inch Fibrox Pro Chef’s Knife which I got for my husband, we needed a better kitchen knife and this one was rated pretty well by america's test kitchen

Chooka rain boots I have thick calves and these rain boots are fantastic, they're a bit wide too so I can wear wooly socks with them.

My Asus laptop

This cat lounger my cats love, especially my chunky one

And my air purifier

u/awsaum · 1 pointr/cats

Here are some of my cats favorite toys and furniture. He also loves wiffle golf balls and laser pointers. His bed is actually an old Serta neck support pillow we don't use anymore. A good scratching post built into a tree is also a good choice for his room. Hope this helps!

SmartyKat Skitter Critters Cat...

Cat Dancer Products Rainbow Cat...

Play King Cat Scratching Pad Toy...

SmartyKat Scratch Scroll Cat Scratcher Carpet and Sisal Cat Furniture - Assorted colors

SmartyKat Crackle Chute Collapsible Cat and Dog Tunnel

Kitty City Pop-up Cat Cube, Cat Toys

Edited to add two more links

u/hipatrothfuss · 1 pointr/catcare

Definitely ask the cat sitter to hang out for at least half an hour - even if they're just watching TV it's good for the babies ot have them there (but if you're paying them they should be happy to actually play with the cats). In terms of interactive toys, my cats LOVE this. Even my grumpiest cat goes wild for that guy.

u/Cassiemeow · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Reading this made me cry!! I am so sorry for your loss!!! :( :( hugs hugs hugs hugs!

I'd pick the first photo (so cute) & the trip to the groomer. Love the bows awe! ❤

These are the Pictures of my kitties.
We had to put down our family cat, Noiro last year on March 6th. It was very heartbreaking as we had him for almost 15yrs.

I lost my own first pet, Coco on April 10th 2010. Since he was the first I had of my own & first to pass away (I gotten him when I worked at the pet store and he was around 5yrs old and very aggressive but we bonded lol).

I still cry over them sometimes. =/

Kitties would love this because they love scratching ... a lot. I know they'll enjoy the cardboard feel too, it'd be different from their cat posts carpet. (:

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. This is so so so true...well for animals. I've never had a dog yet. I want to wait till I have my own place because it's way more difficult to move around in rentals that allows dogs and I refuse to ever give up a pet so it's easier to not get a dog till I can 100% know I can keep it for their whole life. (:

u/PenguinsGoMeow · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

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On my pets wish list there is this:

Turbo Scratcher

My cats love this thing and we haven't been able to find one anywhere else!

Thank you for the contest!

u/eravyn · 2 pointsr/Pets

There are some automatic toys you could try, like Cat's Meow

That's their TV ad, but it's in a bunch of stores around me, too. Growing up, my cat's favorite toy was just a ball stuck in a plastic ring that he could bat around. It would spin around the ring, so he'd catch it and bat it the other way. It was kind of loud, so we just kept it away from the bedrooms. My cats now just love anything red and fluffy that they can toss around.

If you google interactive cat toys, there's a few things that could work, depending on whether or not you want something that takes batteries. Something he could climb on with different things to bat at might be good for your cat. And don't underestimate their love for boxes and paper bags (no handles!).

u/slkwont · 3 pointsr/aww

I've had many cats over the years. Before I knew better I would get them declawed, but haven't done that in well over 15 years. Once you know better, you do better.

We have three clawed kitties and we had trouble getting them to scratch at cat scratchers until we got this one. It even comes with catnip that you can sprinkle in and the cardboard insert is replaceable. Plus the cats love the toy.

u/PickanickBasket · 1 pointr/lifehacks

Double-sided sticky tape on the blinds where she can reach (temporary). Rub delicious foods or catnip on the scratching post, and scatter treats on and around them. You should have MULTIPLE posts out for them- tall ones, "loungers", wide ones. What kind of scratching posts do you have right now? We have a mixture of the cardboard ones and rope and one of these carpet ones and our cat prefers the rope and mostly ignores the cardboard, but other people swear by the other kinds, so I think some cats just have a preference. This cat house is my cat's FAVORITE thing to claw on, but she also likes her lounger which can be easily mounted to the wall instead of we wanted to switch things up.

u/betacatenin · 1 pointr/cats

You'll want this, trust me. It's good for him to play with and entertain himself when you're away. Both our cats love this and come running when they hear the noise of the ball rolling around the track.

u/wheelfoot · 1 pointr/cats

Definitely second giving her a nice box to hide in. Check out Fort Bravo. They like a small opening to squeeze into. I put some foam padding inside and crinkly paper on top of that and he's used it for years.

Scratching post or cardboard scratching ramp is a must.

Have you offered her catnip? What about a laser pointer?

Do you slow blink with her? Try initiating it from a distance and see if she responds.

If she's sharing space with you and playing, you are doing the right things. Just keep at it.

How about a picture of the lady in question?

Edit: Jackson Galaxy has some advice about cats waking you up at night

u/sillybelcher · 4 pointsr/youseeingthisshit

Cats aren't difficult at all - that "aloof" personality many attribute to them is simply that they are not needy or always looking to be micromanaged. All you really need to do is: keep the litter box clean, keep a full bowl of fresh water, keep scratching toys around (I have both scratching posts, and these rectangular "pads" made of thick cardboard that they climb on and scratch on, throw around a few toys (and get some they can use to keep themselves entertained when no humans are around), and if possible, give them window(s) to watch the birds/squirrels, etc. They're extremely low-maintenance. For mine, even getting them as kittens, they didn't need to be trained to use the litter box since they instinctively feel the urge to dig and squat, then bury. It was literally as simple as bringing them home, making sure they know where the litter box is, then playing with them/giving them attention and snuggles and that's it. Use a squirt bottle to deter unwanted behavior (keeping them off the kitchen counters, etc.). They pretty much take care of themselves.

u/P-Delta · 1 pointr/bengalcats

For the cat wheel, check craigslist, letgo, offerup, etc. Buy it second hand and get it for under $100 (list price is $200). I introduced my Bengal at about 18-20 weeks.

My kitten also LOVES these dollar toys:
They have a little jingly piece in there. They are without a doubt his favorite. He's destroyed 3 of them so far, but thankfully they're so cheap I can afford to replace them at will. is a great scratcher/toy combo

u/lazespud2 · 3 pointsr/depression

You're not a bad pet owner; as the former director of the world's largest cat-only adoption organization and sanctury, I hereby absolve you of your concerns about being a bad pet guardian.

If you need some alone time and he's driving you nuts temporarily, puting him in his own little playroom (your bathrooom) is totally appropriate; especially if you leave a few fun things in there for him to play with.

Toys like this:

and this:

are great options to keep him entertained.

As they get older, cats tend to spend the vast majority of their time sleeping; he'll get there. Enjoy him as much as you can; and when you need a break, let him have a few hours recess in his playroom.

It's all good...

u/atouchofyou · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

So sorry you had to let her go. :( It's never easy, and my heart goes out to you. I will give Polly an extra cuddle for you. <3 I love that you are choosing to do something so selfless in her memory!

  1. Puppy all the way!
  2. This is my Polly-Wolly Big Bang Doodle Cat. She likes to climb on shoulders and perch there like a pirate, hence her name. I didn't post a picture of that, though, because I don't think the people in those photos would be okay with their picture on Reddit. I am also a fan of really stupid nicknames for animals. The more ridiculous it is, the more you clearly love your animal, right?
  3. My kitty would love an inclined scratching box. My furniture would also love it if she had one.

    "Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole."
u/dmcindc · 8 pointsr/AskVet

He was in the shelter in a cage or a small enclosure, yes? And now he is in a BIG NEW WORLD and it is most likely scary and stressful to him, and he feels no sense of his own space and territory. Try moving him to a bathroom for a week or two. Put in a litter box and a small bed and some toys (interactive ones if you can, like the ball track). Try a bed that is enclosed, like a cube bed or similar. Then when you bring food and water in to him, or when you use the bathroom, spend some time talking to him and petting him. It seems weird and all, but cats usually have to acclimate to new spaces, and starting out small is best. Even a small bedroom might be too big for some cats. You'll know when the cat is ready to leave the bathroom, as he will start to be curious when you open the door and try to see what else is out there and try to get out. When that happens, leave all his things in the bathroom and just leave the door open for him to explore as he feels he can. He will go out for a bit and explore, probably mostly when you are asleep, and eventually he will start making the outside rooms his new home and feel safe.

u/[deleted] · 9 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

Wow, thank you so much for rescuing a kitty that needed a home!

BTW, in order to decrease chewing, you can try rubbing bitter orange on cables (with a cotton ball). Another tactic is to play with him and give him lots of activity- I love the Bergan Turbo Scratcher, but you can also DIY great toys for cats.

u/animaladvocate · 5 pointsr/Pets

2 months old? And you are wondering how to "tame" him?! I rescue cats, mostly kittens and there is only one way to "tame" a rambunctious kitten-PLAY WITH HIM! Wear him out. He is a little body with all of this energy that he needs to get out...he is doing what every kitten does if someone doesn't play with them...he knocks over plants, he tears stuff up, he is a terror. Find some toys that are interactive for when you are not there but play with him twice a day for 15-20 minutes or more. I recommend a laser pointer for playtime with him. That wears a kitten out more than anything.

Use a spray bottle, squirt him when he does something you don't want him to do-BE CONSISTENT and don't let him see it come from you. You want him to think...gee, everytime I step on this table, water comes from somewhere and I don't like it. If he knows it comes from you, when you aren't there he will do it.

Here are some toys I like to use for these little guys.
Only use this one under your supervision since he's so small...I have had a kitten get their head stuck and it took a vet to get her out after putting her under anesthetic and using a saw to cut her out.

Also, do you realize that he will be this way for a few more months? Don't play with him using your hands (he will think they are toys and might bite you) and get him a scratching post. He is at the point, if he is two months old, that he can be neutered as well.

Good luck

u/dennycee · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Lasers! My cats (and dog) go crazy for lasers! They are relatively cheap and provide hours of fun. My absolute favorite item for cats has to be this because I find it hilarious: Any cardboard scratcher will work though. My cats love theirs and it keeps them from scratching on the couch.

u/Pasteque · 3 pointsr/Pets

It is normal for cats to be active in the early morning since their vision is best in low light. You can try to get her to sleep longer by wearing her out at night with an interactive play session right before bed. If my kitty is being particularly annoying the morning, I'll get out my cell phone and put a bird video on it for him to watch. That will calm him for at least 10 minutes, haha.

For the scratching, I would place double sided tape (like this: on the couch and put the thing you want her to scratch on right next to the arm of the couch. She won't like the feeling on the tape on her paws and with the post right there, you can quickly redirect her to scratching on the desired object.

u/bettyellen · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

You are so nice, OMG. I'm too new to enter, but was looking at your list and realized I have an never used grey cat litter mat - it's a "Purrfect Paws" and I'd be happy to send it to you if you'd like! Take a look and PM me, okay?

u/cheltothesea · 1 pointr/cats

We have this one we got when our little girl was only 8 weeks (2 now) and she still uses it. It's perfect little size for kittens and a bit more interesting as it's for play as well, can learn to scratch as she plays.

SmartyKat Scratch Scroll Cat Scratcher Carpet and Sisal Cat Furniture - Assorted colors

u/derpinWhileWorkin · 1 pointr/Pets

We have resolved to play with jack more. He's a machine though. He has a metric shit ton of energy. Right now we mostly use this thing to play with him because he absolutely loves it. We also have one of these but he is hit or miss on it. Do you have any suggestions for interesting fun toys?

u/WeFosterKittens · 3 pointsr/TheCatTrapIsWorking

Good catch!

Just wanna add: it's a great trap AND a great toy! We've fostered hundreds of kittens through the years and that toy Bergen Turbo Track with Scratcher has consistently been the most popular toy in the house and it cannot be broken. It's solid and well made and the kittens go crazy for it. Only about $10-12 and you can buy replacement scratcher pads too. Pro tip: buy an extra couple of twinkly ballsat the same time. They light up and twinkle when in motion so pop one into the track and now it went from a good toy to a great toy. They're cheap (<$3) but are only sold as "add on" items.

u/Busterthebob · 2 pointsr/cats

All 6 of my cats love these :

u/DivisionBell_ · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

For your viewing pleasure, [a T-rex with Nifty Nabbers roaring victoriously in front of an erupting volcano, a la MS Paint] (

T-rexy would love a [scratching post] ( for rex-cat!

u/djs758 · 7 pointsr/cats

Checked for more pics and saw your post about him scratching. Cats usually scratch for a few reasons--relieve stress/energy, sharpen claws, or to mark territory. These PetFusion brand cardboard scratchers are kind of expensive, but my cat uses his at least 3-4 times per day. The only time he's tried to scratch the sofa is when I waited way too long to replace his favorite scratcher. Anyway, these are well-reviewed for a reason imo. Cats just really like them. A lot of the reviewers agree that they are furniture savers:

I cut them in half and screw them back together to double their lifespan.

Also, this is a good toy for cats to relieve stress, especially if they like to grab and bite and kick occasionally. This is one of my cat's faves:

u/Sylvene · 3 pointsr/Pets

Try a tower with sisal rope instead of carpet. I generally don't recommend carpet as that often makes them think clawing the carpet is okay - same material.

As for furniture, get double-sided sticky tape and put it on the furniture. Works a treat on fabric furniture.

Keep his claws clipped regularly and if he likes flat upright surfaces like walls, get one of those flat planks that are covered in sisal. :)

u/sigamalito · 2 pointsr/Pets

Walking is an excellent idea, particularly for an active breed like a manx!

I would also suggest a few extra things :

  • interactive feeding toys. She will have to use her brain to get food out of a toy, and that will make her less bored and get some energy out. Just be sure to adjust her regular feedings so that she isn't getting extra calories, or even replacing the food dish with an interactive toy or interactive dish.
    Example 1 .example 2
  • The SSSCAT training aid these work well to set boundries within the house for some cats. You could consider placing these next to your vents.
  • Try to wear her out mentally and physically. I'm betting she would probably be a good cat to try to clicker train to do tricks. Clicker training can be excellent physical and mental stimulation. It sounds weird to train a cat and I've never done it with mine, but I see people who do it all the time online. Karen Pryor (she popularized clicker training) has a ton of cat training tutorials.
  • This tape : Sticky Paws can be put on the slats of your vents. Most cats don't like the sticky feeling on their paws and will stop messing with what you put on them....this didn't work for my cat. My cat just licks the tape.
u/pixis-4950 · 1 pointr/doublespeakgutter

mistanddry wrote:

cat nip your cat areas, and give the cat a place that you respect as hers and not yours (for me this meant blocking up under my bed with a small cat-sized entrance for the cat to hide in, so she can go somewhere she knows I won't annoy her at.) The cat nip will help steer her towards the areas you want her in, and giving her her own space will curb her resentment towards you and your things ;)

Also put a scratching post or plank or whatever in every major room your cat hangs out in. I use the cheap cardboard ones and my cat loves them.

u/TheUnorthodox · 1 pointr/cats

Whatever you do, don't declaw him. Soft nail caps do work and are not expensive. You can also try kinds of double-sided tape on favorite scratching areas to dissuade scratching (
Cats do need to scratch something though. Make sure you are providing the cat with a place that he/she can scratch appropriately (scratching post, cat tree, etc.) and clip his/her claws regularly. Sometimes, just spending some time playing with the cat on top of or near a scratching post will be enough to encourage him/her to use it.

u/acciocorinne · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Ohhhh this cat scratcher would be amazing--my cat would just love it :) It's on my kitty wishlist. Glitter :)

u/RockChicken · 1 pointr/cats

You know, I'm not sure; I personally haven't tried it on leather. I would probably stay away from anything like packaging tape and try something gentler. There is special furniture tape that is packaging tape-sized but less harsh, though it is more expensive than other tape. It would probably be a good idea to google a good method to clean sticky residue off leather just in case.

Edit: Link

u/Roehok · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

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u/missmurrr · 0 pointsr/Pets
  1. not sure what to suggest, but maybe try picking her up and bringing her to bed for cuddles? i'm pretty lucky, and my cat just sleeps with me until i get up or does his own thing.

  2. sprinkle some catnip on her scratching posts! a water bottle to break her habit of scratching the couch. you can also get anti-kitty scratching furniture tape,
u/CarRamrod1229 · 19 pointsr/news

My cat had to see a veterinary behaviorist and one thing she suggested for our house was taller scratching posts. If you watch a cat scratch, they usually stretch up to do it, and most scratching posts aren't the right height.

There are instructions online to DIY it, or Amazon has some, like this one!

These are also a cheap and easy way to protect your furniture, I have one couch that my cats were hell-bent on destroying and these totally saved it

u/JTK89 · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

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Thanks for the contest!