Not being a cat lover, I don’t know a whole lot about cats but I do believe Boots is the sweetest cat ever. I told Vince last night that if I could figure out a place for a litter box in this tiny little house, I think I might move him over here. Maybe once Speck is gone but there truly is no place to put a litter box. I’ve heard that some people have trained their cats to go outside . . I’m not so sure about that happening around here. I can’t even think about it til Speck is gone and I never thought I’d consider having a cat in the house but . . maybe.
Another problem is that, even with the air conditioner on, he sheds horribly in the summer time. He just walks around dropping balls of black fur. What do you about that if you have an inside cat? I brush him 2 or 3 times a day and I get so much fur off him but I still find big wads of fur that he drops. I don’t really want that in my house! He never looks like he’s going bald so I don’t think it’s a problem . . I think it’s just natural for him.
Not only is he sweet but he’s pretty. I think he’s a beautiful cat.
We sure got lucky with Boots and Rita showing up here.
And speaking of cats showing up, I was just telling Vince yesterday that it’s been probably a week since she hissed at me. Then yesterday Vince was outside and got too close to her and she hissed at him. She hasn’t forgotten how to hiss . . that’s for sure.
wanda j says
I have friends who put in their spare bathtub. You would just have to move him back to sewing room when you had company.
He is a pretty cat – I’m guessing that some cats shed less (hairless, LOL), but all of ours have shed, just like all our dogs (some more than others).
He sure is a gorgeous cat. He’s so healthy looking. We had one that looked like him named Oreo. Loved that cat! we had him 12 years before he got leukemia. Broke my heart when he was gone. I love a cat’s purr…to me it’s comforting.
there are a couple of special combs that collect the hair better than a brush does. But, cats shed – it’s just the way it is…… he IS beautiful…….. glad you have learned to love felines!
Tam McBride says
Moving Cat inside your house is kindest thing you could do for him. He lives in isolation except when you’re in sewing room. We kept a litter box in closet and Tippi would tell me when she needed to use it twice a day, morning and evening. A second litter box by the toilet in bathroom for second cat.
Shedding is worse in fall and spring. Brushing and vacuuming are solutions. Fingers crossed!
I’m in the sewing room probably 6 hours per day. I do most of my knitting in there. I’m not always home and not always in the house when I am home so having the litter box in the closet isn’t an option for us. As you might guess, our closets are FULL and I don’t want our extra clothes in a little closet with a litter box.
It’s the other way around: Boots and Rita got lucky!
Boots is a gorgeous kitty. Cat is pretty too. (Wouldn’t want to leave her out!) I always had cats (of the outdoor variety) growing up.
Summer Daisy says
Boots is such a cutie?
I’m not sure what kind of brush you are using, but have you tried the Furminator? It seems pricey for a brush, but I’ve not found anything that works better. It picks up the undercoat instead of just the top layer. I used to be so frustrated that my cats would shed just after I’d brushed them, but I didn’t have that problem with the Furminator.
I had never heard of it. Thanks! I just ordered one.
Tam McBride says
I was referring to bringing Boots in the house; not Cat. She’s not ready yet. ?? Tam
Sherry Moran says
My cats are indoor, and each has a litter box – one in front bathroom beside toilet and second in our bathroom, next to toilet. I scoop 2 or 3 times a day if needed. No odor, but Sabrina loves to scatter her litter as she scratches. Dusti, not much.
There are drawbacks to everything, but the cats get lonesome if they’re not around us. Plus, I love a purring cat in my lap!
Honestly, both our bathrooms are so small that there isn’t room for a litter box in either. It isn’t so much the odor because the kitty litter takes care of that but I just don’t want the box inside the house.
How do you feel about cats climbing on your counter tops day and night? That is what cats do. I feel so sorry for that baby living in isolation. Certainly not something I could do to an animal. Ultimately, it is whatever you can live with. Only you can make that decision.
I spend at least 6 hours per day over there with him. I don’t really consider that isolation.
Sherrill Pecere says
My cat (14.5 yrs old) has NEVER climbed on the countertops (though I’ve had a few that did). But he DOES love to jump on the kitchen and dining tables. I keep tablecloths on them and, if company’s coming, I yank them off, wipe the tables and put fresh tablecloths on them. Takes care of that.
I have an indoor/outdoor cat. She has a litter box in the basement which she rarely uses. She prefers to go outside. She is about 10 years old now and stays in our yard – has never been much of a roamer. We used to have the letterbox in the hall bathroom, but since she really wasn’t using it, we moved it more out of the way.
Carol c says
Judy, I have a long haired Persian in the house, brush her twice a day, she sheds like all get out. Dust mop often. She can’t help it. ONE of the things we put up with. Short hairs not so much dropping hair. I brush her pillow, her cat tower and anyplace else she deems worth her time.
The Eclectic Abuela says
I’m glad to see a picture of Cat–I’ve wondered how she was doing. 🙂
Jeri Niksich says
I’ve had the luxury of having inside and outside cats in my lifetime and have found that outside cats prefer and usually do use the restroom outside, they have even refused to use a litter box at all (what a smell they can make in hidden areas of a house) Now a cat that has been raised in a house with a litter box will use one. I’ve heard that either the Momma teaches them or its just natural. I think you should let Boots stay inside while your there with him but put him out when you leave to avoid messes and Spraying…. don’t think you even want to know or see a male cat Spray to mark his territory lol. Sounds like you already have a good system going for all of you? Keep on purring.
Deb S says
Judy – I have 2 cats inside the house and I’m lucky if I see them more than an hour to a day, but that’s their choosing. One comes and wakes me up every morning when he’s ready to eat. Once the kids leave for school he goes up to their bedrooms and sleeps in their loft beds until five or 6 o’clock in the afternoon. He’ll get up and play maybe for an hour and then disappears and sleeps again until dinner time. The other cat is more of a snuggler, and likes to be held constantly, but when I’m working I put him in his bed and he immediately for 2 foot throug but when I’m working I put him in his bed and he immediately falls asleep, usually for the whole day. He wouldn’t know if I was here or not. I think the time that you and Vince spend with boots is plenty. If he wasn’t happy, he find a way to leave but your pictures always show one very content, happy cat
allergic to cats, so I don’t have one. BUT when I was growing up my neighbor had one, he said it used his toilet instead of the kitty litter. I”m not sure how that works, but it involves a seat on top of the toilet w kitty litter, and decreasing sized holes till there is none.
I’m not sure that works though, interesting in theory.