Tuesday, January 14, 2014
We have never had a young kitten before. All of our cats have come from shelters as adults and none have been biters or scratchers. We took in a stray kitten and now she's about 8 months old. If she starts to bite or scratch me while I'm up during the day, I tell her no in a firm voice and walk away from her and ignore her for a period of time. It seems to be working. The problem is at night in bed. She snuggles up with me and for a long time is so sweet and cuddly and adorable. But if I try to move her or even if I don't, all of a sudden she will bite and scratch me. At this point she isn't hurting me, but I can tell she means business and as she gets older, this will become nasty. How can I get her to stop "attacking" me at night? We keep the door to our bedroom open because of our dogs...they aways have to go out in the middle of the night and I would rather hear them asking to go out than get up to accidents. I don't want to have to put her in a room by herself at night, but that is a possible solution. I would much rather train her not to do in the first place.