Our cat hates everything. Help us make him happy.
January 26, 2013 10:46 AM Subscribe
Our year-and-a-half old cat hates being touched. He's incredibly aggressive towards anyone except me and my wife (and sometimes towards us too). We've yet to find a toy that holds his attention. What would make him happy?
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Basically, we're wondering how to give our cat a decent quality of life when he hates (i) affection (ii) people (iii) toys. If the answer is just "Keep feeding him decent food and stay out of his way," then I guess that's okay. (That's what we do now.) But I keep wondering if there's something more we should try.
Some potentially useful tidbits:
- He came to us through a sort of crappy route: he was born feral, his mother was killed, and one of my wife's co-workers found him and his littermates (who were probably 3-4 months old at the time) and promptly split them up. Yes, we know that this totally sucks. We took him in after the others had already been given away.
- The closest he comes to physical affection is rubbing against our legs when he wants something (normally food). At the other end of the spectrum: he still attacks us occasionally for no apparent reason; he particularly loves to "stalk" and "kill" us in our sleep (claws out, drawing blood) if we forget to shut him out of the bedroom at night; once when we left him in the care of a cat sitter for a few days he attacked her so viciously that she fled the apartment and refused to set foot back inside.
- Normally the answer to "our cat is bored" is "adopt a second cat." I'd be all over that if this guy weren't so violent. As is, I'm kind of scared to.
- The one thing that really interests him is hunting — mostly flies or other bugs, since we have the good fortune not to have a rat problem. Last summer we started catching live moths around our porch light and bringing them into the house for him, and that was a big hit. But wintertime means no moths.
- "Huntable" toys — wind-up mice, jingle balls, etc — don't seem to hold any interest for him. (Maybe because you can't eat them when you catch them? I dunno.)
- He's an indoor cat, and right now that's non-negotiable. Letting him out would be against our lease (no, I don't know why they wrote it that way, but they did: cats are permitted only so long as they're indoor-only) and our landlord lives right up the street.
- We know he'll never be especially friendly or affectionate, and we're okay with that. We just want him to have a happy and interesting life. Right now we have a bad feeling that he's bored senseless, but we're not sure what to do about it.