My kitteh Audrey (see left) will be 7 months old on the 5th. She's adorable and I love her dearly, however she's got an attitude problem and I'm stuck figuring a way to break her of it or train her. Many things I read is a squirt bottle, however Audrey loves water, she jumps in the shower after I get out to play in the puddles.
She does the usual getting on the kitchen table when she shouldn't but I'm giving up that battle, my living companions think its cute and undo all my effort moving her.
The big issue is her attitude to others. I have no idea where it comes from. We found her when she was 5-6 days old. Days. We bottle fed her. She loves us (boyfriend and roomie), she play bites us and jumps at our leg on occasion and whatnot, but cuddles and sleeps with us and demands our love. Nothing ever hostile. My friends however are hit and miss. My one friend comes over with her little white maltese and she loves both the friend and maltese (seriously, they cuddle). She even sits on her lap (very unlike her).
Another friend came over that she never met, and she had a fit. Everytime someone new comes over, she introduces herself by sitting on or next to them, and gives them a good stare. If she approves, she might hang around and sit near you, play a bit, allow a pet or two. If she doesn't as she did with the friend in question, she hisses, and swats. Then runs away. She didn't make contact so he just chuckled. Mind you, this friend is an animal loving vegetarian himself, and not intimidating in size or attitude. So she came back, and hissed at him again from the floor (he was on the couch). But continued on her way. Then she went next to/behind the couch and jumped up at his arm claws out and drew blood. And then ran away. I grabbed her and put her on timeout in my room (she went to sleep). He took it lightly and just asked for a bandaid, but its not acceptable, she needs an attitude adjustment.
My dad came over too, she met him when she was a baby, but she also disapproved and hissed at him the whole visit. Occasional attacks.
She's bitten my bf's friend, but he was a bit too forward with her wanting to pick her up. So I blamed him heh.
ok. so how do I fix her attitude? Some behavioral characteristics that could be related is she gets very cranky when she's tired, she'll paw at us (not scratch, just a soft paw bat) and meow (she never meows) when we pick her up to put her to bed. She also has a hate-hate relationship with her tail (she sees it, hisses at it, gets it, bites it, cries, then sits there making sounds at it until someone breaks it up).
It's also possible her mom was feral. She was found at the apartment complex my roommate works at beside a walk path near the apartments. I thought it was weird for a mom cat to take a kitten in open area, so I assumed she was discarded by a resident.
Thoughts? Its not make or break, I'm just hoping to teach her a little manners.