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How to stop kittens from biting you

How to stop kittens from biting you

One of the most common inquiries I receive is: how to keep a kitten from biting your hands or feet. when working with kittens sometimes you feel like a human chew toy Their teeth are very sharp and sharp, and they have the instinct to bite.

So when I am asked this question my answer is always the same biting is perfectly normal behavior for kittens. But there are things you can do to prevent them from biting you. Before you start, it is therefore important to know that cats are a predatory species. So if you are raising a kitten you are literally raising a micro panther Their basic instinct is to stalk, hunt, and kill their prey. like a lion or a tiger. If we love cats, we must love them fully - not just when they're sleepy and want hugs, but also when they're fierce and playful. It's the behavioral characteristics that make them who they really are Your kitten might be raised indoors and have all of their needs met, such as shelter and food. 

But we must remember that they have evolved over thousands of years to have certain behavioral and biological needs that help them survive. An important psychological need for which they have evolved is the thrill of stalking, pouncing, and biting their prey. Just because you are meeting a kitten's physical needs doesn't mean you are meeting her psychological and emotional needs. And of course, just like humans, they must have more than food, water, and a place to defecate. 

To be happy, to be psychologically complete, they must experience the chase, which includes biting. So how can we stimulate the hunt here without becoming the butt of their little teeth? 
Here are 5 tips! 

 My first tip is to get your toys moving

I want you to imagine a lion in the savannah. At first, the lion is at rest. There is nothing but calm. Suddenly, in the distance: movement. What happens when a lion sees movement? She could squat really very low; His eyes will dilate. Maybe she'll even wiggle her butt. His adrenaline pumps And when the time is right, she ... leaps! This cat feels psychologically whole. Now I want you to imagine a kitten in your home. The kitten is at rest. Maybe nothing happened all day. Suddenly you walk into the room and as your foot passes in front of this kibble, they think ... ATTACK! 

 It's because the only thing they've seen moving all day is you. Then you become a target of their bite. logic Stalking and biting a moving target is the height of happiness for a cat, especially a kitten who is only just beginning to make these bonds. In both scenarios, there is stillness first and then movement. This is really the key so that the kittens don't bite you. You need to get them to a healthy hunting pace.

You must actively play with our kittens, several times a day, with toys that play and move. If you just toss toys into a room hoping a kitten is happy it's just not going to work. 'Cause if we never move toys for them, so the only thing they ever see moving is your hand and your feet. 

So, from around 4 weeks old, kittens really develop a strong desire for this type of activity. They have a strong vision, they are able to follow objects visually in space And their coordination improved, enough that they could slowly start hitting things. 

My second tip is: don't play with your hands

 It is also important not to encourage kittens to view our hands as prey. I know how tempting it is to wiggle their fingers or tickle their tummies. But it teaches them to see your hands as a chew toy. Believe me: don't do this. It is much less cute when the kitten becomes a biting adult cat. And biting cats may not have a good adoptive experience. So we don't want to encourage this behavior which might make them less adoptable. 

The third tip is: redirect the bite to an appropriate target

 It is important that every time we give a kitten a "no", we give it an even and more attractive "yes". For example, you can't just tell a kitten "don't bite anything" - that's madness! It's a kitten. He will bite. Instead of saying "don't bite" you should say "bite - but bite this instead!" If a cat bites your hand, you should never punish or scold it - it doesn't understand what it means. Instead, if a kitten bites you, just let your hand hang down, pull it away, and show them something much more interesting to bite. Just move the toy around and always redirect its biting behaviors to an appropriate target. Try to play with the kitten with a variety of different objects and redirect its behavior towards things that move differently. 

Maybe your kitten wants a toy that they can hit with their hind legs. Or maybe they want a toy that makes a lot of noise Maybe (laughs) maybe they want a magic wand toy that flies through the air like a bird. There are so many types of toys that you can use with your kitten, and they all move differently. You also don't need to break the bank to provide them with this enrichment. You can even make cat toys at home with things you already have. Just remember that the key is to actively play with them, with toys that move. 

 My next tip is: don't be tease! Woah!

It is important not to tease or tickle your kittens with toys. Give them a little challenge is fine, but if you never really let them catch it so they don't get the satisfaction of killing her, and that's not psychologically a rewarding experience for anyone. 

(Woah!) Instead, you want to give them a little challenge then let them grab the toy. Good job, Cabu, you're a mighty beast! Ohh! You too are a mighty beast! Good work! You are truly terrifying! This also applies to laser pointers, which we know the cat cannot catch. But for them, it is a very frustrating experience, so if you play with them with a laser pointer, Make sure to give them a toy or something to enjoy afterward to sate the feeling of having hunted.

My fifth tip is to give them a hunter's pace. In his book "Total Cat Mojo", my friend Jackson Galaxy talks about the natural rhythm of a happy cat. And it's hunting, catching, killing, eating, washing, sleeping. So even with our young kittens, we want to give them that rhythm. I recommend always following up your playtime with a meal. So I like to give my kittens the thrill of the chase, let them grab the toy and really hit it, bite it and show it who's boss. Then, after a good game session, I feed them. 

It's like the reward of being a good hunter. They feel so satisfied and proud. Then they can groom themselves, fall asleep, and wait for the next moment of excitement when the hunt resumes. So after playing with your kittens, I recommend following up with a satisfying treat. So make sure that when you play with your kittens you do it in a way that really gets them into it. the healthy rhythm of a happy cat. First, they will be at rest; then they stalk their prey; they hunt. Then they catch their prey and they kill it in kicking and biting her. They then have the satisfaction of eating, grooming, and going back to sleep. 

 My final tip to keep kittens from biting you is to raise them with a friend

 Having a kitten is like having a half kitten. Having two kittens is like having a whole Having a boyfriend gives them someone they can really practice all of these playful behaviors with. They can exchange their energies, learn new skills and they are even very successful at making each other understand by screaming when they bite too much. I cannot stress enough the importance of finding a friend for your kitten, especially if they require a lot of energy.

Hope you find this article helpful. We must remember that kittens and cats are more than just cuddly companions - they are also a predatory species. with their own psychological and emotional needs, and it is our duty to help meet them. By responding to their need to bite, jump and play, we can bring more harmony to a cat's life, and in our own homes. 

Good luck