I have a female cat that rips my hands while playing, but that isn't really the problem. The problem is that I used to always take her scratching and only stop playing when it got far more out of line because I felt a little sorry for her and didn't really mind the scratching (not sure what you'll say about this but I really didn't care about her scratching). I'm used to her and whatever scratch she causes will heal much faster than if some other cat scratched me. How I know that is because I'm a little allergic to cats (males mostly) so when a cat scratches, the area gets a little swollen. And most cats cause the area to get more swollen than if it was her who scratched. It's kinda like my body got used to her a lot.
But now it's time for change. I'm afraid I'd have to give her to my friends or an adopter some time in life and I'm pretty sure no one is going handle her the way I did. And...I can also use the change for my advantage ya know. She is used to word "No" and usually stops when I say it, although a lot of times when she's hyper enough, she'll ignore me and rip, kick, and scratch even more. The reason I play with her with my hand is because she's been an orphan as a kitten so she hadn't a play mate to play with her the way kittens do (we weren't able to bring her a play mate due to our situations which didn't allow it at the time). She doesn't like to play with toys as much as she loves to play with her family of people, especially me. The rest of the family plays with her with their hands as well. It seems she goes softer on young ones, but they don't take her scratching for too long and start chasing her like another cat would do instead. They may even get mad about it but I always tell them it's their fault for making her such a cat, as it is, because when she was a kitten they all used to enjoy her biting and scratching while I wanted to teach her to stop. Anyway as for now I'm pretty much her only play mate, or mostly (as my family members do play with her sometimes but rarely). And for that she gets pretty bored a lot of the time and starts trying to play with me by meowing, puffing herself as play (and believe me when I say as play, I'd usually know and it's obvious when it's not play), and then running away as so I would chase her and vise versa. Again, I'll say she doesn't like to play with anything unless I'm and usually only I am moving it. She'll ignore the rest of my family unless it was for treats. Also I'm always looking in every shop for cat toys but all I find are dog's or cat collars and leashes. So all I have are whatever is in the house.
I'd like to state that this issue is going no matter what, but I don't really like to end play season every time she scratches me and I'm afraid that she'll end up not listening to the word no if I do that every time, as she may get upset for the play stop and every time I say no.
Please understand that the hand play thing will no be going anywhere, and I'll still play with her with my hand and feet if necessary. I'm convinced this until we manage to get her a play mate that won't be killing her instead of playing (if not SHE killing it).
So any tips are welcomed although I don't think a lot would be at help. If not I'll figure it out on my own. Thanks a lot.