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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2016 9:46 pm 
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We have had our kitten since 13th may, he has been fine up till now. He goes crazy when we get in from work jumping up our legs and scratching and biting hands. I have tried everything, playing for hours, putting him out of the room, ignoring him. I don't want to spray him with water but it's getting to the point now he is drawing blood every day. He has loads of toys, huge cat tree and fast wheel.


Can anyone help as my hands and legs are killing me lol


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2016 9:53 pm 
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I have been there and can sympathize. Don't bother with a squirt bottle, it only makes them fear you and they turn it into a game to get you agitated and watch your reaction. They are little devils at that age after all. Wear long pants and keep kitties nails trimmed. be sure and have lots of scratching posts for them. It gets better as they mature.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2016 10:00 pm 
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I wear thick work trousers and he still manages to get threw them, Na water would be a very extreme last resort. I thought trimming his claws would be horrible for him as he wont be able to climb etc. He has a huge scratching post and cat tree has scratching bits everywhere.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2016 10:20 pm 
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Trim his nails at least every 30 days. If you can't manage, take him to the vet and the groomer will do a nice job for you. They grow right back and they can still climb and jump. You will have fewer wounds as a result. Also nails that are not trimmed get stuck in material and can be frustrating for your kitty. My two always seem appreciative when I take them to the groomer to have them trimmed.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 07, 2016 10:34 pm 
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I trim both my cats claws around once a month, if I didn't I would be covered in scratches from Pearl my 8 month old girl, Magic my 4 year old boy is fine but I still trim his claws as the play fight alot.

It doesn't stop them climbing any way.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 2:28 pm 
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Add a few scratching posts! I'm sure the cat tree has them, but he may need more! Kittens do love legs. You have to teach them the word "NO." Kittens' claws are extremely sharp and I don't know a single person in this entire world who has not gotten scratched up by a kitten. One thing you can do that may help is to engage the kitty in play. It's one thing to have toys laying around -- it's another to pick up a wand toy and let the kitten chase it until they are exhausted!!! Kittens need a ton of play time.

Your other option is to add another bengal kitten to your household!!! :biggrin:


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 3:36 pm 
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I think he's just happy to see you after being alone all day!

Your kitten might like a Kickeroo


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 3:37 pm 
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gregwilliams111 wrote:
We have had our kitten since 13th may, he has been fine up till now. He goes crazy when we get in from work jumping up our legs and scratching and biting hands. I have tried everything, playing for hours, putting him out of the room, ignoring him. I don't want to spray him with water but it's getting to the point now he is drawing blood every day. He has loads of toys, huge cat tree and fast wheel.


Can anyone help as my hands and legs are killing me lol


What everyone else said is correct, but I'll say it a little differently: a bengal kitten is going to be a bengal kitten. There are a lot of great things about brigning home a bengal at 12 weeks, as that kitten age period only lasts less than a year and then it is gone and they are adult cats. But probably the biggest downside is that you get scratched up. It's gonna happen. I had puncture wounds up and down my legs, and slashes up and down my arms for several months. You can lessen the amount of damage you take by trimming claws or using softpaws, but it won't change the kittens behavior, this is just a period where the kitten is learning to be a cat, and he's training hard to do it, and he needs that so you have to bear with him.

What can you do? You have to make sure that you are not giving him any mixed messages. There's has to never be a case where it is acceptable for him to climb your leggs, or bite your toes, or "hunt" your fingers, or wrestle with your arms. Every time that has to result in a sharp word by you, and him being ignored and put out of the room (or however you want to do it). But it's not just about punishment, it's about showing him "yes" as well, and "yes" has to be really good play that simulates hunting for him (with toys like dabird, neko flies, flying frenzy), and wrestling with kicker toys (used interactively by you), and chasing with games of fetch with you etc. Eventually what he'll learn is: a) he's hurting you, and he doesn't want to do that, and b) It sucks to hurt you, because you're a really great friend to him and providing for all his needs, and c) when he doesn't hurt you he gets really great games that he wants to play again and again.

It takes time though. You can go ahead and circle a date about 6-7 months from now, and it's real likely that by then he won't be (at least intentionally) scratching and biting you by then (provided you've taught him properly), but until then... you have to take the good with that bad.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 3:50 pm 
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Well said Brian!

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