(Closed) Bees with kitties….a little advice please?

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

As for biting, I have no idea. I’m trying to get my cat to stop this too. He doesn’t do it often, but it’s a pain!

Although, as for the claws. When my cat was a kitten, I found a product called “soft claws” and they’re little rubber claws you glue over their real claws, like fake nails! They’re not for everyone, but they worked AWESOME for me, and now that my cat is an adult and we don’t put them on him anymore, he hardly EVER uses his nails when he plays, he just uses them on his scratching post… and our rug. ugh. but that’s another story.

PS. Your kitten is SO INCREDIBLY CUTE. and my cat also loves sleeping in sinks. so weird.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

No help here, my Bruno still bites us, but for some reason if we say stop (not No!), he stops and starts licking us. However, help with the scratching: soft paws! They’re wonderful and one pack lasts 1/2 year (only using on the front paws for us). It will cut down on your skin and furniture destruction.

http://www.softpaws.com/

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

She’s adorable! To answer your question, yes, I have more than my fair share of experience with this. Our cat was the same way but he eventually grew out of it. He still likes to pounce every once in a while but he’s gotten much better at not attacking people. He’ll be 3 next month and he started calming down considerably around 2.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

The best advice I got was not to respond at all when she bites or scratches.  Cats don’t respond to physical correction. And if she’s bored, seeing you yelp/jump/run away/whatever gives her a reaction she’s looking for.

I also had the vet show me how to clip her nails, so that when she does scratch, she doesn’t do much damage. πŸ™‚

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Also, have some dedicated play time with her each day. Ours likes to chase little balled up pieces of paper we throw for her.

It’s worth trying out another cat – some rescue groups let you bring one home provisionally for a few days to make sure they’ll get along with the other cats.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I have had cats for 32 years and in my experience there are going to be some cats who play rough and some who don’t. But, there are a couple of tricks we do to keep the wildness to a minimum. One, we keep squirt bottles with water in them around the house (little misters work too). The cats hate getting misted. Two, lock her up each time she gets too wild to calm down. This has actually started working for my parents whose new cat is just WILD. Getting a new cat is up to you… I don’t think this will stop the wildness with you and your FI. Seriously, this cat just wants to play. The wildness will decrease with age.. so enjoy your wild cat!!

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Try to act like a mother cat and hiss, then swat his nose and say No! You have to do this *every* time. Even missing the one time it does it (as my DH says– cause he looked so cute or I didn’t want to hurt his feelings or he couldn’t help it. Sigh, I think I spent as much time training my DH as I did the new kitten) means you are reinforcing the bad behavior.

I would get another cat. Find one with the same energy level. I have a 4yo very fat male who need a play mate. I thought I wanted a girl, but someone suggested that boys tend to play rough and that girls might not like that. We got a 7 mos boy and it’s been great! My fat boy has lost 3-4 lbs from playing.

It takes time to introduce them–read up on it. Also, get the new one neutered ASAP. I think they can do it as early at 12 weeks now.

Good Luck–let us know how it turns out.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Aww….cute kitty! Mine is gray, too πŸ™‚

Mine has a bit of a scratching problem, but I bought some kitty nail cllippers (I don’t believe in declawing) and clip her claws. She’s not wild about it, but I lure her with treats and then wrap my arm  around her to grab her paw and clip. She doesn’t even run away if I reward her with treats after the clipping! Also, I bought one of those corrugated cardboard scratch pads, and she uses that allll the time.

As for the biting, I yelled at her pretty good a couple times and gave her a good swat on the tush when we she was being nasty about it and she hasn’t done it since.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@littlegraykitten:I got 2 kittens at once so they have each other to terrorize lol. Sometimes Conner had started to bite (I think he’s teething or something, he chews on everything) & I blew in his face when he did it & he stopped doing it. Sometimes he will take a soft swipe at us when we walk by, playing & we say “No” & he stops. Or we pick him up & take him to his scratching post so he learns to scratch that, not us. He rarely does it now.

I agree, getting a 2nd MALE cat would be a good idea. Usually cats have issues with the same gender for alpha leader, not so much male/female.

Also, is your kitty spayed?

Also, swatting doesn’t really do anything good or positive to cats. That my make them do it more, maybe they think you’re “fighting back” or something? I just read a lot of info that says to NOT hit/swat cats. If anything, I’ll tap Conner on the nose if he tries to bite me & he stops.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I would get another cat. Cats love to play with each other. We got another one when our first one was about 9 months old- best decision ever.  Now they jump on each other instead of on us!

As far as her interactions with you go, I say keep the squirt bottle coming! And also that it’s just her age and stage… she should grow out of being quite so rambunctious soon enough.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I would get another cat. Cats love to play with each other. We got another one when our first one was about 9 months old- best decision ever.  Now they jump on each other instead of on us!

As far as her interactions with you go, I say keep the squirt bottle coming! And also that it’s just her age and stage… she should grow out of being quite so rambunctious soon enough.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Yea I agree with @stellamae: I had two very gentle nice amazing cats growing up who never bit, scratched etc… When I got my first apartment I got a boy cat who I adore but he is now 3 years old and he is still extremely agressive (i thought he would grow out of it). Bites quite often, play style like you mentioned, but it hurts! I really don’t think there is anything you can do about it… Hoping as he gets older he will calm down a bit. Hopefully your cat will as well πŸ™‚

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