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How do I stop kitten from rough playing?

Discussion in 'Cat Training and Behaviour' started by vaeru, May 2, 2017.


  1. vaeru

    vaeru PetForums Newbie

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    Around 3-4 weeks ago, i rescued an orphaned kitten from my backyard. He was around 3 weeks old then, and now he is 6-7 weeks old. He has really come out of his shell since i've had him, but he always bites peoples hands and feet when he wants to play. I've tried saying "no" in a firm voice and locking him in another room for around 5-10 minutes, and when i get him out, he doesn't bite for a minute or two and then goes straight back to biting again. I know he is just playing, but i don't want him to continue this habit as it could be really painful when he is older. :( He prefers to bite us instead of his toys. What can i do to get him to stop? Should i spray him with water?
     
  2. Lurcherlad

    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

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    Don't spray him - that is cruel :(

    I wouldn't shut him out either - he's just being a kitten and has not had his mum or siblings to teach him.

    If he grabs your hand, stop say Ah Ah and gently remove it and just walk away for a few seconds.

    He will grow out of this but in the meantime wear shoes or slippers and keep your hands out of the way when he starts.

    Use a piece of string with some paper tied to it so fingers are well out of the way.
     
  3. Paddypaws

    Paddypaws PetForums VIP

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    Try and find a kind of toy that he DOES like to bite ( and bunny kick, and kill! ) You can buy bigger 'Kicker' style toys which are designed for this purpose. Have a couple stationed round the house so that if he starts to attack your tender flesh you can offer him the toy to practice his hunting skills on.
     
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    chillminx PetForums VIP

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    I agree with the others. Spraying with water is out as it will just make your kitten afraid of you. Shutting him in another room also won't work as a cat is not able to make the connection between that and his biting you.

    Your kitten (through no fault of his or yours) has missed out on valuable socialisation training from his mum and litter mates. So you will have to be his substitute mum for the next month. :)

    Cats are not a species who learn by being punished. They learn by having their behaviour redirected. When your kitten bites you squeal "ouch" so kitty knows they have hurt you. Kitty will understand that as his litter mates would have squealed when hurt playing with each other. Then redirect his attention to a suitable stuffed kicking toy such as the Kong Kickeroo mentioned by Paddypaws.

    I am guessing you're not in the UK so am giving the link to amazon.com for the Kickeroos: (if you are in the UK the same toy can be bought from amazon.co.uk)

    https://www.amazon.com/KONG-Kickero...812332&sr=8-11&keywords=kong+kickeroo+cat+toy

    Slide the toy between kitty's paws as soon as he starts to bite you.
     
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  5. vaeru

    vaeru PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks all -- i won't spray him or lock him in the room anymore.
    I guess i'll just have to wait until he grows out of it and attempt to redirect his behaviour.
    Thanks again :)
     
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