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Cat-Owner's Tips & Tricks

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How to have fun with your cat,
and accomplish a few practical things in the meantime

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You and your cat will enjoy

1. Look in cookbook for cookie recipe.
2. Get cup of coffee.
3. Remove cat from cookbook.
4. Find a mouth-watering cookie recipe.
5. Remove cat's nose from coffee mug.
6. Get eggs from fridge.
7. Get dry ingredients from cupboard.
8. Break eggs in small bowl.
9. Sift dry ingredients in large bowl.
10. Answer the phone.
11. Observe that while on phone the cat ate the eggs; get more from fridge.
12. Remove cat from flour bowl and dust cat off.
13. Get Band-Aids for cat scratches on hands.
14. Throw flour out and get more.
15. Preheat oven for cookies.
16. Resist the urge to toss the cat in the oven. Cat disappears into bathroom.
17. Flour the counter to roll out cookie dough.
18. Crash reverberates from bathroom; run to see what happened.
19. Observe that cat has strewn toilet paper all over floor and knocked makeup and toiletries off of counter.
20. Yell at cat. Cat falls in toilet bowl.
21. Sense that cat is angry.
22. Remove cat from toilet and dry cat off.
23. Retrieve bandages to cover more scratches on arms and legs.
24. Clean bathroom.
25. Hear a thump in kitchen. (Oh brother...now what?)
26. Remove cat from floured kitchen counter.
27. Try to pick out cat hairs from flour.
28. Step on cat's tail and get bitten..
29. Get coat, car keys, and go to store to buy cookies, bandages and catnip toy.

Source: Towncats


An easy anti-gravity device will give your
cat an alternative way of navigating around your house:

The following picture illustrates the physics of this phenomena:

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If you can not find your cat, you should really look everywhere, even in the closet:

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If the only thing your cat does is sleeping around the house, you might consider
this invention (issued US patent):


A method for inducing cats to exercise consists of directing a beam of invisible light produced by a hand-held laser apparatus onto the floor or wall or other opaque surface in the vicinity of the cat, then moving the laser so as to cause the bright pattern of light to move in an irregular way fascinating to cats, and to any other animal with a chase instinct.


"The Cat Annoyer"
or Three Mouse Monte for Maximum Feline Aggravation

The idea is something like a puppet show for cats. The fuzzy mice dart in an out of their "mouse holes", controlled by you. We guarantee that, once you leave the house, the cat will have that thing shredded into 8 zillion pieces by the time you get home. - source


For your relaxation there is a new product from Japan:


This site details its application and purpose (some of which you would never guess)

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Have you tried to bath your cat? You should do it equipped with this technique:


1. Thoroughly clean the toilet.

2. Add the required amount of shampoo to the toilet water, and have both lids lifted.

3. Obtain the cat and soothe him while you carry him towards the bathroom.

4. In one smooth movement, put the cat in the toilet and close both lids (you may need to stand on the lid so that he cannot escape).
CAUTION: Do not get any part of your body too close to the edge, as his paws will be reaching out for any purchase they can find.

5. Flush the toilet three or four times. This provides a 'power wash and rinse' which I have found to be quite effective.

6. Have someone open the door to the outside and ensure that there are no people between the toilet and the outside door.

7. Stand behind the toilet as far as you can, and quickly lift both lids.

8. The now-clean cat will rocket out of the toilet, and run outside where he will dry himself.

CraigList has a second method too.

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Blogger Dan Gambiera said...

Much like the famed How to Give a Cat a Pill

Anonymous Bill said...

I can't believe someone patented using a laser to exercise a cat!

Unfortunately in reality it's not such a good idea to have your cat or dog chase a laser dot around, at least not on a frequent basis. It could make them psychotic over time. I think many of us (myself included) have used a laser on a pet once or twice. Have you noticed how obsessive they get? That's not something you want to encourage too much. But occasional use is okay. Just be careful not to shine it in their eyes.

Blogger Karen said...

Yes, it can make them go nuts. My brother has an Australian Shepard, beautiful dog with one blue eye and one brown eye. We all had fun playing with this dog using a laser. She chased it for hours. And, now the dog wants to chase any moving shadow. She tries to dig in the carpet when shadows from trees shine in thru the window, so now, much of the time my brother has to keep the blinds closed on sunny days. She also digs in the yard when she thinks she is catching shadows from trees. These things never happened until we all played with her using a laser. So, my brother has told us to not ever bring the laser around the dog anymore. She is just to sensitive to the hunt and chase. Some of it is just the Australian Shepard's nature, but the laser can electrify this instinct. Beware!

Blogger Mike said...

I once played with my cat (a red tabby) with a laser pointer a little bit over the course of maybe a week, back when laser pointers were really popular. Then the batteries died and I put it away. To this day though, maybe 7 years later, I can get it out of the drawer and shake the laser pointer in my hand and the cat will come running to wherever I am.

We have lots of toys he likes to play with now, but not the laser, the thought of getting him in the eye with it always worried me.

Anonymous Ruth said...

The picture of the cat sleeping in the closet is my friend's cat. I always surprised to see it. He took it a few years back and it his grandparents sent it out in an e-mail and now it all over the place.


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