We are already a few weeks into the new year. That means that many resolutions have already fallen by the wayside – which is very obvious at my gym.
There is one bad habit in my household that I am bound and determined to break. Carmen isn’t pleased.
As I mentioned in the past, Carmen is allergic to fleas. She licks her entire belly free of hair and keeps scratching at her face. By using fleas control every two weeks (at our vet’s suggestion), we have taken care of that part of the equation. What is left is her habit of licking and scratching.
Since this year began, I’ve been disrupting her every time she goes to over-groom or scratch her face.
Last Sunday she was sitting on her ottoman in her box (thank you Costco), which is near my normal spot on the couch.
Evidently her right ear itched because she went to scratch it with her rear foot. I gently grabbed that paw to stop it, then I rubbed and gently scratched her target area. About 30 seconds later, the paw started to go up again. Again I stopped it and scratched her. This went on for about 10 minutes, then she had enough. She tried to bite me, then she swung her front paw at me with claws extended, and she hissed. Then she jumped down and left. All very un-Carmen-like behavior.
It looked at first looked like her claw had gone in but didn’t draw blood. About a half hour later, a blood blister started to form. Ultimately it looked like this.
I fully deserved it. I can’t believe she tolerated me as long as she did. I have adjusted my tactics as a result of my war wound. I now pelt her with cat toys when she starts to scratch. I get stink eye from her, but I can live with that.
Has anyone out there had any luck with cat behavior modification? or What is your favorite animal war wound story?