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8 weeks! Anyways, would you recommend a cat or dog? Specifically a pug or russian blue:)

 

That's not up for me to decide but you. With dogs they are more needy and if you want the responsibility of having to give that extra attention and care then go for the dog. But if you like lower maintenance and still have the companionship of an animal a cat is also a great choice. It's also not really fair to say which is better. It just depends on you and the animal. All animals have their own personalities and will act differently. My cat actually is quite needy and acts more like a dog. Even attacked Mark when he entered our house with no one home lol...

 

 

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I have been using that litter box for years now!

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Totally agree. Otherwise I don't think I would have been willing to have continued taking care of this cat since the move. I'm just not into spending days cleaning litter boxes the old fashion way lol. Still it's great to have him and most definitely a stress reliever in that regards.


Edited by lee730 - 8/15/13 at 5:54pm
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Neena, sleeping with a twist.


She looks so much like a cat my folks had once.

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Originally Posted by wolfetan44 View Post

8 weeks! Anyways, would you recommend a cat or dog? Specifically a pug or russian blue:)

 

Personally, whenever anyone is unsure if they want a cat or a dog, I'll always say go for the dog. Dog people end up getting frustrated with cats at some point, more so now because many tend to realize that owning a cat isn't anything like a YouTube highlight reel of having a cat around, but at some point when they've gotten used to caring for an animal some do decide to add a cat to a home - just be wary that some dog breeds are better off being added to the home as a puppy after the cat has been there a while, generally the dogs closest to the wolf and dingo, and some toy dogs (of course individual animals' temperament can make for exceptions either way).

By contrast, cat people will just always go crazy over cats. Even my friends who always buy from breeders to control for general behavior of the breed tend to be the ones who, for example, walked around campus with a baggy of salmon dry food feeding the strays, back in college. Or as I did, tossed bits of grilled salmon or tuna sashimi or even grilled pork skewers at the school maintenance crew's cats (our crews aren't anything like Mr. Filch - we usually bum lighters/matches from them, then they feed the sports finals like the NBA finals plus our own PBA finals, World Cup and the Superbowl, into the Science College auditorium's 100in projector display when no one's using it). You might start later on, but when you do get a cat, thing is you won't be choosing between a cat and a dog and really just go for the cat. I grew up only with outdoor guard dogs (my mom has an allergy), but after my parents migrated and left me our house here, I decided I'm more scared of rats than I am of a home invasion. Besides, I lock my bedroom and the computer room, and I have an arsenal under my pillow (don't tell my mom), so the only valuables that are easily accessible are my fridge and oven (good luck hauling those) and a couple of abstract paintings.

 

 

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Aww, your one nice maniac!

 

I'm like one of the sucker pre-history farmers who ran out to the bushes in the middle of the night thinking there's a baby in there, except I already know it's a kitten. Just did that during a heavy downpour this week, and I'm fostering the kitten until my friend gets him this Sunday. She has a horde of Persians in different colors in her house, but lots of rescues guarding her restaurant from rats. Pet beds are out back just for the cats. In return, I got the flu and an extremely pissed grown tomcat, thanks to the kitten running up to him and trying to hide under his belly all the time. Had to keep the kitten in a separate room.

 

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Aww, your one nice maniac! Anyways, is it true cats pee smells awful?

 

Yes, godawful yes - but to be fair to them, the only advantage dog piss has is that healthy dog piss is closer to healthy human child piss in terms of odor (which, of course, isn't anywhere near pleasant still). Neutering doesn't make a difference by my nose in terms of the piss quality, but in terms of quantity of what doesn't go into the litter box, the difference is that if they're neutered they don't spray hormone-loaded piss everywhere. That's why I have the litter box farther from the main areas of the house, and right now I'm using a fan blowing from the opposite end of the room to cool and pass through the litter box at the other end which is just below a window.

 

Depending on your home design, an exhaust fan will be better (not here since the hot midday weather requires a fan to move air anyways). Just run a ventilation tube (train your cat to NOT climb on it) over the box to the exhaust, then maybe install some kind of tray/cage outside and put charcoal (cheap stuff, don't waste Kingsford Mesquite on this) on it so you minimize the chance your neighbors will complain about it. Trust me on this one though - an unattended litter box going through an exhaust higher than head-level can be worse for them than a stray tom who just sprayed the petunias in the backyard.


Edited by ProtegeManiac - 8/15/13 at 7:52pm
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I actually found the cats urine to be noticeably more foul before getting him neutered. It just had a stronger smell to me. Now it's not really an issue as long as I empty the box and don't let it just sit all day.

 

The key with the dogs is you're gonna want to have to deal with a lot more maintenance. Washing them constantly (they stink), taking them out to **** and piss and exercise (actually a good thing when you think about it). It was fun when I was a kid but not so much anymore. Not that I don't like dogs just I don't like having to deal with the upkeep. That's also why I got rid of my 55 gallon tank. Because I got lazy and it's not fair to the fish :P.


Edited by lee730 - 8/15/13 at 8:06pm
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Thanks for all the help guys!:)

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The reason for the strong cat pee is down to original DNA--cats are territorial and to let other cats know its their territory they pee in various land markers to let other cats know . Just the same as the big cats in Africa and elsewhere. A survey of where cats that went out at night went to was done in the UK not long ago using satellite tracking devices as collars . The cats followed the same path  day after day It was funny to watch on the screen.Some traveled miles. Some cats got fat.  It turned out they were visiting other cat owners houses going in the flap and eating the  food laid down for the owners cat in that house or were just given food when they went to several houses. One lazy cat only went to its next door  neighbor went in the flap and eat the cats food left for that cat by the owner. --Keep the pictures coming I love cats!. 

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Murphy-Fi - the f**cked up Persian.


Edited by SaLX - 11/9/13 at 6:34pm
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I recently took in a brother/sister of Siamese. They are about 7 years old.



Karma (sister), front and Khaos (brother) rear. She mangled his ear when they were kittens. They have been an absolute riot to have.
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Bra Head Kitteh is not amused. biggrin.gif
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My sister got a litter box that uses these small cylindrical pellets (like 1/3 length of your finger) that dry out the poop and you just scoop it right out, and then the urine goes through the bottom onto an absorbent pad you just toss out (prevents clumping that apparently some cat urine can do when mixed with litter). Works alright, it seems.

 

Whoever had the grey cat named Storm..looks just like my cat!! I thought he was a Chartreux, but maybe not. I never knew, but oh well. (Had a heart attack a bit over a year ago, poor guy..)

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Storm owner chiming in. Not a Chartreux for sure but lovely all the same.
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My sister got a litter box that uses these small cylindrical pellets (like 1/3 length of your finger) that dry out the poop and you just scoop it right out, and then the urine goes through the bottom onto an absorbent pad you just toss out (prevents clumping that apparently some cat urine can do when mixed with litter). Works alright, it seems.

 

Whoever had the grey cat named Storm..looks just like my cat!! I thought he was a Chartreux, but maybe not. I never knew, but oh well. (Had a heart attack a bit over a year ago, poor guy..)

 

Actually, clumping is intentional, that way it won't soil all the litter, but still I don't follow the 3inch+ layer of cat litter since they "superclump," but NEVER fast enough. It spreads out and wastes a lot of the litter, whereas I was able to score a bunch of plastic storage cases for about $1 each that aren't far off from the dimensions of our actual, $20 litterbox. Then on top of scooping out twice a day, every two days I scoop the fresh litter into a fresh box, then leave the soiled one with Lysol dissolved in water floating in it. I rotate about six of these, plus the original litter boxes I have, with two in use at a time. They're a bit light but since they're sitting in a corner, they don't tip over; slightly higher three sides also means less kicked out litter, although the fourth side is too high for kittens I "foster,"* so when I have some I have to leave the real litterboxes to them.

BTW, what brand's that litter box?



*More like found in the bushes somewhere, or as was the case one time, the mall dumpster where I was smoking a cig, and instead of stressing out shelter staff who are out of space (and I can't even adopt from them) I use Facebook to find people to take them. The downside? If they stayed too long though my cats would get used to them, then act nuts for a few days looking for them in every nook and cranny. I found of them had torn the sofa apart when I got back from my kitten delivery run (I normally meet people at my vet's).

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Since I've never found it difficult to source / produce large quantities of sawdust / woodchips, I've always used that as litter, either for when my cats were kittens, or for when the weather is so bad they just don't want to go out. A natural, locally produced and free product.
Edited by the wizard of oz - 11/11/13 at 11:45am
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You guys should really look into the omega paw cat litter box. That thing is  a life saver. My litter also lasts a lot longer than the conventional litter box. I buy the 25 lbs buckets of litter from costco for like $8.00 a container. 2 Containers last me well over 2 months. Before I'd have to throw a lot of the litter away due to the waste contaminating the fresh litter. It's the easiest litter box I've had to maintain and it only takes me 30 second to clean everyday ;). BTW clumping of litter is intentional and that is something you should want for urine and feces as it prevents the urine from ruining the rest of the litter.

 

Just be sure when you clean the litterbox that you hold the litterbox from the base and not pull on the top as that will break the tabs that hold the top portion of the litterbox to the bottom portion. Follow that easy step and the litterbox will last for years.


Edited by lee730 - 11/11/13 at 11:51pm
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