Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
If your kitten is under 2 months of age he has not learned to control his bite. From birth to 3 months old is a crucial socialization period where kittens learn to control their bite and claws by wrestling and play fighting with their litter mates and momacat. Some of the worse biters are orphan kittens. So never use your hands to smack or play rough with a kitten, this will only stimulate him to bite. Your hands are only for petting and caressing. When he's in a bitey mood, distract him, by throwing a toy, or getting a cord and dragging it around in a snakey way, or a wand toy that has feathers on the end (don't let him eat the feathers and also put the wand toy away out of his reach). Praise kitty and pet him when he is behaving well, but if he comes up and bites a loud "No!" and stomp of a foot is often enough to make kitty back off. Also, if he attacks, after saying "No", just walk away into another room. He should get the idea soon that biting doesn't work to get you to play with him. It's not going to improve overnight, so be patient but consistent and give us an update in a few weeks .
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Alkitotle aka "Alkee", "Lambie" (July 2/04 - Oct. 2/15) -- white Devon Rex
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