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Aug. 21st, 2007 | 11:55 pm
mood: stressed stressed
music: Something on TV
posted by: harmonybear in burmese_cats

I desperately need some advice over my kitten, before I completely lose my mind.

Name: Kat
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Number of Burmese: 1 (male)
Names: Red Romeo (Romey)
Type: Traditional
Do you show or breed? Hope to show
Favourite thing about the breed: Their nature
Pictures/additional comments: Have had Burmese since I was a baby, was given my own Burmese (I say she's European, but she was sold as traditional) girl for my 6th birthday - Smokey is 17 and now lives with my parents in a warmer climate.

I got Romey 3? weeks ago (I'm sorry, it's midnight, I'd like to be in bed but because of my boy it's not happening) he's about 15 weeks old. His litter and food are in my room, and he sleeps with me. I also have a Guide Dog and 6 rats - he loves the dog and ignores the girls. He's house trained and desexed.

I'm out 3 days a week -
Day 1: 5-7 hours
Day 2: 10 hours
Day 3: 15-16 hours
When I bought him I made a point to talk to the breeder about this, and she thought it would be fine - and during the day there is NO problem. I come home to a happy boy who's purring his head off.

The problem starts when I'm trying to eat - he wants my food. He will go to great lengths to try and get my food. If I can't keep him away from it I had been putting him in my room while I ate - I had to stop doing this because he would use my bed as his litter in what, I'm guessing, is an attempt to show me just what he thinks of me. I started putting him in the bathroom instead and this had been working - until tonight. Went in to get ready for bed, and found a lovely present waiting. So I threw the blankets in the wash and cleaned out his box, which he had also used. In the time it took for me to get the blankets in the wash and back he had peed all over the bed.

I have no idea what to do - when I was younger we did have another male Burmese (my mother's boy) who would mark the nearest surface any time my mother didn't pay attention to him fast enough; he had a number of trips to the vet and various surgeries/injections and nothing stopped him from doing it, in the end we had to give him away (to a lovely woman - where he would be the only cat in the house) and I'm terrified things with Romey are going to go the same way.

I don't yell at him when I find it - I just clean it up and keep going. Right now he's curled up on my lap under the laptop. Any and all suggestions are welcome, as is a spare blanket because thanks to my kitten it looks like I'll be up until 3am.

Sorry, not the most positive way to introduce myself here.

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From: xanthe
Date: Aug. 24th, 2007 12:50 pm (UTC)

Have you tried leaving lots of food down for him so he can pick at it whenever he wants? That should lessen his anxiety around food and restore a more natural, calm state. Is he really neutered at 15 weeks? That sounds awfully young.

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From: harmonybear
Date: Aug. 24th, 2007 12:59 pm (UTC)

I leave his food down, he just wants mine - though I did try wetfood the other night and he went straight for that and left me be.
I got him at 12 weeks and he was neutered then

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