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Terrible Two's ???

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Sport has ALWAYS been the sweetest, most loving, kitten. I know that it is difficult to match a cat's age to a human's, but I have looked at several charts. Sport is now 13 weeks old, which would put him at a little over 2 human years old. He has turned into a terror, an absolute little jerk. Is it possible that cats go thru the terrible 2's like humans...or is he just being difficult???? NOTHING WHATSOEVER HAS CHANGED in his living arrangements !!! Thanks for your input.
post #2 of 8
In my experience with both cats and dogs, they do seem to go through different personality phases such as a "teenager" phase or like you mentioned a "terrible twos" phase. I think it is pretty common, but if you suspect that something isn't right, you might take you kitty to the vet, because sometimes cats have the strangest ways of communicating that something is wrong with them.
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In my experience with both cats and dogs, they do seem to go through different personality phases such as a "teenager" phase or like you mentioned a "terrible twos" phase. I think it is pretty common, but if you suspect that something isn't right, you might take you kitty to the vet, because sometimes cats have the strangest ways of communicating that something is wrong with them.
He is extremely playfull, has a lot...a lot of energy, but he has just been a little jerk, that's all. Thank you. I really appreciate your help and your experiences. He just had a vet appt, last week for his second distemper shots, rabies vacc, and Feline Leuk. Test. Test is clean, and vet said he looks like a healthy little guy, so that was a huge releif. I thought that they might go thru these phases, due to the fact that they have such unique personlaities...like people. Thank you again.
post #4 of 8
One of mine, Charlie, he was a terror at about that age from the moment I brought him in, he wasn't exactly the retiring type. He chased all my other cats, he'd run through the house on three legs, leaving the fourth one free so that as he went by each cat he'd give them a whack. The other cats would jump up on something higher and look at him like, what is this guys problem. He calmed down after a good while.
post #5 of 8
When mine were that age they were just as bad.
post #6 of 8
Yep - Spooky went through this, and Mulder is doing it now (he's 17 weeks). I understand what you mean saying he's being a "jerk".

Spooky calmed down after his neuter, but we got that done at 9 months so I don't know if it was just age or if the surgery did it for him.

But I'm pretty sure they chill after awhile. At least I hope!
post #7 of 8
From about 8-10 weeks to about 5 months, kittens go through a phase that includes lots of exploration, rambunctious running around, play-fighting, etc. This is when they develop their adult skills, muscles, etc.
post #8 of 8
Yes, all of mine have gone through "adolescence" and been impossible. It does pass.
My vet told me that cats finally stabilize in their permanent personality at about age 4.
Give him lots of play time to burn off some of that energy, and try to distract him when he's being a terror to the other cats. Discipline doesn't work, but with mine, I distract them and they completely forget about chasing anyone.
Play time will do it, but of course, food always works.

Good luck!

And don't yell at him, try not to show you're upset with him. Ignore him is possible - he knows he can get your attention this way. You might also try giving him "time-outs", putting him in the bathroom for ten minutes or so until he calms down.

Seaturtle
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