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Comment by Brendan on June 29, 2013 at 9:13pm

Comment by Mabel on June 26, 2013 at 10:24pm

I'm no expert but in my experience cat's don't understand they are not the boss lol. You will need to find some other way of changing her behavior.

Comment by Unseen on June 26, 2013 at 10:07pm

Squeaky loves ping pong balls. Her dexterity in chasing them around the apartment is astonishing. If she could play hockey, she'd blow any human hockey player off the ice. The thing is, there must be about a dozen in the apartment but I can only find about three of them at any time. I'll have to try the bathtub thing.

Comment by Unseen on June 26, 2013 at 9:09pm

Some good ideas there. How exactly does this hide and seek game work. When she's awake, Squeaky generally is either nearby or quite aware of where I am. Her hearing is almost unbelievable. She can be out on my balcony at the far end from the balcony door, and yet she can hear the drawer of my DVD player open sometimes and she can always hear my printer starting to print something. She's fascinated by both.

I know that some of her aggression is natural play behavior which she'd do with a sibling if she had one around. 

Don't get the impression that I never play with her. She loves the laser, but it's not as effective during the day, and she gets bored with the toys I have at hand. 

Lately she entertains herself a lot by chasing flies around the apartment. Occasionally, there's a moth. Of greater concern, she was chasing a wasp around last week. I chased it out of the apartment. I wouldn't want her to get stung in the mouth.

Comment by Unseen on June 26, 2013 at 8:44pm

I had a hard time with Squeaky today. As I've said, she's a teenage cat. Almost a year old now. Due to her being a teen, she can be very temperamental and defiant. She gets very pissed off when she wants attention and I don't give it to her. Then, when I do pet her, she'll let me do it for a minute or so and then grab me with her claws out and bite. The bites don't penetrate the skin but the claws often leave deep scratches. 

Now, I'd never smack her hard. I sometimes give her a stiff finger tap on her nose or the top of her head. In the case of a scratch and bite like I described, she'll often run away and glare at me as if to see how I'll react. If I can do it quickly enough, I'll grab her and pin her down, which I think establishes the pecking order around here "I'm the boss, see: I can pin you down." 

Often, when she's been bad I'll stare at her until she stops staring back. This is another way of establishing who's boss. When she loses a staring contest, she generally scrunches down in a submissive position.

Occasionally, when she's really out of control, I'll scruff her and then hold her down for a little while until she's calm and submissive. 

I want my cat to be my friend, but we need to have a basic pecking order around here. 

Particularly annoying is that as I walk around the apartment, she will follow me and snag my socks with her claws. I'll gently kick her away, but obviously she simply regards it as a game. I've tried the spray bottle, but she doesn't seem to be one of those cats who fears being sprayed very much. She just goes and licks it off. In fact, I have a bowl of water for her out on my balcony and she makes a game of tipping it and then playing with the water that sloshes out.

Anyone else been through this stage of raising a cat. Got any advice?

Comment by Mabel on June 24, 2013 at 6:56pm

I was just now looking for my cat. I found him sitting in the bathroom in the dark, on the toilet. What on earth? lol  Cats are full of surprises. It's part of their charm.

Comment by Mabel on June 22, 2013 at 1:28pm

LOL, Oh, in that case definitely leave it open as long as you don't live somewhere where it will get too hot for her.

Comment by Unseen on June 22, 2013 at 12:39pm

Well, my sister will drop in a few times while I'm gone to check on her and play a bit. I hope that will make my absence more bearable. I think I'll miss my cat more than she will miss me. Now I have to decide whether to leave the balcony door open so she can at least go out while I'm gone. Also, leaving the door open lets flies in and she likes to chase flies around the apartment.

Comment by Mabel on June 22, 2013 at 12:27pm

I think they miss their humans. She will probably be bored and lonely but she'll survive. She might even get pissed at you and give you the silent treatment for a while when you get back, but she'll forgive.

Comment by Unseen on June 22, 2013 at 12:14pm

I'm going to Las Vegas for a week and a half in July to visit my daughter. I'll be leaving Squeaky behind with provisions for dry food and water (no wet food). Tell me, do cats experience separation anxiety? I've been her only play partner for about 9 months now and she's used to sleeping on my bed snuggled up against me. I know cats are independent, but do they miss their humans? 

 

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