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What can i use to slow down a kitten? We have tried the water spray, playing with him to tire him out. Nothing seems to be working. Even taking him by the scruff of the neck and yelling at him. he seems to like electrical cords.

Well first of all you are punishing him for being a kitten. Not a great move is you want a nice cat later on. Treating a kitten this way all of the time is a good way to turn one mean.

The best thing is to get another kitten. Cats do much better in twos and they will wear each other out- not you.

Electrical cords can be a deadly hazard to cats. One way to protect the cat is to take paper towel roll tubes and run the cords down the middle of these- one after another until the cord is covered. TP rolls work too.

They also make "rabbit" proof plastic stuff that you wrap around the cords. It's like a soft plastic that acts like an insulator or snakey thing around the cord.

Radio shack has it:

Keeps little teeth off of them. I used a water bottle only to keep my (five at one time) kittens off of my drapes and furniture scratching. Those cats lived to be 14-19 and never once ruined a drapery panel or a couch.

So stop yelling at him. Get him some kitten toys and especially the one with the wand and the feathers on the end. They love those.

But your best bet is another kitten close to his age and preferably the same sex so that you have no worries when they get older before they are neutered.

Have fun!! They are only kittens once!  

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Jana Connell RVT, CVT


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