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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2007 6:36 am 
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Bengal Kitten

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My 3 month old bengal like to bite and scratch my hands as a form of playing. It doesn't really hurt me, but is it bad for him to make the association that my hands are play things? Nervous that if I encourage this type of play, it will be hard for me to pet him without getting attacked in the long run.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2007 9:12 am 
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Asian Leopard Cat

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your baby is just playing but should be discouraged...
put a toy in the place of yours/dads hands..
also have you trimmed his claws..?
Just take the tips off with nail clippers, it saves furniture along with skin :wink:
This link may be of help to you
http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/ClientED/cat_claws.aspx


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2007 9:35 am 
As Queenb has said swapping hands for toys is good.. I'd recommend either a 'Da bird' or some cat knip toys like a mouse or a tickling sticl with feathers, have a lok on a certain auction site theres heaps of htings to keep your hands safe & the furry one in your life content.


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2007 1:32 pm 
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Asian Leopard Cat

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yep agreed to all the above. it may be cute now, but not when it's a full grown cat, & if you don't stop it now he will wonder why he suddenly isn't allowed to do it anymore at a later stage.

welcome to the forum by the way :D


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2007 2:45 pm 
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Asian Leopard Cat

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I ditto that as well. Definitely swap hands for toys. The toys on a long stick are perfect for this. Also I mentioned in another thread that it may help if you squeal or yelp(as they would) if you're hurt. I does surprise them and sends the message that you don't like it. It may be worth trying...


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2007 5:28 pm 
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Asian Leopard Cat

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Hi and welcome to the forum! :D
I agree with everyone else, i used to have a cat that used hands as a toy and it was a habit she couldn't get out of when she became an adult. That hurt. :shock:
I always substitute hands for a toy, so William learns that hands are for pleasurable experiences (such as stroking, feeding treats etc)
Also, if he's on my lap then starts laying in to my arm/hand, i pick him up, firmly say 'no' and put him on the floor. :D
William loves Da bird, it helps to distract him from everything. :lol:
Best of luck x

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