and I'm starting to consider it. I feel terrible! I'd never give up on a dog!
I have my first cat ever and we're really struggling with him. NONE of the training techniques work. It's like he's half wild but we have had him since he was a baby, with his eyes still closed and had to bottle feed him at first. It doesn't matter how much we feed (and we always feed him) he's always hunting for more. We have to be super careful because he'll just destroy groceries, breach, chips, cereal, anything he can rip open. We can't even keep paper towels out because he rips those to shreds and TP too! We can't stop him from climbing on counter; if you get up to check on the baby and leave food on the table he's eating it. He knocks the trash over all the time. It started at night but now he does it pretty much any time the kitchen is empty and he pulls out anything he can eat or rip up. He knocks things down off the table, counters anywhere he can get to, he throws himself against doors trying to knock them open if you leave them closed, you can hear them banging all night. He will take anything from anywhere to eat, destroy or bat around, there is no rhyme or reason to it. If we get rid of one thing he finds something else!! We tried the calm stuff that you plug in, we play with him (although it's getting to where it's not fun anymore bc we both dislike him so much) he has a cat tree but he's absolutely destroyed my couch (I have to keep towels draped over it so he can't rip it up but if they fall down at all he's right back to the couch.) We've used cat attract for the tree and the stay away stuff for the couch. No effect. I am just so frustrated
Edit: When I got him he was about 3 weeks old and his eyes were closed. Both SO and I had to bottle feed him, so he should be pretty domesticated (the way I wrote it before was confusing and I only included this fact bc the first thing people normally ask is if he was an older stray.)
He is now 2.