Our 6 month old kitten has gotten downright mean with any family members who come to visit us.
We adopted him from a shelter when he was 5 weeks old. The people he is getting mean to are people he has seen EVERY weekend since we got him: my brother, his wife and 2 kids, ages 9&6. He hisses and bites at the kids. My nephew even stayed over for a week when we first got him, so he knows these folks. He has gotten to the point that he will not tolerate ANY contact with the kids, and it frustrates the kids. He will barely allow me or my mother to pet him for more than a few seconds, and we live with him and take care of him. When we first got him you could hold and cuddle him for hours on end.Now he gives you a couple of seconds then tries to bite you. Once or twice while holding him he just reached down and bit my arm HARD, drawing a little blood on a couple of occasions. He has been neutered, and we had to get him declawed, because he was too mean to clip his nails. Is there anything that can be done about his behavior? If he doesn't change we may have to give him up. Any help?
on Oct 6th 2013
in Behavior & Training