Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
First of all, as DizzysDad suggested, get him neutered....it's time.
This may make him less bitey, but not likely to restrict his non-stop activity that much. It may be just how he is! I have 2+yr. old Devon Rex that is very much like your daughter's cat. Fitty is awake most of the time if I am awake, very active, tears around the house, jumps up on kitchen counters/tables, and prefers to scratch on furniture or carpet rather than his scratching posts (in spite of rubbing catnip into them). So how I cope with him is to give him a couple of good play times with a fishing pole type of toy like "Da Bird" a day to drain off some of his energy and tire him out. I keep my furniture covered with sheets, that come off for guests, and I have an automatic cat deterrent called SSScat! (available at Amazon) that discourages him from jumping on counter tops/tables. I used to have Manx cats for a long time and they were not as active as Devon Rexes, and more doglike in wanting to please its owner rather than wanting to do otherwise. The Devons are adorable, very sweet natured, and real cuddle bugs and lap warmers, extremely companionable with always wanting "to help" with everything I do. So your daughter's boy's manic activity may be genetic if he has any sort of oriental genes, such as Siamese genes, Bengal, Devon or Cornish Rexes, (even more active than the Devons!), Abyssinians somewhere in his background. Some cats, like people, just like to laze around in the sun, take a little stroll and sleep half the day......others don't! Most cats, even Devons, start taking a few more naps and are less active, like my 13 y.o. Devon neuter Zuba, but up to around 9 yrs., he was as active as Fitty.
"There are no ordinary cats.";"Time spent with a cat is never wasted."~ Colette
"A loving cat can mend a wounded heart." ~ Unknown Author
Alkitotle aka "Alkee", "Lambie" (July 2/04 - Oct. 2/15) -- white Devon Rex
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