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Use pet toys to stop kittens from pouncing, expert says

Monday, 9th July 2012

People should use pet toys with kittens rather than playing "pounce on the hand" games, as they will continue this behaviour into adult life, an expert has said.

Ros Davies, cattery rehomer at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home's London site, was explaining how to train cats not to scratch or bite.

She said: "Don't play 'pounce on the hand' games with your kitten - always use toys. If you teach your kitten that fingers are for pouncing on, then they will continue to do this as an adult cat."

Ms Davies also spoke about how to choose the right breed of cat, explaining that Oriental and Bengal breeds tend to be more vocal and attention seeking, so are not well suited to people who are out all day.

She noted that it is extremely important to get any cat neutered, ideally at around four to six months, as this will ensure owners will not end up with a litter of kittens they do not want.