Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Your kitten is only 10 weeks old now, right? STILL very, very tiny and with no litter mates, YOU are the only thing she has to practice her hunting skills on. I realize you are only 16 but if you are able to convince your parents to let you have another kitten, they will play with each other, learn lessons from each other and be SO much better than just one. One will use YOU as her scratching post, her toy mouse or her prey until she is well over a year old. Her kittenish behavior is just a fact of life until she is mature and there is noting you can do to make her less playful so feed the play.....
For the time being, ALWAYS have a toys near by. Keep a bucket of toys up and take out a few at a time when she is playful. NEVER let your fingers be toys and do not allow her to wrap her arms around your arm and bunny kick you. You need to squeal like a kitten to show her it hurts then offer her some toys to play kick and attack.
Take a wash cloth and stuff it with fiberfill or other soft strips of cloth and tie each end with a pipe cleaner or small length of string or yarn then tie it in the middle. This will make a kitten size toy to attack and wrestle with.
Cat owners' prayer: "Lord help me be the person my cat thinks I am"