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Discussion in 'Cat Training and Behaviour' started by BlossBea18, Nov 28, 2018.
Hello @BlossBea18 and welcome
Your kitty sounds gorgeous - is that her in your avatar? My sister used to have ragdolls and they were such sweet cats.
It sounds as though your kitty gets a bit anxious when you have visitors (because it is a change to her regular routine) So she becomes over-stimulated and in her excitement she bites. It is not unusual for a kitten who is over-stimulated to behave like this. She may well grow out of it but it is as well to try and help her contain her bite inhibition now.
First, it is important to ask your guests not to stroke kitty, in fact it is best if they pay her no attention at all. If kitty is inquisitive and chooses to approach your visitors they should say "hello" to her but not touch her.
If kitty rubs against them (scent marking them e.g. from the scent glands in her neck or cheeks) they should give her one or two strokes on her head and then stop. That will be plenty for kitty to cope with. Then they should ignore her.
If kitty comes to you for attention when you have guests I would do similar - acknowledge her, but limit the amount of strokes to a couple on her head or neck. Do not pick her up or put her on your lap while you have guests. That would be too much stimulation for her.
If she does bite, the person who she has her teeth in must keep still, not pull away, and must say "ouch" quite loudly in a high pitched squeal. This is how kitty should have learnt from her litter mates that biting hurts, and she will understand what a squeal of pain from a human means. When she starts to release you, (after you've squealed) slowly remove your hand/leg/ankle and then ignore her. Do not chastise her or banish her from the room as she will not understand why. Walk away from her yourself instead.
If you snatch your arm/hand/leg/ankle etc away from her when she bites she will see it as a game and bite more.
Buy a number of kicker toys which kittens and cats love to bite and kick. Leave them in easy reach around the home so you can grab one every time she bites you, or goes to bite you. Keeping your hand/arm/leg immobile do the squeal of pain and then with one hand slip the Kicker toy between kitty's paws. She will then transfer her interest to the toy.
The best scenario to aim for with a kitten who gets over excited by visitors is to provide something to occupy her, e.g a puzzle ball you put kibble in, or a floor standing puzzle board with kibble hidden in it. (this is assuming you do not leave kibble out for her all the time so it loses its value as a reward).
My cats loved this one when they were kittens:
If you are still concerned you could give her a calming spot several hours before the visitors are due. This will be effective for a week. It is put on the back of the head.
The main thing though is keeping her happily self absorbed while you interact with your guests and ignore kitty - unless she comes to you for attention.
Good luck, please let us know how things go.