My cat is miserable...

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by cozycritters, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. cozycritters

    cozycritters Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2008
    Tucson, Arizona
    My cat is half bengal, a ferocious hunter of all things moving, about 6 months old, and is, frankly, miserable.

    She's an indoor kitty and we try to give her attention, but what she wants is to be outside hunting things. We're getting her spayed soon, but this is *not* a good area to let cats go outside, plus, she even goes after my goats, so it's not good for the backyard barnyard.

    I keep hoping she'll settle down as she gets older... but part of me doesn't believe it. I hate that she's miserable all the time and don't have a clue what to do about it. I'm also worried that my new baby (due August) will become a new target as she jumps onto my two year old all of the time and tries to 'eat' him.

    Anyone with experience with this breed that has any advice?
  2. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2008
    I know how you feel. I have always intened to have my cats indoors. But about 6 months old I put them outside. The first one was all over the place. So we decieded to let him outside. He loves it. Now with the new kitty, she is lov'n the outdoors. I use a fishing pole with a bass worm. She loves it. Both cats come indoors and sleep.
    My older cat jumps all over us also. Not to hurt, but to play.
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2009
  3. HennysMom

    HennysMom Keeper of the Tiara

    ahhh.. bengals.... the one breed I first wanted - before I read how needy they were, and that they preferred being outside to in. [​IMG] I was so afraid of my cat getting hit by a car. We went with a Norwegian Forest Cat instead.

    Beautiful cats the bengals but yes, they are a handful sometimes and require LOTS of playtime and attention and they love to climb.

    You can read about thier behavioral patterns and whatnot on the Cat fanciers Association or just google the breed to learn more.

    Good luck
  4. MaggieRae

    MaggieRae Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 12, 2009
    North Texas
    I have a friend who breeds and raises these gorgeous cats. I can call him and ask him how they settle these little balls of ferocious fluff.
    I go over there just to play with all the kittens!
  5. FrenchHen

    FrenchHen Chicken Ambassador

    Jan 26, 2009
    Bagshot Row
    You might make a kitty run, similar to a chicken run if you're concerned about the cat's safety. Not the best solution, but better than cooped up inside all the time.
  6. gabrielle1976

    gabrielle1976 Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 21, 2009
    Columbia river gorge
    I also suggest a kitty run ,
    Also a tape on tv of bids ect from like animal planet
    Lots of playtime envovleing chaseing ect
    You could even try to leash train him (use a harness nota coller) they can have a lot of fun outdoors taht way and everything and one is safe [​IMG] it usually takes lots of work to coax a cat into letting you let them walk you outside, just remmber they arent dogs you cant drag them around its more of a go find a good spot and let them have a long lead to explore .
  7. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    I had a Manx that was wild as can be about wanting out and playing. I finally decided to let her out to play on the roof! She had a nice air castle and didn't mind a bit!
  8. thebritt

    thebritt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2009
    Humboldt County
    Quote:I have a friend that has a beautiful cat-run. It's attached to the house at a window with a kitty-door. It has different levels of shelves - long ones that go the perimeter of the enclosure by the ceiling, heated cat beds(!), and bird feeders outside for entertainment. With some creative energy, the run can be a nice addition to the house. A lot to go through, but my friend's cats are quite content and safe.
  9. beak

    beak On vacation

    Dec 12, 2008
    Kiowa, Colorado
    We have 6 cats that are all allowed outside. Our predators include foxes, skunks, coyotes and the occasional stray dog. It's been 6 years and the only one that went missing was one that got fat. They climb the deck and run under pallets. It would be impossible to keep them in the house.

    Beautiful cat.
  10. domino7

    domino7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 4, 2009
    N.E. Ohio
    It is just plain wrong to let any domesticated animal run wild. It's probably illegal too.

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