Why does my adult cat play in a rough manner as though he is still a small kitten?
Diesel, my year-old cat, plays in a manner in which he played when he was a young kitten. I found him at two weeks old, and he played as he normally would with his litter-mates and mother. Specifically, he grabs my fingers and/or hands with his teeth, holds onto my forearm with his front paws, kicks with his back, and is generally pretending to fight. He is not vicious the majority of the time, but I am concerned because I have never owned a cat who did this past 6 months to a year. I have not consulted a vet because it's not a major concern, and he has no medical issues; I would just like to know if it's part of his boisterous personality.
on May 13th 2012
in Behavior & Training
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It seems like your cat wants attention, so he is demanding it! Adult cats may resort back to kitten-ish behavior, someone (or one of his littermats) could have played rough with him before, thus creating this habbit, or he might just want to play. Try playing with Diseal (in a non-rough way) and give him attention. Scold him if he plays rough. Best of luck :)
My guess would be that he played some very rough games when he was a kitten and, as this is how he learnt to play, this habit has continued through all his play sessions. To avoid this, try playing with fishing-rod toys or feathers on string to keep your hands away from his teeth and claws. He might also enjoy it if you got him some balls to play with - you can roll the ball for him to chase and when he catches it, he can divert his aggression to the ball. One with a bell might have added incentive or one that dispenses treats as it rolls.
Samson T. Hunter answered on 5/15/12. Helpful? / 0