|Purred: Mon Aug 22, '11 6:52am PST |
|Hunter bit as a kitten, grew out of it for a while, then resorted back to biting. When he was little, I tried everything. Hunter would bite and hold on. He never chewed my hand, just held on for dear life! I tried hissing, putting pennies in a jar and shaking it, squirting him with water, saying "Owww", saying "No" and tapping his nose. Nothing worked. Finally, what got Hunter to let go was blowing a puff of air in his face. He would get startled and let go. Thats when I learned not to play with him with my hand. If he would go after my hand, I would redirect him with a toy. Finally he out grew it. He turned 1 and things were fine.
Then he turned a year and a half old, it started again. This time it was while I slept and it was my arms! He was older this time, more bite pressure. It hurt! It was a lot of trial and error. He wasn't sick. Had a clean bill of health. I learned he didn't like his belly touched. I also learned that he didn't like me to snuggle with him while I was sleeping. (Hunter sleeps a couple of hours on my bed at night, right next to my head) I also learned that he was bored. So between those 3 things, again, I got him out of the biting habit! However, occasionally he'll bite when I have to brush his belly. There are just somethings you have to do!
It is possible to get them not to bite. You just have to figure out the cause.
Hunter started teething at the end of the 4 month mark. He actually lost 2 teeth right infront of me. I have to agree with Ralphie & Randy. Drinking Straws! Hunter LOVES them. Especially the big ones from Dunkin Donuts. He still loves straws to this day. Actually I caught him last week going into the trash and taking a straw out of a can! Good Luck!
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