|Purred: Mon Jan 9, '12 1:15pm PST |
|He must be CK's cousin. We deal with many of the same issues. We have many battle scars. Many. We brag about them!
That said, here is what we do. We do use the water bottle, and as that doesn't work with your little guy, you might want to try this:
1) When CK starts getting too wild, it's usually a sign he needs more engagement with us in a different way. We have a a series of little stuffed animals he plays with. One is a beanie babie kitten. The other is s small beanie baby duck that makes a jingling sound.
2) Kittens regard everything that moves as prey, and their play is geared toward skills they would use if they were hunting. Instincts run deep with cats. Get a 'da bird' and play with him. tie a stuffed animal to a piece of twine and drag it along the floor so he can chase that instead of going after you.
Positive engagement and distraction is always better than negative. However sometimes you need to speak with them in a language they understand. When he nails you, yell OW! very loudly. Don't try to pull away, it will make him bite harder. Make a loud noise and again say NO!!! and provide him with the toy instead.
When CK won't stop doing sometihng, or is defiant, we HISS at him. I recently started doing this when he started bothering Bella, who wasn't feeling well. My husband growls at him, and we notice he seems to understand this. When I hiss, he stops and backed off a step or two. When we were cutting his nails and he started getting very aggressive because we were holding him when he didn't want it we covered his eyes with a towel and when he went to bite, my husband gave a deep growl. Now a mother cat will growl to say 'stop' and you know, it worked. He stopped and was reduced to meowing til his nails were trimmed (we weren't hurting him, he just didn't want to be contained).
CK doesn't go out either. He does have plenty of company, but sometimes they don't want to bother with him. We do have a large 6 foot cat tree we find helps becuase he has a place to climb, play and nap. My hsuband says sometimes he resembles a monkey they way he climbs it and races around on it. That might work for you.
All the best. Believe me, I understand.
CK's Mom, Deb
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