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Old 12-16-2009, 04:15 PM
 
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Default What age is a cat's "teenage" months/years?

You know how human teenagers are...pushing boundaries, selective hearing, oppositional, general insolence, etc.

Well I was curious what age that behavior starts to appear in a kitten/cat. My kitten is now 22 weeks old and if she's not yet in her 'teenage' time she's sure doing a darn good impression of it.

Lately she's pulling the "look what I'm touching that I'm NOT SUPPOSED TO TOUCH! LOOK MOM! Are you looking? I'm TOUCHING IT! I'm scratching it too!"

Grrrrr. Bratty girl!

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Old 12-16-2009, 04:28 PM
 
Location: ST paul MN
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Is she spayed?


otherwise teenage-ness probably doesn't effect cats that much... social puberty if thats what you mean... increased aggression... hits between 2 and 4 years of age. A cats termperment also comes from the breeding... wild or stray cats will be harder to deal with then the purebreds of most varieties.


Some lines of street cats are so bad that the best thing for them is to remain wild after altering.
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Old 12-16-2009, 04:33 PM
 
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Yep, she was spayed at 14 weeks. She was a stray I took in at 5/6 weeks (she was abandoned). She's very sweet much of the time, but sometimes she's just a bratty brat and lately she's testing her boundaries.
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Old 12-16-2009, 04:43 PM
 
Location: California
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LOL...My Jax is just about the same age...and tests to the limits. But is so loving, it's hard to get angry with him.
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Old 02-23-2011, 02:17 PM
 
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What is social puberty?? Do cats change between ages 2 and 4?
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Old 02-23-2011, 02:36 PM
 
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What is social puberty?? Do cats change between ages 2 and 4?
I was wondering the same thing?

All I have ever noticed is that between 2 and 4 they settle down to a degree.

I may be just fortunate, but I haven't experienced an aggressive cat and I have taken in a stray, own and owned moggies (DSHs) and pedigrees. tbh the only difference I have found is that when you chose a pedigree you know what it is going to look like as an adult cat.

I am loving the OP kitten, full of mischief, a cheeky little chappie, or as I call mine little gits.

Hubby this evening was taking some CDs in a plastic carrier bag put it down while he collected a few other bits and bats. By the time he went to pick up the carrier bag it had gone. CDs on the floor plastic carrier ripped to shreds - bless em, little gits. My three are 2 and 3. lol
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Old 02-23-2011, 04:17 PM
 
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The benefits of adopting an older cat... with this last cat, he came completely mellow, and out of that whole "kitten" stage. Kittens are alot of work!
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Old 02-23-2011, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Barrio Logan/Shelltown
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The benefits of adopting an older cat... with this last cat, he came completely mellow, and out of that whole "kitten" stage. Kittens are alot of work!
I agree! Snickers adopted me, and he's very mellow. He does get into his playing moods, but he doesn't destroy things. But Skittles on the other hand drove me nuts! He's much happier living with my neighbor, and he comes to visit me. He now lives with two cats the same age, and they beat the crap out of each other playing. No more spraying, and he's gotten bigger.
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Old 02-23-2011, 05:25 PM
 
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My youngest is about 10-11 months. He can get wild/active at odd times. Always ready to play and sometimes nips me - and gets a head swat for it. Obviously taken from mom too young.
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Old 02-23-2011, 07:30 PM
 
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What would an older cats be considered? And by that I mean out if kitten stage
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