Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
Re: This is my person to hate! Stay away!
Poor Charlee, taken from momcat and litter mates at 3 weeks of age, never learned any socialization skills from momcat or bite inhibition from littermates. It's crucial to kitties' upbringing that they stay with the momcat and litter mates until at least 11 weeks old. That's when they learn how to interact with other animals, with people, kids, and how to control their bite and claws. Charlee is not "satan", she's acting the only way she knows and no one has taught her differently. It's difficult to undo her lack of social skills, but most cats are pretty food motivated and you can start by giving her treats for good behaviour and pets too when she's nice nice. If she's growling on your lap just say a firm "no", pick her up and put her down on floor and ignore her. Hopefully she'll learn to be nicer. Teach her to come on command, by saying her name and then "come" and give her a treat. If she is purring and being sweet do tell her she's a "good girl" and really give her affection---cheek or chin rubs or whatever she really likes---doesn't always have to be a treat. Always reward any good behavior and ignore and verbally reprimand bad.
"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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