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Nov. 4th, 2009 | 11:22 pm

I am really not sure how long I can keep this kitten here.

I have to shut her in the hallway now for quite long periods of time, because it's the only way I get peace at certain times of the day without having to worry for several hours - quite literally - that I'm suddenly going to have puncture wounds all over my legs. This is not just me being a wimp either; this is claws all up the leg repeatedly, and it hurts.

No sanctions work, because it's all a game; if I yelp and try to grab her, it's part of a fun chasing game. If I then put her in the hallway that isn't connected with the previous activities at all.

It's not her fault but it makes me think that this really is *not* the best environment; the problem is that there's nothing for an explorative kitten to do apart from annoy me, and the last thing I want to do is look at a kitten and think "you little fucker get out of my space" rather than "ahh how cute".

It's just not good for her, I am thinking. I don't know, I don't want to be somebody who abandons kittens, but she would go to somebody who was a bit better set up for the whole situation than me (it's not like I would be sending her to the RSPCA, she'd go to another proper home). Ah, argh, I don't know.

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from: aussieintn
date: Nov. 5th, 2009 07:36 am (UTC)
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She needs a playmate. You need a second kitten.

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from: anonymous
date: Nov. 5th, 2009 01:53 pm (UTC)
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You aren't enjoying this experience and probably neither is she - best perhaps to find her a new home. But for heaven's sake not your sister, she has enough cats.
OP

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from: anonymous
date: Nov. 5th, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
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Do you mean to say you cannot accommodate an ickle kitten ? Why can't you wear long trousers ?

OB

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mother of the angry mob

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from: pennyland
date: Nov. 5th, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
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After having a dozen kittens in this place at a time, I completely feel for you.

You just need to let her know that you aren't a climbing toy. When she jumps up on you unexpectedly, pull her off (yes, this hurts, but by now your legs should be slightly immune to the clawing pain), give her a little 'thwack' between the ears (finger flick sorta thwack) and put her on the ground and ignore her.
She'll figure it out pretty quick.

If you still want her to sit on your lap, just pat your lap and help her up without using you as a climbing aide and give her a treat for being a good, listening kittay.

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fridgemagnet

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from: fridgemagnet
date: Nov. 5th, 2009 08:57 pm (UTC)
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too late now though

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mother of the angry mob

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from: pennyland
date: Nov. 5th, 2009 09:46 pm (UTC)
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Err, what?

NOT THE KITTEN!!! :0

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