I need to take this blog post towards a cat lady/future animal hoarder topic. One of my cats is driving me a little crazy, but I have a plan.
Adorable little Max came to live with me in October 2013 at 8 weeks old.
The first few weeks he had my undivided attention, I was impacted by the government shutdown and a furlough kitten was a great distraction. Things went well, he keeps my other cat Coco company and doesn’t seem stressed when I dog sit or have company over. Poor Husker was terrified………
Fast forward to January, Max has grown into an energetic teenager. He has discovered his love of heights and is jumping on everything. I’ve tried to train him away from jumping on the kitchen counter, no luck. Then two weeks ago he was climbing around in the kitchen and knocked a bottle of red wine off the top of the fridge. Yey, wine splatter everywhere. Here’s a pic of a ceramic candle votive that bit the dust.
So I’m on a mission to keep Max entertained, and to keep my sanity. I’m not going to drop him off at an animal shelter. Only LOSERS abandon their pets. When I adopted him, I made a promise to take care of him for the rest of his life, through good times and bad.
Here’s how I plan to keep from going crazy…..
Keep him busy – Devoting time to him each evening to play with him and wear him out helps keep his energy level a little lower. He loves the cat tunnels, its the only way he’ll travel down the hallway.
Reaching new heights – His love of climbing is part of a cat’s natural instinct, I plan on changing around some of my decor and furniture so that he can climb to his little hearts content. Some Ikea floating shelves will serve to let him climb the walls. And this little door shelf should give him an excellent view of his territory.
Training – Cats can be trained, just takes patience and understanding their motivation. Max isn’t motivated by affection, he likes cat treats. I also have a spray bottle of water that I’m using to keep him off the kitchen counter. My stove top is flat glass, so its dangerous for him to get comfortable jumping up there anytime he pleases. He could burn his paws, or even knock over a hot pan. I’m using this spray on my power cords and tv cables to keep him from chewing and playing with them.
If you have a pet that you are having problems with, don’t give up. There’s little changes you can make to keep you both happy. He’s also giving me an extra push to declutter and better arrange my bookshelves, got to look at the positive side.
He’s really sweet when he’s sleeping………..
If all else fails, just laugh. Stop taking things so seriously and enjoy the utter entertainment your pets provide. And try not to laugh at me when I’m walking him outside on a cat leash.