Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
No, not a bad kittie. This is normal behavior in a kitten that was taken from it's litter mates and mamacat too early at 8 wks. She has missed out on a crucial socialization period that goes from 5 wks. of age to 12 wks. when they learn to control their bite by wrestling with their litter mates or biting mamcat and also learn to control their claws as well. They learn to read cat body language and manners....from mama cat, and unfortunately your little girl seems to have missed out on the lessons. Don't ever use your hands or fingers to play with her, and if she bites, have a stuffed mousie, or other toy to give her to chew on instead. A cardboard box with a side cut down that she can reach makes good teething material. Nursing on your dog, or something else is normal behavior. Your little girl sounds pretty spunky and feisty, but normal. Spraying with water doesn't usually work well and should be avoided as well as yelling, clapping hands.....instead train her to come to you by making a special sound....such as "pssst pssst" and then give her a treat....repeat until she clues in to the sound and will come to you readily. You don't always need to reward her with a treat, but can substitute with a small toy, a ping pong ball, a little ball of paper or foil, or one of those plastic spirals (at pet stores--a fave with my cats). Keep the tips of her nails trimmed, and always end the trimming with a treat so that she looks forward to having them done. This is the time to train her, not when she's an adult. Also get her used to being bathed and groomed when she's about 4 mos. old, especially if she is longhair. Small kittens can get chilled quickly and really don't need a bath unless infested with fleas. Bath water should be quite warm, not hot, as a cat's body temp is higher than a human.....appox. 103F. Get her accustomed to a carrier and car rides, so that when you do have to take her to the vet it won't be a big deal trying to get her in a carrier. Oftentimes kittens that age are too antsy and busy to be cuddle bugs, but keep picking her up and only let her down when she stops wiggling to get away. When you're carrying her have some toy or something else for her to chew on instead of your fingers. Pet her often especially when you feed her, or when she is sleepy. All the best with your new kitty.
"There are no ordinary cats.";"Time spent with a cat is never wasted."~ Colette
"A loving cat can mend a wounded heart." ~ Unknown Author
Alkitotle aka "Alkee", "Lambie" (July 2/04 - Oct. 2/15) -- white Devon Rex
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Last edited by marie73; 05-22-2017 at 04:39 PM.