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Old 09-28-2020, 12:50 PM   #5
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Default Re: New Kitten - help with discipline

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Originally Posted by charla View Post
I didn't know cat's nails needed clipped.
I mean, they don't need to be clipped the same way that a dog's nails do but I personally notice a dramatic reduction in inappropriate scratching of furniture and rugs when their nails are shorter, and (possibly more importantly) it really reduces the risk that even a playful little swipe could draw blood It also makes affectionate kneading a LOT less painful when there aren't tiny needles involved


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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.
Honestly? I'd follow your heart here I truly don't think that water sprayers are out-and-out bad. When used judiciously, they do teach consequences really quickly, and from enough of a distance that you seem just a little bit omnipotent Mother cats follow up their warnings with corrections. I would never, ever feel comfortable cuffing a kitten the way that their mother would (I think humans are too large and strong to do it right) but that sequence of Warning then Correction is something that makes sense to your kitty. It's not about punishment so much as maintaining a boundary that you've set in a unpleasant but not unkind way. Definitely feel out what makes sense for you and your relationship with her


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The cuddles are the best. Our previous kitty didn't like to cuddle at all.
My sweet, precious 16 year old cat is just NOT a snuggler, but my sister's youngest cat is and I just every time
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