2 kitties in Japan**long, sorry**
Hi everyone, I read that I must post in here first introducing myself so here it goes. My name is Jessica and I currently live in Japan. Well Okinawa which is an island providence of Japan. We are here on a military tour of duty and have been here for a little longer then 3 years now. We live off base in a entirely Japanese neighborhood. I have two cats that are a year old. They are brothers and a mix of an American long haired calico mother and a stray Japanese father that clearly had a Siamese background.
Leo is a Siamese with seal point markings. His tail is crooked, shaped like an upside down L. He was born like this and it's apparently very common for cats over here. He doesn't look like a modern siamese, more traditional but with the very slight build of the local cats. He's very snotty and stuck up, haha. I might be the only person in the household that he actually likes. He's my little buddy and I love him to death.
Arlo looks some like a lynx point siamese but instead of a plain cream colored body with the striped legs and face, his body is spotted like a leopard with the striped legs and face. He is larger then his brother, okay maybe fatter then his brother and take more after his american mother in build. He's friendlier(or was at least) then his brother but still rather aloof. He prefers being outside exploring rather then hanging out inside.
My two started out as indoor cats but as they got older they wanted to explore outside so I let them. They started getting into cat fights with local cats but that stopped as soon as they were neutered. They continued happily as indoor/outdoor cats until recently.
We live right next to a large sugarcane field. Sugarcane has a two year or so growing period before being harvested. Several weeks ago the cane next to our house was harvested and not a week later my Leo came home with a bite from a Habu which is a poisonous viper native to the Ryukyu island chain. It was a grazing bit on the head. He was a very sick kitty and had a 3 day stay in the local kitty hospital but he survived. We thought it was a fluke, snake bites are fairly common with pets here and this was re enforced by our vet telling us it would be VERY unlikely to happen again. He came home, stayed inside a good week before venturing out again.
Then not 2 weeks later Arlo was also bitten. His bite was quite serious though because he received a full bite in the chest above his heart. My vet told me to say goodbye when I had to leave because they didn't think he would survive. As it turned out being fat worked in his favor. Let's hear it for the fatties! The venom didn't reach the muscles which kept the poison from hitting his heart. The bite radius on him was huge and the vet told us that we likely have a large 6-8ft Habu living in the sugar cane field next to us. When they went in and harvested the cane they likely disturbed the snake making him far more aggressive then normal. Also the area was cleared so I'm sure my kitties when exploring the newly accessible stomping grounds. We decided to make them indoor only cats which brings me to my current problem.
They despise staying inside. Leo has gotten used to it but Arlo continues to act out. He pees on everything and attacks his brother and the dog for no actual reason that I can decipher. I cleaned out the spare room and put up a gate so only they had access. I got extra litter boxes(5 total) and we built them a big kitty condo thing. I keep the litter boxes spotless and change the litter twice a week. Nothing has helped. He is getting more and more aggressive and I am starting to worry about him hurting the children. I'm afraid to let him out though. The back to back vet bills topped more then $1,000 and frankly we can't afford to treat another bite. I know that this is very long and if you made it this far please know I appreciate it and desperately need advise on how to curb his aggression and peeing on everything. It's been nearly a month and my husband has pretty much ran out of patience with him.