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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.
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    I'll tell you what I did with this problem: I tapped their noses or patted their behinds gently and told them no! Also I've used a squirt bottle with water. Works well enough to hold it up and the behavior ceases.
    1560 days ago
    I have this problem with a feral cat I took in. She was sweet as a kitten but as an adult, if she doesn't want to be touched watch out.
    1561 days ago
    Some cats have 'short fuses' when it comes to being handled in any way by humans, and will experience 'petting induced aggressiveness'. I had one very short-fused cat, and I learned to stop before he got to the end of it. My current cat has a longer fuse, but not by much.
    If she does bite, glare at her and say 'No!' In a fierce tone. (You're having some success there. At night the glare might not work so well, but the 'No' will.)
    Make sure she has toys that she may bite, and make sure she knows she can bite them.
    I wouldn't let the cat under the covers with me, which works pretty well right now that it's cold in the house, and she sleeps on my bed. She can bite the quilt all she wants. When the weather is warmer, or I'm too restless, she has other places in the house where she likes to sleep, and she will spend her nights there.
    I hope this helps! emoticon
    1561 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/14/2014 8:43:02 AM
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