Our kitten now has a good home, but we just have no where to turn. How can we help him, and save our hands and feet?
Hi there, I have been using my voice to stop my cat from scratching
and biting. He is about 5-6 months old and he is only getting worse.
My wife and I tried simple nudges, clapping, and many other things to
prevent him from tearing parts of our body apart. I don't know where
to turn. We even ended up scruffing him by grabbing him by grasping
him by his scruff and holding him against the floor for short moments
using a stern voice, and he would stop his behavior. Now he just won't
stop, he is only getting irritated by this and we don't feel like we
have any other way to turn. I've even tried calmly putting him down
and repeatedly using a stern voice in a clam manor and by the time he
stops, our hands and arms and feet are bleeding and wounded. This is a
serious problem, and if it continues, I don't think we will be able to
have him in our home. We are very calm people, and offer lots of play
time, including having taken him out walking and been exceedingly
generous and kind to him. He h
on Jul 2nd 2012
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He's still very young and learning the ropes. Best advice is that you always have a fishing pole type toy handy for him to play with to distract him from your hands and feet. If you're petting him and he starts to get rambunctious, immediately take your hands away and say No Bite. But don't yell or hit (it doesn't sound like you do that, anyway) Scruffing is good - that's what mama kitty does when she's teaching a lesson. You're doing a good job. Just have patience and try to wait out this period. He'll settle down as he gets older. You may also want to consider getting him a kitten companion to focus on, one about his own age and size.
Monster answered on 7/2/12. Helpful? / 0
Make sure he isn't teething.
My kitten (she is 6.5 months) was biting a lot when she was teething (about a month ago) now she is much calmer. We found her canines on the floor.
When she starts to go after my hands and legs I just stop her telling firm NOs - she doesn't like those - and try to redirect her to play with a toy as fast as I can. It works most of the time and as I told you she is becoming much calmer.
I also spayed her last week - I believe she will have less influence of hormones as well.
Stay calm! remember you are dealing with a pre-adolescent cat. Have some playtime with him and make him run and jump a lot to drain the energy from him.
He will get better - my kitten is just one month older than yours and she is already much calmer.
Good luck with your little one.