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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-05-2014, 11:30 PM Thread Starter
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Playful Kitten Keeps Biting

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My kitten Felicity (7 weeks old) likes to play but keeps biting my feet and my fingers. I bottle-fed her from 3 weeks old and she is now weaned on wet food. I was advised to touch her paws regularly, so that she becomes used to it (which will make trimming her claws easier).

However, what can I do to stop her from biting my feet and fingers?
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-06-2014, 12:58 AM
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When she bites, stop playing and walk away. When she plays nice, praise her and give her treats.

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when felicity bites your feet or fingers, gently push in toward the bite. prey pulls away from biting, so when you gently push in toward the biting you'll confuse her and she should stop the bite. do this every time she starts biting and she should learn not to do it.
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Sounds like this kitten didn't get the benefit of learning to not do that from his mother or siblings, all you need to do is some bite inhibition training. There are many, many different sites with information, but I think this one is pretty straight forward and says it like it needs to be done.

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Thank you. I tried the two techniques, but Felicity is still biting me
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Ah...kittens! One of the things that has been suggested here before is to rub some hot sauce on your hands or try bitter apple, you also have to be very consistent! Think of a very young child--Short attention span! Consistently and lots of patience!

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My little kitten Henry is the same. It just requires time and patience. I always withdraw my hand when he bites and I hiss as a mamma cat would. I then gentley but firmly place him off my knee too and ignore him for a bit. I've always done this with kittens and non of my cats are biters now.


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Thank you. I tried the two techniques, but Felicity is still biting me
It takes more than a couple tries to get it to work, it's not magic . You have to be consistent with the training, she WILL get it, you just have to show her that biting = no more fun time.

When she bites you .. yelp out loud, and get up and walk away. Also .. don't let her have access to your hands, use a toy instead. You don't want your hands viewed as play toys, ever.
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Kittens learn not to bite from their siblings and their mother, so since she hasn't had those interactions, it's perfectly normal for her to do this. When she bites you, make a loud "OW" sound (like their siblings would do if she bit them), and stop playing, so she'll associate that negative reaction with the biting. When she does "play nice", reward her with extra love, pets, affection, etc. so she gets a positive reaction.
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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-07-2014, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you guys! Here's what happened so far.

1) I can't walk/run away, because she just chases after my feet.

2) Pushing my hand into her does stop her, but only temporarily.

3) Haven't tried hot sauce/bitter apple (don't particularly like that idea).

4) I've shouted in pain (but to little effect ... probably because I'm not a good actor)

5) When she bites, I have tried using a small ball or toy mouse. But she continues to really bite hard on those.

6) However, I notice that when I move the tip of her tail to her mouth, she begins to bite then lick that. She then sometimes cleans her paws, so this "tail distraction" is kinda working at the moment.
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