Please Help! READY TO LOSE IT WITH MY CAT!
We adopted Louie about 4 yrs ago from the SPCA when he was about 6 months old.
Louie is a very friendly cat to family and friends. He is not a 'cuddly' lovey' cat, but does love a good massage when he feels like it.
He has always had this thing where he will not drink from a bowl of water. Has been like this from day one. He will ONLY drink from the running tap in the downstairs bathroom. Not ANY other tap, must be that one. Ok one little quirk we can live with.
He is a cat that has a 'routine'. When the first person in our house gets up (around 5am), he likes to have 5 or 6 temptations treats, then he goes and eats his regular food, then wants his water and then goes outside.
He comes back inside after I drop my daughter at school, around 9am. He then goes through the treats/food/water routine again. SOMETIMES he wants back out, but most times he comes and finds me (I work from home and my home office is upstairs) and bugs bugs bugs. I go down to see if he wants out. NOPE - he wants more water. Now the tap is still running from 10 mins before, but he REFUSES to jump up and get his own water. We have to lift him up. Not this is a VERY fit cat that can scale a 6 foot fence no problem. Ok -so he has his water, I come back upstairs and he appears a couple of minutes later BUGS BUGS BUGS. So I give him rub and hold him for a min - he squirms out. I try putting him up the top of the closet (his fave place to sleep). Sometimes that works if I pray hard enough, but other times he hops back down and bugs. Ok another cuddle? Nope - he coaxes me downstairs by standing at the top of the stairs and meowing NON STOP until I give in.
Back downstairs. He wants 'walking to his dish' of food. He will no longer go and eat unless you WALK HIM TO THE DISH. This has started in the past 4-5 months.
Ok he is eating - I come back upstairs. I shut my door so he gets the point and goes to have a sleep.
NOPE starts meowing at my door NON STOP. I go out - this time he wants up in the closet, or back outside, or wants the whole food/water routine again. I refuse the treats.
Its gotten so bad that at times I know he is fed and watered, and I put him outside and shut the door behind him.
It is out of control.
Now - later in the afternoon - same thing all over again.
Then all evening - same thing all over again. Someone is constantly lifting this cat up for a drink or walking him to his dish. Yes, he has us wrapped around his every whim, but if we don't give in he will whine and meow, scratch the back of the chair we are sitting in and keep pestering.
Its getting worse and worse every day. I could go on and on in this post, but I think I have given the general picture that this cat is becoming a royal PITA!
I am ready to find him a new home because he is DRIVING THE WHOLE FAMILY NUTS! We have tried cuddling, massaging, playing with him - he is not lacking for attention - I swear this cat exhibits autistic behaviours. Can a cat be autistic? He has to have his routine several times a day, does not really show us any love or affection. He is not a lovey/cuddly cat at all. All of my previous cats love to come cuddle in the evenings. Not this cat.
HELP! I am at my wits end with this cat.