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15 years 4 months ago #199 by kate
Our three little feral (now very ex-feral) kittens are at the vets today being de-sexed. Once back we will try to get them and Max to share the house without all the hissing and yowling we've had to date.

The kittens, when they have been in the kitchen head straight for the benchtops. Neither Max nor Mickey have ever done that and I want to stop it now before they get used to it. So what do I do? Any hints or tips?

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15 years 4 months ago #41590 by belinda_h
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Keep a water pistol handy (a small one, not a super soaker). If you can get them with it fairly regularly they'll soon associate the bench top with an unwelcome shower, and steer clear.

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15 years 4 months ago #41591 by maggies mum
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I normally bang the top with my hands saying get off, get off! bang quite loudly and fast!

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15 years 4 months ago #41598 by MikeCollett
the water pistol as belinda says, but works best when they dont associate the squirt with you being there, so try to get them with it when they dont know that you are there. you could also run a line in from the electric fence...

I don't mind fishing in the rain, fish are already wet...

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15 years 4 months ago #41599 by kate
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Thanks :D I can see the kitchen getting very wet and me having blisters on my hands. Three kittens can be more than a handful... Still, Geoff will enjoy the water pistol bit [:P]

Next question, at what age do they stop squeaking like mice and start to sound like cats? They have lovely, deep purrs but every other vocalisation is pathetic!

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15 years 4 months ago #41600 by reggit
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hehehehe! I raised two kittens at the same time years ago, takes twice as long to train (sorry!) for stuff like this as each one is willing to give it a go if they aren't the one that got growled last time - and then the others will follow on the rationale that they aren't the ones initiating it so the leader will be the one that gets into trouble. :D

Take a break...while I take care of your home, your block, your pets, your stock! [;)] PM me...

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15 years 4 months ago #41601 by kate
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15 years 4 months ago #41602 by max2
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We have a 15 week burmese with us now, and she has been doing it too, I think because the breeder let her[}:)]

Anyhow, with all of my cats (3) I have simply picked them up and said a firm NO, GET OFF and put them straight back on the floor, and they have always learnt by that...

However we don't employ double standards either as I have seen at some other cat homes, in that they are not allowed to jump on any higher surface unless its their multi storey scratching post...

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15 years 4 months ago #41603 by Birman Babe
:DSorry, I am one of those naughty breeders. I dont let mine on the bench but they are allowed on the table (we dont eat there though). I dont use water coz I have to bath mine for the shows & I am too afraid they might get to hate water and Birman love water usually. Clap of the hands, stern NO & down onto the floor. Takes a while & its extra hard when theres more than one kitten :-)

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15 years 4 months ago #41609 by moggy
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quote:Originally posted by Kate

Next question, at what age do they stop squeaking like mice and start to sound like cats? They have lovely, deep purrs but every other vocalisation is pathetic!

Some never do stop squeaking. I was told it was that they learned to miaow from their mums, if their mother wasn't a miaowing cat, they they had no one to copy from. If they are taken from their mothers when very young, then again they are unlikely to miaow. I had one cat that looked like she was about to give a huge miaow, then all that came out was an "eek" like a mouse. Our current two cats, one of them doesn't miaow properly at all and she is an adult, the other although just a kitten can already make his voice heard.

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15 years 4 months ago #41610 by moggy
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When is the best age to get a kitten neutered, most I have had have already been neutered. In the past I have left it up to 5 months, but the SPCA seem to recommend getting it done before four months.

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15 years 4 months ago #41611 by maggies mum
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When we got Tiger from the SPCA here he was about 8 wks old and he had already been neutered.

In the UK our cats weren't done until the were 15 weeks old.

Same as for dogs, they seem to be done here quite early too, Bonnie was done before she ever went into season and yet I know my dad's vet (UK) recommended that they wait for their dog to have her first season before they would spay her!
Have no idea behind the reasoning for it though

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15 years 4 months ago #41612 by max2
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quote:Originally posted by Birman Babe

:DSorry, I am one of those naughty breeders. I dont let mine on the bench but they are allowed on the table (we dont eat there though).

[:0][:0][:0];) naughty you!

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15 years 4 months ago #41613 by moggy
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MM I am thinking of booking him in next week, he will be about 3 months old (I think)

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15 years 4 months ago #41615 by Birman Babe
Moggy, if your Vet is happy to neuter him then go for it. All Vets have different ideas about desexing. My own Vet will only do them if they are over 2kgs in body weight but others are happy if they are 1kg!

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