Constant aggressive begging- screaming, glaring, tripping, "passive aggressive purring"
1.5 year old perfectly healthy male cat- we've had him since 10 weeks old, has persistently become more and more aggressive in begging for food. We have never once rewarded this behavior with food. I'm talking 15 hours a day if I'm home all day. We feed him twice a day at the same times every day. He gets roughly half an hour playtime with me every day (spread out) including lots of hunting games, lots of cuddles, has plenty of rotating toys, and a brother who he plays with constantly.
We've tried ignoring him, "mom cat" techniques, spray bottles, noise makers, firm nudging away, even picking him up and putting him in a different room when he does this. He's only gotten more aggressive in response. He gets tripped over and accidentally stepped on (sometimes hard enough to make him scream) at least 5x a day, but he's right back within 3 seconds tripping us up again.
I'm at my wit's end and am nearly close tears on a regular basis. Are there any techniques I haven't tried?
on Jan 11th 2014