You had a cat run in front of your car and you were totally scared? You tried to avoid the poor animal or maybe you even tried to brake, but couldn’t do anything about it and now you ran over the cat. Unfortunately, most people just drive on after they’ve run over a cat. But […]

One day you go for a walk in your neighborhood and suddenly you see a furry cat’s face protruding behind a bush. Or a cat/cat you’ve never seen before races across the yard and disappears under a parked car. You want to help, but what can you do with a stray cat?

How to best spot a stray, homeless cat

The first rule to help stray and homeless cats is: hands off! Do not follow the cat immediately. It is unlikely that you will catch it, but it is likely that you will frighten it. Even if you manage to get close enough, you risk showering injuries if you try to grab her. A frightened cat can do a lot of damage very quickly.

The second rule to help effectively: Play detective. Is this a domestic cat that has recently been lost? A stray cat that has been on its own for some time but is interested in people as soon as it meets them? A wild cat that is naturally suspicious of people and prefers to live outside a traditional house?

To find out, ask neighbours and other people in the area if they know anything about the cat. Has it just arrived or has it been seen for a long time? Is someone feeding her, giving her shelter or even letting her into his house? Does the cat or cat have a collar and pendant? Has anyone put “cat missing” signs or notes in the neighborhood?

How to help a tame, homeless cat

If it turns out that the kitten has been lost, then of course you want to contact the owner and return the cat. If the found animal is a friendly, tame stray, then he probably lived in a home once. If you can’t find an owner and nobody misses his cat, then you have to find a solution so that nothing happens to the poor animal. Here you can find out which steps you have to take if you have found a found cat .

Drop stray cat?

Check with your local shelter and rescue organisation to see if they have room to accommodate another cat and find a home. If so, use a can of tuna* to lure the cat into a cat transport box* and close the door behind you, but don’t try to force it. Ask someone who has experience with cats. If in doubt, use a human box trap*.

You can try to borrow a trap from a local cat rescue group, an animal shelter or a castration clinic.

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If the shelter is overcrowded and the rescuers are full, don’t try to bring them another cat that they can’t accommodate. Consider caring for the cat yourself and looking for a permanent home. For example, you can also simply try to find a new cat home via Ebay classifieds. If this is also not possible, then have the cat neutered and take care of the animal outside with food* and a warm cat home*.

Nursing wild cats that cannot be tamed

If your neighborhood cat has gone wild or it doesn’t seem that he’s ever lived in a house, then he’s probably not tameable. Here another solution can be found. The cat can stay outside while you offer food and shelter.

Catch and neuter or sterilize stray cats

The most important rule for the care of wild cats: If you want to catch them, you have to be fast. You must use a live trap that is as safe as possible to use. Or you can use the tuna trick described above. This is the only way to catch the wild cat and bring it to an animal clinic for castration. One or two days after the operation he can be released outside again. It is important to call and make an appointment before you lure the cat into the trap. More information about catching wild cats and caring for them before and after the operation can be found on the Internet.

stray cats and kittens help

If there’s a wild cat in your neighborhood, there probably are others. Look around and talk to your neighbours about how you can all work together to help the cats. It is important that all cats in your neighborhood are sterilized or neutered so that the wildlings (wild cats without masters) do not reproduce. This is called Trap-Neuter-Return* or TNR and is the most effective and humane way to control the free-range cat population. Click here for more information about TNR:

It takes a little time and work, but when you are done and your neighbor cat is now in a new home or outdoors, you will know that you have made a difference.

Be yourself the change you wish for this world with its animals.

 

   

   

     

     

     

     

     

     

 

Sources:

petsmartcharities.org/blog/helping-stray-cats-in-your-neighborhood

1.) Step. Ask the neighbors if they are in the basement, in the shed, attic or on the roof:

Ask the neighbours if they can look for your cat in the basement, in the shed, attic or on the roof and if they have seen your cat somewhere.

2)

Please try to find your animal with the help of notes at traffic lights and trees. If possible, try to distribute the notes all over the neighbourhood.

On the notes should be a picture of the cat on it, on which name it hears and since when it disappeared. In addition, your contact details – at least one phone number – should be visible.

Make sure on the note that the neighborhood also looks in their basements and attics. Cats have often been locked up unnoticed and are in danger of dying of thirst or starvation.

3.)

At the same time you can search the internet for your cat. Here a selection of Internet portals:

 

4.)

Ask in the animal shelters and cat protection associations locally whether your cat was announced there, or was delivered.

Here you can find a Cat Protection Organizations Directory for all of Germany.

 

Soon you will find here in this article more ideas and help for cat owners who miss their darling. The article will be extended soon.

Also read the following article for more tips.

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And after us the kitten flood….

80 million kittens in 10 years! Sounds crazy, but is statistical reality. If you assume that a cat and a male cat have kittens twice a year and three of these each survive, this makes over 400 kittens after only three years!

Cat Population Germany

In order not to get lost in a cat flood, the solution is therefore: castration. Because even a single pair of cats has an almost unimaginably large number of offspring when they give birth to two to three litters a year with two or three kittens who themselves have offspring again.

80 million after only ten years!

The reproduction pyramid described here is intended to make it clear that a single pair of cats is sufficient to set off a real avalanche.
This is incredibly important, because there are still cat owners who don’t want to have their pets neutered, but rather accept a cat flood. Or which is little better, the castration after the first litter to do want. It prevails in general the opinion that in the circle of acquaintances surely enough buyers for one of the cute animals will find themselves. But in the end some young cats will end up in the shelter or on the street and those who really want a new pet could make a cat from the shelter happy instead.

Many animals in Germany live under poor conditions and are lovingly cared for in the animal shelter. Please also donate for an animal home: To the donation call A second cat enters the house Why get a second cat? Although often claimed, it is not true: cats are not loners, contrary to popular belief. Domestication […]

What cat breed with little urge to move is there?

All cat breeds actually need exercise. However, there are certain breeds that are particularly athletic and those that are more calm and balanced. The rather calm cat breeds are: American, British, Exotic and European Shorthair, Burmese, Carthusian, Maine Coon, Norwegian Forest Cat, Tonkinese, Turkish Angora, Russian Blue and Ragdoll.

It should be noted here that the American Shorthair feels much more comfortable with regular exercise and it contributes to its balance. Also the European Shorthair likes to have a free run. The Turkish Angora is a lively breed that likes to play. The British Shorthair is one of the cats that has little need for movement, but likes to satisfy its cat-like curiosity on small walks through the garden. The character of the Carthusians is very deliberate and calm, therefore she needs only little movement, but likes to play.

The Maine Coone is a quiet cat, but still has a lot of fun with activities and should therefore have enough free time. Also rain weather doesn’t bother her when going out.

The Norwegian Forest Cat also belongs to the somewhat quieter cats, but is still not a house-cat, because she loves her freedom when outdoors.

 

Which cat breed is suitable for housing?

There are several cat breeds that are perfect for housing*. Here is a list:

The British Shorthair* is perfect for keeping flats.

To the exotic short hair: The perfect apartment cat, which gets along also very well with children. Particularly for cat owners who have to work all day, the exotic shorthair is ideal because it can easily stay at home alone.

The Bengal cat* can be kept in the flat if the flat is not too small. If you have a pet or are looking for a second cat, the Bengal is a good choice, as it is very sociable with other cats.

Burma can also be kept very well in the apartment.

A further good housing cat is the Kartäuser*, because she has no big movement urge.

Let’s come to the Korat: For this breed, some cat associations actually want to keep their cats indoors, so that the breed remains as a pure breed. With the Korat it is to be considered that she does not feel well with children and in the family everyday life coined by hecticness. If you buy a Korat, you should show a lot of affection for it, because this breed tends to have a deep connection to humans.

 

Which cat breed as a free-ganger with great joy in movement and exercise?

The first thing that comes to mind is the very sporty Abyssinian who is known as a true climbing friend. The Abyssinian will perceive every tree as a welcome climbing opportunity and is very quick to get enthusiastic about cat games. This cat breed absolutely needs free climbing possibilities. If the Abyssinian is kept in the apartment, the apartment should be nicely large and it should be daily at least three times 10 minutes (better even more) with the cat, by e.g. cat play equipment, be occupied.

Also the Burmilla and the Bombay are free-range cat breeds, which inspire by their liveliness. The Burma is an active cat, which has a certain demand on the owner. She would like to be kept busy – the owner can satisfy the Burmese adventurous spirit by constantly rethinking catch-and-hunt games and offer her a nice opportunity to get away.

 

What cat breed is suitable for children and is child-friendly?

The Abyssinian cats belong to the very playful cat breeds. They love to be occupied by children. Another breed that gets along very well with children is the exotic shorthair.

 

Which cat breed can be well alone?

Cat breeds that are suitable for working people and can be left alone in the home:

Burma* doesn’t need much care and doesn’t have to be kept busy by its owner. However, her hair should be combed once a day because she loses a lot of hair.

Another breed that has no problem at all with being left alone is the exotic shorthair*.

This Trixie Activity Fun Board* is one of the most popular activity boards on Amazon, so we wanted to try it out for our cats for a long time.

 

What components does the cat fumbling board*?

consist of?
It is basically a kind of puzzle and game activity board with five different modules on one board. Each module has a unique game design and stimulates each of the five senses a cat has.

The Trixie 5-in-1 spurs your cat on to solve little thinking games and figure out how to get the treats that are in each module.

The 5 modules consist of round bowls, pins pointing upwards, a narrow alley, small squares and a tunnel. Some of the modules are more complicated to see through, others are simpler. The bowls are reminiscent of a fishbowl from which the cat has to fish out the treat with her paws.

With the pens, the cat must first look from some distance, where Leckerli* is exactly. The cat can’t observe as well as humans do from close up. Once the cat has seen from a distance where the “delicious target” is located inside the pens, it will consider a strategy how to reach for the treat with the help of its paws between the pens.

The Mietz really enjoys the narrow alley because she can lie down on the ground and try to dig out the reward from there.

The small squares are located directly above the tunnel and can be filled with liquid food*, so that the cat can enjoy the liquid food.

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The tunnel is even suitable for slightly larger toys, such as a toy mouse*.

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Why does this play option now stimulate all 5 senses?

The cat is simply very versatile busy. So she can lie down to play, but also when sitting she can scoop for the delicacies. She uses her tongue, sniffs her nose to locate the place of the eatery. Of course, she also uses her eyes to see where the eater is and listens as the toy mouse moves through the tunnel.

The nice thing is that there is even an instruction book with it explaining how best to get the cat to become active and stay curious.

 

Game 1: The bowls, which are designed like small goldfish bowls, encourage your tenant to successfully get food even in a rounded environment.

Game 2: The pens challenge the cat to look from the distance where the eatery is and to devise an intelligent strategy to get really close to the eatery.

Game 3: The narrow alleyway demands the whole physical effort of your Mietz: She gets to it best when she lies down and uses her paws, toes and claws.

Game 4: Also her tongue must use the Mietz cleverly, if she licks the tasty liquid out of the squares.

game 5: The toy in the tunnel is invisible at the beginning and she has to listen how it slips out. There are no limits to creativity here, because many different toys can be pushed into the tunnel.

&nbsp. what does it consist of?

What does the activity board consist of? The board is made of rubber and white plastic. So it is easy to wash off – a clear advantage.

Each of the 5 modules requires a different combination of the 5 cat senses.

If you decide to buy, you have one year warranty on the cat board.

 

How does the Trixie 5-in-1 Cat Activity Board work?

Your cat may take a while to come up with a clever strategy at the beginning. It’s like a kind of puzzle where a little cat’s brain lard is a part of it. But soon your pussy will know how to use her paws and claws to conquer areas of the board that are hard to reach at first (like the tunnel).

In time, your cat will be able to find the fastest and best way and remember it to get its reward.

 

Here you can see a video of kittens conquering the Trixie 4590 Cat Activity Fun Board.

Advantages of the Trixie 4590 Cat Activity Fun Board:

  • cats boredom no longer occurs or becomes less
  • After how quickly your cat finds out the trick, your cat will be between 15 and 20 minutes busy with the board.
  • There are 5 different games and each game has a different difficulty level
  • This rental toy cannot be outwitted by your cat knocking it over! It’s already on the ground anyway
  • You can use the toy to give your cat something to eat during the feeding time
  • It’s super easy to wash off and you can also just wash it in the dishwasher
  • The board stimulates your cat mentally and is just a fun challenge for your cat
  • The eating speed of your cat will be reduced if you use it to feed your cat
  • If your cat likes it really well sometime, it will rather eat from the Trixie than from her food bowl
  • You can simply remove the bowls to clean the board even easier.
  • It is a stable toy and looks nice

 

Disadvantages of the Trixie Cat Activity Fun Board

  • The price of 14,99 Euro* is slightly more than the average price for a cat toy
  • For cats who are allergic to plastic, the game is not suitable because all components are made of plastic

 

Here are some tips on how we enjoyed playing with the Trixie Activity Center the most when testing:

  1. Variate the place for the board and also change the number of treats, so your pussy remains interested and curious
  2. You can also put dry food into the square containers and you will see how your cat tries to pull them out with his tongue.
  3. You can simply turn the bowls off from the ground if you want to get them.
  4. You best put the board on a mat so that it cannot be pushed away.

 

Summary of the Trixie Cat Activity Fun Board 30 x 40 cm tests

The Trixie 5-1 Cat Activity Board is a great toy for cats to challenge them mentally and to make an effort to get their hands on. This cat puzzle has a much higher entertainment factor than many other animal toys. Normal cat toys quickly get boring for cats because they quickly see through them – but not the Trixie Board! With the different modules and challenges, natural cat curiosity lasts much longer!

If your cat normally tends to eat its food, you can simply replace its food bowl with the board. It will then take your cat at least 15 minutes to eat all her dinner. This is an absolute win-win situation in terms of fun and enjoyment.

The Trixie Activity Board Station is simply the right thing for you and your cat if you want to let your cat do something to get their food, if you want to mentally challenge your cat and if you want to reduce the boredom of your flat cat. By the way, the board is also great for owners of two cats.

Nobody likes to clean the dirty litter box. Imagine what it would be like if you never had to clean the litter box again!

Have you ever figured out how much all the cat litter your cat consumes all its life costs?

Yes, modern technology makes it possible that you never have to clean the litter box again and you can save a lot of money for cat litter!

In this experience report I will tell you how this can work.

You’ll find out why the Litter Robot 3*, the open-air model is the best self-cleaning cat toilet on the market.

If you don’t have time to read the complete article right now: This is the best self-cleaning litter box of all litter trays tested by me.

By the way, the predecessor – Litter Robot 2 – has not been manufactured since 2017. The Litter Robot 3 is therefore the most up-to-date and functionally best model on the market:

What is a Litter Robot at all?

With the Litter Robot you can save a lot of cat litter and never have to clean the cat “A-A” again. This litter box works fully automatically and is very reliable. With the Litter Robot 3 you will save thousands of Euros in cat supplies. With normal cat litter much higher costs result from cat litter.

The Litter Robot 3* looks unique; like from a science fiction movie: Cat spaceship.

Your cat can’t travel the universe with it, but it’s great as a cat toilet. The self-cleaning works a thousand times better than with any competing products. The toilet tank is reliably minimized.

The reliability and odor minimization are exemplary compared to other cat litter trays. No additional consumables are needed, as it is usual with other self-cleaning cat toilets.  But we will discuss this in detail later in this report.

The manufacturer has actually managed to produce a toilet that never needs to be cleaned!

The design idea behind it is that the spherical shape supports the rotational movement. With the rotating movement, all dirty litter is completely removed from the unused cat litter. The robot works super precisely so that the spread of bacteria is reduced. Thus the toilet must be cleaned and/or maintained only minimally. Compared to a normal rentless toilet you save a lot of time. The cleaning process is fully automatic and works perfectly.

There are some other tent-closets which are supposed to be self-cleaning but do not work properly.

 

How does the robot toilet work?

The secret of the Litter Robot is its weight sensor. The sensor detects exactly whether it is a small or a large cat that is making its pile. When the pussy is finished with her business, the cat litter is automatically cleaned 3-7 minutes later. This was also the case with the Litter Robot 2 and Litter Robot 1 and makes the Litter Robot.

The removed cat litter is put directly into the litter bin inside the robot.

The purpose of this toilet innovation is to reduce waste in the form of cat litter to a minimum – saving the most money.

The litter is combed through a filter that separates the used litter from the unused litter. The used litter is thrown into a waste bin bottom inside the robot for easy disposal.
The Open-Air model is the first upgrade after the so called Litter Robot Bubble (with skylight) or after the very successful Litter-Robot 2.

 

 

This new model is the absolute winner if you compare it with its predecessors. The manufacturer “Automated Pet Care Products, Inc.” has really “done its job” here and has responded to all the suggestions of the predecessor users. Based on feedback from Litter Robot 1 and 2 customers, the 3 has been completely redesigned, enhanced and improved.

 

Litter Robot 3 Instruction manual

The only thing you have to do to get Robot 3 up and running: Place the upper part on the lower part, plug the plug into the socket and fill in the clumping litter. Besides the clumping clay litter, the Litter Robot 3 can also be used with litter beads and litter crystals. Here to the PDF file*.

 

 

How has the Litter Robot 3 been improved compared to its predecessors?

In addition to its sleek new design, the Cat Litter Robot features a new self-regulating cat sensor that can pick up cats weighing up to 3kg or more. This is great because it allows cat owners with large or very heavy cats to use the device.

Another new feature is the night light function, which automatically turns on during your cat’s night visits, helping older and sick cats who need to go to the litter box more often.

The new model has the following main features:

  • drawer full display LED light
  • automatic night light for aging cats,
  • 8-hour sleep mode and
  • adjustable waiting time settings when your cat comes back to the litter tray.

 

Construction

The Litter-Robot Open-Air is equipped with a spacious litter area and an upward directed entrance, which allows all cat sizes from small to large cats to do their business comfortably.

The MoonGlo Nightlight automatic LED is also powered by the unit’s self-regulating sensor, which also indicates when the unit’s waste bin is full and emits a beep.

To get a better understanding of how the design complements the self-cleaning capabilities, watch the video to see how it works.

Litter Robot 3 Video

 

Litter Robot 3 Features

    • spacious and easily accessible litter box for large and small cats
    • suitable for multiple cats
    • uses low-cost clumping litter – no expensive or proprietary litter types required
    • variable setting of the cleaning cycle from 3 – 7 minutes
    • an 8-hour Sleep Mode setting – Turns itself off when your cat is sleeping.

a 8-hour Sleep Mode setting – Turns itself off when your cat is sleeping.

    • has an easily accessible control panel, so that the controls cannot be manipulated by children.
    • equipped with a self-adjusting sensor, which can take up a cat weight of 3 kg or more.
    • a sensor that automatically stops the self-cleaning process when your cat wants to use the litter tray again during the cleaning cycle

a sensor that automatically stops the self-cleaning process when your cat wants to use the litter tray again during the cleaning cycle

a sensor that automatically stops the self-cleaning process when your cat wants to use the litter tray again during the cleaning cycle

a sensor that automatically stops the self-cleaning process when your cat wants to use the litter tray again during the cleaning cycle

a sensor that automatically stops the self-cleaning process when your cat wants to use the litter tray again during the cleaning cycle

 

  • night light for nocturnal visits to the litter tray.
  • Interface for controlling the waste robot

 

How does the cleaning process work?

Its new and distinctive design uses a patented rotating mechanism to screen the waste from the unpolluted litter. The waste is thrown into a container at the bottom of the unit that uses a biodegradable plastic bag*.

Saving tip: Normal plastic bags can also be used.

The device is equipped with a timer that triggers a 3-7 minute cleaning delay to ensure that your cat has left the litter tray.

If your cat walks back in during the cleaning process, the Cat Litter Robot’s sensor triggers and completes the cleaning process. The system then resets and after 7 minutes, when the cat has exited the Litter Robot, the cleaning process restarts.

Maintenance and care of the robot

The plastic bags must be changed regularly.

The waste chamber is cleaned simply by replacing the bag at the bottom of the machine every 5-7 days. The device uses normal and cheap cat litter, which makes it less expensive compared to other types of cat litter. In addition, the device does a super “job” in eliminating cat odors because it is equipped with an innovatively effective carbon filter system.

 

Advantages and disadvantages of the Litter Robot 3

Advantages:

  • Optimal for all types and sizes of cats
  • Very simple to set up and operate – Just unpack from the delivery package and plug into the socket.
  • usable with different cat litter brands
  • 7-minute cleaning cycles after the end of the cat business
  • Quieter compared to other automatic waste bin systems
  • Fights cat excrement odour with carbon filter system
  • Safety stop if your cat enters the litter tray while the device is in the cleaning cycle.
  • 90-day money-back guarantee and 18-month functional guarantee.

Disadvantages:

  • The device is large and requires a certain parking space in the house or apartment.
  • Not suitable for cats over 15 pounds.
  • The electronic control panel is not waterproof.

Recommendations for the Litter Robot Open Air:

Before running the Litter-Robot in automatic mode, make sure each cat in the household weighs no more than 15 pounds to reliably trigger the cat sensor.

Make sure the Litter-Robot stands on a flat and stable surface. Note that positioning the Litter-Robot on a thick carpet can affect the sensitivity of the sensor.

Do you have a longhaired cat?

With long cat hair it can happen that litter gets stuck in the hair. Therefore it is a good idea to place a high-quality mat directly in front of the Litter-Robot, which keeps back any litter. This prevents the litter from spreading around the apartment.

 

Helpful tips and tricks

Do not place any litter on the globe other than cat litter.
Avoid forcing your cat into the device, it will take a little time to get used to it.
Do not remove the housing of the device or the globe while the device is rotating.
Avoid turning on the unit when the globe has been removed and fingers or hair can get caught in the rotating devices.
Do not immerse or moisten the base or globe with water.

Summary

This exceptional cat litter box is for cat owners who are willing to make the investment to save a lot of time cleaning a normal litter box and free themselves from the unattractive task of “A-A” getting away. Never shovel in the litter box again!
Apart from the amazing convenience the robot offers, the device also saves money – especially in the long run, as much less cat litter is used. With many other special cat toilets you also have to buy special litter – this is not necessary here!

Don’t worry if the Litter Robot should break down: There is 18 months of service and the manufacturer repairs the device. However, the device is super stable and it hardly ever happens that something breaks.

The Litter Robot iii is in my opinion the best self-cleaning litter box on the market. Not only, but especially for those who aren’t at home all day, it’s just convenient when the litter box cleans itself.

 

Furnishings? Uncomplicated!

The Open-Air device only needs a socket to work. Normal cat litter can be used.

Try it out (you can test it for free for 90 days and return it at any time within the 90 days). You have to have tried that out! Imagine what it would be like if you never had to shovel in cat excrement again!

 

buy Litter Robot 3

The best way to buy it is at Amzon (click here*).