Monday, March 7, 2016

The post where I do things to the kittens


Part of the process of taming kittens is to push their challenge lines and let them see that it is completely okay to come out of their comfort zone and nothing bad will happen to them. I pick them and hold them and then put them down when they ask - they almost always ask immediately - but sometimes I tell them I am going to hold them for a minute and force them to relax a bit before I let them go. Sometimes I stand up and clap really loud and stomp my feet and then freeze. It confuses the daylights out of kittens, but when nothing happens to them it builds their confidence.  And if I can, I do really weird things..


This time, I decided to break out clothing.  I had a few cute dresses from when Charlotte was here, and I cautiously approached them and put them on. I was very surprised that neither one of them balked too seriously.  Sprite had a minute of clothing paralysis, but as soon as Wryn hit the floor she was far more interested in seeing what Wryn had on.


I was fully prepared to grovel and beg their forgiveness, but they were completely fine with it, and when I went to take the dresses off they purred and hung out with me, and this happened.


That is Wryn right next to my leg!  I hung out a while longer and Wryn climbed up on me on her own and actually started to nurse on my shirt. She is still a very busy little girl, and right now her priority is playing and running after Sprite... but we definitely have had a break through.  Sprite figured out we were really cool a few days ago and will seek out attention after eating.

I've got a call into the shelter to see if we can't get them neutered and then I'll bring them back here to Casa de Gato to recover for a bit. They might be here this weekend, they might not, it all depends on timing.

19 comments:

  1. MOL! This is amazing! And they look so adorable in their outfits. But this also kind of explains to my human why I'm the way I am - I've pretty much been faced with all sorts of wacky situations most of my life, from being at cat shows, traveling, to wearing outfits, to weird people and noises happening around me (I mean, at airports and stuff, not just at home!)... and people are amazed when I seem so confident hanging out on a chair in an airport boarding area.

    Bottom line: I think ALL kittens should get the kind of training you give your fosters.

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    1. Yup, the more you introduce them to as kittens, the better adjusted they will be as cats. Orphaned kittens who get regular baths often turn into cats who climb in the shower with their people and who love playing with and near water.

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  2. It's astonishing how far they can come so quickly once they reach that breakthrough point. Your fosters are going to be so much better prepared for whatever they face in their future homes as a result of your socialization than we ever will. Paws up!

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  3. Kittens in outfits just destroyed me. Flat out killed me.

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  4. LOVE the outfits! And I love that picture of Wryn where she looks all suspicious.

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  5. Oh my goodness, these pictures are cuteness overload!

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  6. love that the dresses didn't freak them out too much :) guess it is getting to be about that time....

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  7. My head almost popped from the cute dressy photos! Glad you've had success with the socialization; you knew you'd do it, and I knew that you'd do it! --clapping--

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  8. They are so cute, when I think I can't love your blog any more this happens :)

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  9. So great. They are adorable and have grown wonderfully with your help. Thank you for what you do!

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  10. Sounds like wearing clothes helped them feel more confident :-) They must have felt really special!

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  11. You have such a wonderful "job". You are the kindergarten kitty teacher. Very cool.

    Emma and Buster

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  12. What wonderful ideas! I know it must be so satisfying to see them learn to trust and relax. These things you're doing with the kittens would also help when bringing home older cats from the shelter who may have never had someone they could trust.

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  13. Damn I wouldn't have thought of doing these things, but then in this area you know more then I do

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  14. Not only are you building their confidence, you just upped their cuteness factor a ton!

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  15. Wow! They are coming a long way! And they look so cute!

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  16. Oh my, they are so adorable! Your patience and attention have done wonders with them. Well done!

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  17. They look so cute! I can't stop squeeing.

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