Archive for July, 2010
Wednesday, July 28th, 2010
I just have to warn you. Just because D is fixed doesn’t mean he and Meankitty aren’t going to try “it” with you. My Toby and Belle are fixed (at least the vet bill says so), but Toby is convinced he can still do it. Belle is the (lucky? unlucky?) recipient of his attentions. All done in slow motion because Toby really doesn’t know what he’s doing. Is there anything I can do to stop this mad lovin’?
Kelliecats in the House of Love
Now that D is grown into a huge chunk of annoying feline, he, too, thinks he is more of a stud than a dud. My typing slave got out this fuzzy throw which, incidentally, has a leopard on it, and D’s amorous attentions are captivated solely by the blankie. To entice Toby, get a WASHABLE blanket of similar fuzziness to Belle and leave it around in strategic places. For added incentive you can sprinkle catnip on it.
Note: Since this advice was first written, D has continued to … do that thing he does so well. The blanket and others like it are still his special friends, though.
Wednesday, July 28th, 2010
What, me a kitten? I can do SO MUCH more damage.
What makes Sabrina so mean?
Sabrina is a mean little kitty. When she isn’t walking around the house giving dirty looks to people, she’s starting trouble somewhere. She loves to sit on the kitchen table when she knows she isn’t supposed to. The reason she does this, is to keep her eyes on the parakeets in the cage on top of the refrigerator.
When I’m sleeping, she enjoys attacking my feet. I wake up at all hours of the night with her claws in my ankles. Sometimes I wake up and she’s just sitting next to my head staring at me…..which I find a little odd.
Actually, Sabrina is still a kitten and I get a kick out of her playfulness. She’s worse than a child at times!
Photo submitted by: Rene Cina
Wednesday, July 28th, 2010
Secretly, at night, the dog and I are BFF but I maintain my ferocity to stay in the SOHC.
What makes Raf so mean?
I have a cat. His name is Rafikki, He is fine with other animals EXCEPT THE DOG!!!
Rafikki does not back down. He will run up to the dog and attack him for no reason. He gets the dog good because the dog is now afraid of the cat. This is no joke. The cat will not back down–he has even got me a couple times, and I have the battle scars to prove it The scars are usually from when I try to get him away from the dog so I can take the dog out!
Photo submitted by: Jessica
Tuesday, July 27th, 2010
We recently brought a wild cat into our home, fixed him, declawed his front paws, and kept him inside. He loved it, until today….he got outside in the snow and sprinted off. Now he is in a big drain pipe and won’t come out for food or anything. What should we do? We don’t want to lose him. He’s really a very loving cat and he loved being inside.
Ah, the allure of the great outdoors! Cats are Born to be Wi-i-ild, you know. Although they would be best advised not to head out on the highway, there are many who indeed concentrate on looking for adventure and whatever comes their way. One suggestion for luring your wild cat back into his pampered pad is to let him get a little hungrier then waft the smell of tuna down the drainpipe. Mmmmm, tuna. Of course when I was being a Kitty Houdini, the only thing that brought ME back to the pen was the neighbor. Good luck.
Tuesday, July 27th, 2010
This is stage zero, the Lazy Cat.
What makes Occhi so mean?
My cat’s name is Occhi. The photo shows him in his favourite position – just waiting to bite the hand that pats the belly. He loves getting into the kitchen cupboards, and sliding doors present no barrier to his progress. However, his really mean nature is to make sure no human can sleep for more than two hours. At the two hour mark, he will use whatever means available to wake them.
Stage one is a gentle cry, stage two is sitting next to their heads, stage three is gently touching their faces or hair with his claws. Sometimes in summer when he really feels needy, he develops a stage four — a full assault on your feet while you try to sleep.
Photo submitted by: Andrew
Monday, July 26th, 2010
[Please note: This advice was written when Pink Thing and/or Loud Thing were much smaller. There is no actual baby in Meankitty's house right now.]
My brother has this cat who never is nice and who always scratches everyone who walks by. They also just found out they are going to have a baby, and for sure the cat will scratch the baby. Any advice?? Was he tormented as a kitten maybe?
Cats rule. Babies drool. One of those stupid pink things has moved into my house these days, taking up my lap space and cutting into my belly time. At least it hasn’t started to eat my food yet; then things are going to get ugly.
I do have to give my human typing slave credit. She hasn’t acted like the pink thing is off limits so D and I aren’t totally jealous and seeking revenge. In fact, D has been known to join in on diaper changes. Yet at the same time she doesn’t leave the pink thing alone in the same room as D all that much (D is the only worry; I’m harmless hehehe). You can even buy netted lids for the crib to keep cats out, though I think that’s cruel because playing in the crib is one of the few benefits to the pink thing being here.
Monday, July 26th, 2010
Location: Leicester, UK
I'm actually a Chihuahua dog in disguise. Si! Es verdad! I have snucked onto Meankitty!
What makes Numnum so mean?
My brothers have cats. My sister has cats. I didn’t until one night when I discovered him hanging out alone since his mate had disappeared in the dryer. I luckily had a digital camera available to catch his wooly visage before he left, seldom to be seen again. How was he mean? He made me eat dust bunnies, taught me bad words, and smelled awful…like a cross between well-aged cheese and dank fen scum. I am sure he is still somewhere in the neighborhood, though I never see him, exactly.
Photo submitted by: Weird Rory
Sunday, July 25th, 2010
My human’s house is infested with fleas, and they are driving me crazy! I can hardly sleep for being bitten, and since there is only one of me, the fleas are even biting the humans. How can my human make the fleas go away? I’d go buy myself some Advantage One Spot, but the last time I tried to use the credit card, it was a disaster.
Itchy & Scratchy
I personally have always had a human who took care of that whole flea thing before it became an annoyance (except for one episode when she had a roommate who owned DOGS, of all hideous things), but here are a few words of advice from a fellow reader of the site:
“Nick and his dad lived in an upstairs apartment in California with a stray cat they had taken in. Big Leon was an indoor cat but nevertheless fleas began turning up on him and also in the carpet. Little by little, these insects from hell, some of the most aggravating pests on earth, began taking over the household. FLEAS WERE EATING LEON AND NICK ALIVE (although, strangely, they left Dad alone…) The fleas invaded Nick’s room, the living room, the whole house.
Anyhow, Big Leon was being eaten, Nick was being tortured and even attempted moving out of his room for a while to sleep on the couch in long pants and socks. Flea powders were useless. Nick even rubbed garlic, yes garlic, mixed with water on his body before he went to bed at night. The long pants, the socks and the garlic did not work. Additionally, the bites hurt at times, making Nick a little ill one occasion, not to mention Big Leon, who is the one that really matters (hey, this is the MeanKITTY site!)
Finally, Nick bought a spray for Leon’s bed and the carpet, donned a protective mask, put Leon on the balcony, and sprayed EVERYWHERE. The fleas did not go away instantly, but after a few days it was better. Keep in mind that this poison was not sprayed on Big Leon, but the fleas on him eventually jumped off and died when they got into the carpet. Flea home spray is the way to go.”
Nick and Big Leon via Meankitty
Saturday, July 24th, 2010
My kitty is EVIL… she attacks your legs when you walk by and you can pet her for all of 5 seconds before she bites or scratches you. She is almost 10 months old. How can I get her to be a bit more mellow???
Mellow? Who wants a mellow cat? Meankitty advises that you wear thicker denim jeans or perhaps chaps. Either that, or keep her hopped up on catnip so that she spends her time alternately chasing imaginary bugs on the wall or sleeping it off.
You might also be interested to know that one of the requirements for new cats to fulfill in order to get into the highly esteemed SOHC (Society of House Cats) is random damage and destruction on their humans. Some cats go that route, some go the random damage and destruction on their humans’ possessions route, and some do both. There are other ways to get into SOHC, but this is one of the more time-honored and traditional methods. I myself chose the path less traveled, the one of “random acts of weirdness and running about”, in order to obtain my membership. I was also required to learn to climb a doorframe and levitate in mid-air, so this route is only for the very determined.
Friday, July 23rd, 2010
My cat won't stop scratching or hanging on the door. She keeps pulling the screen off and I get in trouble for it. What should I do?
Door Killer's Owner
Meankitties like screens because they know they can make holes in them. You should see the work I've done on the screen beside *MY* favorite window! It looks like some stupid human shot buckshot through it, but it's all my doing. However, we don't want meankitty's slaves to get in trouble and have to give the meankitties away, so I'll offer you a bit of advice. Duct tape will hold just about anything in place, so you can put it all over the edges of the screen to keep it in the door. Plus, it looks great and comes in many colors.
And as for keeping your cat's claws out of the screen? There are many cat-centered catalogues and sites which make products you can use to protect your screens. Some are like giant pieces of tape and some are more substantial. There is screen that is supposedly pet claw proof at hardware stores. Lastly, there is also a product called Sticky Paws at your local PetSmart. But then, duct tape might work for this, too.