Tip – 33 – Playing with kittens – biting kittens
There is no debating that new kittens are amongst the most fun creatures that you can play with. They jump, they’re cuddly, frisky and love to nip at your hands. When kittens nip at you it’s cute and it doesn’t hurt…but they don’t stay kittens for long.
Cat owners often make the mistake of using their hands and fingers as cat toys.They drag their hands along the floor pretending it’s a spider or some other chase toy. Kitty pounces, nips and it’s a cute game. This is a huge mistake because what ends up happening is that the kitten now associates your hands with the hunting and biting game. This is a hard instinct for the cat to break so never reinforce it by playing in this way at any time. NEVER use your hands as toys when playing with kittens.
Always use cat toys to actively play with your cat. Bendable plastic poles with strings or feathers attached are great. Any toy that dangles and moves somewhat like prey should entice your kitten when you are at the other end moving it slowly. Bring these toys out whenever you are ready to play. Have different toys out already so that kitty can play when you are not there.
If your kitten or cat does bite or nip at you, don’t scold it. Instead, redirect its attention away from your hands with a cat toy. That way the cat will associate biting and play with a toy that is not you.