|Purred: Fri Jul 13, '07 7:54am PST |
|What a pretty kitty you are, ninja (a name no doubt deserved )!
Mom says that kittens of a certain personality will be energetic long after they've grown in size. Some people say that orange tabbies tend to fall in that category, so look out! Anyway, I'm double the size I was when I came home, and still jump and swat at a moment's notice. Mom and dad are both students, so they're home a lot more than you probably will, but she suggests that the kitten probably feels as energetic as you think he is because he waits for you to come home and play with him! Daddy says that when he's home and mommy's not, I often do take catnaps, but as soon as mom comes home I'm all "play! play! play!". Mommy doesn't get the mellow me unless it's between semesters or summer jobs, and she's home with me during the day.
As cats are nocturnal animals, you'll probably sleep most of the day when not playing with your toys, and wait for your tired mom to come home and expect her to act as if she went out to take a nap instead of working all day. You might even try to keep her up at night (mommy didn't really like that. MOL.). Mommy says that your mom can probably tire you faster if she buys interactive toys that stimulate lots of vigourous activity in short bursts. Try a cat fisher, or feather wand, or other long distance toy. Jumping, chasing and swatting are good ways to channel that energy into play rather than destructive behavior, which can occur at the end of the day with a bored kitten.
Also giving you things to explore during the day (a kitty tunnel, a fort, or any other cat appropriate structure like a cat condo or tree) will avoid mischief while your mom is away from home. Mom found out that I will on occasion play during the day when she came home to find an entire roll of toilet paper shredded on the bathroom floor about 2 weeks into our new life together. The best solution, she found, was to remove temptation targets (toilet paper, short paper or waste bins that can be attacked, any non-essential electronics that come with enticingly chewy cords), and provide outlets for exploration (see above).
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