New Kitty! Advice needed?(9 Posts)
We got a new kitten on Tuesday. She's 9 weeks old and we just love her.
She's settling well. She snuggles in to me, doesn't run and hide. She loves to play. She's getting used to our 5 year old really well. She's currently playing with a petal off the flowers I have in my living room.
I love her crazy play times, she goes mental, runs through the house very happily, darts left, right and centre and plays with her toys. I am just a little worried about her scratching. I understand kittens have/need their claws out a lot. We have a scratch post for her, but she loves putting her claws in to the sofa. She also tries to play with my but nips and scratches me. It comes keen and has drew blood. How do we stop this?
The first night we had her she (naturally) 'meowed' most of the night. So last night, I closed my bedroom door so she stayed out and I could sleep. Will this be harmful (mentally/physically) to her? I felt guilty closing my door, but she's crazy and just runs around my room and 'meowing' - so am I ok to close the bedroom door? She knows where all of her things are.
Any advice/tips welcomed. Thank you.
She also tries to play with *ME but nips.
How exciting! You might be better posting this in the litter tray, that's where most of the crazy cat ladies hang out
The taking nips out of you should stop as she gets older.
Scratching likely to stop if/when she gets outdoors.
She'll be fine not sleeping in bedroom as long as she has somewhere safe and cosy to sleep.
I have also got a new moggie 'kiwi' she is 8 weeks now and she's a little monster. I also have and older cat ruby who is now 7 and my loyal companion. We r like forest Gump and Jenny. Ruby as a kitten would sleep in the bathroom. And she's never held it against me. Kittens are trouble so I think it's safer. U know where they r. Just make sure she has her bed, tray, water and a toy or two. I just make sure the toilet seat is down and the blind cord is up. It's now kiwi's time but when u think they r ready..... It's like kids going into big beds :-)
And as for the biting scratching its a kitten thing. All u can do is put a throw down save ur sofas.
Hope it helps abit. Good luck. <3
Put a dab of lemon/orange juice on the places she's been scratching that you don't want her.
Also, pick her up and put her on the place you do. Repeat frequently.
A loud clap of the hands when she's scratching in the wrong place may also help.
Sell your furniture on ebay whilst it still has some value and replace with tat, is probably best when all else fails [bitter].
The attacking of hoomans will increase as they enter the teenage years - around 5 months. It ends when they get to 14 months. Enjoy.
Do you want your cat (when she gets to that stage) to sleep in your bedroom? If no, never allow her access. If yes, then start to train her now. I've always kept my bedroom door open, but it's 50/50 as to whether any of my cats curls up with me. Winter is coming, one fifty needs bolding.
Just keep her out! It's important you set boundaries, especially when she's young. Eventually, she'll get used to the fact that you're only going to play with her during day time, not night time when everybody is going to sleep. Besides, my experience is that when my cats got older, they just became a lot lazier, and wouldn't run around as they would - they slept ALL day long (still do ).
Also, if she's nipping you, cut her nails. Do it once a week-ish, and you should be fine.
If she nips then let out a loud cry like her mother or sinking would if she bit/scratched too hard, then she'll get to learn what's acceptable
I have 14 cats (all rescues) and I always put new kittens in a pen at night and when I'm not with them, too many tempting wires and cables that they could hurt themselves on
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