Cat biting: Stop it now, before there’s blood!

cat bitingIt’s quite annoying when you’re lovable little kitten becomes a terror. No one wants them to start latching on to your fingers or hand at every opportunity. But you’re in luck because training them to stop biting is not overly difficult, especially if they’re still young. Older cats can also be trained, but it just takes a little longer, and will need you to be patient. If you’re looking at getting your first cat today, this course is fantastic because it tells you everything you need to know about adopting a kitten, as well as tips to keep them (and you!) happy together.

The first step is to discover why your cat is biting. Often, it’s due to a stressful situation, or they are acting in self defense to a perceived threat. Think back to the times that your cat has bitten you, and recall if the TV or the stereo was blaring, there are guests over or if the kids had just been roughhousing with them a little too much. Once you know what triggers their aggressive mood, you can act to manage it. Turn the TV down, put them in a different room away from the guests or manage how rough your kids are playing.

Often, cats can bite out of boredom. As a responsible pet owner, you also need to keep them entertained, as cats don’t like being bored any more than people do. You need to play with them every day, and if you have the space consider also getting a second cat. They’ll keep each other company and you’ll benefit because they’ll both be less aggressive and excited when you return home – because they haven’t been alone all day. For pet owners, it’s inevitable one of them will need first aid at some stage, so check out this course and learn everything you need to know about performing first aid on your cats.

When you do bring a kitten home, never ever use your fingers as toys. It’s cute when you have a tiny little fur-ball nibbling on your fingertips, but this will change quickly and you don’t want a fully grown cat latching on with their full strength. Teaching a cat to unlearn this behavior is very difficult, so try to always be consistent in what you allow them to do. It’s better to buy real cat toys, and letting your kitten be as rough with them as they like.

You also need to show your kitten the right ways to play with you, as they are often brought home before they’ve learned manners from their mother. The best time to start is now! This course is aimed at first time dog owners, but many of the teachings apply when bringing a cat home for the first time as well, and it gives a quick overview of what you need to know to prepare your house for your new pet. Use your play sessions with your kitten to teach them not to bite or claw you. It’s only natural that a cats hunting instincts come out when they are playing, so always remember to reinforce that they must be careful and gentle with you.

This is simple, just follows these steps

  1. Get your kitten excited with a game of play fighting
  2. Praise and give treats all the time that the kitten is being gentle
  3. Slowly intensify the game and the excitement level, while keeping your eyes glued on your kitten
  4. As soon as the claws extend or the teeth get bared, tone down the excitement, or freeze and play dead
  5. Normally a kitten will calm down, and retract their claws
  6. If they have done so, resume playing the game
  7. If they haven’t done so, the game cannot continue until your kitten calms down.
  8. If your kitten bites hard or scratches you, shout “OW” and immediately stop playing, walk away and ignore them for at least 10 minutes

This reinforces good behavior, while using a very effective method of punishment that doesn’t require you to hit your new pet. This is a big no-no, and should never be done. If your cat continues to bite, perhaps you need to act more dominant. As soon as you are bitten, clap your hands loudly with a slap, and say a firm and controlling “NO.” Stare straight into your cats eyes with a fierce expression, but never strike or shout at your cat. After 10-15 seconds of staring, stand abruptly and leave the room, totally ignoring your cat for at least 10 minutes. Depending on the personality of your cat, decide how firm you need to be. Timid cats often bite and scratch because they are afraid, so decide on the level of aggression you need to show.

If being dominant doesn’t have the intended effect, you may need to take it another level higher. This works especially well on cats that never listen to a word that you say. Grab a spray bottle or a small water gun, filled with water. Every time your cat bites you, immediately grab the bottle and spray them. You need to do it consistently and as soon as you’ve been bitten so your cat learns that biting equals a jet of water in their face. This won’t work if you spray them two minutes after the fact, because they’ll have already forgotten they bit you.

Having a pet is a fantastic chance for children to be able to play, as well as being a faithful companion for them as they grow. The downside is that pets have a shorter life span, which can leave your kids distraught should they have to say goodbye. This course teaches a wonderful way to make a memorial video, which will let your kids remember your favorite pet.

With a little training, you can teach your cat virtually anything, and getting them to stop biting is actually quite simple. Get your cat acting politely, and you’ll both enjoy a much happier life at home, and share many happy memories together. Be sure to check out this recent post and learn the tips and tricks to take the best photos of your pets, and you’ll love having a cute little kitten in your house – that doesn’t bite!