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5 month kitten who bites

Discussion in 'Cat Training and Behaviour' started by Cookiebell, Sep 24, 2013.


  1. Cookiebell

    Cookiebell PetForums Newbie

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    Hi all, this is my first post here!

    We have Jasper, a 5 month old male, ginger tabby. He's gorgeous and very affectionate but he can be a bit bitey.

    He was neutered on Friday and has just started going outside.

    He can be a bit of a biter though, not in a playful way, but in quite an aggressive, deliberate way. He particularly likes biting hands and arms, or feet.

    I wonder if he'll calm down a bit now that he's been 'done'? Or now that ge's running about outside?

    Do you think it might still just be because he's young? :confused:
     
  2. AtticusRavel

    AtticusRavel PetForums Member

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    Hello,

    I'm a total novice, but I have a (hopefully ex)-play-biter under control. The breeders told me he used to play bite, so I did lots of reading to try to prevent him to create a habit out of it. Basically I play rough with him, but only with toys. He really likes chasing and pouncing on some blue feathers attached to a fishing rod. I run the house up and down with it, and tease him lots. He really goes for it. I praise him after he has "the kill", I don't always make it easy ;) I only use my hands to pet him, I don't play fight with my hands/arms. And when I hold him and I'm petting him, if I feel the slightest discomfort on his part, I place him back in his tower or somewhere else, so there isn't a need for him to be rough to me.

    As I said, I'm a total novice, so far, it is working fine. Good luck :)
     
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    AtticusRavel PetForums Member

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    Oh! What I read was to have quite a squeaky sound like OUCH when he bites you and then stop moving, or go out of the room, stop paying him any attention. Apparently his litter mates/mum would do something similar if he'd play to rough with them.

    Haven't tried this. Is the theory .. Please someone correct me if I'm wrong!
     
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