If your cat is like most, their biting behavior can be both cute and annoying. When they come up to you and playfully nibble on your hand, you may enjoy it. At other times, the biting can be painful and bothersome. You must be unambiguous when training them. All biting is bad, and should receive the same response. Why Do Cats Bite?
Fixing Biting Behavior Training your cat not to bite is very similar to training any pet to stop any bad habit. Consistency is important. For cats who bite to assert dominance: Show them that you are the boss. Get angry and speak loudly. Cats are not as receptive to verbal communication as dogs, but will respond to volume and tone. Consider neutering your male cats that bite. Male cats tend to be more aggressive, but will calm down if neutered.
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Use a dominance item. When your cat bites you, lightly hit them on the head with a dominance item such as a rolled up newspaper. Eventually, they will respond just from the sight of it. For cats who are signaling to you, do the following: Ignore them.
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Cats who are trying to signal you are trying to get something out of their bite. If you do not respond, they will try a different signal. Establish a different form of communication. Do what your cat is asking you to do after they meow or rub against your leg. Another thing that worked wonders for my aggressive Bubba Lee Kinsey was adopting my other cat, Phoenix.
In those dark, pre-Phoenix days, Bubba was alone a lot while I went to work, the gym, the bar, etc.
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But Phoenix has chilled him out a lot, as they keep each other company and play together. When your cat bites, clap your hands, scold him with a firm NO, and assert your dominance by staring at him directly and fiercely. Never strike or shout at your cat. Then leave the room and ignore the cat for several minutes. If your cat is timid, however, do not be overly aggressive. Be firm, but do not frighten your cat, as fear is one of the reasons cats bite or scratch. And if your cat is not spayed or neutered, get that done ASAP; this will make it easier for you to be the dominant mammal in the house.
The only problem: It needs to be done consistently and directly following the incident, or the cat will not learn to associate the two events. That way you can be prepared with the spray bottle at the ready.
About Angela: This not-crazy-at-all cat lady loves to lint-roll her favorite dress and go out dancing. She also frequents the gym, the vegan coffee joint, and the warm patch of sunlight on the living room floor.
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