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Eleanor the cat convert!

Hello to all the lovely bloggers of the world.

I don’t know if many of you know much about Eleanor and her relationship with our cats as I have not really mentioned it much. Eleanor absolutely loves our Diesel and Angel, and Dior when she was around. But until 2009 Eleanor had never had a pet cat, was never fond of them and never had or wanted much to do with them.

When I met Eleanor and we got together in 2009 I had been babbling on about getting a cat, specifically I wanted a black boy cat. One day Eleanor went to the town, came back with this tiny little black boy kitten, we named him Diesel and this is the boy on the blog to this day. Eleanor has always been more of a dog person than a cat. When we had Diesel only, before we had out little staffy Isaac, Eleanor didn’t really like Diesel much. He was a bit of a bugger in his early kitten days.

I remember one memory vividly about Diesel and his naughty behaviour. It was when Eleanor and I were together but we both had our own places. We kept it like that for just under a year, to make certain it would work out for us and to ensure we didn’t rush into our relationship. We were literally a stone throw away from each other but never spent a night apart, just had these two homes. We would spend a night at Eleanor’s, and a night at mine, and take turns. Diesel would of course come along with us and was never left alone on a night. He had a bed, toys, litter tray and bowls in both homes. On an evening when Eleanor and I would try to sleep at Eleanor’s home in particular, Diesel would run around going mad, he would stick his paws under the covers at the bottom of the bed and scratch Eleanor’s feet. There was many a time, Eleanor would wake up with a few chunks of flesh missing and some dried in blood at the bottom of the bed. It absolutely drove her crazy, and she really didn’t like him. I kept thinking to myself, I wish he would calm down because he is not making a very good impression lol. My opinion on it was that Diesel knew Eleanor didn’t really like him or cats for that matter and Diesel was doing it on purpose… Who will know!

Diesel did start to calm down as he got older. We eventually gave up Eleanor’s home and moved properly into mine, which is now ours. The older Diesel got literally week by week, the more placid, pleasant and better behaved he become. When Eleanor first moved into my-our home, she used to work from home, we had the staffy dog at the time. Eleanor instantly had a strange bond with Diesel that I couldn’t quite grasp, it literally happened overnight. It was weird. Ever since then, Eleanor’s whole perception on cats has changed, she obviously thinks our cats are the best, but actually loves all cats, which I never thought would be possible due to her not having the best start with Diesel.

It’s quite amazing how Diesel and Eleanor’s relationship has blossomed and how close they are now. Since then our staffy got rehomed as most of you already know, we gave a home to a lovely tabby kitten – Dior who sadly passed away last November 2011, and then gave a home to a stunning Ragdoll kitten – Angel, who is still with us and best friends with Diesel. Diesel has remained the same tame, gentle, calm, lovely natured cat that he became the day him and Eleanor sealed this amazing bond. Still to this day, despite what both Eleanor and Diesel have gone through the last 2 years or so, they are so close and have an unbelievable bond that could never be broken.

Eleanor now is a proud and out full cat convert. She loves all cats, especially our own. But she still has a special place in her heart for a dog when the time is right.

Do you have any stories of bonds with your kitties?

Dior Suckling!

Hi Guys,

Hope you are all well and have a great day. Happy new year to everyone!

I came across an old video of Dior the other day; it’s the video of her doing her most favourite thing… suckling on her fluffy blanket.

As you all know Dior is sadly no longer with us, but while she was, she got a great deal of comfort from her fluffy blanket and her ‘Dior’ teddy. I’ve mentioned before about what she used to do with the blanket and teddy. She would paw at it, stepping on and off, purr really loudly and suckle on the arms of the teddy or a patch on the fluffy blanket. She loved it and was just like a proper baby. Our baby! I wanted everyone to see how cute she is when she is doing her comforting thing so I thought I would upload a video.

Here is a video of Dior in her suckling action.

KITTEN MONTH – Sleeping

Morning guys, happy Sunday… 🙂 nearly the end of another year! Today’s kitten month blog is all about kittens/cats and their sleeping habits… We all know too well that our furry friends are very lazy 😉

We have spoken about cats and their sleeping habits before, I’ve mentioned about cats/kittens sleep anywhere from 15-18 hours a day. Why? Your kitten is sleeping for a very important reason. Meat is a rich source of energy so, in the wild, as a cat eats her kills; she is taking in important stores of energy. Sleeping after her meal allows her to conserve it – ready to use for the next hunt and the burst of energy. So she’s not being lazy!

Crepuscular cats
In the wild, during the intense heat of the day, your kitten’s big cat cousins will be sleeping. They are most active at dawn and dusk. This is the time when their prey is also active, when their eyesight is at its sharpest and when they have the best chances at successful hunting. Your little one is remarkably similar in nature, so you might find she’s naturally active early in the morning or just before sunset – think about planning some playtime around her naturally active times.

Body heat
Very young kittens can’t control their body temperature in the same way that adults can, so cuddling up to their mother and littermates helps maintain their body heat. This is why many young kittens – and older cats too – love nothing better than snuggling up on a lap.

KITTEN MONTH – Nurture her Nature!

Good morning to all my lovely bloggers. Today’s kitten month blog is about understanding your kitten and why your kitten behaves in certain ways. A lot of this people will already know but here’s the blog for everyone to have a read of.

Understanding why your kitten behaves like she does will help you make your home as cat-friendly as possible. By nature, she is a solitary hunter, responsible for her own survival and not dependent on a pack to get her out of trouble. And this explains certain things she does …

Running in and out
In the wild, big cats are always alert and on the look out for danger. At home, you might see your kitten running in and out of a room – she’s quickly assessing the situation and spotting possible dangers. In these situations make sure the doors are open so she doesn’t have a bump and or the cat flap if you have one.

Establishing territory
In the wild, big cats use scratches, smells and sounds to mark their boundaries, sniff out rivals and establish their territory. Feline signals have to be reinforced regularly as they act as signposts to other cats.
At home, your kitten will do the same thing, so it’s up to you to make sure these natural behaviours can be expressed without causing too much damage! Scratching posts and old carpets are a great distraction from your furniture so encourage this behaviour on dedicated spots and posts and they will soon get used to this.

High places
In the wild, cats will use vantage points to watch for intruders and predators, as well as spotting good hunting and resting places. At home, make sure there are a few spots where your little kitten can sit up high. For Diesel and Angel they love to sit on window sills and in our office we have some shelves behind some roller curtains from Ikea, they love this spot on top of the towels.

Hiding places
In the wild, big cats will use a number of favourite hiding places from where they can scope out their territory or retreat to when they need a rest, are frightened or even ill. At home, your kitten will probably find her own places to hide but she will love you all the more if you can provide her with some uncluttered high places.

KITTEN MONTH – Introducing Children

Hi Guys,

Hope everyone is well. Another kitten month blog, following on from introducing your other animals. Introducing your children to your kitten & vice versa is todays blog.

Kittens are very adorable and if you have children they will quickly fall in love with the family’s new furry friend. However, some kittens and cats can be frightened by children who can be noisy, move suddenly and pet them too much. It’s important to establish some ground rules and teach your children how to play properly with the new arrival. Here’s a few things you can do to help:

Play ‘kitten’
This is great for getting your children to see the world through your kitten’s eyes. Get them to get down on their hands and knees and place their faces close to the floor, pretending to be a ‘kitten’. If you have more than one child, let one stay on the floor and then get the other one to run and jump around so they can see how things might look to their new furry friend.

Play with a toy
Why not show your children how to stroke a kitten by getting a toy cat? Explain the difference between stroking, patting and hitting. And show them where to stroke too.

Where to stroke
Your little kitten will love being stroked around the ears, chest, on her neck and back. Don’t let your children stroke your kitten’s tummy or back legs because these can be very sensitive areas for her. And as soon as your kitten shows signs of no longer wanting physical contact then stop.

First introductions
Initial contact should just be gentle stroking. Teach your children to be very calm, soft and gentle with the kitten. Always stay with your children whilst they are petting your little one and keep sessions short and fun.

Good play
As your kitten becomes more settled in you can show your children how to play with her. It’s a good idea if you use toys rather than hands in case play becomes a bit rough. And always let your kitten get away when she’s had enough – just like toddlers, kittens get tired and will need to have naps and quiet time.

KITTEN MONTH – Introducing Other Cats/Animals

Hi Guys,

Now i know that this is a post people have been waiting for, and it can be a bit of a ‘biggy’ for most people… This is a general post, but anyone who has any queries or questions relating to this one please feel free to ask… thats what we are here for! I have many tips on how i did this with my three beauties so please the more the merrier!

In the wild, your kitten’s big cat cousins, have little contact with outsiders and depend on themselves when it comes to hunting and survival. These instinctual behaviours are still deeply rooted in your little kitten, so it’s important to understand this and help her ease into life with other cats or animals.

Territory defending
If you have an adult cat, the introduction of a new kitten into the house may cause some rivalry! Cats are highly territorial so expect a prolonged period of adjustment as your cats get used to each other. Don’t worry, eventually they’ll become better friends and you never know they might even curl up and groom each other!

Introducing a cat to a dog
At the start, you might want to consider getting a kitten pen so the kitten is well protected. Control the dog with a lead if necessary. After a couple of weeks, they should have accepted each other. To a certain extent, you’re just going to have to let them get on with it! You may find there is hissing to begin with, this is natural behaviour. It’s usually easier to bring a young kitten into a house rather than an adult cat but be prepared for things to take around a month to settle down.

Introducing a kitten to smaller pets
If you have guinea pigs, gerbils or rabbits then never let them out of the cage when your kitten is around. As long as all your pets have separate living areas, plenty of food and water and are given lots of love and reassurance by you and your family, then hopefully everyone can live happily together!

KITTEN MONTH – Litter Tray Training

Now i know this can be a bit of an issue from speaking with friends and bloggers, sometimes you can tear your hair out trying to get your little one to do its business where it should… Here is a blog with some tips to help you along your way!

If there’s one time when your kitten wants to be left on her own, it’s when she goes to the toilet. In fact, she probably won’t even want to be watched. That’s why it’s important to have her litter tray in a quiet, safe, place where she can get to it easily and use it discreetly.

Notice when she wants to go
She’ll need to be trained to use her tray, so as soon as you can see that she needs to go just lift her into the tray. You can also help by placing her in the tray early in the morning, last thing at night and after every meal. Keep on doing this until she can find it for herself by smell and location, then leave her to it. To make sure she’s comfortable, use a cat litter that absorbs any odour, again I have mentioned that I use a natural litter made from wood, and this works a treat.

Keep it clean
In the wild, cats will keep where they toilet and where they eat and drink separate from each other. Your little kitten is just the same, so make sure her tray is cleaned once a day and that it’s not anywhere near where she eats or drinks.

Accidents will happen
Has your kitten suddenly started to have accidents? There may be a number of reasons:

  • She may have a dirty litter tray – always keep this clean and free from clumps and ‘business’
  • She may be in need of more attention and a little more training
  • She may feel her usual ‘territory’ has changed if the litter tray has been moved
  • She may have reached sexual maturity and is a little confused etc

It’s best to check with your vet for ideas about getting your kitten back on track.

How to clean up
Strangely enough, some common cleaning products carry the same smells as a cat’s urine. This means that when you clean with them they are still leave a feline signal and may encourage more unwanted behaviour, not less! Try rinsing with water and then use a 10% solution of biological washing powder to get rid of the smell. I heard a rumour that bicarbonate of soda also works with white vinegar, not sure if it does but it might be worth a try, certainly if your kitty has an accident with urine on a carpet or rug as the smell can usually be very hard to remove.

Reward success
When your kitten does use her tray; give her lots of praise, attention and even a small treat to eat if you want to. That way, the litter box will soon have good associations, and you’ll be amazed at how quickly she’ll adjust to using it. All it takes is a little patience and lots of encouragement and kitty will be well under way with it.

We have never had many problems with litter training with Diesel, Angel and Dior, they always picked it up very quickly. The only cat to have an accident due to sexual maturity was Diesel, and we quickly had him neutered to avoid this becoming a regular occurance.