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danyel 09-10-2003 08:05 PM

Wild, Biting Kitten
I NEED help....please...

We got a kitten when she was just 7 wks. They stopped nursing and were ready. No Problem. WELL she is now almost 11 weeks old and is MEAN!! She attacks us for no reason, attacks when we walk by, attacks when we are SLEEPING or whenever she wants. She BITES and SCRATCHES. I am about at my wit's end. She is just wild. I did get her one toy with catnip, but have since taken that away with no relief.

I was just wondering if anyone had any clever ideas...

thanks in advance:confused: :confused: :confused:

ethansamuel 09-11-2003 12:39 PM

Sorry about the wild, biting kitten!
Cats are something else aren't much personality! My only suggestion for you is a squirt gun...anytime the kitten choses an offensive behavior, squirt him/her...after awhile they decide it wasn't as much fun;) There are of course only so many things that you can do with a cat...they are so very independent!

I adopted a cat from the Humane Society about 2 months ago...she is a siamese and boy, she can sure make things interesting...she has so much:heart: but she can be a real devil too:ugh: She likes to eat people food and if you leave ANYTHING edible out she will consume it! She will also dig through garbage and grocery sacks to get what she wants...she had some bad:mad: habits from wherever she came from...

Give that squirt gun thing a is working for me...:cat:

Olivia_Oil 10-15-2003 09:12 AM

Hello Kitty
:( We got an 11 week old kitty from the Animal Protection League and boy is she a wild one. After having a Himalayan for 18 years, this baby business is quite a shocker. Baby Sheba is an all black, part Oriental Shorthair and smart as a whip. She can open anything and everything is fair game for attack. But when she sleeps - she's dead asleep - I can pick her up by all four legs and she won't even open her eyes. She's fallen off beds, chairs and sofas and barely bats an eye - just curls up and goes back to sleep.:-O

redcardinalbird 10-15-2003 11:25 PM

We adopted, or rather he adopted us, a ferral cat that was in the neighborhood. He would do scratch or bite also, primarily me. We did use the squirt bottle which helped plus I pried him off and put him in another room away from us. We did buy several toys and I would redirect him to these. This did help. He is now 2 and still does this occasionally mostly when he sees us as a moving target and he is bored.

CraftyLdy 10-21-2003 06:46 AM

Well I am reading all these ideas and have tried them but to no avail, my :cat: is 7 months old got him from a shelter and has been fixed and declawed BUT HIS TEETH are another story. he started 2 weeks ago with bitting toilet paper and this morning I got up and he had shreded the newspaper from my dinning room table. I am so :mad: at him. But love him so much and lost my other beautiful cat in April from congested heart failure. So now I am at my wits end wit him any ideas besides the ones I have heard. I think he thinks he is a dog!!

Have A Nice Day!!

redcardinalbird 10-23-2003 12:14 AM

Do you have a crate, where you could crate him and some of his toys when he gets into something he should not. Or put him in a room (or crate) at times when you can not supervise him. Just be sure to include toys and nothing he can shred.

danyel 10-23-2003 01:49 PM

It's been a month & 1/2...
She has calmed down a little bit with the biting as we walk by but she is definitely picky about when you can pet her. She is just like me and does not like mornings:cat: I have been trying to teach ds to just STOP petting her when she bites.

The next obstacle was to get her to stay off the counter, especially when ds is sitting at the bar eating breakfast...All I usually have to do is say "MIDNITE" and she gets down.

Thanks for all the advice everyone.

Olivia_Oil 10-24-2003 08:16 AM

Crazy cat
:cat: Our Sheba seems to have calmed down a liitle bit. When I pack lunches in the morning and make dinner in the evening I put her in "The Nursery" aka, my bedroom. She is fascinated by the drain in our kitchen sink (or any other drain for that matter). She will reach it there up to her little armpits. I can't even imagine what she's fishing for, although she will take the lettuce scraps out of the garbage disposal. It never seizes to amaze me what different personality each cat displays.

redcardinalbird 10-24-2003 10:19 PM

Ours has calmed down too, but he is two years. We used to call him psycho cat has it would tear around the house in circles. He would also bite and claw at will. He still does some of this but I just stop playing with him if I was or if I was not I remove him from the scene.

His odd way is that he likes to drink out of the bathroom sink and have it filled with fresh water or will lap at the stream of water.

jrztomato 11-06-2003 04:32 AM

cat that bites
Hi I am new to Family Corner and this is my first post here...but we share a problem ...I have had my:cat: for over 7 years now...I adopted him from the "pound" when he was about 7 weeks old...He is neutered and declawed so his only defense is his teeth....For the most part ...about 98% of the time ...he is lovable...
however he gets :mad: when I won't let him get out if someone elses cat comes into my he attacks me..I had to doctor
at one point because my wounds wouldn't heal and had to be put on antibiotics.. Also if he is being petted and has had enough attention he will bite....Sunday he put two deep fang marks on my arm because I tried to comb the matting from his hair...He is old and crochity and mean if he wants to be. He has only had two baths in all that time because he doesn't like that either..right now his white parts are looking "not so white"....He weighs 18# I guess I needed to see this in writing...everyone tells me basically the same thing.."I wouldn't have a cat that bites..."
But if I take him to the pound they are going to send him to Rainbow Ridge....and I can't seem to do that ...any suggestions for an otherwise :cat: lover...Margaret

Olivia_Oil 11-06-2003 10:03 AM

Dirty Kitty
Hi Margaret,

I don't know how to stop the biting. But, I had a Himalayan cat and I ended up taking her to be professionally groomed. She came back fluffy and clean and smelled yummy and they even put little bows behind her ears. And the best part: I didn't even have any wounds. ^^

jrztomato 11-06-2003 10:26 AM

Olivia_Oil thanks for responding...I had thought about finding a groomer for him and never followed through...
Someone told me a while back that their cat had bitten the groomer and they had to pay for a Dr. visit...
Also I am concerned about the biting because I heard from a nurse that a cats bite is worse than a dogs can get cellulites (sp)...

A day above the earth is a good dayROFLMAO ROFLMAO

redcardinalbird 11-06-2003 10:20 PM

Margaret, If you decide to take him to the groomers then I would tell them he tends to bite. This way they know and can take the proper precautions.

You could possible put a towel over his head to keep him from biting when grooming or one of those collars they put on their neck to keep from biting themselves when they have been hurt.

I have not had to give our cat a bath, as he has not gotten that dirty or grooms himself. Thank goodness. He dips his paws in water but does not like to get wet.

Olivia_Oil 11-07-2003 05:36 AM

Something completely different
My wild and crazy cat is facinated by pop up tissues. Last nite she removed the next to the last one from the box and then had to reach way into the box to get the very last one. Her paw didn't quite do the trick, so she stuck her head into it and got the box stuck. There she was jumping around with a tissue box on her head. Hey who put the lights out?::: ROFLMAO

Breezy 11-07-2003 06:20 AM

WOW My sympathies go out to you all!! Boy am I glad my 2 cats are cool, calm and collected!!!!

jrztomato 11-07-2003 06:29 PM

:cat: update...I called the SPCA for advice and didn't get seems that biting is common for declawed :cat: s
He is such a con artist...must know my thoughts because today he played my best friend and was up on my lap looking for attention....which of course he got...

as for the baths..he is an inside cat so not really dirty and does bathe himself..He is a domestic short hair and has some white (paws and bib and a little on his stomach) but is mostly a charcoal doesn't look dirty...I just know that the whites look dingy.....

I like the collar idea...will get one and see if that solves the grooming problem....thanks...


A day above the earth is a good day:) :)

Donna 11-09-2003 08:58 AM

Cat that Bites
:heart: I know you love your beloved kitty kat. That's exactly the reason I won't have a cat declawed. You take away their natural defense and what are you left with. I've met more people than enough that have the same problem with their declawed cat. 8-) afterall declawing a cat is like removing our fingers. I've always felt sorry for a declawed kitty as it can't grab things the way they can with their nails.

CraftyLdy 11-09-2003 09:33 AM

Well I hope this help others I saw my Vet at my Craft Show yesterday and asked her about the cat and tolieet paper and tissues and her suggestion was scented tissues that should keep them away and also tht being declawed like said here they have no defense to out comes there little teeth and they do teeth, so I hope that help anyone else that has this same problem I am.
Hey the spirit gun works great too thanks.
^^ ^^

redcardinalbird 11-09-2003 09:40 PM

Our kitty is not declawed. He is both an inside and outside cat as he was wild when he adopted us. He is a black shorthair with white paws and bib, has a black goatee.

He loves to sit on the back of the couch and grab an unsuspecting person as they go by. As mentioned he still does bite at times.

The squirt bottle worked great in keeping him off the cabinets and table when he was younger. He does not get on the cabinets at all now. Occassionally he will jump on the table if there are papers on it. I just have to stand up and come towards him and he is immediately off that table!:cat:

jrztomato 11-10-2003 07:50 AM

:( :( :(
On the is the first time I had had a cat declawed..the last one I had completely destroyed a 3 pc
living room set by scratching the backs.

We have a leach law here and it applies to both dogs and cats...They can not go out unless on a leach....herein lies one of my problems..some of the old folks around here(and I am old so can say old)think they are above the law and let their cats run loose....Whenever a stray comes into my yard, Harley goes nuts and wants out ...I don't let him out because of the law( and the fact that he would be a goner in a fight)and so I end up getting bit....


A day above the earth is a good day:) :) :)

redcardinalbird 11-10-2003 10:16 PM

Margaret, you have to do what is best for you and that meant declawing your cat. We are lucky that ours does not scratch on the furniture. He has torn up the carpet around the doors when they are closed and he wants in. We solved this somewhat by putting down duct tape temporarily (that multipurpose tape:-D )

We do not have a leash law for cats. He was impossible to keep in when he had his leg in a cast. He was constantly going to the doors/windows, and meowing. He would hit the windows with his cast and I thought he might break them. That was the longest six weeks! He does stay in our yard mostly as there are dogs all around us now.

Olivia_Oil 11-11-2003 06:53 AM

All of our cats have been indoor cats. Our Himalayan was declawed and she never seemed to know the difference. I really don't want to declaw Sheba. She's rather destructive (scratching wise) and has no aversion to using her teeth. Has anyone tried Soft Paws? They are caps that you clue onto their claws. Sorta like artificial nails for kitties.:rolleyes:

jrztomato 11-17-2003 04:08 AM

:( :( :( :( Hi ...
just when I was forgetting that I had a biting cat I got a reminder last nite..
I was sitting on the sofa watching "Matilda" for the upteenth time when I heard a horrible screeming coming from my back screened in porch....It was dark so I had to put the back yard light on to see what was out there...And as I suspected one of my DEAR neighbors cats was in my yard..Harley was screeming like mad because he wanted out and wanted it out of his territory...I thought I was going to get bit again but grabbed the patio broom from the porch and chased him with it...For about 10 minutes he kept his eye on my feet and had a really scary look on his face...I think he was waiting for a chance to attack my feet....I kept the broom near me and he kept his distance and finally settled down....I think I really need to do something about him...I will make my decision when I get home from Caridac Rehab this morning...What I don't need is for my heart rate and blood pressure to keep zooming up.....Wish there was an easy decision on this ongoing problem...Margaret

redcardinalbird 11-17-2003 10:10 PM

Margaret - I know it will be a hard decision for you however your health is very important and if he is causing you that much distress it may be time to let him go. You have also tried your best to keep him from biting.

jrztomato 11-18-2003 03:18 AM

:( :( :( Hi Redcardinalbird.....

Well, I called my vet and she agreed that my health had to be my first consideration..My dd (Holly) pointed out that if he gets me in a vein and I am alone I may not be able to get the bleeding to stop because I have been thining my blood since I had a heart attach in l992...(She is moving to NY state on Monday to be close to her dd and I will be virtually alone in Fla. as far as family is concerned.._)they all want me to move north other dd lives in NJ) TOO cold for me...although I am going up for the Christmas holidays....) anyway I am off the subject...
Well the vet agreed with my dd (JoLynn who is an RN) that a cat's bite is more serious than a dog's bite...something in their saliva..
So I had dd take him to the vet yesterday for his final nap...It breaks my heart but as they say "you gotta do what you gotta do"...I still haven't taken up his "feeding station" but will do it today....
I also mentioned to her that I had heard that the biting was a result of the declawing and she said not true....She said one has nothing to do with the other...A biting cat is just a biting cat regardless of whether it is declawed or not...
Thanks to all for your help and support..


A day above the earth is a good day.::) :) :)

redcardinalbird 11-18-2003 11:31 PM

jrztomato - I am so sorry you had to send your kitty to Rainbow Ridge but know you had to do it for your health, especially with your DD not going to be nearby. It will be hard but you have your memories. I still remember my dogs who I had to put to sleep. One I did myself the other my brother had to take in as it was right after my father passed and I could not do it. My DH said it was the dog or him as she was getting hip dysplasia (sp?)
and starting to lose control of BMS.

Maybe you can get some fish or something to keep you company that does not bite when you get back from up North. I don't blame you at all for wanting to stay in sunny Florida!:daisy:

jrztomato 11-27-2003 06:55 AM

:cat: Just wanted to say Happy Thanksgiving to you all..

on another note....I still am becoming acustomed to Harley being gone....he was in my life for so long....I told my dd that sometimes I see a dark streak going across the room and think it is him going to the bedroom to take his he is still with me in spirit anyway.....and I really am not losing it.ROFLMAO


A day above the earth is a good day:daisy:

redcardinalbird 11-27-2003 08:01 PM

jrztomato - Happy Thanksgiving to you and everyone else. As I type this I am now very full!

We will always miss our pets as they are members of our family. Their spirits will always watch over us.

jrztomato 03-01-2004 05:16 AM

:worm: :cat:
redcardinal bird... just sharing
.Guess I am feeling a little down would have been Harley's 8th birthday...I still miss him and swear I see him running around the rid of everything except his toys...guess I need to get them out of my living room also....Hope they are throwing him a party at Rainbow Bridge....:::
:heart: :cat: :heart:

redcardinalbird 03-01-2004 08:53 PM

jrztomato - How ironic, my brother and his family just got a new puppy so we were talking about our departed dog. We talk about another one but with having our cat now, in addition to fish and an anole that was sent home permanently for school Christmas break, I think we have enought pets for now!

So yes just think that he is having a great party at Rainbow Bridge. If you still don't want to get rid of his toys, just put them in a box so they are out of site. Or if you do donate them to an animal shelter in memory of Harley.

jrztomato 03-02-2004 02:50 AM

:worm: :cat:
what is an anole?..I never heard of this animal..
I could have looked it up in the encycolpedia but am too lazy this am....ROFLMAO
:heart: :cat:

redcardinalbird 03-02-2004 10:32 PM

Jrztomato - don't worry I had to look it up when it came home too as I didn't know exactly what it was or who to take care of it. My son kept calling it a chameleon. However it is a lizard and quite common in the South, in fact they consider it a pest sometimes.

My dear cat knocked over the Anole's "Camile" cage today. He has been looking at it intently when I have put the cage in the window so Camile can sun. He turned it completely upside down, so I had to gently turn it back over slowly so I did not upset Camile or squish her.

jrztomato 03-03-2004 04:41 AM

:worm: :cat:
We have a slew of those little lizzards...sometimes called camelions(sp) my yard...I hate when they get on the screened in porch...Harley would love to catch them but neve hurt them..I guess he just liked the challenge....I love to sit on the porch and watch them sun themselves on the garden statues, etc...cute...but like I said only as long as they are outside....they eat bugs so that is also a good point in their favor....^^
:heart: :cat:

redcardinalbird 03-03-2004 09:25 PM

Isn't it funny what qualify as pets for some? Ours is the only one that has survived since being sent home with the boys. They held them a lot in school but my ds does not like to and neither do I. Since Camile has come to our house she has not been held and has not been out of her cage and that is the way I hope it stays! She does eat crickets which I have to buy and hopefully will catch in the summer. I don't touch those either buy them in the bag and just dump into the cage. I like to watch it change colors.

I don't know if Mittens would eat it or not. One thing I do think is that he would most likely kill it.

jrztomato 03-04-2004 08:46 AM

:worm: :cat:
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