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She’s a rescue though
That's so awesome @Movingforward10!

We did the same for the cat that just moved in. He came to me when I got home from work and was cut inside and outside his mouth and infected. So when my wife got home we took him to the vet. He was so happy the vet couldn't do his exam because he was purring so loud. We had them trim his claws and he was purring his head off for the vet techs. It was the neighbor's can and he was moving out so all he wanted to know is if he was OK and healthy. So he just "moved in". Not that it was bad, he and Mittens were good friends so there was no drama.
 
Given that I have the memory of a goldfish that would be my fear as well......

Apart from that catching the perpetrator in the act is usually the best fix but seeing its happening in the night.....and I'm getting a solid 3-4 hours sleep a night....

Disciplining one of them is out of the question unless I know the one responsible. Did that before and found one was doing the damage to watch the other one get a smack....until the one making the mess got the wife's bra caught in her collar while emptying the dresser....

I guess since keeping the paper in the vanity for a week or two or closing the door when not in use are the next steps. being locked out -- hey wait --- maybe locked IN would be better.......😈😈
One of the BEST ways to discipline both cats and dogs?

When you catch them in the act? Yawn, BIG YAWN, and look away. As in fully turn your back & ignore them.

It works better with dogs, than cats, but it’s a mammalian cross species shunning gesture similar to human dropped shoulders and head and saying “I’m not mad, I am just so …disappointed…. In you. And ashamed, and will need some time before you don’t make me sick to look at you.”

It’s also why we know when cats are mad at us, when we leave for too long. The deliberate turned back, and refusal to look at us. Until they’ve forgiven us.

Cross species body language doesn’t always translate, and there are things (like yawning, instead of poor posture) that one finds amongst 4 feets but not 2 feets (and vice versa)… but the yawn & turned back? Is a vey effective one to turn on 4 feets. Because it’s only done to creatures you LOVE, not enemies. So it’s a 2 part thing, conveying both love & disappointment.

If you’re SUPER pissed off at a cat, and want them to know it, AFTER yawning and turning your back… IF they come close to apologise (9/10 they do, to beg your forgiveness) hiss and swipe your hand at them. Don’t actually hit them/touch them, their mom wouldn’t -though siblings do- just make the gesture, and turn back around. It is extremely rare that they will ever repeat the thing you’re pissed off about. But save it for extremely special circumstance. Or you end up with an extremely phobic/anxiety ridden cat.
 
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If you’re SUPER pissed off at a cat, and want them to know it, AFTER yawning and turning your back… IF they come close to apologise (9/10 they do, to beg your forgiveness) hiss and swipe your hand at them. Don’t actually hit them/touch them, their mom wouldn’t -though siblings do- just make the gesture, and turn back around. It is extremely rare that they will ever repeat the thing you’re pissed off about. But save it for extremely special circumstance. Or you end up with an extremely phobic/anxiety ridden cat.
Thanks @Friday! I know a lot of "cat", but didn't know that one.

Must have been effective though as they haven't touched it since.....(although having found it at 4 am I may have turned my back and yawned I don't know)

Dog's on the other hand - can't read my anxiety as anxiety - they see fear or anger and can't figure out which. My dad, who was amazing with dogs could never understand it....
 
Cat yoga
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Had to go pick mom up at the hospital at 4 am - came home and in the same way a feral cat brings mice it killed etc to pay for food, the girls brought all their feather toys to the front door for us.....

Worked on a farm for a summer job and they had a cat who was an excellent mouser. He used to put all the mice he killed in a row next tot the water spigot in the yard. On my way to feed the steers in the afternoon I would stop and give him a pet and tell him what a good cat he was. The cat would then give the dog permission and he would eat all the mice - which on a good day of mousing was about 30.....

.....when the boss got home from work the dog would jump all over him and lick his face, and he would wonder why the dog had such terrible breath.🤣
 
Apparently some cats react to certain chemical compounds in olives the same way some cats react to catnip.
I did not know that. I just found it amazing because it takes seconds from when the lid comes off for her to show up.

I shouldn't be surprised though, the cat we had when I was young loved Peas. We had a big lot and a big garden and if a pea fell on the floor while we were shelling them you never had to pick it up....
 
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