Play aggression in cats/kittens is a very common cat behavior problem. Biting and scratching during play are typical of play aggression, a behavior most commonly observed in young cats and kittens. To read more about why and how of cat behavior problem of aggressive play you can also visit http://www.tailwaggers.in/cat-behavior-problems-play-aggression.html. Meanwhile we give you some easy and helpful tips to tackle your cat’s aggressive behavior problems.
What can you do to tackle this play aggression?
- Firstly it is very important that you keep a track on your cat’s behavior to understand the pattern of aggression so that you could detect and rectify this problem in the early stages of cat’s development.
- Secondly A bell on a breakaway collar around your cat’s neck clues you in to his whereabouts thereafter you could deny him/her his favorite stalking places. This will contribute to discourage the cat from stalking.
- Usage of noise deterrents like human-generated hiss, a can filled with pennies or a hand clap at the onset of stalking could be very useful and discourage your kitten from being aggressive. Remember, your aim is to startle the cat not scare him.
- Another cat companion for your lonely cat could help a lot. The new friend will give him an outlet to vent his youthful energies as well as show him the boundaries of playful biting and scratching.
- Simply walking away and ignoring your kitten is highly effective; it teaches him that the consequence of rough play is no play.
- Keep all of your play objects at a distance from your hands, so your cat has no opportunity to bite or scratch you. If you can predict when the attacks are likely to happen, toss a toy ahead of you to attract the cat’s attention away from your feet. Avoid rough play with the cat, and make sure all family members comply.
- Toss moving objects like ping-pong balls, walnuts, or aluminum foil balls for your cat to chase. Provide climbing perches, scratching posts, and ball toys that deliver food when batted about. Buy a fishing pole toy with feathers on the end to dangle in front of your cat. Imitation bugs on wires, feather wands and catnip mice on a string that can be made to bounce erratically work best. (For safety’s sake, keep these toys out of reach when the cat is not supervised.)
Always remember never slap/beat your cat. It is not only cruel but also the pain of being struck can lead to more aggressive behavior, and your kitten will learn to fear and avoid you. So good luck and have a blast!!!
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