Our kitten is about 9 months old, desexed and he's still behaving badly. We've tried various discipline methods suggested to us but none have really worked. Advice would be very much appreciated.
As I said, our male kitten is about 8 or 9 months old. He's always been something of a naughty kitten, and we hoped the desexing would help, and it has, to a degree. He's calmed down a bit more but he's still being naughty. Examples of his behaviour include;
Attacking my wife.
Generally speaking, he dosen't let her pet him or hold him. In the evenings as we watch TV, it is a common event to see him pounce on and bite and claw her feet. Her feet and arms are testaments to his frequent attacks. In stark contrast, he seems to love me. I'll pick him up and he'll purr, he'll sleep on my chest at night and he'll sit in my lap every once in a while (so long as my wife's not around). He pretty much never attacks me at all, and when he does I just growl at him or give him a smack and he stops.
Climbing the screen door.
Put simplye likes to climb our screen doors. Not so much of an issue when he was smaller. More of an issue now as he gets heavier and creates holes in the fly-screen.
Getting behind the TV and climbing the TV.
This is an issue because there's a lot of wires and cables back there and he likes to pull on the wires and this often brings expensive electronics tumbing down. He also likes to climb up the back of and sit atop our expensive LCD TV. Obviously not a behaviour we want to encourage as he gets bigger and heavier.
Attacking our feet at night.
Although he likes to sleep on me when we're in bed at night (and not my wife), he also likes to attack any part of our body that's hanging over the edge of the bed, like feet, arms and hands. This includes me, who as I mentioned earlier, he generally dosen't attack.
Clawing the bed.
He also likes to claw the edge of the bed before he jumps up. It seems to be only the bed he likes to claw.
These are probably his worst behaviours. We've tried various forms of punishment suggested to us by friends or vets. A quick spray of water from a spray gun. A smack whhen he's being naughty. Putting him in time out. Growling at him like his mum or dad would have done. They tend to have limited success. By this I mean, it might get him to stop doing the naughty thing he's doing, but a few minutes later he's right back at it again. For example, pointing the spray gun at him makes him meow at me and behave, but once the spray gun is down he'll go right back to being bad. A spray of water later and he'll run away, but come back later anyway.
At this stage I'm really not sure what else we can do, and we're both getting frustrated. I think some of this may just be boredom. He's an indoors cat and we're at work most of the day. I've suggested we make him an outdoors cat (see this earlier question of mine
) so that he has the whole day to get his excess energy out, but my wife is hesitant to let him out for various reasons. We try to play with him as much as we can at night but this tends to get him hyper-active. Either that or he has no interest in playing. So is there anything else we can do? Is there anything that has worked for you?
Also, I wonder if this is all just kittenish behaviour that he'll eventually grow out of when he reaches a certain age. What do your experiences suggest?
Any advice you can offer would be appreciated.