How do I get My Cat to Stop Scratching my Hands?
When cats are playing and exploring, it’s natural for them to reach out and use their claws. Unfortunately, this often happens when cats try to play with our hands!
There are several things you can do to get your cat to stop scratching your hands and make playing with your cat more enjoyable.
Teach your cat proper scratching behavior:
The best way to get your cat to stop scratching your hands is to teach them appropriate scratching behavior. Get a scratching post or other object and place it where your cat can access it easily. Encourage your cat to scratch that object. If they go for your hands anyway, then gently move their claws to the makeshift scratching post. Be sure to reward your cat with treats and praise whenever they scratch the post instead of your hands.
Give them another outlet:
Another great idea is to provide an outlet for your cat to play without using their claws. Introduce toys, either interactive or plush, that your cat can play with safely. If you have multiple cats, make sure each one has their own toy to prevent any fights or injuries.
Spend time with your cat:
Make sure to spend quality time with your cat. Give them the attention they need and show them you care. Spend time playing, grooming and talking to them. This will help create a strong bond between you and your cat, which may help curb their behavior of scratching your hands.
It takes time for cats to learn new behaviors, so be patient and consistent with your training. It’s important to stay calm, as cats can sense when you’re upset and this will only lead to more conflict. With patience and consistency, you can get your cat to stop scratching your hands and make playing with them more enjoyable.
Things to keep in mind:
- Understand why your cat is scratching: It’s important to understand why your cat is trying to scratch your hands. This could be for several reasons, including lack of mental stimulation, boredom, or feeling ignored.
- Be consistent with training: When teaching your cat proper scratching behavior, it’s important to be consistent with your training. This will help your cat remember what behaviors they should and should not be doing.
- Discourage bad behavior: If your cat is still trying to scratch you, gently discourage this behavior by firmly saying “no”. To make sure your cat knows what behavior they should be doing, reward good behavior and discourage bad behavior.
By following these tips, you can get your cat to stop scratching your hands and make playing with your cat more enjoyable. With patience and consistency, you and your cat will be able to enjoy a safe and loving environment together.