What's the best way to keep a kitten from biting at the ankles of a small child?
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Playful young kittens naturally want to chase and try to catch tantalizing moving things such as human feet walking in front of a kitten's favorite hiding place.
The best & easiest way to deal with this is to have two kittens. Two kittens will take turns chasing, stalking and pouncing on each other Two kittens can and will play together far rougher and more energetically together than a human can play. Two kittens will keep each other company while the humans in the household are away from home or asleep. In many ways, two kittens are easier to live with than only one.
Make sure the kitten has catnip mice, balls, and other safe cat toys to play with. Also trim your kitten's claws regularly.
Laser lights and interactive cat toys on wands are good choices to use for safe interactive play between a cat and a child. Having a small child and a pet is very similar to having two toddlers in the house. Interaction between a pet & a small child should always be supervised by an adult.
Buttons answered on 4/24/13. Helpful? / 0
Buttons is right about kittens entertaining each other. If you can afford 2, then that may be the way to go. But keep in mind that you have a responsibility to vet the cat(s) and along with double the food and litter, than can put a dent in the family budget. With one cat, I used to buy a small box of litter. Now with 3, I have to buy a 30lb. bag! As Buttons advises, small children should NOT be unsupervised with animals. Carry a spray bottle and when the cat goes for your child's feet, spray him/her and say a firm, loud NO! I've heard that you can also grab the cat's feet, but I wonder if the cat wouldn't bite YOU then? The kitten is only playing. 99% of a cat's play is chasing and stalking. Teach your child not to run and shriek or kick at the kitten when it does this. This only contributes to the problem. You need to be the Mama Cat and teach the kitten that biting is not acceptable. Mama Cats don't hit or shriek, but there's no doubt in the kittens mind that they need to behave!
Izadore (Izzie) answered on 4/25/13. Helpful? / 0