In my opinion, very few things are more adorable in this world than kittens.
There’s just something about kittens that add to their adorableness factor (if you’re reading this then I’m sure you agree).
As someone who has raised many cats from when they were kittens, it’s always been a rewarding and fun experience.
I have some friends who just recently adopted new kittens just because they fell in love with them (can you blame them?) and have been asking me for help on how to raise them right.
One of the challenges they’re having with their new kittens right now is that they are getting a little mouth (and not the meowing kind, the biting kind of mouthy).
Every time they so much as put their hands near their kittens’ mouths, the kittens mistake their owners’ hands as tasty treats and bite them.
So, what can my friend do to stop their new beloved furry friends from biting their hands?
Well, that’s what I want to get into today.
So without further ado, let’s take a look at 6 simple things you can do to keep your kitten from biting you.
6 Tricks to Stop Your Kittens from Biting You
Make Your Toys Move
Kittens are attracted to movement. Use your toys to your advantage.
So moving toys + active kittens = No worrying about getting bit.
Don’t Play with Your Hands
Kittens will mistake your hands as prey. This is a big no-no.
Always have some sort of toy in your hands and use that to grab their attention.
Redirect Biting to Appropriate Targets
There will be occasions where kittens will end up mistaking your hand for prey. Do not panic.
If they bite your hand and foot, let them and then just use a toy to distract them and they will likely go for the toy.
Don’t be a Tease
Don’t tease your kittens. They don’t understand what it’s like to be teased and they may end up biting you out of instinct.
Just use your toys and you won’t have to worry about the consequences of teasing them.
Give them a Hunter’s Rhythm
Kittens are hunters. When they grow up to be cats, they will still be hunters.
It’s important to raise them and give them the sense that they were born to be hunters and using toys on them will promote a hunter’s rhythm in their early years.
Raise them with a Friend
Having friends to help you takes the pressure off of you as an owner. They will only help promote a successful raising process and not hinder it.
Use your friends to your advantage and you will be surprised at how much more fun and enjoyable the raising process can be.
Video: How to STOP Kittens From Biting You (6 Tips!)
If you’re unsure on any of the steps above on how to get your kittens to stop biting you, don’t worry! I got you covered!
Just check out the video below and you should be good to go!
Key Things to Remember About Your Kitten
- Kittens are naturally predatory animals. It’s in their blood and instinct.
- Kittens are attracted to movement and in their early years the only thing they see move is their owner so naturally, they will want to go after and bite its owner.
- Do not wave your hands and feet in front of your kittens. As mentioned before, they are attracted to movement and they will go after what they see is moving.
- If you do end up getting bitten, do not scold or fight your kitten off from biting you. Instead, let your hand or foot go limp and then distract their attention by waving bite-appropriate toys in front of them.
- By encouraging them to bite their toys, you are helping them improve their predatory skills as well as encouraging them to play, which means they will be less likely to bite you as they grow and mature.
- You don’t have to necessarily raise kittens by yourself even if you are their owner. You can always invite a friend to help you and make the raising process more fun and enjoyable.
Final Thoughts on Preventing Kitten Biting
If you are a first-time cat owner and you have a kitten as a pet, then everything in this article will help you circumvent some of the challenges that come with raising a kitten.
If you have had previous experience raising kittens and need a refresher, then it definitely wouldn’t hurt to give this article a quick once-over to see what you need to do in case you forget.
Circumventing challenges, especially ones that involve getting bitten by your own kittens, will definitely help make the raising process a lot more fun and a lot more enjoyable.