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    Asked Jun 19, 2007, 11:29 AM 19 Answers
    My 11 week old kitten is adopted and highly spirited. She is "entertained" by almost anything. However, she has begun testing her teeth on us whenever she can and though she's playing and not biting hard, it is painful. She bit a path the whole way up my arm this morning. Any suggestions? Also, if the cat has a scratching post will she stop clawing the furniture? Is it possible to file her sharp little claws without hurting her? Thanks for your suggestions. Though I've had cats for years, this is my first "indoor" cat and I need some help.:o :)

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    Jun 19, 2007, 11:44 AM
    When she starts biting you stop playing with her. You can cut her nails ,I have never heard of filing them. The first time I would suggest that you let the vet or a groomer show you how. To deal with the furniture scratching. I would get her a post & sit it in front the piece of furniture that she is scratching on, when you see her do this take her paws and sctratch the post, she should pick this up rather quickly. And they sell some think type of box like material at the pets stores, my cats love to scratch on boxes. I keep a flat one lying in the basement and on our enclosed back porch, when they are done shredding on it I get a new one, the thicker the better.I have 4 cats right now and 2 dogs and brand new furniture and they never bother my stuff. I hope you intend to spay her, if she is not already. There are many health benefits to this as well as not bring unwanted kittens into the world. Cats in heat are annoying to deal with they cry and moan at all hours and sometimes they will pee in different parts of the house.This goes on and off until they are spayed or get pregnant! It is better to get them spayed before the first heat. You have some time though , speak to your vet if you haven't already. Enjoy your kitten she be a great source of comfort and happiness for years to come. :)
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    Jun 20, 2007, 10:01 AM
    Give her plenty of toys to play with.She is teething and her gums will be tender for a while,which makes her want to chew and bite.She also will want to play,so feathers and chasing toys will tire her out.Catnip will relax her.
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    Jun 20, 2007, 03:35 PM
    Cats are usually not fond of citrus, and there are some sprays on the market you can buy with a citrus smell to keep your cat from scratching. I bought one to keep my cat from clawing the carpet in front of closed doors (she was tearing the carpet up) and I'm sad to say, it didn't work! She took one sniff and rolled on it like it was catnip... BUT, a friend of mine has four cats and used the same stuff successfully!

    Good luck!
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    Jun 20, 2007, 06:55 PM
    Also, I forgot to add; apparently cats also don't like tin foil, so you might be able to put tin foil on the area of the couch she is scratching. Again, mine, however did not respond to this... put foil on the floor where she scratched and the little brat first laid on it, then bit a hole into it and tore it to shreds with her teeth. Perhaps your kitty is a little less of a pain in the a$$ than mine!
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    Jun 20, 2007, 07:23 PM
    Bitter apple works to keep her from biting. You can buy it at a pet store. The only negative is that you would have to put some on your hand so when she bites you she tastes it. What works wonders with my cat is a spray bottle. We have one in just about every room. If she is biting us too hard, on the kitchen table, scratching the couch, etc.. We spray her with water and it makes her stop. After awhile she learns not to do these things because she will get sprayed. Now I just have to show her the bottle and she stops whatever she is doing.
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    Jun 28, 2007, 08:34 AM
    I have a lovable 5 week old kitten that likes to bite me and my family ang he can't understand the concept of going to the litter box at nighthe always urinates on my bed what should I do?? :confused:
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    Jun 28, 2007, 10:42 AM
    My cat has urinated in my bed 3 times in the last 4 months so if you find the answer let me know. It is fixing to be that the cat has to go.
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    Jun 29, 2007, 09:25 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by bekah876
    My cat has urinated in my bed 3 times in the last 4 months so if you find the answer let me know. It is fixing to be that the cat has to go.
    Is your cat spayed/neutered ? Cats that are uncomfortable from being in heat will sometimes seek out other places to pee. Do you keep the litter box very clean, maybe provide 2 different sizes, they may not like the one you have for some reason, remember that their sense of smell is a lot better than ours so you may need to scoop it 2 times per day and try washing it inside and out once per week using a detergent and rinsing with vinegar water to take care of any odor left behnd. Also the cat may have A UTI they will go in some other places to urinate, beside the litter box. In their minds they see the litter box that is causing the pain. Cats are naturally clean animals so there has to be a reason why your cat is doing this, try different things and do some research before you get rid of it.
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    Jun 29, 2007, 10:12 AM
    Yes, my cat is fixed so going in heat is not her problem. My husband cleans the litter box since I just found out I am pregnant and I think he cleans it every other day. He might have to start doing it once a day. I thought about the UTI but she has done it 3 times in the last 4 or 5 months, not anytime close to each other. I would think if it was a UTI the incidents would happen closer together. I will tell my husband to start cleaning the litter box more often and maybe clean it out completely once a week. I hate to ask him to do this though since it is my cat and he all the sudden has been given the task of the litter box. Oh, and I have changed litter boxes since this has happened.
    In my mind I am beginning to think she is jealous of me. She likes my husband better than me and it is always my side she pees on (yes, I get the smell out completely and have turned the mattress and everything so it isn't the smell she is going back to). Maybe I am going crazy. I will try everything before I get rid of her, after all she is part of my family now.
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    Oct 10, 2008, 09:41 PM
    In response to the question about why your cat is peeing your bed... I disagree with bullying pets to stop them from doing unwanted behavior. I believe that bullying creates an unbalanced pet that is likely to be tense and nervous. Spraying a cat with water is a very aggressive response from a cats perspective. You may have not considered this before but just imagine if your spouse sprayed you with a water hose every time you did something annoying? I suspect that your cat may be relieving his annoyance with you by peeing your bed... the place that you spend the most of your time and therefore the next best thing to peeing directly on you!

    Try giving the cat ONE firm, loud "No Maam!" or "No Sir!" when they do something unwanted. Then go over to the cat and cheerfully engage them with a toy and draw them away from the area that they were interested in. A long piece of string with a pom pom (always supervise play with string due to choking hazards) on the end is usually enough to distract them away and then you can replace the string with a more suitable play or chew toy. This will teach the cat to seek out designated objects for scratching, relieving stress, playing, teething, etc. It will also show your cat better leadership and will help to establish you as the leader. Once you have regained your cats respect I suspect that she/he will stop peeing the bed. Hope this helps.
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    May 3, 2009, 12:43 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by arjones09 View Post
    i have a lovable 5 week old kitten that likes to bite me and my family ang he can't understand the concept of going to the litter box at nighthe always urinates on my bed wat should i do?????:confused:
    Look in Petco there is this special litter filling which is very attractive toward kittens. In fact, my 4 week old kitten learned just in two days(litter training) and NEVER peed anywhere else. I recommend this special litter filling(cat attractive)... GOOD LUCK! :):)
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    May 3, 2009, 03:06 PM

    It sounds like she wants attention from you, one of my cats who never had peed anyplace but the litterbox, he started to pee on a Chair and after I gave him more attention, he stopped. When my cats bite me in play, I scream loud "Au" and they stop right away.
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    Dec 13, 2009, 01:42 PM
    I had a fungal infection on my toe nails and bought a product at my local pharmacy store called Fungi Cure and applied them to all my nails. My 11 week old kitten can not stand the smell. If he goes to bite my hand I show him my nails, and he takes one whiff and he is gone! It doesn't hurt him, and my nails are fabulous again!
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    Dec 13, 2009, 01:44 PM
    I had a fungal infection on my toe nails and bought a product at my local pharmacy store called Fungi Cure and applied them to all my nails. My 11 week old kitten can not stand the smell. If he goes to bite my hand I show him my nails, and he takes one whiff and he is gone! It doesn't hurt him, and my nails are fabulous again!
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    Jul 24, 2011, 06:10 PM
    It might sound funny but double sided tape is the answer. My kitten has no climbed or scratch my couch the second she put her paws on it. She shook it, licked it and moved on. Make sure it is clear so they do not associate the look of the tape with the stickiness or that look will have to stay present for it to work.
    I am still working on the biting. I do stop playing and very gentle tap her nose and say (not yell), no. Then leave the issue alone till it happens again. Repetition and imposing the same reprimand every time is the key or you will have to start again. She still bites occasionally but it is only when she gets excited during play as to before. Plenty of other options for chewing helps as well.
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    Jul 25, 2011, 12:53 AM
    Cats have only one form of playing, and it's called 'hunting'. All play activity is centered around that life-long instinct.

    Most owner participating play periods involve something the kitten/cat chases and catches. Moving hands are not a lot different (think like the cat for a better understanding of why). So, modify your play periods, or stop participating in them altogether... let the kitten entertain and practice all by herself.
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    Nov 13, 2011, 09:54 AM
    Loud noises are helpful to my kitten hates when my little brother rolls his 0trucks around the house... we have a bell collar to punish him. Ee put it on his neck for about fiver minutes and he hates it.
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    Feb 11, 2012, 03:13 PM
    Shut the door to your bedroom so she never pisses on your bed! That smell (cat urine) is very dangerous (toxic) to an unborn baby! I don't care what so-called "experts" tell you; cat urine and literbox changing is life-threatening to an unborn baby!! Always wear a surgical mask over your nose and mouth, and wear elbow length thick industrial heavy rubber gloves when changing the literbox while pregnant, if you yourself absolutely must change it. Afterwards thoroughly wash your hands like a Doctor when you are done cleaning the literbox including under the fingernails. You'll be surprised how many pregnant women don't do that! Then they have a miscarriage and wonder why?

    So, keeping your bedroom door shut at all times should do the trick provided your doorknobs aren't faulty. But you'll need a new mattress which you can buy cheap at some second-hand store. ALSO, Before and after the baby is born keep the baby's bedroom door shut too, all the time to keep the cat from pee-ing in the baby's room to. Cause your cat sounds like the type that will piss in the baby's mattress and on the baby's toys. Use a baby monitor with camera pointed towards the crib.

    Now, just to be funny to keep things light to get away from the seriousness of your situation, to end your cat's pissing problem on your mattress(specifically your side of the bed) you may want to call a "Pet Psychic." LOL... Just being funny!
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    Feb 11, 2012, 03:29 PM
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    If the cat bites you, what are you doing to the cat before he/she bites you? If your cat was laying beside you and you pet it; then it bit you. Maybe she's the kind of cat that doesn't like to be touched when he/she's sleeping?

    If you are moving your fingers around playfully with your cat and she/he bites you; that's you own darn fault!

    If you are the kind of person who moves your hands (non-deaf person)while talking, then the cat will think you want to play with him/her and they will bite you cause they will think you are playing with him/her and that you are also a cat.

    If you are typing on your computer, cat's and kitten's can't help but want to scratch or bite you cause they are attracted to moving objects and that includes fingers. And that includes biting the back of hands where the fingers that are moving are attached. My suggestion for a case like this, is to keep a squirt bottle full of water right next to you, so if you see you cat approaching your computer; you can squirt him/her right away. I always squirt my cat's nose when she tries to bite my fingers. It took a couple of times for her to get the message, but she caught on! And that's all you can do sometimes cause you don't want to smack your cat cause violence makes cats neurotic and you don't want that! Anotherwords, you don't want your cat to adopt worse behavioral problems.

    Much Love. Peace.
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