Our 3-4 month old kitten is feisty. She loves to play but she gets too rough and now she is rough with our 1 year-old.
She jumps at him and pounces on him and he is covered in scratches and I’m finally fed up with it.
Thought about getting it a playmate but nervous I’ll just end up with twice the fight.
My son loves her but I’m worried she is going to hurt him someday all because she is a rough player.
Hi Crystal, thanks for visiting and submitting what seems like a question. You probably would like some ideas from other people.
It seems to me that your female kitten is behaving normally. I don’t think the rough play with the one year old kitten is a problem. Kittens do make lots of noise and play rough and it looks worse than it is often. They learn limits – how far to go in play.
(Note: I misread this. By “one year old” Crystal seems to have meant a child not a cat. I have corrected that afterwards and thanks to Ruth for getting it right.)
The only real issue as I see it is your son. You say that your kitten might hurt your son. That should not be a problem either because it is up to your son to control how rough play is and how far it does etc..(Update: I have since realised he is one year old and therefore too young to control play).
For example, if your son did not play with the kitten at all he would not get scratched at all. That is obvious but some careful, sensible play using a cat tease (a feather on the end of a stick) would please the kitten and protect your son. Update: Of course he is only a year old so I would supervise the whole thing. I would think he is too young to be left alone to play with your kitten. Also small children play too rough themselves causing a reaction in the cat. A recipe for problems.
Just try and devise some strategies that work. It is not that difficult. Keep your kitten. Don’t get anymore cats. Your kitten will quieten down and in the meantime enjoy her and play with her sensibly.
Good luck and thanks for visiting.