My kitten not only bites me for attention, but if he is upset with me he will bite me. Thanks for your other comments on biting for attention. Any help here? He is a 9 month old, sweet, neutered male, otherwise.
I have used a spray bottle of water to train my cats not to scratch, fight, etc and I think it would work as well for biting, with a strong NO! A black cat who adopted us around Halloween last year has a bad habit of biting and I smack him softly with a strong No! and he seems to be getting the idea. He is just playing but bites too hard.
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We have a 2-1/2 old female rescued cat that will attack and bite my 9 year old daughter. The cat only attacks and bites her, no one else in the family. When my daughter walks through the house, the cat will attack her legs and when she is sitting on the floor, the cat will bite her, sometimes really hard for no reason. Can anyone explain why the cat does this? She gets a lot of exercise by chasing strings and laser lights around the house. So, why does she do this?
We had a cat that did this, but to everyone in the family. He acted like this when exposed to catnip.
Maybe, when you see him laying in ambush for your daughter's legs, another family member can hide and spray him with some water from a spray bottle (without him seeing you). Maybe, he will associate it with unpleasantness and will break him of this habit.
It sounds like your cat is trying to establish her spot in the pecking order. Lower than you but higher than your daughter. She has probably needed to fight for what she needed at some point in time. I use a squirt bottle for major infractions by my two cats. Basically that is being aggressive to each other. I would certainly put biting the children in that category. I would get a spray bottle that shoots a strong stream of water (not a spray mist). Or a squirt gun maybe. Let your daughter do the squirting and that should change the cats attitude.
Remember you have to squirt within a few seconds of the infraction for the cat to connect the punishment with the crime. I used to carry a squirt gun in my pocket. It only took a few squirts before all I needed was to raise my voice slightly to keep the peace.
My cat loves to bite, but she's not trying to hurt me & it doesn't as long as I don't draw back. But I started saying NO everytime she starts to bite & she will stop. I think she thinks they are love bites.
Spraying with water and/or sternly saying 'no' (without yelling) is a good idea to stop the behavior. I'll tell you that my Rachel gives these sort of love bites once in awhile to be playful or to get attention and it doesn't mean it as an attack. She's just trying to tell me she wants my attention. Actually, with Rachel sternly saying 'ouch, that hurt' and then giving her a sincere slow stroking pet makes more of an impression with her. Just like with people some things work better than others ;-)
I just got a 5 month old male cat this week. The people I got him from said that he would bite your ear. It is not just the ear he bites how do I keep him from biting?
Here's what has worked; keep a squirt-spray bottle with you at all times. Mine came from the section for small toiletry items used in taking short trips. This one has an adjustable nozzle for a thin stream or wide spray. See which one your cat hates the worst. Use that one. An older kitten moved in here within the past year. It's taken about 6-8 months for this stubborn kitty to learn what he's not supposed to do. When he does it, he gets squirted, plain 'n simple. Some How-To websites suggest you aim for their nose or between the eyes; just aim for it's head or body and spray. One bottle has straight water, another one has some white vinegar in it. Squirted with the latter gets him moving faster. Now he responds quickly even to a gentle spray, with the nozzle fully wide. When he doesn't, it's back to the squirt. All that's hurt is his pride and he'll get over it, eventually. (08/14/2005)
The squirt bottle method does work eventually. Cats have their own pace, lol. Please be careful with the amount of white vinegar added to the squirt water, and not to get it into the cat's eyes. It does get a quicker response than plain water. Also, if you catch the cat doing something "bad" you can put a cloth dampened in water/vinegar mix over his nose for a few seconds. While this sounds cruel, if done carefully, (avoid eyes) it teaches the cat to associate the "bad" behavior with the awful vinegar, thus stopping the behavior. (08/15/2005)
Before Felix went to kitty heaven, I tried the squirt bottle, rolled up newspaper, and finally I put a few coins in a soda pop can and sealed the can and would shake it at him when he did something wrong. He would run and hide when he saw me have the can in my hand or if I would shake it at him. Cats don't like the sound. Good luck. (08/15/2005)
Get him a toy! He is teething. When he bites get the toy out and change his thought process. (08/19/2005)