DON'T LET THAT SWEET INNOCENT FACE FOOL YOU
Tucker and I had a bit of a rough time last night. He truly is a cute kitten who likes to cuddle and play. He greets me at his door every morning and stretches his little paws up on my leg so I can pick him up and hug him. He's sweet as can be most of time, but I've begun to wonder if he has a split personality. He bit the heck out of my hands last night, the little vampire.
I'm having a difficult time with his rough play biting. I know he's not vicious or anything near it, but I can't understand why he's so rough when I've been so tender with him - well, until last night. I was very firm with him after he bit me so hard. At one point his ears were laid back and he had a wild look in his eyes. I've raised many kittens but none has acted as roughly as Tucker. I broke my own rule last night - the one where I say to always be kind and loving to kittens, never smack them, don't flip their noses, etc. Well, Tucker had his nose flipped last night. Telling him "no bite" and offering something for diversion did not work. I'm thinking I may have a spoiled rotten kitten on my hands - and whose fault would that be? Ahem.
My plan is to call the SICSA vet today and see if she thinks there is something more I can do to help him get out of this rough biting mode. These are not little pinches he's been giving me. My hand and wrist were bleeding after our last "play" session. One minute he was cuddled beside me in the chair, purring. The next, he was on my lap with all fours wrapped 'round my arm and teeth sunk into my flesh. That hurt! My fear is that he'll be adopted to a family with young children and he'll be too rough for them. Some people mistreat animals if the animals don't act perfectly. Tucker may be experiencing growing pains but I need to find a way to help him learn this is not acceptable behavior.
When I placed Tucker in his room last night, he reverted to the sweet docile boy with whom I love to cuddle. What gives?