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Q: Does a kitten outgrow her biting tendencies?

September 2, 2009 | By Kaukab B. | 4 answers | Expired: 1899 days ago

Does a kitten outgrow her biting tendencies?

My husband and I rescued a 6 wk old kitten off the street and decided to keep her. She's 12 wks now and is a crazy bundle of energy! We play with her as much as we can, and despite having lots of toys, she bites us frequently. When she does, we give her a firm 'no', or a water squirt, walk away or put her by herself.. I know she loves us, but I was wondering, will she outgrow this nippy behaviour, since she was separated from her family so young? We are starting a family of our own soon, so you can understand my curiosity! I love her and would never want her to turn into a 'difficult' cat. Any advice will be really appreciated..

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Kbehrendt
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Sep 03, 2009

I think she will outgrow it, if you continue with the training. A lot of people let kittens get away with bad behavior because they're small and cute and it's relatively harmless at that stage, but it sounds like you're off to a good start!

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Jillian
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Sep 03, 2009

amber had the excellent suggestion of finding another kitten for a play date. kittens are the best instructors for teaching other kittens not to bite. what you could also consider is fostering a kitten so your own kitten will have a constant playmate. it is tricky to wear out kittens that age and it only gets harder until they're about 1 1/2. teaching your kitten to play w/o being rough now will be a great service to you when she gets older and stronger.
instead of yelling "no" or squirting your kitten...actually, never squirt a kitten for this...you have to act like another kitten would. everytime she bites or uses her claws yell "ow" in a high-pitched voice and ignore her for one-two minutes. she doesn't understand the word "no", but she will understand the sound of you being in pain. stopping play right then and there will have a huge effect on her. kittens learn incredibly fast when play is sacrificed. if you teach her this way and are consistent w/it, i promise you she will ease up within a week and completely stop by the end of two.

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Amber
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Sep 02, 2009

normally a kitten would be able to play with its littermates, biting and roughhousing and just generally learning that biting hurts, and learning their limits. when they get separated from their siblings early, biting does tend to be more of a problem. if you know of anyone who also has a young kitten around her age and size, getting them together for itty bitty kitty play dates might help.

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Ourstaff
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Sep 02, 2009

Keep trying to teach her new behavior. How fast do you pull back your hand? I know that pulling it away as fast as you can is the natural thing but you need to just freeze. Then pick the cat up look it in the eye say NO bite, put it down and leave it. I have done this and it seems to work with most cats who don't understand. A second older cat can help teach them some manners and in some cases that has helped. Sadly some cats who have been weaned to early will not outgrow giving "love bites".

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