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More cat problems
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ranchman    Posted 07-20-2004 at 13:06:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have five tame cats. A male and female brother and sister, the sister is a mother to one more male and two more females. They are all fixed, have been since as soon as possible after the litter. The younger ones are about a year old the other two are a year older. They are outside most of the time. I let the three youngest ones in at night when they come in. Anyway, the "uncle" seems to dislike one of the younger females, when he sees her his ears go down, and he chases her, gets her down and pretty much attacks her, not enough to draw blood every time, but pretty hard. Last night at about 12:30 I awoke to cat screeching by my window (since she wasn't arond when I tried to get her in). And today, while I am trying to fix two tires on one of my tractors (nothing like prying tires off the rims in 98 degree weather by the way), they ran right through me. He was not always like this, it seems to be worse lately. Is there any sort of thing I can do to get him to knock it off?? Thanks again.


eg    Posted 07-20-2004 at 16:36:23       [Reply]  [No Email]

our inside cats are 5 years old and still go ballistic every now and again, the outside cats are still kittens and they are just nuts but funny.


Greg VT    Posted 07-20-2004 at 14:09:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was never a cat person.

My wife however is a cat person.

We had one cat, a one year old male in the house when my wife found a stray and six newborn kittens in the shed one spring. All of a sudden we had eight cats.

Naturally the mama cat was very protective of her kittens and if the male happened to show his face anywhere near those kittens he was going to get it good from mama. We did our best to keep them apart. After the dust settled we ended up with the male, the mama, and one kitten that were going to have to learn to live together.

The male didn't show any hostile tendencies towards either of the other two but that wasn't good enough for mama. Every time they crossed paths there was a fight.

One day it happened right in front of me on the wrong day. I yelled at mama cat and she looked at me and took off. I chased her around the house for an hour. Every little place she thought she could escape I did whatever I had to do to chase her out. From the attic to the basement I chased her. Never hit her or anything like that. Just taught her that I was the master of the house and there was NO WHERE she could hide.

That was about five years ago and we had no problems since. Mama cat and I have become best buds. She almost acts like a dog. She is the most (read only) obedient cat I have ever known. She meets me at the door all the time and is protective to the point that she has attacked dogs that she thought were threatening me.

She is a damn good cat.

We still have the other two.

They're just cats though.


Melanie    Posted 07-20-2004 at 14:27:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
That is a great story!!! Cats are interesting like that, aren't they? I had to assert myself one time on the old tom that was living in the house I moved into... he was spraying the kitchen cabinets and staring you in the face while he did it. I doubt he'd been so much as nudged with a toe since he was months old, but man, one day he finally picked me to pull that nonsense on.... stared me right in the eye and went to shivering that tail. Nuh-UH, no way. I scooped him up, gave him three swats on the back end, and put him out in the yard.
He ignored me and wouldn't come into the house for about three weeks, but then one day I left my shoes on the porch overnight... I went outside the next morning and there was a completely intact dead mouse on the toe of my shoe, and the Andy-cat watching nonchalantly from the porch rail a few feet away. Now, this cat's favorite, favorite thing was to gut mice, eat the good stuff, and leave the rest laying any old where. I knew he was calling a respectful truce... and he never did spray inside again, and we got along like nobody's business after that. I think cats like that need somebody to really respect... they're like problem children. :)


deadcarp- reminds me    Posted 07-20-2004 at 16:41:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
A fella wanted to housebreak his cat, so his vet said when the cat does a booboo, express your displeasure and correct him. So everytime he caught him, the guy would rub his nose in it and toss him outside. Sure enough, one day they came home and the cat had just done a job on the floor. Cat took one look, ran over, shoved his own nose in it and dived out the window! :)
Seriously, some outdoor tomcats can get surly & kill kittens to bring the mother back into heat. Ours are both fixed but still get urges, so i have to discipline Pepi sometimes. Course he's getting to like cold water. Adores a wet washrag in hot weather. :)


rhouston    Posted 07-20-2004 at 13:16:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
catnip works but is just a temporary solution


bad news...    Posted 07-20-2004 at 13:12:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
...they're cats.

sounds normal to me.

good luck

dogbardave


Melanie    Posted 07-20-2004 at 13:11:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Some kind of aversion training, maybe... like when he goes to get ugly with his niece, spray him with water (like in a water spritz bottle, not from the hose)...?


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