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Have no fear! Your kitten is not abnormal, and if you love and care for him from now on, he should be a fine, healthy friendly lapcat soon.
The fact that he came from a neglected home shouldn't be too much of a problem on the long run. Much of the bad behaviour he is showing is actually not bad behaviour at all, but just normal kitten behaviour that hasn't been tamed by contact with humans.
I assume he had brothers and sisters in his old house galore. He grew up playing with them, biting and wrestling for sport. This is how cats learn to hunt : They play attack their siblings.
Little kittens in a litter have fur that allows their siblings to bite quite hard without hurting each other. Humans have no fur, so your little one has to learn that he can't dig in quite as hard as he could with his playmates. Pushing him away will only make him think you want to play more. To teach him that it hurts you, say "NO" loudly and sharply and let your hand go limp, or shake it away rapidly, even if he falls off your lap! If he really misbehaves badly, squirt him with a fine spray of water(not in the face). If he persists, put him in a lonely spot far from the family and ignore him. Repeat this every time he misbehaves.I don't advocate spanking kittens, but clapping your hands loudly or tapping with your finger on his nose( SOFTLY) will annoy him. Cats hate surprises. If you don't want him biting your hands at all (some people enjoy some gentle nibbling, others don't) put something that tastes bad on the spots he bites most often, like pepper or bitter apple. He will get the message.
Reasons kitten get a little rough are also because of boredom. Throw a piece of crumpled paper for him to wrestle with, and it will distract him from your feet and hands.Perhaps a kitten size teddy will help, as it closely resembles his lost furry family members. Make sure he has enough toys to keep him occupied, especially if he is an indoor cat. You have the right idea with golf balls. Shoe laces suspended like a mobile are a particular favourite!
Probably his sneak attacks on the other cats is an attempt to get them to play with him, not anything to worry about. Kittens often wrestle with their mother too! The other cats may not want to play and get annoyed. They will rarely hurt a overactive kitten, but might gently bite, sideswipe or wrestle a kitten to submission as a form of discipline, almost like saying : Enough now, settle down! Provided the adult cats do not hiss or spit, give a low growl, flick their tails rapidly in anger or flatten their ears against their heads, they probably aren't even annoyed with the little one.
It is a good sign that he cuddles you when he is sleepy. My eldest cat, Hobbes, was just as much a ankle-terrorist as your kitty, but today is the calmest, most loving hug-bug you could imagine. He broke his leg recently(so badly it had to be amputated) and didn't even bite hard enough to break my skin when I touched the leg to feel the extent of the injury. He just kinda sank his teeth hard enough to cause pain so that I could know how sore it was for him.He also used to bite me hard as a kitten, and was a huge annoyance to my husband when he tied his bootlaces, as Hobbes though these looked like mouse-tails!AttaaaaaacK!But annoying behaviour in a kitten is rarely something that persists into adulthood if you take good care of your little one.
I think your vet is a bit hasty, especially in the light of the age and background of your cat. My feral kitten Susan took more than 4 weeks to adjust and become friendly when we found her living in a drain as a baby. Give the little one time!
I think your kitty is just adorable. Send me a photo! [email protected]