emergency trainging help needed!!

United States
July 18, 2007 7:28am CST
I have recently gotten a new black kitten. I named him Tobey. He is surely old enough to be given away, so I ave him now. He's soooo cute! But his attitude is ROTTEN! He's evil! He growls at me when I give him food and water... I let him out and I feed him and I pet him and I do all the necessitites of pet care. HE IS EVIL! I'm talking Satan here... But the difference here is that I love Tobey and want to make him happy...but also want to show him I am the boss, and he doesn't need to attack everything he sees. POINT IS: HE IS EVIL! HE IS MEAN! NO ONE LIKES THAT! IF I CANNOT TRAIN HIM TO BE A KIND ANIMAL I HAVE TO GET RID OF HIM. HE DOES NOT LIKE OUR DOGS HE WILL NOT RESPOND TO OUR CATS WE ALREADY HAVE. HE SCRATCHES THE HELL OUT OF ME AND EVERYTHING/THING AROUND HIM. Our only choice is to keep him in a kennel... and I hate doing that. PLEASE SOMEONE HELP ME WHAT SHOULD I DO??
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@alnilam (969)
• United States
18 Jul 07
well if you got him from elsevhere (he is not related to other cats you have) his behaviour is normal... he is confused and scared and will take a while before he becomes accostumed to his new familly. he growls at you when you give him food coz he doesn't yet trust you and he thinks you will take away the food. all it takes is time and patience... pay loots of aattention to him (so he wont get jelous) don't scream to much (i found out that some cats actualy enjoy to pis you up)... oh yes and the cat is always THE boss ;)
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
18 Jul 07
Hi bloo equinox I have 2 cats that I got from the shelter when they were kittens. And I also have one that I brought in several years ago she was a stray and was starving to dealth so I fed her. She didnt trust me at first because she lived outside and was always having to defend herself. I think after time your cat will trust you. Just put the food and water out of everyones way. So the cat feel comfortable that no one is around. And dont hang around when you feed him just walk away from him. I hope he gets alittle better let us all know how your doing with Tobey.
• United States
19 Jul 07
Thanks! Things with Toby are actually going well! It turns out, Yea he was scared....but as mean as he was I let him sleep in bed with me... little thing purred!! But then when the dogs came in the room... oh boy!... Turns out NOW that the only problem is the dogs. He hisses and runs and hides from them. But this will soon be taken care of. ^__^ Thanks for all the posts peepz!
@jwfarrimond (4474)
19 Jul 07
The other posters have all given good advice about dealing with this problem. Except that I do NOT advocate squrting with water to try and correct what you see as a problem. The cat will not associate the squrting with whatever it was doing, he will associate it with YOU and that's no way to built trust with a new cat. You need so keep him away from the other animals in a quiet sanctuary room where he can get used to you and to the smells of his new environment. Don't bother him, don't even try to pet him if it's obvious that he does not want it, just feed him and let him get used to you and your home in his own time. As someone else already said, in this situation, the cat's the boss not you :-)
@Katagiri (426)
• Brazil
19 Jul 07
Just relax, he's young, he'll learn that you are nice. Just keep treating him well, give him food, buy him with toys. He'll figure out that he shouldn't be evil with you. He needs to be domesticated.
19 Jul 07
Poor little kitty! The poor wee soul is just terrified. All this new stuff around him and hes obviously a bit unsettled. You need to give him some alone space where he can get used to the surroundings. Give him the livingroom and keep ALL other animals out. The wee baby is just scared and you got to show her love so she will trust and respect you. Obviously shes trying to protect herself. But....in a few weeks if things are still tough then you got to hand her back or you could try some herbal stuff. I used Bachs herbal remedy on my cat when he was mental and he chilled right out and then when he got the snip he was fine. He is still crazy. Has me scaling walls and climbing on roofs and running upstairs to see what he broke and up all hours of the night but hes ma wee baby and i love him and i know he loves me too. Hes just playful!
@rosie_123 (6118)
18 Jul 07
Oh my - poor little soul. Sorry but you obviously know nothing about cats. Poor ittle mite is just away from his Mother and his siblings. Everything is strange and scary for him - and he is plunged into a new world with dogs that will scare him stupid, and cats that are not related. Not to mention humans who threaten to lock him up in kennels. Cats only have their claws to protect themselves with when scared - they need love, a quiet environment, a ot of sleep at that age, and loads of time and peace. Perhaps he would be better off with a new home1 Someone who cares and will love him unconditionally, and give him the tnme, patience and understanding that he needs. I have 5 cats at home. I have integrated all of them at different times with no need of kennels or punishments. It just takes time nad patience, and dare I say, a bit of common sense and maturity on your part.
@lisado (1230)
• United States
18 Jul 07
The only effective training I have seen for a cat is a bottle of water. When they do something they shouldn't, spray them. They don't like the surprise and they don't like getting wet. After a few times they associate the water with the behavior and stop it. As for getting along with other pets, sometimes it just takes time. I don't know how old the kitten is? It can take a few weeks for them to get used to each other, especially if the person you got the kitten from didn't have any other animals. Chances are he is scared and is acting out because of it. He has to learn, though, that his behavior isn't going to be tolerated. Be consistant in your training, though, so he doesn't get confused. Good luck!