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Some people window shop...some browse online... but one of my favorite
past times is “perusing” cat product catalogs I receive in the mail.
It was in one of those catalogs that I first saw the Catit Cat Spa Activity Center...and I knew that my cat would have one someday!
Well, “someday” finally arrived when I was faced with creating some
feline environmental enrichment improvements with the hopes of reducing
any cat separation anxiety for our Siamese, Britches.
Personal reasons would have my husband and I called out of town on occasion, which would mean Britches would be at home alone, with the daily care of a pet sitter. Hoping to provide ways our Siamese could stay “relaxed” and not become a stressed cat, the Catit Deluxe Activity Center looked to be just what we needed.
Being that Britches is a senior cat and knowing that she is slow to show interest in any new cat item in her environment, it was important to get the Cat Spa into the house as quickly as possible, to allow time for her to “warm up” to its presence.
When the Cat Spa arrived, it took only moments to “pop” the brushes, Ripple Massager and
Gum Stimulator into place.
I chose to place the Cat Spa near Britches’ morning “sunning and brushing” spot so she could get used to seeing it...and hopefully, to create
a positive association with this "strange, new item" that had suddenly appeared!
After a week of letting the Catit Cat Spa just “be in the room”, it was time to show Britches what this unique cat toy/cat grooming tool was all about...time to make a happy cat!
To “prime” the experience, I sprinkled the included catnip into the holder of the Catit Cat Spa, as well as on the Accu-Pressure Pads.
We are lucky to have great morning sunbeams that fall across the floor.
Our “routine” is for Britches to come into the room, stretch out in a
sunbeam and then I’ll brush her.
Usually, after a few minutes, she will roll onto her side and fall asleep.
Anticipating that movement, I initially positioned the Catit to be just where she would lay her head down on the the Accu-Pressure pads.
The idea was to guide her awareness to the catnip I had sprinkled, then naturally and “on her own” experience the “sensation” of the textured surface by enjoying a face or cheek rub.
During the training process, I decided that I would only brush Britches beside (or eventually, on) the Cat Spa.
To help build an association for Britches with the Catit Body Stroke
Brushes, I would take a little bit of accumulated cat hair from her
grooming brush and place it directly onto the spa brushes...having her own scent helped make the Cat Spa more familiar to her.
Another way we introduced the Cat Spa was when I popped out one of the Body Stroke Groomers and used it as a brush.
Eventually I lightly brushed along her cheeks to initiate her awareness of how good that type of action would feel and again, to peek her interest and encourage her instincts to explore the different textures for rubbing and relaxing...on her own.
Though it sounds like a lot of work...when you love your kitty and enjoy
spending time together, the process of training is just part of the
pleasure of teaching your cat how to enjoy something new. To
some, it may sound like this “introduction and training” was a lot of
work, but knowing and understanding my own cat, I accepted this as what I
needed to do.
The original motivation for getting the Catit Cat Spa Deluxe Activity Center
was to provide Britches a unique cat toy designed to help her soothe
herself and hopefully decrease any cat separation anxiety from occurring
when we needed to be out of town.
One look at this beautiful relaxed kitty, contently napping after a “morning at the spa” and I can honestly say...I think we’re off to a great start!
√ Britches and I recommend Catit Cat Spa Deluxe Activity Center For Cats as an Investment Product for your cats Environmental Enrichment.
√ It is a unique cat toy that combines elements of a catnip toy and a cat grooming tool.
√ The Spa provides kitty with a variety of textures and surfaces on which to rub, paw and chew.
√ This product is especially beneficial for indoor-only cats who otherwise may be limited to soft carpet or smooth floors.
√ The Catit Cat Spa provides cats with a way to relax and distress on their own...(Though not a substitute for your attention and care!)
√ The hard plastic materials are durable and easy to clean.
X The Body Stroke Brushes can pop out of place on occasion, though are easily put back in.
√ / X Some cats may require a short introduction period to bond with the product. We see this as a small investment for a big payoff!