• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.

Announcement

Collapse

Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Kitten help

Collapse
X
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Kitten help

    Ok, here is my wierd question of the week....

    I have three 4 month old kittens. I have bottle raised them from a week old, and they are wonderful, friendly, happy kitties.

    However, we have one small problem. Four weeks ago, they started nursing on each other and on their own tails. They aren't hurting anything, but it is the worlds most annoying sound in the middle of the night, and wakes me up out of a sound sleep. I bought bitter apple and put it on the kittens. Two of the kittens quit nursing on it's tail and each other. The third one is persistant. She particularly goes after her own tail, and bitter apple doesn't make her stop.

    My sleeping habit requires that she stop doing this. Any suggestions? I'm going to try hot sauce next, but I feel that my little tail nursing kitten is going to like hot sauce.

    Thanks for any input!

  • #2
    put them in a different room, maybe?
    Originally posted by BigMama1
    Facts don't have versions. If they do, they are opinions
    GNU Terry Prachett

    Comment

    • Original Poster

      #3
      Yeah, tried that. The dogs open the doors and let them back in.

      Comment


      • #4
        When I was in high school we bottle raised one solo kitten. Sid "sucked his paw" for years afterwords, (thats what we called it, he actually sucked on his lower forearm). To the point that even as a grown cat that area was discolored for a while. He eventually stopped but persisted with grooming us throughout his life, (he'd jump in your lap, put his front legs on your shoulder and lick your hair). He was the best cat ever. Sorry I have no advice, just a story to share.

        We've bottle raised other kittens over the years, (generally litters of kittens) and thankfully haven't experienced them nursing on each other, in fact 2 of our house cats now (Calvin and Hobbes) were from the last litter we bottle raised. No nursing issues with them, but I can still remember the sound it made when Sid sucked on his paw!
        The very existence of flamethrowers proves that sometime, somewhere, someone said to themselves, "You know, I want to set those people on fire, but I'm just not close enough to get the job done".

        Comment


        • #5
          I dunno, it would seem reasonable that bottle raised kittens would "nurse" on whatever was available more than kittens raised by momma. However, I bottle raised one that never did that, and had a kitty raised by momma who would suck on (obviously only the very nicest) sweaters and ruin them.
          What's wrong with you?? Your cheese done slid off its cracker?!?!

          Comment


          • #6
            As a bad sleeper, I can sympathize with the problem! How about something that makes white noise? I use an air filter (Walmart, not expensive, has lasted for years) that drowns out most anything, with a backup travel white noise generator (Brookstone, a little more expensive, but has volume control and batteries) that I can crank up when hubby is really committed to snoring.

            Thumbs up on getting the kittens to this point! Hopefully they'll outgrow it soon, though I had one years ago who, when comfortable and purring, sucked on his (utterly gnarly) ball of yarn until the day he died.

            Comment


            • #7
              I have bottle raised many kittens, and your problem is like the good news/bad news. The bad news is if they suck on the male parts, which yours aren't doing. If they do that, they have to be separated because it can cause really serious problems for the boy in question. So, the good news is they aren't doing anything really harmful, unless annoying you is harmful. They may or may not quit doing it if you don't separate them. You could try giving them a wool blanket of some type; cats love to suck on that and maybe it will be a diversion for them.
              Mystic Owl Sporthorses
              www.mysticowlsporthorses.com

              Comment


              • #8
                Maybe try putting a cone of shame on? Just long enough to break the habit. But really, if the only harm is that it wakes you up, put them in another room or get a white noise machine.
                .

                Comment

                Working...
                X