Cat scratching carpet under door
My cat, the older grey male, scratching on the floor by the front door has been a continual problem. The other two cats seem to tolerate it but I can't get him to stop. When I first got him as a kitten he used to like to scratch on the carpet but he hasn't done that for years. Now he seems to be getting worse.
I got a cat scratching post to put in his room. For the last week he has been using this, and he seems quite happy, sleeping most of the time but when he does wake up he will look at me and then go back to his scratching. I know his scratching is not dangerous as he does not actually bite. He is an indoor cat and he does not even go to the cat flap but he will scratch on the front door if I am not at home, and if I am out I can just tell him to stop and he will stop.
How can I stop him? I think he is getting worse. I've even put a couple of cats food under the mat and put some treats in, he doesn't even try to go near them.
He has also been using a scratching pad at night to sleep. I tried giving him his own, but this made no difference.
If you have enough room to spare, you can create a cat scratching post and leave the door open. Leave the other cats to enjoy using the scratching post, that way, they can enjoy it themselves without you having to stop their enjoyment. When your cat is in and all has settled down, you close the door. Cats use a scratching post and mat to "talk" to each other while they scratch. To keep the cat away, you can put a screen on the door, if you like. I often leave the door open for my cats to get out, while I close the one on my living room which leads to my garage.
I am at a loss to know what to do with my cat, he does not play, has a slight case of arthritis. He will not even play fetch with the squeaky toys, he just walks around with his head hanging and tries to chase my fingers, but I think it's mainly because of his lack of exercise.
I don't know how long he has been this way, I think since I had the kittens which were only 5 months old when I first saw him, now they are 16 months old.
I think I might end up putting him in a home. He has always been very vocal, if he's upset, and he still howls, I've even seen him in a catnap which means he's too relaxed to get up and go.
I've even had other people take him in. I was hoping he would get better, but he only got worse.
This is such a frustrating experience, I don't know what to do, I feel like I'm letting the cat down.
If it were me, I would first take a look at your vet, as I suspect you may have picked up an infection in the process of trying to correct his problem and for you to continue to treat him like this, would only result in a very painful death. He might also be overweight and it would be best to lose some weight, even if it means taking the time to put him on a feeding and exercise regimen. He could also have a condition related to a spinal problem.
If you feel you have no choice, and I'm sorry, a situation like this is heartbreaking, I would rather an animal has a more fulfilling life than one having little to no quality of life. In spite of your frustration with the lack of response from your veterinarian, I'd be more than happy to help you find a good home for him. He's a lot of fun, very loyal, playful, and he's a great communicator.
Thanks for the thoughts.. We've taken him to our vet before, but she wants him to be spayed, so we have yet to see what she has to say about the whole process. He is a little young to be sterilized and spayed, and since my family is kind of on the small side (about 6 ppl) we're thinking of putting him up for adoption.. I'm a bit nervous about giving up my beloved cat.. :( My question is, how long does it take for a cat to become pregnant? We found this cat only a few months ago, and he has been around us for a year.. Please help us to understand! Thanks.
A lot of cats aren't ready for spaying until they are a little older. It depends on their body. We generally don't recommend any of our pets get spayed. If they do, they must also get some preventative medicine that can only be given as a post-spay vaccine. You don't want to take any chances!
My cats are just about done with their first round of KMR and I know that the vet will recommend getting them spayed when they're a little older. They're both around 7 or so.
As for getting pregnant, a female cat will actually have a much better chance of getting pregnant than a male cat, which is why most shelters house a much higher percentage of female cats than male cats. Most cat mothers won't bother with mating with males, as there's not much point to it. Even if the males are neutered, chances are he'll still be around for most of the pregnancy.
I have been to a great deal of "rescue" or animal shelters in my day, and I can tell you that even though they look like they're being taken care of, it's not like they're living happy, healthy lives. The shelter people seem more than willing to tell you the "right" way to house your pets. Of course, I'm sure there are some people out there who think their cat or dog would be best off in a cage where they have to spend all their time licking each other's snot off.
Most shelters are understaffed and they rely on volunteers to take care of the animals in their care. That's a good thing, but when you think about it, it's a terrible job for one person to do alone for an entire year. So, the volunteers come in to spend a few hours here and there or even a day or two at a time. Then, the animals have to take care of themselves. They have to be walked. They have to be fed. They have to be bathed. They have to be treated for infections. They have to be taken outside for a bit of fresh air and exercise. They're constantly around other animals, which they must learn to get along with.
I was at one shelter for several years, and I remember on a day when the volunteers were there, one of the animals in their care was pacing the floor, looking for his or her mommy. The moment the shelter closed, the animal started pacing as quickly as he or she could, so the next day when the volunteers came back, the animal was pacing because he or she didn't know where they were. And they really don't know. These animals have been "rescued" from all kinds of bad