I’ve trained many cats and kittens, but I recently adopted a new challenge, that’s proved to be, well, a bit of a challenge.

I’ve adopted two kittens, brothers, and one is a special needs cat: he is blind. They are currently 5 months old. The not-blind one is learning quickly, but the blind one is proving more difficult to train, especially when it comes to clawing and biting. The kitty does not discriminate between toys, hands, toes, other body parts and objects. Everything has to be explored by chewing on it and feeling it (with claws).

I’ve tried the technique mentioned in the answer to this question but it doesn’t work, probably due to his handicap and his need for exploring. Still, I don’t like being bitten/clawed. How can I teach a visually impaired kitten the difference between living things and objects and that it’s not okay to bite them, without punishing him for trying to explore?

  • I'm trying a new tactic. I ordered catnip stuffed toys from the internet (will be a few days till they get here). I'll report back later.
    – Belle
    Oct 17 '18 at 8:20
  • I am going through the same thing. Love my little blind Manx kitten, but he nips on my legs when he wants attention and is nipping my little dog who he loves, but dog is getting testy about it. Some firm answers requested for those of us with blind kittens.
    – Trish
    Apr 24 '20 at 1:54

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