Hi. I have a kitten who attacks my fish tank every chance he has, and now that I'm using a new chemical to keep the tank water clear, I'm worried about him attacking the tank while I'm at work, and getting the tank water on his fur (the chemical is fairly potent, and is probably unhealthy for kittens). I thought about just covering the tank, but that may not work, because he's likely to just pull off the cover. If he does, the filter and heater may come with it, which could spell disaster (water damage, and the good possibility of a fire, if the heater makes extended contact with my carpet).

I could keep both he and my other kitten downstairs in my basement while I'm at work, but I don't like that solution. The basement if fully furnished, has litter boxes, a food and water dispenser, and toys, but it just seems kind of cruel. I want him to be able to explore the house, but just not attack the fish tank!
Also, the same kitten that attacks my fish tank has a tendency to pee where he shouldn't be peeing (on my coat, couch, his kitty bed, etc.). For some reason or another, he only does this while I'm watching him! I get the feeling he's trying to tell me something, but what they may be, I don't know. I keep his litter box perfectly clean. I have one of those kitty litter liner systems that makes cleaning the litter box a breeze (I clean both litter boxes every other day).

If anyone has any suggestions for either or both of these problems, please share! I'd really like to hear other kitten/cat owner's thoughts on keeping kittens confined to one area of the house for an extended period of time (8 or 9 hours). Do you think this is cruel, despite the rational for so doing? I sometimes keep both of my kittens in the basement, when I really need a good night's sleep, for example. They don't seem to mind, but sometimes I seem to mind for them! I'd like to just confine them to the basement and the first floor on those nights, but I can't keep them from getting to the second floor (I'm working on creating a door that may do the trick).

Thanks.
Hi. I have a kitten who attacks my fish tank every chance he has,and now that I'm using a new ... spell disaster (water damage, and the good possibility of a fire, if the heater makes extended contact with my carpet).

Secure the cover sothat removing it requires THUMBS. If you are really worried about it, you can duct tape that bad boy all the way around. Or use clear packing tape.
Get a hood with a flourescent light for your tank. It is heavy and your kitten won't be able to pull it off. I have 4 aquariums with such hoods and 25 cats and have no problems.
Also, the same kitten that attacks my fish tank has a tendency to pee where he shouldn't be peeing (on ... watching him! I get the feeling he's trying to tell me something, but what they may be, I don't know.

It sounds like your kitty has a urinary tract infection. The behavior you describe is classic for a kitty that suffers from a UTI. It is very painful and they associate the pain with the litterbox, so they seek out soft or cool surfaces to pee on thinking it will feel better. If he develops crystals and blocks he can die. You need to get him to a vet ASAP, no later than tomorrow.
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Also, the same kitten that attacks my fish tank has a tendency to pee where he shouldn't be peeing (on ... watching him! I get the feeling he's trying to tell me something, but what they may be, I don't know.

My dog does exactly the same thing. She gets down right in front of me and pees on the carpet. I think it's attention seeking behaviour. The cat (or dog in my case) does it because they KNOW you will react and even if you react by shouting etc, it's still attention for them. Also, usually after you have shouted at them you feel bad and give them loads of (guilt induced) GOOD attention, which would seem to be the pay off.

I suppose you should get the cat checked by a vet to see if he does have a UTI but I think that's more likely to be behavioural.

Jeannie
Also, the same kitten that attacks my fish tank has ... me something, but what they may be, I don't know.

My dog does exactly the same thing. She gets down right in front of me and pees on the carpet. ... a vet to see if he does have a UTI but I think that's more likely to be behavioural. Jeannie

Thanks to everyone for your responses. I suppose my fish tank attacking kitten really won't cause any problems, because I do have a flourescent hood on my fish tank. I gladly accept that he is safe, based on the advice of someone with four fish tanks, and 25 cats! Wow! That sounds like quite a handful ;-)
Also, I don't think he has a URI, because he pees in both his litter box, and elsewhere. He has no problem peeing in front of me in either place, and doesn't appear to be in any pain when he's doing so.

Thanks again.
JR