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Kittens commonly display biting and scratching during their first few weeks. Playful aggression and biting are an important part of your kitten’s development, as that is how they hone their motor skills and hunting behavior. While the other litter mates and mommy cat may be able to take on the biting, thanks to the thick coat of fur, it’s a different story when kittens bite humans. Small and cuddly as they are, their needle-sharp teeth sinking into your hands can be quite painful. Kittens who spend their initial months with the litter learn to stop biting and scratching eventually. While with kittens that are separated from their litter at an early age, the pet parents should teach them to stop the playful aggression.Interrupting and redirecting behavior
If your kitten tries to playfully bite you, you do not want to encourage the behavior, regardless of how cute you may find it when the little ball of fur tries to ambush you. You want to voice a stern ‘no’ or ‘stop’, before you walk out of the room, every time your kitten does this. It will immediately send a message that you are displeased with the behavior, and displaying playful aggression will bring playtime or time that you spend with her to a halt. Of course, merely stopping the behavior won’t help, as your kitty still has playful aggression instincts that will have to be redirected. You can get her a stuffed mouse toy
, so she playfully bites it rather than your hand. You can also get her to play wand toys or laser pointer games, so she has other avenues to channel her hunting instincts. Make you kitty burn off some energy during these play sessions, so she does not find the need or the energy to play-fight with you.Punishment vs treats
Kittens do not take punishments well, and punishments may not help teach them anything but rather just leave them scared. If you do plan on using other tactics such as blowing a whistle or spraying some water on your kitty to discourage playful biting, then you want to do it sparingly, only to interrupt it. If your kitty is calm and non-aggressive during playtime then be sure to reward her with some treats
. This way she will understand that being non-aggressive fetches her treats, while being aggressive will mean the end of play-time.While these are some ways you can ensure your kitten stops biting you, you also want to confirm if your kitten’s biting tendencies are just playful biting and not otherwise. If your kitten follows up biting with growling or hissing, then she is not play-fighting with you. You want to meet a vet to understand what is causing your kitty to display aggressive behavior.