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Old August 5th, 2004, 07:58 PM
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kitten biting

Help! I have a 6 week old kitten and she has a problem with biting. I can be sitting on the couch or cooking dinner or walking around and she'll swat at my feet and then start biting them. I say No and then try and move her attention towards a toy or the scratch post but that only keeps her occupied for a couple of seconds and then she's back at my feet again. It's getting painful! I have scratches and bite marks all over my feet. Is there something I can do to prevent her from biting? I'm afraid if I don't stop her from doing it now that she'll continue to do it when she's older. Help!!!
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Old August 5th, 2004, 08:00 PM
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She likes feet huh! Well there are some great people on here that can help with cat problems. But what if you tried to put lemon juice on your feet or even some vinegar. The taste will deter her and maybe she won't bite them

I'd hesitate to put them on your hands as it may make the kitten afraid to let you pet her.

Lets see what the kitty experts say
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Old August 5th, 2004, 08:27 PM
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2 of our kitties did this to our feet and legs as well, they were really young. Our hands also when trying to play with them. We thought it was normal kitten play so we didn't do much about it. We knew they weren't trying to hurt us, just playing. I would try the lemon for your feet, but like Luba said, not on the hands.
We cut their nails and that helped a lot. Kitten claws are very very sharp and can feel like a bite. You could always try a little spray of water when she's really goin at it! Good luck.
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Old August 5th, 2004, 10:36 PM
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6 weeks is too young be away from the mother cat. Kittens who stay with the litter for at least 8 weeks learn how to play nicely and not to bite and scratch.

Pouncing, stalking, scratching and biting are normal for kittens as they develop their hunting instincts. Do not to anything punitive in any way to a 6 week old kitten. She will NOT understand, and it will just make her fear you.

The biting and scratching will get a lot worse before it gets better, so you may as well be prepared. Kittens have a lot of energy and need to play. Use toys on strings that keep your hands away from teeth and claws.

The best solution is to get another kitten.
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Old August 5th, 2004, 10:45 PM
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See, I knew u would know best
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Old August 5th, 2004, 11:13 PM
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LOL - Luba do you know how many kittens have passed through this house and much I've been scratched and bitten??

If you REALLY don't want to be scratched and bitten
Then please, oh please don't get a kitten!
(sorry, it's late and had a few glasses of vino tonight! Excuse my bad poetry!)

Forgot to mention - get the kitten used to having her nails clipped. Start when she is sleeping. Be VERY gentle and stop if she protests and continue another time.

My cats are used to having their nails cut, and rarely object to it, unless I try it when they are "busy"!
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