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Old December 17th, 2009, 02:10 PM
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kitten behavior problem?

Hey I just got a new kitten recently, she is a purebred ragdoll, whom I named Drusilla. The problem I have with her is that she likes to follow me everywhere in the house and attack my feet as she does this. Besides it being annoying, I am afraid of accidently stepping on her, since she is always running through my feet as I walk. She is also really tiny, so it is easy to overlook her as she is walking behind me.
I know there have been a couple of other threads regarding this topic, and I have read them. The reason I am starting a new thread is because I have already tried everything suggested to stop kitten bites. I have tried distracting her from biting by giving her toys, which works for a few seconds. She has a sister (older, but same mom), who is only a month or two older, they play together sometimes but the minute Drussila sees me she runs to attack my feet. I have also tried telling her to stop firmly, which really does not work. I just really dont want it to become a habit in drusilla.
I mentioned that she was a ragdoll because I have read that they have a tendency to follow their human companions around, which is totally fine with me, just as long as she is not attacking my feet constantly.
I would really appreciate any suggestions.
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Old December 17th, 2009, 02:31 PM
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Welcome to kittenhood!!! Honestly, sounds quite normal to me, and she will most likely grow out of it. How old is this girl? How long have you had her? (and how is it possible that she has a half sister from a different litter that is only 1 or 2 months older?).
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Old December 17th, 2009, 04:01 PM
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My Daughter has 2 kitties who also decided that my feet are the bestest playtoys in the world. walking down the hall was dangerous with 2 kitties attacking my feet. I have fixed the problem somewhat. they very rarely attack my feet now, but they do still want to be close to me so if I am walking from the front of our place to the back they come thundering down the hall and have to try to get there before me. and it is actually really funny how they seem to know if I am going all the way to the back or if I am just going to the bathroom halfway down the hall.

Anyway, sorry for the ramble. I have found the best way to teach the cats what is not allowed is to spray them. I have a plant water spray bottle, cause I can set it anywhere from fine mist(when they are close) to the jet (for across a room) and I fill it with a water and vinager mix. the vinager can not hurt them, but they hate the smell and do not want it to hit em again just make sure you do not get them in the face, I am sure that it would sting the eyes.
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Old December 17th, 2009, 06:24 PM
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The spray will likely work, but I would use just plain water, no vinegar.
Another thing you might try is just stomping your feet loudly when she's about to attack. I've trained my cats to stay away from a door and trying to sneak out whether I'm coming in or going out. They back away from a door now.
If your kitty is very bold and insistent, if she attacks your feet & you don't have the spray handy, give her a tap on her paw with your foot, hard enough that you mean business but certainly not hard enough to hurt her, will likely work. She might think twice next time before she attacks your feet. Let us know how things work out.
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Old December 17th, 2009, 08:14 PM
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catlover, if she's in attack mode she will probably take it as an invitation to wrestle, and dig in with all four paws of claws. (we never deliberately did this, but with 7 kittens it was impossible to avoid every kitten dogging our feet, especially when two attacked at once.)
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Old December 18th, 2009, 07:03 AM
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You have a typical Ragdoll kitten, who wants to play. Of course if it was me, I would have pick the kitten up, give it some kisses, then distract it with another toy. . Another thing you may try is to put your hand between your feet and the kitten as the kitten comes in for the attack with a very firm no. The kitten will get the message that she will not be able to attack feet.


I am confused about the age difference between the kittens, one or two months ???? Do they play together?
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