Buddah likes high places; I like them, too, but I'm fine if I'm up on top of the office closets, or stretched out on the floor. I like my mancat cave in the big closet, I like my cubby by the fireplace thingy, I like sleeping on the sofa, and I like being on the big bed that I allow the Woman to use at night.

Buddah is okay with sleeping on the big bed and stuff, but he loves being up high. And there are lots of high spots for him around here, like on top of the kitchen cupboards--the people don't keep anything up there just so he can be up there--and he likes to sit on the fake fireplace thingy in the other room.

He's on that thing a lot, and sometimes when a people walks by him they try to pet him, but he sometimes takes a swipe at them with claws out. If he's on the short tree by the front window and a people tries to pet him, same thing. Sometimes he lets them, but a lot of the time he doesn't.

A few weeks ago he was on the counter and the Woman picked him up to give him some cuddles and doods, he went apeshit crazy on her, bit her arm so hard that it drew blood (and she still has the marks) and he wailed at her. Even after she put him down, he was all flat eared and hissy.

He gets that way sometimes. He's also afraid of feet with new shoes on them, and has been known to just outright go after legs that are passing him in the hall. If he didn't use claws and teeth, the people wouldn't mind, but that whole bleeding thing gets to them.

For Christmas Santa brought us this new tree. It's taller than the one in the front room, but not as tall as the one in the office. It was supposed to replace the one in the front room, but Buddah seemed to like the spot where Santa put it, so it's stayed there. He hangs out on it a lot, so much that I've kind of given up the idea that it's ours; it's his. I only get on it to annoy him.

But the Woman noticed something. When Buddah is on top of it, he's pretty much at her eye level...and she can pet him without him getting all freaked out. If he's on the counter and she tries to touch him and he's not down for that, he can turn around and jump on it. She can even reach across the counter to give him some crunchy treats.

He's even been getting in her lap more. He's had this whole Commado Cuddle thing going on since he was a kitten, where he would run up, get held and petted for like 30 seconds, then he'd run off, but he's been plopping down on her (which makes using the laptop fun cause it seems like he always does it when she's using it) and getting skritches for a long time. Sometimes he even snoozes.

She figured out from watching My Cat From Hell last year that Buddah is a tree kitty. You know, some kitties are "bush" kitties, some are tree kitties. He's definitely a tree kitty. When she watched it last week she finally got it into her head that he feels safe when he's up high, and when he's at eye level and she tries to pet, he doesn't feel threatened.

He was a shelter kitty; during that whole time when he was supposed to learn how not to scratch and bite hard he probably wasn't with his mom-cat, and he was probably scrambling to get to the food bowl to get enough to eat (for a long, long time he looked over his shoulder when he was eating, like he was afraid I was going to take his food away...and I would have, so he eats on the counter while I eat on the floor...) and he might have missed some of the key socialization lessons.

So the tree Santa brought is definitely going to stay where it is, and pretty soon there will be more painting going on here, and when that's done stuff will be moved around, and part of the end result will be more high places for Buddah, and hopefully with better flow so he can get all the way around the front room while being up high.

No one expects him to stop being so bitey once in a while--heck, I bite, but I know how to not sink my teeth in, I do a I-could-if-I-wanted bite--but if more high places will make him happy, then they'll give him a few more high places.

I'm all for it if it means he'll leave me alone more. Plus, I wouldn't mind a few more high spots. Hopefully he'll share...

Comments (12)

Oh what an excellent thing that there will be more high places! I wonder if we can get the male to put My Cat From Hell on NetFlix or something for last season. We didn't know about it because no one ever watches Animal Planet here.

Y'know...we've never heard that...some cats are tree kitties and some are bush kitties. But it's true. That Jackson Galaxy guy is pretty smart. I think I'm a tree kitty. I like being up high, too. I'm glad Buddah has found a spot that he likes!

Wally

Sassy was in a shelter for 2 months before I adopted her. She was beat up by her brothers during this time (in fact, what caught my eye when I was at the shelter, was the way she was huddled in the corner of the cage). To this day, even though I spoil her rotten, she still frightens easily.

The only bitey cat here is Binga, but the humans have to really annoy her for her to do that. Can you believe it has never occurred to me to bite my human, ever? Or scratch her on purpose? I think that when I look at her mean and run away when she wants to pet me, it's much more effective!

My Human would like to figure ME out, ha ha ha. Her brain is too pathetically small for such an endeavor.

I am sorry your Human is also unwell. Sounds like service is still up to par though. That's why it would be good to have an extra Human around, as irritating as that might be.

We've never heard of tree or bush kitties. We also haven't heard about My Cat from Hell, so we need to research that one.

Truffle and Brulee

Very interesting! Kirby must be a tree kitty, too.

My crew is much happier since we put in three new cat trees; the Whizz Wars are about over. Thank Cod. Buddah is obviously much happier too...HURRAH!

Our Woman likes what Jackson Galaxy has to say about kitties, but our Cody Kitty don't want her to watch him on TV anymore.

Cody Kitty gets VERY 'scart when the unhappy kitties on TV hiss and snarl so LOUD. (The rest of us don't much care for that part either.) Our Woman has even noticed our reactions! Now, she does her best to mute those parts out!

Buffee Moon, Casey Cat, Cody Kitty and Angel Mae.

Well, we don't go nutsoat floor level, but there IS something we like about seein TBT eye to eye! So mebbe we unnerstand a BIT about Buddah!

YOu are the best pet parent to understand and work with Buddah. Blessings. xoxoxox Katie

We loved that episode of My Cat from Hell! Dad has plans to add some more high spots here once the weather is better for painting (no snow and warmer).

We also have a tall cat tree thingy, and everyone jockeys for the top perch.

Purrs,
Padre, Panda Bear, Meerkat, Cookie, Caramel, Sunny, Sky, & Outdoor Feral Kitteh Mama Rose