Living with cats often requires changes. It’s like getting married or having kids. Things change. Here are some things that changed in our house.
Toilets — When we adopted Mollie 13 years ago, she was an adult cat who already had a litter. She was a sweetheart but she liked to climb into the toilet to take a drink. I found that disgusting especially since I liked to hug her. We started to keep the lid down on all toilets and still do to this day.
Managing food – Hazel is a constant grazer. She thinks that there may not be another meal. Ever. She’s afraid of starving (as most cats are). She will eat anything that is within reach. That means that we need feeding areas for the other cats that she cannot reach. We have a cat counter that she can’t get to but the other cats can. There are eating stations scattered around. How I long for a day when I can put all the food on the floor in the laundry room!
Toys, toys everywhere – My cats don’t play with anything purchased. However, they love catnip sacks and cat dancers (feathers on a string). We have those around the room along with cat trees and beds for their convenience. We won’t win an award from Home and Garden without a full day’s notice of their visit and a very large dumpster!
Wubbies – Morgan has favorite things. One is a ribbon that came on a Christmas gift four years ago and the other is a small square of fleece that came from the cat tree. We hear little mews and eventually find these objects lying around in a place where we trip on them. That goes for catnip stuff too.
We have both a cat room upstairs and a cat litter room in the basement. Obviously we have been very well-trained by a group of meticulous cats.