The 'Unemployed Again' Thread

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Oh, indeed. He can get feisty, though - he'll come for a fuss, but then start biting. We have begun referring to him as an OBT:

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How old is he? They often grow out of it.
Our Tim used to attack feet when he arrived, aged about 10 months, but he never does that now.
 

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How old is he? They often grow out of it.
Our Tim used to attack feet when he arrived, aged about 10 months, but he never does that now.
10 months! Mine is 7 yrs and all he allows me is a touch of my finger to his nose as a greeting, then if I continue trying to be social, he flips over with all paws on deck! Some cats do not have a very high overstimulation level.
 

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So, describe what happens? What fussing are you giving him? Does he always attack hands? (sorry not in cat thread but indulge us for a bit :Hobbes: )
He'll come up to us, and deign to inspect the hand we hold out for him to sniff (as in, even our 9-year-old won't jump straight in and start stroking without so much as a by-your-leave: she knows to "say hello" first.) If he doesn't turn away, then we'll start stroking, or scratching his chin, and he'll purr. But it's not long before he starts biting the hand that strokes him. And we don't use our hands to play with him: we have cat toys for him to chase and catch, so as far as we can tell we haven't been training him to attack our hands.

How old is he? They often grow out of it.
Our Tim used to attack feet when he arrived, aged about 10 months, but he never does that now.
He'll be around the ten month mark just now. We don't know how old he is exactly (he was rescued from the parking lot outside), but the vets wouldn't snip him until he'd lost all his first set of teeth (which I gather happens at around the 6-7 month mark), and he was done about 3 months ago.

My guess is that it's over-stimulation that he is reacting to, but I'd be grateful for any opinions. I'm also hoping that he'll grow out of it. I've been away for two weeks on a training course, and my sense is that he's already a little bit calmer, but then again last night he was sitting on my other half's lap, and suddenly bit her hand, so... One worry is that he was abandoned at a very early age, so never really had the chance to get socialised (in the cat sense) by his mother and/or siblings.
 

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He'll come up to us, and deign to inspect the hand we hold out for him to sniff (as in, even our 9-year-old won't jump straight in and start stroking without so much as a by-your-leave: she knows to "say hello" first.) If he doesn't turn away, then we'll start stroking, or scratching his chin, and he'll purr. But it's not long before he starts biting the hand that strokes him. And we don't use our hands to play with him: we have cat toys for him to chase and catch, so as far as we can tell we haven't been training him to attack our hands.


He'll be around the ten month mark just now. We don't know how old he is exactly (he was rescued from the parking lot outside), but the vets wouldn't snip him until he'd lost all his first set of teeth (which I gather happens at around the 6-7 month mark), and he was done about 3 months ago.

My guess is that it's over-stimulation that he is reacting to, but I'd be grateful for any opinions. I'm also hoping that he'll grow out of it. I've been away for two weeks on a training course, and my sense is that he's already a little bit calmer, but then again last night he was sitting on my other half's lap, and suddenly bit her hand, so... One worry is that he was abandoned at a very early age, so never really had the chance to get socialised (in the cat sense) by his mother and/or siblings.
He is still a baby and is play-fighting with you. It's instinctive and not malicious. If he bit or clawed another cat like he does you they wouldn't feel it through their fur.

He will definitely grow out of it so don't stop fussing him. Our tomcat Tim was exactly same and is now the softest, soppiest pussycat ever.

I'll add that adult cats sometimes nip or grab their owners' hands as if they're still kittens play-fighting. It means they see the human as another cat. A HUGE compliment. ;)

All cats are different, of course. Some are more or less affectionate than others. But they all grow out of play-biting.
 

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He'll come up to us, and deign to inspect the hand we hold out for him to sniff (as in, even our 9-year-old won't jump straight in and start stroking without so much as a by-your-leave: she knows to "say hello" first.) If he doesn't turn away, then we'll start stroking, or scratching his chin, and he'll purr. But it's not long before he starts biting the hand that strokes him. And we don't use our hands to play with him: we have cat toys for him to chase and catch, so as far as we can tell we haven't been training him to attack our hands.


He'll be around the ten month mark just now. We don't know how old he is exactly (he was rescued from the parking lot outside), but the vets wouldn't snip him until he'd lost all his first set of teeth (which I gather happens at around the 6-7 month mark), and he was done about 3 months ago.

My guess is that it's over-stimulation that he is reacting to, but I'd be grateful for any opinions. I'm also hoping that he'll grow out of it. I've been away for two weeks on a training course, and my sense is that he's already a little bit calmer, but then again last night he was sitting on my other half's lap, and suddenly bit her hand, so... One worry is that he was abandoned at a very early age, so never really had the chance to get socialised (in the cat sense) by his mother and/or siblings.
10 months is nothing. Scarg is right he'll likely grow out of it.
 

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Have a job interview next Wednesday. Casual hardware store clerk.
Good luck for that.

In my year in Australia in 1988 I spent a very happy three months shop-fitting at BBC Hardware (now a Bunnings Warehouse) in Narrabeen on Sydney's northern beaches. I was earning $280 a week, paying $60 a week rent – oh yes, happy days indeed. And I'd wander down to the lagoon to watch the pelicans while I had lunch. There was a bottle shop over the road, a shop where I bought my first Mambo shorts and t-shirts just along the road...
 

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Good luck for that.

In my year in Australia in 1988 I spent a very happy three months shop-fitting at BBC Hardware (now a Bunnings Warehouse) in Narrabeen on Sydney's northern beaches. I was earning $280 a week, paying $60 a week rent – oh yes, happy days indeed. And I'd wander down to the lagoon to watch the pelicans while I had lunch. There was a bottle shop over the road, a shop where I bought my first Mambo shorts and t-shirts just along the road...
I did a store hardware temp job last Christmas .. I enjoyed it because the staff were cool although the security/shop lifter alarm system would often go off for no reason and my manager had me challenging customers when it happened which I'm pretty sure he/they were just wimping out on by getting me as a temp to do instead. I caught two definite shop lifters but I just told them that if they instead discretely just tossed whatever was in their pocket/pram, I'd pretend I hadn't seen it so they did.
 

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I did a store hardware temp job last Christmas .. I enjoyed it because the staff were cool although the security/shop lifter alarm system would often go off for no reason and my manager had me challenging customers when it happened which I'm pretty sure he/they were just wimping out on by getting me as a temp to do instead. I caught two definite shop lifters but I just told them that if they instead discretely just tossed whatever was in their pocket/pram, I'd pretend I hadn't seen it so they did.
My favourite Christmas job was during my university days in Norwich (not a million miles from Cromer) working on the Christmas post – get in for a 6.15 start, and I really didn't then and still now don't do mornings, and do the first round as quick as possible, looking like an Olympic walker except carrying a bloody great bag and wearing mitts. Why? You're paid by the hour and the first back got to do a second round if wanted...

So you then collect the second postbag, have lunch in the canteen (bacon rolls, I can still taste them now) and do the second round as slow as humanly possible, get back to the sorting office, canteen again. Only then do you sign out. We were introduced to this by the regular posties. Paid in cash, money for Christmas, sign on in summer – ah yes, the good old days again! My younger colleagues at work graduated with massive debts – I got a £200+ tax rebate...
 

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Have a job interview next Wednesday. Casual hardware store clerk.
Lots of luck in getting it Skinny XXXXXXXXXXX
Off work sick at the moment, some new meds don't agree with me .. I've not had the sack yet
They cant sack you for being sick, first 5 days, is it?, you self certify
 

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Lots of luck in getting it Skinny XXXXXXXXXXX
They cant sack you for being sick, first 5 days, is it?, you self certify
I don't think they'll sack me, the Mrs is a duty manager there so she knows I'm not well at the moment .. my boss has finally advertised for an assistant which is a relief. Fridesy has nagged me into having my soup today. She's good like that ..

It's a really laid back company, family owned and run for 80 years .. the Father was born in the dining room there in the 30's and still works in the gardens plus pops in for a coffee and a chat with the Mrs. I went for fish and chips with him on the pier a couple of weeks ago, that's how nice they are.
 

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Thanks, Beautiful. I had a dream about it. Lots of security hoops to get thru. Might have been dreaming about the Newstart allowance I lied to my Mum that I'd applied for. I'll do anything to avoid government dependence.
Seriously, if money is tight, it's your right to claim unemployment benefits. Do it, Skinny.
 
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