We have a 6 month old cat which I rescued at about 4 weeks, probably dumped --- She is growing and very healthy appearin
Absolutely!!!! She acts like she is playing, but she is drawing blood..... We have not seen a vet yet.
on Mar 14th 2013
in Behavior & Training
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The best thing to do is to adopt an adult kitty playmate for her & the best choice is a patient middle-aged spayed female who was a mother in the past. Kittens start learning to inhibit their biting & scratching at the ages of between 6 & 8 weeks when they first get too rough with their mother & littermates & their mother & littermates react & teach them to inhibit. Your kitty missed out on this essential bit of feline social training.
Patient older spayed kitties who were mothers in the past such as my Noon or my Lily for example, can be worth their weight in gold in teaching kittens & young cats social skills such as inhibiting biting & scratching & not playing too rough.
Also keep your kitten's claws clipped. That will help a lot too.
Noon answered on 3/14/13. Helpful? / 0
The other poster is right. Older cats do teach younger ones what's acceptable behavior and what isn't. However, if you can't afford or do not wish to add another cat to your family, it is possible to train a young cat not to be aggressive. And, it's something you MUST do to make her a loved, well-behaved pet. You don't want her acting that way with a child or an elderly person. First of all, take her to a vet, have her spayed, examined and vaccinated. Spaying will calm her down. It's not a cure for aggression, but it's the right thing to do. Then, if you are playing with her with your hands instead of a toy, stop. She is viewing hands as toys. Use a "hands-off" toy such as a feather teaser or teach her to play 'fetch'. Keep playtimes low-key. Intense, crazy playtimes can get her hyperactive and cause her to bite/claw. When she "attacks", give her a sharp "NO BITE" (don't shriek, just use a firm voice) and stop playtime and walk away. Good training, patience and love make a good kitty!
Izadore (Izzie) answered on 3/15/13. Helpful? / 0