First I'd like to say Hi to you guys, I'm a new cat owner, just over 3 weeks and counting although my SO has had cats most of her life. If anyone is interested you can view pictures of our new boys at the following links


We got them from our local Cats Protection in Scotland, UK. They are 8yrs old and are everything we'd hoped for!
The main reason for this post is that we have been feeding them IAMS, and although the boys absolutley love the stuff I have been shocked by some of the stuff I've read about their "research" techniques. Most of the stuff I have read has been "old" and I'm wondereing if they have cleaned up their act recently, if not can someone recommend an alternate dry product we can switch them to?
Also, we live in a small one bedroom flat/apartment and are currently trying to get them to use a covered litter tray with varying levels of success.It doesn't half reek when they drop one! Does anyone have any tips on converting them to such a tray?
Steve.
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First I'd like to say Hi to you guys, I'm a new cat owner, just over 3 weeks and counting ... doesn't half reek when they drop one! Does anyone have any tips on converting them to such a tray? Steve.

Are they brothers? Sure look alike. I switched off Iams when Johsnon bought them. I really don't know what to believe about "research" anymore. Whenever food comes up here it's a big issue. As I understand it, food is much better in the UK supposedly. So, I think you just need to do what you can. Most posters here are US so it will be different anyway.

As for the litter box, what type of litter do you use? that makes a big difference. Again, I don't know what brands you have over there, though I believe the choice is less.
Karen
on 21 Dec 2003:
First I'd like to say Hi to you guys, I'm a new cat owner, just over 3 weeks and counting ... got them from our local Cats Protection in Scotland, UK. They are 8yrs old and are everything we'd hoped for!

Awww.. congrats and thank you for adopting some "oldsters". Emotion: smile They are darling! Can't comment about your questions but love the pics.

Cheryl
"I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do." - Helen Keller
Also, we live in a small one bedroom flat/apartment and are currently trying to get them to use a covered ... success.It doesn't half reek when they drop one! Does anyone have any tips on converting them to such a tray?

If you mean that they don't always want to use the litter box, try an uncovered one, too, next to the covered one. See if they prefer it. You may also want to try a different litter if the uncovered box doesn't work.

Cathy

"Staccato signals of constant information..."
("The Boy in the Bubble") Paul Simon
Yes, a lot of cats do not like covered litter boxes. Try an uncovered, large one.
Gail
Hi Steven ,
James Wellbeloved and Burns are often recommended on UK newsgroups . You'll find their websites on the search machine Google . Alison
Congratutions on your new cats; they are adorable!

I have to be honest, I never had good success with getting my cat to like a covered box. In fact, I think using a covered box contributed to his starting to spray. There were other issues too, but having a covered box did not help.
Also, I'm not a big fan of Iams, but that's just my opinion.

Sue
Thanks to everyone who has responded so far!
Yes, the boys are brothers and also litter mates. We have been using the same litter that we've used in the un-covered tray, so that shouldn't be the issue, they just seem unsure about going in! We're having more success now that we taped the flap open. I guess we'll just keep our fingers crossed they get used to it...

Steve.
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