Originally Posted by Ashley45
Yeah, I understand that, and that's why this is such a great site. I don't have a cat, but am thinking of getting one and I'm just worried that I'll end up with one that goes to the bathroom all over and gets into stuff.
Its good to hear that there are problem-free cats. For those of you who have them, do you think its just their nature, or something that you did in raising them that made them be so well-behaved?
I got my first 2 cats 9 years ago - Jaffa and his brother Magpie - and had absolutely no probems with them whatsoever. No medical problems other than the very occasional minor ailment, no behavioural problems, eat anything I give them etc. Magpie died suddenly just over a year ago and I got Mosi as a kitten last April. Introductions went fine and although Jaffa still hisses at him when he goes too far (just wanting to play most of the time) and they are both dominant cats things are pretty good between them and there are no problems with fighting, peeing outside the litter tray etc. The only hiccup was when Mosi came back from the vets having been neutered and stinking of disinfectant. Jaffa growled and hissed for a while before he realised it was the same little kitten who had been around previously!
Mosi is very lively and tends to wake me up in the night or early morning a lot but I don't see that as a problem. I chose a breed that was quite lively (Somali) and I chose Mosi knowing he was a particularly lively individual. Jaffa and Magpie were always shut out of the bedroom at night and were good as gold.
None have ever peed or pooped outside the litter tray until last week when Jaffa started to pee in a carrier bag on the bedroom floor! I was a bit shocked but am convinced it was because Mosi was using the litter tray (I only have 1) and Jaffa thought a large plastic bag would be a good substitute
That's the first time in 9 1/2 years he's done anything like that and he hasn't done it again so I think it was just a one off and not an indicator of anything serious.
As to whether it's down to nature or nurture - I think it's a bit of both. If a cat is well socialised as a small kitten (esp between 2 and 7 weeks) and exposed to a variety of people, sounds etc. I think they are much less likely to have behavioural problems when they are older. A cat with an outgoing, confident personality is also less likely to have problems than one that is timid or highly strung. Problems can also occur where there are too many cats in too small a space. Sometimes you can have lots of cats living together in harmony - many people on here can testify to that - but when you have a multi cat household there is always the chance that some won't get on and there will be tensions which can result in spraying/peeing outside the litter box, aggression etc.
There's no reason at all why the cat you get need have any problems at all. Just read and learn all you can and remember that we are all hear to provide what advice we can should you have any problems.