Post # 1
So I recently got a kitten. I have never had a kitten before and mostly have experience with dogs. My older dog loved (before this kitten made herself a permanent fixture in the house) playing with cats and kittens. She would lick them and it was super cute, so I figured oh she will love one in the house. Nope. The kitten annoys the heck out of her. Anyway… any ideas how to keep my kitten occupied? The dog won’t play with her and basically wants nothing to do with her. I have toys for her but she still wants to bite me and play like that. I tell her “no” firmly and redirect her attention but it doesn’t seem to be working.
Any advice is greatly appreciated!! Thanks
Post # 2
- Wedding: March 2014 - Church and University
We rescued a kitten and he was that way too, just wanting attention like crazy. It stopped when (and you won’t like this!)……we got another kitten! They play and play and play and I get ignored most of the time now! Good luck!
Post # 3
Get another kitten! My kittens love eacher other so much.
Post # 4
Nay1976: I know! I wish I could get another kitten but convincing landlords to let us have this one took so much effort, I don’t think (actually I know) they won’t go for another one! Hoping she settles down somehow!!
Post # 5
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
pinkdaisy12: Go stroll around your local pet store! Catnip will make them go psycho for awhile, then sleep it off. Get some cheap crinkly toys (or a paper wad). Scratching posts, a bird feeder near a window, etc.
I actually have a “Catnip DVD” for my cat, it’s a video that loops with outdoors scenes. Or my cat likes golf just as much! There are also apps you can download that have pictures of for example, fish swimming across the screen. Or you could get an actual fish tank…
What about interactive toys that you don’t have to be involved with? Lasers or the cat’s meow (I’ve seen it at Target). You just press a button and they each run for like 15 minutes.
Post # 6
OK, first thing you want to do is stop playing with your hands. Little kittens and puppies are mouthy, and that will train her to nibble on your hands. A good toy to get is a wand – something like this http://m.petsmart.com/h5/hub?id=cat%2Ftoys%2Fpetlinks-dragon-flyer-teaser-cat-toy-zid36-11781%2Fcat-36-catid-200021%3Bpgid%3DR2hO0TssapBSRpr7CvRXKfZC0000hUDnl0yI%3Bsid%3DBWbYD5sy9H7RD8iT3aRICwc4O2YcAQNFytxxkE4V%3Fvar_id%3D36-11781
Pom poms are great too, she can play when you’re not around (just make sure you keep them where the dog won’t eat them. http://m.petsmart.com/h5/hub?id=cat%2Ftoys%2Fgrreat-choice-pom-pom-balls-value-pack-cat-toy-zid36-11264%2Fcat-36-catid-200021%3Fvar_id%3D36-11264
Play with her a lot, get her EXHAUSTED. That way, she’ll sleep well and not bother the dog too much. And the kitten phase doesn’t last forever 🙂
Post # 7
Aww, kittens.. My cats LOVE laser pointers. You can get one at target for like $3 and they go nuts and stay busy with it for ages, and it’s minimal effort on your part. I do it while watching tv, and it’s hilarious entertainment for you…but unfortunately cats are not like dogs.. The only response you get from trying to redirect a cat and telling it no is a bored look from them and they’ll be right back at whatever they were doing unless they find something else more entertaining on their own terms. As lovable and cute as they are, they are certainly determined. My cats also really love the feather toys.. the ones that are feathers on a stick, but again it’s interactive unless you find one that can stick to a door or something
Post # 8
mchitt329: I’ve never heard of the cats meow. I may have to pick that up for mine! Good info!
Post # 9
You can get a cat-dancer type of toy and hang it somewhere.
My cats have always gone crazy for string, wrapping paper, ribbons…you should see them on Christmas Day!
Post # 10
My cats always went bonkers for a ball of aluminum foil. Sounds silly, but it worked…and it’s cheap!
Post # 11
mchitt329: oh that is a good idea about a dvd. She has so many toys already, I don’t want to get her anymore that she doesn’t need. And I put catnip on her scratching thing daily.
MariContrary: she isn’t allowed to play with my hands. Her little teeth hurt way too much. It just seems like as much time as I spend redirecting her attention to a toy, she is still trying to bite me. I normally just place her off on the floor or away from where I am when she is doing it hoping that she gets the hint. Other than that I don’t know how to make her stop, I know it isn’t like dogs.
She is such a determined little thing. Super happy, playful, loves being around us. But if she could just chill for a little while (especially when I am trying to work that would be great!). Thank you all for all your suggestions!! I am going to also have to find interactive toys she can play with. I think those would be good for her 🙂
Post # 12
pinkdaisy12: You could get a second kitten! But seriously, telling a kitten “no” doesn’t do much…and you shouldn’t yell at them. You just kind of want to rediret their attention. Get a wand like Jackson Galaxy’s “Da Bird”…my kitties (both 2 years old) love it and are always excited to play with it.
Post # 13
As your kitten gets older, she’ll most likely stop biting and her energy level will decrease. How old is she? I found that my cats were less energetic around a year. We had a kitten who liked to bite, and I don’t remember when she stopped. We weren’t really sure how to handle it so we bought her a flat-ish toy so whenever she’d bite our hand, we’d put that in her mouth and let her bite that. I don’t know if it worked, but she did eventually stop biting us.
As for entertainment, if you have floors (not carpet), something that rolls is good because it can chase it. Laser pointers are awesome. There’s that Cat’s Meow toy that I’ve been thinking of trying with my cats. I think it looks cool and fun.
Post # 15
pinkdaisy12: get one of those stick things with the feathers. or string. my kitten loves it. i try to bust one of those out when he tries to get my hands. i buy those little mice. he didnt care about them when he was 6 weeks but now that hes 10 weeks he loves them!. little rolly bell balls too. a scratching post. make sure you play with your kitty in the morning, lunch if you can but most importantly when you get home from work. this will help wear him out. i like to throw the balls down the hall way so he has to run and he will get tired. i also gave him one of my nieces stuffed animals and he loves to battle with it. lol. i got a catnip plant but he doesnt seem to care at all about it. i started watching my inlaws old bulldog so i know exactly what you mean! oh also one of his fav toys!! take a cardboard box. cut some holes around the top here and there. then one on another side or the other. he loves his little house and goes in, and waits for me to stick a little piece of string in the hole so he can try and get it form the inside! best entertainment ever!! when i leave i stick things in there some times or leave the stsuffed animal proped up on it like he ready to go lol. hope this helps!