What is a cat kennel? Why would you need one?
Poor Tatsu! He is a sweet boy, who has always been a bit damaged. Unlike my dogs, I got him through an advert in a pet shop. I decided I wanted a tabby girl, having mainly had black and white boys. My mum came with me, assuring me that he was a girl. ‘Tatsu’ means dragon in Japanese and I thought it would be a fitting name for a tatty tabby girl.
Unfortunately, apart from the fact that he is a boy not a girl, lol, he also has a heart murmur, so has never been particularly strong. Having had my son’s cat to stay a few times, I have realised that he is actually quite weak. He can clamber over the fence and the gate, but he has no strength to jump up onto a worktop surface.
With 5 dogs in the house, I do obviously have to feed him on the worktop. But now that I’ve established that he cannot jump that high, how can I leave food out for him, where the dogs can’t get it? I designed a solution for him in my mind, then found what I wanted online – simple!
This is a great solution for him. It also means he can come and go as he pleases. He had previously had a cat flap, but not surprisingly Chris is not keen to saw a hole in our back door – especially as it is unlikely we will have another cat..
This kennel is pretty sturdy, but also light enough to be moved if necessary. There is room for a bed and a couple of dishes of food. So he can have dry and wet food available, whenever he wants them.
Cats apparently like their water to be in a different place to their food. Did you know that? They really like to drink from a tap, but will find some water outside if possible. I therefore make sure there is a water bowl and a bucket of water available, filled from our water butt.
You might be asking yourself why I have a cat, when I am clearly a dog person? Well puppies need to learn about cats as part of their socialisation programme, that’s why! Oh and he is a nice pet, really.
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