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everyone, meet Elsa

So, I promised you all pictures of my new kitten if you were interested– and apparently you were. I don’t have very many yet (she is incredibly active when she’s not sleeping underneath something like the bed), but these at least show off what her coat looks like.

Also, we decided to name her Elsa because she came out from hiding while we were watching Frozen— the scene when Elsa finally realizes that she can open up to people and just love them. She came out from under the bed and wanted to be held and petted for about an hour. It was adorable.

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She’s what’s called a “smoke.” Her undercoat is completely snow white, but as it grows out it turns black. It’s fascinating when she moves because it sort of shimmers. She’s also still a kitten, and still growing. Siberians grow to be pretty large cats, and she doesn’t mature for another couple of years.

Now, if I can just convince her to keep her nails to her scratching pad/post instead of buried in my Michael Kors duvet cover . . .

Dogs are so much easier to train, folks.

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  • Catnip spray helps. Spray it on the stuff that’s for her to scratch. You can also find organic catnip if you do a google search. We had this issue with our kitty when we first got her.

    If you want to use negative reinforcement, arm yourself with a spray bottle and give her a quick shot when she’s mauling your duvet cover. Make sure she doesn’t see you, though; you don’t want her to associate the spray with you.

  • Janessa

    How adorable! I love black cats.

  • Beautiful cat. Hubby and I have three. One of the ways we keep them from clawing up “everything” in the house is to use nail – clippers and just take the pointy part of the nail off (not down to the quick at all).

    • And rosemary. Cats dislike the smell of rosemary.

  • Awww, she’s SO beautiful!!

  • Very beautiful kitty! And I love the name. 🙂 I would suggest clipping her claws (NOT declawing, but just trimming the very tips of her claws). That really does help them do less damage with their claws. You can also get those scratch boards from PetSmart or someplace and put them up where she tends to scratch so it’s another reinforcement to scratch on that. Unfortunately, teaching a cat not to scratch where they want is hard….Whenever she does scratch on the wrong place, say NO, and then run over to her scratch board and make scratching sound/motion on it with your fingers. My cat will follow me over and start scratching on the right thing, and then I’ll praise her and pet her and reinforce that way. She definitely knows now she’s not supposed to scratch on the furniture (but let’s be honest…she’ll still do it sometimes to spite me when she’s feeling particularly troublesome haha).

  • Ohhhhh…she’s stunning!

  • She’s so beautiful!

  • She’s a beauty.

  • Stephanie

    She’s so pretty!
    I used to trim off the tips of one of my cat’s nails with small nail clippers. Most cats don’t tolerate that. They also make little silicone sheaths for cats’ nails, and they last about a month before they need to be reapplied with some kind of cat friendly nail glue.
    Many people think declawing is cruel, but I’ve never met a declawed cat that was crippled and hobbled in any way by it, so I don’t judge.

  • That is a beautiful coat. I’m such a sucker for cat pictures. (Never been a dog person…)

  • Linda

    Try a scratching box. They can probably be found in a larger grocery or big box store. It’s a long narrow, flat-ish box stuffed with more cardboard. Our cats (sadly,both gone now), loved it more than anything for scratching. It comes with catnip (mentioned above) to make it more attractive. It makes a bit of a mess with all the shredded cardboard, but it worked the charm.

  • ESR

    Training a cat is nothing like training a dog 🙂
    A suggestion: With particularly obtuse cats it helps dramatically if you can make him/her think it was his/her idea to begin with.
    We have a lovely Himalayan who was scratching on the couch instead of the scratching post sitting right next to the couch and appropriately scented with her drug of choice – catnip. You may have read this, but scratching is a marking behavior and cats have scent glands in their paws. After they have marked something, they tend to repeatedly re-mark it – which is encouraged by the scents they left the last time. One of the best ways to get them to stop, is to transfer the marking to a desirable surface. Well CC wasn’t transferring and as a last ditch effort I decided to attempt to use her extreme territorial attitude against her (I have had many cats and this one takes the cake on territoriality). I sent the scratching post to my sister’s three cats for a week. They broke it in for her, and when we got it back into the house CC became very intent on proving just who the scratching post belonged to.