We have a cat, 4 years old, who has JUST begun to scratch at the furniture. Sometimes when we're watching TV in the family room, he actually looks up at me and then starts to us the end of the couch as his personal scratching post! How infuriating. In his favor, all I have to do is sharply say "James!" and he bolts from the couch.
Just so no one flames me, no, declawing is not an option. I was hoping some more astute kitty people could give me a clue as to James' behavior?
You'll probably wanna know if anything has changed. This kitty belongs to and is adored by and in turn adores the heck out of our daughter. They've been best buds since she rescued him from her former employer. (actually SHE wanted the calico. *I* said "sure, if we take the white kitty as well Emotion: smile Ahh, the power of the Mommy Emotion: smile hehe. Unfortunately and sadly the eagles in our back yard made lunch of the calico about a year later, but James remains. But I digress)
Anyway, what has changed is that our daughter is away more and more. She's
17 and has a life outside of her kitty. They make tracks to each otherwhenever she's home, however.
James is an indoor and outdoor kitty. He comes and goes at his own pace and leisure. He comes to the kitchen window when he wants in and we let him in. he has the whole family nicely trained. Emotion: smile
His diet has not changed, at least what we* feed him, but he's a great hunter so only God knows what he catches out there. *Please no flaming about his hunting.. he's a cat, it comes naturally.. When inside he sometimes uses our other kitty's litter pan, but the litter has not been changed.
The two cats get along fine, and have since we introduced the kitten (now a year old).
Let's see, anything else? Oh, they have several scratching posts around the house, one of which is a 6 foot climbing, scratching, playing tree with lots of shelves.
He has lots of toys to play with.
he's not ignored by his humans, he's cuddled and coddled. Nor is he ignored or antagonized by Tucker, the other cat.
I can't think of anything else.
Sooo.. is James just acting out his displeasure at having been replaced by our daughter's life? Or is this something I should seek vet attention regarding?
Any ideas?
Thanks Emotion: smile
Hailey
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It's never a bad idea to get them checked by the vet when there is a change in behavior. It's probably nothing but OTOH he might be trying to tell you something.Once health problems have been ruled out you can try moving a scratching post near the chair where he is scratching. I don't know if you already have a post in that room but if he's looking for attention he might want to do his scratching near you. You can also use something on the chair to discourage him using that. There are various sprays and double sided sticky tape that could discourage him.

You could do a search online at PetSmart to see what products are available and purchase where ever the price is best. We used the sticky tape on our stereo speakers. It discouraged Isabelle (1.5 yo female) from using it but Boots (5 mo male) is fascinated with it and tries to rip it off to play with it. Mixed results on the tape. Others hopefully will post about what has worked for them.

You could also spray the post with catnip if your cat likes that to make it more appealing.
W
We have a cat, 4 years old, who has JUST begun to scratch at the furniture. Sometimes when we're watching TV in the family room, he actually looks up at me and then starts to us the end of the couch as his personal scratching post! How infuriating. In his favor, all I have to do is sharply say "James!" and he bolts from the couch.
Just so no one flames me, no, declawing is not an option. I was hoping some more astute kitty people could give me a clue as to James' behavior?
You'll probably wanna know if anything has changed. This kitty belongs to and is adored by and in turn adores the heck out of our daughter. They've been best buds since she rescued him from her former employer. (actually SHE wanted the calico. *I* said "sure, if we take the white kitty as well Emotion: smile Ahh, the power of the Mommy Emotion: smile hehe. Unfortunately and sadly the eagles in our back yard made lunch of the calico about a year later, but James remains. But I digress)
Anyway, what has changed is that our daughter is away more and more. She's
17 and has a life outside of her kitty. They make tracks to each otherwhenever she's home, however.
James is an indoor and outdoor kitty. He comes and goes at his own pace and leisure. He comes to the kitchen window when he wants in and we let him in. he has the whole family nicely trained. Emotion: smile
His diet has not changed, at least what we* feed him, but he's a great hunter so only God knows what he catches out there. *Please no flaming about his hunting.. he's a cat, it comes naturally.. When inside he sometimes uses our other kitty's litter pan, but the litter has not been changed.
The two cats get along fine, and have since we introduced the kitten (now a year old).
Let's see, anything else? Oh, they have several scratching posts around the house, one of which is a 6 foot climbing, scratching, playing tree with lots of shelves.
He has lots of toys to play with.
he's not ignored by his humans, he's cuddled and coddled. Nor is he ignored or antagonized by Tucker, the other cat.
I can't think of anything else.
Sooo.. is James just acting out his displeasure at having been replaced by our daughter's life? Or is this something I should seek vet attention regarding?
Any ideas?
Thanks Emotion: smile
Hailey
my cat Definitely uses the scratching technique for an instant attention getter.
We have a cat, 4 years old, who has JUST begun to scratch at thefurniture. Sometimes when we're watching TV ... including marking and scratching. You might get some and spray it on the couch where the cat wants to scratch.

It sounds like he wants to be near you, since he does it when you are there and even makes sure he gets your attention before doing it. You might try getting a laser toy or feather on a pole toy to distract him while you watch T.V.
If those suggestions don't work, you might try putting something he can scratch near the couch he wants to scratch.
Good luck.
Annie
We have a cat, 4 years old, who has JUST begun to scratch at the furniture. Sometimes when we're watching ... replaced by our daughter's life? Or is this something I should seek vet attention regarding? Any ideas? Thanks Emotion: smile Hailey

OMO He is inviting YOU to play with him.
The Feliway package says it is for behavior modification, includingmarking and scratching. You might get some and spray it on ... don't work, you might try putting something he can scratch near the couch he wants to scratch. Good luck. Annie

Thanks Annie Emotion: smile I will look into the Feliway stuff Emotion: smile RIGHT AWAY LOL There is a scratching post right in front of the couch, right where I sit, in fact. And he hates the laser toy. Tucker LOVES it, but James kinda look condescending re: it LOL Cats just crack me up.
James has lots of toys, including the feather on a stick (I sorta spoil the boys) and he will play with it, but only for a minute. He likes his balls, those are his favorite. The little colored crinkly ones. so we keep 3 or 4 of those around at all times.
I am definitely going to get the Feliway stuff. and in the meantime I am going to try the double stick tape and see how that goes Emotion: smile I knew you guys would have some great ideas!
Hailey
James is an indoor and outdoor kitty. He comes and ... should seek vet attention regarding? Any ideas? Thanks Emotion: smile Hailey

OMO He is inviting YOU to play with him.

(Not sure what OMO stands for?)
I do play with him. We all do, truly! LOTS. Which is why I wondered if it was that our daughter is suddenly around less now, causing him to feel somehow rejected, or God knows what.
He is around me a LOT more the past few months. Used to be just those two. But with her gone so much he's sought the rest of the family out for loving and playing and comfort now.
Which I like Emotion: smile
Hailey
circa Fri, 30 Jan 2004 01:30:16 GMT, in rec.pets.cats.health+behav, Hailey (Email Removed) said,
I am definitely going to get the Feliway stuff. and in the meantime I am going to try the double stick tape and see how that goes Emotion: smile I knew you guys would have some great ideas!

In my experience, you don't even need double-sided tape. Clear packing tape works great, and it doesn't come off on you when you walk by it. :-)
Laura

I am Dyslexia of Borg,
Your ass will be laminated.
circa Fri, 30 Jan 2004 01:32:45 GMT, in rec.pets.cats.health+behav, Hailey (Email Removed) said,
(Not sure what OMO stands for?)

I think it was a typoed IMO.
Laura

I am Dyslexia of Borg,
Your ass will be laminated.
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