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to secretly get rid of our kitten and tell the DC that it ran away?

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SaggyBaggyPuss Sun 25-Sep-16 14:37:47

Have had kitten for around 6 weeks now. DC have wanted a pet for a long time and I gave in and got one for them. Cats are easier to deal with than dogs right?

Well today, I have had enough. I had have to scoop 3 lots of shit out of the litter box and there was a piece of shit on the floor that must have come off her paws and which means that the whole house, and sofa is now covered in cat shit germs envy puke!

It also runs up the curtains which are now all pulled. My leather --look- dining chairs have scratch marks where it keeps jumping up the back of them and it has pulled up the carpet on the stairs.

DS (6) is constantly chasing it round the house with an incessant cackle (over excited, not cruelly, the cat loves him) which does my head in and keeps taking it upstairs to lie on his bed.

Last week, it has a runny arse and I still have the wounds where I had to bath it, not before it spread kitty shit germs everywhere again.

As a side note, I also suffer from OCD. Not 'a bit' but actually diagnosed.

I love my DCs to bits but they also love the kitty a lot. I am not sure I can put them first this time!

WIBU to find a good home for it and tell them it ran off into the forest and I couldn't find it <evil>

Ausernotanumber Sun 25-Sep-16 14:39:57

Didn't you think of that before you got the cat?

Are you talking pts or re- home?

ThymeLord Sun 25-Sep-16 14:40:17

I hope you're 'joking' because if not you'd be extremely cruel to do that. The kitten is behaving like a kitten.

AdaLovelacesCat Sun 25-Sep-16 14:41:15

tbh if you have OCD then you should not have got a kitten....
I think it would be really mean to get rid now, but if you feel you have to, go ahead. But could you put up with the crying and questioning? Would you be able to maintain your lie, without cracking?

TobleroneBoo Sun 25-Sep-16 14:41:44

Yes, you would be unreasonable. hmm

Artandco Sun 25-Sep-16 14:41:46

Cats are supposed to shit in a box, where did you think it would go?

SaggyBaggyPuss Sun 25-Sep-16 14:42:04

Sorry the scooping of 3 lots of poo was 3 consecutive loads. I also scoop as soon as she's done it but she still trails it out. I have tried laying in wait until she comes out of the tray and wiping her paws but quite often I miss it. The damn thing quite often waits until I am just off to bed to drop some which I have to clear up straight away.

fastdaytears Sun 25-Sep-16 14:42:31

The kitten is housetrained by the sounds of it so I can't see what the issue is (not that I would say to get rid of it even if it wasn't).

Bathing a cat is a really bad idea AFAIK. I would definitely not attempt it with mine- would probably lose a hand.

CauliflowerSqueeze Sun 25-Sep-16 14:43:01

Poor kitten. Please look after it and be kind.

Ausernotanumber Sun 25-Sep-16 14:43:06

Get a covered litter tray.

Jellybean83 Sun 25-Sep-16 14:43:42

Why didn't you do your homework before you got the cat? This is just standard kitten behaviour.

PacificDogwod Sun 25-Sep-16 14:43:43

What kind of replies are you expecting here? hmm

Yes, the poor cat would probably be better off in a home with somebody who knows about normal kitten behaviour and who spends less time worrying about kitty germs but more time teaching their children animal appropriate behaviour.

Find a reputable rescue and give the cat a chance of a happy life.

Had you not considered any of this before you acquired it??

JenLindleyShitMom Sun 25-Sep-16 14:44:07

Fucking hell. Surely you knew yourself well enough 6 weeks ago to know that a cat was not for you? confused and how exactly did you expect the shit to get out of the litter box if you weren't expecting to lift it out?

fastdaytears Sun 25-Sep-16 14:44:08

Do you have one of those litter tray mats? They are meant to help with the tracking

WhiskersAndPaws Sun 25-Sep-16 14:44:28

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SaggyBaggyPuss Sun 25-Sep-16 14:44:50

Kitten is not 'poor'. It is extremely well looked after.

MumOnTheRunCatchingUp Sun 25-Sep-16 14:44:50

Jeez is this for real? Whet did you expect??

I think you sound rather pathetic to be honest. And that's nothing to do with any OCD

Iliveinalighthousewiththeghost Sun 25-Sep-16 14:44:58

No you can't just throw the poor thing out. It's a tiny baby. It's vulnerable.
Good God you wouldn't just abandon a child because it got too much to look after.
As pp said. You must have known how hard it would be before you got the kitten.

AdaLovelacesCat Sun 25-Sep-16 14:45:25

anyway you can train a cat very easily to go outdoors, maybe do that, rather that get rid?

LucyGravity Sun 25-Sep-16 14:45:26

Could you get a self cleaning litter tray and a mat to put in front of it to help with paws? The self cleaning trays are not cheap, but it might save your kids upset.

Optimist3 Sun 25-Sep-16 14:45:42

That's the way it is with a new kitten but it gets much easier. The problem is your OCD. How can you learn to cope better?

ineedamoreadultieradult Sun 25-Sep-16 14:46:25

I think you shouldn't have got the cat in the first place as it seems like it is displaying perfectly normal kitten behaviour which you can't cope with due to your OCD. If you must re home the cat then do so but I think you should take ownership of the choice and not lie to your kids.

gamerchick Sun 25-Sep-16 14:46:41

Christ shit like this really annoys me. Cats are work like it or not. Are you playing with it to work out excess energy? You have to do that twice a day or they claw fuck out of everything. Does it have somewhere to scratch?

What on earth were you expecting?

MothersGrim Sun 25-Sep-16 14:46:59

Are you feeling like you are having an anxiety flare up? Because these are not insurmountable pet problems and totally normal.

This is going to sound rude but either you're overly stressed in which case we can help take through coping methods and reassure you kittens mature, or you were totally idiotic before you got the kitten in which case it is fair to regime whilst he is still young and has a decent chance of finding somewhere.

1 - soft poos are normal as you sort out an appropriate diet and he eats odd things or has a tummy bug. That will improve

2 - your cat may love your son and your son may love the cat but it is cruelty when he chases him and you must not allow it.

Sparklesilverglitter Sun 25-Sep-16 14:47:19

Why didn't you think properly before getting the cat? It's ok to say NO to your children no matter how much they want any pet

You clearly don't want the cat so find it a good home where somebody will love it and take good care of it

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