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Kitten training

I got Uchi last Thursday, and it has been quite a learning experience on both sides. Uchi is skittish, and this is the first time I've dealt with a skittish kitten. The ones I had were all mellow and chill. But Uchi flinches and his eyes dart around and he hid, and wouldn't approach me at first. I was quite upset, and emailed Tom, the breeder (aka Monkey's Dad) and he ended up calling me and giving me a lecture for half and hour. Basically, he said that Siberians were feral 4 generations ago. And he gave me all sorts of advice on how to train the kitty.

The good thing is, that even in the first night, Uchi would sleep with me on my bed, or he would sleep in my lap, purring. However, he wouldn't approach me. This training thing (and time) is helping though, since Uchi is now on my computer desk, being a kitten nuisance and stepping on my keyboard, which is wonderful, since it shows that he trusts me enough to be this close to me on his own volition.

Tom said that I should never ever chase him so that he doesn't develop a "fight or flight" response. So if you do visit Uchi, we're going to have to lure him out with treats and toys (which has been really easy). He is uneasy around strangers.

Allergy wise, Andy usually would have his eyes water and rub his eyes a lot when he touches cats too much. But he hasn't had this reaction with Uchi. So... this hypoallergenic thing may be working. But need to test with people who are even more allergic.

He wakes me up in the middle of the night with his nocturnal pouncing. So I'm rather sleep deprived. But he's totally worth it. We started off uneasy with each other.. but I'm starting to like him more and more.. and he's starting to trust me more and more.

I slipped up and called him Caroso a few times.. which is rather.. odd. Uhmmm.. Ok.

Here are some pictures!!

            

         


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jefpeanutbutter
Sep. 25th, 2007 03:57 am (UTC)
My favorite-ever non-human friend was a little kitten named Ichi, and the name of my best friend of the last 16 years is Tom Breeding. Uchi looks so awesome.
ripresa
Sep. 25th, 2007 04:02 am (UTC)
what a wierd coincidence.

uchi is on my lap sleeping right now. pets... ah, unconditional love.
zuleikhajami
Sep. 25th, 2007 04:26 am (UTC)
Uchi also had a more traumatic journey to reach you than your other kittens did. So it makes sense that he'd be more skittish. He is super adorable!

W and I will come over any time you want to test allergies... :)
ripresa
Sep. 25th, 2007 05:16 am (UTC)
yeah sure.. come over.. maybe in 4 days or so to give him a little bit more adjustment time.
zuleikhajami
Sep. 27th, 2007 04:22 am (UTC)
I'm going to DC for a workshop, but after I get back, we'll come over.
pfiddy
Sep. 25th, 2007 07:29 am (UTC)
It's ok
I called my mom's dog my boyfriend's name once. ><
ripresa
Sep. 25th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
Re: It's ok
but you were still with your boyfriend right?.. even more awkward if it was an ex..
orangepaisley
Sep. 25th, 2007 01:32 pm (UTC)
What happened to the kitty I met at your condo party? Did it trigger Andy's allergies?
brandonbray
Sep. 25th, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC)
So, do you have multiple cats now?
ripresa
Sep. 25th, 2007 09:44 pm (UTC)
just one. long story..
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