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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-08-2013, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
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I don't think my kitties are normal:)

Ok, so I have been reading all these posts where people say they can't do something with their cats, and realized mine let me do everything. They get monthly baths and have since they were babies, but all they do is cry and then avoid me the rest of the day, and I thought they were being "bad". They also let me trim their nails with little to know struggle and I just started brushing their teeth and they could care less. Every time they struggled a little I took it for them misbehaving, but now I realize people have much more problems with their cats. My question is, they were bottled raised by me after their mom died when they were 2 weeks old, is that why they trust me? They will not let anyone else in my family do anything but brush them and if I feed them a food they will always eat it, but if someone else feeds them they are more picky. Do they see me as their "mommy"? Just curious if anyone else has had similar situations.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-08-2013, 03:44 PM
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Are cats ever normal? Mine aren't.

I think it's not so much about the level of trust as about getting them used to being handled as kittens. If they're used to being groomed and messed around with by their human, the human doing something different may just not seem like as big of a deal.

I see a big difference between my two cats in this. I've had Zephyr since he was a baby, and Maisie was adopted at age two after serious neglect. Zephyr has lived with me for six years, Maisie for five years - I treat them both the same, and I think they have equal trust in me. (Right now, Maisie is stretched out on my lap asking me to rub his throat.) I'm pretty sure they both see me as mommy at this point. But, grooming tasks more invasive than brushing are always a major issue with Maisie, because no one did those things for him as a kitten.

The kittenhood really does make a difference. It's not about loving more or trusting more, but getting them used to being handled a lot does make a difference in how they tolerate things later.

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I think the "mommy" business may enter into it. I raised creatures that are normally regarded as wild from a point before which they should have still been with their mother and it did happen.
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Mine let me do everything as well. I think it's partly personality and partly them getting used to it while young, but mine have no issues with me trimming nails, cleaning ears, etc. Mine were found abandoned at about 4 weeks old so they have been around me for most of their lives as well.
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yup, i think it's mostly because you personally got them used to being handled so much when they were babies so they let you do whatever you want. they probably also just have good natures as well - lucky you! and you obviously have the touch and the way you handle them conveys confidence so they do not fight you - like horses - they KNOW when they have an experienced rider on their back. and that's why they fight and are either stubborn or rambunctious when they feel a scared newbie on their back - because they know they can get away with it! i believe most animals have that 6th sense about them so they know whom to trust as well, and you are obviously one they trust.
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I've only had my kittens for about a month now and one allows me to do everything (except cuddle). Just today I was trimming his nails and he didn't even wiggle till I got to the last hind leg and even then he stopped to let me finish. The cuddler on the other hand, hates it and fights me nonstop till it's over. I haven't started brushing their teeth yet (I think they are starting to teeth so I don't want to give them a bad association to it) but I imagine it might be the same.

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 02-09-2013, 12:14 AM
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I think they regard you as "mommy" since you hand raised them and really have no other memory of a momacat. Most kittens if handled gently and often from the time they are born, are groomed and nails clipped as kittens, usually take it all in their stride and don't fight being handled or having things done.

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