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Re: First pet in the house [Re: pandus13] #5378580 03/17/20 11:50 AM
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Originally Posted by pandus13
HELLO BITOG-ers.

Did you do anything special when you got your first furry "kid"?

We just adopted a shelter cat and she is still terrorized/really scared.

Just makes you wonder how some people treat animals....

Also, i would appreciate any suggestions for good nutrition and stores/source
The shelter give us some Hills samples and they contain wheat + fillers galore.



We have an older cat that one of my wife's lady friends , gave to us . She ( the cat ) was skittish the first few days , until she became accustomed to us & the house .

My wife feeds her Meow Mix and snacks / treats . She is doing well .

Just give her space and time and love and attention ( when she wants / will accept it .


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To a horse, cat, or dog an outstretched hand with the fingers spread out to them means a paw with the claws spread out. To them that is very threatening and they will respond with either flight or fight especially if they do not know the person.

To a horse, cat, or dog an outstretched hand with the fingers made into a fist and held steady means a paw with the claws retracted and an invitation to come over and associate with the person.

Some cats like treats, and some may not care for them. You only need to give them 4 to 6 pieces. Try Temptations, or Greenies. One thing I do to let my cat know that I am the boss is I use the fact that in the wild the alpha animal of the pack eats first and then the other animals eat. In the evening I eat my dinner, and after I finish my dinner I give our cat 6 pieces of Temptations beef treats. I go out into the kitchen and get the Temptations treat bag and put 6 pieces in one of her dishes and carry the dish to the bathroom on the first floor. I put the cat in that bathroom and close the door and hide the dish somewhere. Then I let the cat out of the bathroom and she hunts for the treat and finds it. Everyday before I finish my dinner she sits and looks at me and waits for me to get her treat. It is something she looks forward to.

Also, some cats like catnip, and some do not care for it. If they like it you can spread some on the floor or one of those round cat toys with the ball that goes around and the cardboard center for scratching, and they will rub or roll in it and makes them drunk and feel good. They may play for a while after that and then go to sleep.

Be sure to change your cats water every day, and wash out the water bowl with a dish rag and a little soap every other day so no slime builds up on the surface of the bowl.

The stainless steel small water bowls with holders that large pet stores sell are a very good idea. Plastic has small cracks in the surface that lets stuff you can not see grow, and it can make your cat sick or cause skin problems around their mouth that the vet will charge you a lot to diagnose and tell you to buy the small stainless steel cat dishes at the pet store.

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Re: First pet in the house [Re: pandus13] #5378597 03/17/20 12:07 PM
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Give them a box turned on its side with a towel folded over on the side that is now the bottom. it makes them feel secure.


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Re: First pet in the house [Re: JimPghPA] #5378599 03/17/20 12:10 PM
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Originally Posted by JimPghPA
Give them a box turned on its side with a towel folded over on the side that is now the bottom. it makes them feel secure.


All good advice. But don't put the box in a location away from you. Otherwise you train the cat to hide in your presence.

Some cat's never warm up to the situation and remain aloof, despite all effort.


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Re: First pet in the house [Re: WyrTwister] #5378614 03/17/20 12:21 PM
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We have had many cats come through my wife's little rescue. Let her feel the place out in her own time. Don't try interacting if she is not receptive, and avoid direct eye contact until she starts approaching on her own. As far as food goes, we have had a lot better results with wet food than dry, especially in keeping them trim as they age. As far as Hills, we fed our first dogs Hill's and several developed dull coats and dry, itchy skin. Switched to a chicken and rice formula from another company and everything cleared up within a few weeks. Good luck, give her time and she will be fine.


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Re: First pet in the house [Re: pandus13] #5378645 03/17/20 01:00 PM
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Congrats on adopting.


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Re: First pet in the house [Re: pandus13] #5378729 03/17/20 02:36 PM
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The earlier suggestion for a quiet room with food/water, a litter box and a place to sleep is for YOU, not the cat. The cat will take over the rest of the house.

Re: First pet in the house [Re: Aredeeem] #5378752 03/17/20 03:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Aredeeem
The earlier suggestion for a quiet room with food/water, a litter box and a place to sleep is for YOU, not the cat. The cat will take over the rest of the house.


Snuggling with the cats is one of the best things in the world though.


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Re: First pet in the house [Re: pandus13] #5378800 03/17/20 03:48 PM
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You are a good person for rescuing that cat!
Do you have any pics of her?


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Re: First pet in the house [Re: pandus13] #5378881 03/17/20 05:01 PM
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Not sure if it's already been mentioned but get a pot with or plant kitty grass (rye, barley, wheat) that will aid digestion and help bring up hairballs. Also get a scratch post. My cat likes one with a perch on top.

Re: First pet in the house [Re: BlueOvalFitter] #5378883 03/17/20 05:03 PM
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Originally Posted by BlueOvalFitter
You are a good person for rescuing that cat!
Do you have any pics of her?

Thank you.
She is a shy 5 pounds 1 year old short hair Tortoise shell (black + grey + beige +some white).
No pictures yet. She manged 2 days in a dead space between cabinets, and the rest is under our queen bed.


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Re: First pet in the house [Re: pandus13] #5378896 03/17/20 05:27 PM
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Buy her a toy with KAT NIP. That stuff is like reefer/weed/pot to a cat. I bet if you get a toy with a long whip like rod, toy at the other end with KAT NIP, she will come out and play.

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Re: First pet in the house [Re: pandus13] #5379021 03/17/20 08:27 PM
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Some cats really know how to play, and others do not know how to. If your cat is one that knows how to play one of the things it would enjoy is 3 or 4 fake mice. They sell them at pet stores and Walmart. They cost about $4.50 to $7.00 each but the cat will use them for many years. They pounce on them, and throw them and carry them around. They can really get into playing with them, if your cat is one of the ones that knows how to play. You might start off with one or two of them.


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Re: First pet in the house [Re: pandus13] #5379027 03/17/20 08:32 PM
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Anytime you approach an animal that is not familiar with you remember:

To a horse, cat, or dog an outstretched hand with the fingers spread out to them means a paw with the claws spread out. To them that is very threatening and they will respond with either flight or fight especially if they do not know the person.

To a horse, cat, or dog an outstretched hand with the fingers made into a fist and held steady means a paw with the claws retracted and an invitation to come over and associate with the person.

Simply remaining calm, saying very little, and what you say is in a soft low voice, and keeping your fist clenched (claws retracted to them) goes a long way in not getting the animal worked up.


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Re: First pet in the house [Re: pandus13] #5379430 03/18/20 10:17 AM
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I give my cat Purina One dry food in the morning for her breakfast and Purina One wet food at night for her dinner. I brush her and bathe her with a barely damp wash cloth or cat wipes once a week. I brush her teeth every night.

She sleeps in the bed with us under the covers and always massages me till I fall asleep,and she holds onto me all night till she wakes me up head butting me in the face every morning. And if I don’t wake up right away she sits in a ball on my head till I wake up haha!!


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