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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-06-2007, 01:10 AM Thread Starter
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Kitten bitting

Our foster group, Paws Patrol, has a kitten who bites when you pick her up. Does anyone have suggestions on how to break her of this. It will be hard to get her adopted if she bites potential adopter checking her out. She is apx 8 weeks old. Still with her mother and siblings. Has had human contact from the beginning. She is just a wild child! Id appreciate any suggestions at this point.
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 10-06-2007, 01:27 AM
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do you thing its playful biting or defensive biting?
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A couple things to try....

Don't pull your hand away....push back on her. It surprises them and they don't like it. Or make a big production of letting her know it hurts, yell or loud make believe crying. Both sounds she won't like.

It's hard at that age, they tend to have ADD and aren't likely to pick up correction too well. But you can start it and hopefully the new family understands enough about cats that they will work with her. I'm sure there are many people who it wouldn't scare off, but just as many that it will. And you certainly don't want to adopt her to a family with young kids if she's going to be mouthy.


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Cali is 3 months old now and still a biter. I'm working on it, and she's getting better. I'm using Doodlebug's suggestions.

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Don't pull your hand away....push back on her.
That's what worked with my little chomper. He was 10 months old when I got him and he bit HARD! When he tried to bite, I pushed my hand (or arm or whatever) towards his mouth instead of pulling away. I only had to do it a few times before he figured it out.
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Don't pull your hand away....push back on her.
Very important to do, it works very well. I am trying to stop Neko from biting when he A)Hungry and B) really cuddly to the point of over stimulation. I really didn't know what to do. I was told to push what he is biting towards him which can be really hard to do especially with those quick nips where your reflexes tell you to pull away. But I did do it last time he bit and he looked so offended LOL, it worked great! SO I try my hardest to do that now. So he bites and a arms pushes itself into his mouth.

Also don't hold the kitten for long periods right now and don't put him down as soon as he bites. Hold him and wait for a few seconds after he stops to put him down.
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Thank you, I will pass this on. All good tips to help.
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do you thing its playful biting or defensive biting?
No its the type of ruff housing biting that kittens do with each other. Except hers really hurt. Its her initial responce when being held. She is wild and a wiggle worm! No one has hand played with her to encourage this either so it seem mistifying why she is so agressive.
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Some of them are just that way. Holly is a nibbler, she loves to take your hand and just chew on it. The difference is that she is very, very gentle. I discouraged it at the beginning, but instead of it completely stopping her she ended up backing off on how hard she was biting. It worked for me, it's actually pretty cute and isn't painful at all. She does it with almost everyone she meets, no one has an issue with it, in fact they usually comment about how sweet it is.


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