(Closed) Trouble with FI’s Pets

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

1) Cut their nails weekly (or get “soft paws” caps for their nails)

2) get child-proof locks for your cabinets (cats are creatures of habit. If you have them on there for even 1-2 months and they figure out they can’t get in, they’ll stop trying)

3) get a squirt bottle to train them off of things they shouldn’t be on when you’re around

4) Get used to wiping things down. 

They’re your pets. Your Fiance loves them. You’re just going to have to adjust, and learn to love the little knuckle-heads as well!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@CorgiTales: I agree with all of these, especially #4. Once you’re used to it, it really isn’t a big deal to rinse things before using them and wipe down everything. It becomes almost second nature.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I second everything corgitales said, and want to add:  learn to laugh about it… ๐Ÿ™‚

I spilled an entire bowl of my favorite soup from a restaurant in town on the floor (cheesy chicken tortilla for those wondering) and was so mad that I didn’t get to eat my soup as soon as I cleaned up what went all over the floor I left the bowl (with some soup still in it) on the counter and ran back to the restaurant to get more (it’s that good.) when I came back the cats (we have 2) were licking their lips and looked majorly guilty… I walked over to the counter where the bowl was and it was spotless…

I could have been completely grossed out that the cats jumped up on the counter and ate my soup (out of my bowl!!) or I could laugh about it… I laughed so hard at it I had to call Fiance to tell him how silly his boys were and how they enjoyed their snack. ๐Ÿ™‚

Hopefully that story can help you learn to laugh at their antics a little more. ๐Ÿ™‚

ETA: I obviously used a different bowl for my new soup though. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@o0olibelulao0o: Oh man, cheese AND chicken? That soup didn’t stand a chance.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@CorgiTales: I agree with all of these things.

Also, I don’t know about your dog, but with my two mutts I feel like I am constantly re-washing things, vaccuming, cleaning clothes with lint rollers and picking up the yard. With pets comes responsibility and with responsibilty comes sacrifice.

Also, for the scratching the curtains, they need to scratch, as it is in their nature. I would suggest buying or building a cat tower or scratching post for them to use instead. You can also buy sprays that ATTRACT cats (to the tower for example) and sprays that DETRACT (from the curtains) at your local vet or specialty pet store.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Mars62312:our cats have their claws (they are indoor outdoor cats) but we’ve never had a problem with scratching… and I never clip their nails either, one of them wouldn’t mind but the other would probably scratch my arm off if I tried…  So I hear where your coming from, but any kind of declawing is harsh until all options have been explored…  Try water spray bottles and the special sprays first and have declawing as an absolute final option… Especially if your dog and the cats dont get along, they will need SOME defense against your pup just incase!

ETA:  Growing up we had a cat that we got declawed as an adult (way before anyone knew how mean it was especially later in life) on all FOUR feet (I pray for his forgiveness every day!Cry) and he was SO depressed for basically the rest of his life.  It’s really hard on adult cats to be declawed, and I have found that declawed cats tend to be meaner/more agressive since they don’t have claws for defense.

@Lemma: haha seriously! I was just so surprised they actually hopped on the counter for it, they are rather lazy… they usually only swarm the kitchen if there is shrimp, Stoli will actually steal shrimp from the kitchen if we aren’t looking, or if we blink. lol ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

@o0olibelulao0o: “learn to laugh about it…” <– that too! 

We have 1 dog (was mine) and 2 cats (were my husbands) and I was never really that much of a cat person before, but I seriously love them now because they are so hilariously mischevious. I found paw prints in the wood polish on the front of our UPPER cabinets. Not sure how they pulled that off. Also, one time we left a thing of bacon grease on the counter to cool after breakfast so that we could throw it away once it solidified, and we ran out to the store that afternoon. When we got home there was a cat paw swipe right through the grease. So gross/hilarious. They also totally steal our food if we leave it out. One time we left a pizza box open on the counter while we were eating and they ate all the cheese/toppings off of our pizza. 

Basically, you just have to realize that cats are mischevious little food whores and learn to outsmart them (and have a good chuckle when they outsmart you). 

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

Before you decide to declaw please do your research so you can find out just how inhumane it is and that there are tons of other options.

this is a good starting place:

http://www.declawing.com/

 

an exerpt:

“Declawing is not like a manicure. It is serious surgery. Your cat’s claw is not a toenail. It is actually closely adhered to the bone. So closely adhered that to remove the claw, the last bone of your cat’s claw has to be removed. Declawing is actually an amputation of the last joint of your cat’s “toes”. When you envision that, it becomes clear why declawing is not a humane act. It is a painful surgery, with a painful recovery period. And remember that during the time of recuperation from the surgery your cat would still have to use its feet to walk, jump, and scratch in its litter box regardless of the pain it is experiencing. Wheelchairs and bedpans are not an option for a cat.”

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Meowkers: I agree 100% with this. Neither of my cats are declawed. We have taught them to use the scratching post, so they haven’t actually done much damage to the furniture. I also clip their claws because if I don’t, the poor things get stuck in the carpet.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@o0olibelulao0o: Haha, mine would hop up onto the counter for any food at all. We’ve got them trained well enough that they probably wouldn’t do it with us around, but when we’re not around, all bets are off! The little one used to sneak into the cupboard and eat our bread until we started keeping the bread on a higher shelf!

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

i don’t own cats, but a friend just got one and the counter thing made her NUTS. she put contact paper, sticky side up on the counters and he learned to hate the counters pretty quickly. humane, easy and you don’t have to catch them in the act!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Lemma: haha I never even thought about pizza! lol  Our cats are pretty well behaved otherwise, and if we are in the room they won’t jump on the counters, before Fiance met me he had them trained to not jump on the furniture.. I say thislike it was some big feat, but when I met him he only had one piece of furniture (his huge sectional that was in his bedroom) so it was his couch/bed/dining room table etc. but to this day Stoli doesn’t like to get on the couch with us, he prefers to sleep under it. lol.  Our other cat takes full advantage of this new “cats on furniture” rule and he sleeps with me everynight, he actually slept on my pillow last night. lol

Everyone’s cat antics stories are cracking me up!

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