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post #1 of 17
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Can anyone give me a few hwlpful tips on how to teach three little kittens not to claw their way up my body? I've been trying to, but nothing seems to be working.
post #2 of 17
I've no idea on how to stop them?, but i think most of us here have all went through having our kittens use us as trees
post #3 of 17
I go with instinct myself.
Shriek as they sink their little claws in and then dump them unceremoniously on the floor. When she comes back and sits there looking at, reach down and pick her up and say nice things.
Had my girl 7 weeks and only one set of leg scratches so far although DH has a nice set on his waist.
I also trim her claws when they get too sharp, I find the front ones grow faster than the back.
post #4 of 17
So, to recap...
tip #1 shreik
tip #2 wear pants
post #5 of 17


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Originally Posted by Ginger's Mum
So, to recap...
tip #1 shreik
tip #2 wear pants
post #6 of 17
To add to the shrieking and dumping, immediately walk away and ignore them. They need to know that you don't like being used as a tree, that it hurts you (shrieking and dumping), and that doing it will lose them your attention (walking away).
post #7 of 17
My 10 month old kitten, Izzie, tends to try to climb my leg when I have a treat she really wants. When she tries to climb, I bend down and gently grab her two front legs, and say a firm "No" as I place her legs to the floor. This seems to be working for me. Are all of your kittens doing this at the same time or is it separate instances?
post #8 of 17
Shriek as they sink their little claws in and then dump them unceremoniously on the floor. When she comes back and sits there looking at, reach down and pick her up and say nice things.

My first good laugh of the day Thank-you!

My 2 kittens used to do that cute little climbing maneuver so fast that I didn't know what hit me at first. Ouch!!

Now, that they have matured (15 wks. old ) they stopped doing it. It is partly to my reaction...those little claws really hurt.

My opinion, is that they will stop when they see your reapeated reaction isn't all smiles
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by leesali
My opinion, is that they will stop when they see your reapeated reaction isn't all smiles
Exactly. My opinion is that normal cats don't intend to hurt their people. So if they learn what they do causes you pain, they will learn to not do it. I have a climber/jumper. Once when I was on the floor doing some stretches, he leaped on to my back. It hurt! I involuntarily yelled in pain, and he jumped off, quite startled. He has never done it since.
post #10 of 17
I think I did forget to include my initial reaction when my kitten tries to climb. It's usually "Ouch". I agree. This too seems to be effective.
post #11 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by leesali
Shriek as they sink their little claws in and then dump them unceremoniously on the floor. When she comes back and sits there looking at, reach down and pick her up and say nice things.

My first good laugh of the day Thank-you!
My husband is NEVER gonna believe this! My jokes usually die before they start.
post #12 of 17
LOL!
I laugh because I know that we all go through this at one point or another . I think getting them a scratching post and/or a Cat condo will help. It helped me a little. But I think all cats go through that stage. We don't have a problem with that anymore, now the problem is that when I'm at the computer (usually in shorts, not always) he jumps up onto the seat, grabbing onto my thighs to pull himself up . I find that a quick "OWw!" and then a stern "NO!" helps . It sends Kenny running up the stairs. (But of course the next minute he comes flying back down again and I pick him up and cuddle him, who could resist such a cute little face thinking you're mad at them? )
post #13 of 17
Get them a kitty tree that they can climb. If that's not an option (as they can be quite expensive), rest assure they will grow out of it, and that katwoman's advice on saying a loud "oww!!" and then the stern "no!!" is a good idea. It'll give them a good signal that their much taller human companion doesn't like them doing that. Ours only did that until they were about two months old (though it might run as long as four months), just when they were really small. No worries...I have yet to meet a cat that doesn't grow outta that, and I've had over 20 of them.
post #14 of 17
My mo old osiris does this climbing of my leg as well. He seems to always want to be near me, but i have found a loud OUCH! works very well, and in time iam sure that he will outgrow this I HOPE!
Nyzki
post #15 of 17
do what any cat would do if bothered by another cat, hiss.
post #16 of 17
Max tries this with me occassionally, or jumps at me from a height so that he lands on my chest! Alfie looks at me with cute eyes til I pick him up.

If all else fails, just give it time. They'll soon learn that they're too heavy to carry on doing it!
post #17 of 17
Osiris still seems to think that iam a climbing post but he is getting alot better at not hurting me he will now meow at me when he needs attention much to the relief of my now scared legs
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