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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 04-17-2017, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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Just added a 3rd cat with behavior issues

We recently adopted a 3rd cat. After going to a pet store to look for a cat condo, my wife locked eyes with a beautiful black cat and it was over. Fast forward 4 days after adoption we need help. Our 2 current cats, both strays are wonderful, well behaved, perfect boys. The new one not so much. He lived in a rescue full of dogs and cats. Whenever we are eating dinner he will jump on the table and steal food off of your plate. He shreds plastic bread bags and will try to get into anything else on the counter. We have woken up every night to him being on the counter trying to get into anything and everything. We have moved everything off the counter but he still goes into scavenger mode ALL the time. He is reminiscent of a piranha. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I know this isn't his personality because he is very sweet but he is a product of the environment he lived in for the better part of a year.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 04-20-2017, 12:22 PM
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He may be a "product of his environment", but maybe it's just his genetics....what behavior you describe with your black cat is my young Devon Rex, "Fitty", who's 1-1-2 yrs. old. He was raised by a responsible breeder, well socialized, got him at 4 mos. of age, but he has been a lot more mischievous and into everything than my other two Devons were put together. I think it's just the way he is, and your boy may be too. You can discourage him from going on the counter with an automatic air spray (Ssscat!), or putting on sections of rug/carpet liner that is spikey, most cats don't like to walk on it. Reprimands don't work with Fitty. When Fitty walked on our upper condo railing it gave me fits as it was 15 ft. drop to the floor and I didn't want a dead or injured cat. To prevent Fitty from doing a "high wire walk" on our upper condo railing, I had to put on double-sided masking tape. He walked just once and didn't like the stickiness, but he still will stand on his legs to see if the tape is still there! Give your cat active workouts twice a day with a wand-type of toy, switch around his toys, my guys love those plastic spirals (pet store), or catnip mousies. You need to siphon off some of his energy. When he is behaving well , reward him with a treat. If he doesn't have a cat tree, he needs one, and/or a shelf to sit on to look out a window. Reward him when he sits on them. These are a few suggestions you can try and see if it makes a difference with your new black boy. Fitty is very sweet and lovable too, and I know what you're going through as it can be a real aggravation. All the best!

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