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I'd love to see photos of your "cattery"!

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My cats? Well-behaved? HA! I wish!! I think the secret is a combination of them being older and a very active daily schedule. They have access to the outside via a "cattery" built into my garden with levels and ladders and plenty to see and do outside while being safe in their enclosure. Plus, we make sure that everyone gets one-on-one attention at least once a day, and usually more! With so many toys around the house, they keep forgetting about the stocking, I guess ;-)

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Deana, you're doing a terrific job of balancing the needs of all your kitties! What a thoughtful owner you are, and I love love love that you named one of your cats after your veterinarian -- he must be so proud! I know I would be.

I wouldn't worry about the loss of jumping exercise for your other cats. Using the stairs is also a form of exercise, and the ones who are up to it will probably still jump, while allowing your kitty with arthritis to have the benefit of the stairs.

Definitely talk to your terrific veterinarian about new treatments, including supplements and cutting-edge procedures, that might help with your pet's arthritis, too!

I look forward to seeing the photos. Warmly,

Dr. Marty Becker

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Hello Dr. Becker,

   I would be more than happy to send a picture of the pet steps when they are finished. although I am just learning to use my digital camera and will need instruction.I only bought the camera to photograph homeless animals in the Everglades area and teach rural people about TNR. There is a lot of animal dumping in the rural outskirts of the Everglades subdivisions.

  I have 4 cats. My oldest is a female domestic Shorthair , 10 years . Not only is she  (Quanah) becoming arthritic, she is overweight and has the bladder problem that causes her little bladder to harden from the inside out. Yes, she was taken to a specialist for an ultrasound. She eats less than her 3 brothers and yet , even special diets puts weight on her.

My oldest boy (Quinn) , is a very large Tuxedo Maine Coon with a big attitude and many passions, He is diabetic  ( 2 shots of Insulin per day ) and now also has a slight heart murmer.He loves his daddy , but he IS MAMA'S BOY and the love of my life. There will never be another QUINN.He just takes up all the air wherever he lands and we are happy to give it to him !!

Kitty #3 is a Maine Coon mix with all  the colors and the patterns of a Collie.(Jack Henry ) is the MOST BEAUTIFUL cat I have ever laid my eyes on.I have never seen a face and eyes quite like his and his markings are exceptional . He is 6.5 and is crabby and onry and BITES. We find these qualites endearing and get much joy from him. OK . so we lose a little blood., but that's just JACK.

Kitty #4 is 2.5 years old and a Maine Coon Tabby Hemingway ( 6 toes in front)  and my first little kitten that I ever raised from scratch. I found him in the woods, near a shopping center where I maintain a feral colony.I don't know how he got there as all the cats that I know of in the woods are MALE.Not a mama in the bunch.This little guy still looks and acts like a kitten and is my shadow, He speaks to me in question form and does not PURR at all. My vet says he is one of the healthiest cats he has ever seen and not to worry and that  (Drew Scott) is just fine. Drew was named after our wonderful Vet and the best Vet I have ever known,We just love and admire him so much. Dr Drew Gorman of Harborside Clinic  in Naples, FL . I do not let anyone else touch my feline children unless it is an emergancy., of course.

Now that you have my family's HISTORY, please tell me if you think. that I am  doing a dis-service to my feline children by installing these stairs. This big TEXAS KING BED is higher, wider and longer than a California king and serves as the focal point for everything my family does. We watch TV, read , dine ,study and play games  in this room . The cats need to feel comfortable and have NO STRESS  in this quiet  room. By installing these stairs , am I forcing the kitties to not use thier bodies to do what they are supposed to do ? If the only place that Quanah gets real exercise is jumping on the bed , will the stairs take that exercise away from her ? They have many good quality beds strung around the house , however , of course they want to snuggle with us and we prefer them with us also. These cats are all indoor cats and never go out, so the house IS thier WHOLE WORLD and the lanai is thier only outdoor room.Thanks for your input .  Deana Stone

 

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I am so moved by your story of having steps made to help your senior cat join the family on the bed! I'd love to see some photos of the steps, and maybe feature this heartwarming holiday story in an upcoming newsletter or blog post. Please email me at petconnectionfbt@gmail.com if you're interested!

Wags,

Dr. Marty Becker

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My 4 cats ,ages 2.5 to 10 years have thier own stockings on the mantle and every year they get treats or new bowls . I do not bring more cat toys in because they already have collected a laundry basket full and at  these ages all they want is string or ribbon. This year I am having a cabinet maker build them custom made steps up to our TEXAS KING SIZE BED. My oldest  kitty is starting to show signs of arthritis and she just sits under the bed and cries because she falls when  she attempts to jump  up and is frustrated that she can not get up thier with her brothers, Could not find anything online or at pet stores remotely close to what I wanted.It is as much fun wqatching the animals at Christmas as it was when the kids were small. I will put the new steps with the platform under the tree to see what happend next.  Merry Christmas Critter families !!!!

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Of course! My Dachshunds have always had their own small tree.  It's on the mantle so their curiosity doesn't get them in trouble.  Their gifts are wrapped, and it's so much fun watching them open their new toys and snacks on Christmas!  When they're done they're always eager to help us open ours.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Treats are a favorite at our house, too!

Wags,

Dr. Marty Becker

"America's Veterinarian"

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Of course! He's part of the family (chihuahua).. a box of  dogs treats disguised as Christmas cookies!   

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LOL, your cats are amazingly well-behaved if they haven't yet disemboweled that stocking all over the living room! What's your secret?

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