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Overly Enthusiastic Kitten

Carmen OrtizCarmen Ortiz NYCMember Posts: 1
edited 22 December, 2010 in Behavior & Training
My kitten Beau is a sucker for petting and attention. But sometimes when petting he'll go into play mode and will attack fingers, hair, hands and even feet. Sometimes it's nibbles and soft paws and sometimes it's hard teeth and digging claws. He's already been neutered. I'm not sure how to train him to know that the way he plays is NOT fun sometimes without getting him scared of me or stopping him from playing with me altogether. I've tried walking away and ignoring him when he gets rough or shoving him off the bed. But he's not getting it or I'm not training him right. What to do?


  • Kristi BarfieldKristi Barfield CharlotteMember Posts: 75
    edited 22 December, 2010
    Lynch will gently bite my hands occasionally while I am petting him. His isn't from playing or aggression, and I'm not 100% sure what his reason for it is since he only does it to me. But I searched for some training tips, and it seems what most people do is to either use a spray bottle or blow a little bit of air in their face right as they are doing the behavior. Since it would be hard to have a spray bottle handy 24/7, I've just been blowing air on his face as he goes to bite me, and I will also stop petting him. This seems to work pretty well for him, so maybe you could try it with your kitty, coupled with walking away and ignoring him like you have been doing. Also, if you are sure that he is doing it playfully, maybe make it a point to spend some extra time playing with him to get some of that energy out so that he may be less likely to take it out on you unexpectedly. Hope that helps! :D Edit: Oh, and I forgot to mention, NEVER play with kitty with your hands! This teaches them that it is okay to attack your hands. Instead, always play with toys, and never let him play - even gently - with your hands or fingers. I'm not sure if you have or not, but just wanted to get that out there.
  • Lisa DausmanLisa Dausman Member Posts: 5,216
    edited 22 December, 2010
    I taught all my kittens this way, and it always works, it just takes time, repetition, alot of patience, you have to be consistant, and the realization, it does not happen overnight. :D Like Lynch said, never play with them, with your fingers. When they get too aggressive, try to bite, etc. Say "No Biting" in a stern, but not yelling voice, and all play stops, walk away, give them a time out. The key, is first the tone of voice, its stern, thats not how mommy talks to us, we is being baddy boys and girls, then its what you say, you "have" to keep it consistant. :D Mine know a plethera of words, and what they mean, words are changed for each situation, but you have to teach them the base words first, which they learned "no" first, and what that meant, it meant stop doing what your doing. No biting means stop biting No playing rough with kittens, means exactly that No screens, means get off the screen They already know what "no" means, you just expand on the situation, they are in, and like I said, it doesn't happen overnight. When they do, what they are not supposed to do, say no, then whatever word or words you assigned to the situation they are in, so when they hear the word or words again, they start to understand. Its just alot of repetition, and alot alot of patience. =; Mine are extremly well behaved, they have to be, they are show kitties, and biting the judge, ain't allowed, mol. :)) :D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D:D
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