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I posted back at the beginning of January that I had gotten a kitten. Well, I love her and Mikayla loves her. But, I've never seen another kitten like her. She's got A LOT of energy, which I obviously expected but she's sorta rough. She loves to cuddle, but if she sees a wrinkle or a movement anywhere, she goes after it. I have little red marks all over my legs from her just sitting on my lap. She loves to go after feet when you're sleeping and at first it was ok but now its really starting to interrupt our sleep so last night I had to lock her up in the bathroom. Also, when you eat, she loves to beg. She'll climb up on you, and literally try and climb into your bowl of food. IDK what to do. Its been so long since I've had a kitten - my cat is 13. I just dont know if Im supposed to address this stuff or just ignore it. I've tried repeatedly putting her down or taking her away but she's very persistant.
beckii ... momma to my beautiful princess Mikayla Lynn 01.18.06
On going after food, you can carry a squirt bottle and squirt her everytime she does it or carry an empty soda can with a few coins in it and shake it when she does it to scare her. You can also just not let her into your lap. Yes it may take awhile for her to figure out you're not going to give in but she will figure it out and don't feed her table food, from the table, or anything in relation to that.
On the playing, she's a perfectly normal energetic kitten. You may want to buy a laser pointer and see if she'll chase that, LOTS of toys, take a piece of thread and tie it to an empty old spool (of thread) and pull it around the house so she chases it to help tire her out. Also, as a rule cats are up at night and sleep during the day, you can try to reverse that by not allowing her to sleep during the day much, play with her exercise her, etc during the day so she'll be more tired at night. But IMO everything you describe with her energy and playing is 200% normal and just something she will grow out of. In the mean time you can put those soft paws on her to save your skin.