|A choir of angels|
There's more to cats than food and litter. Toys come to mind. Cats are big on toys.
We don't buy toys any more. They're always too flimsy and too expensive.
A paper bag (no matter what size) provides hours of play as the cats try to squeeze inside to hide.
Corrugated boxes make fun toys. The cats jump in them, shred them, chew them up then we throw them out. It's re-cycling at its best and cats love corrugated as a scratching "post".
Should you de-claw? That's a tough question. We don't think so but then again our furniture in the family area is cat friendly - cheap and well worn.
|A pile of kitties|
Twenty or so years ago, when our first kitty came into our life, de-clawing was considered the norm for indoor cats. We never noticed our (then) de-clawed cats developing problems because of de-clawing but it's a practice that we've phased out because it's so barbaric. How would you feel if all your finger and toe nails were pulled out?
A de-clawed cat is helpless and has no means of defense. Indoor/outdoor kitties should never be de-clawed. They will run into all kinds of predators in the outside world. If you de-claw an indoor only cat, it must truly be indoor only for the rest of its life.
So how do we get nine cats (with claws) to get along with each other? Well, for starters, we talk to them about their committment to being part of the group….. but more about that tomorrow.