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Sep. 28th, 2009 @ 11:17 am Issues I need help with
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I brought a four month old kitten home a week after my older cat died. The best idea? No, but my friends needed a home for him. I have had kittens in the past, but never one like this!

After all this time he and my older cat fight. I have had him since March and he will be a year old in November.

By fighting I mean that the younger cat, Pippin; tries to play with my older cat, Samwise. Samwise then sounds like a cat fight outside. He is SO loud, and I live in an apartment. He also is so miserable. He can not get any rest and neither can I.

The other issues I am having are:

1. He knocks things off of everything, breaking many things and causing me to no longer be able to decorate my apartment.

2. He still messes with cords, despite the no chew which once used to work.

3. He still chews on objects, despite his age.

4. He will not let me sleep, and sadly has to sleep outside my bedroom. This makes me sad because I know that he hates being away from me.

5. He has no concept of the word no at all.

Things I have tried:

The stern, firm NO!, the squirt bottle, separating the cats, giving him a time out for bad behavior, praising good behavior, buying a cat tree, making sure he has more toys than is even reasonable.

I live in a smallish apartment, and when I got him at four months old he came from a house. The household he came from had multiple cats who were allowed to do whatever they wanted, even if it meant destroying things.

I am at wits end and almost to the point of finding him a new home. I feel he is my responsibility, and I need to figure out a way to settle him down.

Everyone says he will settle down once he is not a kitten anymore, but I can not see that happening.

I have limited funds. He is fixed. However things like Feli-way are not something I can afford.

There has to be other ways.

Any and all help is appreciated.
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Date:September 28th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
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Well...he's a kitten.
My Jacoby (icon) is almost 5½ months old. He still chews things, he knows "no" about half the time, and he knocks things over. He's not neutered yet, but he will be on Oct. 13.

We have 3 older cats, and he "fights" with them constantly; this is, however, play fighting (though it may not always look like it).

We don't allow him to get away with naughtiness (it's hard, though, when he bites us awake by nipping our toes).

I truly think that it is just the kitten phase, and he'll outgrow it...
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Date:September 28th, 2009 07:41 pm (UTC)
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Oh Jacoby is adorable!

Well Pippin is really Quiet, Samwise is the one that sounds like he is being killed. lol It is so loud.

Thanks for your advice, my friends say the same thing. That it is kittenhood. He has a few more months to go I suppose.

He is part Siamese, though doesn't look it, and I know they are more active. His Dad is a Lemon Point.
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