To get a cat to stop biting, you must first understand why it feels the need to attack. Different animals bite for different reasons, so the key to stopping it is to identify the cat's motivation. Generally, cats bite for 3 reasons: he is agitated for some reason, he gets carried away while playing, or he is scared. With a little patience, however, your kitten can be taught better habits. Scroll to step 1 to learn more.
Method 1 of 3: Dealing with Disoriented Behavior
Step 1. Understand that cats learn to play with their little brothers
A very important part of a kitten's early life is playing with its littermates. He learns, through his siblings' bites and scratches, what hurts and how to be kind when playing.
If the kitten is deprived of this initial experience, then it is more difficult for him to know what hurts and what doesn't
Step 2. Be aware that a kitten will chase and bite your feet, as this is its natural hunting instinct
It's the Garo's natural instinct to hunt down anything that moves for his development (even though he probably never needs to hurt anything). When he reaches about 12 weeks of age, instinct tells him to bite and kill prey. Moving objects are your favorite prey in this process, like human feet or hands.
Unfortunately, this behavior can be reinforced according to the victim's reaction. If you were bitten and reacted with fear, it reinforces your cat's instinct to hunt and bite its prey
Step 3. Give your cat toys to use and keep yourself safe from bites
The behavior of cats tends to be restless and energetic, which takes away their fear of biting. The key is to channel this energy safely away from your hands and feet, giving your cat toys to play hunting with. Tire the cat with the toy while keeping her hands and feet at a safe distance.
A cat can play for 5 to 10 minutes before stopping and lying down. Just pet him when he's calm. Afterwards, reward him for his calm behavior with small snacks
Step 4. Avoid annoying your kitten as much as possible
When cats get upset, they build up energy, which can lead to tantrums. Provide him with a good variety of different toys for him to have fun and use up energy.
There are many automated toys on the market that are battery operated and can be programmed to start moving at certain times. They capture the cat's attention and keep it mentally stimulated, even when you're not there
Step 5. Redirect or drive away the cat that bites you
Teach the animal that you like aggressive play. If the cat bites you, say "no" in a firm voice and pull your hand away. Give him a toy. Don't caress him again or let him play with your hands again until he calms down.
Step 6. Prevent the cat from biting with the help of something bitter
Put a nasty but non-toxic substance in your hands if the cat doesn't want to stop biting you when you play with it. The cat will associate the bite with the terrible taste. There are bitter sprays with apple and cherry scents that serve this purpose: you can find them in pet stores.
Method 2 of 3: Controlling the Fear of Being Bitten
Step 1. Always give the cat an opportunity to escape
A cornered cat will feel overwhelmed and will bite to defend itself. Let the cat free. Pulling him out from under the bed will only reinforce his fear.
If your kitten is hiding because he was scared, put some food or a treat to get him out of hiding. When he realizes that the threat is over, he will leave and be rewarded for his "courage" to leave hiding
Step 2. Try to build a relationship between your cat and children
As strange as it may sound, children and cats can have difficulty relating. That's because children have a hard time understanding that cats don't like to be lifted. If your kitten is scared of children, help him to overcome his fear. You can do this in the following ways:
- Teach your kids to be nice to the cat. Encourage them to play properly with the animal. Explain in simple terms how to touch the cat: "Use your palms!" or "Touch the kitten gently, what do you mean." Praise children when they play well with the pussy.
- Ask the children to give the cat treats. Thus, the animal will associate its children with good things.
- Feed the cat in a corner and tell the children to watch from afar. Explain to your children that they should never disturb the kitten while it is eating because it may see them as a threat. Understanding that children are not a threat (to him and his food), he will lose his fear and start associating them with good things (like food).
- Do not take your eyes off small children around cats. Intervene when necessary.
Step 3. Ignore your kitten to gain their confidence
Cats interpret direct eye contact as a challenge. Thus, an anxious cat may interpret that you look at him as a threat rather than affection or concern. To help gain your cat's confidence:
- Lie down on the floor. A standing human being is an intimidation to small animals.
- Turn your head away from your kitten. If the cat approaches, don't look, but give it enough time to investigate. This will make him more comfortable with you.
Step 4. Reward "gutsy" behaviors
Showing positive exploratory behaviors will help teach the fearful kitten that new experiences can be good. To do this, carry cat treats with you. If you notice the kitten venturing behind the couch, casually drop a treat within reach. So he will associate the unknown with good things like food.
Method 3 of 3: Dealing with a Restless Cat
Step 1. Understand that redirect aggression is one of the most common reasons your cat gets agitated
Redirected aggression accounts for half of cats' attacks on people. "Redirected aggression" is what happens when cats get frustrated. When a cat is awakened to the "point of attack" and can't do anything about it, it redirects its pent-up emotions to whatever's nearby. Often the person disturbs him, and he reacts violently and with bites.
For example, if your cat sees a bird in the window but can't attack because there's a pane of glass in the way, it might redirect its anger to the closest thing that's moving, like your foot
Step 2. Redirect this agitation to a toy
When you recognize signs of agitation, try redirecting the cat's frustration to a toy. Once the pent-up frustration is properly channeled, he will become a friendlier cat again.
Throw your cat a catnip mouse or make it chase a toy
Step 3. Recognize signs of future agitation in your kitten
The key to staying free from bites is to put something between you and the cat when you notice the cat is agitated, frustrated, or scared. Signs that the cat is agitated and may bite include:
- Lower the ears.
- A dislocated tail.
- Skin contractions.
- Eyes wide open.
- Raise the hair.
- Emit low grunts.
- Reward your cat's good behavior with little pampering and affection.
- Under no circumstances hit or yell at your cat. This is cruelty.
- Play with your cat with a toy that has a string so it doesn't accidentally bite you.