@Mrs McCain 2012: I have watched that show before, and I have been trying my best to inforce a lot of the rules and suggestions that are on there. We have tons of toys for the cats and they both play with them regularly. My sister’s cat is most definitely a “tree cat” (like they say on that show), which is why I have been insisting that we get him a cat tree. I know he climbs all over the kitchen couters and table at night because I catch him on them during the day as well (which by the way, grosses me out to no end). I initially hoped the cat tree would keep him off the the counters.
@Rachel631: Thanks for the suggestions about clipping his nails. I’ll offer to help my sister do this. Letting him outside isn’t really an option unless we get a harness and collar though, we live in an apartment complex and letting him roam free would just be a bad idea. He does love to look outside, and spends a large chunk of his day laying in the window watching the birds, so that’s a great idea.
@SugerPlum: Yeah, I’ve realized that if I want anything for these cats, I’ll be the one paying for it. Cat tree, harness, leash, toys, anything. I do play with the cats every day and am constantly talking to them. My sister’s cat goes crazy over the lazer pointer and will play with that for a half an hour straight, while my cat likes to play fetch with her little mice. I truly think that buying that cat tree with help with so many of the problems.
@EvaPeeva3: I have heard about the aluminum foil trick, but haven’t tried it. I’m going to give it a go today, as well as clipping his nails. Thanks for reminding me of the foil trick so I can try it.
@Bears-bub: “It seems like its almost time for an ultimatum.” Yep.
I freaked out a little last night and texted her after the latest episode of him attacking my cat. I told her that he’s destructive to the apartment and beating up my cat and that ignoring these problems ISN’T GOING TO SOLVE THEM. She flipped out on me saying, “Whatever. I’ll just give him to my boyfriend then.”
This is what she does. She has a bleeding heart for animals and loves them dearly, but when problems arrise, she doesn’t know how to handle it and bails. I’ve taken care of her canary for 3 years now, for example. And I just can’t tell her no, because my love for animals is followed through with the animal’s lifetime of care (seriously, when we had to get rid of our dog a few years ago, I cried for months over it. I may be a bit extreme, but my animals are my family and I take care of them to the best of my ability).
We aren’t wealthy people- My Fiance and I work a minimum wage jobs. We moved to a new city, 2 hours away from our home town, and are making enough money to make ends meet and save for our little wedding. My sister works a job that pays her more than we get paid, but spends her money frivilously on new underwear, nights out at the bar, and hair products. What she’s does with her money isn’t any of my business (I genuinly feel that way), but I mention it because she “can’t afford” to buy these things for her cat.
She moved in with us because she was MONTHS behind in rent at her last place and they were evicting her. She had no where else to go, and we were her last resort.
I told my Fiance about our conversation last night and he said that either the cat has to go, or my sister. He raised a lot of great points (“How are we supposed to successfully rehabilitate a cat if it’s owner doesn’t follow, and directly contradicts, the rules?”), but it breaks my heart that it’s come to this. I told him I’m buying the cat tree and doing everything in my power to fix this, but if there isn’t any improvement, I’ll let him find the cat a new home.
I guess this obsessively long post is just trying to shed some light on the situation. Kudos if you actually read it all- I’ll bake you some cookies and send them your way.