December 20, 2006
1. It's the 20th? What? How did that happen?
2. Even though I only have one holiday knitting project this year, I'm
still struggling to finish it. Bah. Must finish by Saturday. About half done.
3. Dewey kitten has been home for almost two weeks now. In some ways, it seems like he's always been there, but we are definitely still adjusting. The past two nights, he has decided that the best way to get me to play is to attack my head
all night. Any tips on discouraging this? The vet, whom I liked in general, was unhelpful on the "attacking at night" issue - he just laughed and said to hope Dewey grows out of it.
4. Another kitten question: Dewey and I will be going to visit my family in CT for a few days over Christmas. Any tips on traveling with a kitten?
5. I'm sure you've all seen this, but
Yarn Harlot is running another fundraiser for Doctors Without Borders. Go check it out.
6. Also, as I've mentioned, you should be listening to
Lime and Violet. But if you're not, you may not have heard that they're trying to raise money for Violet's medical expenses through Lisa Souza's "Violet's Pink Ribbon" colorway. It's pretty. Go order some.
7. And again: Come join the
Yarn Life 2007 Crafting Challenge! It'll be exciting. I promise.
Posted by Kat at December 20, 2006 09:06 AM
No travel tips - mine stay put, except for the vet. I know that Jeanne of k3tog takes her cats with her on trips of several hours, so she might have some tips.
Can you shut Dewey out of your bedroom? I just managed it by not allowing Chaos or May in my bedroom until they were probably a bit older than Dewey.
My cats are all past the head attacking stage, but I recall sleeping with my head under the covers a lot. I recommend traveling with Dewey in a little kennel. If you are driving, loose kitties seem to make a beeline for the little space under the brake pedal. Nothing good can come from that.
2. Good luck!
3. He'll grow out of it. For now, either squirt him with water, or ignore him. When I raised two kittens a few years back, I slept with the water bottle in my hand. It seemed to make a difference, but actually, they probably just grew out of it.
4. I used to drive long distances with my kittens roaming freely throughout the car. The only problem was the time that Alex got under my foot. At some point, you'll need a cat carrier anyway, so if you don't already have one, perhaps it's a good time to invest in one. He might like roaming the car now, but as an older cat, he'll probably howl the entire time. Just line the carrier with his favorite blanket and let him ride shot gun so you can talk to him. It's not too hard.
Dewey...attacking at night. You're going to have to hope it outgrows it, or keep a squirt bottle in your hand all night as discouragement. Just give him a squirt when he does something bad. Canned air also works well for this, but think in small blasts of air. This also has the added bonus of not getting your bedding wet.
For traveling: You'll need a small cat carrier, not too big, but large enough he can turn around and get comfortable. (Cats like small and cozy better than big and empty) He may not like being in the carrier at first, but if you line it with a towel or blanket and put in a toy or two he should be just fine. I usually wrap a seat belt around the carrier so that I feel my kitties are safer. Either way you will both be safer if he isn't roaming freely about the car, especially since he is so young.
You'll also want to think ahead about his needs. Pack a couple toys as well as a small litter pan, food & water (with bowls), and squirt bottle in case he needs discipline while you are on vacation.
I would also suggest that you make sure he has a collar with your name and phone# (cell if you have one) in case he gets out at your vacation spot. If he's still really tiny you can get a collar that is made for a ferret and it will work great.
Hope you have a great vacation, and lots of luck to you getting your knitting done in time.
Hope he stops? I know, not helpful.
No idea about the traveling. The only cat I know that liked it was my brother's cat Hopi, and she thought she was a dog.