Set in her ways

Unfortunately, her ways aren’t all that compatible with the ways of the bipeds in the house:

The cat has carried over all of her bad/annoying behavior from our previous house — mostly, that means throwing up almost daily, and occasionally choosing not to poop in her litter box. For both of these issues, we’ve tried everything we’ve read online to try. We feed her smaller portions than we used to, and buy food designed for cats with upset stomachs. As for the “other end,” we have tried different litter, keep the box clean, and completely change it out weekly. Sometimes she uses it, and sometimes she goes and finds a spot under the bed or underneath a desk to do her business.

She also continues to chew cables. Laptop cables, phone charging cables, headphone cables, you name it — the more expensive, the better.

One way we used to deal with the litter box issue and the chewing issue was to keep doors closed. If one of us saw her sniffing around for a place to go, we would put her in the laundry room with her litter box and close the door. To keep her from chewing cables in my computer room and the kids’ bedrooms, we keep our doors closed.

You know what’s coming next:

We don’t have door knobs in this house. Every door has door “levers.” Somehow, the cat has learned that if she jumps up and hangs on to the lever, the door will open. The first time this happened, I was home alone in my office and when the latch on my door rattled, it scared the living crap out of me. Now, placing her in the laundry room does no good because she just lets herself out; same for closing off the bedrooms.

Which is not to say that she’s the Cat from Hell:

[She] is very loving and friendly most of the time. She likes to be wherever we’re at, and is genuinely affectionate. That being said, something has to give, quick.

Regrettably, this is out of my area of expertise.


  1. McGehee »

    27 March 2019 · 7:24 pm

    Somewhere Mrs. McG has a video of Buckaroo letting himself out of a room by opening a door that has a doorknob, not a lever. He was not yet a year old at the time, IIRC, and he hasn’t done it in some years (he’ll be 6 in a couple of months).

    He still leaves cabinet doors standing open, pulls the occasional bottom drawer out, or traps himself in a room by pushing shut a door he’s no longer limber enough to reopen.

    And don’t even ask about the TP trick.

  2. G. L. Hancock »

    27 March 2019 · 8:09 pm

    People so cruel and/or ignorant do not deserve a cat. Have they never heard of veterinarians?

    No wonder the poor thing has behavioral problems!

  3. McGehee »

    27 March 2019 · 10:41 pm

    What will the veterinarian do to fix these problems?

  4. McGehee »

    27 March 2019 · 10:56 pm

    Aaaaand here’s the video of Buck and the doorknob.

  5. hollyh »

    29 March 2019 · 8:42 am

    Wow! What a cat.

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