Originally Posted by cheer_grl
I just recently got a kitten. she was 5 weeks old when we got her and we have had her for 3 wks. ever since we got her, she has not allowed anyone to hold her. occasionly she will let someone pick her up for a minute or so, but then she starts crying and struggling. she won't let people pet her unless she's very sleepy and she only ocassionally on our laps to sleep. she's extremely timid and sensitive at times and she plays very aggressively(she will bite, chew, and scratch everything including people). she is an adorable cat but we never get to play with her nicely. what do we do???
In an ideal situation, a kitten isn't separated from the litter until 12 weeks, though the problem is everyone wants a small kitten as they seem cuter. However up until this time kittens are playing with one another, biting chewing and scratching each other learning what hurts, doesn't hurt what is okay and what isn't. You now have to do that now that the mother and littermates are not there.
Don't yell or smack her when she does scratch or bite. Talk her language. Meow as if you're in pain. Hiss at what's inapproriate. This is the language she understands. Think like a cat. She's only doing what come naturally.
Think about the situation from her point of view. She's been removed from what was familiar to her. Cats and kittens are very scent orientated, she probably can no longer smell mum or any littermates nearby and everything is strange. What makes it worse is that she is often held captive.
Let her come to you. Don't force it. However at the same time, make sure she has somewhere warm to sleep that is quiet and out of the way. Kittens need their warmth. It's essential.
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Especially see what to feed your kitten
in place of mother's milk or to ensure that they receive the required nutrients.
People food is generally not a good substitute.