How old is the cat? You roommate should have a water bottle spray to discourage the cat from climbing certain areas/knocking things down. And why is it puking?
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I guess the cat is maybe 3 or 4 years old? I have no idea why it is puking. I know she has been trying different types of foods to see if that helps the problem.
Trying different kinds of food is going to make the cat puke MORE if she isn't slowly switching the diet over a period of several days each time. Cats have super delicate digestive systems.
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also, courtney, you could get a dog. the dog would either become fast friends with the cat, and the cat would be happy and calm the fuck down. Or they would become sworn enemies, and the cat would stay clear of you whenever the dog's around. Either way, the dog would also eat up the cat puke.
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(2) Don't clean up the cat puke.
(3) Then pet her!
(4) Then don't pet her!
Wait, this isn't working.
My response to (2) is actually a very bad answer. I suspect you will need to work with your roommate and going hard-line on this is not going to be helpful, especially if when moving in you were "Oh, yeah, I love cats, great!" (Though your roommate should still be paying to replace the bowl, for example).
Trying to convince her to keep her cat in her bedroom at all times is not reasonable. You can keep the cat away from specific things (arm of a couch, shoelaces, power cords) with bitter apple spray but spraying all the common areas won't work.
Have you seen any of the Cat (or Dog) behavioral shows? Dog Whisperer and that sort of stuff? The experts don't talk to the pets, they don't change how the pet behaves; they change how the owners behave. My parent's dog Simba used to go wild when they left dishes out after dinner and so they would both clean up right after dinner "to calm her down". Simba, of course, didn't care about the dishes (and when I stayed there when my parent's were out of town she was calm). Simba got riled up because my mother was annoyed because she wanted the dishes cleaned up right after dinner but didn't realize it/wasn't willing to say anything/wanted to relax. Most cats aren't as human-oriented/trainable as dogs but still, generally, to live with cats you have to change what you do. I had to stop leaving water glasses all around. I had to learn how to pet (and when not to) each individual cat. I had to learn to relax about (some) mess and (some) scratched furniture.
Think of it as training to deal with troublesome board members and other co-workers. And figure out when you can move elsewhere.
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I've made roommates keep their cats in their bedrooms almost all the time. Cats fucking suck.
I simultaneously lived with an okay one, and a real asshole.
I'll pet/play with a kitten, but they can stay the hell away from my apartment, etc.
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Why don't you just make her shower?
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Take her outside and hose her down.
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