|Purred: Tue Mar 28, '06 11:54pm PST |
I'm sorry to hear you're having trouble adjusting to the new expectations they put on grown-up kitties!
I have always been a bit of a biter (no pun intended! ha!). When I first came to stay with my foster family, I liked to bite a lot. Sometimes it was being too playful, but a lot of times they were more like "love bites" that I would give when I wanted or was getting attention. My foster mommy thought maybe I was weaned too young or something, and had an oral fixation. Sometimes, I bit pretty hard!
Mommy would usually yell, "OOOWWW!!!" when I bit her. That startled me. Then she'd follow it with "Don't bite!" or "Be nice!!" Then she wouldn't pet me any more until she could do it without me opening my mouth toward her. After a while, I'd open my mouth to give her a nip and she'd just say "Be nice!" or "Don't bite!" and I'd stop. I'm almost one now and I've gotten a lot better at controlling my urge to bite her. I still do sometimes, but not as often and not as hard.
Lately, she tells me "Be nice!" when I'm trying to wrestle with my foster siblings. I'm still trying to figure out how that same phrase applies there. Humans have such weird languages!
The foster mom keeps the toilet lids closed all the time, so that's not an issue here. She does use the squirt gun on me sometimes, but I don't care that much unless the water gets me in the face.
I used to try to get on the counters when she was cooking, too! She'd usually just push me off so I'd go plop onto the floor and follow it with a "Stay down!!" Then if I did stay down, or better yet didn't jump up in the first place, she'd make sure to scratch me behind the ears, tell me I was "good" (whatever that means!) and give me a treat or even a tiny taste of what she was making. I did learn after a while that I was more likely to get treats if I was on the floor and that I sure as heck wasn't getting any if I was on the counter!
It does take time for little kitties to learn. I'm sure your humans won't send you to Death Row for being a rambunctious little dude. I know you can do it, Buddy! I'm purring for you!!!
Ben (there, done that)
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