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Comment by ɐuɐz ǝllǝıuɐp on September 15, 2013 at 8:34pm

Glad the hissing works ((^_^)) , works with my Nariahn always.. hehe :-)

Comment by Unseen on September 15, 2013 at 6:30pm

What a gorgeous cat, enaz. Sort of a cross between a tabby and tuxedo.

Comment by Unseen on September 15, 2013 at 6:29pm

Thanks for the depressing news, Angela E.

And enaz, I read some advice early on that I had basically become Squeaky's "mother," and that controlling her behavior could be done by simulating what a mother cat would do with a kitten who was out of line. So I have done the gentle tapping and I've hissed (works great!). Very occasionally, she gets scruffed. I will sometimes hold her down by her scruff and she becomes immediately immobile. 

BTW, everyone, I finally broke Squeaky of jumping up on my toaster oven. I had this idea once of grabbing an oven mitt (not putting it on), I roughly smacked the oven while she was standing on it and it made a sound like a gunshot. She didn't just jump to the nearby ledge she used to get to the oven, she jumped all the way down to the floor!

She got up there one more time and I responded the same way. She hasn't even thought about getting up there for two weeks.

Comment by ɐuɐz ǝllǝıuɐp on September 15, 2013 at 5:52pm

Comment by ɐuɐz ǝllǝıuɐp on September 15, 2013 at 3:25pm

when tapping the cat dont do it rouph, just nudge it.

Comment by ɐuɐz ǝllǝıuɐp on September 15, 2013 at 3:23pm

Well perhaps developing a communication mechanism would help, such as a stern "no", which may help. I tend to talk in catspeak with mine after observing cat behavior, such as meows, and when the cat is being or doing something of irritation, I tend to imitate cat growls and hisses, with a little tap of my hand (3 or 4 fingers of my hand) (like pawing what provoked cats do when irritated) on his shoulders and neck , he gets the hint and moves away from the space that I am busy in and would lie next to me or on the top of the chair.. Then slowly blinking eyes and giving a short chirp meow, which expresses content and peace, so the cat knows its limits. The cat also communicates in this way to me when it wishes to be left alone.  I know I am strange, but I find it is the best away to communicate with the cat, using its basic language.

Comment by Unseen on September 15, 2013 at 10:46am

Looking for advice. This happens primarily in the period between when I sit down at my computer after breakfast till noon. Squeaky is very demanding of affection. She wants to be held, so she is constantly crawling up onto my lap and draping her front paws across my left forearm. I have set up a bar stool next to my work area and I've tried encouraging her to just sit next to me. I wouldn't even mind if she sat on my desk between my keyboard and my computer screen. My desktop computer lays on its side, and she's welcome to lay on it. It has the added benefit of being warm and I think she likes the whirring of the fan and internal hard drive. Still, she likes being held more, but I can't type while holding her. 

BTW, of course I love Squeaky and enjoy holding her and do so a lot in the evenings, She tends to sleep through the afternoons, so afternoons aren't a problem. I just need my mornings and she doesn't want to give it to me. When I move her off or put her down she can get pissed off and occasionally demonstrates her displeasure by attacking me. 

I think this may be a teen cat problem which will go away as she mellows out, but in the meantime it's a problem.

How would you guys deal with this.

Comment by ɐuɐz ǝllǝıuɐp on September 12, 2013 at 5:52pm

Comment by Unseen on August 15, 2013 at 9:14pm

@Strega - That's what I'm doing and so far it seems to be working. 

Comment by Strega on August 12, 2013 at 11:11pm

You could try mixing the two dried foods to get her used to the change.  Start with 2/3rds old food, 1/3rd new, then over a period of ten days, ease off the kitten stuff and increase the adult stuff.

 

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