Cat is on top of a rubber mat which serves as a cat litter mat. 100% rubber

What to Look For in a Rubber Floor Mat

Looking to buy a rubber floor mat? Here are our best tips!

Fearless Grip

You step out of the shower, onto a rug, and feel it shift under your feet. Fear floods your system as you think, “I should have bought a no-slip mat!” Look for mats with 100% rubber bottoms, or mats that are 100% rubber like ours. This allows them to stick to the floor without leaving marks. Allowing you to shower, wash the floor, cook, or do cartwheels on your floor runner fearlessly.

A 3'x 6' 100% rubber floor mat runner in grey stays in place indoors and outdoors. With subtle decoration matching any decor.

Understated Character

Your mat will have high foot traffic; at the front door, under the kitchen sink, or under the cat litter box. Our Moroccan and Star-Cross designs give our grey and brown mats character to match any in home style colors. No longer do you need to worry if the cerulean will match the teal! Pick the pattern you love most. Your rubber floor mat will look unique and last for years to come.

A Good Clean Feeling

Mats can be easy or hard to clean. You don’t want to realize only after a spill that your mat is spot clean only. Our mats can be thrown in the washer and dryer just like your sheets. Your floor mat should make your life easier, not harder. Each time you wash your mat it gets a little softer! Cushioning your feet and your life.

Size Matters

Who knows what size you want or would be perfect? With our two sizing options, we make it simple for you and take out the guess work. At 2’x6’ our floor runner is perfect for the entry way as folks walk in. Use under the litter box area as well for great texture under your cat’s paws. Our floor mat is the width of your door frame and thin enough to fit under doors. No more doors getting stuck or moving the mat as the door opens! At just under 2’x3’ our mats are great for your kitchen sink area! If any water splashes over, you won’t be splashing down as well!

Mold Resistant

Your mat shouldn’t soak up water like a sponge. Our mat pattern not only looks nice, but allows for speedy evaporation in case of spills or rain. No more moldy mats or having to take a day to dry them out. Little spills can be sopped up with a rag. Big spills can be cleaned with a towel, and shaking your rubber floor mat outside!

Comment below if you have any other things you would add to our list! Place our mats in the kitchen, outside, under the litter box, or your bathroom! We made the mats we wanted that made life easier. We know you’ll agree, order one of our mats today here and see the difference!

How to Introduce a New Cat

How to introduce a new cat. A grey and tabby cat snuggle with their ears perked. Helping cats get along. Introducing cats. New cat family.

Are you thinking about ways to introduce a new cat to your home?  We found out the hard way you can’t just put the new cat in front of the others. Expecting them to sniff and hiss it out in order to become friends.  Doing this, both animals will likely have behavior problems ranging from marking territory throughout your house, fighting or increased aggression.  The worst part is, once a cat starts marking in an area, its difficult to get them to stop.  I share this from experience. I had to find separate homes for my two cats because I couldn’t get them to stop marking and fighting.

The good news is there is a much better solution! We now have three cats that love each other, and don’t have any behavioral issues. When bringing in each new cat, we followed tips on how to introduce a new cat from web articles by: Best Friends, Pet Finder, and The Humane Society. I’ve summarized the steps that worked best for us in this blog post.

Decide what kind of cat you want.

Spend time with the cat or kitten at the shelter to ensure they will fit in with your current family.  For example, our cats are all very social and love to be around us.  We looked for these same traits to ensure a good fit. You can’t guarantee traits seen at the shelter will be the same at home, but this is a good start. If you aren’t sure about a cat, this blog post is about finding an animal that is compatible with your life. Another aspect to think about is age. If you have an older cat who doesn’t like to be bothered; a kitten who just wants to play may not be the best choice for your family.

Give your cats their own spaces

Ensure you have a dedicated room in the house with a separate litter box, food bowls, and a closing door ready for the new cat BEFORE bringing them home.  As soon as you bring the new cat home bring it straight to that room. Don’t stop in front of other cats.  Ensure the door is closed and the other cats have no access to this room. This allows the new cat to get used to being in a new space on their own. Saving you from the stress of too-early introductions .

Integrate your new cat slowly

For the first few days keep the cats completely separated. Keep the new cat in a private room and have the others stay outside.  On the fourth and fifth day, start feeding the cats outside the door from each other. Place the food bowls for the new cat just inside the door of the private room. On the other side of the door, place the food bowls for the others. This will allow them to associate the good feelings of feeding with the scent of the new cat.

Allow your new cat to explore alone.

On days six thru eight, continue feeding outside the door and swap rooms for short 30 minute periods twice daily.  Allow the new cat to come out for into the house to explore and sniff. While this is happening, the other cat(s) are put in the private room to get further used to the smell of the new cat.

Encourage safe play for cat interaction

On days eight through ten add play times under the door. Use a string or feather under the door. This way the cats can play with each other without having to see each other.  We have an office with a glass door allowing them to see each other through the glass. There can be some hissing in the beginning. We find that they usually start playing under the door together after a few hours. Especially since they’re still being fed together and we’ve been encouraging this play.  

Supervise space integration

On days eleven through fourteen continue all of the above steps but add short periods where the door is open. This allows them into each other’s spaces. Supervise this time closely, where you introduce a new cat. Ensure to move back to play times under the door if you feel they aren’t ready for this step yet.  Especially if they’re being aggressive toward each other and biting or fighting. A little hissing is normal but anything like excessive hissing or growling means they aren’t ready for this step yet.

Have patience.

Continue the above steps, making the visits together longer over time.  We know they are ready to be joined together when we observe the resident cats initiating play. Seeing them laying together or grooming each other is also a good sign.  The longest its ever taken us to introduce a new cat has been three full weeks. It has been worth the wait every time.  There’s nothing sweeter than seeing them nap together or groom each other.

We hope these tips have been helpful for you!  We’d love to hear what has worked for you to introduce a new cat to your family. Let us know if you have any questions.

 

5 Tips to Understanding Cat Behavior

Are you having a hard time understanding your cat’s behavior? Did you know, cats speak their own language? Understand your cat and their behavior by paying attention to their sounds, movement, ears, and tail. Know what your cat is trying to tell you with these five tips to be paw-sitively fluent in cat!

Purr-haps we Can Cuddle?

Purring is your cats way of showing affection and that they want to be close to you. This is a great time to pet, cuddle, and take time to relax with your cat. A content cat is a happy cat, and purring is their way of letting you know!

A striped orange and black cat meows and purrs to speak. Understanding a cats body language helps you be a great pet owner.
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Meow is the Time

Meowing is a cat’s way of saying ‘Hey’. A short meow is similar to a greeting. A deeper meow may indicate, ‘Hey, I’m hungry, ‘Pay attention, I need something!’. Listening to their meow tone can help make sure your cat’s needs are met quickly. Hissing and growling cat behavior often indicate anger and fear.

Tail Talk

Cat tails can tell us just as much, as a cat’s vocals. A slightly curved tail parallel to the ground means your cat is cool, calm and collected. If their tail is straight in the air they may be attentive or excited. A cat’s tail straight up with fur raised and bushy is a sign of anger and stress. A tucked tail under legs is a sign of anxiety, or fear. You should assess the situation, leave your cat alone, or change the scenery around your cat. If there is loud music, or a lot of people causing your cat to feel overwhelmed, you can put your cat in a separate room with a soft blanket and relaxing music to help drone out the noise.

Ear-ly Detection!

Think of a cat’s ears like a human’s eyebrows! They give context to what your cat is trying to convey! If your cat is laying down they may be relaxed. An angry cat is ready to attack with ears flat to their head. Twitching ears are a sign of agitation and frustration. Simply rotated, it can be a sign of attention! Forward facing ears means your cat is relaxed and in a good mood.

Cat Behavior and Body Language

Just as a human can have tense raised shoulders, cats raise their hackles. If you notice their fur standing up along their spine, allow your cat space to calm down. Cats are playful creatures! Be aware of tight tension in their body to see clues they could be stressed will help you understand your cat’s behavior. Look for a loose relaxed gait as a sign your cat is happy. Cats ready to play often stand on their hind legs, jump, spin in circles, or roll around! Check out our blog post Keeping Kitty Happy for more tips!

Every cat is unique, and we hope our five tips help you understand your cat’s behavior in new ways! Have any tips to add to our list? Leave a comment below, to share with fellow cat lovers!