Post # 1
We have had our kitten since he was 5 weeks old (he was abandoned by this mom along with his other 2 siblings). He is now 14 weeks old, and he has a terrible biting and attacking problem. We have tried everything from getting him more toys to occupy him, trying to destract him from our hands with a toy, growling at him in a dominating tone with he bites and then walking away, etc. We have even had to resort to using a spray bottle. I just don’t know what to do. Has anyone had this problem with their kitten? How did you fix it? Will he start to grow out of it?
Post # 3
We definitely had this problem when we first adopted my cat when he was about 6 months old. He would bite EVERYTHING and it was a real problem because everyone thought it was “so cute.” Not so cute when they are a grown cat that is biting. If he starts to bite, I immediately walk away or stop playing with him. I would firmly say “No” if he bites you and then you take away the reward of play when you walk away. Although he still bites occasionally and at random times (aka he will sit in my lap and nip my arms if I’m not petting him constantly) I think they do sort of “grow out of it” as long as no one (including your friends or anyone else around him) is encouraging the biting behavior.
Post # 4
We got out cat when he was 8 weeks and he was a huge biter. He also doesnt care about punishments! Spray bottles, banishment, no attention, taps on the nose, growling, yelling etc he just doesnt care!
He is almost a year old and has definately gotten better, though he still bites if you scratch his tummy, but its not an aggressive bite. He also likes chewing on our fingers which hurts because of his sharp teeth!
My only suggestion is to remove yourself from him when he does it and say NO! Give it a year and once he starts maturing he should calm down
Post # 5
I’ve had cats forever and it’s definitely a phase that some kitties go through. With my kitty it lasted a year. I agree with the PPs- cut off attention to your kitty when he bites. Your kitty is not going to understand distracting him with a toy, or growling at him, he’s just going to see it as yet another form of attention. Some kitties/cats don’t care if it’s “good” or “bad” attention – they just want any attention, thats why the water bottle doesn’t work for some. You should also make sure he always has appropriate chewing toys for when you are not around. Trust me on this one, I came home to a giant hole in my 600 thread count sheets one day.
Post # 6
I’ll put in another vote for a loud “no” then ignore him. Make sure he realizes if he bites you won’t play with him.
Another thing, is that he could be teething. If that is the case he will likely stop biting as he grows out of that phase.
Post # 7
It’s a baby thing they grow out of eventually – animals have to deal with teething the same as human babies. Keep the spray bottle handy and use it whenever necessary, which is your best option at stopping the behavior.
Post # 8
All cats I have ever lived with grow out of this phase. I hate it though. Reason #524 that I will never get a kitten again… only a grown cat. Their jerk-ish behaviours fade after a year or two…
Post # 9
yep – that’s the worst phase of cats! biting and attacking. He is still young – distract him with toys while you’re playing with him, and don’t use your hands as the “toy”. You could try gently blowing on his face when he starts biting, it should stop him immediately. hope he grows out of it quickly!
Post # 10
I agree with @cerulean713:. One of our cats likes to knaw and it hurts! I either just stop playing with him or lightly bop him on the head and say no pretty loudly.
Post # 11
My kitten is a major biter. When he ignores my “NO!” and hops into my lap after putting him back down, I give him a time out in our bedroom with all the lights off. That usually chills him out.
Post # 12
Thank you all for your advice! It definitely makes me feel better to know our kitten’s behavior isn’t rare. I will definitely try some of the techniques you all use, and then pray he grows out of this stage fast. haha
Post # 13
One great trick is to blow in the kitty’s face. This makes them stop whatever they’re doing. If they’re too far but doing something bad (like scratching the carpet), I use a water spray bottle. Start this right away, the longer you wait, the harder it will be to break em of it.
Also, my kitties went thru a chewing phase, they’d chew on anything & everything they could find, headphones, cardboad boxes, styrofoam, plastic hangers, another set of headphones, etc. So just watch what you leave laying around!
Post # 14
My kitten had that problem. She was also abandoned way too early, and had a rather traumatizing experience at the hands of local kids. She never grew out of it, but as she’s gotten older, she seems to have figured out that she is hurting me when she does it, because she doesn’t chew anymore, just kind of grabs. She really only does it when she plays, so when she starts to bite, I’ll put one of her toys or a blanket between us and she is usually happy to chew on that instead.
Unfortunately, when they are separated from their parents that young, they lose that discipline which is necessary.
Post # 15
Also, as pertains to the spray bottle, my kitten (even though she is now a cat, lol) merely blinks at it, and always has. Works with some, not all.