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Unhappy My cat's wild behavior.

I rescued my cat from the streets and it seems that his wild behavior won't leave him. He's been neutered and he's calmed down a little but he won't stop trying to steal food from the other animal. We have three dogs and one other cat, but these animals don't belong to me and no one wants to accommodate for this newest kitty. They won't pick up the food to keep him from taking it. I've tried playing with him before meals and even made a food puzzle toy from an old washed pill bottle, but he isn't interested in it and would rather sniff around for food more readily available. I've tried smacking my hand together and snapping my fingers to get his attention but he just flinches and continues the behavior, weather food stealing, clawing on furniture even though we give him a rug to claw on, or door darting. The only thing that seems to work for more than a few second is a stay bottle and having to chase him with it. I'm really getting frustrated with him and I don't have any money for any special things for training, like a clicker or a harness.I really need him for emotional support, but I can't do that when I'm always yelling at him. Please someone help.
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Perhaps try feeding the stray in a separate area for a while? My mums animals do this to each other. But it's never really been an issue because they all jut swap bowls and all get enough to eat (we watch just to make sure).

OR (and this is just an idea) get the cat a visually distinctive bowl in both shape and colour. Feed the stray at a separate time from the others. Start by filling the other bowls with something boring like stones. Let the cat sniff and loose interest. Then make an exciting noise (calling the cats name) over to its own bowl and fill with favourite food. MAYBE the cat will learn to associate only it's bowl with food and wont bother the others. Keep the bowl a little way from the others though! So it doesn't smell their food first. Might not work, but may be worth a try.

The issue could also be a confidence problem with the other pets in the house. Maybe work to build their confidence a bit so they feel confident enough to claim their own dinner!

With the scratching issue, it may be that the rug you have got the stray is just not to it's liking. Is the cat scratching horizontally or vertically? It may have a preference. If the cat likes scratching the side of a sofa (vertically) and you have got it a rug which is horizontal, this may not be right for it. You need to get the cat a scratching post that mimics the furniture it most likes to scratch and then place it in the way of the target furniture. Perhaps get a few and scatter them around the house in strategic locations. Hope that helps!
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