I've just recently joined this site and was hoping to get some insight from all of you knowledgable cat owners out there. My husband and I recently brought a new 8 week old kitten into our home (she was found running around the streets at a local festival), and she is quite a handful! Tons of energy and very bold. Now since it's been a LONG time since I've been around a kitten, I'm not sure what to make of her behavior. High energy I know is expected, but is always biting and attacking? Since we have a cat and dog, she's being kept isolated from them with slow introductions (my cat is NOT liking her right now), but when she does get near them, she shows no fear and immediately goes to jump at their faces! This morning she chased my cat (she got away from me before I could scoop her up to keep her away from him), and he kept hissing and moving away from her, not having any of it. She does the same thing with me. I'll be in "her" room just reading on the bed to spend time with her, and all of a sudden she'll just pounce on me...biting hard and scratching. I tell her no (have even flicked a little water at her but to no avail), but she pays no mind and keeps at it (you should see my hands). I finally have to get up and either leave or play with her (mind you she gets TONS of play time, so I can't see her being bored). Also, the only time that I can really pat her is when she's either asleep (and she'll sometimes crawl into my lap for this) or eating. Otherwise she just bites me. I care so very much about her and really want to keep her, but is there a chance that this aggression will get worse, or is she just freaked out about her new environment? Any advice would be great. Thanks!
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7/4/03 at 3:03pm