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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-04-2003, 12:49 AM Thread Starter
 
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he's a biter!

cujo has been biting more and more lately, and i don't know how to curb this behavior. he bit my finger hard enough to break skin the other day (although just a tiny bit), while i was just sitting there eating. he tried to bite and claw me today while i was trimming his nails. he was trying to bite very hard, luckily i have a very wide, thick leather watchband and his teeth were on that instead of my arm. he was trying to claw with his back feet too, but i was wearing a sweatshirt so it didn't do much good. he tries to bite when he's hyper and crazy playful, too. he is 7 months old.

what can i do to stop his biting? today after his nail clipping i had to put him in his carrier for a time out, and he calmed down, but i really don't like this whole biting clawing freakout thing. i didn't let him get away from me while i was clipping his nails until he stopped struggling. is that good or bad? i didn't want him to think he can bite to get away.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-04-2003, 08:59 AM
 
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A lot of the time, biting is the result of wanting to play and the reason the cat bites or claws at fingers is often because they're a moving targets. Instead of using your hands to play with kitty, use a fishing-pole toy of some kind where your fingers are a safe distance from her teeth! Whenever your kitty does bite you, don't just pull away which I know is the natural reaction. When you do pull away, you’re acting like prey would, and your cat's instinct will be to bite harder and hold on. When she bites you, gently push toward your cat's mouth. This will help free your skin from her teeth. Once you're free, redirect her attention toward a toy. He'll get the hang of it in no time. Good luck!
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-04-2003, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
 
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i play with the fishpole toys all the time. he usually bites me when we are just laying around, or when i am in bed, still and unmoving. or he will sniff some part of my body, then bite it.
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-04-2003, 11:52 AM
 
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I can relate to a cat biting when you are in bed. I used to have a real problem with Lucas when he was about 10 weeks old. He would crawl under the covers and attack my belly. This of course was because I have a navel piercing. He would just go nuts and chew on the barbell and lick my stomach. Banning him from under the covers did the trick.
As for Cujo, maybe you need to accompany his bites with a firm no and point. My cats always understand when I use that tone of voice and point at them. Maybe displacing him from your lap to let him know that it is unacceptable behaviour might work. I'm really not sure.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-30-2004, 01:48 PM
 
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Peanut bites sometimes when we're holding her-I guess that means she wants to get down? (she loves to be carried around the house in our arms)

Anyway i'm just a little concerned because I read that around 1 yr permanent FANGS come in and I don't need this love bites by fangs.
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