Scout is a very playful, sweet boy with tons of character. He has been a joy for his foster families to have around. He enjoys playing with toys and his feline foster siblings. He is a feisty little thing with a big attitude and we are convinced that's what saved his life!
Scout was the only kitten to survive in his litter. He came to Diamond In The Ruff when he was only 9 days old. He was dehydrated and hypothermic but he was a fighter and he came back from the brink against all odds. He was raised as a singleton kitten which was confusing for the him.
Between birth and 12 weeks it is so important for kittens to be with their Mother and siblings. They learn crucial socializing skills that are impossible to learn any other way. The Mother disciplines the kittens when they get out of hand and the siblings teach each other how to play with soft paws and mouths. Scout missed out on this unfortunately.
As Scout grew into a larger kitten he thought that humans were his siblings. He didn't have a Mother to tell him when enough was enough and he didn't have siblings to teach him to bite lightly and use his paws softly. So he would bite, wrestle and try to play with humans pretty painfully even though his foster family tried to discourage this behavior. They used stuffed animals, strings, and toys to play with him but Scout was smart enough to know the difference and he wanted something that was alive and that moved when he attacked it!
Scout has been maturing and learning that it is not appropriate to attack his humans in this way. He is finally old enough to be with adult cats so he can rough house and learn how to play fair. We would highly recommend that Scout is adopted into a home that has another resident young cat who would be able to keep Scout in line and continue to teach him how to be a cat. We would also recommend Scout not go into a home with small children. His playful attacks have been few and far between but they would be hard for a small child to predict.
*Scout has been using the litter box with no issues. He was neutered, had a wellness exam, FIV/Feleuk testing, vaccinations, and microchipped (which includes a lifetime enrollment.)*
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