Lions, tigers, cheetahs and panthers. Your adorable kitten shares genes with some of the world’s fiercest predators – and a few playful habits like gnawing at your hands as well.

Stop your kitten from biting

Why do kittens bite?

Like their feline cousins, your domesticated kitten sharpens their hunting skills by partaking in play aggression. The mock fighting is normally conducted between siblings, who have the luxury of fur as protection, however, sometimes it gets redirected towards us humans who have much more sensitive skin.

Like puppies, kittens are naturally curious and also use their mouths to learn more about their environment. While most cats grow out of this habit after 18 months, here are a few ways you can quickly stop your kitten biting things they shouldn’t.

How to stop your kitten from biting

Provide them with toys

All kittens love to play, so redirecting those sharp teeth and paws away from your vulnerable flesh makes for a good start. The best way to do this is to tire your kitten out regularly with a variety of toys, preferably ones that are separated from your fingers to stop your kitten from biting you.

End play sessions when they’re too rough

If you enjoy playing with your kitten, but don’t like how rough they play back, try ending the session immediately after they bite too hard. Don’t make a fuss, simply stand up and walk away, ignoring your kitten in the process. Your kitten will soon realise that aggressive behaviour will bring an end to play time.

Introducing a playmate

If you are thinking of adding another feline to your family, adopting another kitten as a playmate may reduce your kitten’s desire to play rough with you. Do ensure you’re able to properly look after two cats at once before you go down this route.

Have patience

No matter what happens, make sure you are consistent with your pet care and training methods. It may take a while, but your kitten will grow out of biting you eventually and if you run into any troubles, ask your local Greencross Vets for their expert advice. Finally, don’t forget to reward your kitten with treats and praise for good playtime behaviour.