How to Stop Your Cat From Playing Too Aggressively
15 March, 2018
We love playing with our cats but they can sometimes get riled up and excited. After all, it’s only natural for kittens and young cats to engage in rough, active play because all feline play is a form of mock aggression. Cats stalk, chase, pounce, swat, kick, scratch and bite each other as fun play. But, when that aggression is directed at us, it can be painful and sometimes dangerous.
Cats display two different types of play behavior: solitary play and social play. They direct solitary play toward objects, like toys, paper bags, boxes and rolled-up paper.
Social play tends to be with fellow cats, people or other animals. Unfortunately, problems can sometimes occur when feline play is directed toward people and it can get too aggressive.
Some tips to help to reduce your cat’s rough play:
Make sure to have a variety of toys to see what your cat prefers
Have e a variety of toys for your cat so you can see what your kitty likes best. Cats tend to like batting at small toys, like balls and fake mice. They also like to stalk, chase and pounce on things that move like prey, such as toys with feathers attached to flexible rods that you can dangle and move about. These toys are great for them to play with on their own and with you.
Play with your cats and direct the rough play away from you and towards his favorite toy
Twice a day, spend at least ten minutes playing with your cat. During playtime, don’t encourage him to bat at your hands or feet. Instead, direct the play away from you by using a long dangly toy or throwing your cat’s favorite . Schedule play sessions when your cat seems most active and playful.
If your cat likes to grab your feet as you go up and down the stairs or hide under things and ambush your ankles or legs as you walk by, carry toys with you and toss them ahead of you to redirect his attention. Try to get your cat to focus on chasing the toys instead of attacking you.
If your cat bites you while playing, stop and walk out of the room
Consistently give your cat “time-outs” when he plays too roughly. The instant he starts to bite or scratch you, end the game by leaving the room. Don’t attempt to pick up your cat and put him in another room for the time-out as this could provoke more bites.
Make sure to have a cat trees or places where your cat can jump too
Provide a cat tree and window perches so your cat can look at the birds outdoors. If you have more than one cat, the more elevated areas you provide, the better. When you increase vertical territory it can help maintain peace and it will appear to the cats as if their territory has increased. Vertical territory also creates opportunities for climbing, jumping and playing.
Cats love boxes and bags to explore and can keep them occupied
In addition to vertical territory, you can add tunnels for hiding, napping and playing. Cats love to check out enclosures and a soft-sided cat tunnel or even some open paper bags and boxes will enable your kitty to go exploring.
Adopt a second cat if you only have one to play with your cat
There are so many reasons to adopt another cat. And what better reason than to keep your cat company and provide a play mate for your cat!
Even if your cat gets rough while playing, never punish your cat as it doesn’t help the situation as it might cause your cat to either get really aggressive or even worse, fearful of you.
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