My cat had kittens before she was a year old so six months is definately not too young to have them spayed. (she's a little slut lol). The suggestions here are good, a good swat on the bottom when she's clawing furnature too will help, as it did with my cat. (I'm not saying beat the crap out of your cat, or be abusive, but just a little swat). The spray bottle personally never worked for me, nor did scruffing my cat.
Way to solve all cat problems...
1. Open Door and stand back away from door.
2. When cat looks outside to investigate take two to three long steps and punt.
Sounds like she's bored and not very well trained on top of that.
Some ideas that have been listed are very good.
1. The water bottle idea is a great one - use it to discourage bad behavior.
2. Catnip is also a good idea - I have an aggressive male, and it helps him calm down quite a bit.
3. Scratching posts are a good start, but she needs something to DO. Bored cats are destructive cats. Cat toys are relatively cheap, and the simplest ones are often the best. These include balls with bells inside them, the sticks with the feathers on them, etc. (Note: avoid anything with ribbon - it teaches them that it's ok to eat ribbon, which is seriously bad for them). As a last resort, I toss a crumpled piece of paper for my troublesome male.
4. As for the eating, make sure her food is completely separated from the dog's food. This might mean changing habits for your dog and cat (getting them used to having food available for a limited time 2x a day or something like that, in separate areas). Also, if she doesn't have enough to do, then she might be getting too much food anyway. The food recommendations are based on a certain lifestyle of the cat. Toys = exercise. See if that helps with her weight. If not, cut back just a little bit. You don't want to cut a cat's food intake too quickly. Also, since she's a juvenile, she's not quite fully grown. She might be saving up fat for a growth spurt.
5. Reward good behavior with cat treats (not too many, since she has the weight issue), praise, and pets.
Juvenile cats are a handful (even once fixed). Behavior issues take a lot of patience, but it's worth it in the end.
Spray bottle filled with water = cat that gets the fucking point.
You can also try spaying or neutering him/her, if they aren't already. That helps with allot of the unwanted behaviors.
Thanks a lot guys. After 30 minutes I already have more information and suggestions than after hours of research online.
Please keep posting. I'll take everything into consideration that doesnt involve killing the cat, or kicking her into the neighbors garden.
THIS is the best toy ever created for cats, I'm sure it was not intended for them, but they love them. It's a worthy investment to any cat.
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Buy whole nutmegs from any foodstore and grind them down to a fine powder, eat it (don't sniff or some bullshit) in moderation.
It's a natural hallucinogen similar to catnip. Have fun
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What type of cat is it?
If you've got a Van Kedisi, you've got one of the most beautiful white demons ever to walk the face of the earth. I got one. I love the cat to bits, but wants my girlfriend's attention all the time. Also, female cats can be exceptionally "needy".
Cats often attach themselves to one person. My girlfriend goes out in the garden each night and all 4 cats (2 were badly treated and just appeared at our house - and were adopted before you say "crazy cat person") will follow her around.
You can't stop where (essentially you have) a kitten scratches. If you keep it indoors, it will scratch whatever it wants. If you own a cat, expect to get stuff scratched. Personally, I've never worried about material things. Everything can be replaced in my opinion.
Catnip is a good idea. Put it near the scratching post. Don't give it to the cat too often - it will become immune to it.
Pay the cat more attention and it will probably eventually calm down - that's my opinion. Also, don't play rough with it as once they get the clawing habits, they don't lose it. Sounds like someone has been roughing the cat up a bit.
Ah, yeah - as the poster above said: bored cats are destructive cats. Get it some toys and play with it, but don't rough it up - that just makes it aggressive.
"Something she only does with me. If I walk without shoes on she always jumps my feet and trys to bite me and scratches me." <- That's called "crying out for affection". My cat does that if I walk past it and don't give it a rub. Sounds like a very needy cat. They get over it - just show them more attention.
Sounds like your cat is hitting that 'terrible two's' stage. I've had a few who were absolute angels during that period of time and one I swear was a spawn of the devil.
Do you have any cat toys for her to play with? I'm not sure what is readily available where you live, or if you are able to purchase online, but some of the best cat toys I have gotten my cats have been: Large plastic rings with sections removed and rubber type balls inside that they can chase around. Rabbit fur covered wind up toys (give them a chance to try to 'hunt' something) And recently I got my cat a strange little scratching pad that is made of emery paper in which you can sprinkle cat nip in it. Even a box with a hole they can jump or run in and out of works sometimes.
As for a scratching type post, some cats don't like sharpening their claws on carpet or the burlap type string they are sometimes wrapped with. With my current cat I was having a devil of a time for several years with him clawing wood, walls, etc. I was at my wits end until I set a box on the floor and within 5 mins he shredded the corner of it. I ended up building a wooden post covered in cardboard (which I replace when needed) and the problems stopped.
I would highly suggest the water spray bottle thing to deter her from bad behavior, it works wonders when done correctly. Just make sure you don't hit her in the face or ears with it.