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This is a place to gain some understanding of cat behavior and to assist people in training their cats and dealing with common behavior problems, regardless of the method(s) used. Keep in mind that you may be receiving advice from other cat owners and lovers...not professionals. If you have a major problem, always seek the advice of a trainer or behaviorist!

  
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Axle

Yumm ... fingers- ...
 
 
Purred: Thu Mar 9, '06 5:28am PST 
I don't know what to do with him! I am completely unable to get a good night's sleep. If he's let loose to run around the house, he will start sharpening his claws on the mattress under my head, usually about 2-3 a.m. Or he'll be chewing on my fingers, chin, nose, earlobes--whatever he can reach--and not in a playful way. it HURTS! If I put him in his crate he starts quite noisily howling and clawing the plastic crate sides. If I shut the bedroom door, he howls and claws at the underside of the door (same with any other room I put him in). And this isn't something that STOPS either! He can keep it up for hours! Plus, I can't have him damaging my doors. Finally, if I put him outside, he howls at the window.

what does he WANT and why won't he let me sleep??? He's probably6-8 months old or so. We play in the evenings, in an attempt to make him tired enough to sleep through the night, but that ain't working.

I seriously can't stand this and he makes me so MAD. Between lost sleep and property damage with the clawing at doors and carpets, I'm thinking about having him declawed, something I've ALWAYS been very much against.
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Selket

Fiend #1.
 
 
Purred: Thu Mar 9, '06 6:11am PST 
You can help Axle "shape up" by shaping him up, starting with trimming his claws regularly. If they have become very long, you may have to go in stages, but continue to keep them very close cut.

Kittens are so cute, humans love to have them "play" by wiggling and nibbling fingers, and this can lead to the idea that fingers and body parts are fair game. No more finger play, but you have probably realized this.

Closed doors and confinement don't usually work too well. Better to try other behavior-directed methods. You will get lots of tips here, or can surf earlier threads on the topic of nocturnal wailing cats and training in general.

Vets and specialists do not recommend declawing as a solution for the common problems of growing up that Axle is facing.

Good luck! Remember, he is still very young and wants to please if you direct him! Think of how you might feel/react if you were transported as a baby to a land of big strangers not of your species.
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Axle

Yumm ... fingers- ...
 
 
Purred: Thu Mar 9, '06 7:25am PST 
I'll trim his claws, if he'll let me, but I've never played with him that way and for that reason. he has probably 2 dozen jingly balls and stuffed mice and catnip toys, and those are just the ones my dog hasn't eaten.

I've tried the squirtgun training method but it doesn't make him stop anymore.

I did say that I do not want to, can't afford to and probably will not declaw him. But I would REALLY like a solid night's sleep!!!

He doesn't act especially eager to please. He's hardly my first cat OR first kitten but I've NEVER had problems like this before.
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Saffron

I'm just here to- be adored!
 
 
Purred: Thu Mar 9, '06 8:56am PST 
Awwee, Axle... you are darling!

My meowmie misses this kitten stage!

Furrstly, have you been spayed? They say that calms kitties down a bit.

Secondly, at this age we need LOTS and LOTS of play time. Do you have lots of toys lying around? You really need them. I have this one toy with a ball inside and I like to swat it and make it go around and around.

Thirdly, tell your meowmie to try to be patient... this stage doesn't last very long. Tell her to just love you and give you lots of attention.

Other than that I can't think of anything else. You sound really fun!

Love,
Saffron
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Axle

Yumm ... fingers- ...
 
 
Purred: Thu Mar 9, '06 11:08am PST 
your meowmie is welcome to adopt Axle.

He's been neutered, months ago.

He has toys ... everywhere ... jingle balls, feathered thingies, strings dangling from doorknobs ...

I'm not sure more attention is really going to be a good thing as we dont' want to reward bad behavior.
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Patrick

fat cats are- where its at
 
 
Purred: Thu Mar 9, '06 11:17am PST 
First off- I agree with Saffron- cats have a way of mellowing out ALOT around the time of the first birthday. Axle is just full of kitteny enthusiasm and energy (this is why alot of people prefer to adopt adult cats).

You can also get a laser pointer that you shine on the wall and play with him at nightd- cats love to chase that and this will also help to wear him out. But mostly you just need to wait for him to grow up a bit.

Now for the clawing- I highly recommend a product called SoftPaws- they are these sort of rubber tips you apply to the cats claws and last for about six weeks.

I believe if you search forum archives you will find alot of information on this product and you can probably also google "softpaws" . The good thing about Axle being a baby is if you can get him used to having you apply these now -you will have a much easier time in the future.

Good luck and don't worry he sounds like a healthy happy kitten who before you know it will be hogging your bed all night.
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Lemur

I am sexy,- aren't I?!
 
 
Purred: Thu Mar 9, '06 12:46pm PST 
Great informative posts everycat. Lets hope Axle lets his mom rest soon. heehee
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Saffron

I'm just here to- be adored!
 
 
Purred: Thu Mar 9, '06 1:12pm PST 
OOH! Patrick... great idea about the laser pointer, that's still my favorite game!

Actually, I mentioned a lot of playtime because this will not only entertain and stimulate him -- not to mention it's a great bonding method -- it will also tire him out, possibly.

He just might be trying to tell you something, like he needs more playtime or attention from you.
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Axle

Yumm ... fingers- ...
 
 
Purred: Thu Mar 9, '06 1:40pm PST 
I should get a laser, the dog would probably chase it too because she used to chase the flashlight spot on the floor.

I certainly HOPE he grows out of his behavior soon! He's soooo sweet and cuddly sometimes, just not at night when he should be. Plus, I have a 9-10 month old puppy who also needs lots of playtime. I play/cuddle with them whenever I can but they both have 3 times the energy I do so together they are holy terrors.
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Rocko

The Mighty- Hunter
 
 
Purred: Sat Mar 11, '06 5:07am PST 
I used to bother my mom and dad when I was a kitten...I was 4 months old when they got me and I would bother them when they tried to sleep..I would jumo on the bed and claw at their heads and pretend there was prey on the pillows. Sometimes they would put me in the bathroom (which also had a big ol'closet to play in) with my litterbox and water, just so they could get sleep when they had to wake up early for work the next day. I would meow till I got tired. Then I would bother mommy in the mornings when daddy was up for his work and mommy would get so annoyed because she could have had an extra hour of sleep but I would head straight for her on the bed and start playing on her head.
You should tell your mom to have fun and enjoy your kitten hijinx because nowadays my parents wish I would play with them more and not just go on my own doing my own things all the time. Must be hard to have a baby dog at the same time, though!
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