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The Ultimate Guide to Cat Friendly Apartment

CAT-FRIENDLY FELINE-SAFE Apartments Cats are pretty self-sufficient critters, but they can still use a little help in staying safe – and you can probably use a little help in saving time and money on repairs. Here's how to create a safe and cozy apartment for you and your tabby. Keeping Your_ JELLICLE JUMPER Inside the Apartment Cats' affinity for sunbathing throughout much of the year makes them vulnerable to High-Rise Syndrome. Facts HIGH-RISE about SY ND RO ME It's the phenomenon of cats falling from two stories or higher. Falls usually occur when the cat falls asleep or gets distracted by a bird or other animal. Injuries often include a broken jaw, shattered teeth, broken legs and internal injuries. DANGER ZONE Cats that fall from seven stories or higher have the highest survival rate because shorter distances do not give them enough time to adjust their body posture to land correctly. There is a 90% survival rate for cats that receive immediate and proper medical attention. Tips to Prevent High-Rise Syndrome: Lay a dowel in any sliding glass door or window track to make the opening smaller than your cat's head. Open the window from the top Make sure window screens are snug and secure using He will still try to escape, of course. zinc window screen clips. See if you can get your property manager's permission to create a cat coop or "catio" by enclosing your balcony from floor to ceiling with reinforced chicken wire. Of course, he will still try to get out. Fun Cat Fact: A cat can jump five times its own height in a single bound. Stopping Your Little. EDWARD SCISSORPAWS From Making the Couch His Masterpiece You can't (and shouldn't) stop your cat from scratching, but it is pretty easy to redirect this behavior to an acceptable (and likely less costly than your new sofa) place. WHY CATS NEED TO SCRATCH Exercise and stretch Scent-mark territorial area; Clean and trim their claws cats have scent glands in their paws Scratch Prevention Tips Get a scratching post and place it next to the furniture. Apply a deterrent like No-Scratch spray or a double-sided tape like Sticky Paws to furniture and floorboards. Trim your cat's nails to reduce damage. Fun Cat Fact: Most cats have a strong aversion to anything citrus. A Litter Bit of Advice About ODOR Getting your cat to use the litter box or keeping the odor at bay when it does can be a challenge; here's how to keep yourself and your apartment guests breathing easy. Scoop and change your cat's litter at least once a day. Thoroughly rinse out the box with baking soda or unscented soap once a week. Use less litter. Cats like a shallow bed of litter – no more than 2 inches deep. Use a larger litter box and don't use box liners or lids. The litter box should be out of sight of your cat's food and water dishes, and out of reach for children and other animals. Provide a litter box for each of your cats, plus one extra. If your cat's bathroom habits change suddenly, there may be either a stress factor or a physical reason for this. Older, neutered male cats that stay inside seem to be more prone to cystitis. So alert the vet! ForRent.com NATION'S LEADING APARTMENT RESOURCE http://www.forrent.com/blog/apt_life/cat-friendly-safe-apartment/

The Ultimate Guide to Cat Friendly Apartment

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Cats do require certain commodities in order for them to feel like home. Are you thinking of a cat for pet? Check out the ultimate guide on how to make your apartment feline friendly!

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