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How to Get Kittens Not to Bite You?

How to Get Kittens Not to Bite You?

Cats are a predator species, so it’s perfectly normal for kittens to express their natural instinct to attack, scratch and bite when they are overexcited. Beginning around 4 weeks of age, kittens will start visually track objects that look like prey, and practice their pounce. This behavior is natural to kittens and is not a sign of anger (most of the time). However, it can become a serious problem—especially when your kitten's playmate is a young child.  Fortunately, kittens are very adaptive and can learn quickly with a little assistance.

So let me tell you how we developed this close bond.

1.Play is THE key

They’re natural predators and they want to practice their attack on a moving object. In fact, kittens are biologically wired to attack an object that moves, so it’s important to teach them how to play with toys--not fingers or feet--from a young age. Some of  cats’ favorite toys include things on a string fishing pole style toys, crumpled paper, ping pong balls and the like. Kittens need to run and chase and jump and pounce and catch without risk of harm. Play is essential to their physical and mental well-being.

Actively playing multiple times a day before meals is a great way to help kittens develop their motor skills, learn appropriate habits, and get out pent up energy. Really wear him out, letting him catch it sometimes to satisfy his hunting urge. Let him rest when he won’t play any longer then and repeat the play until he stops playing.

2.Eat after play

With play done, and a full belly, she’ll be sleepy. Gently handle her several times a day. Pick her up to carry her/him to her food (even if it isn’t necessary), to a different room to play with her/him, etc. They’re wiggly, but if they know you will put them down quickly when they protest, they will start being more comfortable with it.

3.Reward Good Behavior

Allow the kitten to catch the toy, then give an opportunity for biting and bunny kicking. Let the kitten know she did a great job by rewarding her after playtime with a treat or meal. This tells the kitten that she’s a great hunter!

Never raise your voice to her. Cats don't understand the concept of punishment. If she’s somewhere she shouldn’t be, just move her (gently) to someplace where she can be. If she’s climbing shelves that are off limits, you need to provide a cat tree or something else for her to climb on. Always give alternatives. Praise when she uses the alternatives, even if you’re the one who put her there.

4.Remember to Redirect

It’s important to help kittens establish good biting behaviors from a young age, as it’s easier to build a good habit than it is to break a bad one. When a kitten attacks your hands or feet when you move, simply disengage and redirect them to a more suitable object.Redirect any biting behaviors towards an appropriate target. It’s important that every time you give a kitten a ‘no’, you give them an equal or more attractive ‘yes’. Don’t focus on penalizing a kitten with a “no.” Simply recognize that the kitten is looking for a specific kind of stimulus, and provide them with a bitable alternative. If you do that, your kittens will have their natural urges satisfied—and you’ll be bite free in no time.

5.Get a friend for your kitty

Lastly, if the kitten is a solo kitten, you may want to consider getting her/him a friend. Kittens are happiest and best behaved when they have a friend! Kittens will play hunt with one another, get out their energy together, and even teach each other important biting boundaries.

You can make it. It requires a few things though. Patience. Consistency. Patience. Persistence and did I mention Patience.

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