The games kitties play

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Postby Morty » Wed Jan 20, 2010 7:26 pm

Danny B wrote:
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Sometimes they shred them. Does she have places to scratch her claws on? Cardboard might seem like just the thing.


Oh Yes!

A £9.95p purpose made scratching post that I could not afford. She looked at sniffed it and has never touched it......Before you ask it'didn't come in a cardboard box :lol:


First of all, make the sure the scratching post is firmly anchored. You could get screws and use a drill to secure it firmly to the floor, or do what I did and just make sure that part of the base is always wedged firmly underneath the gap at the bottom of the couch by nudging it with your foot each time you pass. Most cats hate a scratching post that lunges towards their heads as soon as they pull on it.

Secondly, make sure that good things always happen near or on the post. Sprinkle catnip onto the base, rub it into the sissal rope and so on. When you feed Aley a treat, rather than do it by hand drop pieces of it onto the base or on the top of the post. After a while, she'll scratch the post to see if this makes the good things happen again. Make sure to praise her thoroughly when this happens, scratch her behind her ears or under her chin or wherever her favourite spot is, and feed her something nice. After a few times of doing this, scratching the post will become its own reward and she'll go to it whenever she feels like a stretch.

Re cardboard boxes: Serene acceptance of the fact that cardboard boxes belong to the cat by default, immediately upon arrival into her territory and shall be played with/slept in/shredded mercilessy upon her whim at a given moment is really your only option. Brown paper bags of the type handed out in some shops will go the same way. ;)


Brilliant reply Danny you have made it all make purfect sence.....The scratching post has never been secured and the one thing that reallt scares Aley is things happening too quickly near her. Aley is a rescue cat and has been badly abused as a kitten. If I'm in a rush she gets scared. When I'm very calm so is Aley. Your point of having the post secured makes very good sence.

Same with the cardboard boxes. I now see that anything that comes into my flat comes into her territory.

Thanks for all the time you've spent putting on such a detailed reply. Both Aley and I are most grateful to you.
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Postby Morty » Fri Jan 22, 2010 1:47 am

Hi Danny,

The scratching post has been fixed to the floor by a friend of mine. I sprinkled catnip on it and left it. Aley got the catnip and very soon was rolling on the base of the post. Then she picked up the dangly bit and as she playing with that realized it was a good thing to scratch. She looked at me as if to say ''am I going to get yelled at for doing this'' I left her to it and went and got a cat treat.

As you suggested I went back made a huge fuss of her and gave her the treat.
Thanks Danny your advise has worked a treat. You certainly know your cats.
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Postby Tonyblack » Fri Jan 22, 2010 6:58 am

:D Yay! So glad that worked - it'll save your furniture and wallpaper.
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Postby Ponder Stibbons » Fri Jan 22, 2010 11:01 am

What furniture and wallpaper? :shock: What's that. All i have in my house is 'art'. I don't actually have a cat in my house as the one i keep going on about is a stray that lives in my apartment and has now gone on holiday, thankfully not coming back with any notes on its collar.
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Postby Tina a.k.a.SusanSto.Helit » Fri Jan 22, 2010 4:49 pm

Cats will shred anything if you let them. That is why it is a joy living in a Log Cabin... it simply gives it "the Distressed Look". And, they can Climb the Walls, Ceiling and anything else that their claw/weight ratio allows.

Our cats claim ANY box or bag that comes in. Babybear, 6 yrs old and over 5 Kg, likes to slip her head through the paper bag handle and wander about the cabin acting pitiful as though this is now her Lot in Life.

MommaCat is the climber. At one point, in my old house, she would constantly get in the walls and my son would be lying in the bathtub and hear "mwow" resonating through the tub whilst he was bathing. Now she has made my bedroom and every shelf space available on the walls her domain while the lazy Babybear looks up at her in awe.

The Garfield cartoons were truly precious in learning about cats, and dogs and the intelligence of the two... Garfield would also shred the owners' furniture at will. They simply allow us to share their dwelling
Aha! So, Bob's yer uncle... very clever.
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Postby Doughnut Jimmy » Sun Jan 31, 2010 4:01 pm

From the Wildlife photographer of the year competition a cat seeing off a fox

Just in case anyone thought Greebo was exaggerated :)
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Postby Tonyblack » Sun Jan 31, 2010 4:06 pm

How about the cat that chased a bear up a tree? :lol:
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Postby Penfold » Sun Jan 31, 2010 10:58 pm

Doughnut Jimmy wrote:From the Wildlife photographer of the year competition a cat seeing off a fox

Just in case anyone thought Greebo was exaggerated :)

I got home from work at 4 AM the other day and saw a fox legging it down the road with a furious cat in hot pursuit! :shock:

My first cat (mentioned on page 1 of this thread) also liked to bait the local dogs. She would do this by letting them chase her until she could jump on something of suitable height. This done, she would allow the (by now) madly barking hound up close, take a '180°' swing, and rake her claws across its nose. :o At this point the dog would yelp, turn and run away.....or at least try to because my cat had not finished with her fun yet. She would leap from whatever object she was on and land atop the dog's back, 'riding' it while clawing and biting. :evil: Strangely, after a while, the local dogs avoided her whenever possible :twisted: and their owners gave us the cold shoulder. :oops:
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Postby Tonyblack » Sun Jan 31, 2010 11:22 pm

Sharlene has two cats - Emily who 'owns' the apartment complex and does a daily tour of inspection, and Victoria, the part Siamese who is normally a scaredy-cat.

One day we were sitting on the patio and could see a kid walking his dog. He saw Emily sitting out in the sunshine and you could practically see his mind working. He was going to creep up on Emily and give her a scare with his dog.

Anyhow, the next thing we knew, Victoria came flying out of the apartment and not only chased the dog, she chased the kid too. The two of them ran like hell. We were helpless with laughter as it was so out of character for Victoria to do such a thing.

Siamese cats are very vocal when they are angry and they 'fluff' their fur up to make themselves look a lot bigger. No wonder the kid an away. :lol:
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Postby Penfold » Sun Jan 31, 2010 11:44 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: PMSL

I think my first cat's behaviour stemmed from being a feral farm kitten/adolesent cat when we got her and she was used to fighting for everything just to survive. She was a fantastic mouser and we soon got used to her leaving us little furry (or feathery) presents to discover first thing in the morning. This was normally hidden in someones slipper or shoe* - is this another game cats play?. She was also a serious pasta freak and her thefts of our dinner became so bad we had to cook an extra portion for her to 'steal' :wink: (a cat legging it with streams of spaghetti trailing from each side of its mouth is truely hilarious :lol: ).

*I cat-sat for friends once and their cats did the same thing, only it was done with live crickets which had had their legs bitten off! :shock:
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Postby wolfiess » Mon Feb 01, 2010 5:46 am

one off my cats greebo liked to chase the sunbeams that was her best game till we got the lazer pen. you open and it rotates a circle for 15 mins then switches off by its self. i put it on left the room to make a cup of tea came back in to find her stuck at the top of the door with no idea how she got there but now she had worked it out so many times after we would be smacked on the top off the head. my other cat Tj liked to take her catnip mouse and drop it in your coffee and sit and watch you face when you got to the bottom off the mug and found it :twisted:
i get enough exercise just pushing my luck
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Postby Tonyblack » Mon Feb 01, 2010 6:34 am

:lol: My cat used to go mental with sunbeams and a laserpen. :lol:
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Postby theoldlibrarian » Mon Feb 01, 2010 3:03 pm

Dogs do that too. The intersting thing is they hate red and yellow lights but are completely nonplussed by white light.
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Postby Tina a.k.a.SusanSto.Helit » Tue Feb 02, 2010 1:46 am

I remember, about ten years ago, after I bought a lazer pen I looked at the wall clock... realizing that it was missing part of the plastic cover. I asked my son, 14 at the time, what had happened to my clock. It was 6 feet off the floor. He just kept telling me that he did not know what had happened. Little liar... It seemed he was "playing" with the pen and making the cat climb the walls.

I finally drug the truth out of him about two years later. That was the joy of working 3rd shift. He got to grow up more or less living like he was in a Frat house. I had three rules that grew out of neccessity

1) No Fire then it became

1) No Fire 2) No Blood then it became

1) No Fire 2) No Blood 3) No Police then it became ... after he turned 18...

1) No Fire 2) No Blood 3) No Police 4) Get the damn Porn out of the VCR Before I get Home.

Choose your battles wisely. :roll:
Aha! So, Bob's yer uncle... very clever.
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