How to Tame an Aggressive Kitten

Aggressive play is natural behavior for kittens, but you can curb it.
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You think he is an adorable little striped ball of fluff. He thinks he is a ferocious tiger, ruler of all he surveys. When you brought your kitten home, you thought he would be a good cuddle-buddy, not an aggressive terror. Tame your tiny tiger with persistence and patience.

Step 1

Yell loudly when your kitten latches himself to your hand. You can say "no" or just make a loud sound, but the sudden noise at an increased volume will startle him out of his attack and his aggressive mindset.

Step 2

Divert an attacking kitten's attention with a toy. When he pounces on you, ready for battle, distract him with a stuffed toy. Move the toy about, touching him with it and pulling it away to lure him off of you and onto the toy.

Step 3

Ignore the kitty when he exhibits signs of aggressive play. When you ignore his challenges and efforts to draw you into a bloody battle, he'll soon become bored and either calm down or seek his thrills elsewhere.

Step 4

Encourage your kitten in cuddling and acceptable play activities with positive reinforcement. If he gets sufficient attention and loving interaction when he is behaving well, his violent behavior will subside.

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