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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-10-2013, 12:58 AM Thread Starter
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Rewarding good behavior, ignoring bad behavior.

At a few months short if being 2 years old Toby is really coming along.

Rewarding good behavior and ignoring bad behavior really works. Hopefully this experience can helps others. It wasn't easy and took 1 1/2 years.

He use to try to initiate play by jumping up and biting my butt or legs - hard.. When he would do that I would simply walk away. Gradually he started to just jump up and bat at me. I made a conscious effort to ALWAYS chase him (which is what he wanted) or otherwise engage in play EVERY time he just jumped up genlty, and ignore him if he bit. He now barely ever bites at me, but I still always return play to reinforce his 'good' behavior.

My feet on a ottoman had the same issue where he liked biting them. I used the same technique of ignoring biting, but if he only grabs gently at them I make sure I always get up and chase or play to reinforce this also.
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Young cats like to be "mouthy". Some take it to the extreme! You are a smart kitty yourself to train him this way. In another year he will be a full adult and you will see an even bigger improvement! I always praise when they do something I like and will give a firm NO! when teeth are used. I was bit by a cat and ended up in the hospital for a week, so biting is a firm no-no around here. Your kitty is adorable! Such beautiful markings.

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Young cats like to be "mouthy". Some take it to the extreme! You are a smart kitty yourself to train him this way. In another year he will be a full adult and you will see an even bigger improvement!
Yes, I wasn't sure if it was an age thing or a training thing.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-10-2013, 01:47 PM
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My kitty has a tendency to bite too, but we've been making progress over the past 3 months. I put her out of the room if she bites while I try to work, and either walk away or redirect her attention to a toy if she bites while I pet her. It seems that she just wants to play most of the time and doesn't realize that our skin is much more fragile than hers. She often seems confused when I walk away, but I think she's starting to get it....
At night too, we NEVER give in if she bites us for food. Same when she whines for food during the day, I try to wait a while for her to stop before feeding her.
It's hard but hopefully some day we'll have a well-behaved kitty!
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