My kitten, now 9 months old, bites me to get my attention. Do they outgrow this? He is a loving neutered male. Thanks.
By Frankie from Grand Prairie, TX
Chances are good that a kitten will outgrow this behavior but I would not encourage or reward his actions. Cats usually have most of their adult teeth by six months or so, I doubt if it's a teething issue at nine months but it does take some kittens longer than others to get beyond the need to put everything in their mouths and nibble on it.
I would just make a loud "ouch" comment and ignore him when he does so. Kittens don't get their "feelings" hurt as much as puppies, so it may take a while to make your point. I'm guessing, however, that eventually he will accept the fact that nipping isn't getting the good attention that he wants.
As you can, give him attention when he isn't expecting it. That just might help him to stop demanding it. Give him a few happy scratches from me, just 'cuz! :-) Wishing you both a long and happy friendship!
Totally agree with the first poster about "Ouch!". You can also add a "bite" back of your own, using your fingers. We have used this techinique effectively with both of our cats. It helps them understand what not to do.
Well it could be worse! My calico elsa who is a sweetie pie except when she wants to be fed, will take a running leap and end up "hanging" on my rear end. Nothing prepares one for this type of action. Lol.
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