Hi, I desperately need some help for my son, who is studying and living in China for a year. Stray cats are all over the place there, and there was one little tabby who always wandered around my son's apartment complex, so he adopted it. He took it to the vet, got food, litter box, shots, etc. Most people there rarely take their pets to a vet.
The cat is about 8 months old, but the problem is he is creating havoc for my son. He runs arounds, pees on his clothes, kicks the litter all over the house, rips up his school papers. He keeps my son up all night and bites and scratches. But at the same time, he can be very loving also. I think he just needs to adjust from being on the street, but my son is desperate to get some sleep. The cat sleeps in the day while my son is at school, then he's up all night. The place is small and there's no door except the bathroom.
The cat was used to being an outside cat so this behavior is from the frustration of being inside,I appreciacte that it is probably best for the cat to be kept in , but is it at all possible for it to be an inside/ outside cat with a cat flap, I know its not America so I realise this may not be possible, so if inside is what it has to be, then time will settle the cat,it is used to being out foraging, and no doubt cats love to do that .He has a good heart to take it in ask him if it can be an inside /outside cat ?
PS another thought ,the cat maybe bored as its in all day and sleeps and 24 hours sleeping is too much to ask of any animal, so tell your son to play some games with it, they love the little cat balls and toys maybe it would settle the cat for the night if it played more.Good Luck
I can bet that the behaviors will be totally gone or lessened a whole bunch if your son got the cat fixed. China needs to step up to the plate to help the poor overpopulated strays!! How very very sad!
Thank you all for the quick responses. He got MIMI (Chinese for kitty) a lot of toys and plays with him all the time. My son is home quite often, actually, he goes out for maybe 4 hours of school, then he comes home for lunch, sometimes goes out again but is usually home in the evenings.
I agree about getting Mimi fixed, and he said he's going to do that. He already got him shots and an exam. He has to make an appointment and find time to do it.
He lives in a high rise apartment building and if he let Mimi out again, he's afraid he will either not seem again or he will get hurt or starve. Said he carries him and sits outside with him, lol!
I also told my son to buy a little bed for Mimi instead of letting him sleep on his bed, where he jumps around and scratches and bites and wakes him up.
I had a contact gonig with as user from China and they've definitely got a stray cat problem over there, and vet treatment does seem to be a rare occurance. I got the impression that the average person doesn't have much in the way of extra income.
I would suggest he try using black out curtains. Cats need SOME light to see. In total darkness they're just as blind as us. And when that happens, they will usually just sleep.
Which means HE can sleep.
As to the destruction... he'll have to cat proof his apartment. That means putting things he doesn't want destroyed or peed on away. No leaving laundry on the floor! (This IS a young man we're talknig about).
Out of curiousity, does he have any plans for when he leaves the country? Transporting animals is VERY difficult and takes a grreat deal of planning in advance (laws and such).
Otherwise, either tell him to go to the pet store to pick up an enzymatic cleaner, or mail him one from here. If he doesn't use this type of cleaner on those pee spots, kitty will continue to reuse them, over and over.
Thanks for all your advice. I laughed at what you said about the laundry. My son, 22, is very messy and I told him that's what happens when he leaves stuff all over!
He loves this cat so much and he DOES want to bring him home (we have a dog, so I'm not thrilled). He said he can do it. One question: isn't it cruel to put an animal on an airplane for 15 hrs. and he can't eat or use the box? I don't think it's very good for the poor cat, he will be terrified. And even if my son brings him ON the plane, then what and he might meow and annoy people!
I may be wrong but I beleive they have a section in the hold and food and water in the carrier for the animal, has he any good friends there who may take the cat if he cant bring her back, tell him to enquire with the Airline about their rules on the cat travelling back, , he may need the vets note the cat is healthy.to enter the US ..Good Luck what a great son you have .
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