Biting is a normal part of a kitten’s growing up process. They bite in order to fulfill their natural feline urges. A few specific reasons kittens will bite are:
- Practicing hunting and foraging for food
- Weening from mother
Baby kittens are cute, cuddly, and, most of all, high energy. They love to play and will pounce on anything movers or doesn’t move with reckless abandon. This normal kitten behavior, but it also shouldn’t be left unchecked. If so, this playtime can become a severe issue for your or a family member. Luckily, kittens are easily trainable. The extra attention they get will help build a strong bond with your cat—however, baby kittens tend to bite a lot. Why do baby kittens bite so much?
Biting or playful aggression is part of your feline companion sharpening its hunting skills. It can take the form of mock fighting with its siblings, family dog, or you and your family. While your furry companions have the added thick furry coats for added protection, you and your family don’t.
What if My Kitten Bites Too Much?
All kittens love to play. This usually involves biting. It’s how they socialize with each other, push boundaries, have fun, or part of the teething process. It can also be a sign your kitten is scared or in pain. If your cat is angry, they may bite or scratch as well.
Keep in mind that kittens are tiny predators. They share some of their genetic makeup with panthers, lions, and tigers. While your cat won’t be roaming the savannah of Africa, its playful habits of gnawing on your hands or toes can get real old quick.
Things to Consider:
- Is someone complaining about your precious feline’s behavior? If so, watch the interaction between them. Some children may not comprehend how their actions can hurt the baby kitten, so play may prove too rough. This can be a cause of the biting.
- If a cat rolls over on its belly, you may be inclined to rub it. Please don’t do it; it’s a trap! While they want attention in other places, avoid the belly, face, and paws. These spots may prove sensitive to your kitten and not like it.
- Examine your baby kitten. Pet them gently all over. If they respond negatively to a regular spot, they could be in pain in that location, which may cause them to bite. A trip to the vet is probably necessary if there’s a problem that needs to be addressed.
- Make sure that your cat’s biting isn’t due to something it finds frightening. Check to see if it’s a specific location, person, or animal. If so, figuring out what’s triggering the fear will help your cat in the long run.
- Is your kitten teething? Baby kittens will chew more when they teeth. If so, there are options to help alleviate their discomfort until their adult teeth come in.
- If you’re not sure about the biting, make an appointment with the vet.
How to Stop Your Baby Kitten from Biting
Kittens love to play. While they may grow out of biting around eighteen months, you want to do what you can to avoid or reduce the biting as much as possible to you and your family member.
- Give them some toys. Redirecting those razor-sharp incisors from your vulnerable skin to a toy is an excellent start. This will also help tire them out. Choose lots of toys that won’t be connected to your hand or fingers.
- End any play session if they get too rowdy. Don’t fuss if they bite too hard. The best thing to do is stand up and walk away. Ignore your kitten. They’ll learn that this aggressive behavior is unacceptable.
- Get another kitten, but only if you can handle two. This will redirect its energy to its feline counterpart. It’ll also reduce its desire to play too roughly with you.
- Patience is a must. Being consistent is essential is needed when dealing with your kitten. Proper pet care and training will help reduce the biting. Don’t forget treats and praise to help your cat learn as they grow.
At some point, your baby kitten is going to start biting too much. It helps to determine why they are doing it and find ways to reduce or prevent it from becoming a severe behavior issue. While your kitten will want to chew as it’s a natural thing, you want them to focus on the right things to do it. Kitten toys will work better than your fingers and toes. Knowing when to end playtime and offer rewards will make the process easier and increase your bond with your cat.
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