Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
To discourage her from using you as a tree, have some little toys (stuffed mousies, paper/foil balls, spiral thingies (at pet stores), in your pocket or handy. When she climbs up you, say "No" and gently put her on the floor, and immediately distract her with a toy. Eventually she'll catch on to the idea that you don't want to be her tree. Getting a tree or scratching post (wrapped with sissal is good). If you use the old Christmas tree, make sure it is untipable and well anchored. Encourage her to use a cat tree by scratching your fingers on it. When she does scratch it, praise her lavishly with lots of "good girl!"
The other things she does, meet you at the door, follow you about, head butts and nibbles are things a Maine Coon cat may do, but so do most kitty's that are an only cat and don't have the distraction of a playmate. Zenorah sounds adorable (love her name!) and I certainly wouldn't discourage the head butts or kisses. At 8 mos old, she could be coming into heat. Do not allow her to go or sneak by you to get outside or you'll soon have a pregnant kitty. Yes she should be spayed ASAP.
"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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