Thursday, May 19, 2011

This One Bites

Wow. First, THANKS to everyone who participated in the LITBM fest. It was a laughing great time, but it would've been nothing without you all.

I'm still recovering from this week. So I'll present you with another funny, but it's also something of a problem.  A funny problem.

Most of you know we have a cat, Flower.

Well, Flower's not the greatest cat in the world. She was found by my dad in the back woods of Mississippi. We've had her since she was about four weeks old, and she's regularly fed, etc.

You'd think that would make a difference to her, right? It doesn't.

We (somewhat) affectionately call her our "booger cat." Flower doesn't like to play, she doesn't like to be petted. Occasionally, I'll find a half-eaten lizard carcass in some odd place in the house, and some days, out of the blue, she'll bite one of us.

And homey don't play with those bites, either. She draws blood.

Flower is affectionate on two occasions 1-When it's cold; and 2-When I take the white clothes out of the dryer and start folding them.

Just the whites. Here's a shot of her in them purring. Loudly.

She's a black and white cat, and I don't want her on the white towels because she leaves black hairs on them.

Somehow I think she knows this.

And when I try to shoo her off them, guess what she does? Yep. She bites me. Here's a shot of her getting ready to bite me.

I'm about to go for that sock under her foot, and I took this picture because I've gotten to where I can read her actions. See those eyes?

Many of you are cat owners. What do you do with such a cantankerous feline?

I'm considering donating her to the new homeowners. No, that wouldn't be right. I know her, and I'll put up with her quirks.

I'd just like to make her cut it out. If possible...

Have a great weekend, reader-friends! I'm behind on awards to distribute, but I'll do that Monday~ <3

46 comments:

Sarah said...

Aaaand ... this is why I don't own a cat. She's cute and all, but I would be hardpressed to house a creature who attacked me while I folded laundry. I'm grumpy enough when I fold laundry as it is. Regarding advice: I'll defer to the cat-lovers out there! Good luck!

Jessica Bell said...

Ouch! Yep, I'm definitly a dog person ...

Ps: you've still got the blogfest link at the end of this post, hon! lol

Anonymous said...

Flower does like to be petted! By me, but if she doesn't like YOU petting her, I mean,honestly,I would. Besides, where do we find these things mom?

Cat with more stuff

Tracy said...

UGH! I love cats and have had plenty of my own...but never one so cantankerous as Flowers!
I guess she's hanging onto hidden anger at her past :)

Jenna Wallace said...

Man, she looks mean. Like, seriously mean. Squirt bottle?

J. L. Jackson said...

She is something else. Love it. Mine doesn't bite, but she brings me presents all the time. Snakes, birds & lizards.

aspiring_x said...

jiminey! i've never had a mean cat like that! i wish i could help, but i'm clueless about how to get her to stop!
*appreciates mischief (our kitty) more*

LTM said...

@JL--she leaves carcasses behind, but I'm not convinced they're actual "presents." LOL!!! She's not really MEAN so much as just moody.

Took the girls to see "African Cats" yesterday, and we decided she thinks she's a lioness... :D <3

Janet Johnson said...

Oh my goodness, those eyes! I'm scared, and I'm how many miles away? :)

I haven't had a cat since I was little, so I'm afraid I'm of no help. Maybe you could get some fake whites and let her sit in those? :D Good luck!

Laurel Garver said...

My male cat Keats gets into these "moods" at certain times of day. I did some research and learned that cats are crepuscular--meaning they are most alert and into frisky hunting and hunt play behaviors at dawn and dusk. I think maybe you could try experimenting with some cat toys when she's in one of her moods. Jingle balls, toy on a stick or maybe something more preylike--a ZhuZhu battery powered hamster for her to chase.

It sounds like her hunting instincts are just particularly keen, probably because she as a feral kitten. She just needs an outlet.

And she must like the smell of bleach. My kitty loves dirty socks. Go figure.

Kelly said...

I'm a dog person! And they always like to lay on the pile of warm clean clothes before I fold them too!

DEZMOND said...

maybe Flower needs a man in her life? :)

My cat is quite capricious too, she is petted only when she wants too, and she has her mood swings more often than not :) She currently has little kittens so she is kinder and more tolerable than usual, because little babies always soften mother's heart :)

cherie said...

Ouch! Sorry. Um, I don't have a cat or a dog--family has allergies. :( When I was growing up we had a dog, and a lot of stray cats hanging out in our back yard. I was probably 8 or 9, and we had some sheets hanging on clotheslines outside. I was getting them down when this big mama cat just attacked me. She lunged but I ran behind a tree, and man, you should have seen those claws! It turned out she just had babies in our yard, and she was only trying to protect them.

Anne said...

Oh, Flower. Such a sassy cat. :P I may have mentioned that Chad is allergic to EVERYTHING, so only fish here for us.

Kind of weird after growing up in a menagerie.

Matthew MacNish said...

I have a damn cat just like that! Her name is Pretty Kitty, but it's a misnomer (obvs). If it was up to me that bitch would be living outside, or shipped off to a farm. But she has no claws.

And she's mom's cat.

Old Kitty said...

Awwwww I'd get her tons of nip toys and/or Feliway for kitties!!

She needs to know she's safe. She sounds like she's protecting herself from perceived harm! Awwwww she's beautiful! Take care
x

N. R. Williams said...

Scary! Flower looks exactly like my daughters old cat Chevao. He had the same nasty habits. He was also part Siamese and they are known for nasty habits. Can't imagine how Chevao's parents got to Mississippi though. LOL
Nancy
N. R. Williams, The Treasures of Carmelidrium

Liz Fichera said...

Cats have such interesting personalities. I wish that I could be more help I'm terribly allergic to cats (and most animals), which is so unfair since I'd give my left arm to be a cat or a dog owner.

Kari Marie said...

I don't have cats (Beloved Husband isn't a fan). However, I do have one squirrely dog who will bite and he isn't joking around either. We've done lots of animal behavior stuff with him and he's better, but he needs vigilant owners who can call him on his moodiness. He also isn't a lover of being snuggled or pet. At all. Unless he's in the mood.

I don't know if this would work, but maybe distract flowers with a toy? I think Laurel suggested it. Something she likes more than warm laundry. It works for Keeno if he isn't too far gone. When he is, a good squirt with a waterbottle snaps him out of it.

I can relate to having a difficult pet. Keeno is 2 and we have roughly 14 more vigilant years ahead of us. Love him to pieces most of the time.

Summer Ross said...

I love the coloring on Flower. I wish I knew a way to help with the biting, but I don't.

I tagged you on my blog.

Talli Roland said...

Haha! Oh, Flower. Such a pretty name for such a cantankerous kitty.

I love that killer look in her eye.

LTM said...

@Catibug--I love you!!! And it's true. Flower does not bite you or Daddy. I'm not really going to give her away, don't worry. ;o) ((hugs)) <3

@Cherie--yikes! My brother got attacked by a stray once like that. I think he tried to pet it and it bit him. I've always lived by the rule, "Don't pet strange animals." I guess Flower's strange. :D

@Anne--I used to keep fish! Then Dad gave us Flower. :p

@Liz--it's true. And I'm so sorry you're unable to keep pets. Have you thought about those hairless kind? My BFF Dara is like you, and she has a hairless dog. That makes me LOL! :D <3

@Summer--She IS a pretty cat. Too bad she's such a booger. But it's not like she's on a biting rampage or anything. She's just ... moody. :p Laurel's comment is so great. I think she's onto something~ <3

Pk Hrezo said...

LOL! Too funny! She's just a mean cat and you're stuck with her. Make the best of it. lol. I've had mean cats before, and there's just nothing you can do.
I know those eyes too.... vicious! I used to have a trick with my cats when I wanted them to move, set out a fresh, big white piece of paper and they will instantly go lay on it. ;)

Lydia K said...

I think it's fate that I'm allergic to cats. 'Nuff said.
;)

erica and christy said...

you must love her a lot! i'm allergic to cats (although my three year old pretends to be one a lot) and own a dog. he just likes to lay on my bed all day long. sadly, he's been ignored since i had two more babies besides him. i think he still wonders what happened to those days when he was my only. :0) christy

Michael Di Gesu said...

Leigh darling.....

Your little FLower wasn't properly socialized by her mother. When a kitten is taken away from her/his mother before the proper time (Twelve weeks) it will bite. She thinks of you as another cat and treats you as such.

Unfortunately there is nothing you can do about this. When she bite you again howl like a cat. Let her know she's hurt you.

This is what a friend of mine does who has a similar problem. She has read every cat book known to man. This is the best advice I can give you.

Don't give her away because she will do the same to another family and they will put her down.

There is a book on HOW TO THINK LIKE A CAT. I believe that is the title. There might be some other helpful hints in there to curb her behavior.

Good luck.

M

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

She still has some feral in her. But, she's yours now, hang ups and all. And I bet she's put fur in places you don't wan to know...

LTM said...

@PK--that's brilliant about the white paper, actually. That's totally her thing. She also likes to lick ballpoint pen ink. Only that kind. When I'm doing phone interviews, she'll come plop over and start licking my notes. It's VERY distracting. :D

she's actually not so mean as much as just moody. sigh. Can't wait for the move~

Susan Kaye Quinn said...

Gloves. It's the only solution.

:)

I had a cat just like that and I put up with him until he died, but man was he cantankerous!

Myne Whitman said...

I'm not big on cats but she looks so cute, lol. I can't believe she's so feisty.

Angela Felsted said...

Those are some dangerous cat eyes. I do not envy you, but you must really love her to keep her around when she draws blood.

Anita said...

Haha! What a cute post. Booger cat. I love that! She's adorable, too. BTW, your post title rocked. It lured me right over with delusions of something gone very awry in your life! And then it was about your ornery cat. Hee. I'm so glad it wasn't anything bad. ;)

Carolyn Abiad said...

We don't have pets now, but I had one crabby cat when I was growing up. Her name was Mishka, because she looked like a little grey mouse when we got her. Turned out she was a cougar. I wonder if the key part of the problem was "her". All the male cats we had were very friendly, even if they were outdoor cats.

Monica B.W. said...

I've always wanted to have a cat, but I've never had bc my hubby is allergic. This is the first time I feel like I don't want to! LOL
Good luck with taming your cat ;)

Holly Ruggiero said...

That bit about being all happy with the clean whites is hysterical. (sorry) I have been told cats mellow with age. Let me know if that's true. ;)

Michelle Merrill said...

Haha Leigh! That's hilarious, and sad at the same time. What a clever cat! I don't know much about taking care of cats but my friends use a squirt bottle to spray their cat with water when she gets on the counter. I think it works. It might be worth a try. Although that might fix the laundry problem, I don't know what to do about the overall cantankerousness. Good luck and thanks for a great read :)

Kittie Howard said...

Man oh man, I can sympathize. We had a cat like Flower. Her name was Lucy. Lucy treated me like Flower treats you. But Lucy loved my husband, in particular, and any man, in general.

Lucy hissed, bit, scratched, did whatever she could to irritate me. As luck would have it, we were moving...a friend of my husband wanted a cat...Lucy loved him...off Lucy went. Lucy lived another 12 years. She died attacking a pitt bull that wandered into her yard, the neighbor's dog. I am NOT joking!!!

Hey, I love cats. But even I know Flower needs to go to another home. Good luck!

M Pax said...

Maybe make her her own white laundry pile? But then she'd probably want the one you want.

My childhood cat was a bit ... grumpy. He would play, but he didn't always care to be petted. He got much more affectionate and mellowed as he aged.

My current cats are very affectionat. But we have a saying when Nini is hissy - don't poke the bear. We just give her her space when she's grumpy.

Clarissa Draper said...

I don't have a cat but I love them because they have my personality. I'm sure I'd be bitten a lot. So cute.

Susanne Drazic said...

We have a cat. When I do the laundry, I'll make a pile of the clothes on one corner of the bed. I purposely leave the rest of the bed clothes-free for the cat. Where does he decide to lay? On the clothes! I'll go in and catch him laying on the clothes. He just looks at me like uh,oh. Caught again.

LTM said...

@Anita--I'm very sneaky like that... maybe that's where Flower gets it. :D

@MBW--oh, she's not the worst pet in the world. And she IS getting mellower as she gets older. I would recommend a grey tabby. Those seem to be the sweetest cats ever. :o)

@Holly--oh! see up there about the mellow--and yeah. Maybe she needs more attention or something. Actually, I think it's just her personality. Moody. :D <3

Joyce Lansky said...

I'd just get a dog. ;)

Joyce
http://joycelansky.blogspot.com

RaShelle said...

LOL! Leigh, this is hilarious. Great pics. =D

Ellie said...

I think she must have feral genes and that is why she doesn't like to be petted. She looks a cutey, though!

Ellie Garratt

Lynda R Young said...

I'm thinking our cats should meet when they are being naughty--they can bite each other :P

Ella said...

She is awful pretty; I haven't had a cat for years. I am more a dog person, but do love all animals~
I think you need to sacrifice a few timeworn socks for her. Let her have them and separate them when you sort the laundry. She has 2-3 worn out ones; you get the rest. Maybe if she thinks she has won, she will back off?! Good Luck! xXx