Life really has changed for all of us and even though I live in the country on a farm surrounded by acres of grass, you still feel ‘confined’.
Many of you have tackled this situation by adding a furry friend to the household, usually a cat or a dog. While there already is a ‘pack’ of dogs living in the backyard, I would really love a cat.
You could go for a moggy, an Asiatic breed like the Burmese, Siamese or Abyssinien, with their dog-like behaviours or if you fancy something with long hair and really laid back, a Persian could be the go. Then for something very different there are the Rex breeds for people allergic to cats, the British Shorthair, with its smiling face or the biggest cat of all, the Maine Coon.
They love ‘cocoons’, inside they feel warm and safe. Most cat breeds do not like the cold! Buy a litter tray with a lid, it saves on mess. Most kittens are toilet trained from the get go. I prefer the pelleted paper litters.
Food needs to be a mix of wet (fresh or canned) and dry and there always needs to be fresh water. Cats love drinking from running water so one of those small indoor water fountains are ideal. If you start off with a raw chicken wing a couple of times a week it will help keep the teeth clean.
You can with patience train them to walk on a lead, if you start when they are young. Cats however don’t walk like dogs, they sort of meander along.
Feathers are the go and with so many backyard chickens it shouldn’t be too hard to find some. Simply tie a few quills together with tape and attach some thin elastic and hang them everywhere for hours of fun.
They also enjoy aluminum cooking foil. Scrunch it up into the size of a small ball. They are so easy and so light to play with. The only things that come close are the little ‘furry mice’ toys you can buy from several places like Woolworths.
Stroking a cat for ten minutes once a day has been scientifically shown to lower blood pressure by 10%. So, “what’s new pussycat”?
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