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    Rachel
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    I have a 6 week old orphanded kitten. I’ve been raising her since day 1, doing all of the feeding, bathrooming, and training. One of the things I noticed is that she’s a lot more calm around people she sees less often. With me, she’s always in my face, playfully nipping my nose or ankle…or batting with paws. She wakes me up by pouncing on me. She does cuddle and nap with me, but no one else experiences the same amount of playfulness and biting.

    I am teaching her not to bite. I redirect with toys, give small timeouts where I leave the room, and verbally say “no biting”, but she’s still doing it..just not hard.

    Any ideas as to why this Is? I read that kittens do stuff like that with litter mates and mothers. She’s never had litter mates or a mother, so is it just possible that she sees me as her mother because of being the one to bottle feed and such?

    #861430

    pussigato
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    You’re her meowmy and she wants to be with you, play with you, love on you. I think this esp. true since she’s an orphan. She is a kitten and doing kitten stuff. They’re programmed to hunt which is what she’s doing to you. You’re doing the right stuff but she’s young and it will take time.

    Purrsonally, two kittens aren’t any more difficult than one and she’d have a playmate. Your girl is young enough that she can adapt to another kit easily. If you decide to go that route, get a boy. Girls don’t always get along even at her age. One of the advantages is when you’re at work or gone, she’ll have a cuddle playmate.

    Good luck
    PG

    #861434

    Kincaid
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    PG they might not be more difficult, and it CAN be helpful…. but not all of us can afford the vet care and food for extra kitty friends.

    #861437

    pussigato
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    The expense is a consideration before getting another kit. Good point Kincaid

    #861445

    Rachel
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    We do have 3 other cats (one 2 year old male, a 15 year old female, and a 5 year old male). Tbe vet tested her for feline leukemia at 4 weeks and it was a negative, but told us to isolate her until 8 weeks because they want to test one more time so we dont risk the other cats. She will have other cats if her second feline leukemia test comes back negative. I was just wondering why she would be more rambunctious with me considering im the one who nursed her.

    #861446

    pussigato
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    Because you’re her mom! The other people are just there to give her the adoration she “richly” deserves but you feed, sleep and play with her. You’ve given her a furever home. I don’t know how else to put it. In LOL speak:

    U R SPESHUL 2 ME

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