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Kitten Update

So I've had almost two weeks of living with the kitten. These are my observations:

When punished, she likes to punish people back. She particularly hates it if you scruff her and fights you back on it. Once let go, she lays her ears back, gives you a "How dare you scruff me!?!" look, arches her back, then promptly attacks your arm, teeth and claws bared. She pinches, hard, with her teeth.

She loves to be held, but hates to be touched. She's usually pretty good when held so long as you move around. If you stay still she gets easily bored and bites/nibbles whatever is closest.

She is a very active kitten and gets very bored very easily. She loves to zoom all over the place, in and out of hiding spots, out of my room to underneath my bed, stealth attacking and running away, and chasing the dog all over the place. Flash is a very appropriate name for her.

She has her sweet moments -- usually when she's sleeping.

She can't decide if she's offended when people touch her or if she likes the attention. She has moments when she adores the attention, and then she remembers someone is touching her and then goes to attack.

She loves to attack anything that moves. She particularly loves stealing bits of ribbon and playing with dangly things. Her favorite toy is a piece of ribbon she stole out of my sewing kit, and a scarf that I don't really use. She also loves her mousey balls with tails. I'll have to take a picture sometime. The fluffy chenielle tails are dangly bits, and she likes to grab the ball and show off how she' scaptured it.

I really want to love this kitty, but she's not giving me the opportunity to do so. The rewards of her loving sweet moments are very, very short lived. It's very hard to tell if she's warming up to anyone or not. On the flip side, she adores my room and takes every opportunity she can to come and be with me, even if she is being pesky and mostly attacking me in the process.

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tigana
Oct. 27th, 2005 02:06 pm (UTC)
How old is she now? My own Flash was nine months old when I got him from a foster home, and that poor cat's first introduction to his new household was a face full of Big Scary Nosy Dog. It took him a long time to get over that. I decided my best course of action was to just leave him alone and let him approach me when he was ready. It's been almost two years now and Flash isn't a cuddly wuddly lap cat, and he's not enthusiastic about being picked up and held, but as long as he's not forced he's okay with it. I'd hardly call him affectionate but he's made it plain he likes my company. It may just take time for your Flash to decide you're harmless and can be trusted. I think mine was a little over a year when he decided I wasn't going to turn him into kitty mince pie or something.
eronion
Oct. 27th, 2005 09:27 pm (UTC)
Sounds like she's just being a kitten. :) Our little Phoenix was the same way when we first got him 2-3 months ago. He's mellowed out a little bit since then, but he still enjoys attacking things (especially feet moving under the blankets) and tends to employ teeth when picked up without his permission. ;) Give her time, especially considering the recent move. I know our cats got rather frazzled with our moving a few years back. She'll calm down, I'm sure, with time. :)
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bludiscus
Oct. 28th, 2005 01:52 am (UTC)
Aw. I'm sure she does like you -- if she didn't, she wouldn't enjoy your room (a place that smells like YOU) so much. :) Our little Pippin, who is about 3 months old, is a wild man. He spazzes, zooms all over, chews on his big brother, chews on US, doesn't necessarily like to be held, but he tolerates it. However, he likes to be near us when he sleeps, and he will often wind around my ankles purring at the top of his little lungs.

Kittens sometimes need gentled. Was Flash a feral? ... Either way, be patient. Kittens will be kittens, and sometimes all they want to do is play and bite and chew and chew and... ;) Sometimes I think the secret is to play with them so much they're exhausted and then take advantage of it to cuddle them.

Either way, you might want to read How to Gentle a Kitten. cats.about.com has some great resources for kitten and cat owners.

Hang in there! Just be open and loving and eventually, Flash will show you the same in return.

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