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#1 Stew

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Posted 10 August 2017 - 09:47 PM

Hi ,

l recently purchased a kitten for a female friend as a companion.The kitten is a gorgeous female Manx/Ragdoll cross and is now about 4 months old.My friend is in her 70's but very young for her age and loves the kitten dearly but she is constantly getting bitten.I see the kitten often and while she is in most instances quite calm although playfull she has a habit of biting for no obvious reason.My friend does not want to give the kitten up but may have too if she continues to get bitten.She has many bite marks where the kitten drew blood and it is becoming a problem.I appreciate there is no quick fix but is it something they grow out of or is there another issue maybe.



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Posted 11 August 2017 - 05:47 AM

I have attached an article for you to read that I hope might help.  There is nothing better than pets for  any-one (especially the more elderly - not that the  70's is old by my standards) so I do hope it can be sorted

 

http://www.catsofaus...sive-kitten.htm


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Posted 11 August 2017 - 07:59 PM

I had a kitten that bit, I always used a toy to play with her, never my hands. I bought a "da bird" wand toy (cheaper wand toys will work as well) and played with her with it, very few kittens can resist them. Playing with her for about 10 minutes would tire her out, I'd give her a rest for a few minutes and then play with her for another 10. Cats are sprinters rather than marathon runners so two short play sessions will be more than enough, she'll be ready to eat and then sleep. 

 

Another thing great thing I bought was a Kong Wubba for kittens (again, any soft toy that the kitten can chew would be fine). Your friend can may wish to keep it close, and when the kitten becomes aggressive, distract it with the toy. My cat loved hers and would carry it around from room to room, bite it, bunny kick it and even sleep with it. 

 

I have tried the method where, where when the kitten bites you tell it "No" in a firm voice (or hiss) and walk away, as the mother cat does. Kittens have very short short-term memories, your friend only needs to ignore her for a few minutes. I had limited success with this method only because you have to be consistent or else it won't work. Unfortunately, my partner wouldn't come to the party  and tended to let her get away with it. The good news is that she did grow out of it, I think by the time she was about 8 or 9 months old? 

 

I would not encourage your friend to grab her by the scruff of the neck or raise your voice, I've read that this method is going out of fashion with behaviourists as it makes the kitten scared of you and quite possibly more aggressive.  



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Posted 16 August 2017 - 03:25 PM

I had a kitten like that who grew up into a very big cat and never stopped biting me. I eventually had to give him away because he was attacking people all of the time. You absolutely need to teach your kitten not to bite. When he starts biting hold his mouth closed and hold his body so he cant scratch you. Hold him in this position until he submits and stops trying to squirm and bite/scratch. He will get the idea after a while.


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Posted 04 September 2017 - 07:04 AM

sorry to hear about your friends problem, just saw it has Manx in it, I have a female Manx . nine months old now, she likes to be boss but does not bite me, she loves me follows me everywhere. even loves riding in my ute.

I was training her what or where she could and could not go, useing a garden waterer to squirt her with if she go on the bench top. water seemed to have no effect she has a love of water. then I tried deodorant, I only needed to use that once. now all it takes is to show her the deodorant and she obeys . she bites sometimes but not with full force I just let her and show no fear she does it playfully sometimes. your friend could try deodorant just let the kitten smell it not a direct spray then all it takes is to show the can.also I say no! when I show the deodorant. I give her all my love & she responds. have had people take pic's of her sitting on top of cat carrier in my ute, and a few have said she does not act like a normal cat.



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Posted 06 September 2017 - 11:36 AM

are some breeds more likely to bite than others?



#7 Minty Manx

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Posted 07 September 2017 - 06:58 PM

well I can't say that, but if a cat loves you, it will let you pick it up and so on and if it bites you it will only be playing and won't be using full force. my Manx bites me playfully but does not hurt or break the skin I just show no fear & let her. I was at my vets today and my vet said what a sweet cat she is, she never uses her claws on anyone, she has a tree cat climber I made. scratch that



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Posted 16 September 2017 - 11:46 AM

Please don't use deodorant on your cat, cats are extremely sensitive to chemicals, particularly essential oils.  They are toxic, your cat can go into liver failure. 



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Posted 23 September 2017 - 07:57 AM

Please don't use deodorant on your cat, cats are extremely sensitive to chemicals, particularly essential oils.  They are toxic, your cat can go into liver failure. 

thank's, would never do anything to hurt minty she is a beautiful cat! I did not put the deodorant on her, I used it as a threat, sprayed it in air so she could smell it. it worked as now I just show it to her if she jumps off kitchen bench top. I worry about that, as the electric cook top. would hate to think what could happen if she walked on a hot cook top.






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