Is your cat nipping at your house guests or worse, you? There could be several reasons behind your cats biting and scratching phase. Keep reading to find out what you can do about it.
Cats are quite self-sufficient animals. They make a great house pet for the person who doesn’t have a lot of time to spend with their pet but still wants a companion. Though they don’t need you around all the time, they still need training to keep them from displaying aggressive cat behavior.
A Few Cat Facts
Cats are most likely descended from more feral ancestors. They use their claws to survive. Cats, in the wild, need to know how to defend themselves and also find food.
Even though your cat is domesticated, they still have their instincts to serve them well. This means scratching and biting as a way of communicating as well as protecting themselves in fearful situations.
Cats may not realize that scratching or biting is hurting you. If they are doing this playfully (ouch!) then it is up to you to set them straight.
How to Deal with Aggressive Cat Behavior
When your cat is drawing blood from you on a regular basis, something definitely needs to be done. Here are some tips to help you understand your cat better and get them to stop hurting you, intentional or not.
1. Train your cat from the kitten stage – One thing that kids do is use their hands as instruments when they are playing with their cute little kitten. This is a big no-no. Never use your hands as toys. Cats are used to being aggressive with their toys at play time. Your hands will bear the brunt of this play once their claws grow and they get bigger. From a young age, teach them not to bite you through training techniques.
2. Trim their claws – This can avoid the bloodletting that you are currently experiencing. There is no need to remove their claws as it can be considered inhumane (by some people) and takes away your cat’s defensive tools.
3. Know your cat’s behavior – Cats may react differently if they feel threatened. Aggressive cat behavior could be due to a trauma they have experienced. Try to remove that threat by removing the person or object that reminds them of the trauma.
4. Discipline him like a baby – When cats discipline their kittens, they grab them by the scruff of the neck with their teeth. You don’t have to use your teeth but you can still grab them firmly behind their head and push them towards the ground so that they get the hint. At the same time, use the word “no” to help drive the point home.
5. Use a squirt bottle – This is one of the techniques that helps when training at the kitten stage. A firm squirt on the nose when they scratch or bite as well as using the word “no” will help break aggressive cat behavior habits in your cat.
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