I think my cat needs therapy!

Libby - This is Libby when we first brought her home - she loved to sit on my son's head!
@cmauthe1 (267)
Canada
March 22, 2009 11:13am CST
We have a 2 1/2 yr old spayed female that we've had since she was 6 weeks old. She has been loved, cuddled and adored since we brought her home. Her name is Libby and I seriously think she needs therapy. She is a typical cat in that she is very affectionate (when she wants to be) and very independent. However, she has a really bad habit that I just can't seem to break and I refuse to have her declawed as then she won't be able to defend herself. She will scratch on stuff (my wooden kitchen chairs, the boxspring, the walls, your pant leg, whatever) to express her boredom, her displeasure, cause she's miffed about something, there's not enough food in her dish or just because. She is an indoor/outdoor cat and we live on a rural acreage (with coyotes, eagles, owls) and so Libby must have her claws to defend herself. I have tried sprays, newspaper, raising my voice (all she does is lower herself to the floor - never runs away, never met a cat who did this), all to no avail. She will wake us up at whatever time cause she thinks we should get up now! Now that the weather has warmed up, when Libby misbehaves I put her outside. I have had cats all of my life but never had one so determined - any suggestions? Please don't suggest something mean, I will not reply to those who would abuse a pet.
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@CJscott (4184)
• Canada
22 Mar 09
Hmm, this is a tough one. My mom used to keep a water squirt bottle handy, and spray the Cats when they was acting up. And all except for the one that behaved more like a dog it worked quite well.
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@mugzy528 (801)
• United States
22 Mar 09
Yea I Agree with CJscott I have two cats and use a water bottle on My One bad cat she likes to sleep on top of My Parrots cage with him. But yes it Does work very well. I used to have Nine cats but moved and could not bring them all with me just one and then went to a shelter and picked one up. I have had cats all my life and now my wife wants dogs which are ok but i would rather have cats..lol Got Two Cats,One Husky a Parrot and a Rabbit..
@cmauthe1 (267)
• Canada
22 Mar 09
Hey I forgot about that one! My mom used to do the same thing. I'll give that one a try today... wish me luck. Thanks for your response and Happy Mylotting!