- Miss Chapstick
- 8 years ago
- Wedding: August 2009
I realize that I’m going to come across as an awful person in this thread, so I’d appreciate it if everyone could just keep an open mind about our situation.
Our cat is driving us nuts. To the point where we’re debating finding him a new home.
I’ll start at the beginning. We adopted him five years ago, and he’s always been, well, the Alpha male cat. If things don’t go his way, he acts out by knocking things off shelves, spraying and getting aggressive. Half the time, he’s sweet and just likes to cuddle. The other half? Well, we call it Monster Kitteh. We’ve tried training him with spray bottles and loud noises, but they never phase him (he even seems to like the water!).
For three years of his life, he shared the apartment with another dog, a six-pounder that had no interest in taking him on. That dog passed away earlier this year, and for about three months, he was king of the castle again. When we got our first dog, the cat didn’t seem to care. I mean, the first few weeks, he would hiss at her just to show her who was boss, then he just went on with his life. About five weeks ago, we got another dog, and ever since then, the cat has been worse than ever. At first, we thought maybe he had a UTI because the spraying was as its worst, but the vet said it wasn’t the problem, and the cat was probably jealous of the dog. We started to show him extra love and attention, got him some new toys, etc., and it hasn’t improved. He’s become aggressive with us (biting and clawing) and openly defying by scratching furniture right in front of us, and peeing everywhere. We’ve had to take everything off our shelves, cover all our furniture in blankets and remove all the area rugs from our apartment.
I’m at a point where I just do NOT know what to do. It’s awful. And trust me when I say I hate to admit this, but my husband and I, as much as we’re animal lovers, we’re more dog people. I form stronger bonds with dogs for some reason, and I can’t help but feel that way. I do NOT want to rehome our cat, but part of me thinks he would be 1,000 times happier where he’s the only pet in the house. Or maybe had another cat buddy? I dunno. I want to do what’s best for our kitty, but at the same time, I can’t live with cat pee everywhere.
It’s going on six weeks now of constant peeing and breaking things, and I can’t take this much more. I can’t keep having him ruin our apartment, especially when we’re renters. We’re desperate for ideas and opinions! I should also mention our cat is neutered and our dog is the same size, about six pounds, and she leaves him alone completely.