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    My daughter has 2 kittens that are almost 2 years old. When she is home they are wild but she can control them. When she goes to work things really gets out of hand. She bought something from pet smart that is suppose to tame them down. She has done this for about a month now and isn't helping. Does anyone know what we can do to tame them? She doesn't want to cage them or keep them locked in a room when she is gone. When they are bad when she is there she sometimes puts them in the cage for a short time.

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    are they fixed, if not, do it imm. can she play with them b4 she goes out. they may be running around chasing things outside, from window to window, I don't know if caging a cat works like it will with a dog. if it calms them down, then it's o.k.
    do they have enough climbing toys to climb on and get ht. they may need a bird feeder outsie their favorite window. My Zoey has a lot of climbing things, we have wide windowsills for her, and a bird feeder that feeds squirrels and birds to keep her busy when i'm gone. the poor babies miss her

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    They definately need some interactive toys to occupy them! They might just be rambunctious felines but cats can get bored. There are all kinds of interactive toys. My cats favor one that hangs from a door on an elastic string. The little furry thing "chirps" when the cats play with it. Also, there are the round toys that have a ball in it that the cats can put their paws into and knock it around. Cats like the noises that their toys make and it will keep them engaged for quite a while.
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    Cats need things to climb also, and high perches from which they can look down. Varying heights is good.

    Is it Feliway that she is using?
    http://www.amazon.com/Comfort-Zone-F...dp/B003E6WSHK/
    It usually helps, but in a confined area. She may not be using enough of them for the area in which the cats stay.

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    Yes her cats have been fixed since she got them.As for things to climb on her couch is in front of the bay window she does like to pull her blinds up but opens them. They have broke them and the one in the bedroom. Not sure what the name of the stuff is that she gives them. She has a lot of toys and some noise ones.

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    I have heard from other people that the Feliway does work. The stuff I bought at the pet store did not work for me.
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    I kept boxes with openings cut out for mine to play in and also bought tunnels and other items to entertain them. I left brown grocery bags (the paper kind) on the floor for them to play in and sheets over chairs for them to run around with. I switched things out for them so they had variety. I have 5 presently and this works great for me. Good Luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    Cats need things to climb also, and high perches from which they can look down. Varying heights is good.

    Is it Feliway that she is using?
    http://www.amazon.com/Comfort-Zone-F...dp/B003E6WSHK/
    It usually helps, but in a confined area. She may not be using enough of them for the area in which the cats stay.
    No she isn't. We haven't never heard of feliway.

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    With 2 cats, ours have always been mellow since they have company with each other. She needs to "wear them out" in the mornings and they should sleep more during the day. Some catnip toys in the morning to get them playing and then put those toys away during the day. We have paper bags that they love along with some boxes to play hide and seek in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99 View Post
    Cats need things to climb also, and high perches from which they can look down. Varying heights is good.
    Yep. There is a great program called "my cat from hell" - if she gets that she may pick up some tricks.
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    Aren't cats suppose to run and play like their wild ancestors did. The key is to have lots of things for them occupied. I've got 5 of all ages so I need things for all of them. I've got condos, beds to hide under, outside time when we can. I let my critter on my furniture, so that's somethingelse for them to play on. I could have my husband tell you his story of trying to sleep on the couch. Seen the movie Gremlins? He said it was like all those Gremlins running around in the living room. Some jumping over him the full length of the couch, some not quite making it, but off they go again. He hasn't slept on the couch since1

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    Get her to watch "My cat from hell". Mine were all playful when kittens but now "nadda". He has soooo many helpful tips... I love my kitties. They are getting up in age (aren't we all?). Calico (Callie) is 11, 3 blacks (Buddy, M; Bailey, M & Daisy, F) (I keep colored collars on them to tell them apart) are 4. My son has the mom to my Callie & they have Blackie (F15).
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    I have a room my three cats stay in at night and during the day. They are no longer kittens. They have a big cat post with hole and shelves. Everything is out of their reach, other than what is for them. Before I had them in ex-large dog cages with litter box, food and water and shelf for them to lay on. I try to make things easier for myself and I don't want my house torn up. They are declawed - all four feet.
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    I hate the name of that program!!! anyway, I have three cats and they fight once in awhile. mainly because Mama is boss. she loves her circular plastic toy with the ball inside. also loves her fabric slip covered foot stool. it's hers and she kills it at times. two of them go outside on a leash. then sleep all day. the other girl is still a timid cat. large girl but doesn't want out or picked up. I do pick her up and pet her like crazy every day anyway. Tree perches are a must or something they can get up on to see out the window and not feel closed in. Good luck. the calming stuff didn't work for me either.

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    The cat behavior expert on "My cat from hell", says you should never try to discipline a cat. It does not work. Cats are not like dogs.

    I agree with those that say to play with the cats in the morning until they are exhausted. I keep a bird feeder outside a window that the cats love to watch. A dish of bird food on the ground outside my sliding glass door attracts chipmunks and squirrels for the cats to watch also.
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    Mine play with balls, love fleece knots to carry around, and chase each other all the time. All but the baby are fixed - he will be when he gets old enough. They love the "climbing wall" (design wall) in the sewing room.

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    She needs to get them fixed, altered. You don't need more. My friend has a cat perch (I call it). It's high. She has a round platter like thing that has a ball or something and she throws catnip in it. If you put them in a kennel/cage, they will have a tendency to get very upset and spray. Doesn't matter it it's male or female. Since there are two, they basically are just playing and chasing each other. BUT PLEASE GET THEM ALTERED! if they aren't already. You can also keep a water bottle nearby and spray them where you don't want them. I had a cat and kept a spray bottle on the dining room table and kitchen counters that were identical. When my cat saw that she knew not to get up there. I sprayed her with both bottles. If she saw a bottle in a room that resembled those she would actually leave the room or hiss at them when she walked by.

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    They will calm down with age, but in the mean time, go to pet supermarket and buy a toy called Da Bird. I have one (of my 4 cats) that was on meds for spraying. I bought Da Bird 2 weeks ago, took him off the meds and play with him and he has only sprayed ONCE!! It really wears him out.

    Have her watch 'my cat from hell' on saturdays on the animal planet also. She will get ideas from that show.
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    I have three white baby cats and they are so cute. I love cats and really like to keep cats as my favourite pet.

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    Have you tried that circular thing they advertise on TV with the ball? Or put a wooden spool on a length of elastic and tie it to the door? Does she have something to let them run up and down the walls ? LOL YES I did that with my cats had it where they could climb to the highest part of the house. DH put 1x2 attached to the walls, at intervals so they could climb high. Get them all tired out before she goes to work, they have those mice or feathers on a teather pole like to play with. Do they have a cat condo that they can climb on that is pretty high? The cats used to love the elastic spool idea and would play with that one or a feather attached for hours.

    Put a birdfeeder outside your window.
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    Quote Originally Posted by quilterj View Post
    My daughter has 2 kittens that are almost 2 years old. When she is home they are wild but she can control them. When she goes to work things really gets out of hand. She bought something from pet smart that is suppose to tame them down. She has done this for about a month now and isn't helping. Does anyone know what we can do to tame them? She doesn't want to cage them or keep them locked in a room when she is gone. When they are bad when she is there she sometimes puts them in the cage for a short time.
    My kitty was a rescue and had been abused. The vet said to try Rescue Remedy, not the pet version, but the people version. I is about $15.00 a bottle for vitamin stores .made by Bach Essences. Great to give dogs and cats during trips or thunder storms

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    Perhaps a nice shelf on one window that they can sit on and watch what is going on outside. Also, perhaps catnip early in the morning might wear them out before she goes to work.

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    They need to have toys and someone needs to play with them to get them tired out.... If she has problems ...Animal planet program My Cat from Hell.....Jackson is the guy ... I think you can go on to the site and see if some of that will help....

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    There is something called Comfort Zone. I had some bad behaving - fighting kitties and this is available on Amazon and Petco i think... it totally calmed mine down. No more bullying. That said, we now have a 2 yr old kitten who just wants to play so you have to wear them out and play with them. It sounds like regular energetic kitten hijinks to me. I will also second the 'My cat from hell' show... the man is a wonder!

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    Quote Originally Posted by marvek32 View Post
    I have three white baby cats and they are so cute. I love cats and really like to keep cats as my favourite pet.



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