There are a number of different reasons why kittens bite and it is pivotal to understand what your cat is attempting to communicate through biting. They may want you to stop doing something or they may be trying to send you a message. Needless to say, figuring out why your kitten is biting can be confusing. One moment your pet could be enjoying a stroke from you and the next minute they are trying to sink their teeth into your skin.
Usually, when a cat is biting, it is because he or she is trying to tell you that they are not enjoying the contact that they are currently receiving. While this may be confusing, it is important to understand that there is a very fine line between irritating petting and handling when it comes to felines. Therefore, while you may assume that the bite has come from nowhere and is not justified, in your cat’s eyes, they feel like their action is completely justified.
Here are some tips that you can use to stop your cat from biting:
– Find out why your cat is biting in the first place.
– Do not use your hand as a toy. Sometimes cats get so into their play that they forget themselves.
– Build your cat’s trust.
– Learn how to handle your cat properly. Don’t reach over your cat to pet him. While some cats may find this acceptable, there are others that definitely do not.
– Speak to your vet.
– Relieve your cat’s anxiety.
– Tire your cat out. If your cat is attacking you outside of playtime, this could be an indication that your kitten needs to burn some energy.
– Start using a time-out to send a stronger message.
– Stop the play.
– Reward your fluffy friend with cat treats when he or she is well-behaved.
How to train your cat not to use its claws
One thing that a lot of pet owners need to do is train their animal to play nicely. If you have noticed that your cat tries to dig his claws into you or that he stretches his paws to your face and he does not retract his claws, then you will need to do a bit of training.
One of the things that you can do is train your cat to retract his claws by having an intervention whenever your cat is going too far. So, how do you do this? You should simply place your cat on the ground. Make sure you do this in a swift yet gentle manner. There should be no verbal acknowledgements. Remember the importance of repetition, which was mentioned earlier. You should make sure that you do this every time your cat uses its claws.
If your cat is an indoor cat only, another option is to frequently remove the sharp tips of your cat’s claws. You can even get specialist products that are available to help you with this. For example, you can try special hollow vinyl nail covers that have been specially designed to be glued onto cat claws to stop them from scratching furniture or people.