Hi Tooth and welcome!
You: I just recently got a kitten from the local SPCA.
Me: A huge congrats for adopting a furbaby! Many cheers!
You: At first site it looked like a great cat, so I brought it home with me.
Me: i think it is so vital to be prepared BEFORE adopting a kitty. It is so imperative you have the time to love and care for the kitty. Also, having a kitty involved $$ as well.
i feel owning a cat entails RESPONSIBILITY. i have a friend who told me he is inspired to get a cat. i kept asking him questions, and feeding him via emails a lot of cat care info, etc, to make sure he is fully prepared to make that decision.
i have seen too many abandoned cats. Some cat owners go to an adopting center to see a "pretty and cute" kitten. They quickly filled up the necessary paper work and bring the kitten home.
As the kittens grow bigger and no longer "as cute", or if the owners have a change of mind about handling the responsibilities of looking after a cat, the kittens might end up being abandoned. i am sharing this with you, as i see a lot of such cases, Tooth.
i believe strongly in the nurture theory when coming to rearing pets. It is important to provide a conducive environment when come to keeping a pet. Mainly, lots of love, attention and care. For me, i think it is imperative to look at one's kitty as a baby. Cats are really smart, and they have a lot of feelings.
You: Now i'm almost regretting it.
Me: i am so sorry u are feeling this way so soon. Just give some time, some attention, some love. You'll see, all will be better.
You: I can't be alone for 2 mins without it clawing at my feet or jumping onto my lap attacking my hands. (it's wrecked one pair of pants already from it's claws)
Me: Wow, seems to me like your baby is kinda aggressive, or playful, or wants attention, or a combination of all three. It sounds about right for a kitten to behave that way.
Like you said, you have a KITTEN.
i have a kitten as well, and my Venus is a handful. To tell you honestly, she had such SHARP claws the first day i adopted her. She would not let me clip her nails, and she even gave me more than 12 or 20 (i can't remember the exact figure now) scratch marks the very first day. i just took everything in. She was probably scared and was not familiar with the new environment.
To cut the long story short, i trim all her nails now, and she lets me do it quietly and willingly. i guess the bond and trust is there (needs to earn it over time, you know?)
Also, Venus is very very playful and has bounds of energy. i got ready ALOT of different toys in advance BEFORE she steps in the house. Also, she often go to different windows to widen her perspective by viewing the outside world.
Cats like heights. It is just their natural instints to climb and such. Venus jumps or climbs on the tree everyday. This is yet another form of exercise.
i would recommend interative games - you know, stuff you can buy to play WITH your kitty. My kitties' favorites - feathers, slithering snake, or even ribbons. It is a great time to bond with your furbaby during these game sessions as well.
What about wearing socks or soft slippers around the house for right now? i was hoping to protect your feet. Attacking your hands? Sounds a little severe for a little one. Possibly your baby just wants your attention or just wanna play. i feel that kittens are the MOST innocent. i seriously doubt your baby is capable of "attacking" at this tender age.
Very important personal view of mine: i really DON'T believe in hitting animals. So, no matter what your furbaby does, please don't hit him. Trust needs to be gained. By hitting your pet, it will only encourage animosity to increase, and creates a rift between you two.
You: It randomly attacks anything that stands out; spot on the carpet, bed post, it even attacked the door. I live in an apartment so it's an indoor only cat, therefore the only way I can try to keep it away is to put it outside my room and close the door. This only causes him to whine heavily, so much that I have to open the door. Once he's back inside he's back to his regular ways.
Me: Seems like your baby has traits of a normal kitten.
Play with him! Keep him occupied with toys, give him "a room with a view" (window perch is really excellent!) and exercise ALOT of patience and love with your kitten.
i feel that by keeping your kitty outside your room, and closing the door, it only builds a physical gap between you two. What about paying MORE attention to your baby and giving lots of positive reinforcements? My kitties react to a lot of hugs, kisses, gentle strokes, games and tasty treats.
Truly, it sounds like your kitty wants to play and interact with you.
Try those interactive toys - they work miracles!
You: I know you're supposed to give kittens a lot of attention but it's hard when he's gnawing on your hands I made him a cat scratch with a play toy on it, as well as bought him numerous toys, none of which he is playing with.
Me: Use interactive toys for a start, if you afraid of him. Some toys work, other don't. They are a lot of toys around the house that my kitties don't touch at all.
i guess you have to be on a trial and error basis, to really know what your kitty like or dislike. It is the same with food, you know? Just like us, kitties don't respond well to all games. i don't like the xbox games, whereas my hubby spends tons of hours a day on them!
You: At night he runs around causing tons of noise, which has allowed me to get an average of about 5 hours of sleep every night.
Me: i have TWO furbabies, and sometimes in the middle of the night, they chase each other around in different rooms, and sometimes on my bed. That is how it is. Gotta take it all in in good stride.
By the way, according to research, an adult needs an average of 5 hours of sleep. Of course, it varies with different individuals.
You: Is it possible he has some sort of ADD? Or is this just a phase that he'll grow out of shorty? This is really frustrating
Me: i don't know the meaning of ADD. i can tell you through interacting with many kittens, they can be a handful and very playful. Some are more playful than others.
i am sorry you feel frustrated, and i sincerely hope you will consider some of my own personal experiences.
Also, you might consider talking to the person at the SPCA where you adopted your kitten. Possibly a follow-up evaluation/consultation is in order?
Take care of your baby, and take care of you!