Post # 92
@notestasiskis: If you choose to contain your kitty in the bathroom overnight then pleae ensure that you close the lid of the toilet.
Cats require training. It is time consuming and it will take monhts/years to do it. Read up on the breed, get to know your cats particular interests (climbing, exploring, chasing balls) and provide it with stimulation.
When the cat is cured of its ring worm then please rehouse it to our FI’s house.
Grab some boxes and stack them against the wall. Attach them to each other with tape and cut some access points in them so that kitty can squirrel his way to the top.
Spray anthing you don’t want the cat to climb on with a cat deterrent. You can google homemade recipes which are made with citrus but you can buy commercial ones. If he is climbing on something grab him off, say no and put him on his climbing tower or somewhere else. This will take time for him to learn but he will.
Repeat the motion- if you don;t want him on your lap etc lift him off and say no. repeat as many times as needed. Yes it takes time but they need to learn the behaviour.
Don;t give him too many toys. Overstimulation is just as bad. Take some of his toys away and switch them out every week/couple of weeks.
If you are feeding him grocery store bought dry food/kibble stop. This is kitty crack. Buy a reputable brand from the vet/pet food store like eukanuba. Animals are like kids. if you fill them with colours, perspervatives and additives then they will be hyperactive.
look into getting him a cat harnass. At first get him used to wearing it just around the house. Leave the lead off at this stage. once he is used to it introduce the lead and lead him around your apartment. Once he is used to it take him outside. Slowly increase the outside time until you are able to take him on a stroll.
As funny as it sounds we walk one of our cats. He is blind but loves the outdoors but obviously cannot be let outside on his own due to the risk of getting hit by a car. We will walk him all the way tot he park about a city block away and he loves to explore the park and sniff all the plants. We started doing this because he gets extremely upset if he can’t go outside, as in biting and scratching and random attacks on us and the other cats. This has calmed him down considerably and stopped the furniture scratching as well.
Basically nothing can be fixed overnight. It takes time and patience and it is just the reality of animal ownership.
Post # 93
@ChemistryBride: I don’t think you can train a cat the way you train a dog. It is much more difficult.
Post # 94
Baby animals (kittens, puppies, etc) need TONS of attention, love, play, and EXERCISE… I doubt there’s enough room for him in an efficiency, and I wouldn’t be surprised that that is why he scratches/climbs – he’s trying to get his energy out somehow and doesn’t have the room he needs to do it properly.
Baby animals especially require a LOT of attention. You should have gone with an older pet if you didn’t want to have to pay attention to it all the time. :/
This whole post makes me sad. A sweet playful baby animal needs an owner who will love to play with it and love it and give it enough room and playtime and exercise…. If you dont enjoy being near him or playing with him, I’m sure you can find someone who will….
Post # 95
@nycsa: I understand that, but there are plenty articles online on how to crate train a cat, so some people have obviously achieved it, and I think it’s a valid suggestion for the OP.
Post # 96
This post makes me sad.. I know that animals can be annoying (especially a sick one) but they still deserve some love and affection.
Post # 97
I’m a huge cat lover, having owned five over the years, but I’ll be the first to admit that a hyperactive kitten with cabin fever can be difficult to deal with. You basically need to tire them out, especially if you’re out of the house all day. My almost two-year-old British Shorthair still gets hyperactive, and I basically have to run her around the house with toys after I get home at night.
You can also clip your cat’s claws, so that even when he scratches it won’t hurt you or destroy your house. I don’t mean declaw, just use a nail clipper to gently snip off the sharpest part of the claw. It doesn’t hurt them and makes a difference.
Post # 100
wow people get sooo riled up about pet related complaints! The poor girl, she’s only ranting about TEMPORARY, CIRCUMSTANTIAL reasons why her cat is bugging the hell out of her. Cut a girl some slack.
Post # 101
@nikix: children are not cats. Your comment is mean.
Post # 102
@nikix: In all honesty, I’m more than likely infertile and at the very least, getting pregnant will be very difficult. I have PCOS, and while it’s being managed, it will be a struggle to ever have a baby. @araneidae: is very right. Cats are not children. Should I ever be blessed with a child, you’d be damn sure I’d be the best mom I could.
Post # 103
@araneidae: No, children are not cats. but the foundation is the same, you raise them, feed them, give them love and attention, the moment you bring an animal or a child into your home you are responsible for them.
Post # 105
I have two cats, and the older one was annoying as hell when I first adopted him as a kitten. After a lot of training, he is a great cat. I think you have gotten some helpful responses regarding training. I would like to add that you might look into clicker training. And to those who say cats can’t be trained like dogs, you may be right to some extent. But you would be surprised to see what cats can be taught to do–mine sit, fetch, beg for food, and come when called. It is going to take time and patience, OP. I am glad you are treating the medical issues.
Post # 106
@notestasiskis: Also you might want to consider a monthly preventative treatment for fleas. My Fiance lives in Louisiana (where fleas are prevalent and can come in from the outside) and uses Frontline every month.