4 Ways to Control Cat Biting

Cat biting is one of the most common behavioral problems owners face. Cat biting is often a normal part of play behavior, but that doesn't mean you have to tolerate it. You can teach your cat that biting isn't an acceptable behavior. Here are some ways to control cat biting.

1. Use a Spray Bottle

One of the most common techniques for modifying a cat's behavior is the spray bottle method. Just spray your cat with water whenever he does something you don't want him to do, such as biting. The drawback of this method is that you always have to have a spray bottle nearby, and you always have to be ready to aim and fire and a moment's notice. However, it can be very effective.

You can make the spray bottle method even more effective by adding a small amount of vinegar to the water in the bottle. This gives the water a foul taste that your cat won't won't like.

If you're using the spray bottle method, try to keep the water out of your cat's ears. Too much moisture in the ears can create an environment that's ideal for the development of yeast and bacterial infections.

2. Ignore Your Cat When He Bites

Cats often bite because they want to get your attention, but they may also bite because you're giving too much attention and they want to be left in peace. Either way, ignoring your cat when he bites can be an effective method to control cat biting.

Use this method by giving your cat attention in smaller doses. If you know he's going to bite you after five minutes of attention, then stop giving attention after four minutes. If he bites you, leave him alone and don't play with him for a while.

3. "Bite" Your Cat Back

If your cat lived in the wild, he wouldn't bite cats that bit him back. You don't have to literally bite your cat if you don't want to (though some people do). You can instead say "No!" loudly and firmly when your cat bites you.

Your cat will also be willing to accept your dominance in the home if you assert yourself and refuse to be bitten. Don't swat or slap your cat, however, as this will only encourage him to continue the struggle for dominance and control.

4. Encourage Good Behavior

Spend plenty of time playing with, petting and talking to your cat. If you have a close bond with your cat, he'll be more likely to behave well in order to please you. Give him treats and bring him new toys from time to time.

When your cat behaves well, give him plenty of attention, praise and love. When he behaves badly, punish him gently but firmly, and then ignore him. This method works very well on cats of all ages. More than anything, your cat wants you to love and accept him.