Here's my story. I just recently got married to a wonderful woman, unfortunately for me she came with cats. I'm not a cat person but I do like animals in general, so I thought I might learn to love them. There are a few things that I've changed to make life more bearable, such as turning around the litter box and putting a hood on it so I don't have to smell their poop and walk on their litter. There are the things such as hair that I'm learning to deal with. Then there are the things that I just hate, and can't live with. I've done a lot of research and I've discovered that pretty much any problem the cat has, you have to "understand what they are going through". There has to be a better solution
So there are two cats, brother and sister at 3 years old. They used to live in a house with a yard in So Cal where they could run around in the backyard all day, now we live in an apartment with a small porch in Colorado. In the winter time the get restless, but these behaviors dont change much in the summer when they can get some fresh air, watch the birds fly by, and catch grasshoppers. Roxy is a sweetheart and never really does anything wrong or obnoxious apart from trying to sneak into our bedroom, which isnt that big of a deal Oscar on the other hand is a terror. If there is anything at all he is unhappy with he'll poop outside his litterbox. He is completely defiant. If he does something wrong, and you let him know in any or every way you are supposed to, he wont miss a beat before he does it again. If he is somewhere hes not supposed to be and you say no and pull out the spray bottle, he'll hunker down and take it. The only thing that works anymore is spray deodorant, he hates the smell. He has a serious chewing problem. We both really like plants, so we do our research to find out what are the cat friendly plants, and he eats them all, then pukes them up. If you accidentally forget your shoes in the livingroom, you'll come back to find the laces eaten off. He ate half a handkerchief in less than an hour the other day. We hide the dishtowels the best we can, but hes managed to find them in most of our previous hiding places (he knows how open cupboards). He'll eat anything, he even likes to steal and break into salt and vinegar potato chips. He meows about nothing and everything. sometimes it's so loud that you cant even talk on the phone in the same room.
His only saving grace is that he is very personable. He'll sit on strangers laps, he'll take any kind of attention he can get. He's even ok with being thrown up and grabbed. if we have a sheet out he'll run over and sit in it until he can get tossed. He can never get enough attention. I've played with him for four hours, and he still gets angry when I go to bed or have to do something else.
Like I said before, I'm trying to live with these cats out of love for my wife, but every time I start being ok with Oscar he does something like chew a hole in my favorite shirt. Please tell me that he'll grow out of this. Or maybe when we get a bigger place, getting a dog might give him the entertainment he needs or something. HELP!