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Message 1030384 - Posted: 3 Sep 2010, 5:43:11 UTC - in response to Message 1030371.

No the spray can be a deterrent if used repeatedly at appropriate times.


Agreed, spray bottles (set to stream) are a great deterrent. For some reason the cat gets angry at the water and never associates it with the person holding the bottle.(irritating cats directly can turn your shoes into cat boxes and various other evil forms of revenge)

The cats simply learn "if I do this I get wet. I do not like wet."

You don't know Grace, A little water in lots of drops does nothing as She has a thick fur coat, The kitchen sprayer has some effect as does the shower head in the master bathroom, The sprayer I use is a recycled anti-scratch bottle as that's all I have and It has no stream setting or off setting, Multiple sprays aimed near and around the area where She was scratching at under the bed is better than a stream as It acts like a shotguns scatter shot, Except It's not lethal. I do like Grace, Just not Her habits, I also don't mind sleeping, Just not in the Day.


Dollar store.. spray bottle, 1 dollar with adjustable nozzle. Or empty windex bottle. Adjust nozzle to a stream. aim for face.

Also cats are nocturnal by nature, they want to play and explore at night. Some people put cats out at night for this reason. You could try evicting from your bedroom at night. But you need to find a peaceful resolution to it. And we can not do that for you over the internet, just provides bits and pieces. They help more if you are not too dismissive of them.

Ok, Um, No I can't evict Her from My bedroom at night, Her box is in the Master Bathroom as that's the only place I could put It at and If I had a Garage I still wouldn't put It out there. Sure I have a 2nd bathroom, But as It's currently equipped, That bathroom has no room for Her box as the area between the toilet and the sink is about 12" or so and the box needs about 19-20" and I'd have to have the sewer line from the toilet roto rootered, So that's out, Then there's the kitchen, the living room and the 2nd bedroom which I use for storage, their out too, 840 sqft only has so much space, I'm looking at getting a slightly bigger place and a mortgage, But that isn't a sure thing.

Also Graces Cat Box requires an Electrical Outlet nearby as It's a modified Littermaid Elite Mega Litterbox which works quite well still, Best litterbox I've ever had too.
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Message 1030393 - Posted: 3 Sep 2010, 7:47:47 UTC

Ten Mammels and three inside, the rest outside. Maybe it is time to open a kitty door for Grace.

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Message 1030396 - Posted: 3 Sep 2010, 8:01:01 UTC

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Message 1030399 - Posted: 3 Sep 2010, 8:15:12 UTC

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Message 1030439 - Posted: 3 Sep 2010, 15:09:28 UTC - in response to Message 1030393.

Ten Mammals and three inside, the rest outside. Maybe it is time to open a kitty door for Grace.

Grace is doing better now since She had Her Tough Love in the Bathroom with Her Scratching Post, Last night and this morning She used both Posts and not My bed, Putting It and Her in the Bathroom seems to have worked. Sorry, No door here, I'm broke once again.
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Message 1030446 - Posted: 3 Sep 2010, 15:33:24 UTC - in response to Message 1030439.

Not much point in a pet door right now since you are moving soon. Glad the bathroom lockup worked. Now follow up with the water and the stern no if she goes back to whatever you don't want her doing. Don't forget to praise her when she does good too.
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Message 1030447 - Posted: 3 Sep 2010, 15:36:32 UTC - in response to Message 1030446.

Not much point in a pet door right now since you are moving soon. Glad the bathroom lockup worked. Now follow up with the water and the stern no if she goes back to whatever you don't want her doing. Don't forget to praise her when she does good too.


Always remember that she will have you trained exactly like she wants. Cats have been training their humans for centuries. :)

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Message 1030474 - Posted: 3 Sep 2010, 16:43:13 UTC - in response to Message 1030447.

Not much point in a pet door right now since you are moving soon. Glad the bathroom lockup worked. Now follow up with the water and the stern no if she goes back to whatever you don't want her doing. Don't forget to praise her when she does good too.


Always remember that she will have you trained exactly like she wants. Cats have been training their humans for centuries. :)

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This is sooo true. While a stern talking to can work for a dog, to a cat it is more likely to get a glare meaning "We shall see about this my furless food bringer".
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Message 1030517 - Posted: 3 Sep 2010, 19:26:13 UTC

Looking in to see whether there is a pic
of the critters we all love to see.
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Message 1030528 - Posted: 3 Sep 2010, 20:08:39 UTC

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Message 1030545 - Posted: 3 Sep 2010, 21:28:59 UTC

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Message 1030552 - Posted: 3 Sep 2010, 22:41:00 UTC

Discovered this week that my cat of 11 years "Spitty" had a womb infection, as she lives totally indoors and I inherited her I never got her spayed, and this can happen. Rush to the vet, operation, and me feeling lost and emotional. I live on my own and she has been my companion for the last 11 years.

Wednesday night was weird, alone in my flat. Amazing how they can get to you!!



Spitty last year.

She seems to have made a good recovery from the op, but I have to give her an anti-biotic pill twice a day, so I am not her favourite person right now, and it upsets me to have to force her to swallow it. Anyone have good ideas to get a small cat to take a pill??

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Message 1030569 - Posted: 3 Sep 2010, 23:05:47 UTC - in response to Message 1030552.

Discovered this week that my cat of 11 years "Spitty" had a womb infection, as she lives totally indoors and I inherited her I never got her spayed, and this can happen. Rush to the vet, operation, and me feeling lost and emotional. I live on my own and she has been my companion for the last 11 years.

Wednesday night was weird, alone in my flat. Amazing how they can get to you!!



Spitty last year.

She seems to have made a good recovery from the op, but I have to give her an anti-biotic pill twice a day, so I am not her favourite person right now, and it upsets me to have to force her to swallow it. Anyone have good ideas to get a small cat to take a pill??

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Nope can't say that I do, as I've had to do that in the past, But that was many years ago, Once past the tongue massage Her throat is all I remember. Good Luck and for Spitty Good Hunting.
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Message 1030574 - Posted: 3 Sep 2010, 23:18:12 UTC

The way we get pills in to any of our dogs is to put the pill in the middle of a lump of hard cheese (Cheddar) or a a part of a sausage (skinless is what they like)
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Message 1030582 - Posted: 3 Sep 2010, 23:35:14 UTC - in response to Message 1030574.
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The way we get pills in to any of our dogs is to put the pill in the middle of a lump of hard cheese (Cheddar) or a a part of a sausage (skinless is what they like)

Dogs will eat almost anything, Like a vacuum cleaner, Like French Fries. :D
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Message 1030592 - Posted: 3 Sep 2010, 23:58:49 UTC - in response to Message 1030574.

The way we get pills in to any of our dogs is to put the pill in the middle of a lump of hard cheese (Cheddar) or a a part of a sausage (skinless is what they like)

Freeze the pill in the middle of a lump of meat and it is **guaranteed** to go into a dog. The only trick is to ensure it goes into the right dog.

Getting a pill into a cat is **much** more difficult. When I was growing up we had to go on many a search for the pill that we knew did not go into the cat.
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Message 1030596 - Posted: 4 Sep 2010, 0:03:23 UTC

Spitty is so beautiful! So sorry to hear she has been unwell, but glad to hear she is on the mend.

As for pilling a cat, I recommend that you ask a neighbor in to help you. When Eric and I have to pill a cat, it generally takes one of us to hold the cat on a flat surface and the other to pop the pill in and hold kitty's mouth closed until we feel her swallow. Even then we are sometimes surprised that although the cat swallowed, the pill did not go down and gets ejected after we release our hold!

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Message 1030598 - Posted: 4 Sep 2010, 0:05:50 UTC - in response to Message 1030596.

Spitty is so beautiful! So sorry to hear she has been unwell, but glad to hear she is on the mend.

As for pilling a cat, I recommend that you ask a neighbor in to help you. When Eric and I have to pill a cat, it generally takes one of us to hold the cat on a flat surface and the other to pop the pill in and hold kitty's mouth closed until we feel her swallow. Even then we are sometimes surprised that although the cat swallowed, the pill did not go down and gets ejected after we release our hold!

And you need to wear leather gloves if you want to have any skin left on your hands.
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Message 1030604 - Posted: 4 Sep 2010, 0:24:36 UTC - in response to Message 1030596.
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Spitty is so beautiful! So sorry to hear she has been unwell, but glad to hear she is on the mend.

As for pilling a cat, I recommend that you ask a neighbor in to help you. When Eric and I have to pill a cat, it generally takes one of us to hold the cat on a flat surface and the other to pop the pill in and hold kitty's mouth closed until we feel her swallow. Even then we are sometimes surprised that although the cat swallowed, the pill did not go down and gets ejected after we release our hold!

There's is a way to hold the cats jaws open, Of course It involves pulling the Cats head back I think, then, As I'd said one needs to shove the pill past the tongue and down It goes, Once there, Close the jaws and massage the Cats throat(Give Yer Cat a kiss too), Guaranteed to work and I did It to a Cat named Baby, He took the pills every time and I always did It by Myself as I had no help.

Sorry to hear Yer Cat is sick, I hope She gets better soon.
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