So I took in a stray about a month ago. When I got him, he was the sweetest well behaved cat. Now he is manipulative, extremely smart, and very attention seeking. He seems to need stimulation at every waking hour and when he doesn't get his way he persists at coming up with new ways to annoy me, and if that doesn't work he becomes upset, starts acting sad, overly meowing and making a ton of noise. He insists that I am awake when he is, and wont go to sleep when I am awake. When I am awake he demands that I play with him all the time and let him in and out and in and out when he pleases. I have tried leash training with him and that has turned into him demanding to be let out 6-10 times a day. I even tried setting specific times for his walks and this isnt enough. He wont let me get work done at my desk and he wont let me sleep at night. If I ignore him, he finds another way to annoy me until finally I get to the point of yelling STOP. Then he becomes emotionally withdrawn and wont let me pet him. When he gets what he wants he is the sweetest cat, but I need this to stop. I can not let him to continue controlling my life. I play with him and give him attention probably more than most owners do. But nothing seems to work. I don't want to get rid of him. I cant afford another cat and I am just so frustrated. The last couple of days I have been sick and it has been raining so he has missed his walk. Yesterday he was back on schedule, but now his behavior has gotten completely out of control. He wouldnt let me sleep this morning. First he started with chomping his food really loud, which he does to wake me up. This didnt work so then he resorted to jumping on and off my bed and batting at the curtans. I told him to stop but he wouldnt. After an hour of this going on I was so pissed off that now Im up. Im typing on the computer and now he is acting all nice and cute and wanting a belly rub. It is 6:28am. Im not supposed to be up for another two hours. This is not cute! I am so mad right now and am trying my best to keep my cool. Please help. We need to get on a harmonious track and he needs to lean that I am in charge. What can I do about him?
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2/4/11 at 4:29am