Tiny yet fierce.
February 2, 2019 7:06 AM   Subscribe

They fight. They hiss. They growl. They stare. They snarl. They bite. Please do not underestimate kittens.
posted by Vesihiisi (26 comments total) 29 users marked this as a favorite
 
Before someone wonders why they continue to poke at the angry kitten, handling feral kittens is how you make them not feral. The "purrito" method involves wrapping the kitten up in a towel with its head out and carrying it around with you so it gets used to people and different situations. It is also common to keep them in a dog crate in the middle of a busy room and not give them a place to hide. It works really well and is the only way to make them adoptable. I presume this person is doing something like that here.
posted by schroedinger at 7:18 AM on February 2 [21 favorites]


Kitten björns are another variation on the theme.
posted by schroedinger at 7:22 AM on February 2 [19 favorites]


My cats were very concerned for the welfare of these kittens.
posted by agatha_magatha at 7:50 AM on February 2 [12 favorites]


Kitten björns are another variation on the theme

I feel like I've finally found my true aesthetic.
posted by notquitemaryann at 7:51 AM on February 2 [7 favorites]


Oh my goodness that is so screechy. I really wanted to somehow scoop them up and make it all better. (As if I know what makes kittens feel all better.)
posted by Margalo Epps at 8:05 AM on February 2 [3 favorites]


That got my cats’ attention right quick.
posted by GenjiandProust at 8:12 AM on February 2 [4 favorites]


Yes.
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 8:16 AM on February 2 [19 favorites]


my name is kit
and you iz large
and you scares me
so iz must charge
i fluffs myself
like big tough thug
and growl and hiss
but i wants a hug
posted by WCityMike at 8:36 AM on February 2 [55 favorites]


The adult cat in the second video is very unhappy with being near Angry Kitten and is silently pleading with her owner PLEASE TO GO AWAY NOW
posted by emjaybee at 8:57 AM on February 2 [5 favorites]


I don't know why I get such a kick out of cats getting incredibly angry. It's just the cutest thing when they scream in rage??!

Luckily, I still have some self preservation / enjoy my kitty's purring more / am not evil and won't torment my catte. But -- SO CUTE.

It's gotta be the Toxoplasmosis.
posted by wires at 9:04 AM on February 2 [8 favorites]


And you ask why
posted by angrycat at 9:16 AM on February 2 [34 favorites]


What’s the saying? “When presented with danger, a human baby will cry, a puppy will cower, and a kitten will brace itself for furious resistance.”
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:42 AM on February 2 [34 favorites]


Well, the Pallas cats are certainly not going to get tame anytime soon. But yeah, that's how you socialize a feral kitten. All four of my parents' cats are rescues from the university campus where my mother helps with the feral cat colony, but only one of them was actually born feral (as opposed to abandoned), and as a kitten, she was pretty much a little fluffball of rage. My mother kept the kitten in an enclosure in the family room and spent lots of time hanging out with her, being hissed at. One day, the kitten's switch suddenly flipped from I SHALL MURDER YOU HOOMAN to I LOF YOU I SHALL NOW SIT ON YOUR LAP AND RECEIVE PETS, and that was that.
posted by thomas j wise at 10:40 AM on February 2 [18 favorites]


Aww, bravehearted kittens! I loved the gloved hand and kind voice working with the box of pissy kitties.

I foster kittens and our current foster hissed at me for about 24 hours after I got her home. She’s recovering from being hit by a car and the subsequent surgery, so I was even less offended by her than I am with under-socialized kittens who want nothing to do with me. On the second day, I reached in and rubbed her cheek and she dissolved into purrs. She’s shaping up to be a champion snuggler.

I haven’t cared for a true feral kitten, but I’m sure one day I will since we’ve started fostering almost full time (though we do dogs, puppies, and cats too). I know all that work is well worth it, based on how immensely satisfying it is to teach the under-socialized animals I foster to be okay with humans.
posted by the thorn bushes have roses at 11:28 AM on February 2 [10 favorites]


That got my cats’ attention right quick.

Yup, mine too. Hopped on the couch and started sniffing around my laptop, trying to figure out where I was hiding the angry kittens.
posted by quaking fajita at 11:32 AM on February 2 [4 favorites]


The adult cat in the second video is very unhappy with being near Angry Kitten and is silently pleading with her owner PLEASE TO GO AWAY NOW

That person sucks for not removing her distressed sweet kitty from that situation, instead filming and babytalking to her cats like an idiot
posted by thelonius at 11:54 AM on February 2 [8 favorites]


I'm annoyed that the lady didn't allow her cat to leave the area but am hopeful the cat later shit in the lady's soul.
posted by fluffy battle kitten at 11:58 AM on February 2 [12 favorites]


What’s the saying? “When presented with danger, a human baby will cry, a puppy will cower, and a kitten will brace itself for furious resistance.”

Saki. “Confront a child, a puppy, and a kitten with a sudden danger; the child will turn instinctively for assistance, the puppy will grovel in abject submission, the kitten will brace its tiny body for a frantic resistance.”
posted by ricochet biscuit at 2:54 PM on February 2 [18 favorites]


I had to watch on silent. My cats were all, WTF human?

The snarly kitten on the windowsill looked like a big furry caterpillar.

And bitey kitten was being so angry and fierce but just looked adorable with its little splayed pawsies.

White & grey kitten was so beautiful and seemed quite open to humans are a bit good so,hopefully that goes well.

Love that quote. They are very brave little fuzz balls.
posted by kitten magic at 4:37 PM on February 2 [3 favorites]


Not quite an "angry" kitten story, but I remember a couple of decades ago when I brought a catnip mouse to my friend's party so her cats could play with it. The adult cat was fairly chill about it but the kitten went feral (complete with actual growls) and practically ripped it to shreds. (Fortunately we had enough sense - or at least enough awe at his mini-ferocity - not to get between him and the mousie).
posted by gtrwolf at 9:52 PM on February 2 [2 favorites]


he protect
he attack
he learn to cuddle
when wrapped snugly in sack
posted by Mayor West at 9:50 AM on February 3 [6 favorites]


My beagle's pretty concerned too, growling and starting to bark at angry kitty.
posted by etaoin at 2:45 PM on February 3 [1 favorite]


Perfect place to share this, I learned yesterday that it's common for kittens to retain their deciduous canines until their permanent canines have fully erupted, which leads to a period of "double canines" while teething. Evolutionary speaking, this makes sense for predators, but it's wild to see.
posted by FirstMateKate at 8:20 AM on February 4 [2 favorites]


The same thing happened to me when I was a child!

...am I a cat?
posted by Vesihiisi at 10:53 AM on February 4 [3 favorites]


The pallas kittens look like angry little owls.
posted by RhysPenbras at 12:01 PM on February 4 [2 favorites]


I have a dressing gown I have had for 20 years. One of my favourite things about it is that the wooden toggles have tiny kitten bite marks in them, as they were potential dangers and needed to by attacked.
posted by kjs4 at 8:14 PM on February 4 [1 favorite]


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