My new kitten

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    Jun 13, 2012 10:57 AM GMT
    She bites all of the time. I know it is instinct, but I cannot sit anywhere without her biting and scratching me all up. She is so cute and I don't want to push her away but it is so aggravating. I read on a website that if you get angry and push her away, she will interpret that as play and it will actually encourage more biting.

    How do I train my cat to chill? Is there a toy or something she would like that can help with this? It's hunting play, so I know it's normal but I have never trained a cat.

    Any cat owners have advice?
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    Jun 13, 2012 11:16 AM GMT
    MuscleBadger saidHow do I train my cat to chill?
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    Jun 13, 2012 11:20 AM GMT
    Maybe you could try just attaching something soft to some string. Cats go crazy for this shit:
    my-cat-playing-with-da-bird-go-cat-toy.j

    I'm not an animal trainer, but when my family had a kitten we played with a lot and it also experienced a lot of different environments and people. I think this is probably key if you want to have a good natured cat. The biting stage is pretty fun.
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    Jun 13, 2012 12:51 PM GMT
    I guess she didn't get the meme-o.
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    Jun 13, 2012 12:53 PM GMT
    Get her a puppy.
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    Jun 13, 2012 1:02 PM GMT
    Bite her back.

    SHOW US PICTURES!!! I need more kitten exposure in my life. icon_cry.gif

    Will suck cock for kitten pictures.
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    Jun 13, 2012 1:09 PM GMT
    I read a page where people say if the cat bites your finger, press down on her tongue (not in a cruel way). It's supposed to teach them that it's an unpleasant consequence of biting.

    Also, blowing on the face might work.. but it seems to just distract. Try both, doing whichever every single time and the kitty should learn quickly.
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    Jun 13, 2012 1:19 PM GMT
    Spray bottle all the way; fill it up with water, keep it nearby, and squirt the chit when she bites you.

    Works for canines, too! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 13, 2012 1:26 PM GMT
    TheGuyNextDoor saidAt this moment, your cat thinks you're it's play companion,,, when they're kittens (under 1 yr.) they need stuffed mice, feathers on a long stink that spin in the air or my favorite, a Red LASER pointer on the carpet or up the wall for them to chase etc.
    Like children, they have tons of energy and need to be run ragged before they'll have a nap.
    The best thing you can do for a cat or a dog is get it a companion to play with, while you're at work during the day. I have 2 that are chasing each other through the house right now. Jumping over the small pile of dress shirts on the bed, meant for the dry cleaners.
    Now they're play fighting like Ninja warriors on the cat perch for King of the hill rights!
    My dog gets into the action too from time to time. The best is when the 3 of them are asleep together.


    +1 to all of that.

    The kitten needs something to play with other than your hands. Substitute a toy for your hands when she bites, so she's still playing with you, but not *on* you. And in my experience, two cats are less work than one, because they keep each other busy.
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    Jun 13, 2012 2:27 PM GMT

    Cat Facts: Your Cat's Mind: Behavior Issues

    Why Cats Bite

    By Marcella Durand for Cat Facts

    http://www.catsplay.com/thedailycat/2003-09-29/mind_behavior/biting/biting.html

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    Jun 13, 2012 2:33 PM GMT
    TheGuyNextDoor saidAt this moment, your cat thinks you're it's play companion,,, when they're kittens (under 1 yr.) they need stuffed mice, feathers on a long stink that spin in the air or my favorite, a Red LASER pointer on the carpet or up the wall for them to chase etc.
    Like children, they have tons of energy and need to be run ragged before they'll have a nap.
    The best thing you can do for a cat or a dog is get it a companion to play with, while you're at work during the day. I have 2 that are chasing each other through the house right now. Jumping over the small pile of dress shirts on the bed, meant for the dry cleaners.
    Now they're play fighting like Ninja warriors on the cat perch for King of the hill rights!
    My dog gets into the action too from time to time. The best is when the 3 of them are asleep together.


    +2

    Kittens are cute, kittens are adorable, but kittens are a lot of work. They absolutely need to play for hours until exhausted, and if you don't have toys for them to hunt and destroy, they will use you as their toy.

    Fortunately, they get never tired of the same old tricks. I kept my two entertained for days with a shoe string and a crumpled up coupon from the grocery store (ironically, it turns out, a pet stain removal spray coupon).
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    Jun 13, 2012 2:55 PM GMT
    i'd get a gardening glove and let her wrestle with your hand until she's tired. the glove will protect your hand. she just wants to play. she was in a litter before.
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    Jun 13, 2012 4:44 PM GMT
    Get your kitty a scratch board or scratch post. The ones with cat nip supposedly help. This will help some of his instincts to scratch.

    Definitely get a play toy of some sort or sometimes a simple shoe string does the trick. Play with him until he gets worn out, which might be hours.

    Since I got my cat, and for the past 7 years, his favorite toy has been an old leather shoelace. He goes crazy over this thing. But I actually think it serves dual purposes. It satisfies his hunter instinct. it satisfies his playful energy. And it has the right texture for him toe bite into to satisfy his biting instinct. I've tried dozens of other toys, even ones with catnip, and he's like, "and….". But when I get the shoe lace out, it's like crack. He even knows the sound of the shoelace rubbing in my hands from another room, and he's on high alert and gets all frisky in anticipation. I used to leave the leather lace just sitting around the house when I went to work and I'd find it all over the place, which means that he still used it as a play toy when I was gone. So that might be a suggestion: find the right toy for your car where he can expend all of his playful energy even while your'e gone. Then YOU won't be seen as the play object….we'll leave that to your man friends..haha

    PS, I have been fortunate in that I have not needed to get my cat a playmate.
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    Jun 13, 2012 4:53 PM GMT
    It will take a long time because the cat is so young, and young cats bite and scratch....

    We started to do the following tactic: We will come up to pet the kitten. The moment it begins to scratch or bite, we get up and walk away.

    Eventually, you can train the kitten to wait longer periods of time before starting to bite and scratch. The kitten will get the hint.


    Also: give her lots of toys. When We moved just a month ago, I found 13 toy mice under all our furniture, haha
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    Jun 13, 2012 4:56 PM GMT
    Dunno. My senior cat is more of a lover than a fighter. He likes everyone and always wants to cuddle. But he's not interested in keeping mice out of the (farm) house. So I got two more kittens and raised them more independently out in the workshop. They've always seemed to think that biting and slashing are signs of affection. Now they're big adult cats that can cause some damage. At least the female just gives you a dainty little love bite. The male literally bites the hand that feeds him and leaves long bloody slashes. Jack's friends all have the scars to prove it. At least there are no live mice anywhere in or near the hacienda now.
  • paramoore

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    Jun 13, 2012 5:07 PM GMT
    Make sure she has a place to scratch. I have this in my house, and my cat loves it. Put a bit of nip on it and my cat goes to town. Leaves me and my furniture alone.

    http://www.amazon.com/Fat-Cat-Scratchy-Double-Purple/dp/B0009YUIZE/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1339607152&sr=8-5&keywords=scratch+pad

    And keep a spray bottle around. Best cat training tool you can have.
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    Jun 13, 2012 5:23 PM GMT
    Your kitten is restless and wants to play. A shoelace on a stick or anything on a stick is all you need. Or even a little felt ball for them to chase and fetch. Enjoy the fun of a kitten before they get fat and lazy like my cat icon_razz.gif
  • nomadfornow

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    Jun 13, 2012 5:42 PM GMT
    I agree, Badger... baby pictures!! C'mon, you know you have a ton... let's see 'em!
  • tuffguyndc

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    Jun 13, 2012 5:50 PM GMT
    i am sorry to hear about that. because she does not have a mother there to teach her how to not use her claws. than you will have to teach her. i had a similar problem with a my cat when he was a kitten. i would shake my finger at him and say no. i also would use a spray bottle. i would pet her and let her know that her claws hurt. ha ha ha ha i know it sounds funny but it worked for me
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    Jun 13, 2012 5:57 PM GMT
    nomadfornow saidI agree, Badger... baby pictures!! C'mon, you know you have a ton... let's see 'em!


    She now has $20 worth of squeeky toys, and smelly catnip toys and rolling toys... plus a lazer pointer to chase (maybe that was for me) so we will see how she does!!

    How do I put a picture of her without posting it somewhere else first?

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    Jun 13, 2012 5:58 PM GMT
    I agree with the scratching post suggestion. Get lots of them and place them EVERYWHERE.

    I also agree with the 'get up and walk away' suggestion whenever your cat starts scratching/biting you. Most likely your cat is just playing around, but if your cat continues to bite you, then maybe he's trying to tell you something... vet visit then.
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    Jun 13, 2012 6:02 PM GMT
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    nomadfornow saidI agree, Badger... baby pictures!! C'mon, you know you have a ton... let's see 'em!


    She now has $20 worth of squeeky toys, and smelly catnip toys and rolling toys... plus a lazer pointer to chase (maybe that was for me) so we will see how she does!!

    How do I put a picture of her without posting it somewhere else first?



    Aww I want to see the pictures now! You're going to have to post to somewhere like http://imgur.com/ first
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    Jun 13, 2012 6:25 PM GMT
    MuscleBadger said
    Josh1992 said
    MuscleBadger said
    nomadfornow saidI agree, Badger... baby pictures!! C'mon, you know you have a ton... let's see 'em!


    She now has $20 worth of squeeky toys, and smelly catnip toys and rolling toys... plus a lazer pointer to chase (maybe that was for me) so we will see how she does!!

    How do I put a picture of her without posting it somewhere else first?



    Aww I want to see the pictures now! You're going to have to post to somewhere like http://imgur.com/ first


    Posting the baby pictures of Nala is a pain in the ass.... posted them to imgur, but then they load on here so fucking huge you can only see the wall....

    Go here:

    http://imgur.com/C9FOJ


    Fuck if I know how to do it...


    Does this work?


    [IMG]http://i.imgur.com/NMwgF.jpg[/IMG]
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    Jun 13, 2012 6:35 PM GMT
    Here you go, Badger. On most forums that code would have worked, but you're going to have to use the HTML code from IMGUR instead. I took a screenshot for you so you can see what I'm talking about.

    Just upload your pic, look to the right, and copy + paste the code! If the image is too big you can change the size by checking out the other red rectangle I marked. Hope that helps!


  • nomadfornow

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    Jun 13, 2012 6:36 PM GMT
    Um... that's maybe the cutest picture in the history of everything. Ever.

    Yeah, I wish that there were an easier way post pictures here directly. Thanks for the link! And best of luck with your new arsenal... I think you'll be fine.