Now that you have a good idea why cats bite, it’s a good idea to know how to train your cat so they can stop biting. It’s scary enough the first time a cat bites, but to have a continual accordance, will not only be annoying, it will probably shy you away from spending more time with your cat. There are many ways you can train or discourage a cat from biting. While dogs are easier to train and seem more understanding, here are some of the best ways to make your cat realize that biting is bad.
How to Train Your Cat Biting is Bad
Just like you would tell a child that throwing toys and being bad is unacceptable, you will need to do the same thing with a cat. In the same way that it’s easier to train a child when they are younger, the same is said with cats and kittens. An older cat may already be set in their ways, but if biting starts at a younger age, it may be easier to correct.
- Should a cat bite you, never hit or scare your cat. This will only make the situation worse, as biting might be a future defense mechanism.
- The next time your cat bites you, scream in a loud voice (“OUCH” or “NO”), then walk away from your cat and don’t give them any attention. As mentioned earlier, this will be extremely effective in kittens that are looking for attention.
- Be aware of your cats personality and their warnings signs before a bite. If your cat bites often, you may notice they stare you down or start to act in a strange way. Right when you see these signs, walk away from your cat and don’t continue petting them or encourage them on.
- Treats are always a great way to reward your pet. When your cat is acting nicely, feel free to give them a treat and they will know that biting is not an act they will be rewarded for.
In the end it’s important to realize that cats will bite because it’s in their nature. While it may seem like they are being mean or want to attack you, cats will usually give a quick bit and run away. Using the tips and techniques discusses above, hopefully you and your cat will experience a less painful relationship.