My Furbabies Are Switching Personalities...

@LadyMarissa (12161)
United States
March 29, 2009 10:56am CST
In the last couple of weeks I've noticed that my 2 cats are switching personalities. You've all heard me complain about my "cat from hell" & brag on my "good boy". Well, the cat from hell has suddenly become soooo sweet & loving & my good boy is becoming mischievous!!! The bad boy has started sitting & looking at me with love in his eyes. He thinks he needs to stay in my lap. The good boy has been doing things like unplugging (YES, I said unplugging) my computer from the wall. He has NO thumbs & I find it hard to unplug myself. How he's doing it is beyond me!!! So, tell me, have you been noticing any strange behavioral patterns in your furbabies??? Or...do you have any cute stories???
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9 responses
30 Mar 09
I don't exactly have cute stories about my cats, but i couldn't help but laugh at your story about yours unplugging your computer! your life must never get boring with your cats lol
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@LadyMarissa (12161)
• United States
30 Mar 09
Well, these 2 guys have proved to be a definite challenge. Before these 2, I had a 21 year old female that passed away. I had had her for soooo long, she had spoiled me. At 21, she didn't do a lot of anything but sleep & eat & poop. She passed & I adopted 2 6 week old males. They were like holy terrors at first. I awoke every morning to them hissing, scratching & fighting all up & down my hallway from the bedroom to the den. Not too long ago, the one guy would jump onto my surge protector & turn it off. My computer, printer, speakers were all plugged into that power strip. Fearing that he would eventually fry my computer, I bough a plastic box big enough to fit over the strip & sturdy enough that when he jumped on it, he couldn't possibly hit the off button. I was feeling pretty dayum secure in my efforts when...POOF....my computer, printer & speakers all go off again. One thing I can say for these guys is that when I ask who did that, it's NOT hard to tell who the culprit is. It's the one looking up all sweet & innocent!!! This particular time I could see the one always guilty of cutting off the strip so I knew he was safe. Then the other comes walking out of the area with his tail held high & his head cocked to one side looking all innocent...so, I knew something was up. Of course I never dreamed it would be the plug removed from wall. It is in a tight location & extremely hard for me to unplug. I looked at him & asked How did you do that? He meowed, flipped his tail & sashayed on down the hall....all pleased with himself. I'll be watching him to see if I can figure out how he did it...that's for sure!!! I'm glad you're getting soooo much pleasure from my misery!!!
• United States
30 Mar 09
It really does sound like your good boy is looking to get more attention, now that bad boy is taking up your cuddle-time. :-) Kind of cute, but I'm sure it's baffling! The plug thing may have been accidental ... was there a toy nearby where he might have knocked into the plug and knocked it loose while playing? Check the cord for tooth marks ... if you find any, you may wish to wrap the cord in aluminum foil. Don't want any "shocking" incidents if he should try it again! :-o
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@LadyMarissa (12161)
• United States
30 Mar 09
Hmmmm...hadn't thought about him receiving less attention with the other suddenly demanding more!!! No, no toys around that area. It is a very narrow area between my computer desk & the wall. I have a very hard time plugging & unplugging in that area myself. I did check the cord while it was unplugged & found no teeth marks (thank goodness). I just might add a piece of foil to the cord to discourage him from biting the cord & so I can hear him when he's working on it!!! My boys have been soooo predictable since I adopted them last July that I am finding it challenging (to say the least) to keep up with their newly found personalities. I have done my best to raise them thinking I am the alpha female & it has worked well!!! Now I need to adjust my alphaness!!!!
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
30 Mar 09
That's funny how your two furbabies are switching personalities. Mmmm...wonder why the change. My two darhlings have pretty much kept their personalities. Pyewacket, my black kitty definitely knows he's the head honcho and demands, yes demands his attention...what a spoiled brat! If I talk to my other cat, Kissy, no matter where he is, he has to come running over and pushes her aside. If I'm talking on the phone he has to come running over to me, as if to say, "Hey, you don't talk to anyone but me!" Kissy has always been a little timid thing. Like just earlier tonight, we had a thunderstorm and was raining...at the first rumble of thunder or the beginnings of the pitter patter of rain she has to duck and hide under the bureau
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@LadyMarissa (12161)
• United States
30 Mar 09
Both of mine are males & black. One is a shorthair & the other a longhair. The bad boy is the alpha male & pushes the good one all over the place. The bad one usually demands the attention & the good one is willing to wait his turn. You're the resident expert on cats. How did he unplug a plug with a tight fit from the wall??? Even more, how did he know which plug goes to the computer if it was just his way to get attention??? I really hate to see my good baby change into my cat from hell!!! It's kinda nice to watch my bad boy turn good though!!!
29 Mar 09
Hi LadyM, I have two cats male and female, the female cat would always sit on my husband's lap but never comes on mine and the male is not a lap cat and plays hard to get, but I always pick him up and cuddle him and the female don't like to be picked up at all, well my Tom usually sits on my tv as its an old fashion tv and it has a big back so he sits on there, the female cat Baby never ever goes on there and few days ago I spoted her on the tv, thought I was seeing things but yes there hes and as soon as she saw me sshe got down, I haven't noticed this before and I spen most of my time in the lving room so I was surprised, also she came up to so I picked her up on my lap but she just syed a little while and jumped off, now she is fast asleep on my husband foot stool and Tom is upstaires i the spare room asleep. Tamara
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@mummymo (23707)
29 Mar 09
lol They are definitely just trying to keep you on your toes Lady M honey! My cat has no odd behaviour - not with me anyway as she knows I see right through it - with other members of the household she will mnake them do whatever she wants them to a very manipulative girl indeed! xxx
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@LadyMarissa (12161)
• United States
30 Mar 09
Mine are trying to be manipulative...but it doesn't work very well with me!!! They aren't brothers...they just don't know it!!! They were cell mates at the shelter & I didn't have the heart to take one & leave the other all by itself. Soooo, now I have 2!!!
@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
29 Mar 09
no changes really, but Scamp was laying on me and he looked so cute Now, we've had a few cold nights and that brought Sassy back to my bed, so I've had the pleasure of Sassy licking me in the middle of the night
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@LadyMarissa (12161)
• United States
30 Mar 09
So far, I don't get licked in the middle of the night, but my bad boy does like to get on something over me & jump on my stomach. The good boy is laying across the room sleeping. I hope they don't switch on this habit as the bad boy weighs several pounds less than the good one!!!
@dragon54u (31636)
• United States
29 Mar 09
That's funny!! Obviously your kitty is jealous of the computer! Animals can do things like unplugging even if we think they can't--they'll conquer it if they want it badly enough because they have no concept of failure. Of my two dogs, Gus is the dominate personality but Cookie gets her licks in every once in awhile because she is very conniving. If she wants a chew stick that he has she will make a ruckus like there is something outside and even zip past him and fly out the doggie door. When he follows, she'll immediately rush back in a grab his stick. When we play with the laser light he won't let her chase it upstairs--those are HIS stairs!! Cookie also waits to eat her dinner till Gus has gobbled his all down then she'll eat in front of him, very slowly, and if she's feeling generous she'll walk away from it leaving him a piece or two of food. Animals are wonderful, aren't they?
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@LadyMarissa (12161)
• United States
30 Mar 09
Before, the boy from hell would jump on the surge protector & cut it off. I did a discussion on how I was fighting the urge to kill him. After he did that several times, I bought a cover so when he jumped on it, he couldn't hit the switch. That has worked for over a month. I was just getting started in myLot the other morning when...poof...the computer goes off. I can see my bad boy sleeping soundly on the hutch over the computer desk. I look up & my good boy comes from around the side. I assumed he had moved the cover & hit the switch. So, I go to turn it back on & the cover is in place, but the cord has been unplugged from the wall. As I said, I have a hard time unplugging it myself. It had to have taken him a while to conquer it & HOW did he know that was the plug that cuts off the computer??? When it comes to food, they tend to tag team me. One will do something cute just to get my attention while the other tries to grab the piece of meat that they want. How they decide who looks cute & who eats is beyond me!!!
@savypat (20246)
• United States
29 Mar 09
When you have two or more cats and one of them changes behavior the others often foll suit, It sounds like your good boy wanted more attention, he may have been the one to start the change eve if it looks like the other started it. Enjoy
@LadyMarissa (12161)
• United States
30 Mar 09
You may be right. The good boy normally gets most of the attention as he's usually good. Plus the other never craved much attention. Now that the bad one is getting some attention, the good one may resent it!!!
@camomom (7536)
• United States
31 Mar 09
Mine has eaten the same food for most of his life. The same brand. The same flavor. Nothing has changed but he suddenly won't eat it. He would rather eat toilet paper. I tried a new flavor and he'll eat a couple bites and that's it. I don't know why he's doing it. He also has always steared clear of kids and he recently has decided that my 8 month old is his best friend. She's terrified of him but he insists on loving up to her. Like I said he's ALWAYS disliked kids. He's very strange these days.