Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
If I had a dollar for everytime we talked about this on this forum I'd be rich!! Try researching the archives, but in a nut shell you have to teach her that biting is NOT ok. I do this by gently grabbing the scruff and giving a VERY FIRM NO!! One word, no long lectures about what a naughy, naughty baby she is, just a firm NO!! Then putting her down (not by the scruff) on the floor, then either either walk away or just ignore her.
The signal sent is clear and with my adult cats that I adopt the lesson is long lasting. With kittens, just like with babies or children, corrections need to be repeated by all in the family. Remember, no violence, just firm.
I even had to train my husband not to use his hands and fingers as toys. Of course they will bite, that is what cats do, but have bonafide toys around to play with not fingers or hands! Play, correct, repeat. Play, correct, repeat. This is part of the reason why I don't adopt kittens anymore. 'Tain't raisen' any mo babies.
Cat owners' prayer: "Lord help me be the person my cat thinks I am"