How To Stop A Kitten From Biting
Knowing how to stop a kitten from biting is an important step in a cats development. Cats have natural urges to play-fight, claw, and bite. Luckily, most kittens can learn new behaviors very quickly. Putting a stop to these behaviors early ensures that your cat learns the rules and will be a welcome addition to your home for years to come.
React to the action. One method is to simply not give your kitten attention when he or she bites. Pull away and verbalize pain, even if the bite did not hurt, to show your kitten that you are not happy. If you tell your kitten "no", be sure you are doing it in a firm voice and not a playful manner. Animals react to tone of voice and a playful sounding response will only encourage the behavior. Afterwards, you should stop giving the kitten attention for a period of time. The kitten will soon associate biting with losing your affection and find other ways to play.
Try a spray bottle. A small spray bottle of water can be a safe and effective way to show your kitten bad behavior. Keep a small bottle of water with you at all times and spray the kitten with a little water whenever the kitten bites. Most cats dislike water and will soon learn to avoid the behavior. Like any reenforcement, this method will work only if you are consistent in the action. You will also need to be sure to keep the water away from your kitten’s ears.
Provide plenty of toys. Some kittens bite as a way to relieve boredom. It is important to never let your kitten nibble your finger as a toy. This will only reinforce biting as acceptable behavior. Instead, give your kitten plenty of appropriate toys to chew and chase and they will be less likely to bite.