My Murray can be so loving and cuddly and gentle... but then without warning, he will grab me by the leg with his claws out, and leave a big, ugly, red scratch. Sometimes he also play-bites as he does this. I've pretty much broken him of the habit, though, using a squirt bottle whenever he charged at my legs. It also helped when I started to give him a snack to keep him occupied when it was time for me to hop into bed (he used to attack my legs every night as I got into bed). So - I've become a big fan of the squirt bottle as disciplinary measure. I've had other people suggest giving him a "time out" in a closet, "scruffing" him (which I tried - only made him misbehave more!), tapping him on the nose, etc. But I think the spray bottle is effective enough that I don't need to resort to these other measures.
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6/9/08 at 1:51pm