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Behavior & Training > I'm a Biter

Hekuba

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Purred: Sun Aug 27, '06 3:16pm PST 
I'm a biter too, and my Mum's hands are a mess. I don't like putting on my harness when I have to go somewhere, even if it is just out to the back garden to play. I'm very active and a bit aggressive so my Mum tries to use toys that don't get her hands in the way. Bouncy things on a string are good for that. Aside from this, she uses her hands more when I am calm so she can pet me and stuff. She tells me that I will calm down when I am older, but I need to learn what 'No Bites' means.

My Mum would be glad for any other advice people have for this problem. She doesn't want it to become a habit.
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Cats & Travel > Small kittens on "long" car rides
Hekuba

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Purred: Sun Aug 27, '06 3:12pm PST 
I'm only 4 months old and I have travelled over 13 hours on a plane and just this past week three days in a car. I have always been a travelling kitty so it doesn't bother me much. Just make sure you are as consistant as you can be about the litter. Even if you can go outside, I would recommend having one of those flatter sealable tubs for the litter and making sure to use it. That way the habbit of using the box is ingrained. I quite like travelling, though I tend to sleep through most of it because after a while it's boring. Make sure to bring some toys along with you!
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Cats & Travel > International Customs

Hekuba

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Purred: Fri Aug 4, '06 3:31pm PST 
Thanks Boss. I'm doing well here at Gramma's house. I'll be moving one more time in a few weeks and then I'll be staying put for a good while. Mum says I'm a very good traveller, but she's sick of hauling me around. I am now ruler of the house... okay, Unkie Darv is, but I am more dominant than any of the others here. Everything is going well and I'm having so much fun exploring! It's my first time with a whole house to explore.
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Cats & Travel > International Customs

Hekuba

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Purred: Sat Jul 29, '06 12:11pm PST 
Just wanted to let everyone know that I survived my big international travelling adventure just fine. My Auntie Evrim helped Mum get all my papers and we had no trouble leaving Turkey. I slept nearly the entire flight from Istanbul to New York and dosed from New York to Toronto.

The Customs Inspector had a quick look at my vaccination documents, filled out a form and played with me while Mum paid the examination fee. We were in and out of customs in about 10 minutes.

When we got to another of my new Auntie's house I had two other cats to play with and I bounced around the house for about 36 hours straight. I was just so happy to be out of my carrier!

Thanks to everyone who gave my Mum advice. She's so glad that I was able to come home with her with almost no troubles. Everyone along the way was super helpful and I charmed the socks off everyone!
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Behavior & Training > Excessive nursing on human mama

Hekuba

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Purred: Sun Jul 2, '06 12:22pm PST 
I was rescued by my human mum at 3 weeks and I love to suckle the collars of her shirts... especially her pjs. Mum and I have come to a comfortable arrangement where I can do this and not totally suffocate her. Well most of the time. It's a great 'get out of jail free' card after I've been running around like a monster!

If your mum is really bothered by it, try an old tshirt that's been worn recently in the cat bed or carrier or where ever your alternative sleeping arrangement might be. When I'm being a pest in bed, mum puts me in the carrier. At the moment we have a very small flat so I'm still close in the room with her and usually stop complaining after a minute or two.

Whenever my Mum leaves shirts around, even for a moment, I claim them as mine. I love that they smell like her. I would say this is probably your best bet for trying to transfer the nursing. If it's just a sleep issue, perhaps you can find a good cuddle time before bed and then sleep in another room. Then you can still share your love for your people Mum.
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Rescue, Adoption & Happy Endings > Best age to adopt question.
Hekuba

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Purred: Sat Jun 17, '06 2:32am PST 
It's very sad about your rescue kittens. I am a rescued street kitten and came to live with my Mum at only 3 weeks. She spent her lunch hours coming home to feed me for the first couple weeks I was here. It was a lot of work, though I did figure out the litter box thing quickly and started eating soft food within a couple weeks. I know I am far too cute for words, but I am a handful and a lot of work. Mum just keeps reminding me I'll mellow with age.

I agree with the people who have suggested adopting an older cat. You may be able to find one that is a good personality match for your existing family. It's always sad to see older animals languishing in shelters while the kittens just 'fly out the door.'

If you are dead set on a kitten, 8 weeks is a good age. Most kittens will accept a weaning at about 6, but the older the better. Because I was so young, I am very clingy and am not the greatest at being on my own. Make very certain the person you are getting your kitten from isn't fibbing about the age of the kitten just to get rid of it.
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Behavior & Training > I\'m a baby with a potty problem.........

Hekuba

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Purred: Sun Jun 4, '06 11:40am PST 
Your Mum might want to use a different bedspread if it's the same one you've gone on. Sometimes the scent can linger, even after it's been washed.

I peed on my mum a couple times in the first two weeks I lived with her, and mum made sure to wash everything very well afterwards. Perhaps while you are still learning you shouldn't sleep with mum. My mum made me sleep in the cat carrier until she knew that I was using the litter box every time.

Also, and I don't think this is happening so don't panic, but my Mum once had a kitten who had epilepsy and she would drool excessively when having a seizure. Mum didn't realize that it wasn't her making a mess on the bed on purpose until she saw the kitty have a seizure herself. Poor dear. But like I said, this is very very rare and you shouldn't panic. I'm only mentioning it on the very outside chance. It really scared my mum and she wouldn't want anyone else to worry. If you did have something like this, someone would have noticed by now.

Good luck with the litter box!
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Cats & Travel > International Customs

Hekuba

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Purred: Sat Jun 3, '06 10:24am PST 
Thanks for the advice guys! I went to visit the vet today. Icky! They poked me with a needle and put stinky stuff on the back of my head. I'm not talking to Mum at the moment. I did see she got a "Vaccination Passport" but the vet says that I need to visit a few more times. I hope that doesn't mean more needles! There's lots of information in the little booklet about me and the yicky stuff they did to me today, but I don't know if it's enough.

My Turkish is better than my Mum's and the vet said it was International. I hope this is what Mum needs to bring me home with her.
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Cats & Travel > International Customs

Hekuba

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Purred: Thu Jun 1, '06 8:41am PST 
My mum is taking me to her home, way over the ocean in Canada. I was born in Turkey, and I hear that I will have to meet with strange people called Customs. Has anyone else ever met these people before?

Mum says our flight will go from Istanbul to Toronto, but we need to go through New York on the way... wherever that is.

I'm very nervous about meeting these people. Are they scary? Do they make it difficult for kitties to go with their mums? My mum seems very nervous and keeps talking about the paperwork she needs for me. Is there anything I can do to help her?
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