Just, OMG. Reading this made me so friggin' mad!! If you/the people you are living with don't want to put the time in/know how to train a cat and deal with cat behavior why the hell do you have one??!! Okay seriously though.. Here is what you MUST do. Cat's are extremely trainable and intelligent and the only reason for a badly behaved cat is a bad management by people who do not know how to meet her needs.
First of all a 6 month old cat is a kitten. They are very active and need daily attention. Provide her with interactive toys and preferably engage in play with her yourself. The best kind of toys are 'fishing rod' type with feathers (make sure they are safe and not mall enough to be caught in her mouth) or newspaper strands or a cat toy mouse or something tied to the end. This are great and since you mentioned expense being an issue. You can make these kinds of things easily enough yourself and often home made ones are more appealing than the ones you can buy. Give the cat a daily play time, this is crucial to her development and for her behavior issues.
NEVER and I mean NEVER use your hands or feet as objects for her to play with. Cats who attack human hands and feet have 99% of the time learned this because someone has let them bite and grab at their hands as a form of play when the cat was younger and less able to inflict pain. Find out if this is the case and don't let it happen in future. She will learn quickly.
If she does bite or scratch or engage in anything else that you dislike you should never physically punish or yell at a cat. They do not learn like dogs and she will associate your yelling or physical punishment only with you and will not actually make the connection that she is being punished for an action. This is not just a animal abuse issue (although it is absolutely wrong to hit or scream and yell at a cat) but it is actually POINTLESS. It will not teach the cat anything. She will, if anything become more defiant and aggressive and associate you as a person with bad things and never her actions.
If that cat is biting, scratching or otherwise doing something like say jumping on the dinner table. You should hiss at her loudly like another cat would in the wild. It may take some time but I have never met a cat that this doesn't work on. It is best to be discrete so that she associates the noise with her action and doesn't necessarily see that it is you. If that doesn't work it is probably because she is doing it to get a reaction from you, she is asking for attention. Just keep it up and in the meantime pick her up without talking to her or making a big fuss and move her away a few meters. DON'T give her attention. Hiss at her, move her away and go back to what you were doing ignoring her. This WILL work but you have to be consistent and make sure other people in the house are doing the same. Eventually a hiss should be enough to tell her you don't like what she is doing.
As far as catnip goes. NO NO NO it is not the equivalent of LSD ffs. It is a natural and safe high for cats and it is also relatively inexpensive in most parts of the world. It is a great thing to include in her toys and provides an outlet for extra energy. You should however only give the cat catnip once or twice a week and as she gets older maybe even a little less than that. Not because of any health risks but because it is a simple fact that the more frequent the use the less effective the catnip is. If she has catnip too often it will have no affect on her anymore. It should be provided as a treat and it is great seeing a cat enjoying itself with a bit of catnip.
Cats get bored easily. You should have a good supply of toys but only ever have a few out at each time. So give her 2 or 3 toys for a couple of days and actively play with her and then take those toys and put them away and get out a couple of different toys, do this every couple of days and rotate the toys around. Having a roster of toys minimizes boredom and mean she will stay interested in her toys for longer.
About the scratching. Again getting irate and yelling only encourages her as she feels she is getting attention. You saying about the old guy getting super pissed is really not helping. When she scratches the furniture, hiss at her like you would with any other undesirable behavior but instead of just moving her away take her to the scratching post and carefully put her front paws on it. AGAIN, don't make a big fuss about it and be very very consistent. Cats need a scratching surface it is not a luxury, it is essential. If she has never used the scratch thing you have provided then it is probably not appealing for her. What have you covered it with?? Old carpet would be great or wrapped rope or a bit of both. Also you can attach a dangling toy from it to get her interested and even rub some catnip on it while training her to use it.
It really only takes persistence, common sense and knowing a little about animal behaviour. It makes me sad to see that this is the case and it is entirely up to the owners, not the cat. Try all these things and be consistent in your training, make sure everyone else in the house understands what to do as well and the cat will soon learn.
Working with cats for the last few years, owned cats all my life (currently 2 beautiful babies who are very very polite and well trained), common fucking sense and patience.
I wold like to thanks Villino that gave a tons of very useful advices.
I was looking all around for educative tips for my cats but could not really find anything and I will try that.
My grandma's cats, sometime ago, didn't had their claws cut and they kept growing, a lot, making the claw grow in wards in the paw, both cats were in extreme pain and it got infected and one even had to go to the vet because of it.
I'm not saying this will happen to every cat but you should still cut, you don't need to cut a lot, in fact, you shouldn't cut a lot, just a little bit so it won't be sharp.
Also, some cats are just more lazy than others and refuse to maintain personal "hygiene" such as cleaning their coat and trimming claws ^^
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How to deal with a problem cat
Step 1: Dig whole big enough to bury cat up to head
Step 2: Place cat in hole and fill in
Step 3: Crank lawn mower.
Last edited by Majad; 2012-11-16 at 08:34 PM.
I remember when my cat killed a butterfly..it made me sad:/. A great way the cats I have had let go of some of their energy is finding and killing a died mouse. I swear after one of my cats killed one she threw it up in the air air and just kept playing with it like a chew toy...she was so proud of her kil.
But I guess that is not an option to you since that is more of a random thing...
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Well 1, 2, 3, take my hand and come with me
Because you look so fine
And I really wanna make you mine
Anywho, when my cat would bite me, I'd bite him back lol. I did that with my dog too (black lab, loved to chew). Also, my cat didn't like his belly being rubbed. So when he'd attack my feet, I'd scoop him up and eat his bellies. He eventually got the message.
TLDR: Eat your cat's bellies.
Last edited by GreenFuse; 2012-11-16 at 09:12 PM.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
play with her at least 15 mins a day, or get another cat to play with her. my first cat was like this, but we got him a couple friends to chase and he really mellowed out.
she wants to hunt things, get a feather or toy tied on a stick for her to chase.
Last edited by darenyon; 2012-11-16 at 09:17 PM.
Lazer pointers, all of my cats love chasing them (younger ones more so).
Mines only come inside to eat and sleep or when it's cold, my mom only cuts their claws like once every 1 or 2 months.