(Closed) I really don't like my cat…

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 63
6354 posts
Bee Keeper

Is it a male kitten? One you have him neutered, he should calm down.

Unneutered male & kittenhood = the maximum amount of energy! It’s like having a 10 year old boy in the apartment. Entertain him or he will entertain himself… and stuff will get broken if he’s left to entertain himself! He won’t always be that way. Cats typically sleep 20 hours a day.

Post # 64
1547 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

You need to treat the ringworm. A visit to the vet should take care of the problem.

Why did you get your FI/SO a cat if they’re not your thing? You must have considered that you guys would be living together in the next 10 years? For the most part it looks like the cat is being a cat. Their natural range includes counter tops and the backs of sofas etc. My dog trainer put somethng into perspective for me recently when I asked her how I could keep my brother’s husky from counter surfing. She told me that it would be virtually impossible to break this habit. Since the husky is much taller then my 14 lb dog his natural range consists of counter tops and I would have to adjust. So instead of getting irritated when he does this I’ve just learned to put stuff out of his reach. The cat is going to act like a cat, try not to get too stressed about it and learn to love the postive things about him.

Post # 65
3768 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

I’m going to echo pp who recommend watching My Cat From Hell — when you described your cat jumping all over stuff, it totally reminded me of an episode where the cat was similarly a curious climber — the owner ended up adding a lot of basically bookshelves (without stuff on them) to the walls so that the cat had places it could climb and jump up to and just chill.  Just something to consider!

Post # 67
1154 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014


Post # 69
2825 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I think you’ve gotten enough flack and I’m not going to lecture you on anything (I think you get the point with that).  However, I worked at an SPCA so I know first hand how bad and contagious ring worm can be (I had about 20+ spots once!).

How are your treating it?  Topically or orally?  both?

I have a LOT of experience in this and although it takes a while to go away no matter how you treat it, I do have some tricks that help… It’s quite a regime but it’s what I’ve found works the best…

Since it’s a hairless cat that should make things a LOT easier. (you can also do this to your own spots… get a prescription for yourself orally as well, otherwise you are just going to be giving it to eachother back and forth)

1.  Rub any and all spots with iodine.

2.  Spray with anti-fungal spray (get this from your vet)

3.  Coat lavishly with lotrimin ultra (or lamisil… active ingredient miconozole 2%) althlete’s foot cream on each and every spot.

4.  Treat orally with Fluconazole (or other prescribed anti-fungal) daily (or as directed).

5.  Bathe the cat at least once a week to remove any of the irritated flaking skin (this is how more spots get spread, which is worse for cats with hair because it gets stuck like dandruff) and medicine residue.

When we did this to cats in the shelter they would be spotless in about 2-3 weeks, then after 10 days spot free they could be released into the general population.


Good luck.

ETA:  Obviously double check with your vet before using any human medication on animals.  We had the OK from the vet to do this.

ETA (again):  Also, obviously if irritation occurs from all of the meds… DONT continue.

Post # 70
214 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

you do know cats can sense when they are liked and loved and maybe right now he feels nothing  from you at all, Where do you live I know alot of people who want kittens.cats and would love to take them into their home and love them > Getting rid of the ringworm who not be a care to them, please let me help before he gets really on your nerves and >>>>>

Post # 72
1274 posts
Bumble bee

I understand the situation you are in and while it makes me kind of sad for the kitten, I’d like to offer a bit of advice. 

Since he is still a kitten, what he learns in the first few months will really dictate the type of adult cat he turns into. Do you have a scratching post for him? If not, invest now. Teach him to use it and keep putting him in front and hold his paws up to teach him how to use it if he starts to scratch you. It takes patience which  I know you are running short of right now, but if you want this to work, please try it. Also try the firm no and act like you are ignoring him for a few minutes if he starts biting/scratching you. We did the water spray bottle for the counters with a firm no, and that worked (after many many attempts of course). He’ll get the hang of it eventually.

The first 3 nights after we got our 8 week old  kitten, he howled at the bedroom door when we shut it. My Fiance (then BF at the time was ready to take him back, half jokingly – it drove us both nuts). Me being a suck, picked him up each of those nights and brought him onto the bed with me. Guess where he sleeps now (as a 3 year old cat), either under my arm, spooning me or on my bloody pillow! Haha…but yeah, I would just keep up with the tiring him out like other posters said and just try to understand that cats will go out of their way to get attention from you, so if you give him lots of love, attention and playtime he should be a well-adjusted little guy. It just takes time to settle into a routine sometimes, hopefully it will get easier on you both once he has other playmates at your fiance’s place. 

Post # 75
2424 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Wow, OP I think you are getting a lot of unfair flack in this post. I love my dogs dearly, but sometimes you just need space!

Have you considered trying to crate train him, since you live in such a small space and have no other rooms to confine him? I think that will particularly help with him jumping on your face while you are sleeping. He needs to learn that bedtime is bedtime, not playtime. I haven’t done it with cats (I’ve only had dogs) but I do know that it can be done. It would be a rough transition for him, and he’s sure to meow and cry and try to make you feel bad and let him out, but I think teaching him that you both need separate space (particularly at night) would be a good thing. The thing in general you have to be mindful of in crate training is you have to make it clear that the crate is not a punishment, it is just their bed/space and you don’t want them to have negative associations with it.

Post # 76
3109 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

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@notestasiskis:  You’re certainly very defensive in your responses here. You posted about not liking your cat for basically being a cat. Animal lovers will be bothered by this, obviously. The complaining over and over in multiple posts is really immature. Rehome the cat or get over it.

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