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June 30th, 2008

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06:26 pm - Self-Doubt re: Kittens
 I've been reading enough about "Kitten Care" to put the fear into me. We will refill the bathroom litterbox with non-clumping litter tonight. S and Z have tested negative for FeLeuk and FIV, but I am still worried that they may have had False Negatives. And what about worms! (Yes, they've been wormed, and had their first set of vaccinations...) I need to stay away from helpful websites.

Seriously, we never had specific cat furniture during the long reign of Brutus and Shadow and I don't think they missed it, but authoritative (vet school) articles made it sound like you were abusing your cats if you didn't have a cat tree or other device that provides a place to climb, hide, sharpen claws, and pose prettily, all in one. I'm begging for reassurance here - if you are treeless and your cats seem well-adjusted anyway, please comment.

We do have one windowsill suitable for birdwatching (unless you are Mr. Brutus, who hasn't been up there since he lost his figure), a scratching post, and multiple places to hide under and behind furniture, but the climbing opportunities are very limited.

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Date:July 1st, 2008 12:13 am (UTC)

Define well adjusted? :)

Feh. I've had cats on and off for years and never had a tree. Cats like couches, on, over, under. Cats like to sit on whatever you are reading. Odds are good if you had a tree they would ignore it and come climb onto your lap.

Paul and Suzanne also have two new-ish kittens and no tree, and they seem very happy and playful, and find lots of places to climb they should not be, like the kitchen table. The only cat furniture they installed was a shelf by the window because the sill wasn't that big, but it you have a sit-able sill that is probably ideal.
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Date:July 1st, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)
are you kidding? I've seen your house... its a climbing bonanza!
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Date:July 1st, 2008 02:46 am (UTC)
Ignore the authoritative articles, I guess. We had many happy, healthy cats over the years, and I don't remember there ever being a scratching post in the house. I think somebody's just trying to sell you scratching posts.
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Date:July 1st, 2008 04:46 am (UTC)
Whenever we tried to introduce scratching posts to our cats,
they had to be trained to use them (The funniest part was
the naughty, furniture-chewing kitten refusing to use it,
and the huge, well-behaved older cat turning juvenile &
tearing the living hell out of the one my brother made...).
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Date:July 1st, 2008 06:25 pm (UTC)
Judge by experience. Brutus is happy, Shadow was; never did we have cat-trees or the like.

Yes, you need to stay away from helpful websites for a while.

And you think I am fretting too much about them? ;-)
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Date:July 2nd, 2008 03:04 am (UTC)
Our cats did just fine without any special furniture! Like Flaviarassen's cats, when we finally tried to give them a scratching post, they ignored it.

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