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Wild Kitten !!

Discussion in 'Cat Training and Behaviour' started by Gem29, Aug 4, 2009.


  1. Gem29

    Gem29 PetForums Newbie

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    Hello everyone,

    I'm new and this is my first post. I have 2 kittens, a british shorthair blue boy who is 5 months and a BSH blue girl who is 3 and half months.

    We got Ozzy first and is very well behaved and fitted into our family perfectly. I have 3 year old boy girl twins and a 5 year old daughter. Ozzy loves the kids and they love him.

    I got our little girl on saturday who we have named Bluebell so she hasn't been here long. I'm hoping that next year she may have a litter and got her from a very good breeder in cumbria. As she has come from a breeder she isn't very well socialised as she was in a large pen with her mother and other siblings. I didn't think this would be such a big problem and although I knew it would take time she would get used to us and our home.

    Since she has got here she is very difficult to handle. She never comes to me, I have to more or less catch her or find her as she hides a lot. When I pick her up she hisses and gets her claws out and doesn't relax. I'm covered in scratches already so obviously I'm keeping the children away. She is eating ok and using the litter tray fine. Ozzy and her have had a sniff and a hiss and keep themselves to themselves.

    I know its only early days but I can't help being really concerened about the handling of her. I'm trying to get her used to it by picking her up yet when I do it turns into a bit of a battle. This situation is so different from when we got Ozzy as he was so loving and all over us although he did come from a family where they were brought up in the family home.

    I just keep thinking have I done the wrong thing by not getting a well socialised kitten when bringing them into our home. Bluebell is like a wild cat.

    Does anyone have any advise or can relate to this and say if this is just a phase and will get better with time.

    Thanks

    Gemma :confused:
     
  2. spid

    spid PetForums VIP

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    Just like to say that just coming from a breeder doesn'tautomatically mean that she will not be socialised - I am a small scale breeder and my kittens all live in the house with the kids and guests and are fully socialised! Please don't tar us all with the same brush! Personally I wouldn't call her a GOOD breeder if she doesn't socialise her kittens!

    In terms of scocialsing her don't keep picking her up but sit onthe florr and let her come to you, try not to maintain eye contact until she is relaxed. I find scratching the carpet attracts them to you, as will have a tasty treat in your hand. Stroke her when she is eating. Just take it slowly and at her pace, it is possible that she will never be a lap cat now but she should gradually get better. It will take time and patience and love but she wil get there. I would confine her to a space she can call her own so she isn't intimidated by a whole house after having lived in a pen, and as she relaxes and becomes more confident gradually let her use more of the house. You need to make sure that all of you spend time in the room with her being calm and quiet, each and every day.

    How old is she? I don't think I would be able to keep my 11 week old kittens in a pen without them harming themselves trying to get out! They now have full roam of the house and love tearing up and down the stairs chasing each other.

    EDIT: by the way - welcome.
     
  3. Gem29

    Gem29 PetForums Newbie

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    Hi thank you for your reply. Sorry I seemed to have offended you by saying as she came from a breeder she isn't well socialised. Maybe I should have worded that differently.
    She is 14 weeks old and was kept in one of the many large wooden catteries in the garden. Her cattery was holding 7 adult cats in separate pens. I was told that the breeding cats don't come in the house and when the breeder picked Bluebell up to show her to my daughter she did the same to him, wriggled and caused a nasty cut on his hand. It was obvious they don't get handled.

    I have been to other breeders homes where the situation is very different and you can clearly see the difference in the cats and kittens.

    We have put her in the front room with everything she needs as we too thought it might be too much for her exploring a big house. When ever I enter the room she runs off and hides. I will try what you said and sit and see if she will come to me and give her the time she needs.

    Thanks again.
     
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    Thank you. I wasn't offended but it did come across wrong - personally I think anyone who breeds like that is effectively as bad as a back yard breeder! My cat lives with me as she is a pet not just a kitten factory. You were brave to buy from them. For me, no matter how good the lines or qualifications of the breeder, if she doesn't look after her cats in the way I would and the kittens aren't socialised, then I wouldn't buy from her. I have had all and sundry in to play with my kittens in order to socialise them. It is the most important thing to me really. That and being healthy!

    Anyway, hopefully your kitten will mellow out and learn to socialise soon. Good luck and let us know how she is getting on. Any pics?:D
     
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    Alansw8 PetForums Senior

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    I viewed some kittens yesterday and couldnt get near them, the breeder turned round and said they are ok with them.

    I didnt get the kitten :):)
     
  6. Elmstar

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    Unfortunately it appears that this breeder hasn't socialised the kittens and it can be difficult once they reach a certain age.

    You'll need to be patient and handle her regularly for short periods until she realises that it's quite a good thing to be held and cuddled.
     
  7. Cat_Crazy

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    I personally would not have bought a kitten from any breeder who kept them away from the home and especially not after I had seen how it reacts to being picked up.

    In terms of socialising your new kitten try typing 'taming feral kitten' into google and following that advice.

    Whilst she is not feral just poorly socialised you will find that the same rules apply and following these steps will make life a lot easier.

    Good luck because it is going to be a long and hard process now that she has reached 3 months old.
     
  8. Gem29

    Gem29 PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks for all your advice. I've obviously made a mistake getting her but the breeder was highly recommended and I just went on others peoples advice.

    She is a beautiful kitten who I will not give up on and make sure with lots of commitment and time that she gets what she needs. I will keep you posted on how she is getting on and post some pics.
     
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    I don't know that after her only being with you for 4 days that anyone can say it is a poorly socialised kitten. She may be, or she may be one of these that is just a bit more sensitive to a change of environment than others. Some kittens walk right in to their new owners as if they are right at home, some need time for adjustment.

    It is very early days.
     
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    Lauren - The original poster said that the kitten was kept outdoors with no socialisation so obviously poorly socialised.
    She also said that the kitten behaved like this with the breeder so it is clearly not a reaction to the sudden change other wise we would have all been offering different advice.
     
  11. lauren001

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    Just because she was outside in a pen at that age, does not necessarily mean she has had no human contact in the "socialisation window".
    She does seem to be a scaredy type kitten but that does not necessarily mean she is "wild". Some kittens are scared of strangers whether in their own home or when they reach their new home.
    In litters you do get different personalities and she is obviously not laid back, but to say she is not socialised is assuming quite a lot and is perhaps being unfair to the breeder.
     
  12. Gem29

    Gem29 PetForums Newbie

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    Hello everyone,

    Just wanted to fill you in on the progress I made last night. I sat in the room where the kitten is for most of the evening and she seemed to come around quite a bit. I sat on the floor and instead of her running under the sofa and hiding all night she ran around and played with her toys showing me what she can do. She was full of energy and even had a run around with Ozzy my other kitten.

    When she got tired she layed out on the sofa again intead of laying under the TV cabinet. She did come up to me a few times but when I tried to reach out to stroke her she backed off.

    She has made progress though and doesn't seem as scared of me and her surroundings now. I will keep doing what I'm doing and hopefully make small steps forward everyday.

    Gemma
     
  13. Elmstar

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    That's encouraging news Gemma.

    Nervous young kittens can definitely be turned around, it just takes patience.
     
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