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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-01-2005, 12:41 AM Thread Starter
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discipling deaf kittens

I recently acquired a kitten who is deaf. She gets along extremely well with my other kitty. However, she sometimes gets rather possessive over random things (new toys, used tissues that I haven't quite thrown away yet, and, my personal favorite, my keyboard). When this happens, she will defend it with her life. My hand simply can't take these scratches and bites anymore! I have tried a water bottle and throwing a pillow at her, but that just hasn't been getting the job done. Does anyone know a good way to discipline her (without hurting her or making her fear me)? Any help is greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-01-2005, 01:47 PM
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animeniac ,

You can 'discipline' her in the same way you'd any other kitten...

Remove her to another room... deny her attention for a short while.

She'll get the message that 'rough stuff' = 'go sit in the corner'.

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I would also recommend a hand signal that means "no." I have seen this done with dogs in obedience classes. The trainer said that dogs who learn hand signals only are usually the "stars" in the class. Of course, cats are different , more independent, but you need a way to communicate. I think a number of hand signals, starting with "no" are important. Then you can follow up with the rest of the punishment, such as time out.


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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-01-2005, 09:19 PM
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Throwing things at her is definitely not going to work, so you can go ahead and nix that. The waterbottle only works when she can't see that you are the one doing it, so that's out too. Have your hand go limp so she doesn't continue to attack it, then remove her from the situation (gently) and tell her no. You'll probably need to repeat this. She should get the picture eventually.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-10-2005, 08:30 AM
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I have a completely deaf cat but we didn't know that when we aquired him at 8 weeks old. I have to agree with Jeanie.
You need to establish a sort of sign language with her using various hand signals or head nods for certain words.
Also carry on talking to her as if she can hear you and she will get to know your facial expressions along with certain commands. She will soon learn what each signal/expression means.

And time out is a very good idea when play gets too rough for any kitten.

Heski has never been particularly troublesome and we just worked it out as we went along and he knows what i am trying to say to him.
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