How to train a cat to not bite

Cats are natural predators. They love to chase and catch their prey. They can show attacking or biting behaviors due to their instinct. We can notice this behavior from an early age. Your kitten will start to chase and bite objects after he is four to five weeks old. It is a completely normal thing. But you have to worry about it when they start biting your fingers or feet. You need to train them not to bite you or any other person. Kittens have good learning skills, and this training will not be so difficult for both you and your kitten. But first, you need to understand why do they bite?

Why do kittens bite and how can we stop them?

Kitten’s biting can be in a playful manner. Just like human babies, kittens have an urge to chew or bite on things while teething. At this age, they are still learning how to behave around humans. They can also bite to communicate with the human.

  • In most cases, the kitten stops biting after reaching a certain age as its teething process stops.
  • Kittens also learn to behave when they interact with humans. The more time they spend with humans, the more they learn to show positive behavior.
  • But if you have brought a new kitten home and he still does not know how to behave, you need to train him. It is only possible by making him understand that biting hurts.

Why do cats bite and how to train him not to bite?

Cats can bite due to many different reasons. It is essential to understand them to stop your cat from biting.  It can be a socialization issue or their prey instinct. They can also start biting in a defensive reaction. You can train a cat not to bite by taking care of certain things.

Fear and pain

Fear can the biggest reason for your cat to bite. He may be afraid of you, other family members, or even other pets in the house. A cat can also bite if she is in pain. His defensive urge will rise instantly if he gets injured. Like humans, cats also become aggressive when they are sick or in pain. They show their fear through body language and if it’s ignored, they will bite for sure. Many things can cause fear in your cat. A stranger guest can make him frightened. Nail clipping and extra petting can also be painful and fearful for your cat. Excessive petting can overstimulate your cat.

  • Avoid petting him too much especially over the spine. Pet him over his head and cheeks gently.
  • Call your vet immediately after seeing any injury on your cat’s body.
  • Even if you cannot see any physical injury, but your cat has become aggressive. Take him to your vet for a complete checkup. He will tell you if there are any medical reasons behind his behavior.
  • If there is no underlying health issue, try to find the cause behind his fear. Avoid interfering in his personal space. Leave him alone in his safe place for some time.
  • Tell your family and friends not to make noise around him.
  • Bring a treat with you whenever you go near your cat. A treat will always help him to associate your approach with positive things. Avoid eye contact while approaching him.

Instincts of predation

Cats have predatory skills naturally. They need no training for this purpose. For a domestic cat, there is no need to use these skills. But your cat can bite your fingers or feet to satisfy their instinct. You can avoid this situation by taking some measures.

  • The best way to deal with the predatory instinct of cats is to adopt in pairs. Two cats will be the perfect partner for each other for predatory play.
  • If you have a single cat, provide him predatory play toys. It will provide him the best alternate to satisfy his instinct to hunt.
  • Try applying a lotion with a smell that your cat does not like. It will keep her away from biting your feet while you are sleeping.

Cats can easily be annoyed.

Cats can get frustrated easily. Just like our kids, they don’t have much impulse control. Even small things can make them irritated and annoyed. If your cat feels stuck inside a place, she will become frustrated. Cats love to watch outside from the window. He will see other animals and objects which he considers his prey. He will be annoyed as his prey is out of his reach. Animals tend to express their emotions through their body language. So, your cat will start biting, if she feels annoyed or frustrated. Before biting the cat shows different signs of frustration. He will stiff his body and tail. He will stare at the object or human he is planning to attack.

  • See the signs of frustration and try to calm him down before he reacts.
  • The biggest reason for a cat’s frustration is not being able to access any object or other animals. If you have multiple pets, let them interact with each other if they want to do so.
  • If you encounter a situation where your cat is annoyed when it can’t reach an object. Put a barrier between the object and your cat to distract him. It will help to calm him down.

Pro tip

If you are having difficulty in training your cat not to bite, getting another kitten is the best option for you. Kittens love to play with each other to spend their energy.  It will satisfy their predatory instinct.

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