Cat Doors, Cat Beds and Scratching Posts

Cat Doors: A small door for a cat that leads to the garden gives it a free way to come and go as it pleases. The majority of them have four different options: enter only, leave only, closed and opened. Some of them are activated with a magnet or a key that hangs from the cat’s collar. This way only the cat is able to pass through. The only disadvantage about these options is that if the magnet or key get lost your cat will not be able to enter.

Note:Isaac Newton was awarded for the invention of the cat door. It is said that he drilled two holes in his door, one for his cat and another for the smaller kittens.

Beds and Materials: Cats will sleep anywhere, so having a specific bed is not exactly necessary. A closed box with a small hole in the side and covered with a soft material may just be the perfect bed, and if it gets dirty you can easily discard it. If this is not enough for a pampered one, there are many different types of comfortable beds and blankets for cats in the pet shops. Even so, after buying a costly bed, you may discover later that your cat prefers to sleep on a bundle of clothes or on your favorite sweater.

Scratching Posts: Cats need hard surfaces to scratch on, sharpen their claws and rub off scents. Indoor cats use furniture, rugs and wallpaper for this reason. Even cats that have access to trees tend to scratch inside the house, it probably makes them feel safer in their “hideout”. It is better to teach the cat to scratch on posts at an early age; adult cats are more stubborn and resistant. Pet shops offer a variety of posts for cats to scratch on, or you can even make one with a long tree trunk with bark and a firm base. Make sure that it is high enough so that it will be able to stretch completely and strong enough so that it will be able to push it without it falling over; it won’t be used if it is too short or if it tumbles around.

Collars: There are many different points of views about the use of collars on cats. Some cats will strangle themselves when climbing trees because their collar gets stuck in the branches. Sometimes cats get their front paw entangled with the collar and when they struggle to get it off, the collar may cut its skin and leave deep wounds. If your cat must carry an identification on its collar, make sure that the collar has an elastic part so that it will be able to get its head out if it were to get stuck on a branch of a tree. It is also better if the collar opens when pulled by force allowing cat is to escape if anything happens. There are also those that glow in the dark, they are designed for drivers to be able to see them at night.

 Nowadays you can find a special collar, made to protect birds without interfering with its natural hunting instinct.

 When the cat leaps for the bird, the devise lets out a one second audiovisual alarm from the collar, letting the bird to escape. It is threatening to birds but harmless for the cats.

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