My lovely kitten is turning crazy!!

(34 Posts)
WakeyCakey Fri 16-Aug-13 10:16:09

My little girl is 4.5months old. A little tortie, cute as anything.
She's always been bouncy and hyper but this last week she's started to get quite nasty.
She's launching herself on myself and DP and biting and scratching.
She was supposed to be getting spayed this week but we had to cancel because she's not quite heavy enough.
She begs and begs to go outside but I'm terrified of letting her in case she comes back pregnant.

Any idea of ways to get her to behave more sociably? She is the only pet in the household. And when she wakes up in the morning she is the sweetest most loving thing for about 45mins and then turns into the Tasmanian devil. Any help would be appreciated

GetStuffezd Fri 16-Aug-13 10:18:45

Can you exhaust her with toys? Before mine went out they were getting extremely restless so I spent a bit of time with jingle toys and toys on strings etc. after a good session of this they happily curled up and went to sleep!

cozietoesie Fri 16-Aug-13 10:42:33

The neutering should help. She may be an early maturer - which would contribute to the wanting outside. (And don't let her - she's just about old enough to get pregnant which would be awful if she's so young and not well built.)

Any idea how soon you can take her in for the op? (And shall you be chipping her while she's out for the count? )

WakeyCakey Fri 16-Aug-13 10:57:11

She's been chipped already. I've re-booked for 3 weeks time to try and allow for a bit of weight gain. We definately don't want any kittens out of her, but trying to do it when she's over 2kg which she's not yet. She's not even skinny she's just small.

Her mum was only 6.5 months when she had her first litter and was 4 months later (I think) that she had the second litter.
I've already offered to pay for the mum to get spayed and offered to take her on but both have been declined

moonbells Fri 16-Aug-13 11:01:22

Is she calling? I agree with cosie - might be on heat?

cozietoesie Fri 16-Aug-13 11:03:45

I don't envy you that 3 weeks. I've never had a tortie myself but I know that many posters have and find them very feisty. I think getting her neutered and then letting her out (to distract herself with the great outdoors part of the day) is the answer. In the interim, lots of distraction and playing as GetStuffezd said.

Bad news about her Mum. Any reason given for the owner not agreeing to her being neutered?

cozietoesie Fri 16-Aug-13 11:05:20

PS - you could always give the vet a buzz and check whether (in light of her restlessness) she thinks it might be safe to neuter her earlier than the 3 week date you've scheduled.

GetStuffezd Fri 16-Aug-13 12:49:36

Also OP my tortie sounds just like yours. Not skinny but just really, really tiny. Weird actually because apparently she was the first born in the litter but all the others were giants. I've seen one of her siblings and he's an enormous beast!

She's a beautiful, friendly, affectionate little thing, though.If yours has a similar nature you'll just adore her!

WakeyCakey Fri 16-Aug-13 14:43:47

I do, I fell in love the moment I saw her and there was no turning back.
She's calming down a lot today after some crazy playing but also just ignoring her quite a bit.

Gave the vet a call, doesn't look likely as they really don't like doing it before 2kg but she's booked in for 2 weeks time not 3 as I think she should of gained enough by then. She's itching to get out and calling out so I need the next couple of weeks to speed up!!

Poor little girl. She just wants to go out and play (and probably go on a huge hunt)

cozietoesie Fri 16-Aug-13 16:07:22

Hah! I reckon she wants to get out there in that open topped sports car and feel the wind in her hair. Two weeks is going to be long enough for you.

Watch her like a hawk. When they want badly to get out they can be like flipping Houdinis - and while I'm not worried about her getting pregnant (if she's being neutered in two weeks) you don't want her to stray far from home in that first giddy freedom.

WakeyCakey Fri 16-Aug-13 18:07:33

She is so quick and sly that she does try and try but I've got pretty good at catching her before she gets too far.

Cozie as you are a Jedi when it comes to pusscats how do you feel about collars? I bought her one of the snap off ones with a bell, but she just wriggles and wriggles until she can squeeze her head out.

None of my cats in the past had collars but they were mainly semi feral and fearless. Just see so many cats now with collars that I wonder if I should follow suit?

cozietoesie Fri 16-Aug-13 18:19:21

Definitely not a Jedi - and certainly not when it comes to collars. I've never had a cat who didn't regard collars as the work of the devil and refuse flat out to wear one.

Maybe other posters could give you some tips on getting them used to one if you're keen on the notion?

itsnothingoriginal Fri 16-Aug-13 18:40:33

I've got a tortie and white kitten of the same age OP. She's also quite feisty at times and just goes for the attack. Distraction with toys especially fishing rod one seems to work well at these times but she's a bit unpredictable!

Fortunately ours is quite a good size so vet said she'll neuter her mid Sept as she's also desperate to get out. Keeping Windows and doors shut this summer has been really hard!!

I'm sure they'll calm down eventually <hopeful!>

WakeyCakey Fri 16-Aug-13 22:13:27

I'm not too worried about a collar but DP has only ever had lazy house cats who never took their collars off so he assumed she would be the same.

I'm glad she wants to go outside I need to start opening windows!

The fishing rod toy is my favourite, claws and teeth at arms length, I do love her despite her being a devil. Hopefully she will calm down as she grows up and get a bit not exercise in once she's out and about

cozietoesie Fri 16-Aug-13 22:20:17

Where's the picture for us, Wakey ? (It's the law on the Litter Tray so you shall have to load one to your profile.)

smile

WakeyCakey Fri 16-Aug-13 22:39:11

I'll do it tomorrow on a computer (if I work out how!!) don't think I can on my phone

cozietoesie Fri 16-Aug-13 22:46:43

smile

Fluffycloudland77 Sat 17-Aug-13 08:29:08

She might be too young for a collar, ours hated them as a kitten but wears them now.

I buy cheap poundland plastic ones with a snap release because I can write his address on the inside of it.

WakeyCakey Sat 17-Aug-13 10:35:35

Photos of her are up.
If any of you happen to recognise her then please don't out me :-) not that I show her off to everyone who I meet!

GetStuffezd Sat 17-Aug-13 10:37:28

I cant click on your profile, think you have to make it public. Dying to see!!

WakeyCakey Sat 17-Aug-13 10:46:09

I just realised that, can't seem to do it, any ideas what i'm missing? such a technophobe!

cozietoesie Sat 17-Aug-13 10:50:22

Mrsc had some problems the other night so there may be some site lag as well. You have to not only make it public but also click to save your changes. Did you do that last bit?

WakeyCakey Sat 17-Aug-13 10:51:51

yes i've clicked and saved. I'll try logging out and back in

cozietoesie Sat 17-Aug-13 10:55:03

It sounds like there is some site lag then. Give it a short while to see if that fixes it.

bigpaws Sun 18-Aug-13 07:31:36

My kitten is the same age age yours. Very placid and cute nature to begin with, however now having the odd half an hour of howling to go out/scratching etc.

I bought a kitten harness and lead from Pets at Home. DDs 11&7 love to take her for a walk around the garden!! Tires her out and also becoming familiar with outdoors before she is free to roam at 6mths (after the op!!)

She isn't yet microchipped, but she wears a collar with a name tag for my own reassurance.

cozietoesie Mon 19-Aug-13 17:26:44

What a pretty girl, wakey.

smile

Fluffycloudland77 Mon 19-Aug-13 17:37:07

She's a little beauty. Did it all get too much for her in the first picture?

itsnothingoriginal Mon 19-Aug-13 18:03:26

She's gorgeous! My kitten is really similar but has black patches on her face. I love torties smile

GetStuffezd Mon 19-Aug-13 18:42:19

What an amazing coloured cat!!! She's absolutely stunning!

DiaryOfAWimpyMum Mon 19-Aug-13 18:57:27

I was coming to have a rant and tell you to find a new vet to neuter her but she is very small for 4 months, no way would I let her out, I have yet to find a kitten which doesn't have a mad 45-1hr, mines do it and do it at night, I have a little tabby boy and he runs wild every night, knocks ornaments over etc.

I used to take kitten to get neuetered at 13 weeks, not all vets will do it when they are so young and small though.

WakeyCakey Tue 20-Aug-13 19:01:13

The third picture is when we got her, the first an second are her size now.
She is so happy and purry when I get home from work, she is a definate mummy's cat!!
I'm going to speak to the vets again and see if I can do it Tuesday as I have a few days off work after to make sure she's ok.

At the moment she's by the back door just crying her little heart out that she can't go out sad

derektheladyhamster Tue 20-Aug-13 19:07:41

We also got a lead for our kitten, It meant he could wander around the garden and get used to it before he was let out properly.

WakeyCakey Tue 20-Aug-13 19:12:36

I think I'm going to invest in a lead and harness (and not just because I will do anything to buy her presents!!! )

ZebraOwl Thu 22-Aug-13 09:05:31

She's lovely!

My two got used to wearing collars well before they decided they are house cats & still wear them now Just In Case they suddenly decide to go leaping off out of the house & vanish before they can be hauled back inside. They were microchipped when they were neutered at about 6.5/7 months (they had some catching up to do on the growing front & weren't showing any signs of Tom-foolery [I'm sorry, I couldn't resist it...] at all) but I think collars are good visual markers for humans when it comes to This Cat Has A Home Thanks Awfully. Not that my Nijinpuss would let a stranger anywhere near him, he is awf'y shy, but le Balanchat is both gregarious & exceptionally pretty-looking (his brother is also beautiful, but black cats are more usual than [strawberry] blonde with gorgeous markings) & some people truly don't seem to understand that a cat without a collar is not necessarily a cat without an owner.

Mine have collars with the emergency-release snap-clip & it's surprising how small the collars have to be adjusted down to (they're still in their kitten-sized ones) to be the correct fit - you should be able to fit 2-3 fingers under the collar so it's not throttling them but isn't going to come off every two seconds. From time to time mine come out of their collars but that's just that they've been Having Adventures & they're generally happy enough for me to pop the collar back on. Or sometimes put their spare on them, as collars are often lost in Interesting Places & take a bit of finding.

Second (or fifth, or whatever it is at this stage...) the idea of lots of active play to try to tire her out a bit & if she's behaving Very Badly disengaging completely - to point of shutting her away from you - for about 20 minutes & not making a fuss when you let her back in. She should learn that she is not allowed to be a furry little ratbag...

Good luck with your wait, anyway - is terribly sad about her Mummycat. My moglets came from a cat who's had God Only Knows how many litters but the owners won't neuter. (Is it bad I think owners like that should be neutered themselves. Without anaesthetic?) The vet thinks my Daddy's new cat's miniature size may partly be down to having had a litter of kittens at only a few months old. Poor little scrap has now been neutered & is finally starting to adjust to a life in which she is properly cared for. Such a shame you can't catnap the Mummycat in question. Ech.

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