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post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 
is it a kitten thing that they do, just flash wont stop biting me she doesnt understand the word no!
post #2 of 11
This is one reason kittens shouldn't be taken away from their mother and siblings too young. They learn about not biting or playing too rough from them.

There is advice in a sticky up above on the subject:

http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=20837
post #3 of 11
You need to distract the kitten by playing with it, and you can buy plenty of fishing rod toys from places like pets at home.

If your moving your hand in front of her as well you need to stop because that's the only way she'll learn.

Like Mr.Blanche said she's been taken from her mum too early, so give her lots of love and affection to make up for it
post #4 of 11
Thread Starter 
i didnt realise 8 weeks was to early just went by what the previous owner had said

she is getting plenty love and lots of toys hopefully its just a phase
post #5 of 11
Hee Hee the cute things kittens do. When Flash bites you, cute name by the way, you need to cry out in pain loudly "ow! ow! ow!" type of thing and pull your hand away and stop playing. In time the kitten will realize that it's hurting you when it bites you and will stop.

Please don't punish the kitten for doing this, as it is only doing something that is natural to it, ie playing and biting and scratching. I'm only mentioning this because I don't know what kind of experience you have with cats
post #6 of 11
aj:

The links provided above are great.

The whole biting/attacking thing is kitty play. If you watch two kitties, they chase each other around and bite/maul/swat each other non-stop.

Part of what they are learning is to use their teeth to control prey without actually chomping down.

It's cute when they are little kittens, but trust me you do not want to encourage them to gnaw on your hand because there is going to come a day when those claws and teeth really, really hurt.

You have to just force yourself to say "no" and end the play whenever they attack your hands.

Kitty fishing poles. Any toys that dangle and can be attacked. A second kitty playmate. These are all good outlets for normal kitty play behaviors.
post #7 of 11
Hi,

You might try limiting the amount of petting and even playing with her.
Cats will get over-stimulated at times. It's always better to stop before they want to.

But kittens do bite as people above said. With mine, I gave a firm "No", along with "OUCH", said "NO bite", and put them down immediately, ignored them for 5 or 10 minutes. Repeated, they will get to understand "No."

But a little one like that isn't old enough to talk yet, lol.

It's important to make your point now and repeat and repeat it. Otherwise, the kitten will carry this into adulthood.

Enjoy the baby furry!
post #8 of 11
I think it is a kitten thing, Max was 12 weeks when we got him but had lost his mother as a young kitten and rescued by C.A.T He bit alot and once right through my mums thumb just as the cat lady called to see how he was getting on. There was a time early on when my parents thought we might have to rehome him or send him back to the C.A.T. But i pleaded with them to keep him. He seems to have grown out of biting, despite being born (supposedly) a farm cat he is definately a people cat now.
post #9 of 11
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aj:

The links provided above are great.

The whole biting/attacking thing is kitty play. If you watch two kitties, they chase each other around and bite/maul/swat each other non-stop.

Part of what they are learning is to use their teeth to control prey without actually chomping down.

It's cute when they are little kittens, but trust me you do not want to encourage them to gnaw on your hand because there is going to come a day when those claws and teeth really, really hurt.

You have to just force yourself to say "no" and end the play whenever they attack your hands.

Kitty fishing poles. Any toys that dangle and can be attacked. A second kitty playmate. These are all good outlets for normal kitty play behaviors.
Agree with this, Frank loved his fish, it no longer has any fins and the string is broken in half and i bought Max reindeer with a bell on a string this christmas. But hsi favourite toy (and most effective in tiring him out for bed) is my brothers laser pen, he loves chasing the little red light around the floor. Just got to be careful not to shine it in his eyes.
post #10 of 11
I have found most young kittens will bite at your hands if you play with them with your hands.

When I got my kitten from the SPCA he was VERY bitey - like I would give him a toy and he would specifically choose to bite my hand instead.

I've only had him a month and a half and he's really calmed down already. You have to try to not let them bite you but kittens generally calm down as they grow up so don't stress out about it too much- it will get better and it's totally normal.
post #11 of 11
It is a kitten thing. And, it's cute. But, I made the mistake of playing bite my hand when I rub your belly too much with a kitten once. When that kitten grew up, it still wanted to play bite and scratch my hand when I rub your belly. No good.

You really don't want to train them to do that, which is what you are doing if you allow them to bite and scratch your hand while playing.
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