Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
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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Last edited by catloverami; 04-20-2017 at 12:25 PM.