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Sharp Molars: Getting your teeth into stopping your cat from biting

Sharp Molars: Getting your teeth into stopping your cat from biting

Kittens are known to commonly bite when they are little and young. It’s just one of the ways they use to explore the world in which they find themselves living.

Older, more mature cats use biting as a defense at times when it feels agitated or threatened. Some people worry that it is a bad habit that needs to be stopped before it becomes dangerous. The technique for stopping your cat from biting is also useful if you ever want to be able to examine your cat without the fear of being bitten. You may need to check his or her paws in case the cat has been injured.

The feel good factor

To prevent your cat from biting your cat needs to learn that being handled is something to enjoy and that receiving a petting actually feels good.

This learning must take place without the cat feeling threatened in any way. To do this practice picking up and cuddling your cat everyone is relaxed including the cat. It is useful if you can find those ways your cat likes to be handled and those various places where they like to be petted.

For a start try petting your cat behind his or her ears, while gently stroking the fur.

Begin the process by concentrating on a small furry area rubbing lightly and working your way into bigger, longer strokes. Overtime, it should be possible for you to stroke your cat everywhere including all the way down to the tail.

When your cat rolls over onto her belly, it's a very strong sign he or she is totally relaxed. But when going to stroke her tummy, it's a good idea to keep the cat calm by using a soft, friendly voice and giving him or her lot of praise.

Roll me over

By the cat rolling on his or her back, exposing the stomach, he or she is showing that the cat is submissive. It is then up to you to develop this keep this powerful bond of trust. It may be a good idea to reinforce the bond by offering the cat a treat at this stage.
There are certain sensitive areas where a cat does not like to people touching him or her. This can be the ears, paws or tail. But the cat will let you know which areas are off limits as you get to know each other better performing exercises like these.

Putty in your hands

To find out how to handle these sensitive areas, start with the cat's ears and paws. Hold one of the front paws, and scratch behind one of the ears. It's advisable to give your cat a welcome treat at this time, but immediately let go and ignore the animals for a short while.

Repeat the exercise a few minutes later. If you can practice this a few times a day, your cat will be looking forward to having her paws held and ears scratched in a couple of days.
 

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