I know, I know. Cats are weird. But can you help me manage my crazy little kitten's craziness?
is just about five months old; I've had her for a month and change. She's a love
, the sweetest Bean
around. Except when she's being Mean Bean/Perplexing Bean. Things I need help with:
1) How do I signal to her how much claw/tooth is acceptable when playing rough? I've been trying out the advice in previous kitten AskMes - going limp, saying NO and ending playtime - and nothing seems to get through to her. If I go limp and act hurt, she takes it as a signal that QUEEN BEAN HAS KILLED ALL THE FEET, COMMENCE FOOT CONSUMPTION. If I yell NO and withdraw, she goes about her business but starts with the super rough play immediately and without compunction as soon as she sees me again. She has plenty of toys, I play-hunt with her as much as I can, I trim her nails. She did grow up with littermates, and it seemed like she used to be better about gentle biting and wrestling when I first got her, but she seems to be forgetting quickly.
2) She's an indiscriminate and powerful pouncer. That's fine, except when it's onto my face in the bed. After one too many face scratches, I've started kicking her out of the bedroom at night, which I would rather not do - will she eventually grow out of trying to POUNCE ON ALL THE THINGS, or is there something I can do now to discourage human-specific pouncing?
3) Man, she likes to suckle on earlobes, moles, any fleshy protuberance that might resemble a nipple, up to and including...nipples. She gets super into it, and it's very disconcerting. I tried letting her just go to town on my ear once with the hope that she'd stop eventually once she realized it was milkless, but no dice. Will she grow out of this, too? Is there anything inoffensive to me but gross to her that I could put on things I don't want sucked on before we snuggle down?
4) She is STANK. I've always found kittens are stinkier than cats, presumably because of the massive quantities of super rich food they eat, but Bean transcends all stinky kittens I've ever known. She's the master of the SBD, and her poo is super rank (I scoop right away). She mostly eats Before Grain wet food, and I leave BG kibble out for her during the day. Is there anything I can do, particularly about the gas? The vet didn't seem concerned and said she would stink less as she grew up a little.
She's really a very sweet, very smart, super-affectionate cat, I swear. She loves people and isn't shy about anything. She's awesome, and I adore her! I would adore her even more without wet earlobes, face scratches, and random stinkbombs, is all.