One of the most important things to do with the cat is to never use your hands during play. A lot of people do thins especially when the cat is a kitten, so they may be patting the kitten and using their hands to get the cat excited. And the cat is scratching and mouthing, it may look kind of cute especially the cat is very small. When the cat grows up and gets some really sharp teeth and claws, it is not so funny anymore. So if you are not using your hands to play with your cats, how can you play with them? Cat toys are one of the common cat supplies we use.
One of the best things you can do is to redirect their predatory behavior towards a toy. Some of my favorite toys are feather toys like this. Most cats go gaga over this. This is really fun for them because they like to go chase it. Or you can use this cat LED laser toy. This is much better than your hands. Other ideas are you can use different types, so try and switch his toys. Make it fun. Try and play with them about two to three times per day. It can be a really short session like two to ten minutes. Anything like that is going to make a difference to your cat.
The other really important thing for cats is their predatory animals. They like to hunt and they are very active. However, we mess that up sometimes because we feed them only out of a feed bowl. but if you use a food puzzle, it will make it more natural and it makes them use their energy to actually get their meal. One of my favorite type is kitty kongs. There are many different versions though, some of which they can use their paws with. And you can fill them with regular kibbles. That way they can get out the extra energy and it makes the playtime and mealtime more fun for them.
Some of the cats are hard mothers when they play and they can definitely hurt. One of the things you can use to protect your hands is actually using gardening gloves. It’s very easy to pull your hands back from when the cat starts to mouth on your hands. However, if you think it from the cat’s point of view, that’s really exciting all of a sudden. Your cat may think you are playing with him and he is going to chase and pounce on your hands. Putting on your gloves providing you a little bit of protection so when the cat mouths, just freeze in place and wait for them to stop and then redirect them to their toy. And when they play with their toys, make sure to reward them lots of praise, using treats and interacting with them.
If your cat bites way too hard, they may have never learned by inhibition from their litter-mates. If you are suspecting your cat is biting too hard, you can definitely feel it. Or if you think your cat’s behavior is more than play, talk to your veterinarians. They will help guide you in ways you can change your cat’s behavior and make them more relaxed in the household.