Hands are Not Cat Toys. Do not roughhouse with your kitten or cat. That teaches them that hands are toys.
Trim Their Claws
Claw trimming should be done regularly, anyway.
Don't scream it, but say "Ouch" loudly and clearly. While you have your cat's
attention, slowly remove your hand from their clutches. Don't yank it away or
they will think you are playing with it, and grab it again.
Scratching posts come in all sorts of designs, texture, surfaces, and prices. It can range from inexpensive corrugated cardboard scratching pads to complex, expensive "Cat Condos". This should satisfy your cat’s scratching needs plus serve as an area where they can go when they want to rest as well.
The same 1+1 rule applies with scratching posts as for litter boxes--at least
one object for every cat, plus one. So for one cat, provide at least two scratch
opportunities, and for two cats offer three. More always is better.
Use Soft Claws
(Or Soft Paws - the same product as sold by veterinarians.) Soft Claws are
plastic "Nail Caps" for cats, which take the sting out of scratching and
minimize damage to furniture.
Give Him "Time-Out."
You can either leave the room or take him to a small quiet room and leave him
there with the door closed. He may just be over stimulated and in need of some
quiet recovery. Open the door after 15 minutes. If he is asleep, which is often
the case, leave him alone for awhile. If he is awake, he may need some
loving attention. Forget the play for now - just pet him and tell him how loved
Redirect His Attention
Often playful biting of hands or feet occurs simply because your cat is bored,
and is looking for a play object. Give him 15 minutes of active play with an
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