Here are some things I wish I had known about owning a cat.
In contrast, Massachusetts specifically gives the decision as to whether a cat wears the vaccination tags to the cat’s owner:
Well, it’s a little small that much LOL. But when I saw it I instantly thought cat tree. My first step will be carpeting the shelves. I am thinking the first two shelves they can easily reach, so not cutting anything on those. The last two shelves are where I really need some input. I am not sure how big an opening would need to be for them to easily just crawl up from one shelf to the next, without losing space for them to lay down. Or if maybe a ramp system to the third shelf would be prudent.
I recently obtained an interesting shelf I wanted to turn into a cat tree. I have done this before with an old TV stand. However, I am looking for input on this one because it is a 6 foot tall, 4 shelf, straight up and down shelf. Just looking for some input and ideas from someone who has built a cat tree from scratch. Thanks!
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(3) Some people care for or own feral cats.
A cat who lives with a house rabbit might still stalk and chase a rabbit he met outdoors. The environmental cues would set the instinct in motion. In fact, he might even pursue his own rabbit-friend if they encountered each other outdoors. There are two lessons here. The first is to make sure you set up a situation where Felix is unlikely to feel predatory. The second is that even if Daphne has a feline friend, she could still be terrorized by an unfamiliar cat.When you feel ready to move on, the next step is to give Daphne and Felix supervised access to each other. That means, hang out with them in a room where you can intervene if necessary, but don't intervene unless absolutely necessary. Give them a chance to work things out in their own way. If Felix is mostly respectful and curious, let him sniff and investigate. If he's rambunctious, squirt him with water a few times. Try not to let him know that it's you doing the squirting, or he will associate it with you instead of with the behavior. The water should come as an unpleasant surprise, or, more technically, an environmental reprimand. If you find you're resorting to the water-pistol frequently, that means you've moved ahead too soon. Go back to the cage phase. Eventually, most rabbits and cats get used to each other. It's just a matter of time and, in some cases, supervision.Many people report a total reversal of the expected roles between house-rabbit and house-cat. Daphne takes charge, bossing Felix, chasing him and generally throwing her weight around. Rabbits tend to be much more confrontational in social situations than are cats. I believe this is because, at a very basic level, rabbits are group animals and cats are solitary. Daphne's instincts tell her, "Here's someone in my territory. We need to figure out who's who in the social hierarchy." Felix, on the other hand, is thinking, "Hmm. A large furry creature who isn't running away from me. Why look for trouble?" Fundamentally social or pack animals such as rabbits, dogs, and humans are much more concerned with hierarchy-with who's in charge, who's top dog-than animals who are programmed to live on their own. Domestication has modified these instincts in the cat to the point that most domestic cats prefer to live with at least one feline companion. And of course there is a great deal of individual variation within species, from the human hermit to the gregarious cat. There are also animals who seem to prefer the companionship of species other than their own. Many rabbits who lack the social skills necessary for living with another rabbit do much better with a feline companion. This discussion analyzes the relevant state laws that affect cats. It also raises and attempts to answer several questions directed to cat owners, including licensing of cats, the feral cat problem, and state vaccination requirements.