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posted 11-13-2003 07:14 PM           Edit/Delete Message
Ok, I have a kitten about 4-5 months old. I also have a 14 mo old boy. About a week ago my boy shut the door on my poor cat's tail. She yelped a mighty yelp and tore across the house in pain. She was normally an active cat, but since then, she doesnt play fight anymore, and doesnt play at all. She still runs around the house sometimes from window to window, but other wise is lounging around.
Sometimes when my kid gets near her, she will hiss at him and run away.
There is a bump about halfway down her tail, and it drags around the floor often, but not all the time. Her hair has also gotten an 'oily' feel to it, while her tail remains busy.
She keeps hiding in corners and under blankets, and has a big appetite.
Does anybody know if there is anything I can do for her, or If i should bring her into a vet.
Also, its hard to keep an eye on my kid, and he will find the cat and pull her tail or sit on her, or try to pull her hair out. Does anybody have any good ways to get him to leave her alone, or play nice, or will he do it until he understands it hurts the cat?

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posted 11-13-2003 07:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for blaklilac     Edit/Delete Message
um, yikes, not a good situation for either party. the kitten might become afraid of all humans, and if she hurts the child, he could learn to fear cats. I'm a psychology major, so the solution may be to do a bit of classical conditioning. first off, though, get the kitty to the vet, asap. tail injuries are never a good thing. anyways, no expert, of course, but I would try to get the kitty to start feeling safe again around you, and other members of the family. pet her, talk, give her treats, and try to encourage playing. during this time, try to keep kitty and child separated as much as possible. after that, slowly introduce child with kitten plus a positive stimulus. for example, give the kitty a treat if she gets close to the child, and eventually, if she can learn to get close enough, give a treat to the child for gental actions. like I said, i'm no expert, and others here probably have much better suggestions, but if you think this might work for you, let me know and i'll explain it in more detail.

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