A Life of Riley (the newest member of our Catsafe family)

           

Welcome to Riley, the newest member of our family.

We spotted Riley in an RSPCA adoption centre and thought he could do with a good home.

He’s also a good mate and sparring partner for our two year old ginger and white, Tommy, pictured with him.  Big Tiger also loves a roll around the carpet with him, much to Robyn’s distress as he sheds his lovely long fur coat over the carpets and mats, and she’s forever vacuuming.

But they’re great fun to watch and keep us on the go, especially at feed time!

As you can see, our Catsafe house in Buderim is a cats’  paradise, the cafe curtains keep them warm in winter, and we roll them all up in summer.

Outdoor cat enclosure for two very spoilt cats

All cats love to get outdoors, and with a cat enclosure, you can give them fresh air while keeping both your cats and the local wildlife safe from harm.

An average size cat enclosure is a lot less expensive than a vet bill following a cat fight.

Cat shelves

Cats like nothing better than to sun themselves on a shelf in the back garden, or if the sun’s not shining snooze on you bed.

 

All you need to make a few shelves for your cat/s are a few metal brackets, a strip of exterior plywood and a piece of artificial grass (all from your favourite hardware store).

If you install one of our outdoor cat enclosures, they can sun themselves in happily and you can leave them with complete peace of mind, knowing they are safe.

Mocha’s verandah cat enclosure

      

Mocha’s verandah is now a whole lot more interesting, as he can now use all of it rather than just looking through the window.

“We purchased the cat enclosure for a balcony off the bedroom.

As you can see both my cats use this space a great deal of the time.

One photo shows Mocha trying to bite the enclosure he tries to do this from time to time, no result for him.  The product is secure.

We are 100% happy and so are the cats”.

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Strata Title & info

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STRATA TITLE CAT OWNERS

Pets in Strata has lots of great information to help you with your negotiations with your body corporate, including

Pet application and agreement forms

State by State summary of strata laws impacting on pet owners.

Their website is petnet.com.au

Before you contact your Body Corporate, you can download some of these forms and they may provide the information you need to put yourself in a much better position when negotiating with them.

This is another interesting article we copied from the Victorian Department of Primary Industries website.

Cats have a number of basic needs that must be met if they are to stay happy and healthy.

  1. Companionship. Cats require plenty of social contact with owners. This can be achieved by access to the house through a cat door (and tunnel if applicable). Set aside time each day to interact with your cat, for instance, patting, playing with, or grooming him/her.
  2. A well-informed owner. You should find out as much as you can about cat behaviour and care. There are many useful books and websites available. Talk to your vet about health and nutritional requirements for cats.
  3. Space. Cats prefer to have their own ‘personal space’, and this is particularly important to prevent aggression in group housing situations. Each cat requires his/her own area that provides all the essentials (food, water, bed, resting places, litter tray etc).
  4. Sleeping, resting and viewing areas. Cats like to spend a lot of time sleeping and resting in quiet areas where they feel safe and secure. Cat beds can be purchased, or blankets, towels, pillows etc can be provided. High sided cat beds and boxes are useful to give cats a sense of ‘privacy’.
  5. Cats use elevated areas as vantage points from which to observe their surroundings. These are essential, and can be provided by access to platforms, shelves, climbing posts or window ledges. Some cats love to watch birds (you can place a bird bath/feeder outside the window or enclosure), insects (try planting flowers to attract them), fish in aquariums and even nature footage on TV!
  6. Food and water. Ensure bowls are located away from the litter tray. Many cats like having their water bowl in a separate area to their food bowl. Cats can also be given grass to chew (non toxic varieties such as oats, wheat, rye-grass).
  7. Litter boxes. Each cat requires its own litter box, that is big enough for easy access and is located in a safe and private area (if a cat is startled while using the box, he/she may not use that box in future). You may have to experiment to find out your cat’s preferences for covered or uncovered boxes, type of litter and depth of litter.
  8. Cats are very clean animals that do not like using dirty litter boxes, so boxes will need to be scooped daily, and cleaned with water and non-scented soap once a week. A thin layer of baking soda placed on the bottom of the box will help absorb odours between scoopings.
  9. Scratching posts. Scratching is a natural behaviour for cats, that sharpens claws, stretches muscles and leaves scent marks. Your cat will need a scratching post, which can be horizontal or vertical, and can be made from sisal (a course natural fibre), carpet, cardboard or wood. You can encourage your cat to use the scratching post (rather than other things like the furniture!) by putting catnip on it. Cats have an excellent sense of smell, and many cats love catnip, which can be supplied as a dried herb or grown fresh in pots.
  10. Toys and exercise. Exercise your cat through play (or even by training your cat to walk outside on a harness and leash!). Cats enjoy toys that move or make noise, and remind them of prey such as mice, birds, and insects. They need a variety of toys they can roll, pounce on, capture and bite, and toys should be rotated regularly to prevent boredom.

Some examples of simple and cheap toys (that are safe for cats to play with) are crumpled paper balls, paper bags to explore, cardboard boxes, and toilet paper tubes. Try stuffing old cotton socks with cotton balls and some catnip, and tying a knot in the end. You can also buy furry toys (eg in the shape of a mouse) that make noises and can be rolled, balls (eg ping pong balls, or balls that can be filled with food or treats), sticks with toys dangling from the end of a string etc.

Indoor vs Outdoor Cats – Information

“Statistics indicate that the life span of an indoor cat is much longer than an outdoor cat.  On average, an indoor cat lives twelve years but some cats can live for as many as twenty years.  In comparison, an outdoor cat’s life expectancy is less than five years”. 

The Welfare Implications of Confinement of Cats – by EC Jongman

“Although most cat owners perceive that cats have a need to roam outdoors and that this benefits the welfare of the cat, being allowed to roam also carries welfare risks for the cat. Cats are involved in fights with other cats and may get injured, they may contract diseases, or they may get lost”.
Welfare Implications of Confinement of Cats

Cat containment news.

Cat owners who live near areas containing threatened species could be banned from allowing their pets outdoors as the federal government sets its sights on the potential killing machines.

Australia’s first threatened species commissioner, Gregory Andrews, said all cat owners should keep their pets contained 24 hours a day, saying it makes them happier and healthier, and saves native mammals.

The plan says the government will seek public support for expanded “24-hour containment requirements for domestic cats, particularly close to identified conservation areas of significance”. It listed the measure as a high priority.

Mr Andrews said conservation areas will include 12 million hectares of land across Australia where the government plans to bait feral cats. Exact locations will be determined after consultation with experts.

It would include Commonwealth land such as national parks and defence land, and may also involve contained areas such as peninsulas where feral cat control measures have a good chance of success.

Mr Andrews said community engagement was important and “we are not planning to go in and tell people what to do”.

“In terms of getting the most effective outcome, [we will] work where communities are already making these decisions,” he said.

“The plan over the long term is to make this part of our culture, and then it becomes normalised … It’s a journey that Australia has to go on.”

He said cat containment measures in the ACT required cats in some suburbs to be kept indoors. If allowed outside, they must be on a leash or in an enclosure.

The federal government does not have the power to make laws on domestic or feral cats, but Mr Andrews said it would work with state, territory and local governments to expand cat containment.

The plan says the measures will require “education and enforcement” and should be implemented over time “so it does not cause an unnecessary financial burden on those who cannot afford the containment options, or lead to dumping of domestic cats”.

Since 2005, cat containment areas have been declared in 12 Canberra suburbs adjacent to nature reserves.

The ACT government is considering an expert report that recommends the measure be extended across the territory.

But Canberra vet Michael Archinal cautioned against a “one size fits all approach”, because not all cats coped well with confinement.

“Some cats are very stressed when they are confined, it can actually induce behavioural issues and some physical problems as well,” he said.

Dr Archinal said confined cats could develop bladder issues and behavioural problems because they were prevented from scratching trees, marking, exploring and finding mental stimulation.

The RSPCA says it prefers cat owners keep their pets contained, as long as the animals’ needs are met.

An Animals Australia spokeswoman said it supported cat confinement, but had concerns about the government’s potential baiting and trapping plans.

A study released last week that tracked more than 400 cats found nearly all roamed farther than most owners realised. This put the cats at risk of cars, hissy cat spats, annoyed neighbours and poisons, all while endangering native animals and birds.

University of South Australia researchers attached GPS devices to the collars of 428 cats for a week. It found the median range the cats travelled from their home was about the size of a football field, while some free-ranged across towns and city suburbs.

Timmy, Henry, Rupert & Sebastian’s cat enclosure

claire-cat-enclosureClaire’s Patio Cat Enclosure

Claire’s patio cat enclosure is 6.1 metres long and 2.9 metres high and chose to enclose a triangular corner of her home on the Sunshine Coast with a CatSafe cat enclosure. Claire chose stone beige netting and installed a vertical 2.5 metre entry zip, instead of the usual “J” shaped entry zip.

This is what Claire had to say:

Just a quick note and picture to say we successfully installed the cat enclosure and the boys love it. Timmy (ragdoll), Henry (Burmese) and Rupert (chinchilla) are happy to look at the outside world, Sebastian (domestic med hair) however thinks it is a great climbing apparatus!!

Thanks again we love it and we are very happy with your product and service

Kind regards
Claire”

Under eaves cat enclosure

We didn’t follow the instructions exactly. My brother is a builder and had his own ideas!! I was a bit nervous, but it turned out well. Our boy is still learning how to use the cat flap but likes going out there.

We usually suggest and supply only tension cords for each external corner, but “the builder” has also incorporated white PVC pipe as you can see (not a bad idea at all). The under eaves cat enclosure are the least expensive of all.