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Also, double sided tape will keep any cat from scratching things. Just put it on whatever surface he is scratching.
originally posted by: ketsuko
The pooping/marking thing is a territory issue. He's feels insecure about something and needs to mark his turf. Do you have an outdoor cat population that could be making him feel bad?
Cats also like having places they can get to high up. Galaxy always recommends installing cat shelves high up that a cat can get to so that they can sit up and survey their territory from above. The more area the cat can cover from above, the better. If you do that, you may have to spend some time training the cat to find the shelving and learning how to use it.
Also, playtime. Play with the cat with some toys to try to get out that extra energy. And if the cat doesn't like anyone but your son, then you are the ones who need to start doing it, so the cat learns that you are safe and good people to be around too.
You might also try cat treats. If you can get the cat to associate you with treats, then you also become a provider of good things rather than something to be disliked.
And I've had an assortment of cats all my life in multi-cat households, and his advice is usually pretty spot-on from what I've experienced.
originally posted by: virraszto
My friend had a dog that was kind of like your cat. The vet suggested St. Johns Wort. I don't know if you
can give it to a cat, so ask your vet, but it worked wonders for my friends dog.