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Saturday, November 07, 2015

Is it play or is it fighting? Toby reveals his play technique.

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Dear George,
I am trying to help Celia train her foster kitten, Abby the Tabby, to behave well towards other cats. It can be tiresome and sometimes downright embarrassing. She whizzes up to me, rubs against me, and shows excessive affection. Then she plays...
And plays and plays. And she is very rough. She body slams me. I pounce on her but I never have my claws out. How am I going to teach her to play less roughly?
Yours exhausted,
Toby.

Dear Toby,
I can tell that she is having a great time because there is no hissing, spitting, claws out, no tufts of hair and no blood.  It's play not discipline - thanks to your good manners. You are twice her size and would really beat her up if you chose to. And you don't, even when she jumps on you at speed.
Human pets don't understand us and sometimes think we are playing when we are fighting. So thank you for posting this video. It will help humans recognise play from fighting.
I am not sure if you will succeed in teaching Abby to play less roughly, Toby. But playing with her may help her to live with another adult cat when she finds her forever home.
Yours
George
PS. If you live Oxfordshire and can give Abby a home go to Sunshine Cat Rescue.




6 comments:

  1. This is such a cute video! I think you are a little nervous around the kitten but it is cute!
    Hope Abby will find soon a good and lovely home
    Diego

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  2. Abby is adorable
    Minnie!

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  3. Carla, the tuxedo catNovember 08, 2015

    Toby, how can you teach her to play less rough? Maybe you can't!
    Maybe getting another kitten ....same age as Abby.... to play together is the answer!
    What Celia is saying?
    Carla, the tuxedo cat

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  4. Oh dear! This might be a problem! Nobody wants a kitten who attacks when less expected.
    Hope you'll find a solution Toby!
    Tom

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  6. Any chance Celia adopting Abby?
    Vegas

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