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My cat Akira recently got very sick. He had surgery and was put on steriods for a gastrointestinal disease. Since he has recovered - but all of the sudden my normally active cat has become a destructive devil-cat. We have now incured several problems. He can now reach any height in our house - including the ceiling. I have found him in my closet shelves, hanging from the curtian rods - literally he is climbing the walls. I make sure to keep the closet doors closed and I have provided him with two cat trees. Still I find him sleeping in the gap between the kitchen cabinets and the ceiling. When we left him overnight ONE night, he broke our microwave trying to get inside. Shaking cans of coins do not phase him. I have pictures of him in the shower taking a bath - spraying him with water does nothing. It also seems that he is no longer happy as an inside cat. For his safety I insist that he live inside and not be out unless he is supervised on a leash or in a cat condo. However, whenever open the patio door he makes a dash for it. The other day when my neighbor opened the inside door he ran upstairs and jumped off the inside balcony. He is altered and we provide him with plenty of cat toys - mice, crinkle balls, a slinky type mouse made especially for cats. He does not like the laser light and will not play with it. We have catnip video for him to watch when we are not home and he has Moonbeam (a DSH tabby) and Toaster ( a poodle mix) to play with when we are gone. He has been very rough with the both of them lately and I am concered that he will hurt one of them since he does have his claws. Last night Toaster became nearly agressive with him, which is highly unusual as he is generally a very submissive dog. I'm looking for creative solutions to wear out my cat. We have been working with each day and I feel that I am getting nowhere. Any ideas?
 

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Hi Dana and welcome :)
Is Akira still on some sort of medication that may increase his energy level? You seem to be on top with providing him with attention & quality play time. And since the other kitty is not showing the same symptoms + he is abusing him and the doggie - it may be that he developped some sort of behavioral problem. You may need to bring this up to your vet if it won't stop soon enough. I wish you and Akira well. Please come back and tell us how everything goes.
 

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I really don't have any solutions really except to reprimand the cat and punish with water or a light spanky but seems like your cat is having behavioral problems like ioana said. They do have cat behaviorist that can help you maybe but it is likely the medication is doing this also. Maybe you can see if there is another medication you can give him??

Let us know if he gets better! Good Luck :lol:
 

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Considering an exorcism.....

The vet has suggested that Akira is just letting off some steam now that he feels better. He claims that the medications should not affect his energy level. Punishment only works when I am here and water does not phase him. I gave him a swat on the butt the other day, not so much to hurt him, but to push him away from Moonbeam - he had latched onto her shoulder and gave her a tiny little blood mark. :evil: He looked a little bit shocked, but then proceeded to pick on Toaster. I feel comfortable with the situation knowing that the vet is already involved..but I work for a shelter and I have exhausted all of our best options. A co-worker suggested a cat condo for outdoors since he wants out so much. I have considered this...and possibly a pet shrink. :!:
 
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