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    Stopping a Cat Biting

    Articlegeneral cat adviceFriday 20 May 2011
    Cats often bite when they get excited or it is a part of their natural behaviour. It is not acceptable however for a cat biting it’s owner, or any human for that matter. It is acceptable to punish your cat for this so it knows not to do it in the future. This article will help you when stopping a cat biting. It can be quite a long process that takes time and patience.

    How to Stop a Cat Biting

    • It is important that every time your cat bites, you punish the behaviour immediately as they will associate the punishment with the action which will help stop it.

    • When trying to stop cat biting, one of the best punishments is to loudly say ‘no!’ or ‘stop!’. Hit the cat on the nose firmly but without excess force. It is very possible that the cat will get annoyed and try to bite you even more. If this is the case, to stop the cat biting you more, move the cat away from you.

    • The cat will no longer have your attention and affection which makes it a good punishment as this is something which is important to a lot of cats. Many people use a squirt bottle when stopping a cat biting. These can be very effective as a lot of cats hate water. If you do use this method to stop a cat biting, make sure you don’t squirt the cat in directly in the face.

    • It is much easier to stop a cat biting when it is young. Encourage the kitten to play with you and then tapping it on the nose when it bites is effective. The kitten will eventually get the message that if it doesn’t bite, it will get more play time.

    • Unlike dogs, cats are not motivated by reward and positive reinforcement. This means that stopping a cat biting can take a lot of time and dedication. They key to successful training is to is to be patient and consistent; eventually you will be successful in stopping a cat biting.

    • If a cat is aggressively attacking a person it is a different story. Cats often stalk during play and this is fine but if the cat doesn’t respond to the training or it repeatedly breaks the skin, you may need professional help from a behavioural expert and/or a vet.

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