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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*.
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.
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.
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.
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.
At the same time you can search the internet for your cat. Here a selection of Internet portals:
- Ebay Classifieds
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!
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.
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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?
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*?
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.
The tunnel is even suitable for slightly larger toys, such as a toy mouse*.
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.
. 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:
- Variate the place for the board and also change the number of treats, so your pussy remains interested and curious
- 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.
- You can simply turn the bowls off from the ground if you want to get them.
- 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.