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Hello, I've never had a female kitten/cat before but I am very educated with males. I have a question about my kittens behaviour, she is always attacking my feet. It doesn't matter how much I play with her or how many toys I give her she wants to attack my feet & I'm getting so sick of having sore feet. She is 7 weeks old now. Please help me out, no matter what I do, whether it be telling her a firm "no!" & handing her a toy or putting her in time out.. she won't learn :(

Answered Thursday 12 February 2015

Thanks for the question.

It sounds like you have a very playful kitten on your hands, however this is perfectly normal kitten behaviour and unlikely to be related to her sex!

Unfortunately your kitten thinks your moving feet are prey at the moment. In terms of training your kitten what you’re doing is right; a firm reprimand followed by redirection of the behaviour, however it can take some time. Luckily they usually they outgrow this behaviour. Try using a dangle toy (like a feather on a long piece of string) instead of handing her a toy, as it is likely that the movement of your feet is what is so attractive about them. Consider clipping her nails too to minimise how painful your feet are while you train her out of the behaviour. If you don’t know how to clip her nails, your local veterinarian will definitely be able to do it for you. 

If this doesn't work then you could consider the use of a spray bottle filled with water. If she persists in attacking your feet then a gentle spray with water will often dissuade her from her fantastic game.

Good luck with your kitten and stock up on band-aids. If you get seriously scratched you should seek medical advice because cats can harbor nasty germs under their nails and even relatively minor scratches can become severely infected,

 

regads,

 

 Anthony and James.

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