|Purred: Sun Aug 5, '07 11:18am PST |
|No, no, no. That won't do. It might be that I am an only cat, and I would be pretty pissed if mommy didn't pay me attention anymore, but Jayda shouldn't have to suffer having her own house and owners entirely taken over by the newcomer.
Jayda, mommy says that if the water spraying doesn't get the kitten into line, your mommy should try this tactic: take an aluminum can (a used soda can works, or one of those little aluminum cans you use to store spices or other small kitchen things), fill it with pennies, close it on top securely, even going so far as taping it to make sure coins don't spill out. Then when the kitten is being mean to you, ask mommy to shake the can very near to her, which should spook her to get her to stop.
Mommy had to do this with me. I didn't love water per se, but spraying was not deterring me long enough not to repeat bad behavior all the time. She'd spray, I'd look bewildered for a second, and then I would go right back to what I was doing. With the can, it would freak me out enough where I'd run away. When I'd come back, I'd usually be wary enough for a while so that the behavior stopped. Of course at first it would only stop for 5 minutes, but with repeated practice, I learned never to do anything bad in the first place!
The only problem that I can foresee is that you might run off along with the kitten, but that's not as important as making the behavior in the kitten stop. Besides, what your mom can also start doing once the shaky can gets the kitten to behave less aggressively, is to reward her when she is being nice to you. For example, if she sees you go into the litter box but does not approach it, mommy should give her a treat and react with verbal praise. That way the kitten might stop harrassing you.
Another thing mommy can do is to make sure there are at least 1 more litter box in the house than there are cats (so in your case, 3 litter boxes total), and make sure that at least two of them are on opposite sides of the house. This will make it so that you can figure out which litter box the kitten is hanging out by, and go poo in the one on the other side. Since the kitten can't be in two places at once, you can get to poo in peace.
Also, ask mommy to pick up Katie once in a while and put her down outside the bedroom, so that you and mommy can have some alone time. Maybe Katie will be upset enough about being shut out of the bedroom that she'll at least play nice for the sake of not being left out.
Edited by author Sun Aug 5, '07 11:24am PST
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