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Old 09-28-2020, 12:20 PM   #3
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Default Re: New Kitten - help with discipline

Wow, all of that is so helpful.

I do think we need to get a cat tree. I think that would help immensely. She has just healed from surgery so I think it would be safe to get her one now.

We used white noise last night to drown out her pitiful cries. It was hard, but I think she eventually settled down.

She does have a bed but she doesn't like it. Maybe because it's on the ground? I have no idea where to put it up high. It's a little basket with a furry blanket.

I think part of the biting is that she is actually still trying to nurse like on our fingers or toes. We redirect her to food then. It's hard to tell the difference between her hunger bites and her playing bites. We did get her a teether toy also that seems to help some when she is in a bitey mood. So every time she bites, I've told her no and either put her down, offered her food, offered her the chew toy, or offered her another toy. It's just hard to tell exactly what she needs in that situation. Maybe I'll learn to read her better.

Good point on getting her used to stuff now like car rides, etc. We plan to board her when we are gone in a couple months so that will be good to get her used to that. And the carrier for vet visits, etc. When our other cat got quite old, we wished we could have boarded him when we were gone because he needed so much extra care, but it would have been something way out of the ordinary for him and we just didn't feel like putting him through a new, stressful experience that late in his life.

I didn't know cat's nails needed clipped.

So lightly misting her with water is not too over the top harsh? It's seems most effective for keeping her out of stuff I don't want her in. She seems to learn really quickly that way, but it feels bad to me.

The cuddles are the best. Our previous kitty didn't like to cuddle at all.
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