Creating the right environment for your kitten or cat
A final word about my other feline hobby horse (the first was bones, remember), the environment. Cats are masters of the art of hunting, and they are so well equipped to do it! There has always been the thought that if we kept our cat in at night, we would be doing our bit for nature. I am sorry to disappoint you. It’s just not on. You need to build your cat an outside enclosure, or buy one. I term it a reverse aviary. The birds are on the outside and the cat is on the inside. Have a look on the internet at some of the wonderful structures people have built to give their cats the freedom of the outside world, but protection as well. “Feline Aids'' as it’s commonly called is spread by bites from an infected cat, usually the local “Tom’ who will certainly want to prey on your cat given half the chance. Ask your vet about this problem.
I have had some lovely cats over the years, but none as gorgeous as “Mr. Magic”. He was special. He was different. He was a Red Burmese, but I could not stop him from spraying, so I built a run for him near the house. When I knew my time in Tasmania was coming to an end, I brought him back inside the house for company. He was a good age. His kidneys were failing, but he never once sprayed the whole time. He died in his sleep, at peace, on my bed. Yes, he was magic and although his show wins would number in the hundreds, it was his ‘roll over, scratch my tummy’ the moment you laid hands on him, that endeared him to unveil “Mr. Magic.”