How do I get my cat to be not so aggressive?

  • How do I get my cat to be not so aggressive and tear me up I know she's a kitten but I have to stop her from this I look like hamburger meat she wants to scratch my walls and climb my curtains how do I stop that I've tried to fly swatter I've tried to water bottle she thinks I'm playing with her it doesn't bother her

  • Hi Angel,

    Since she is a kitten, it is very normal for her to consider all of this as playing, as it's just her instinct to behave this way. The best thing you can do, to save yourself and the furniture from further destruction - is to provide her with plenty of toys and "cat zones" (such as an enclosure specifically designed for cats) or a cardboard box for her to "abuse". Allow (at least a minimum) 15 mins a day of interactive playtime with a wand toy to allow her to expel her excessive energy, as well as keep your hands safe from her reach. This will also help build a trusting bond with her. To save the walls and furniture, consider investing in a scratching post or cat tree. Cats instinctively need to scratch to condition their claws, mark territory and stretch their muscles. If your cat is choosing the walls to scratch, consider a scratching board that can be fastened to a wall area she frequents the most. If she needs encouragement, use catnip to entice her interest towards her toys and scratching areas. 
    Using forms of punishment, such as a fly swatter or a water bottle is not recommended. By doing so will be ineffective in the long run, as it only teaches her to behave these behaviours when you are not present - as well as she will inevitably begin to associate you with these actions and may start to fear you - thus, damaging any bonds that you are trying to build. 

  • @Angel Day if you are holding the kitten, try blow in his face if biting.  Also, when aggressive say no and put him down. I have one who becomes over stimulated easily and bites. 

  • Hi. Our cat, Lucy, is 5. We've had her for almost 4 years. She's crazy about my husband but just barely tolerates me. She's actually pretty mean to me. When I walk through a room, she charges, grabs my ankles/lower legs hard with nails extended, and bites me. Other times, she'll be laying on the couch or bed with me, then out of the blue she'll stab and bite my arms. I love on her, and she likes to be petted, brushed with my after-shower brush, and will be very lovey. I just wish I knew why she attacks me! If my hands have been wet, I'll flick water on her when she does those mean things, but my hands aren't always wet! Do you have any suggestions why she might be doing this, and what I can do to break her of the habit? She knows the word NO, even when it's whispered.

    A little bit of history: we got her from a woman who was a couple of days from losing her battle with cancer. They gave us her adoption paperwork, etc. She'd been returned to a shelter when she was a little less than a tear old. At the time, she had not displayed any of the bad behavior. We babied her, loved on her, played with her. Tried to make the transition from her previous human to us as calm as possible. After I experienced her pattern of attacking/biting, I figured THAT was why she was returned. Broke my heart! She'll be with us forever, despite all my scars. I'm so sorry to have written a book! If you can give me any advice on how to break her if this habit, I'd really appreciate it. I'm so glad to have found y'all!!! 

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