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Prevent cat bites and scratching

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Cats are natural hunters and their play behaviors can often be misunderstood. With the appropriate care and handling, they are capable of being the greatest pets ever.

So why do kittens to cats bite and scratch people? The reasons are many and can be placed into two categories: play aggression or over stimulation.

The movement of objects, hands or feet can entice a cat to pounce on what they envision as the prey. When a cat becomes too excited or overwhelmed it can cause them to become overstimulated and go on defense mode. Here are some pointers of what to do and not do to help keep you safe:

- Your cat may not be feeling well seek veterinary help

- Never frighten a cat as they can become easily spooked and therefore, scratch and bite out of fear

- Handle with care! When not carried appropriately, they can become stressed.

- Do not play with your hands, instead provide enrichment toys.

- Don't encourage your cat's excitement.

- Learn to read their body language.

• Don't yell or hit your cat, this causes fear.

• Never leave a child unsupervised with a cat.

Overall, don't be afraid to seek professional help and let the experts handle it. Always use positive reinforcement methods when training your pet.

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