(Closed) Bitting kitten… is this just a stage.

posted 6 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

I know our kittens would get into that stage….toes and ankles were favorites. Especially moving toes! They think they’re so ferocious, they think they must attack everything. We bopped on their noses, but most of the time it was so cute we’d just pick them up and cuddle them.

Until they’d start chewing on your hair/ears.

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

do you have any cat toys? try using the ones with feathers. its just his prey drive, and his new adult teeth that he is trying to get used to!

try something like this

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper

It sounds like your kitty is trying to play, but obviously it’s not fun for you. I have two cats at home, the 9 month old always attacks our feets under blankets. But occassionally she will go after our bare feet. Sometimes she bites on our fingers. We just say a firm NO and place her elsewhere when she starts up.

If nothing works, give your vet a call and ask them some questions.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Its a phase, you have to remember that night time = play time with kittens. They are bored and awake and to them you should be too. With my kitten I did not play with him at night. If he played with my feet or anything I dumped him off the bed. If he bit/scratched me I would put him on the floor and get up and walk away and play time was over. He figured out that night time was sleep time and if he bit/scratched he didnt get the attention he wanted.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Ours did that as kittens, but at 8 months, they had long grown out of it.  I second MrsSl82be: Do you have enough toys that satisfiy your kitties predator instincts?  You need to get your cat away from thinking that your feet and body parts are appropriate toys and channel that instinct to something he can happily attack.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

My kitty went through that phase from 7-11 months, I think. Just continue to say no when he does it. Make sure you never use your hands or feet as play items with him (you can cuddle and wrestle him and whatnot, just don’t use your hands to bait him move them around under the covers or anything). He should get out of the phase in a few months.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

Our cat will be 4 years old this summer and he still bites. Sometimes it’s playful but normally it’s just him being an asshole. I thought that he would grow out of it but he hasn’t. He only ever bites me, never Darling Husband, so that’s annoying. I’m not good at discipline so I normally just lock him in the bathroom until he “learns his lesson” (I realize that sounds insane considering I’m talking about an animal). Hopefully your little monster will outgrow the biting but atleast in my experience, it didn’t happen. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

“One of the problems I guess is he is a very social cat.  He loves to be around people and play with them.”

I don’t know if this is something you would consider, but you might get some relief if you got him a playmate, a.k.a. second cat. He might just be bored and has learned that through biting he will get your attention.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

“After that experience I made sure that we were disciplining our cat so he wouldn’t be this bad! I’ve kicked him into the bathroom or our bedroom if he is getting in the way when we are eatting or I am working on something and he keeps on getting in the way.”

One thing I learned about cats is that they react so much better to positive reinforcement than to discipline measures. Negative reinforcement might even exacerbate the problem, especially if what he wants is attention.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

my cat went through this stage when she was a kitten. she would go for the nose on your face. i bit her back once (no joke) and it hasn’t really been a problem since, lol. hope it gets better for you! kitten claws and teeth are sharp!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@sleepingbeauty88:  My Fiance did that to my kitten. She’s one now though and still has a biting problem when she wants something. Usually we tell her a firm “no” and she stops. But after my Fiance bit her back, she doesn’t bite him anymore.

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