The key to stopping kitten biting and scratching behaviors is to start early. Kittens need to be reminded that such behavior will not be allowed. Below are some methods to help curb undesired behaviors:
- Furniture Clawing: Cats scratch furniture and other objects as a form of exercise and territorial marking. The best way to redirect their innate tendencies is to offer a suitable alternative. A scratching post or play set should provide a safer and more attractive substitute to the couch.
- Aggressive Play: In a litter of kittens, rough play is a way for the cats to learn defensive behaviors. Now, your cat needs to learn that aggressive play with you is undesired. The key to modifying aggressive play is to stop playing immediately. A firm “no” or loud clap of the hands should be enough of a warning. Remember, if you continue to wrestle with your kitten, she will interpret your warning as just part of the activity.
Sometimes cats will unexpectedly become aggressive. If your previously passive cat is showing odd behavior, it could be a sign of injury or infection. Check her carefully for wounds, or symptoms of illness.
At Pet Supermarket, we have everything you’ll need to ensure the best training results, from scratching posts and play sets to toys and treats to foster your kitty’s training.