Join Date: Feb 2013
Location: Kuwait City, Kuwait
neediest cat in the world? :)
Our kitten, Monkey, is about six months, and we adopted her when she was less than a month old. (She was feral, and her mother was nowhere to be found.) For as long as we've had her, I've been home all day, talking to her, petting with her, engaging her in bouts of play.
Due to two behaviors which have come out in the past few months, I'm starting to believe my always-being-around has lead to a bit of separation anxiety or lack of independence in Monkey.
1. Unless she's sleeping, she wants our attention constantly. If we aren't playing with her, she'll go into the guest bedroom or the entrance hall and really put on a meow show. She stops the second I talk to her or make eye contact with her. If we close a door to work on something not kitty-friendly (like the craft room or kitchen), she will jump at the door handle frantically and meow for a lengthy period of time.
2. Biting. Oh my lands, the biting. (As if on cue, she just hopped on my lap and starting biting.) When we can't play with her that second, the biting begins. At first we wrote this off as teething, but now feels more like an aggressive cry for attention. We try to say "NO!" and walk away rather than reward her with play that second, but this doesn't seem to be working.
How do I teach her to play solo, or entertain herself for a bit? She has tons of toys, scratching posts, boxes to discover, windows to look out...and I try to give her at least one hour of "run around crazy" play a day. But none of these things will keep her interest for more than a few minutes unless we're there engaging her.
Today was the worst day Monkey and I have had, and I'm lost for ideas of what to do with this sweet kitten. She eats well, uses the litterbox flawlessly and doesnt' seem to have any medical problems.
Can anyone recommend toys, behavior modification and effective disciple strategies for a high-energy, attention-hungry cat?
Thanks SO much for any help.
**Getting a second cat isn't an option right now, since we're about to make an international move...and I'd hate to adopt a new kitty only to move it 7,000 miles.