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Mineshaft_Gap
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(09-18-2010, 06:48 AM)
So I got a new kitten about a week ago. So far so good. The kitten has no problems using the litter box. In fact there hasn't been a single incident since we got her.

She's very social. When she hears someone coming she runs up to them excitedly. She lets you pick her up and pet her. She's playful and just enjoys being around people in general. BUT... the fucker bites. A lot.

Unless she's half asleep curled up on top of you it's hard to pet her without her trying to bite you. She treats your hand like a toy. She doesn't seem to be doing it so much out of aggression but more out of playfulness I think? Her being playful is fine and I suppose it's sort of cute as a kitten.

Trouble is, I don't imagine I'll find it quite as endearing when she's a fully grown cat biting the shit out of my hand when I put my hands in her general vicinity. She'll nibble on little tassels and such on my clothes, zippers, collars. Earlier today she was laying on my chest and out of nowhere she started batting my eye with her paw.

Is this a behavior that will go away? Is she just being playful? Is there some way to make her realize my face and hands are not a chew toy/scratching post?
Cosmic Dreams
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(09-18-2010, 06:49 AM)
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Your kitty is young & hyper. Give it time, she'll mature with age.
Snuggles
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(09-18-2010, 06:50 AM)
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It's just playfulness, but it still could be a problem. My little guy used to bite when he got really hyper but he seems to have gotten over it. Well, he still bites the other cat but not me at least.

You should discourage it by spraying her with a water bottle or if that doesn't work, tapping on the nose.
giga
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(09-18-2010, 06:50 AM)
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Don't let it become a habit or common. Use negative reinforcement through a water sprayer whenever she tries to bite you.
Last edited by giga; 09-18-2010 at 06:55 AM.
akachan ningen
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(09-18-2010, 06:50 AM)
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tough love.
smurfx
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(09-18-2010, 06:52 AM)
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were you petting it too much? cat sometimes start biting you after they want to be left alone.

http://cats.about.com/od/againstpeop...aggression.htm
freddy
(09-18-2010, 06:52 AM)
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Just give her a tap on her nose lightly but firmly with your finger and tell her no. Let her know it's not acceptable and it hurts even if it doesn't. She just doesn't know her own strength yet that's all.
DonMigs85
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(09-18-2010, 06:52 AM)
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Give her a taste of her own medicine

B.K.
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(09-18-2010, 06:53 AM)
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No. Cats are assholes.
Cosmic Dreams
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(09-18-2010, 06:53 AM)
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Originally Posted by giga

Don't let it become a habit or common. Use negative reinforce through a water sprayer whenever she tries to bite you.

This, as well.
Mineshaft_Gap
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(09-18-2010, 06:54 AM)
I've heard that a water spray bottle will make your cat hate you.

My vet told me to use punishments that appear to come out of nowhere like a noise maker or something. A can full of pennies for example. So that cat doesn't know it's you who is administering the punishment. Otherwise the cat will resent you.

Any truth to this in your experience?
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(09-18-2010, 06:55 AM)
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Originally Posted by Ducky_McGee

Any truth to this in your experience?

No, cats can't hate. If anything she might fear you a little bit, but that's a good thing.
You are the master and she is the slave, and she must learn to obey.
Mineshaft_Gap
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(09-18-2010, 06:55 AM)

Originally Posted by smurfx

were you petting it too much? cat sometimes start biting you after they want to be left alone.

http://cats.about.com/od/againstpeop...aggression.htm

Fickle bitch does it even when you aren't bothering her. She'll come up to me and start biting my feet. Earlier today when she was sleeping on my chest she woke up and started attacking my eyelid.
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(09-18-2010, 06:56 AM)
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Originally Posted by Ducky_McGee

Fickle bitch does it even when you aren't bothering her. She'll come up to me and start biting my feet. Earlier today when she was sleeping on my chest she woke up and started attacking my eyelid.

Sounds like you might just have a little demon spawn of a cat. Call your pastor and have him assess the situation.
Cosmic Dreams
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(09-18-2010, 06:57 AM)
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Originally Posted by Snuggler

No, cats can't hate. If anything she might fear you a little bit, but that's a good thing.
You are the master and she is the slave, and she must learn to obey.

[img]http://i38.************/hvti69.gif[/img]

off topic, but you have a cool avatar. lol I wish there was a quail version of that.
PhoenixDark
(09-18-2010, 06:57 AM)
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Originally Posted by Ducky_McGee

Fickle bitch does it even when you aren't bothering her. She'll come up to me and start biting my feet. Earlier today when she was sleeping on my chest she woke up and started attacking my eyelid.

Can you please refrain from using the b word here. It's offensive
giga
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(09-18-2010, 06:58 AM)
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Originally Posted by Ducky_McGee

Fickle bitch does it even when you aren't bothering her. She'll come up to me and start biting my feet. Earlier today when she was sleeping on my chest she woke up and started attacking my eyelid.

Seriously, get a water gun.
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(09-18-2010, 06:58 AM)
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Originally Posted by PhoenixDark

Can you please refrain from using the b word here. It's offensive

OOOHHH HO HO HO THIS FREAKIN GUY
freddy
(09-18-2010, 06:59 AM)
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Mother cats bat their kittens on the nose when they get out of line or are hurting their siblings. I've had about ten cats over the years and even the older ones will respond to it after a while
smurfx
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(09-18-2010, 06:59 AM)
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Originally Posted by Ducky_McGee

Fickle bitch does it even when you aren't bothering her. She'll come up to me and start biting my feet. Earlier today when she was sleeping on my chest she woke up and started attacking my eyelid.

lol reminds me of this one time when i was asleep at my cousins house and his cat went and slept right next to my head without me knowing. i rolled over while sleeping and the cat then started scratching the top of my head while freaking out which also freaked me out.
funkmasterb
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(09-18-2010, 06:59 AM)

Originally Posted by PhoenixDark

Can you please refrain from using the b word here. It's offensive

Nothing wrong with saying 'biting', bitch.
Snuggles
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(09-18-2010, 07:01 AM)
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Originally Posted by freddy

Mother cats bat their kittens on the nose when they get out of line or are hurting their siblings. I've had about ten cats over the years and even the older ones will respond to it after a while

For sure. It's wrong to hurt the cat to make a point, you just need to create discomfort for them with water/noise/nose tapping. One of those methods will work.

I think I recall reading long long ago that kittens learn to stop doing this by interacting with other kittens or cats. They bite the other kitten, the kitten returns the favor, they begin to learn that it's unpleasant and cease doing it. I have no idea how to remedy this without another cat around. Simulating biting the kitty back with your fingers when it bites you? I assume associating something negative with the kitten biting will break the habit but I am far from a cat behavioral expert.

This seems plausible. As I mentioned before, my new kitty was a biter at first but he seems to have stopped on his own. However, he wrestles a lot with the other cat and I think she fucked his shit up enough to learn him to stop.
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(09-18-2010, 07:01 AM)
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I think I recall reading long long ago that kittens learn to stop doing this by interacting with other kittens or cats. They bite the other kitten, the kitten returns the favor, they begin to learn that it's unpleasant and cease doing it. I have no idea how to remedy this without another cat around. Simulating biting the kitty back with your fingers when it bites you? I assume associating something negative with the kitten biting will break the habit but I am far from a cat behavioral expert.
Technosteve
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(09-18-2010, 07:01 AM)
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Y no pictures of kitten?
DonMigs85
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(09-18-2010, 07:03 AM)
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Female cats are called queens, right?
Siebzehn50
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(09-18-2010, 07:12 AM)
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Originally Posted by DonMigs85

Give her a taste of her own medicine

:lol

That cat looks like one my family used to have. Except he was all scarred and mean with half of his ear torn off. He would eat tarantulas and scorpions. That cat was a bigger badass than I will ever be.
Ezalc
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(09-18-2010, 07:18 AM)
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Originally Posted by Siebzehn50

:lol

That cat looks like one my family used to have. Except he was all scarred and mean with half of his ear torn off. He would eat tarantulas and scorpions. That cat was a bigger badass than I will ever be.

Holy shit that sounds like the best damn cat ever, right behind Lion-O.
DonMigs85
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(09-18-2010, 07:34 AM)
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Originally Posted by Siebzehn50

:lol

That cat looks like one my family used to have. Except he was all scarred and mean with half of his ear torn off. He would eat tarantulas and scorpions. That cat was a bigger badass than I will ever be.

Sounds like the boss cat from Gintama:



Zeliard
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(09-18-2010, 07:39 AM)
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When my cat was a kitten he used to bite me in adorable fashion when I tickled him. It's normal, awesome, and doesn't come even remotely close to breaking the skin or hurting in any real way. They're very soft bites.

If your cat is chewing pieces out of your arm then he just hates you. Sorry.
ZephyrFate
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(09-18-2010, 07:42 AM)
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Originally Posted by PhoenixDark

Can you please refrain from using the b word here. It's offensive

I'm really offended as a woman. That word should be restricted here.
Escape Goat
(09-18-2010, 07:43 AM)
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No, it hates you. Sorry.
Shinjitsu
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(09-18-2010, 07:52 AM)
Put wasabi on your fingers and let it try and bite you.
teruterubozu
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(09-18-2010, 07:55 AM)
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Originally Posted by PhoenixDark

Can you please refrain from using the b word here. It's offensive

Yeah, a bitch is a female dog not a cat, you dummies.
iamblades
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(09-18-2010, 08:10 AM)
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Play fighting is how cats learn how to hunt and kill. It's a natural part of their survival instincts.

I's perfectly normal, and it's not like a kitten play fighting can hurt you. Man up and deal with it. :lol :lol

Even better, fight back a little, let the kitten get some practice in and burn off some of that kitten energy.
big_z
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(09-18-2010, 08:20 AM)
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plyers, teeth, solved.
-Pyromaniac-
(09-18-2010, 08:22 AM)
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Feed it pizza.

too late? is that how you do it? I think so
Tideas
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(09-18-2010, 08:26 AM)
so the pussy can't handle it? what a bitch
Trojita
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(09-18-2010, 08:27 AM)
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Shouldn't have let him rent scary movies.
suzu
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(09-18-2010, 08:30 AM)
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DON'T let it bite or play fight with your hands. You will seriously regret it when it's older lol. My brother used to do that with his kitten and now it randomly bites (hard!) and doesn't seem to understand why people get angry afterward.

When it bites you, you should yell in pain/surprise to let it know that it hurt.. Even if it doesn't actually hurt, if it looks like the kitten is being too rough, then yelp anyway. It should snap out of it. After that you should direct its attention to a toy. If it's still an asshole, just spray it with water. Your cat won't hate you (it's a cat!).. unless you do something like chase it around with the water.
Wii
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(09-18-2010, 08:30 AM)
Everytime she bites or scratches you, say: NO KITTY, NO! in a strong voice
She'll get the idea soon enough, don't let it become a habit, it'll be much harder to shake, and she'll have bigger teeth.
Rlan
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(09-18-2010, 08:31 AM)
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Originally Posted by Tideas

so the pussy can't handle it? what a bitch

DiscoJer
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(09-18-2010, 08:35 AM)
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Originally Posted by suzu

DON'T let it bite or play fight with your hands. You will seriously regret it when it's older lol. My brother used to do that with his kitten and now it randomly bites (hard!) and doesn't seem to understand why people get angry afterward.

When it bites you, you should yell in pain/surprise to let it know that it hurt.. Even if it doesn't actually hurt, if it looks like the kitten is being too rough, then yelp anyway. It should snap out of it. After that you should direct its attention to a toy. If it's still an asshole, just spray it with water. Your cat won't hate you (it's a cat!).. unless you do something like chase it around with the water.

Also when it does it while playing, stop playing with it. It will learn that being a jerk means you will stop playing with it.
OneMoreQuestion
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(09-18-2010, 08:42 AM)
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Originally Posted by ZephyrFate

I'm really offended as a woman. That word should be restricted here.

I don't like that word as well. But if you're somehow associating that word with women, then we have a bigger problem here.
Wii
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(09-18-2010, 08:47 AM)

Originally Posted by DiscoJer

Also when it does it while playing, stop playing with it. It will learn that being a jerk means you will stop playing with it.

Yep, that's what I did to my cat, it worked
Snytbaggen
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(09-18-2010, 08:59 AM)
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Does your cat look like this?

coolcole93
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(09-18-2010, 09:03 AM)
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My new puppy does it too. We figured she would just snap out of it, I guess we need to start telling her off when she does it?
Q8D3vil
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(09-18-2010, 09:08 AM)
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slap her every time she do that
trinest
(09-18-2010, 09:09 AM)
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Originally Posted by Snytbaggen

Does your cat look like this?

:lol

It's tasted human flesh- its going to eat you in your sleep.
freddy
(09-18-2010, 09:54 AM)
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Originally Posted by coolcole93

My new puppy does it too. We figured she would just snap out of it, I guess we need to start telling her off when she does it?

Tap on the bridge nose and not hard and say no. Dominant dogs in the wild clamp their jaws over the snout of another dog to show dominance and this is imprinted genetically into your little pooch
DonMigs85
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(09-18-2010, 10:16 AM)
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Originally Posted by freddy

Tap on the bridge nose and not hard and say no. Dominant dogs in the wild clamp their jaws over the snout of another dog to show dominance and this is imprinted genetically into your little pooch


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