Teaching bite inhibition?

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    Chaos
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    Hey all, Sable is going on 6 weeks old and she is learning all about biting with her needle like kitten teeth. This is the first bottle baby I’ve had that hasn’t had another cat near her same age. The youngest is 3 years old and he plays very rough so he can’t teach her much until she’s older.

    Recently, she has taken to biting my face. If I’m laying in bed with her she will pounce and bite me. Hard. We squeal and whine until she lets go and this seems to work sometimes but not all the time. She has toys and stuff she’s not super interested in right now. She’s more attached to us playing with her. I know she will be more interested in toys when she’s older but I’m just trying to find a way right now to discourage the extremely hard biting without sacrificing her play. Any advice?

    The little monster:

    #848140

    Kittyzee
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    Chaos, GOOD GRIEF THAT KITTEN IS SO STINKIN’ CUTE! GAAAAH! My cats are spaced apart like yours are, about 2 to 3 years. Kittens gonna bite–that’s all I can say. Try and have a soft kicker toy to stick in her mouth to substitute for your face, lol, I know, easier said than done. But she’s probably teething and her gums are itchy and may be a little sore. Just lots of patience and she will learn she doesn’t get good responses for biting.

    #848169

    pussigato
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    Cuteness Overload**THUD!

    Yep-just gotta have patience and alternatives for your precious Sable! When she comes around to your face give her something else to chew on.

    #848174

    Chaos
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    We’ve been working on getting her playing with our hands under blanket to protect our hands, it seems to help. But for some reason when she takes one look at our faces, she’s biting us up and downs… She’s going to be a naughty one for sure.

    #848175

    Kittyzee
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    You know Chaos, after you said that she takes one look at your faces and then goes for it, reminds me of a few of my own kittens that did that very thing. It’s usually when laying down or they were up close to my face. I remember thinking how attracted these kittens were to my eyes. I think they see your eyes open and looking at them, maybe blinking and it’s sort of like they don’t recognize them as ‘eyes’ yet. They are like toys to them. Try batting your eyes at her and you’ll see what I mean….except protect yourself!!! LOL!

    #848253

    Chaos
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    She does that with our mouths! She sees me talking then tries to eat my face.

    #848255

    Kittyzee
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    Haha,I think it’s the same thing…she sees movement and it’s time to attack! 😛

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