It’s truly heartrending to find out a beautiful feline has been rejected and even abandoned due to irrepressible biting and/or scratching behavior. Though this aggressive kind of behavior is excruciating and exasperating to deal with, keep in mind that cats never do anything without a good reason. They are in point of fact very prosaic creatures, and biting and scratching are indeed cause and effect behaviors. There are two fundamental kinds of biting and scratching behaviors in cats, and both of them frequently originate in our own human failings.
Kittens learn biting and scratching as a crucial part of their development. In spite of everything, these activities are cats’ only revenue of defense, as well as their normal way of killing prey in the wild. Cats’ chief form of play involves biting and scratching in the strong alone service battles, be it another cat, a catnip mouse, or an ill fated schlamazel who finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time.
A word to the wise is to not teach that cute, little kitten that human hands are toys. If you do not take into account this advice, those tiny claws and teeth will shortly grow into razor-sharp steak knives and you’ll wear the scars of their conquest…
Claw trimming should be done recurrently, not only to prevent those scratches, but also to keep claws from becoming ingrown. There is no need even consider declawing a cat because of scratching behavior.
Exclaim, but don’t scream, “Ouch!” Whilst you have your cat’s attention, gradually remove your hand from his/her clutches. If you yank it away or she/he’ll think play is on, and kitty will attack once more, even harder.
One of the most effectual forms of discipline of cats is a method called scruffing. It imitates the punishment given a kitten by his mother when she/he became disorderly. Clutch her/him by the scruff of the neck and firmly push him down, while saying “No!” in an unyielding tone of voice. Hold her/him in this position for about three or four seconds and release. Chances are, she/he’ll steal away, scrupulously chastened, and then proceed to bathe and regain her/his dignity. But kitty will remember this valuable lesson for a long time.
Frequently playful biting of hands or feet occurs purely because your cat is bored, and is seeking out a play object. Give your feline 15 minutes of energetic play with an interactive toy. You wall not only correct bad behavior but also bond with your furry friend.