Need help with our cat…

posted 3 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013 - A Beautiful converted Barn

@KatiePi:  is he neutered? sometimes this helps.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I wonder if it’s a boredom thing-maybe he needs some toys he can play with on his terms, like a plastic ring with a ball he can ‘chase’ and bat around  whenever he feels like or a Da Bird toy? Might be worth seeing how he reacts to the toy when he does this. If he gets into it I’d say he was needing stimulation.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

Get one of those bouncy toys on a string attached to a stick and play with kitty every day. See if that helps.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

He sounds bored. I’d try buying him a cat tree so he can hide somewhere away from you and a few more toys. Also, soft caps on his claws might help with the scratching. Some cats are just assholes.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@KatiePi:  Definitely try playing with him more often, and keep a can of forced air around for quick discipline. It’s not messy like squirting water, and they really seem to hate the noise.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

It is a hard habit to break after they are full-grown. I nip the habit in the bud when they are kittens by GENTEELLY pushing on their foreheads (a shove) like a Mama Cat would do. Perhaps some flower essences might help.

Post # 11
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I was going to suggest a spray bottle with water too, my cat is usually quite well behaved but can get a bit boisterous when he’s playing. A wee skoosh and he knows he’s done something wrong!

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

Yeah, maybe the little fright will stop him. Good luck x

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My oldest cat would do this – get kind of over-excited and attack me -my arm or leg – and I’d do what you are doing-restraining him and putting him in another room for a few minutes to calm down. What really ended up working better, though, was getting some of those Da Bird toys the My Cat From Hell dude uses, and having active play sessions twice a day for 10-15 minutes. He had a lot of toys, but the running and acrobatics from us engaging him put a wonderful dent in his energy level. He hasn’t “attacked” me or our other cat since we started doing this. Good luck

 

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

What is he getting “upset” about?

 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

It could be a dominance thing, especially if he’s feeling agitated, if things have changed, if there’s been a shift in the household.  I’d try the squirt gun when he does it again, and try increasing his activity, wear him right out.  I’ve sung the praises of Feliway diffusers to help calm down agitated cats, but I’d try playing with him and see if it’s something that can be remedied with play and activity first.

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