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New Diet: bad behavior HELP!
I have made a few posts about Snickers in the past, but his behavior is just getting worse! We recently switched his diet to match the advice given on catinfo.org. When I met my boyfriend (he was my boyfriend's cat), Snickers was free-fed and now weighs about thirty pounds. I told my boyfriend we needed to fix his diet, and we started him off on a better dry food (Wellness CORE), and weighed out his food each day. After several months of getting used to that, we are now integrating wet food into his diet. And we have again lowered his daily calorie intake. He is now eating about 1/3 of a 5.5 oz can of wet food (not a good brand for now because he is still a little picky) along with 1/3 cup of Wellness CORE dry food, for a total of about 250 calories/day (he may eat more than this though, we have to separate the kitties during mealtimes now because he eats the other cat's share).
He was having a few minor problems before due to a minor UTI (using our bed as a litterbox mainly). But he is doing a lot better thanks to some measures we took. Now he has taken to bad behavior I think to get us to feed him more. Spraying him with a water bottle and making loud noises when we catch him in the act has only taught him to not get caught. So now he does everything when we are sleeping. We wake up each morning to find all of the cabinets opened (I guess I need to child-proof), broken dishes on the floor, scratches on our computer monitor, this morning I woke up to find he had somehow jumped on top of our huge bookshelf and knocked everything over. If we are around, he has resorted to biting. I don't know how to punish him for any of this, and our patience with him is wearing thin. Please help!