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July 27th, 2006, 06:39 AM
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I'm so frustrated! We went to the local SPCA and adopted a new 9 week old kitten "Spooky". She's a sweet little thing, and is very friendly. The problem is my 2 1/2 year old. She just will not leave the poor cat alone. She's always been around cats and is very used to them. I think she sees "Spooky" as a little cat just big enough for her to drag around. I keep getting after her for it, and explaining that it hurts Spooky when you pick her up like that, or try to jam her in a basket to carry around , and she will say she's sorry, but she'll just do it again later. I even caught her with the cats paw stuck in a DvD case she was closing on it. I freaked and told her if I caught her hurting Spooky again I was going to find her another home where she could be safe and happy. And I was serious! I'm not going to put the poor cat threw torture from my toddler. We had 5 cats, and she never did any of these things to them. I guess because they we so much bigger. Grrr!

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July 27th, 2006, 07:35 AM
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I can't really help at all, I would just say if she can't leave her alone to put the cat in another room.
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July 27th, 2006, 08:53 AM
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I don't have any suggestions but I'M SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!
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July 27th, 2006, 02:11 PM
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Repitition and consistency. She might need time to really "understand" what you're saying. I know this is really "out there" if you're pressed for time, but you could make a kitten out of toothpicks or eggs or something, cover it in fabric, and SHOW her just how easily a real kitten breaks. It's like sticking a piece of paper into a fan to show what would happen to a finger... sometimes you just have to demonstrate to get their full attention and understanding.
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July 29th, 2006, 12:40 AM
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Personally if I saw my dd doing that again, I would take the kitten and bring it to a friend or family's house for a day or 2. Then dd would see what it's like without the kitten and that you really meant that you would let the kitten go to another family. JMO.
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