Post # 47
@notestasiskis: I am curious as to why you didn’t just wait on giving him the kitty until after you guys moved. Wouldn’t it have made things way easier?
Was it an anniversary or something where the timing was right? I think you would have saved yourself a lot of stress if you just waited.
Post # 48
@Chrysoberyl: He was a proposal kitty. I’d talked to Fiance about the possibility of getting a cat and talked to his roommates and everyone was good for it. Fiance was even planning on going to check out the local shelter. I didn’t just throw a cat at him. We talked about it and it was something he wanted. He just didn’t know I’d be giving him one when I proposed.
Post # 49
I believe you. But wow, I’ve always heard that Devon Rex cats are particularly mischevious, so yeah, definitely drain his energy. You need to get him running and jumping.
It may also help to watch My Cat From Hell on Animal Planet. That guy often has good tips.
Post # 50
@qwerty2k1: That they are. FIs name is Devon and their personalities are ridiculously similar. I’ve seen a couple recommendations for that show. I’ll definitely look into it.
Post # 51
@notestasiskis: I guess for now you’ve got to do your best to get that ringworm treated so he can go back to FI’s apartment. Good luck to you!
Post # 52
I’ve heard that Devon Rex’s are super friendly. Best to get him a friend when you have the space!
Post # 53
I second (or third) watching My Cat From Hell and reading up on cat behavior. Kittens are super rambunctious and really need to be fully exhausted before bedtime! That’s also why kittens are usually adopted in pairs – a playmate of a matching temperament can help a kitten feel more stimulated and less lonely. I understand why you’re not able to re-home or get a companion for your cat right now, so I think the best thing you can do is give him a lot of attention and active play. Toys he can play with on his own will help some, but interactive play really is the best kind. Get a cat dancer and a laser pointer and play with him until he gets tired! Reward him with treats for being a good “hunter” too. Giving him positive reinforcement after a good play session works much better than negative reinforcement with a squirt bottle when he’s annoying you. Make sure you never let him use hands or feet as a plaything – if he learns as a kitten that he can treat your extremities as a cat toy, it’ll be really hard to break him out of that habit later in life.
The bottom line is that kittens are like babies. They need a lot of work and attention, and if you don’t give it to them when they’re young, they’ll be holy terrors when they grow up. Invest the time now, and you’ll have a much happier kitty.
Post # 54
Also, I would seriously consider investing in a cat condo if he loves to climb. They’re pricey and sort of unattractive (in my opinion) but getting a cat condo made a huge difference in our needy, bored cat’s happiness level. He likes to hang out up there and survey his kingdom, so we put up with the carpeted eyesore in the living room because he adores it so much. Giving him a safe place to climb and “get high” will probably help keep him off the high surfaces he isn’t allowed on.
This one is great: http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=12811651&f=PAD%2FpsNotAvailInUS%2FNo ’ defer=’defer;
It has scratching surfaces (to save your furniture) and some attached toys (to keep him entertained when he’s home alone) and will satisfy his craving for climbing and being up high.
Post # 55
@notestasiskis: Uh why haven’t you treated the ringworm and fleas?
Sorry but I have no sympathy. Find a good home for you cat. Maybe someone who deserves him will treat him better.
Post # 56
I got my cat when he was 8 weeks old and from the moment I went to get him, he was an ornery little thing. He would get in between my ex and I while we were sleeping and scratch at my ex’s back. He annoyed the hell out of my older cat and even got into the trash. He’d also climb all over me when I was trying to eat. So, I figured it was time to train him a bit.
I used a squirt bottle, in combination with a firm “No” or “Hey” and then I eventually was able to snap and he’d stop whatever he was doing. It took A LOT of patience but in time, he mellowed out and now he’s amazing. He doesn’t get on counters or the table, he doesn’t scratch my furniture, he doesn’t pee on my carpet. He’s cuddly and sweet, but still absolutely loves to play.
Try putting a small dish out with crushed red peppers or something lemon scented. Also, they make a harmless spray that is supposed to keep cats away from certain surfaces.
I would second putting him in the bathroom at night. As long as he has the essentials, he’ll be ok. He may cry, but just let him go. He’ll get over it.
As you said, this is a temporary situation, so it’s not forever. Kittens can be tough to deal with especially in such a small space, but it’s workable. I hope things get better!
Post # 57
As a cat owner of botha senior ( had her for 10 years) and a kitten (a year old now ) I have some advice.
babies have tins of energy! When we got Fosse, she was crazy allnight long. I found it helped to have 3 big play times during the day ( or 2 of you work during the day. one at night, one in the morning ) schedule his feeding accordingly. once in the morning, once at night. scheduling play time and feeding is super important to getting your kitty on a sleep and wake cycle that fits your needs.
Be sure to tire him out about 30 min before you go to bed. Also, I knwo this may suck, but you MUST IGNORE head pounces in the middleof the night! All scratching, meowing, head butts must be ignored so he can learn that this behavior isnt rewarded with attention> It will take about a bit sometimes a couple weeks, but he will learn.
I also found that rescue remedy for pets was a life saver during the night. She would konk right out 🙂 I would gently hold Fosse, gently pry her mouth open by lightly squeezing the sides of her mouth, back by the molars, and empty a dropper into her mouth. DO THIS GENTLY SO AS NOT TO HURT THE KITTY. Hold them firmly around the chest, and youll have good control. Be sure to get the pet version, as the human version has alcohol
heres a link to the rescue remedy. Try to see him for how beautiful he is. Cats are the best pets ever, I promise 🙂
Post # 58
@notestasiskis: I just want to say… I know how you feel! I got together with my FH and became step mom to two cats. They know I’m step mom so they hate me, lol!
I love them! I swear I do, but I know I’m not the best pet parent… FH definitely is, and he loves them dearly. I would never make him give them away. They’re 10 yrs old now, and while I don’t always play with them, I do assist in “tiring them out before bed time”. They’re so cat like they never want to play… We get them toys, beds, climby things and they turn their nose up at them…
Fat kitty will meow all day bcs he used to have free feedings. Now he’s on a schedule for eating and he doesn’t like it… Well, tough noogies kitty, I don’t like it either.
White kitty is aggressive, climbs on everything, pukes on things, and claws things up…
They’re both totally healthy (the pukey kitty eats and runs away, jumps over things, then pukes… she’ll never learn! All her doc’s have said it’s no big).
Loving them doesn’t mean I don’t find them utterly annoying and feel conflicted about having them…
Post # 59
@canarydiamond: Ringworm takes a long time to treat. OP mentioned that they already started treating it (and the fleas, sucessfully) in the fourth post. I’ve known it to take months for it to go away… the spores take a long time to die.
Post # 60
When animals aren’t given the space and stimulation they need, they act out. Young animals are especially needy on that front! That’s what having a kitten is all about. If you didn’t want an animal with that activity level, you should have adopted an older cat that had a foster history that you could evaluate.
Breeders don’t = awesome pets. Research is the only way to know what you’re getting.
Post # 61
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@FMM: +1, this post makes me sad too 🙁