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Cat Advice 101

Advice for your feline family members

Why Your Cat Needs Vertical Space

If you have been following the blog for a bit here then you have probably heard me talk about how important vertical space space is for your cat. Lets face it, for an animal that is used to trees and being able to climb whenever it see’s fit, your common house or apartment isn’t ideal.

However, you can do something about it. With a little bit of effort you can give your cat the vertical space it desires. Think about it, when you see a cat in the wild, are they on the ground or are they lounging on a peak of some sort.

So, why is it important? Well, if you have had a cat before you know that they like to do things on their own terms. By creating vertical space you create an environment in which they feel safe. It gives the, an area to escape to as a place to take cat naps.

By adding vertical space, you can make a tiny apartment feel like much larger for your cat. Frankly, even in large homes most cats will very much appreciate and enjoy vertical space. In our house, our cat Milo can frequently be found perched on the fridge, surveying his kingdom.

Getting Started

The first thing we did to create vertical space for our cats was to buy a cat condo. Although they might seem a bit bulky, our cats absolutely love it. We got a six foot model and there about 5 different places for our cats to relax. I have found them sleeping and relaxing on every single one of the surfaces.

Now if you go to a store like Petco or PetsMart you might find yourself paying close to $200 or perhaps more. However, the models below can be found online for a fraction of the cost. Now we got the Go Pet Club Cat Tree featured below on the left but any of the below models would be a great addition. Click on any of the below pictures to see pricing.

Advanced Options

Now, if you have a cat tree or two and are looking for something more advanced, I applaud you! There are in fact many different ways you can create vertical space for your cat. In fact, I would argue that its best of you can create multiple areas for your cat to “get vertical”.

Now for me the easiest answer beyond the cat condo are the Multi-Level Cat Climber featured below. They don’t take any work to install, aren’t very visible and still provide your cat with a little bit of adventure to their day.


The next option I would recommend is another pretty easy way to add some variety to your cats landscape. My next recommendation is a Cat Perch. While this is another addition to the vertical space options for your cat, it also is a great way to provide great scenery and another prime napping spot.

Now some of you are probably thinking, “C’mon , these are pretty basic options, I want something a little more adventurous for my cat!” Well don’t worry, we saved the best for last. For those of you who want to create an second level landscape for your cat there are literally unlimited options!

For those of you who are handy (I am not) there are a ton of options. Below are some of my favorite advanced options. If you are bold enough to try any of these, click on the pictures. They are all links and they will give you more detail on the product and the cost, some will surprise you!



No matter what your decor is, you can find a way to accommodate your feline family member. Each one of these provides your cat with vertical space, exercise and a better quality of life. Speaking of better quality of life, if you haven’t read our post on Automatic Cat Feeders do yourself a huge favor and check it out.

It has certainly added value to my life as our cats no longer wake us up in the morning to feed them. Please feel free to share this post on social media and with any friends who have cats. As always, thanks for reading and have an awesome day!

3 Must Have Cat Accessories for Sports Fans

Who those of you who frequent the blog its obvious that my wife and I love our cats. I mean, we have a blog, so that much is obvious. However, one of the things you might not know is that I am a huge Chicago Bears fan.  In fact a do some blogging on the Bears as well.

And while perhaps this current season isn’t one to write home about, that hasn’t impacted my die hard love for my team. So, how is this related to cats you might ask? Well, I will say there is a heck of a lot of overlap. However, I was browsing Amazon the other day and saw some really cool Chicago Bear cat gear.

It was literally a niche I didn’t know existed but low and behold, it exists and it is glorious! So without further ado, here are three must have cat accessories for every sports fan. (Extra points if you also happen to be  fan of the greatest sports team in the world, the Chicago Bears!)

The collar!

Now the first is kind of a no-brainer! I think its great for all animals to have collars in case they happen to find there way outside and get lost. You can have a name tag created that has your name, phone number and address on it. And if you are going to go through the trouble of doing that, well then you might as well have a beautiful collar like the one below! See price $$

Cat Bed!

Now our cats both have their own beds. However, when I saw the picture below I was instantly filled with a mountain of regret! Had I just known such a glorious bed existed I would have bought them, matching Chicago Bears beds. I mean, look at it. Not only does it look incredibly comfortable for your cat but it is obviously majestic as well.

Your cat is going to sleep and if you want to help them be as comfortable as possible while looking like a million bucks, clearly a bed like this is the answer. Excuse me while I order this real quick. See price $$

 Jersey!

The fact of the matter is people dress up their animals. And frankly, if you are going to that then I highly recommend jersey below. I mean, look at it, its stunning. While I might not say Howard and Floyd above the numbers, its still absolutely great looking.

I can imagine my cats wearing jerseys like the one below and tackling the neighbors dog as it is wearing and much less attractive green and yellow Green Bay Packer Jersey. I cant imagine a scenario in which I am prouder of my cats. In all seriousness, this is super awesome and probably the coolest thing you can put on your cat or dog. ( I also included a few other jerseys in case you want other examples of jerseys they have) See price $$



Well there you have it! Now that you have seen that these exist how can you spend another day in which your cat doesn’t rep your team to the fullest? I know I personally plan on order Milo and Leo some Chicago Bears gear ASAP! Feel free to share this on social media and thanks again for reading!

5 Awesome Cat Toys your Cat will Love

If you have owned a cat for any period of time you know that cats love to play. Whether its batting around something they found on the ground or pouncing on a ball, cats love to play around. Part of the reason being the animal instincts they posses.

Cats ancestors were hunters and that is still a big part of who they are today. As with most prominent instincts, its healthy for your cat to exercise it. Now I am not recommending you let them go outside and hunt birds.

However, I am saying that there are many toys they can play with that can help them act out their hunting instincts. Below are five toys we have had great luck with and that out cats happen to love!

Squeaky Toys

If you haven’t bought you cat one of these toys I strongly recommend it (however, you may consider hiding it at night). Our cats absolutely love these! Below is the one that we currently have. It works great and provides the cats with a ton of fun. If they paw at it even a little bit it lets out a little squeak. They love batting it around, pouncing on it and even throwing it. I cant recommend this toy enough. Its easy, fun, inexpensive and they love it! Click here to check price

Cat Tunnels

There isn’t a cat alive that doesn’t love to hide in small confined areas. If you have owned a cat you know they love crawling into things. They love getting into hampers, old boxes and drawers. This next toy is basically a take on that. We recently bought out cats a tunnel and they cant get enough of it. We placed it in our upstairs hallway and I have already seen them spend a ton of time crawling through it.

We specifically got one that has a dangling ball and it crinkles as they crawl through. However, just about any tunnel is going to be appealing to the average cat. Below is a really cool tunnel that splits into three tunnels. Great for multiple cats or for solo cat exploration! Click here for price.

Catnip Toys!

I cant speak for all cats but our cats love catnip! There is something about the smell that makes them really attracted to it. So, as you can imagine, any toy that has catnip in it gives cats additional incentive to play with it. Below is a toy our cat Leo currently loves.

We recently got him this pepper and he loves to hold it in place with his front paws and kick it with his back paws. Its pretty funny. The nice thing about these toys is that they are really cheap. So you can buy a few at a time and it doesn’t break the bank at all. Also, if your cat is anything like ours, it will absolutely love kicking it around. Click here to see price!

Teaser Wand

Up to this point all the toys have been things your cat can do solo. That is great, however, there are also good toys for you to engage in play time with you cat. The specific one we recommend is below. This is a toy made by TV Personality and cat lover, Jackson Galaxy.

We have watched a bunch of his TV episodes and always like him. When we saw that he came out with a line of toys that reflected what he taught on these shows, we were very excited. Below is a teaser wand that is well made and can be the perfect toy for you to play with your cat. We much prefer toys made with this type of material instead of cloth because it tends to last a lot longer. Click here to see price!

Cheap Ball Toys

The last thing we wanted to include was cheap ball toys. While these aren’t really anything special, they are kind of a classic. Below is a cheap variety back with a bunch of assorted balls and other random little cat toys. These don’t make noise and they aren’t filled with catnip but guess what? Cats love them!

They may not have a lot of runway and your cat may not love this toy forever. However, I can guarantee you, of you get a bunch of little toys like this, it will provide your cat with hours and hours of fun. And really, that’s what its all about! Click here to see price!

Well there you have it! There are our 5 Awesome Cat Toys your Cat will Love. We have personally had all of these at one time or another and can say from experience our cats love them. I literally just walked upstairs to help my wife with something and Milo was playing with the pepper. Either way, find what works for your cat and make sure they have plenty of them. Remember, sometimes the only entertainment your cats have is the entertainment you provide them.

Please feel free to share on your social media or with any fellow cat owners. And as always, thanks for reading!

3 Easy Ways to Help Cats this Winter

Its December 23rd here in Wisconsin and winter is in full swing. With temperatures going below zero frequently and it frequently looking like a frozen tundra outside, staying warm is no laughing matter. For many stray cats, it is a particularly hard time of year.

Now our cats wont step a paw outside this winter and will spend many a day laying on our heating vents, staying as toasty as possible. However, not all cats are as blessed as out cats. Thankfully there is still steps you can take to help our less fortunate feline friends. Below are three different ways you can help those cats who are left out in the cold this winter.

Check your wheel wells!

Those of you who have cats know that they sometimes make it a habit to squeeze themselves into tight spots. For example, here is our cats Leo stuffing himself into a grocery bag.

leo-in-a-bag

But in all seriousness, cats love getting themselves into tight spaces. This includes those cats who live outside in the wild. One of the places that do this that is particularly dangerous is the wheel wells of cars. If you park outside, there is a chance that a stray cat will climb into your wheel well to sleep. Unfortunately, every year cats are killed because they curl up in wheel wells and people unknowingly start their cars. So, if you park outside, make sure you check!

Build a small outdoor shelter for strays

One of the things you can do with a little bit if effort that will make a big difference for outdoor cats is to build them a shelter. Now that can sound like a big undertaking but it doesn’t have to be. You can order a Plastic Storage Bin like the one below from Amazon and but a whole though the side so that a cat would be able to crawl into it. Then throw an old blanket in there and you are done!

It only takes a couple of minutes to do but for an outdoor cat looking for shelter for the night it can make a bid difference. Once built, put it on the side of your house and you are good to go!

Put some food in your shelter

Once you have constructed your easy to build cat fortress, why not put some food in there. Personally, we like to use Blue Wilderness, but I am sure that if you do end up having a guest in the shelter you have built, they will be happy to consume whatever it is you decide to put in there.

Well there you have it. Those are our three easy ways to help cats this winter. With a little bit of effort, you can make a huge difference to some of our feline friends who need it the most. Make sure you share so other people remember to check their wheel wells and are motivated to help cats and kitten everywhere. Thanks for reading and have a happy holiday!

3 Ways to Make Sure your Cat Gets Enough Water

One of the biggest mistakes cat owners make is not making sure their cats or kitten drinks enough water. A lot of cat owners assume their cat will just consume enough water or that their cat doesn’t really need a lot of water but that just isn’t the case. In fact, a fully gown cat needs to consume about 6 ounces of liquid every day.

We actually have first hand experience with the negative side effects of a cat not consuming enough liquid. Our cat Leo actually ended up with a bladder infection  few years back. It was a very scary situation, not to mention expensive. When it was all said and done, Leo had to spend a night in an animal hospital and we had a vert bill of just under five hundred dollars.

It was an expensive lesson learned and its one that has impacted the way we treat our cats water consumption significantly. While we learned the hard way, you don’t have to. Below are 3 ways to make sure your cat gets enough water.

Mix in Wet Food

Most cat owners feed their cat some kind of dry food (for our recommended brands check out Feeding your Cat) and completely ignore the wet food. The fact of the matter is dry food contains about 7% liquid where as wet food is closer to 80%. So just by giving your cat some wet food a few times a day, you can really boost the liquid they take in. Not only that but your cat will love you for it. Every time our cats hear us opening up a can of food they literally come sprinting to the kitchen.

Keeping Feeding and Water Separate

One of the other big keys to success for us has been making sure that their food and water are in separate locations. When Leo had his bladder infection our vet told us that we would have better results by placing our cats water in a different location than their food dish. Apparently cats don’t like to drink where they are eating. So we have their food in one location and then a few other locations for their water. I can tell you from experience this has been very successful. With the new water locations I notice our cats drinking water far more frequently than ever before.

Get Your Cat a Fountain

Another good way to make sure your cat hydrates is to buy them a Fountain. Below is a picture (and link) to the version we have. This one was relatively inexpensive when we got it and it had a four star review with over five thousand reviews. It holds 50 ounces of liquid and comes with a free filter that lasts an entire month. Its an amazon best seller for a reason. Its a great value and a great way to make sure you are doing everything in your power to make sure that your cat is drinking enough.

So there you have it. Sometimes our little fury friends need our help in order to live their healthiest lives. By adding some of the above tips you can make sure your cat stays hydrated and stays healthy. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

3 Tips for Adopting a Cat

If you are reading this post, then you are either deciding to get a cat or have just gotten a cat. Congrats on adding a member to your family. I still remember the process of getting both of our cats. It was fun but it’s also a big decision. Some cats can live north of 20 years, so it certainly a long-term decision. However, if you go into the process with all the necessary information it can be a smooth and enjoyable process. So, with that being said, here are our three tips for adopting a cat.

Be sure you are ready for the commitment

Bringing home a pet is a huge commitment. As mentioned earlier cats live long lives, so your decision is a long-term decision. You should make sure you have enough space for them in your current living situation and that you have a cat friendly environment. You also want to make sure you are prepared for the financial impact of adopting a cat. Not only do you have to purchase food for them but there are also toys to buy, vaccinations that are necessary and sometimes unexpected vets visits. While bringing a kitten home can be very fun occasion, it’s also a decision that impacts you and your new family for a long time.

Adopt a cat from your local shelter

When you purchase a cat or a kitten you have a variety of options. You can find a breeder, go to a pet store or you can go adopt a cat from your local animal shelter. We strongly recommend finding your cat from your local animal shelter for several reasons. According to the ASPCA, there are 70 million stray cats living in the United States. In addition to that huge number, 7.6 million companion animals enter shelters every year. That number is extremely sad to us. 7.6 million animals who are brought into a home were given to shelters every year. What we are getting at is that there are plenty of animals that are just waiting to be adopted and by adopting a pet from your local animal shelter you can be part of the solution to a very big problem. In addition, you can usually save quite a bit of money adopting a pet as opposed to going through a breeder or pet store. The one bit of advice we would give is make sure you find a reputable animal shelter. Do your research and find one that spays and neuters its kittens and provides them with all the necessary vaccinations. For both of our cats we went through the Wisconsin Humane Society and we had an excellent experience. Also, if you want to make a tax deductible donation to the ASPCA, click here!.

Choose your cat based on its personality

Our final recommendation is a suggestion on how you can go about choosing your cat or kitten. When you find yourself in your local humane society or animal shelter, there will most likely be a ton of cats. You will find yourself looking at all of them and wondering which cat you should choose to join your family. You might find yourself tempted to choose your cat based on how it looks or how cute you think it is. While you could probably make a compelling argument for all of those reasons, our recommendation is to choose your cat or kitten based on the connection you have with the cat. Talk to the people there to help about spending some time with a few of the cats you are considering and spend a few minutes with them. I still remember when we picked up Milo (pictured below), he was so sweet. He kept rubbing up against us and purring. We could tell there was an instant connection and he was the one.

Well there you have it! There are our 3 tips for adopting a cat. Good luck finding the perfect addition to your family. Also, make sure you take a lot of pictures.

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