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Re: First pet in the house [Re: pandus13] #5379453 03/18/20 10:56 AM
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Anyone here give their cats a daily multivitamin?


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Re: First pet in the house [Re: pandus13] #5379501 03/18/20 11:49 AM
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I don't. None of my cats ever exhibited the sort of joint stiffening/pain that becomes pretty common in dogs.

I think you're way ahead of the curve brushing your cat's teeth. I think that's a bit reason mine has made it to 20 and still going (mostly) strong. Definitely one of those things you have to start early. We took in an adult stray and she would never put up with it.

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I don't. None of my cats ever exhibited the sort of joint stiffening/pain that becomes pretty common in dogs.

I think you're way ahead of the curve brushing your cat's teeth. I think that's a bit reason mine has made it to 20 and still going (mostly) strong. Definitely one of those things you have to start early. We took in an adult stray and she would never put up with it.


What do you use to brush your cat’s teeth? Do you use any of that toothpaste for cats? I just use warm water and a soft bristle toothbrush. I also use cat eye wipes to clean her eyes and face daily.


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Re: First pet in the house [Re: aquariuscsm] #5379684 03/18/20 04:10 PM
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Originally Posted by aquariuscsm

What do you use to brush your cat’s teeth? Do you use any of that toothpaste for cats? I just use warm water and a soft bristle toothbrush. I also use cat eye wipes to clean her eyes and face daily.


I use the little finger bristle thing, and this toothpaste: https://www.amazon.com/Petrodex-Den...mp;swrs=19B341DBA80030C1572690515FB2DA05

That said, the vet told me long ago that even water and abrasion from your finger works. She actually likes the flavor of the toothpaste, so it makes it easier.

I my experience, if you don't do this with them as kittens, they'll never put up with it later.

Re: First pet in the house [Re: pandus13] #5380016 03/19/20 04:41 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.

You need to give her a safe space. If possible, give her her own room. Provide a hiding space, which could be under a bed or you can make something out of a cardboard box. Get her a cat tree. Get her some toys. Make the house cat-navigable. Cats like to climb and walk over things. It's very important to give her places she can claim to be hers, like a cat bed or some other place to sit or sleep.

As for the food, my feral rescues get Friskies Surfin' and Turfin' Favorites dry food and all sorts of varieties of Friskies wet canned food. They get Temptations Backyard Cookout cat treats and occasionally the Fancy Feast Broths. Always provide fresh water, which needs to be put away from the food. Food and water both need to be away from the litter boxes. I use the Dr. Elsey's Premium Multicat Unscented litter (blue bag).

She will be very friendly soon.


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Re: First pet in the house [Re: pandus13] #5380044 03/19/20 06:05 AM
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Buy good food for the cat. Least amount of ingredients as possible and nothing artificial. Cheap food for cats or dogs can cause disturbing results over time.


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Re: First pet in the house [Re: pandus13] #5380064 03/19/20 07:06 AM
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My Keeks' fave litter is Arm and Hammer Double Duty. I bought her somer Feline Greenies Dental Treats yesterday on my way home from work.


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Re: First pet in the house [Re: Triple_Se7en] #5381755 03/21/20 01:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Triple_Se7en
Buy good food for the cat. Least amount of ingredients as possible and nothing artificial. Cheap food for cats or dogs can cause disturbing results over time.

I know some people like to buy the most expensive gourmet food for their pets, with the belief that it's better.

I personally go with major-name-brand cat food -- Friskies by Nestlé to be exact. My cats are extremely healthy and never get sick. They are not even six years old yet (40 in human years). Hopefully they will have long healthy lives.

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Re: First pet in the house [Re: pandus13] #5381782 03/21/20 02:43 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.

I got a cat from my vet. A beautiful Maine Coon. As soon as he was home he shot under my bed. He stayed for a day. Finally, impatience won out and I began to crawl under after him to pet. As soon as he saw me, the growling began. Maine coons are large...and sharp on all 4 corners. Being in a confined space, I slowed my roll a bit, but he wasnt posturing. Inching forward, he began to sound more and more like a meth fueled garbage disposal. Still, being me, I slowly stretched a hand out. He stopped growling and gave it a sniff. Then another. Then I petted an ear and he leaned into it and I scratched behind his ears and the purring began. I withdrew from under the bed, and he shortly followed. He has followed me room to room through 2 apartments and finally my house, over the last 8 years like a dog. I love that cat.

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Originally Posted by Ws6
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.

I got a cat from my vet. A beautiful Maine Coon. As soon as he was home he shot under my bed. He stayed for a day. Finally, impatience won out and I began to crawl under after him to pet. As soon as he saw me, the growling began. Maine coons are large...and sharp on all 4 corners. Being in a confined space, I slowed my roll a bit, but he wasnt posturing. Inching forward, he began to sound more and more like a meth fueled garbage disposal. Still, being me, I slowly stretched a hand out. He stopped growling and gave it a sniff. Then another. Then I petted an ear and he leaned into it and I scratched behind his ears and the purring began. I withdrew from under the bed, and he shortly followed. He has followed me room to room through 2 apartments and finally my house, over the last 8 years like a dog. I love that cat.

I have a Maine coon too. There's a reason they are nicked named the gentle giant. She's a female and 22 pounds. The vet she goes too says she's the biggest cat they've seen. She's family to me.


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Re: First pet in the house [Re: pandus13] #5381789 03/21/20 04:46 AM
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Originally Posted by pandus13
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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.


Tortie’s are gorgeous cats, and in my experience usually have a pretty strong personality. Our Muffin, aka Goose, is 22lbs of sass!

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I got a cat from my vet. A beautiful Maine Coon. As soon as he was home he shot under my bed. He stayed for a day. Finally, impatience won out and I began to crawl under after him to pet. As soon as he saw me, the growling began. Maine coons are large...and sharp on all 4 corners. Being in a confined space, I slowed my roll a bit, but he wasnt posturing. Inching forward, he began to sound more and more like a meth fueled garbage disposal. Still, being me, I slowly stretched a hand out. He stopped growling and gave it a sniff. Then another. Then I petted an ear and he leaned into it and I scratched behind his ears and the purring began. I withdrew from under the bed, and he shortly followed. He has followed me room to room through 2 apartments and finally my house, over the last 8 years like a dog. I love that cat.


This is the best description of an angry cat I have ever read.

I miss our Maine Coon, Hippie. About 10 years ago he passed at 16 years old. He LOVED water. Whenever we would take a shower, he’d sit on the back or side of the bath tub and put his tail down into the water.


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Re: First pet in the house [Re: Gokhan] #5381918 03/21/20 09:06 AM
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Buy good food for the cat. Least amount of ingredients as possible and nothing artificial. Cheap food for cats or dogs can cause disturbing results over time.

I know some people like to buy the most expensive gourmet food for their pets, with the belief that it's better.

I personally go with major-name-brand cat food -- Friskies by Nestlé to be exact. My cats are extremely healthy and never get sick. They are not even six years old yet (40 in human years). Hopefully they will have long healthy lives.

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Typically it's the opposite with dogs. Been the cheap route and had to do many vet visits because of it.
I would love to buy the XL $20 Purina Dog Chow. I buy the craft $60 (only large) bag and my dogs now thrive on it. No vet visits necessary. No skin growths. No eye discharges. No cataracts. No arthritis. No loose, smelly stools.......etc....etc.

I'm guessing if you eat cheap food from places like Aldi.....etc.... fast food places too, then so will the pet. But if you eat good food that costs more due to nutrition exhibits on the label - or place of origin, then so will your pet.


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Originally Posted by pandus13
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.


Tortie’s are gorgeous cats, and in my experience usually have a pretty strong personality. Our Muffin, aka Goose, is 22lbs of sass!

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Originally Posted by Ws6

I got a cat from my vet. A beautiful Maine Coon. As soon as he was home he shot under my bed. He stayed for a day. Finally, impatience won out and I began to crawl under after him to pet. As soon as he saw me, the growling began. Maine coons are large...and sharp on all 4 corners. Being in a confined space, I slowed my roll a bit, but he wasnt posturing. Inching forward, he began to sound more and more like a meth fueled garbage disposal. Still, being me, I slowly stretched a hand out. He stopped growling and gave it a sniff. Then another. Then I petted an ear and he leaned into it and I scratched behind his ears and the purring began. I withdrew from under the bed, and he shortly followed. He has followed me room to room through 2 apartments and finally my house, over the last 8 years like a dog. I love that cat.


This is the best description of an angry cat I have ever read.

I miss our Maine Coon, Hippie. About 10 years ago he passed at 16 years old. He LOVED water. Whenever we would take a shower, he’d sit on the back or side of the bath tub and put his tail down into the water.

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Re: First pet in the house [Re: pandus13] #5381974 03/21/20 10:04 AM
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Guys,
such Beautiful stories.

Since she has been only in the house, do I need a fleas collar?

Update:
still under bed, but can tolerate all family. and play with about 2 at a time.
started to go out during the day,
set 2 places for her at windows for CatTV. She enjoys but she has to be alone.
most success, homemade toys. Store bought with catnip inside, no-go.

I started yesterday to give her 4 dental snacks per day.
Food-wise: will finish the shelter provided adult Hills + introduced some Nutro (rice and chicken). Guess what she likes by smell?
Wet food, Friskies + couple more, about 1/2 can morning, 1/2 can at night, with about a tablespoon of water added. She likes shreds, not really pate, and some store bought cubes sit for a long time....
Give her 1/2 boiled egg about every 3 days
tried a piece of boiled meat, no seasoning cut in cubes. Had to break in smaller pieces.

Water changed once or twice per day. starting to think about making a water fountain/running water feature.
tried milk about 3 times.

Only time she has been sick, store can with vegetable inside.

Litter, for now using some scented clay. Never again, will try some from Kroger

and re: Slave, she acquired:
2 small mice
2 big mice
1 duckie
2 liter boxes + pan + rug/towel under (to clean paws from carying sand and ... other )
collar with bell
scratch post
couple cardboard "houses", couple homemade scratchers
about 10 small towels, 2 of my old shirts, couple medium towels
some toys from my kids (2 balls, one orange, one onion, one carrot + lots of rubberbands)
3 homemade "chase-me" sticks
she requisitioned my fluffy get out of bed rug.
1 pet bowl,
couple corelle bowls and plates (hard to break, easy to clean)
couple wide-base glass bowls for water
1 silicone pet bush


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Guys, couple questions?

What litter works best for you?
Also what box? Covered/uncovered? Side or top entrance?

Also, how do you move her from scratching a furniture to a scratching post or similar?


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