Why Does My Cat Try to Bite Me?

Updated on February 12, 2016

Is It a Love Bite?

It can come without warning. You're petting your sweet kitty, she purrs, looks at you dreamily, and then out of nowhere she bites you!

What's going on here? Why did she go from lovey-dovey to Vampire Kitty in a split second? There are different factors at work.

Check out my pretty fangs!
Check out my pretty fangs!

Why Do Cats Bite?

There are many reason why cats bite:

  • Cats will bite when they're afraid, angry, annoyed, or stressed.
  • They might bite when they're feeling playful or overstimulated.
  • Biting is even part of feline "courtship."
  • If your cat is sweet one minute and biting you the next, he may be telling you that you've crossed the line somewhere: Maybe he's tired of being petted, or maybe you found a sensitive spot.

There are subtle warning signs that your cat is getting agitated. You just have to be alert to them:

  • Watch for a flicking tail or flattening ears.
  • Notice if your cat starts to stare at you, or if his head starts to follow your hand.
  • She may release a little growl.

All of these can be signs that he's just about had enough.

Quick Tip

Biting and scratching are part of your cat's predatory instincts. You can help him release a lot of energy by playing with him for a few minutes at least twice a day. It can be as simple as dragging a piece of string around for him to chase. This can help reduce unwanted biting!

Cat in Barraña, Boiro, Galicia.
Cat in Barraña, Boiro, Galicia. | Source

Training Your Cat not to Bite

You need to teach your cat that biting is unacceptable. This will be easier if he's a kitten, but it can also be managed with an older cat.

  • Now, this is important: Do not strike your cat! This will only teach him to be afraid of you.
  • Whenever your cat bites or scratches you, do this instead: Shout "Ouch!" or "No!" then simply walk away and ignore your cat. This is an especially powerful reprimand for kittens and young cats, since they love to play.
  • Learn to recognize the warning signs, too. If your cat always takes a swipe at you after five minutes of petting, don't push him to the limit. Pet him for three minutes instead.
  • Praise and reward your cat for good behavior. Give him a tasty treat after petting him. This will give him every reason to think of petting as a positive thing.

Start Training Your Cat as a Kitten

Cats can pick up a lot of bad habits when they're kittens. When cats see human hands as toys to bite and scratch, it is often the owner's fault.

  • This usually sets in when the owner roughhouses with the cat when he's still a kitten. A kitten's claws and teeth don't cause much damage, so you might think nothing of encouraging him to chew on your hand and "attack" it, so to speak.
  • Those little claws and teeth will grow. It's not so cute when a full grown cat playfully bites and scratches your hand, is it? But if you let him do it as a kitten, he'll think it's okay!

Start early: Don't train your kitten to think of your hand as his personal toy.

Other Ways to Train a Kitten

Kittens are babies who need play-time, and they don't really understand when you're not playing. While some people have success with telling their kitten "No!" and walking away, others prefer a more gentle approach:

  • You could try blowing in your kitten's face whenever she bites you. She'll make a funny face and won't like it.
  • You could also try distracting your kitten with a toy. She may be telling you she wants to play, so you might want to give her something she can chew on.
  • Another method I've heard about but never tried is pressing down on the kitten's tongue with your finger. I imagine your kitten won't enjoy this at all, and it will probably encourage her to go away for a while.
  • Again, don't strike your kitten or respond aggressively, and don't use a spray bottle. Spray bottles are traumatic for kittens, and they could make them a bit neurotic.
  • If the problem is really bad—your kitten seems to have boundless energy and "attacks" you all the time—you might consider getting her a playmate. Two kittens at this point might sound insane, but it could be just what she needs.

The good news is that if you're persistent and don't encourage your kitten to think of you as a cat toy, they usually outgrow their nippy tendencies.

Quick Tip:

Has your cat been declawed? Sometimes cats get more "bitey" after declawing because they've been robbed of their other natural defenses. They can also exhibit other strange behaviors.

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      Susan Bertoline 4 weeks ago

      My 8 year old cat bites me when I try to get j off my lap or any other reason I can't understand. I know about overstimulated and it's mot that. He draws blood. Have been to the hospital twice for infection. Don't know what to do

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      Kristin edmunds 2 months ago

      I owe a beatiful. All cat and im a diabetic i owed coco about three years now out the blued he bites me i dont if its time to get rid if him or kerp him , i do spoil him and i try my best to give him the world i play with him i let him sleep with me i give him dry and moist food so i dont understand why hes trying to bit me

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      anonymous 4 months ago

      Bought my cat at Petco 3 years ago he was 9 years old then, he's a tuxedo domestic, he loves attention from anyone, never goes outside, he's bitten me so many times especially when I'm sleeping, the last time he torn the skin on the back of my hand so I've now sut him out of my bedroom at night, He jumps on y lap bangs his head on mine, lets me cut his nails, yet he still bites,

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      Janie 4 months ago

      My cat is deaf and declawed. She will try biting on my leg while laying on my lap. She doesn't act mean, just gentle nips. How can I stop this

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      Annette Foster 4 months ago

      I am a diabetic senior citizen! Got my 3 year old cat from shelter about 8 m0nths ago! He was very friendly, until about a month ago! Heis now biting me( without any warning) and has drawn blood numerous times! Would it be wise for me to rehome him? I am actually getting afraid of him!

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      Fibi 6 months ago

      Hi, my cat is about 6-7 months old. I know I have a busy life and we usually aren't home to play with him, but while I'm working on stuff on my laptop, I usually drag around a toy for him to play with. At least once a day, everyday, he gets so aggressive and attacks me, almost. I do think it is a lack of attention and stress as well, since we are a lot of people in the house, but I do try and distract him with a toy and never let him play with my hands before, maybe my roommate has, but he still does it and I have to kick him out of my room. He randomly attacks my feet as well. It's just getting frustrating, and I would love to get him a friend but I can't really afford that as a student. I just don't know what to do, he's really aggressive. I never hit him, I've tried biting back gently, or not playing with him for a while but he carries on.

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      Fran 6 months ago

      My cat is 4 and bitey. I was bitten and i took a swipe at her, now shes a little standoffish. Ive kissed , offered treats, i feel sick because she would get on my chair in my lap. Ive had her 2mths. She dosent play well by herself but retirement homes only allow one animal. Help...

      I really love her.

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      Annette 7 months ago

      My cat is 3 years old and is very lovable, but he will bite my arm when he is sitting on my lap! I'm not even touching him when he does that!I got him at the shelter and he became very comfortable here right away! Can you sggest something to do to stop him from doing this?

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      catnip 7 months ago

      The neighbours cat will joyfully love my company for one second but then the next minute stroke her, she sees me then she reaches out her paw and scratches me! Do you have any suggestions on what I should do?

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      Anonymous 7 months ago

      I've had my cat for two years, she's never attacked me, even when I put myself between her and another cat. Recently she's begun attacking me and my friend for no reason. She pushes her in to my hands and purrs and rubs herself against me then without warning she's attacking my hands. I watch for the ears and tail, I listen for growls, but there's no warning at all. She doesn't even hiss during or after the attack, she simply goes back to asking for my attention. I'm scared that there's something wrong and I won't be able to fix it. Help me?

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      Bedelia 10 months ago

      My cat has been doing this for most of his life and he is 15 months old. He will sit still and look like he is getting ready- then slowly stalk me and when I am not looking,he will bite the back of my arm. He rabbit scratches and bites and the rest of the time he is

      cuddly and wants to be around me all the t ime. Will he out grow this?

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      Love-the-purrfects 11 months ago

      My cat comes up to me and asks to be petted by rubbing her head on my leg so I pet her after a little she goes on a nipping spree on my legs then starts rubbing her head again. We think she is OCD and she has seperation problems too. As soon as we go out the back to hang washing on the line to just be out there one min later she is howling any ideas?

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      Anonymous 11 months ago

      I Just Bit My Cat Back Every Time He Bit Me... I Say Past Tense Because... I Think He Learnt His Lesson And No Longer Bites Me

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      Nancy C Sides 11 months ago

      I'm fostering a 12 year old front declawed female cat from the shelter. She bites me when she is upset, or over stimulated from petting. I've been told that declawed cats bite. That's interesting because I had a Siamese who was front declawed and she never bit me! I do know that she came in as a stray, and was badly matted and had to be shaved. Other than that she has been the most affectionate cat I have ever had, but she is quick tempered as such as the Turkish Angora whose characteristics best describe her. Any suggestions?

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      Sweet Pea. The Breyer 12 months ago

      Its too late to do it as a kitten my cats really mean and he's a cat how do I train him if he's already a cat

      P.S the name is my tube name

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      16 months ago

      I was petting my cat because she wanted to cuddle and all of a sudden she bit my neck for no reason, she wasnt angry and she never did this before. :(

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      Debbra 16 months ago

      My cat is three years old. We play regularly and he is trained to know the difference in a hand that wants to play (fingers splayed and relaxed) and a hand that is going to pet him (fingers together, Palm up). However, just this past week he has started biting my legs when I walk. And biting my legs, arms and face when I sleep. He has never done this before. It's so strange. It's not related to play time. I thought he might need something, but his food and water are fine and it's the middle of the night (he has had the same feeding schedule since I got him).

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      Anonomys 16 months ago

      My kitty is a large tuxedo cat and he is usally quite calm and sweet but i was carrying him to the food and out of nowhere he bit me!

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      alica 17 months ago

      i have a kitten that i got yesterday but..............

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      laurie 18 months ago

      My cats is a neutered 6 year old Siamese male.Beautiful but nervous.Started biting and scratching shortly after I stopped giving it an evening dose of catnip after evening playtime.Books tell me that cats don't get addicted to catnip but I think otherwise.I now squirt him with water.

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      Katie howard 18 months ago

      I have an almost a month old kitten and she loves to scratch and bite me and my husband on the hand or the face and she loves chewy on the wire that we got in our trailer and we got her a toy but she dnt like it and i tell her no chewing the wires and to biting my hand and scratches me so what can i do bout her ??

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      Sasha the Cat 19 months ago

      My cat only bites or scratches me when she is annoyed, or overly playful. Cats can give you some serious scratches, bites, ect, when too playful. If you have a cat like mine, watch out when they roll playfully on the floor, attacking random objects. I've never been severely scratched by my cat, and hardly scratched at all, but that's because I know not to touch her when she's like this. She means well, but she also attacks everything in sight.... She makes me laugh, though!

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      Angel 20 months ago

      Hi

      My 8 months male cat (Cake) comes to me purring and asking to be petted, I petted him for few seconds then he moved back a little so I stopped. He was sitting next to me while I was playing with my Phone( he was still purring) then he gave me a bite.

      The next day I was standing when he came purring, I petted him a little then I continued doing my work, then he gave me a bite.

      Is that a love bite?

      Or is he angry because I stopped petting him?

      Yeah I forgot to mention that I am with him almost 24/7

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      Quazimoto 21 months ago

      I learned not to pull away from any of my cats when they get their teeth on my or claws. If claws I relax and let them pull my hand into their mouths. Since this none of them have broken the skin of any part of my body.

      I have done this for ten years now...

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      tyler 21 months ago

      So I have a story my dad's cat is fine with him and fine with his wife but when I come over the cat rarely rubs up against me, will hiss, bat and try to bite me literally every time I walk next to him cause he lays in the middle of the walk way where I have to go ( I don't even live with my dad I live with my mom, so I'm not over to my dad's all the time) do you know what it is?? Can it be something I did when he was younger?? Can it be that he just hates me? I did nothing wrong to the cat.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: That's sad n not fair to the kitty. Maybe u should think about giving it to a family that can give it all the love an attention it needs n wants. They r just like a human we dnt like being shut away n neither does ur furkid. I know it wld be hard to let the kitty go to a new home but u dnt want ur mom to suffer n make ur cat suffer cuz of it. Or try getting ur mom allergy meds n see if that helps at all. Just stop makin ur cat pay for it. Not fair to any1.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I agree! Put your mum in the basement!! What an awful thing to do to a cat!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You rather the cat get destroyed at the pound there is a over flow as it is especially with kitten season if the cat is loved and cared for and not obanded there really is not a issue how can you even compare a human life to a animal are you serious?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a Ragdoll, and he has lived with us now for over 3 years. Obviously he is an indoor cat, so I suppose he might get a little bored, but he adores my 4 year son (think he thinks he is a cat as he was crawling when we got the cat as a kitten). If he goes near my furniture to scratch.........yes he has a scratch post and toys.....I point my finger at him and say NO!.....I meaows back at me, then goes in for the attack! My son points his finger and says no, the cat walks away!!! He is actually my older daughter's cat ( he ignores her), but he can be affectionate (curling round my neck in the morning and licking my neck - eugh) but mostly he's not nice! Also, my next door neighbour (yes he's met her before) came in when I was away for a weekend to feed him, "play" with him, but all he did was hiss and spit at her....She was terrified! When I came home, he sat at my feet and meeaowed for about 20 minutes as if giving me a row! What is all that about? Thought they were independent creatures??? x

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have two male cats and they both bite me randomly nine times out of ten I'm not even petting then they are rubbing on me, my main cat, Baby he'll bite me then just stare at me with his eyes half open and mouth open I'm usually sitting down and I'll pet him a little bit then he'll rub on me then just bite, not really hard but it is startling.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Put your mom in the basement.

      ...not reasonable? Neither is isolating your cat in a basement.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My stupid cat is impossible to predict. He bites as I'm petting, or when I move my hand AWAY.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Recently my my mother found out she was allergic to my cat, Allie. So we cleaned the whole house and moved Allie to the basement. She isn't showing signs of depression other than biting but I can tell she is upset :(

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My kittens cries every morning at the same time for food. I have her on a schedule now, but after I feed her she grabs my ankles and bites and scratches me. I tell her No...and she will go away for a minute then come back and do it again. I believe she thinks I am a big cat:-)

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      Loretta Livingstone 4 years ago from Chilterns, UK.

      I'm struggling to tame a large black cat who has adopted me. He has a home. But seems to want this one. We were doing so well. He was asking to be stroked and then getting on my lap. He'd stopped trying to bite me and instead warned me with a hiss, when he didn't want to be stroked. Today he decided he wanted a treat RIGHT NOW, and went for both my legs. I've shut him out, without a treat, but unfortunately I now can't sit in my garden again. It's right back to square 1! So frustrating

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Maybe your cat have feeling problems ? And i'm really sorry that your brother died . Maybe your cat had stress ? You could try leaving her/him for awhile . Let her/him have a time alone . Hope this helps ! :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I too inherited a cat that does the exact same thing. Did you ever find a solution, if so what was it?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I recently inherited my cat when my brother died. He was always very cuddly & loving at my brother's - always sitting on my knee. Now he never sits near me.He likes to be stroked when lying on the floor or a chair but if I sit next to him & stroke him he bites me very aggressively on the arm or hand, then jumps down on the floor, then up at me, biting me on the head or shoulder. These do not seem like affection - they are hard bites, also claws at me. very unpleasant. I give him nothing but love. What has happened and what can I do?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have two cats, one is a kitten and the other is full grown. My kitten likes to latch on to my arm and nip, but she never uses her claws and only hurts if she catches a sensitive spot with her teeth. My older cat likes to groom me and give little nips when I am petting him. Since, during both occurrences, the cats are purring and seem to be fine, I believe they are nipping and biting to show affection. Neither of my cats are in any way aggressive and are incredibly loving.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I really disagree with the never hit thing. I agree you should never beat or hurt your cat, but let's think about this for a second. When cats interact, if a cat nips another cat, getting it to go away might have been its intention, and you've just told your cat that he's dominant over you. Now lightly (very lightly! Hit yourself first- if it doesn't hurt at all, go even a tad lighter!) swatting your cat in the butt might make them run away from you for a second, but as long as you act normal toward him after the event, he'll forget it and won't be afraid of you. My cat had some nippy issues, she hardly gets a swat but when she does, she knows I mean business and she really did something wrong. Now, at 9 years old, I can honestly say she knows better. And she is most definitely not afraid of me!

      What some people don't realize is, animals use contact to show each other that certain things are not ok. You should never beat an animal, or hit hard, but you should be the dominant pack leader. Running away and giving your pet what he's looking for will create more problems than it solves.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my Friends cat will sit on my lap then stand on his hind legs with his front paws on my shoulder, stare at me *from 3 inches away* then nudge *headbutt* me a few times before biting my nose or lip.. It is not a aggressive move at all it hurts but if i let her do it she just nudges *headbutts* the area then goes back to sitting on my lap.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My cat is nearly 2 and he just bites my legs and feet all the time when I'm sitting watching TV or in bed he will jump up and bite me?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my cat was cheerful . but sometimes i dont get him . rather than biting hands . he tend to roll at my leg staring at me and started to scratch and bite my leg .

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I think maybe your cat was showing a bit of playful affection and thinks its ok due to the continuous petting. Try Telling it "No!" or "Tsut!(How do you spell that?)" and stopping the petting for al while before going back to it.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My cat's acting normal and is rather calm when I pet her but when he turns his head and looks at my hand he immediately tries to "catch" it. This means: Pounce, swipe, attempt to bite, repeat. I think he wants to play but if I scold it and ignore it it just goes on doing whatever it was before I pet it. When I play with him he still tries to swipe and snap at me but not in an angry manner. More of a play with me manner. What can I do? He is around 4-6 months.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My cat is very loving and affectionate, but sometimes he will walk up unprovoked and lunge at mine or my boyfriends' arms and bite down hard. We shout "no" or "stop" and try to distract with a toy, but he will still do it. How can we get him to stop?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Dear Ellen,

      Out of my own experience and research, this is stress of being in a new environment! You should leave him alone the first few days! Especially when getting company, they should absolutely not come near him until he has settled down! It is even said that the first few days, you should refrain from having over a lot of company, as this will stress a new cat. I do not know if it is already to late, but you should have put him in room, with food, water, litter box and some toys so he can first calm down and sniff out the environment. He has to get used to your smell, the smell of the house etc. And when he is ready, he will come out of the room and investigate. Do not try to pick him up or force affection on him. You could sit near him and when he is ready he will come to you. Also try playing with him, with toys, like trowing a little toy mouse, or use a string. This will release the stress. If he hides under your bed or somewhere, just leave him there. This is a safe place, where he can hide and calm down. Do not try to get him out, this will scare him even more and evoke aggression. He will come out, don't worry. If he is a cat that is naturally scared, it could last a few months until he will finally shows affection. My own experience: a lot of patience and respect. Respect that the cat doesn't want to go near you the first few weeks. My cat was traumatized when I got her. It took me almost a year, but she is all okay now and cuddles and plays. She is the sweetest ever. Goodluck.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I jus got a cat today he is two years old but he has bit n scratched every member of my family already. I know he's scared and it's a new environment for him but I really don't know what to do to help him settle in and stop biting and scratchin people. Any help is greatly appreciated

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Two of my three kittens only bite whilst nuzzeling up to me or my boyfriend . They will purr like mad then to a little nibble along my cheeks or chin (sometimes my arm) then go back to nuzzleing and purring... they show no signs of aggression so I have never told them off. they do it when I am stroking them AND when im not so im really confused... should i be worried? They are 8 and a half months old now :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: what he said was horrible yes... but calling him a pedo, rapist and terrorist is a tad extreme... he is a bell end though :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My cat will come up to me purring wanting my affection i pet her a few times let her know i'm there try to love on her while she's purring bites me

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: We use a box of dry macaroni shells instead of pennies and it works fairly well, too. :-)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I have found a sure cure for training cats NOT to jump on the table or kitchen counters. This will even work when I am out of the room. Keep a number of spray bottles filled with water around the room. When your cat jumps up on the table or counters, don't say a word, just spray kitty good. After a few lessons kitty will learn to stay off that place. This needs to be repeated for each "off limits" location. I have two nice kitties who have learned where they are allowed, and where they are not.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Try to put your forefinger right next to your cats mouth, then he will bite you finger (Very very gently) and he won't be as vicious until he bites or claws again, just pet him or cuddle with your cat normally then repeat.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: We started putting the cat out when we sat down to dinner. The door was right there, we just put him out. Lifted him off the table, and put him out the door. Now, when we go to sit down, he goes for the door. Most of the time. If we're having steak he'd prefer to be on the table, but....we put him out. He takes a tour of the neighborhood and returns happy and hungry for his own food. We feel pretty smug having 'trained' the cat.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I agree with Andrea. For a dramatic change in behavior like that, a vet visit is in order. If she seems angry all the time, she could be in chronic pain. :(

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Charlene, you can use a couple things to keep your cat off the table. We keep a spray bottle of water, set to a stream of water, on the dinner table. When our cats try to jump up, we spray their bodies with it (avoid the head area). After doing this a few times, just showing them the spray bottle when they are thinking of jumping up will get them to back off.

      Another method we use to keep them off the kitchen counter that could work for you is a can of pennies. Clean out an aluminum food can and put a bunch of pennies in it, 20 or so. Put a fitted plastic lid on it, like the kind you use to put on larger can of cat food. When the cat jumps up, shake the can at them a few times. Their hearing is very sensitive and they cannot stand this racket. They will scatter very quickly! Eventually they will associate jumping up with something negative and they will stop.

      Our cats now just sit a few feet away from the table at mealtimes and on the kitchen floor and watch for dropped food. We foster cats as well and when they get too bold, they get the same training. It usually take just a couple weeks to break them of some bad habits theyâve had for years.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My cat also bites randomly. But mostly when im cuddling him. He would look at me closely with his eyes wide then bite my chin. Most of the time I find it amusing because he look so adorable and he doesn't really bite that hard. Also, I read that they can be love bites for cats. Now my problem is he's always jumping on the table when we're eating. I tried shouting at him to stop and I even got to the point of striking him when i got really frustrated and lost my patience. I just cant get him to stop. He doesnt seem to grasp the idea that his not allowed on the table. What shall I do?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Maybe something physical is bothering your cat. Ear infection, urinary tract infection, sore tooth, etc. if it continues you may want to get to a vet for a check up.jmho

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My cat is 2 years old and she has always been very sweet. Now she seems to be angry all the time, and whenever we pet her she bites. when we try blowing in her face or yelling "ouch" and walking away she flattens her ears and her effort to bite us increases. She honestly seems vicious now. We have changed nothing in our routine, added no new pets, furniture, etc to the house. Any ideas?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My cat is like about 1 years old and he has been at my house for about 3 months. When he 1st came here he slept with me everynight for 2 weeks and he wouldst me hold him and let him and he would purr really loud. But like 3 days ago he started to bite me when I try to pet him! He won't let me pet him without biting me. I don't know what's wrong he still sleeps with me at night. But he bites everyone, and I mean everyone. I don't know what to do please help!!!!!!!!!! I hope nothing is wrong with my little Charlie!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Today i was laying in my bed watching tv. And my cute cat came and i petted her. And then she bit me!!!!! She loves to cuddled with me, and once she hugged me. But i think that wasnt a hug. She showed her fangs. (Teeth) and hissed. And i walked away. And i thought it was cute when i was 7. And last week, she bit my mom. And my sister. But she obeys my brother. She cuddled and hugs him MANY times. And no bite or scratch. And when i came to my bro yesterday, the cat was there and she scratched my legs and feet. And i called a cat babysitter. And when she left, she looked like she was harassed. Help plz give me an answer for this biting. I tried saying No. Firmly but she would bit my leg. I tried giving her timeout and feeding her. And ignoring her! Plz help!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Meg,

      Your cat is suckling on your fingers as if they were a teat!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I am a stay at home cat mom, my cat is VERY attached to me, she growls and hisses at others, but she has to be no more than about 5-8 feet from me at all times, she is content that way, I am also the cat warmer... she is in my lap and sleeping when ever she can. My biting issue is, i go outside, then come back and sit in my chair, so she jumps up and gets on my lap and lightly bites my left thumb. She lets go, waits a minute or two then does it again, i dont swat at her or anything, She has done this before, then eventually she settles down a bit into the "cat huddle position" then she licks my right hand and bites. I think she is mad at me for going out? She doesnt ever draw blood or anything like that but its like she is expressing her displeasure to me.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a over energetic 8month old Bengal and I am in the same boat. Nothing works though. I originally pressed down on her tounge and she became depressed so I couldn't do that. I next would say no and not pull away as it shows she is dominant and or I am playing. I then tapped her nose or bottom and she thought I was playing. I then had to move to a squirt bottel but she likes water and now thinks that is a toy.

      I will be sleeping for one hour after a 13 hour shift, so she will come in and wake me up by liking my nose and or nose. At this point I will pull the covers over my head so she can't do that any more. She then will jump around my arm and scratch and bight to play. If I tuck my arms under the blanket she will use her claws to pull the blanket off. Now she will move before I can get the squirt bottel. I swear to God if she could flip me off she would. I am now trying calming kitty treats.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Hey,

      I have a 1 year old Bengal who is quite feisty, very lovely and cuddly but recently since we moved back in with my parents he's been having some problems. It's understandable as its a new environment. We've been here since last august and since moving he's become quite erratic. I used to know his behaviour down to a T.. he doesn't seem to like a house full of people (my parents, my brother and his partner and myself and my partner) and will usually hang around mostly in my room. As of the last few weeks he's been displaying an aggressive stance, ears pinned back, hair standing up, eyes dilated and tail doing its thing and no matter what my action is he will will still go me for no apparent reason? He'll jump up at my shoulders (front or back) and hold on with his claws. I declaw him regularly cause mum has leather couches so it's not painful... He'll hang on as long as he can and try bitting me. If i hold him and make sure he doesn't fall he's okay for a couple of minutes, then aggressively attacks my arm. He never used to be like this and the weird thing is the rest of the time he's hiding away from everyone else in the house. He is unusually jumpy, bounces 6 feet in the air when people move, or close the door, or make a noise. He's always had really bad separation anxiety but nothing like this... It seems he's scared of everything around him and takes it out on me!? It's so bizzar I'm thinking of taking him to the vet to see if his hormones are out or something is wrong. I just don't know what to do and am beginning to worry for him.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks Debbie, same way Josie does. So I will do that also.. No ...and just move away. Then ignore. Appreciate your answer!!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Sharon... I didn't hit reply to your comment but added a new one.. You may want to sign on again to see my comment, as I have a similar problem to yours. However, I don't have any answers. Hope someone will post with suggestions!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My cat, almost 10 months old, does the same thing as your Siamese, Josie. All of a sudden, after I've been petting him, he will start biting my hand, then my arm and wrap his paws around my arm and keep biting. I have learned not to pull away, but to say "no" in a firm voice and gently pull away from him. I then ignore him for a while and he is back to normal very soon. I'm glad I have long sleeves on now but am worried about the summertime when I will not have my arms covered. I just wish there was a way to get him to quit the biting altogether!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My Siamese Josie, is very cuddly, but at times when she is on my lap she starts biting my arm, hand, (I usually wear long sleeves for that reason). she will get ahold of a sleeve and hold and bite, not wanting to let go, even doing a little growl....even while she is purring. I love to hold her, but now she is even getting worse about it. I play with her, pet her... give her attention. Don't know what to do, because she has gotten ahold of skin...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: How can you use God's name in vain and also curse and think it's ok?? People don't want to read posts like yours.You should have more regard for your Creator -He also created the animals

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Please clean up your language if you want to express your opinion.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Thats easy! Your the "mommy cat" everybody else is just another litter mate!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My cat is 1 1/2 years old, still young, and for some reason it likes to bite my husband, my mom and my daughter when he's playing or even sometimes when he's being petted. But the funny thing is that if he happens to grab my husbands arm he puts his teeth around it and as soon as I walk up to them and say "NO"...to the cat, he lets go and calms down. It's as if he's afraid of me. He actually listens to me and only me, it's the funniest thing!! Another example is...if he's left alone in the kitchen, he tends to jump up on the kitchen counter. If he sees my mom, or daughter...he doesn't budge, but if I walk into the room and catch him, he immediately jumps off the kitchen counter and acts as if nothing happened.

      One thing to keep in mind, I have never hit my cat...he lets me lie with him and give him scratches behing the ears, and tummy rubs, whereas he doesn't usually let the other family members do this. Not sure why he acts this way, but I wish I could ask him at times...hahah :)

      If there are any cat experts out there, I'd sure love to know WHY! Thanx.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: you need to write a book, for pete's sake ! !

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Where did you get this info from? Vet?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My cat bites me first thing in the morning when I get up. He rushes round my legs purring and then suddenly he bites my ankles and then jumps up in the air. On most occasions it doesn't hurt but there have been a few times when I have shouted out at him and he stops dead in his tracks. On the matter of lightly smacking your cat , I was advised to by my vet if he misbehaved. Apparently that is what his mum would have done. So on rare occasions I do tap him and he stops what he is doing. Animals requie discipline like any human but I agree with most, over indulging in this activity is not good and should not be encouraged. A frim voice works nine times out of ten.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      You guys are being tormented. My cat Chandler did this as a kitten and at first I thought it was cute until he really started annoying me pulling out the fangs whenever he felt like it. Well, considering I have a problem with ANYTHING that tries to dominate me, I took it into consideration that he was trying to be my boss and decided it was time to end it. HERE'S WHAT TO DO (it worked for me)

      1- Treat your cat with love... Then get him into his usual position that provokes him to bite by mimicking the typical situation when he bites.

      2- The second he bites, yell NO! He won't listen. He thinks it's "war time". He'll bite you again. Good. Now it's time to stand your ground.

      3- Get ready to dominate him and mean business. Mentally prepare that you are the boss, he doesn't pay rent and he WILL obey. Just get in that frame of mind. It's essential. Your plan is not to hurt him... Just to show him you rule and he submits.

      4- Immediately after he bites you, WORK QUICKLY.

      Take a hold of his scruff (back of neck) in your fingers of your NON-DOMINANT HAND, and don't squeeze too hard.

      (if you're right handed, use left hand) The reason for this is to GET CONTROL of his position and RE-POSITION HIM directly in front of you on the floor. (You'll remain OVER TOP of him at all times)

      5-With his scruff in your left hand, quickly place him on the floor (don't slam him!) KNEEL IN FRONT OF HIM and KEEP IN A STRONG (not squirmy) position and quickly maneuver/move your left hand to his SHOULDER & NECK AREA and hold with moderate pressure.

      6- Your right hand will hold moderate pressure on his HIND LEG/HIP.

      (DO *** NOT*** say or yell anything. Keep SILENT. Say NOTHING.)

      By now, your left hand will be holding down his top half and right hand holding down his bottom half. He will not be able to bite you if your hand is placed properly. You do NOT go around his throat or neck. Do NOT squeeze his skin or fur hard. Objective- use your strength to force him into stating STILL.. He CAN KICK YOU, and he'll try. Keep quiet, and hold moderate pressure. My heart was pounding when I did this because it's nerve wracking but just keep him in one position until he lies STILL & exhausts his energy fighting you. It will take energy on your part but even more on his. Stay focused on the objective- to show him you are dominant and he is submissive.

      NOW... Once he lays still his pupils will be huge because he'll be angry. You will then release pressure JUST ENOUGH to begin LIGHTLY massaging the skin under where each of your hands are without releasing your hold. His heart will be pounding, and you'll probably feel his stress. It's ok. Massage him a bit more... And gently release your grip. If he TIGHTENS UP and tries to bolt, re-establish your grip until he submits again, and then massage after about 30-60 seconds of him being still.

      If you then lower yourself down, whisper to him, "Ok, you're ok... It's ok.... sshhh... ok buddy... mommy/daddy loves you.. etc" and stay quiet, and loving voice. You'll keep massaging until he calms. When ready to release him, do so CAREFULLY gradually bringing your voice back up, "Ok GOOOOD BOOOOY... GOOOOD BOY" and release your hands while simultaneously beginning to pet him with LONG MODERATE PRESSURE STROKES. He should get up and act like you just kicked his butt, maybe he'll go lay down.

      If you repeat this every time he's bad, you'll see him starting to get the point. Repeat until he does. NO PART OF THIS SHOULD HURT HIM. And if he's jumping too much on your lap, the only reason is because you're not blocking him. Block him 50 times with your arm, saying "No." repeatedly. Don't give in. He comes up when YOU give him permission and not before.

      Hope this helps. Remember- don't be gentle and don't be too firm. Stay right in the middle, stay quiet, exercise authority, and NEVER HURT HIM. If he cries, and I hear of it, I will come punch you in the face! No cat should be made to feel physical pain. If you are too lazy to train him, you need to give him to a less lazy person. ;)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Our cat only bites us during the night or morning, when we are in bed. Therefore it's hard to get up and walk out of the room in this case. I think it's because he want's attention, cus it's always the escalation of mijawing for a long time - tonight it was 3 o clock, and I dont want him to get spoiled and think he can boss us around whenever he feels like it

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I tried to post a link to a very good site which explains why your cat bites. but it keeps telling me my message is spam. Anyway it's called catcentric.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Wtf????

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      imagelist lm 4 years ago

      Great info thanks...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm sorry people but I read about 50 comments and to be honest some of you really need to think about 1, seeing a behavioral vet 2, gently slapping your cat few times and see what happens or 3, put the cat in a room alone for few days and just stop by to feed her while ignoring her

      Now I don't want to come across as a mean person but let's be serious here! Why do some of you let your pet run your life? I can only imagine what your children do to you! smh

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a 3 Year old Cat and she loves to get angry and scratch and bite and everything she can to hurt me and she run around like shes mental HELP HELP HELP HELP HELP!!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I have only had my rescue cat for a month, but he is biting all the time and launching himself at me biting and scratching and kicking, would be scared when my family come to visit me, am seriously thinking of getting rid of him. I am 72 and love cats, but don't think I got a few years to spare to train this one not to bie.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: You can get the diffuser refills on Amazon pretty cheap. That's where I order them.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i have a 4 yr old female cat that constanly bites me too get my attention,which is all the time,she has started wanting me to go with her and watch her eat all the time,even when i get up in middle of night,i have had to get two rounds of antibodies because of her bites,she is a rescue cat from pound,have had her since 6mos. old,I love her dearly,but my feet and legs are scared from her bites,she is a wonderful lap car,never meets a stranger,never bites anybody but me.HELP,im 74 yrs old and don't want to get rid of her, i would grieve terribly!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My kitten attacks me ALL THE TIME!!!! I am at my wits end.. I tried playing with a toy to divert attention, tried blowing in his face, tried saying no, have resorted to giving him time outs. As soon as I let him out of the time out he seems nice and is purring but then tries to bite.. He is overly playful and can be sweet but he is driving me crazy!!! I hate myself for saying this , but I have thought about a good old spanking (won't but I am scared at being so stressed I am thinking it).. Do you have any other ideas? Are there any herbs besides feliway (am trying that) that you know of I may be able to use? Please help!!!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Ty for sharing!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a 6 month old Siamese, purebred, waited to get her. She is sweet and affectionate but it's when she starts to cuddle and purr that I start worrying because at some point when the purring gets really loud she will reach over and nip me wherever it's closest. My cheek if she's next to me on my pillow, my hand, my neck. She used to do some nursing on my hand when she was quite young and then end up biting down. That stopped but she still does this nipping thing. It does not make me want to cuddle.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      yes , here name is lady and she only bites and scratches me and i am the only female in the house , it is so irritating , i love her but give it a break ....

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have a rescue cat I adore but who bites and scratches my hands and arms if she gets agitated. I used to be afraid she was going to attack my face. She has drawn blood on hands and arms on many occasions and once I had to have IV antibiotics at the Emergency Room plus 2 weeks of pills. I am an extremely experienced cat owner and very attentive to her moods, cues, etc. We've been to an Animal Behaviorist at the U's vet hospital. This is what helps: it is a dominance issue with me and she has never attempted to bite anyone else unless they touch her tummy--so I avoid putting my hands on her when I need her to do something I want her to do--like move over on the bed. Instead, I sit down where I want to be while not looking at her. I let my body shift her. I use treats to get her in from the outer stairwell if she escapes into it. Iet her lead in petting and touching and watch her carefully for signs of overstimulation. She can be a wonderful cuddler, lap cat, and sleep companion when SHE wants to be. And the thing that has helped THE MOST: a pheromone diffuser. Recommended by 2 vets. It's pricey but for me worth it. Without one running she is much, much more aggressive. I don't want to get rid of her and if this is the price for her sweet companionship, so be it. P.S. the pheromone spray did not work as well.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I totally feel for you !! We have a russian blue cat we rescued, he is goofy runs around crazy ,chases his toys ,plays in his tubes and seems happy. He will come up to us purring and let us pet him, but several times a day he can be sitting there and come running at me and bite my leg. It hurts, and he also bites r hands if we go to pet him and he hasn't given us permission.( permission being purring and coming up to us). My grand babies he has bit a couple times too now.. We like Sheldon but I'm worried he is going to hurt someone. Any suggestions???

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I am having the same issue and it's getting scary. I think we should get our cats to the vet to make sure there isn't something physically wrong like a tooth issue.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The cat we have now named Whiskers bites like there is no tomorrow, he starts to play friendly and then his ears go back and he stares weirdly and then he attacks my husband and I, its to the point where he leaves scars on my legs and my arms.When ever my hair is wet from getting out of the shower he stars to lick it nicely and then he starts using his claws and starts to attack my head. I have had cats all through out my life growing up as a kid this was never a problem until now. I don't want to get rid of him I just want him to stop this biting.

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      Stephen J Parkin 5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      No but he bites quite gently and affectionately, if I tell him no he licks my fingers instead. Having read your lens I think it is affection. As he grew he also used his claws less and less, his ears never flatten and there really is little to no warning. If he is too aggressive I say no and put him down and refuse to play anymore. It seems to be working very well he is now 20 weeks and goes to be fixed next Monday. He appears to be getting more affectionate and less aggressive, which is good. Great lens and loads of help.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Just a few minutes of interaction with your cat everyday? Time to get a dog instead.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've tried it all. She wants to play not just for five minutes but for twenty or more. She love to attack me my foot, hands and my pant legs. My son thinks its great that she attacks me. His reason is cause I don't give her my undivided attention. I do play with her. Her one routine is to wake me up so I can go to the bathroom even If I don't have to go. She just wants to go in there like its part of a game. She will also get upset if I am in the bathroom and don't let her in. Which I end up doing. When its morning she will jump up on my chest and lay there for twenty minutes just stretching. So I do give her my attention.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I can be sitting on the couch or at my desk and my cat will come up behind me and bite me on the arm or ankle, most times drawing blood. He has also come up on the end table by the sofa and will bite my head. These "attacks" are not because I have bothered him or petted him too much. He loves to come on me and cuddle, but I am getting nervous as I never know when he is going to bite. I really want to understand what is going on so that we can deal with this problem.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: She probubly is really tired but if she like to play she is probubly not going to bite you. But if she looks tired then put some soft music on might help her go to sleep.

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