Sunday, October 14, 2012

ouch


Well my newest foster cat has absolutely no social skills.  She is very high energy and wants to play play play.    I couldn't sleep last night and got out the fishing pole toy and got her running around for quite some time.  She has created a mass of scabs on the back of her kitten's neck trying to play with the kitten.  She has tried to "play" with my feet and legs a few times, but I was fast enough to discourage her.

Unfortunately today I wasn't on my A game, and I turned a little too quickly for her (as I was moving very slowly) and engaged her without knowing it.  Before I even realized she had engaged, she was attached herself to my arm.  Four teeth punctures and a few minor claw scratches.  I immediately said NO! and she backed right off and laid down as if she was very sorry.  It was NOT mean, it was play.  But sadly it drew blood.  

I reported it to the shelter and am following their protocols.  I let the ones that were bleeding bleed a bit to try to help remove any saliva, then I washed them well with soap and water and put a little peroxide on it.  Fortunately the peroxide didn't even react.  for the most part they look like red freckles instead of bite wounds  At this point there is just one point that is a little sore.  She has been with the shelter for a month at this point and is in good health.  I know well enough to watch this very carefully and not take any chances..  if it makes any change for the worse I'll be heading to the doctor

At this point I have no intention of returning her.  That could change if she refuses to learn how to properly interact with people.  I absolutely believe she was treating me like she would any other cat, and that wasn't improper play, but since I'm not a cat it is.  So we need to teach her to interact properly with humans... She so seems to want to, as she likes being petted (but she does get easily over stimulated) and rub against my ankles.

She reminds me a lot of Minerva.. Does this kitty have a future?  that is all up to her.

12 comments:

  1. we know she is in good hands....it can be so hard when they didn't learn social skills and then try so hard to interact. we hope you continue to feel ok and that miss momma cat soon learns to play a little more gently

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  2. Traveler was (and sometimes still is) the same way when we adopted him. It takes time for them to warm up, but don't worry because with a great cat owner like you she's in purr-fect hands. hugs and kisses xxoo

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  3. I am sure she has a bright future ahead... she plays a little rough, so does my Pupa and I've had her for 11 years. With your experience I am sure she is in the best place possible for her.

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  4. Oh no--please watch yourself carefully--though I know you will. If anyone can help her, I know it's you. The poor girl has obviously had a rough start in life.

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  5. I reckon she has a very good chance with you as her teacher!!

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  6. Paws crossed that your wounds heal without issues! Binga has always been a little rough and overstimulates very easily... so the humans don't push it with her when she is in a grouchy mood. She had play aggression as a kitten and it did take her a good, long while to get over it (at least with the humans and me - Boodie is still fair game!).

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  7. Hopefully a little time will help!
    xo Catherine

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  8. That sounds painful. Glad to hear you're not giving up on her. I hope she comes around and learns how to play well with humans!

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  9. She sounds like she'll get there with time.

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  10. Aw, sounds like her momma maybe didnt teach her properly. When kittens get too rough, momma kitties let them know right now. Which is what you did, so hopefully she'll learn and then repeat the lesson to her baby. We're sorry you're hurt though.

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  11. she will come good with a little time and love

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  12. awwww poor bsaby! We agree with speedy!

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