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Biting is something that you have to worry about in any pet that you own. Cats are generally considered to be one of the more gentlest pets that you could own – but even a few will act instinctively and will take their anger out on someone who was in the wrong place.

The most common reason for cat biting is that they feel threatened or are particularly moody or reacting on certain instincts. When they feel anxious or stressed in anyway they will usually react by biting the person closest to them or the person who is agitating them. This bad behavior will appear when they are kittens and this is the perfect time to teach them not to do this.

As kittens they learn to bite for fun and while they are playing. Using your hands to play with them and to allow them to continue biting or even scratching them is what will encourage them to attack them as they grow older. Instead of using your hands teach them to play fight with a scratching post or plush toys.

Anytime they try to bite your hands tell them “no” firmly and if needed give them a very light pop on the nose. If this isn’t getting through to them you can always use the water bottle on them.

When they are older they may bite someone out of spite or because they are scared. I have seen cats become scared because someone sneaked up on them (by accident) and scared them. The cat jumped in the air and the claws instinctively came out and scratched the person’s foot. Don’t take this seriously if they bite or scratch because of this. This is all in their instincts. Instead let them know that everything is fine and try to calm them down.

Some cats are more stubborn then others and will not take to hearing no and may even enjoy the water you spray at them. When this happens it is time to take other tactics. You can try hissing at them of slamming your hand loudly on the floor next to them. Whatever you do never hit your cat. This is abusive in any form.

One of the most severest forms of punishment to take is to grab your cat by the scruff of the neck and holding them close to the floor. However, this should never be used first and is only for the over excited cats.

Using the right techniques can help put a stop to cat biting in every form. Teaching your cat the proper way to behave will help keep them happy and keep them safe when you have children in the home.

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