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Haplo
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posted 10-30-2003 11:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Haplo     Edit/Delete Message
Okay, first of all, hi everyone.

On to my problem...

Just yesterday I adopted a new kitten fro my local Humane Society. For an hour or so she was very upset, running around, meowing loudly and sniffing everything, and avoiding me. That's to be expected.. Then she hopped onto my lap and can't get enough of me.

She has only taken a couple (literally) bites of food since she got here, i'm a litter concerned she isn't eating. I was using paper in her litter box, and she hadn't gone at all since I brought her home.. but I bought some litter today, and 30 seconds after that she went! So... alls pretty good.

Other then the food thing, I have one problem. She loves to curl up in my lap. And that's fine by me. The problem is when she starts pawing me, and chewing/licking my shirt or pants. When I say pawing I mean stretching her pawns, with claws out, first one, then the other, then the first one, then the second.. over and over with no stop in sight. And while doing this she chews on my shirt or on my pants, not only does it leave an annoying wet spot, but the sound is extremely aggravating when she is so close to me...

Does anyone know what this behavious is?? How to stop it? A friend on mine suggested putting pennys into a tin can, and shaking it hard when she did something bad, to make her stop. I didn't really want to, but nothing else aside from setting her on the floor would stop her. So I had my can ready and when she started this up and wouldn't stop, I gave it a small shake.. she was a bit freaked but calmed right down and started again... so I shook it very hard and she went scrambling across the floor and hid under my bed for 5-10 mins... then she finally creeped out and jumped up on the other chair in the room.. I set her on my lap, an she curled up and purred, but after about 2 mins she ran off to her little box to sleep. (I was trying to keep her awake so she would sleep tonight, but I feel HORRIBLE! about scaring her like that...)

*Sighs* Anyways.. I am rambling. *Shuts up*

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marciawood
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From:Londonderry, NH USA
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posted 10-30-2003 01:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for marciawood     Edit/Delete Message
sounds like your kittie is nursing your shirt. my kitten maggie likes to nurse the armpits of my sweaters, and i know other people who have cats that nurse their clothing, or even their own tail. unfortunately, if you find this annoying, i don't know how to stop it. usually little maggie stops when she's ready, and it doesn't really bother me, so i let her. good luck!

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Mandy
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posted 10-30-2003 01:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mandy     Edit/Delete Message
Ok first off let me start off by saying, please stop shaking the can of pennies and scaring your poor new little kitty like that, to where she has to run and hide for 10 minutes, that's just not a good way to handle any situation. She is already in a new environment, and scaring her from the get go is no way to get used to her new home.

Your cat has done nothing bad to deserve to be scared. What she is doing is called "kneading" and it is perfectly natural for a kitten to be doing that. They knead their mothers breasts while their nursing, to stimulate the milk. It's a natural instinct for cats, and some cats actually never grow out of it. I have a 8 month old cat that still does that, and I think it's cute. I find nothing bad or annoying about it.

My vet told me when a kitten does that to a human, they're actually calling you "Mom" and feel comfortable enough to get very close to you. So your kitten is trying to show you love, stop scaring her for giving affection!

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Ahkahna
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posted 10-30-2003 01:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ahkahna     Edit/Delete Message
o_0

exactly what Mandy said.

my question is..have you ever owned a cat before?

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fleafly
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posted 10-30-2003 02:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
How old is she?

Kittens that are taken away from their mom too soon sometimes nurse on things like your kitty is doing. Try buying her a soft cuddlely stuffed animal about her size. She might start cuddling and nursing on it instead. When she starts nursing on you put the animal in front of her. The good news is she should grow out of it.

As long as she is old enough she should eat when she is hungry. Leave her food down where she can always get to it. She may just be adjusting to the change. Sometimes they don't eat as much for for a few days while they are getting used to a new place.

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Haplo
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posted 10-30-2003 03:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Haplo     Edit/Delete Message
Okay... no, I've never had a cat of my own before. My mother was always alergic, and wouldn't let me have any pet, so all I have is second-hand experience mostly.

As for the can, I was simply trying what a trusted (and I thought intelligent) friend told me to do. I threw the can out after that horrible little episode.

My kitty is a brown tabby, 4 months old, and female. She seems pretty fine now, she slept on my lap for around 2 hours before I went to make supper. She slept another half hour, but I guess I was moving too much so she moved to her little box.

Thanks for all the info guys.. As long as it doesn't last forever! Hah. The smacking sound of her chewing on it was just sort of grating on the nerves. I can deal with it now that I know why, though. ^^;

Again, thank you very much.

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nern

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posted 10-30-2003 03:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for nern     Edit/Delete Message
Most of mine still "knead" and they are all adults. When their nails are long it can really hurt sometimes. My solution to this problem was to keep their nails trimmed. They can knead me all they want and it does'nt hurt a bit.

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Haplo
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posted 10-30-2003 04:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Haplo     Edit/Delete Message
The kneading isnt a problem.. I've very used to it from my father's and friends' cats. It can be pleasant actually. ^^

What was bothering me was the "smacking" sound of her chewing on her own saliva. It seemed extremely odd to me.. Now that I understand it is really very flattering, and it doesn't bother me so much.

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beepbeep
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posted 11-01-2003 05:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for beepbeep     Edit/Delete Message
I had a male cat who would nurse on my palm and my ear. It actually didnt freak me out to bad until the ear. I have piercings going up both sides of my ears and i think the studs made it more to his liking. He actually never did it when i took the earings out. most of the cats i have had has nursed on something random. Infact the sound doesnt bother me as much as the saliva. That can get gross. I finally gave him a blanket and when he would start on my ear i would lay him on it and after a while of trying to explain to him that my ear was off limits he finally started to use him blanket. Maybe buy her something fuzzy? I think fuzzy things are best

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Jamiya
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posted 11-03-2003 06:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jamiya     Edit/Delete Message
My 13 year old cats still knead.


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Jenna
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posted 11-03-2003 09:38 AM           Edit/Delete Message
A post like this makes me want to cry...seriously. It makes you realize the horrible way kittens may be treated. For doing NORMAL kitten behavior that is instinctive.

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Jamiya
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posted 11-03-2003 11:05 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jamiya     Edit/Delete Message
Especially a behavior that means, "I love you."


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Haplo
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posted 11-03-2003 03:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Haplo     Edit/Delete Message
Horrible? Ok. I made 1 mistake, and scared my kitten once. My first cat. You've NEVER made a mistake before? It's now nearly a week since I adopted her, and she has adjusted wonderfully - Not one accident outside her litter box, she eats regularly, etc. She loves me to death - She sits on my lap 90% of the time, and if I leave even for 5 minutes she cries at me when I come back for not being there to cuddle. :P

I'm sorry, but that just hits a nerve with me. "Horrible" in no way descripes how I treat my new cat. I give her constant attention and love, and she loves me more then I can believe. As I write this she is curled up in my lap purring. I made a mistake, and I admit that - I was taking advise from a friend who I trusted, otherwise I'd never have used that 'can', and would have simply waited for some info on all this.

*Goes off to play with his adorable kitten*

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footsie
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posted 11-03-2003 04:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for footsie     Edit/Delete Message
I think some of these replies have been a bit harsh. Haplo said in the original question that he felt bad about it and was looking for help.

I found that advice too when I was doing a lot of cat reseach prior to adopting my kitten. I even tried it myself, but Footsie didn't ever seem to care about the noise so I gave up on it as a training tool.

I would disagree than shaking a can of pennies is horrible. A loud noise might be scary, but it doesn't hurt the cat at all. And it isn't causing any more emotional trama than any other loud noise. My cat is more scared of the sound of the dishwasher than he ever was of the can of pennies.

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beepbeep
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posted 11-03-2003 08:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for beepbeep     Edit/Delete Message
Greatly said Footsie

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fleafly
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posted 11-04-2003 10:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
Anyone who takes the time to come this board for advice obviously cares about their cat.

It just goes to show how cat's behavior can be misunderstood. Haplo is a good owner for taking the time to try and understand it.

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LottynTrike
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posted 11-04-2003 12:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for LottynTrike     Edit/Delete Message
I am a new cat owner, havent really been around cats that much. I can totally see how someone could get wrong info or sugguestion that dont work for your animal but do work with their animal. my suggestion is to just listen to what people have to say and do what you think is best for you new kitten. get to know your cats personaitly first, then see what would be best for her.

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MaydaysMom
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posted 11-05-2003 11:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MaydaysMom     Edit/Delete Message
I dont think the can is such horrible advice. Better than someone telling Haplo to hit the kitten.
Good luck with your kitten Haplo sounds like she loves you very very much.
I remember when I got my first kitty. Such mysterious little creatures arnt they?

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