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Old 04-30-2007, 08:51 PM   #301
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My boyfriend is coming down this weekend with his 5-yr old daughter and I'm a bit nervous about the impending visit because last time she visited, my Misha (siamese) hissed every time she approached her! I told her to approach Misha calmly but it didn't seem to matter...

Any way I can get Misha used to kids? It might prove to be a problem when I have kids of my own, I really don't want to get rid of her
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Old 05-01-2007, 03:26 PM   #302
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Amm try getting his daughter to give your cat little pieces of ham or some food she likes/Get her to play with your cat with string or something like that. Sometimes cats don't like young children because they tend to pull their tails etc. If Misha still hisses I would just keep her away from the child while shes visiting!

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Siamese cats can be very territorial and are emotionally high maintenance, at least compared to other breeds of cats. Cat people often say they are more like dogs than cats, with their demand for affection and their smarts. They can be quite stubborn and independent; they like things to go their way.

I don't know as much about cat psychology as I do about dogs, but if the Siamese cat was a dog, I would have the girl ignore the cat for a while, don't even approach it "nicely" (because what's nice to us isn't always as nice for the cat) or give it treats, just ignore it. Then after the cat gets over the presence of the girl, she can call to the cat and show it that she has treats. The cat will be rewarded when it decides to approach her. She need not bring treats to it b/c it may feel threatened and react aggressively out of fear. Basically, desensitize the cat by the presence of the girl, but nothing hands on. If the girl tries to pick up the cat, it might only become more scared and angry and the process will take longer.

I don't know if this will work, but that's how I would start!
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You dont. That's why they are kittens, and that's why they are a handful and harder to take care of than older cats.
But easier to deal with than puppies or human babies!
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Siamese cats can be very territorial and are emotionally high maintenance, at least compared to other breeds of cats. Cat people often say they are more like dogs than cats, with their demand for affection and their smarts. They can be quite stubborn and independent; they like things to go their way.

Amen to that .

They're sometimes very "one person" cats too.

I would have her just not approach the cat and the cat can approach her if it wants to.
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Amen to that .

They're sometimes very "one person" cats too.

Oh gosh, yes!! Max is so extremely attached to Katie, the minute she is out of his sight, he yowls and looks for her... He is okay with the rest of us, but he is attached to Kt moreso than anyone else!
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I don't know as much about cat psychology as I do about dogs, but if the Siamese cat was a dog, I would have the girl ignore the cat for a while, don't even approach it "nicely" (because what's nice to us isn't always as nice for the cat) or give it treats, just ignore it. Then after the cat gets over the presence of the girl, she can call to the cat and show it that she has treats. The cat will be rewarded when it decides to approach her.
Our cats aren't interested in treats, but we had to go through a similar process with them with our younger two kids, because like many cats, they're fine with older children but wary and bitey around younger ones. When our younger kids were baby/toddler stage it wasn't so much of an issue, as the cats ran from them and they weren't fast enough to follow, but once they got to early preschool age the rule was: never touch the cats yourself--ask mom or dad or Akiva (older brother) first. Then what we'd do was hold the cat ourselves with the child sitting nearby, pet the cat (while holding it firmly) until it was clearly calm, then allow them to pet its back with us continuing to hold it just in case it wigged out. Not entirely dissimilar to what we did to get the cats used to close contact with Falstaff (dog) really--the idea was to habituate the cat to their touch in a setting where it felt safe and protected, yet was under our control at the same time. In our younger son's case, he seemed used enough to the cats by around age 6 (which was recent) that we felt comfortable easing up on the no-touch rule, on the grounds that he's now old enough not to freak out if the cat does whirl and nip while being petted for some reason, as most cats will do occasionally. Our daughter is still not allowed to handle them herself.

Not sure if this would work with a Siamese or not--I'm not familiar with them and don't have a good sense of how different their psychology might be. But it's worked pretty well for us.
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Kelly - does your cat also meow and yowl a lot?
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Kelly - does your cat also meow and yowl a lot?
Oh yeah . . . when she's hungry, when she wants to play, when she wants in my room, when she wants out of my room, when she uses the litter box . . .
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I have three cats and my six year old nephew just came to visit not long ago. I was 9 when I got my now oldest cat, so none of them are really use to being around kids. He was very gentle with them, but they were still really jumpy around them. In part, they just seemed to be skittish by a child, who moves around more and faster then an adult. My nephew was here for a week and by the time he left, the cats had somewhat adjusted. Approaching them when they were in plain view (meaning, looking for them was off limits) with one of us helped. We also let my nephew give them their food a few times.

I had one cat that would not come near anyone but my mom, no matter what. If your cat is a one person cat to that extreme, I don't realy have any ideas. But from my experience, being gentle and letting the cats be introduced as much on their on terms as possible really seemed to help.
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Something is wrong with Posh!!!

Earlier when I got home from work I found her in our bed, which is not unusual, but typically she makes a little "mew" to say hello and she didn't. I scratched her and she just lay still and barely opened her eyes. I figured she was tired. I even said to her "Wow you must have been doing a lot of chasing today."

Then, we found a diarrhea spot on the edge of the litter box. We figured it was Beckham, since he goes in the sink and tries to lick stuff off of dishes, plus he has the sensitive stomach.

But then, Phil came out and said Posh never touched ANY of her food. BIG red flag. I've never ever seen any of my cats not eat their meal. We found her by the window and called her name but she didn't "mew" back or look up.

She's not dehydrated and she will kinda get up and walk around, but she won't eat her food. I put her in our room and she just lays down. However, I did run a string by her when I was untying a blanket for her and she attacked it. Phil thinks she's kinda bloated, but maybe we're paranoid. This is how she acts when she gets a shot, but she hasn't had a shot since October and I can't think of anything she may have eaten. There's no food or cleaning supplies out and I don't have any plants. The only weird thing is that they sometimes drink out of the fish tank, but they've been doing that since forever. The good thing is that like I said she attacked a string and when we rub her back, she stretches and digs her claws in the ground like she always does when she enjoys this.

She's sleeping with us tonight (they do some insane wrestling matches at night and don't want her subjected to that) and if she still isn't perky tomorrow I'm going to the vet....
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Thanks everyone for your replies and valuable input! Sophia (boyfriend's daughter) is only used to small dogs which she can chase, pick up and play with - she doesn't quite understand that cats, and especially siamese I think, are a different breed altogether and must be approached and handled differently. (Btw, she's not a one-person cat - she's very affectionate with everyone). I will put all your suggestions to use!

I'm going to try and explain it to her but poor thing takes it personally "Why doesn't Misha like me?"

Poor Posh - I hope she feels better by morning....
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I hope Posh is okay .
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I don't know what her problem is. She slept on my pillow all night and this morning was "talking" to me like normal. She was standing up on the bed and walking around so I thought she was OK but she still refuses to eat. I fed the others and got Posh a fresh scoop, she ate two kibbles and then walked away. Other than that, she seems fine now. I didn't take her in because going to the vet is a big deal for her and I know she'd be worse off than she is right now if she had to go in the car.
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