You all know my cat, Caty. Whose favorite activities include asking for belly rubs…
playing on the stairs,
running around chasing and fetching these little mice,
and peeking through the window, desperate to go outside.
But did you know that she is also one of the most annoying cats on the planet?
We have very big issues that include:
- Scratching the stairs (which may have been remedied by the purchase of a scratching post. It’s still in the experimental stages).
- Shredding, and then playing in, all the toilet paper that’s not carefully hidden in the house.
- Scratching, pawing, and crying at all closed doors.
- Meowing (sometimes even howling) at odd times during the day, mostly in the evenings, and always when someone is over visiting or when I’m on the phone.
- Incessant licking of my hands, arms, and face when I’m in bed at night and in the mornings.
I clearly need some help here. We’ve had problems in the past (including the repeated dumping over of the water bowl every day) that were solved fairly easily, so I’m hoping to fix these easily and without much stress (on both mine and Caty’s part).
I think I stopped her from scratching the stairs by buying a nice scratching post, but like I said, it hasn’t been very long so I don’t know if it’s been 100% successful.
The toilet paper is the most annoying. I literally hide all the toilet paper all day, every day because she’s taken to pulling it all off the roll and then happily playing in it while I’m at work. She did this to the guest bathroom roll and I only figured it out when I started finding bits of TP all over the upstairs landing.
A friend suggested putting a cup of water on the roll so that when she goes to pull on it, she gets an unwelcome surprise. I’m tired of hiding all the TP in the house, so I need a better solution. Has anyone tried this? Did it work?
The other bad habit is the meowing. It’s truly awful. Half the time it sounds like she’s in pain. I know it’s a plea for attention because she mostly does it when I’m otherwise occupied. It’s not like she spends all night pressed up against me (often times she goes off and does her own thing…like attack unsuspecting toilet paper rolls), and I assume that she wants to play and spend time with me without anyone else around. But I’m not going to put down the phone or stop having friends and family over just because of my cat. I’ve tried ignoring her, but that only seems to make it worse.
And then there’s the licking. It’s not constant, just when I’m settling in for the night and when I’m waking up. She will lick any part of me she can get her tongue on and frankly, it’s a bit painful after a few seconds. The cat has a super rough tongue! I’ve done some research and everyone says it’s either a nutritional imbalance, a behavioral issue, or for attention. I’m leaning towards the attention thing (see above with the meowing), but I wanted to get some other opinions.
Clearly my sweet kitty and I have issues. Anyone have any advice for us?