My Kitten is crazy ( Crazy kitten behavior)
To understand the crazy kitten behavior leads to say “my kitten is crazy” you should know that there is nothing wrong with your wild, energetic kitten—she’s just being a normal kitten, doing nutty things and propelling herself like a whirling dervish, only to collapse 5 minutes later and fall fast asleep.
Many things that kittens naturally do can be maddening to people, but you need to understand that these are not “problems” to solve or behavior to be corrected; the kitten will outgrow them. Right now they are an important part of a kitten’s development, so you don’t even want to think in terms of stopping the behavior.
But just because all kittens do these things doesn’t mean you have to let your kitten run the show and take over your house. You may want to limit her to one room or only let her out of that room when you’ll be around to supervise her.
To understand the crazy kitten behavior leads to say “my kitten is crazy” you should know that there are two kinds of play behavior in kittens:
- Social play with others and individual play with an object. Social play with other kittens happens primarily between 4 and 16 weeks of age and includes rolling around, biting, pouncing and pawing, along with chasing and stalking each other.
- In what is called “object play,” a kitten will bite, chase, catch, bat and carry objects; this play resembles hunting behavior and gives her exercise.
Social play with her litter-mates teaches a kitten to curb her teeth and claws and she learns how much bite pressure she can use. The below lists behaviors kittens use when playing with each other that can be frustrating and uncomfortable for people.
• Kitten Play Behaviors list that leads to say ” my kitten is crazy ” :
- Biting people’s hands
- Kicking at people who pet them on the belly
- Attacking the legs of people who pass them
- Getting into anything with an open door: closet, drawers, refrigerator, washing machine
- Attacking other older pets (who may have been sleeping at the time)
All this behavior is normal and healthy for a kitten—in fact, if your kitten does not exhibit all or most of these behaviors, you should have her checked out by your vet to make sure there’s nothing physically wrong with her.
One rule to remember in guiding your kitten to grow up well is to praise her for doing what you want and to clap your hands to startle her for doing something you don’t like. Other than that, ignore the bad and reward the good.
Tips for Playing with Your Kitten
- Keep her confined to rooms that are kitten-proofed.
- Get a good cat tree with scratching posts built in.
- Get great kitten toys and rotate them 2 at a time.
- Plan at least 2 interactive playtimes daily. •Reward good behavior and ignore bad (or clap your hands to stop it).
- You can keep your kitten permanently occupied by getting a second kitten.
Some behaviors, you wrongly consider them as crazy kitten behavior and lead to say “my kitten is crazy” such as:
1. Chewing or Licking Odd Things
Some behaviors, you wrongly consider them as crazy kitten behavior and lead to say “my kitten is crazy” Cats and kittens have an acute sense of smell, and when something has an intriguing smell they want to taste it—even something as apparently unappealing as a plastic grocery bag.
Plastic bags bring into the house with them the odor of where they have been or what they have had in them—which in the case of a grocery bag could be many different things. Even the bags themselves might have an intriguing odor, from the volatile chemicals that are used to make flexible plastics such as those shopping bags.
Some of the other items that cats lick and which seem less than appetizing to us are things such as photographic film, photos and electric cords. Cats’ appetites for these things are quite individual because what appeals to one cat may hold no interest for others. Licking poses no danger, generally speaking, but obviously it would be a serious problem if a cat licked a plastic bag and then proceeded to eat it, since it would obstruct her digestive tract.
When a kitten or cat is chewing something bizarre such as a plastic bag there are a couple of things to determine whether this is a sign of an underlying problem. If the cat is simply curious about the plastic bag, she will check it out and then drop it, and that’s acceptable curiosity.
But if she constantly chews and sucks on many different items and for long periods of time, the question is whether this represents an obsessive-compulsive disorder. The other concern is whether the craving to chew and lick comes from a dietary craving for something missing in her food.
Although researchers have not been able to identify a vitamin deficiency in cats who lick and chew (which might have been an explanation for the desire to taste strange items), you have nothing to lose by planting some kitty grass for her so she has something really satisfying and nutritious to nibble on instead.
2. Food Play
Some cats have peculiar habits at the table, so to speak: They will scratch all around their food bowl as if trying to hide or bury it. Although no one can be sure what triggers this behavior, there are a few possible answers.
SAVING FOR A RAINY DAY
Many large wild cats such as bobcats, lynxes and pumas will stash their food when there is a plentiful supply of prey around. These cats will also hide food when they have made a big kill they cannot finish eating. They will cover their extra with leaves, soil, grass or whatever might be available.
Domestic cats who stash their food this way have been observed digging it back up at a later time. This is a pretty interesting example of what is called “evolutionary adaptive behavior,” whereby a domestic animal repeats instinctive habits based on needs of her ancestors that are no longer valid.
SHE DOESN’T LIKE THE FOOD
The other possible reason for trying to hide or cover food is that your cat is treating it like feces, covering it in the same way because she does not like it. If your cat has not had much appetite or shows little interest in the food you are serving, you had better consider changing the menu.
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