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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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      anonymous 9 years ago

      My cat will jump up on my lap and be purring so I will start petting him. After a little while he starts biting. I'll push him down off of me and say "NO" then he'll jump back up and bite me one more time. I usually spank him but from what you say I shouldn't do that. I'll try your suggestions.

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      Catkin 9 years ago

      Hi Jaime--well, sounds like he sure has a routine going! Even though he obviously likes being in your lap, he may be one of those cats who gets tired of being petted real quick.

      I have a cat who loves being petted for a long time, but after a while she will get in the mood to bite. I find it's best to just pet her until she starts showing her warning signs. She usually wants to stay glued to my lap even when she tires of petting, though.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      My kitten is 7 weeks and is very affectionate but she will come up to my neck lay down purr and lick me and then she will lightly bite me. I want to tell her no but am afraid she won't come up anymore and I do love it except for the bite. Any suggestions

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      Catkin 9 years ago

      Hi Jen,

      There are different things you can try. One of them is lightly blowing in your kitten's face whenever she bites you. It's a gentle reprimand, and kitties don't really like it.

      Some people have success telling a kitten "No!" firmly and walking away, while others prefer to divert kitty's attention with a cat toy. Kittens are playful yet predatory, so they need some bitey-scratchy time. If you don't want to scare your kitten, you could try the cat toy technique: Whenever she bites, get her interested in something that's acceptable to bite.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      My cat is a Calico and she is about 11 months old. She will jump on my bed when I am sleeping and start purring and bumping me with her head. I will pet her for a bit and stop. She will start bumping me again and I will pet her again and after three pets, she starts to bite really hard. The last time she broke the skin on my hand. I have tried to ignore her when she is like this, but then she starts meowing and wont stop. Help!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      my cat wakes me up in a morning by scratching me on my legs(only softly)and not biting but nipping me with his teeth,he is not nasty with it,why does he do this ?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i always wondered why my kitten used to lick my hand and attemt to bite it afterwards, should i use the same methods as the above? If so, thankyou because this helped a lot!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      My female cat, Bella, 1 year old, is just aggressive. I love her, but she stalks me and uses her claws and bites me. I want to keep her. She is a small cat, but will wake me out of a sleep with a good scratch or bite. Any advice?

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      Catkin 8 years ago

      Hi Deborah,

      Stalking, pouncing, and biting is part of a cat's prey drive. They do this sort of thing when they hunt, and they like to keep their skills sharp by play-hunting too. If you react, Bella probably sees it as part of the game. You can try making it "less fun" for her by simply freezing and not reacting. It's no fun if you're limp and don't respond. You can then try giving her positive attention after she lets you go.

      Does Bella get regular playtime during the day? If the biting is a nighttime habit, try playing with her before you go to bed; wear her out if you can with string or kitty ticklers. Be consistent, and hopefully she'll get used to the new schedule.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      hi

      why dose my 1/2 a year old kitten have 2 sets of thangs

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      My cat has recently started to bite. It's not when petting. I am usually sitting, watching TV or busy on something. All of sudden she bites with no warning. She draws blood and leaves bruises. Is she wanting to play, or is she getting cranky? She is 6 years old.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I have a 3 month old kitten "Bindy" she is a beautiful Bengal kitten and I love her very much. I have never had a cat that didn't bite me for no reason but no one else. Bindy has started that same thing, out of nowhere she will crawl up on me right near my face and strike! Am I doing something that I am not aware of? I love cats and have tried several times to adopt them but each time they will be fine one minute and then bite me and run off never to be seen again by me. I have had several cats that have actually moved in with my neighbors to get away from me? I love animals and have never ever thought of hurting one but cats just don't seem to like me at all. Does anyone have a suggestion for me?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      My cat is almost 5 yrs old and I adopted him from the humane society approx. 9 months ago and he just started this biting thing and I am at a lost as to what to do because he's not drawing blood or bruising me but I am feeling uncomfortable around him I have tried the "Stop" "Ouch" yelling thing even before reading this online and I've even used a spray bottle of water to shoot him whenever he does this but nothing is working and he's doing this unprovoked, meaning I am on my computer checking my email and he will jump up and bite me on my behind or my arm for no apparent reason. I would hate to give him back to the humane society because despite this one annoying factor he is a wonderful animal and I do love him dearly.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I got my cat on 27 April when she was a week old. I give her different menu fish one day and meat the other. I boiled them non salt. I live with 5 girls. My cat can be loveable one moment then start biting.Am studying in Syria and people here don't keep cats as pets.I don't let my cat out. Please give me advice. Am desperate

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      DaVina - my cat does then when he reckons I have spent too much time at the PC and not enough with him - could be he just doesn't want to share you with the computer! Can you put him in another room while you check your emails?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      @ DaVina,

      Your cat is telling you that she wants to play! My cat also likes to nip my legs when I am on the computer. I started to press whatever she was biting towards her mouth (she hates that)to teach her to stop. Now she jumps on my lap and tries to sit on the laptop to redirect my attention.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I need help...my cat just turned 1. and he has bitten twice twice in which he has drawn bloodand made their hand swell. i get scared so mush when he bites. i think it might have to do with him fighting with other cats when he wasn't neutered.the other day a family friend came over and she was reaching for her bag and he attacked her hand and that drew blood so i am writing this out of fear and desperation...PLEASE HELP ME!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      My cat bites me in the face when I sleep. I make her get off the bed, but she comes back and does it again and again. usually 4-5 times through the night. I try to lock her out of the room, but then I cannot sleep again from all the crying at the door. What do I do??? HELP ME!!!!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Danielle,I'm laughing cuz my kitn does the chewin n my chin,nose,lips,hair,ears, wen I sleep.Does not giv up. I trn up my fan n pt hm out the room. They say they do this because we are the mommy of the house and to get our taste in their mouth. I still don't like it. Then his little butt wants to been up on my neck like a necklace or turtle neck. The hot early year hot flashes are enough, i don't need any help. Good luck with your little chewer

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      My cat just started to bite me out of no where in the last two days. I don't know why, I'll be petting her just a few seconds either I'll pull my hand away and she'll bite me or I'll be petting and she'll bite me. I'm not sure what's wrong with her, it's unlike her.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      My new 7 week old kitten (he is so cute haha) BUT he bites my hair on my hear while i am trying to sleep. Needless to say that I Have to get up at 6 every morning for work. I am trying to figure out some ways to get him to stop without hurting him or having him afraid of me. any suggestions?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i have a five week old kitten that she was the sweetest thing just a week ago, but suddenly, she has started scratching us, and biting non stop. she is constantly scratching. i don't understand why though. i have tried my best just to pet her and hold her and she liked it, then like i said she just out of no where, just turned to mean kitty. she no longer wants to be pet, or anything.. all she wants to do is be mean. i don't know what to do. i don't want her to grow up to be an old mean cat that no one wants to pet.

      animals are apart of the family in my house, but how do i get her to start acting like one.?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      we got a cat from rspca who bites my 5 yr old daughter and me. he has never bitten my husband, but while on holiday bit our female neighbour twice who was feeding her. It seems that he only bites females, he is aged 2yrs Why? as we may need to send him back to rspca but don't want to.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      My Cat is not a kitten but seven years. He just stared bitten me on top on my head. I don't let him sleep with me for he likes sleeping above me on my pillow but when my Mother comes visit he will sleep by her side. My Mother said it is because an animal knows where you have pain. I have sever migerines and she has a bad hip. I think he just gets mad at me for I stopped petting hip. for he loves to sleep on my lap like a baby. I have to get up sometimes to do things around the house and he gets woken up. Like to hear what you think

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      We have a 6 mo old male not fixed yet..who does what we call *snakebites*....he will strike from nowhere and back off just as fast after the bite.

      If I take toys from him..I get a quick bite I mean lightning fast! He's now at the age of drawin blood..what should I do...

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Our 3 year old cat, Sneaky Pete has taken to biting us whenever we return home from work, get up in the morning, or return from outside. He is not declawed but is neutered. It's the strangest thing! We love Pete but he's really wearing us out. We just started a regime of heavy interactive play each day (up from moderate), we sure are hoping this will help!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i had my cat for about3yrs and hes always been friendly and all of a sudden my boyfr sister came in our house to get milk while we were both at wk and he started to growl at her when she walked by the attacked her leg scraching and bit her then her 2yr old came up stairs and he went after her . she said she had blood from head to toe she went to the hosital and actually got stiches under her eye . its soo unlike m cat to do that seein how shes always around them. i have no i idea what possesd him to do that hes usually a real laid back cat

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      try rubbing ur cat in small areas and gain its trust it will not bit u anymore unless u are mean 2 it.....

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      ive had my cat honey for about 3yrs and he has always attacked my liitle girl she usually shouts mum he is giving me the eyes,and for no reason claws and bites her legs arms whatever he can get a hold of,and the other nite i was sitting at the comp and he jumped up on the chair i was just rubbing his head gently and he went for me for no reason,and he has got my friend whe she went to stroke him and my daughters friend when she was sitting on the bed and honey was underneath..its getting me so frustrated and we are kinda wary of him as we have no idea when he is gonna strike!!!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      My cat is always biting, I've had her for 5 yrs and she just wont stop. I've tried everything but she wont stop.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      [in reply to tricia] Sometimes cats just have a dislike of certain people.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Yes, my baby bites me. He never used to do it, but for the last couple years it has gotten worse. He bites my nose, ears, lips and hair while I sleep. He will attack my leg if I go by the pantry and not give him a treat. If my other two cats come by me he will attack them. He will come up to me and rub on me, lick my hand, then bite it. Even if my daughter (23yrs old) comes by me when we are in the bathroom he will attack her leg. My girls say he is just spoiled. He follows me around the house and cries at the door when I leave. I love him and he loves me. :-)

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      My husband hates my cat. When he comes home from work he puts Precious in the basement.

      It makes me so sad that I can only enjoy Precious when he's at work.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I adopted a beautiful 7yr old male neutered cat. He is very affectionate and friendly. But he has an evil side. He jumps up on the arm of my comp chair and begins by pawing at me (no claws ...yet). If I look at him, he forces himself onto my lap(claws now) and wants affection. NOW...lol. Then he spins his head around 360o and bites me. If I put him down on the floor right away...he jumps right back up. Archie will even jump up on me when I am going to bed. He pokes his nasty little claws into me and proceeds to get comfortable. I have tried giving him treats when he is behaving and even bought him toys and everything. The previous owners had no problem with him.

      Save me from Archie...please...lol

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      That's clearly a huge problem in your relationship. Letting this continue this way will build resentment both on your behalf, and on the cat's! Tell him you don't want this to continue, and what would he like in compromise?

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      in repley to hunter : you arevery right one cat of mine we had to give away because he was biting so muck and almost poked my eye out . so you are ver right hunter

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Thank you!! I was just outside with my new cat, and he was in my lap, being so sweet, he nudges me under my chin, licks my face and then BAM! he bites my chin! I yelled and put him down, and he looked up at me, like, "What did I do?" I petted him once and then came inside.

      He's a young male, not quite a kitten, but not yet grown. He's also a stray, but very sweet when he's not biting me! You gave me some good advice, and i'm glad that this is a common thing, and he's not just a crazy boy!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I have a 18 month Russian Blue mix. I adopted her when she was 4 month. I rough housed with her when she was a kitten and allowed her to bit my hands. She always has always used her claws. I do have to cut her nails often and never had this problem prior with other cats in the past.

      RECENTLY she started bitting my face at random times when petting also when just lying close she will bit. Now we both are very weird with each other. She mostly will turn her head around and not face my face when we are close and I am always worried now when she is close. PLEASE help.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      My cat is about two. she recently has taken to wanting lots of affection in the morning.

      in the afternoon. she growls if she's picked up. she'll tollerate being pet, but her tail soon starts moving back and forth. She recently took a swipe at a friend who was petting her.

      She's also hissed at me a couple of times.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      sebastian,my cat we had him 2yrs we got him form the rspca i thought he wonld have got to know us now ,sometime i will be sitting down and nips my leg then walk past ,next time he went afuss making ,what do you think ? hes about 6yrs old

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      My cat Tinker bell strated biting me and we got it spayed but it still bits me

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My cat is 2 years old and an unfixed male. Because he is unfixed and doesn't get alone with another cat in the house he lives in the outside room. Daily he is fed, played with, and given attension. Yesterday he did the strangest thing! He bit a friend of mine who he's always adored. A large puncture bite that swelled up. I put the cat in the carrier for observance for 24 hours wich ends at 5pm tonight if he's showing no signs of illness. The cat is otherwise healthy. Help! What do i do now to get him to understand this behavior is not acceptable? I don't want to have to get rid of him.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      [in reply to Dorothy] If you get him neutered, he'll have less testosterone in his system to deal with, and he'll probably be less aggressive. Neutering male cats is HIGHLY recommended for other reasons, too.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My cat is a male and is neutered. At times while i'm walking by he lunges at me and bites my leg or if i'm sitting he decides to bite my arm. could this be caused by some sort of chemical imbalance?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hi

      I only got my kitten Tinkerbell on wednesday last week.

      She has been very playfull and loving.

      Every night she will curl up in my lap for hours. All of a sudden tonight she has started to run after me like crazy and bite at evrything in sight. Usually my arm or toe!! She is refusing to sit in my lap or for me to even hold her.

      Does this mean there is something wrong with her?

      As it is my first time i wanted to ask what declawing and spaying is???

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Good luck......our kitten was the same way, I had scratches and scabs all over, even on my head.....but she was so sweet when she would sleep on me for a couple of hours.. Well, she is now a year old and has been declawed and spayed (when she was not quite 3 months, the earliest I could declaw her....she was killing me!) She is still now the most loving cat, which makes me very sad.....she seems very skittish and hyper. Every llittle noise she takes off like a crazy kitty.....She is a beautiful cat, but I would love to get to pet her more and have her sit in myi lap, which she NEVER does......I think she was too young when we got her...we were told she was 8 or 9 weeks, but the vet said more like 6- whe was very tiny and so cute tho! Good luck, let me know how it goes......

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      [in reply to KAY] I have the same problem! My male cat is just over 1 year old, the sweetest, friendliest cat you could ever see, then bam! he's lunging at my legs and biting me, though never hard enough to actually break the skin/do any real damage. It usually happens when I'm too slow opening the door for him to go outside or when he doesn't feel like playing, but sometimes for what seems like no reason at all! I think he's just a little bratty "teenager" kitty, but I've definitely suspected the chemical imbalance thing myself. It's good to know I'm not alone!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      have my kitten two weeks now, he is nearly 2 months old. the last few days have been horrible, he bites my face, my feet, my hands, everything! he wont repsond to anything. he also attacks my older cat, i thought it would be the other way around!he gets tired for an hour and then starts biting again!i thought he was just crazy but at least it's more common than i thought!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My 3 yr old male (he is neutered) will lick me first then bite me. It's not even really a bite, just a nip, but annoying none the less. He even nipped my ear once when we were laying together! I'm not sure I've read what this could be. It's not overstimulation, because sometimes I'm not even touching him!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Nosheen, don't declaw her. That's just unethical. Without claws she wont be able to do a lot of stuff she's supposed to. Instead, trim her claws so they're not too sharp. Getting her spayed will make sure she doesn't have babies. Its also said to help reduce the aggression levels of cats.

      My kitten acts the same. I feel like I adopted her too soon as kittens learn from their moms and siblings how not to play rough. The best thing you and I can do at this point is get another kitten of same sex and age (preferable her sibling) so they can play-wrestle all day and you're only left to love. I'm seriously considering adopting its sibling.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I have an adopted kitty (two, actually) Big kitty is loving and affectionate, with all the big cat moves (head touching, eyebrow cleaning, face rubbing, etc). She also loves to be petted, and occasionally uses tiny kitty bites to let me know that I have TWO hands that could be petting her now and I"m only using ONE... her bites are infrequent, but always to demand more petting... I just figure she's really needy from a previous life.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I have a 4 month old kitten. She is the sweetest thing ever, until your not paying attention & she's munching on your feet!. I have to stop at each step walking up or down them because the whole way she is attacking my ankles! I can't sit on the couch with out her chewing my hair, God forbid I lay my head down because then she's on my face...Sitting minding my own business, she use's her front paws to wrap them around my arm, she than uses her back paws to i guess kick me (if that's what you want to call it) all the while she's biting too!... Its horrible.. i don't know what to do, i feel like i tried everything.. I yell at her, she has more than enough toys, i tried treats, water, ignoring her, everyhting! i seriousy need help! the only confusing thing about it is after she done bitting she licks me?...so i don't know if she is playing or if she's really just mean...

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      my cat has the same issue its kinda funny but i still don't know why she does it. help!! :) [in reply to Lania]

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My bombay cat, David, puts my finger in his mouth like he's going to bite. Then, he turns his head and just grinds his teeth...It's weird, but way cute...

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I have a 12 week old single boy who tested pos for FeLV so he has to be alone. He is healthy, but really attacks my arm and hands. I have to give him timeout in the bathroom constantly. The idea of walking away helps. He does have his sweet moments, but I feel so bad for him not having a playmate. I put a stuffed animal on an elastic shoelace and he attacks that with all his might, but sometimes he just turns on me. I will keep trying to condition him to not attack. I sure hope he becomes sweeter when he gets older. I'd hate for him to be one of those "ambush" cats; then he'll be totally unadoptable. It makes me sad.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I have a 2 year old female orange cat. She was raised as a garage kitty for the first 6 months before she adopted me. I had let her be an indoor/outdoor kitty for year before I moved. After I moved she is strictly an indoor cat. I have lived in my new home for 9 months and she has been great. Yesterday she started racing around the house at full speed. In the evening when I'm watching TV she usually lays next to me to be petted. Last night she started biting me whenever I tried to pet her and she did the same thing this moring. I work from home so attention isn't the problem. I'm about ready to start letting her outside again to see if that solves the problem. Has anyone experienced this before?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      yes i havee but u shud not start letting her outside she may get hurt just start yellin at her

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hi Cathy!

      One thing you might consider is getting another cat w/ FeLV. There are a ton in the shelters, and then he could have a playmate and no sickness issues. Good luck.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I have four cats. One of them gives me love bites when I pet her. She might bite the inside of my arm or my fingertips. She also licks me a lot at the same time. It's very gentle and I don't mind one bit.

      Another cat will nip me when I pet him too much. It's also gentle, but the way he does it is different...I'm not sure how, but I know it's a warning bite. Maybe it's the look on his face or the tilt of his ears, or he stops purring. If I continue to pet him at that point he gets up and leaves, maybe swatting me before he does so. He's a bit of a grump when I overstimulate him.

      One cat bites me when he wants to start playing. That's his signal that he wants to play.

      The oldest cat doesn't bite at all, he just licks when he's being affectionate. When he wants affection he taps me on the shoulder and continues until I start to pet him.

      My cats have never bitten me hard enough to break the skin, even when they were little. Their bites don't really hurt, either.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I just adopted a 2 year old cat from a shelter. He was raised by a couple and when she got pregnant she gave hiim to a no kill shelter. He's sweet most of the time but he's very nippy. Neither of my other cats are like that. Both of them are very sweet natured and loving, lap kitties. I was hoping this one would be too. My concern is that I have two children and if he doesn't stop his nippy little habit, he's going to have to go back. I would hate to do this but the safety of my kids comes before the cat. I was walking by him on the stairs one day and he took a nip out of the side of my knee and then took off. So you literally have no warning. He nips and runs so i don't see how walking away from him will work. Obviously he's upset about something. The lady at the shelter told me he did this occaisionally, but only after I adopted him. Had I known it before I may thought twice about it. Suggestions?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I found a stray cat in my garage. The two rescue centers I called were full so I am fostering the cat. I think he is about 2 years old. I tried to integrate him with one of my other cats after about a month; but he attacked my cat and I thought he was going to kill it. That was a month ago. This cat has tried to bite me 2 or 3 times but I always say "no" and immediately leave the room. Today after I played with him about 5 minutes, he turned on me and left a three 5 inch cuts from his claws and 6 puncture wounds from his teeth on my arm. I do not know if I should turn him over to the rescue center to be euthanized (which would break my heart) or keep trying to tame him. I think he might be about 2 years old.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Thank you for the info. I kinda figured she was biting because of over petting. I love my cat so much,maybe it is a little overwhlming for her. I have scolded her at times,but wont do that anymore. This has been a big help,thank you.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      we adopted our cat spike 3 months ago from the blue cross in the uk and were told he actually hospitalised his last owners.

      He bites very often, usually when he is lying down and we stroke him. His ears go back and he nips. It never really hurts and never bleeds so is not harmful. We know when to stop and have got really used to it.

      They warned us that he was like it. Its the same as humans, if I was lying asleep and someone started stroking my head I would bite them too! Its harmless and as long as you know the boundaries there is no harm

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My cat is about 6 and he will demand petting but out of no where he will sometimes bite me and then run away from me. Well i get pretty mad! lol! I will tell him noo and he will hiss at me. I'm not sure what to do. He is loving but this out of know where bite leaves me mad and it seems like he feels guilty for biting me. He will do it and then run away. Can someone tell me what that means? The bite and run part?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      my cat is about 4 months old she is so spoild she jumps on the thable every time im not looking and she sleeps all day and gets up when im about to go to bed. i try to ignore her and she comes biteing and scratching me.i try some things to make her stop biteing like blowing in her face and than she tries hitting me with her paw.so i lock her in the basement but she keeps meowing so i don't let her in for along time and once i open the door she jumps on the table what should i do?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My Kitty Is About 7, She Does This But I Think Its Because She's A Bit Feisty Anyway And Likes To Play And Sometimes I Figure Its Because She Didn't Like Being Scratched On A Certain Part, Or Maybe Ive Scratched There To Many Times.

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      vbtaxi 7 years ago

      @anonymous: i have the same exact problem that you do. he demands attention, hugs, lovin & most of the time it ends OK. However sometimes he just strikes like a snake! How do you deal with this problem?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: I have a four month old kitten too. That's kind of sad she is locked in the basement but i understand. For the table, i recomment a squirt bottle, works great! I bought one that shoots pretty far and every time he jumps on the table i squirt him and he sprints away as fast as he can. You have to be consistent. Also, i pair the squirting with the word "no" so eventually i won't ever need to squirt, i will simply just say no. My kitten is around other animals all day and plays with the dogs and i play with him during the day a lot so he will sleep well at night. If i let him nap all day he will be in my face all night acting like its time to play.at 2am, I just throw him off the bed. If i play with him during the day, he sleeps at night, simple.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @vbtaxi: GET A SQUIRT BOTTLE. say the word no, and squirt whenever there is undesired behavior. eventually you will not need the squirt bottle and you will just say no. I also bop my kitten in the nose VERY LIGHTLY once, if he is too rough, usually stops. The nose however is the most sensative part to most animals, so be careful! Please don't hurt your kitty

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My 3 year old cat is a rehomed stray - he's become very affectionate after a few months of loving care, and at the same time as he started sitting on my lap, purring etc, he began biting my hand when he is hungry. Only now he's started biting when he wants to play or wants attention. I thought it was cute at first, then got a bit scared, but some of the tips I've had are really helpful. Looks like he sees me as his girlfriend lol!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My cat will sometimes bite me while petting him. This is almost always because he wants me to stop so he can start licking my hand.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      For the person that their cat keeps them up all night. Use a water spray bottle. It's the only thing that worked on my annoying cat at night in the beginning. Now she is an angel...except when she bites me when I'm annoying her when I pet her!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      The cat I have is a very personable and affectionate lap-cat type; wants to be around or on me just about constantly. Never has bitten out of anger, never been angry at me. He used to play-bite when he got excited, until on one occaision he began to actually bite Through the palm of my hand. Hit him on the head for that one and he's never tried that again. He will also love-bite when feeling extremely affectionate. I can always tell when he's about to do this; he prefers to latch onto the meat of the forearm. If I try to move he bites down harder, though after a minute or so he lets go. Funny little guy...

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      My little kitten is 4 months old and wont stop biting me, sometimes he is very affectionate and loving but sometimes i can't even put my hand near him without him biting me. Why does he do this when i love him so much? It upsets me because i think he is unhappy.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: It's a normal part of their learning cycle at that age. A firm no and a tap on the nose will eventually break him of it.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      my kitten lily wont stop biting and attacking my bro wats wrong with her?

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      my cat 7-up (i know its weird) is so old yet playful he had a neutering surgery i try to calm him down so he'll take it easy but the stiches opened last night and i had to take him to the vet to get them renewed i keep on trying to calm down but he wont wats up with 7-up?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hi...I think all that is written here is so very true in my cat's case...I got Lili Moo when she was just 5 weeks old..my roommate loved to roughhouse her and watch her jaws wide open...she even imitated how Lili looks when she does that! I never did that..it's just not my thing...now Lili Moo is one and half years old, and she tends to bite my roommate, but not me...she does have very short span of being petted..even with me after about 5 mins (longest was 10 mins) she would squirm away, or sometimes open her jaws (a warning to me) which I immediately release her...but with my roommate she doesn't even allow herself to be picked up she would open her jaws and bite or scratch (my roommate has a lot of "battle scars" to prove this!)...now my roommate is annoyed as heck with Lili, even though I tell her Lili doesn't behave that ferocious with me! I understand now..I think Lili remembers my roommate roughhousing her...I had suspected that was the reason, but reading this just confirmed it for me! Is there still hope for Lili to be gentler and sweeter towards my roommate even though she's one and half years old and already an adult cat? Thanks in advance for any advice.

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      Lilimoo 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Alyssabeth, I just posted my comment BEFORE I read yours...my cat's name is Lili also! It's actually Lili Moo, because she has patches like a cow...different spelling Lili than your Lily....and she likes to bite and scratch my roommate! Did you read my comment..could it be your brother roughhoused her when she was a kitten?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hi, I just want to ask, yesterday my cat (old) bit me at my leg and afterwards he laid back as if he wants to be petted in his stomach. Now I'm worried if that bite contained rabies. I checked my leg and I didn't see any wounds or bleeding. How do I know if that bite was just a "friendly bite" or a "bite with an injurious intention"?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Hi,i want to ask,because usully my cat slleps in our room but yesterday i let her sleep in the living room and now she started biting me but doesn't make any wound...why that she do that?? what should I do?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I adopted a 15 lb, 4 year old neutered male recently and for the most part he is loving and affectionate, but on his terms. He likes his space and does not like to be picked up. My biggest problem with him is that he stalks me and will attack my legs when I walk away from him. He seems to be annoyed, but I can't figure out why. Sometimes he will make a strange loud meowing noise just prior to the attack, and his pupils are very dilated when this happens.

      These attacks have left very painful and bleeding scratches.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is good to know,My cat does this to me all the time.And usually only me.He will follow me and stare at me and meow real loud,then if I turn my back he will bite me.I usually pick him up and lock him in a room for a few minutes.But now I have to shut my door at night because he bites me sometimes in the middle of the night.Any other time he is sweet and loveable.It's so hard to understand.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Yeah, I accidentally taught my kitten (now ten months old) to bite me. I've been trying to figure out how to do it without upsetting both the cat and myself (I've always been awful at punishing animals), so thanks for the saying "NO" and ignoring them suggestion! I think I'll try that. How long should the cat be ignored, though? Mine would just sit there and meow. She's quite persistent.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: That exactly what it is--an attack. All cats need to fulfill the urges of their predator nature. Make sure you have plenty of toys around that he can release this aggressive energy on and try playing with him more. My cat (and I!) loves a good laser pointer session!

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      Diana Grant 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Our cat came to us as a baby stray. At first she was just grateful for food and shelter, and kept her distance. She does seem to understand "No", said in a stern voice, but we have stopped her sleeping in with us because she tends to attack our feet in the middle of the night. She is affectionate but doesn't like a lot of petting, and bites if we carry on for more than a couple of minutes. That's OK - we understand each other, and know each other's boundaries. She's quite a good communicator, and a look from her says it all.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: This is the exact scenario with my cat. He was about 5 when I adopted him from a no kill shelter. The owners gave him up when the wife got pregnant, but the shelter didn't tell me why. It's quite obvious now. He can be the sweetest cat in the world. He cuddles and loves, but then he turns evil. I've tried the water bottle, saying no, and ignoring him. I've tried playing with him to get the urges out, but he still bites several times a day... and it comes out of nowhere. I'd understand if I was playing with him or petting him, but I'll be washing the dishes, eating dinner, watching TV, and then out of nowhere... BAM! I get so mad. He understands what the water bottle is. All I have to do is show it to him and he runs. But I can't carry a water bottle with me all the time. It's just not practical. I've had him for about two years, but I can't break him of this habit. He does this to my son, me, and my significant other, but I'm usually the victim. I don't know how much longer I can take this. I've never had a cat that bites like this one. In fact, none of the cats I've shared a house with before this cat ever bit without being provoked. I wish someone had the magic cure. I don't know if I should give him up or just accept him for the vampire he is. My son and I are both fed up. But I have grown attached to this creature. I don't know if I'll ever get another cat once this one is gone.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Ha, my cat does the same I am very confused 2 sometimes . But I feel this deep connection so I pretend I understand .

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      my cat bites out of nowhere. I will be petting her and If I stop she will bite. She has often actually chased me to bite my calves. If I get ready for work in the morning and she needs attention she will bite. She has only bitten my arms and calves. She bites soemtime even after I have brushed her and fed her and given her treats. She is declawed and in her terrible two but it drives me crazy

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I just checked this site out of desperation, and your comment sounds so much like my problem with my 1 1/2 year old resue cat. I've had him for about 6 months now, and he can be very affectionate with me, and follows me around everywhere. I feel certain that he likes and trusts me, but lately, with increasing frequency, he will crouch down as I walk by, with his ears flattened, pupils dilated, and suddenly pounce and grab my leg, while he bites at it. I can always tell when this is going to happen, and I try saying "no!' while I push him away, but sometimes he comes right back and tries again! He really looks rather menacing. Very unnerving and perplexing! I don't know what to do with him.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Yes he bites without provocation while he's tearing around the house like his tail was on fire. He will be sleeping nicely on a chair while I'm on another reading or doing some other activity. He will just stop his running around and attack my hand and arm until he draws blood. I can't get him to release me no matter what I do.My hand and arm are full of bites and scratches which is now infected. If someone out there has an answer about hou to stop this behavior. I would like to hear from you. Thankyou

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My cat has a habit which the vet and I are trying to break. He used to attack my knee and run off. But this happens when I ignore his heavy mews. I say that because now I know what his mewing means. If he gives me his quiet persistent mew, I know he wants me to do something. But if I ignore it, that is when he gets upset and tries to get my attention by doing the "grab" at the knee. I say "grab" because he doesn't actually bite. He is really a sweet cat and loves to be groomed and such. The petting part I am careful with because he will let me know in no uncertain terms when he's had enough.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @Gloriousconfusion: I have a cat that regularly bites me. I have 7 so I know their personalities pretty well. He's the alpha and sometimes he'll walk up to me, rub my leg and bite my calf muscle. I think it's personally because he finds it juicy since I'm a dancer :) Honestly, I think the bites depend on the kitty and the circumstance. This same cat usually just bites out of boredom and affection. Once I got out of the bath and walked to my dresser to get some clothes and my cat bit me on the rear. lol Sometimes he bites my knee caps. I usually just go with it and give him a pat on the head, but if he really hurts (which is rare) I will just call his name sharply and he'll get the message.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My cat is said to be part maine coon, however I'm not sure she is. She has some features of the maine coon kitty but she's not big and fluffy like all the pictures I've seen. My question for everyone is this.. She will bite me to wake me up and pet her. I do and she still bites. She is doing the biting while she is happy. She purrs and and loves to when i pet her but still bites. She bites me everywhere! She bit my face, my chest , arms, you name it. She doesn't stop when I push her away, when I tell her no, ignore her, nothing! Help! Is anyone else having this problem?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Help! I have a cat that I've had for several years, and now, during the dead of night while I'm sleeping, he attacks me. Arms, face, doesn't matter to him where he can get me, but he does. I wake up to my Stinker's (his name) mouth attached to me and now I'm afraid to go to sleep! He's always been one to let me know when he's had enough petting so I don't push it, but this is different and I don't know what to do. Any suggestions??

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      Lilimoo 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi, I think this is serious enough you need to get an animal behaviorist's advice. Have you ever watched House Cat House Call on Animal Planet channel every Sat and Sun at 9am (PST)?

      She provides advice to people with cats with behavioral problems. You can try to contact her at http://www.katrinawarren.com.au/contactus.aspx. It's probably cheaper than engaging an animal behaviorist who charges by the hour.One thing I learned from others is to ignore your cat, lock him out of your room so he doesn't have access to you. If he was playing he'll get the message its not appropriate play behavior. Another way is to put on a baseball glove and play with him during the play, let him bite your gloved hand all he wants and wear him out. But do contact Dr Warren.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Well my cat just makes mad dashes(Full speed running) at me.. and my leg.. He jumps on my leg most of the time, sometimes he just cuddles around it and plays with his bare paws without any claws out.. and sometimes he jumps on it and when i react and try to run or somethin.. He accidentally scratches me, Well.. sometimes he attempts to bite me.. and when sometimes I tickle his stomach he slowly scratches me.. scratches that don't hurt at all.. and he tries to bite it.. but i pull my hand away.. I tried to say No And Ouch and walk away yesterday.. but then he started actin more vicious XD More mad dashes around the house and me... Is there anything wrong with him? Oh and I just got him 2 days ago.. Hes a 2 month old persian kitten (ginger in colour)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Sorry for double posting, but wanted to add that when I sometimes try to pat him he looks at my hand and he purrs and everythin but sometimes he tries to go for it and he sometimes meows

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Sounds like you have a kitten there. He's quite active. Try getting some string toys and play with him a lot. He needs to let off steam and at that young age they like to run around. I have a 6yr old tomcat and he's still kittenish. He doesn't really run around me like yours does but he likes to occasionally "grab" the back of my knee when he wants attention. Work with your little one and soon he will learn that biting and scratching isn't to be tolerated. I hope this helps some.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I had the same problem. I thought my cat was just being playful until he badly scratched my eyelid early one morning almost causing a terrible injury. I suspect he was triggered by the movement of my eyelashes. I was very lucky he didn't get my eyeball or slice completely through the lid but it is a serious risk. I keep the cat out of the bedroom now.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I live in a situation that my roommates have an evil cat that will attack me when I get up to go to the bathroom at night.. I am diabetic and when the cat scratches me it is not a good thing. The cat hates me and will lie in wait till I get up to go to the bathroom.. then lunge at me and attack my feet and legs.. what can I do? Im scared to even get up at night now.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I too checked out this site out of desperation. It is comforting to hear these stories because it makes my "crazy" cat seem normal. Terri, my cat is about 7 years old (we adopted him from a shelter when he was 9 months) and he also follows me around everywhere. We had another, older cat at the same time we adopted him, but that cat died about 2 years ago. Anyway, I noticed a change in the cats behavior about 6 months ago when my husband was away on business. It started with him pouncing on me after I shut the lights out to go to bed. I would turn off the light and put my head down to go to sleep and 2 minutes later, he would pounce on my head, bite my hair and then flee. He would also jump up on the bed while I was watching TV at night with the lights on and abruptly come towards me and bite my arm and hand while make a low, mewing noise. Other things he began doing (and still does!) was hiding behind doors, the bottom of stairs, etc. and then attacking my legs (try to bite me) when I would come out of room or walk by. Additionally, he some times will just be circling and rubbing my legs and then suddenly start shaking his tail and try to bite my calves. Like one of the other folks that posted above, I know when it is going to happen. I can sense his behavior changing and can now better prepare myself for the situation. The scariest part about the whole thing is that when I say "NO" or "OUCH" to let my cat know he has hurt me, he retaliates and comes back at me again to bite me. Initially, my husband didn't believe me when I told him what was going on because it never happened when he was around. Eventually, one day the cat behaved in one of these unusual ways in front of my husband and he finally saw what I was talking about. He couldn't believe it! I'm not sure what to do because I find the unpredictable nature of my cat a bit scary. I've never had this problem with a cat before and not sure what to do. I was wondering if having another cat would help - maybe he is bored? - but am a bit concerned about what he would do to another cat in the house. I do find that when I ignore him for a couple of days, it tends to not happen as often. It's ashame that I have to do that, but sometimes it is the only thing I feel like i can do to make it potentially stop.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I adopted my cat 11/2 years ago. I did have to learn not to pet him very much but, now he attacks me when I sleep and bite or scratches and draws blood. It happens at about 5AM but, our schedule is 6:30 AM. I do not swat him but, say no and then he walks out and I close the bedroom door. Some times him bounces on the door like a train is coming through it. So why is he angry? Why does he bite my feet and now attackes my arms. I have no way of knowing how to sleep now.........He is however very loving and sweet during the day when I get home from work and on the weekend days...........Please HELP!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I had a problem with my "tom" that he was attacking my knee. Well I spoke to my vet about this and I now have started to groom him with a nice brush morning when we get up and at night when I get home from work. This seems to calm him and also I got him a neat interactive toy called "Tailspin". Check it out on line. Anyway, these new things are working so far.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My cat wakes me up out of my sleep with bites. He'll cuddle with me then next thing you know he bites my nose. This usually occurs between 3-5 am (I'm even wondering if he's acting as an alarm clock, because 5:30am is when I get up for work every morning). Yesterday, he laid next to me, he cuddled under me near my face. I moved to adjust myself & he bit my nose & caused it to bleed. There was a lot of blood. He has been scratching me a lot lately too while I'm sleep. I wake up with horrible scratches. I believe the scratching is due to the fact that I recently gave away his brother. I raised them as kittens. They are both 2 1/2 years old. I think he either misses his brother or wakes me up to play. I couldn't no longer care for 2 cats, I made a wise choice & gave him to a loving home. The cat I kept, he loves to play fetch. I spend time playing with him when I get home from work. I throw the toy mouse & he runs after it & brings it back to me. The biting has been happening way before I gave away the other cat. I just don't know what to do...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I never got my cat when she was a kitten because she ran in as a stary without a chip on her so we never knew how old she was and what she eats and what she does so I never knew she would grab my hand and bite the top while clawing the palm. It's starting to turn out to be a daily routine so I get used to it but I do ignore her and yell no. When she is calmed down (and this is by the time I go to bed) she will jump up and sleep at my feet or by my chest and sometimes by my pillow staring right at me until I wake up!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Well sometimes when my cat claws me and bites me it's for attention because she wants to play so mabye you have a spare piece of paper you can crumple up and throw across the room? My cat love running round the room chasing it! I even use some old pencils that I pat the floor with to get her playing but I would recommend using it when your wide awake if you have some. Another thing could be that their hungry or thirsty and will scratch and bite to get you to fill up their bowl. If none of them then stroke them for a while until they start to purr and that's when they go calm so then you can have some peace.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: My cat does this sometimes as well. The first time it happened, I was petting him before falling asleep. I rolled over to go to fall asleep with my arm sort of propped up and he attacked my arm and gave me quite a nice bite. Even worse, I pulled away quickly and his fangs dragged across my arm, creating two big gashes. Another time after, I leaned down next to him before bed and he attacked my face (although he failed to bite me). Since then, it happens every so often. I'm a heavy sleeper, and sometimes he'll bite me in the night and I sleep right through it. I once woke up with blood running down my arm from a bite that had clearly happened hours ago. He also runs up and bites me sometimes when I'm doing other stuff, like watching TV or using my laptop. Usually he goes after an arm I have hanging down. My cat is a really friendly, sweet cat other than this behavior.

      I've tried playing with him to work off some energy, but it doesn't seem to take away his urge to bite me. He doesn't seem mad when he bites me, either â I guess he just wants to wrestle, but I can't seem to teach him that's not how I play. I yell at him and sometimes scruff him when he does this, then ignore him for a while, but it always happens again.

      The only tip I can give you is to keep an eye on your cat and watch his body language. If he looks lazy and drowsy with his eyes barely open, you're fine. If he seems to have extra wide eyes with dilated pupils and he's staring at you, bad news, even if he's purring. I avoid most bites these days by just shooing him away or kicking him out of my room when I see him giving me the crazy eyes.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i love my cat but she would always be biting i say no and she stops and looks at me with these eyes saying im sorry so as soon as i pet her then SNAP she bites but only a play bite so no blood is occurring.

      Another advice is when you want to go to sleep and your cat always bother you then put her in the bathroom with food and water close the toilet and washing machine (if in bathroom) and other dangerous thing your cat might get into then when you done close the bathroom door FULLY! then sleep in peace

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      here's some advice

      It's always sad to hear of a cat being tossed out because of uncontrollable biting and/or scratching behavior. While this aggressive kind of behavior is painful and frustrating to deal with, try to remember that cats never do anything without a reason. They are actually very predictable creatures, and biting and scratching are cause and effect behaviors just as most undesirable behaviors. There are two basic kinds of biting and scratching behaviors in cats, and both of them are often originally caused by our own human failings. I'll explain more about this later. But for now, remember that biting and scratching are perfectly normal behaviors.

      Playful Biting and Scratching

      Kittens learn biting and scratching as an important part of their development. After all, these activities are cats' only means of defense, as well as their natural way of killing prey in the wild. Cats' main form of play involves biting and scratching in "winner takes all" battles, whether with another cat, a toy mouse, or a hapless human who finds himself in the wrong place at the wrong time.

      One of the first rules for human companions is "do not teach your cat that hands are toys." If you ignore this advice, those tiny claws and teeth will soon grow into razor-sharp "meat hooks," and you'll bear the scars of your hubris. The man in the photo above (my husband, Asa) steadfastly ignored this advice, and had the scars to prove it. However, my cats do know not to bite my hands.

      Okay, so you didn't learn your lesson the first time around. What do you do now when a couple of pats on your cat's tummy are rewarded with bloody scratches? There are a few things you can do to distance yourself from these play attacks:

      â¢Trim His Claws

      Hey, Rome wasn't built in a night, and it will take quite some time to retrain your cat. Meanwhile, you might as well protect yourself from damage. Claw trimming should be done regularly, anyway, to keep claws from becoming ingrown. There is no need ever to declaw a cat because of scratching behavior.

      â¢Yell "Ouch"

      Don't scream it, but say "Ouch" loudly and clearly. While you have your cat's attention, slowly remove your hand from his clutches. Don't yank it away or he'll think play is on, and he'll grab it again.

      â¢"Scruff Him"

      This is one of the most effective forms of discipline of cats. It mimics the punishment given a kitten by his mother when he became unruly. Grasp him by the scruff of the neck and firmly push him groundward, while saying "No!" in a firm tone of voice. Hold him in this position for only three or four seconds and release. Chances are, he'll slink away, thoroughly chastened, to bathe and recover his dignity. But he'll remember this lesson for a long time.

      â¢Redirect His Attention

      Often playful biting of hands or feet occurs simply because your cat is bored, and is looking for a play object. Give him 15 minutes of active play with an interactive toy. Da Bird is a great choice. For several years it has defended its position as the top interactive cat toy

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I ned some real help with my cat. She bites without warning and it's not always a nip. She has bit me so badly that she has left me with a bloody hand or leg. These are somethimes really deep bites. I don't know what to do. i tried to yell "no" at her and ignore her but it continues. I am at a loss. I refuse to get rid of her.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have a cat then gets excited by the tone of my voice and then bites me. Is there a special reason for this? It happened the other day when I was talking to my Mom who is hard of hearing. My cat jumped up on to my lap and just bite my hand. She had jumped up a couple of times before and I had ignored her because I knew she could bite me. It happened when my voice is raised to a certain pitch.

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      Katherine Tyrrell 6 years ago from London

      I've met a kitten recently who likes biting a little bit too much. I'll be telling her owner about this lens. I've also added it to my compendium lens "All about Cats" in the cat behaviour section.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      my cat Garfield (he bites me when I am petting him for no reason) is very evil sometimes and very sweet other times!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: thats horrible my cat is so evil to he bites me and i tell him no and walk away but he continues he also chases my 8 year old sister (that's super funny to watch she screams and the cats mouth is open and you can see his pointy teeth)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have two cats, one of whom is the daughter of the other. The mom was a very young pregnant stray we took in so I had the chance to have the kittens from day one. I roughhoused with the kitten I kept, who would bite, and in response I did something that I'd read about when kittens bite/play with people. Kittens and cats in general don't know they're hurting you as they think you're as tough as them so if you give them some feedback that they're hurting you, they quickly learn their limits with you. Whenever the biting got out of hand when I played with, I'd just use my fingers to pinch back at the kitten. If it hurt really bad, I'd use my fingernails. It worked like a charm. I play/roughhouse with my cats to this day (the kitten is now a little over 5 years old) and they know just how hard to bite so that it's just play. When I really roughhouse with them, that's when the biting pressure increases and I know they're telling *me* to stop. The key is to only "bite" back at them when they're doing it to you and it's too much.

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      dreameater 6 years ago

      My cat doesn't bite me but he thinks my fingers are chewing gums when he was younger.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My cat will bite when he cannot have his way. When he attacks I yell ouch and or no and walk away, but he keeps coming after me Biting my legs and feet. I have to spray him with a water bottle to get him to stop. He is a lovey cat and craves attention most of the time. Sometimes I think he may need a playmate, but am afraid he will attack the new cat, like he does me. He is a rescue that I got as a kitten.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: I had that same problem with my first cat (I adopted her), but then I got a second (adopted him as well) and she doesn't do that anymore. Sometimes she will attack my second cat, but I can tell it's only playing because he plays with her and there is no growling, hissing, or hair standing on edge. I think she just needed a playmate because now she never bites unless you're playing with her! :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My cat bites me quite often. Sometimes when I'm petting her, sometimes for no reason at all. Before I got her I read all sorts of cat books which tell you to yell no and tap your cat firmly on the head or nose. That didn't work and she just kept on biting even after I yelled and tapped so I tried another method where you scruff then and push them towards the ground. That transforms her from a normal cat to a raging Tiger. Guess I've been doing the wrong thing then.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Are you 3 years old? That is called animal cruelty.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      sometimes my cat bites me cuz his hungry :/ he does it so fast i panic, grab him by anything and trow him away a bit :/ every time i do it i get such a feeling of regret i almost start to cry :(

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      beyond-cooking 6 years ago

      Peggy Sue kind of holds my finger with her teeth - not biting at all but I still discourage her. Great lens

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I would never de-claw a cat. again. Yes, I de-clawed 2 cats that I found, and brought home. I was

      only 21 when that happened, so I'm trying to blame it on my terribly poor youth decision-making skills. 20 something years later, I now have a great pet, a Manx cat who is 15yo and weighs 12 lbs. I would never, ever, ever in my llife de-claw another cat - no matter what. It's such a painful process!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My two 11-month old males both lick us and then tend to just "nip", never harmful. I feel it's an expression of love. We know they can really hurt us if they wanted, but they never do. And, it's always right after licking our hand.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      this did not work for my cat this stinks now she has nuttin to do with me she ran away after i played with her

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      this is so not true i did iy and it did not work she ran away after i played with her

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I am holding my cat and she is content. Then she all of a sudden bites my face. I say no and put her down, but want to know why she does this from time to time. She doesn't do it all the time, so I am confused when she does it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i have a two year old harrette. she only bites me. she will attack my ankles and holed on. if she sees the spray bottle she will let go.. she does this out of the blue. she gets the love of a 100 cats and rules my house anyone have any ideas how to stop this behavior

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I to have a two year old tom cat which i inherited from my daughter :( and he bites me when he wants some milk, or when i am walking down the stairs, he seems to hate me has he never bites my husband, I have always had cats but i must say this one makes me very on edge, wish i can find a answer to stop it

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      kesha_forever 5 years ago

      maybe the cat tried to say something

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      kesha_forever 5 years ago

      maybe it was mad or something

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Why are you so angry?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      A kitten, about 1 year old I just adopted goes to bite & swat when I try to pet her. And no, she's not declawed. She chases my other 8 year old cat around & terrorizes her. The poor thing can't poop with out being ambushed.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Interesting lens. Lucky none of ours bite.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: that was unnecessary profanity, he said it was not declawed don't attack him, he is looking for advice not abuse.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my cat is one, she bites me all the time when i'm walking around the house, she attacks my ankles. she also bites and attacks my feet while i'm sitting on the couch, why?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      One of my boys who is always affectionate and loving (he's a fan of hugs and being carried around like a baby... strange indeed) will nip at me when he's hungry. I don't understand it annd he's done it since day 1. He's a big fan of toes, calves, and fingers. So if the food dish is empty - I know what's up.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My arms and hands are usually all cut up which means I'm a big part of the problem. I know that I might be playing too rough for her taste. With this said Kitty just like to draw blood without warning too. I got her from the animal shelter when she was almost a year old. A few months later she started biting.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      When I pet my kitty in bed he starts trying to take the blankets off of me and then starts meowing and biting at the se time. Is this normal.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My female cat bites my ankles when I'm preparing the food. This just started recently and I've had my cats for two years now. And my male cat bites during petting. I have had many cats throughout the years but never biters. What's going on?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: She's just playing that's all :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: It's not normal at all and when I pet my cat on the tummy she bites me and my child

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My kitty is 11 months old and has a habit of biting whenevr she wants. If I shout NO and walk away, she leaps at my back with eyes fully dilated and ears back - she's an attack cat. What do I do?

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      evitaa 5 years ago

      Yes I do! ..and It's OK.

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      jenstanton lm 5 years ago

      My cat plays hard with my dog. So when she sits down to be petted, all the play is worn off and I get to pet her as long as I want. Before I got a dog, she would bite me after a few minutes of petting.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: My cat is the same way and I can't for the life of me figure out how to make him stop. Did anyone ever respond to you or did you ever figure out what to do??!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes I do and man she drives me nuts!!!! Its like she gets those energy fits right before I go to bed and if you're in her way... well that's just too bad for you!!! She will jump your face!!!! But the bitting... even if I try to pet her head, she will bite and attack my hand in the first 30 second!!! If I dare go by her cat tree while she's in there in an energy fit... she will scratch my face, because her cat tree is about the same height as I am!!! At first I thought it was because she sniffed her catnip a bit too much!!!!!!! But now I just don't know anymore! She just turned a year old on june 1st of this year and I got her fixed about a month ago, so if anyone has any clues to why she's acting like the cat on crack all the time, please let me know how to calm her down!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Wow it seems like she runs the joint!!! Must be territorial thing I guess!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: These folk are quite helpful- http://www.catprotection.org.au/

      I'm not sure where you're from, but a few places are starting to run 'kitten kindy's' now- like puppy pre-school, but for cats, which is very educational/informative for you on how to best look after, and handle your cat- even if they're 'on crack!"

      Another quick point- a lot of cat problems/aggression etc. can simply be cured by having a clean litter tray! Always make sure her litter tray is clean- try having two, so if you're out all day, she's still got an option. You wouldn't be happy going to a dirty/unflushed toilet, you're cat is the same! *note, if your cat uses the tray straight after you've cleaned and changed the litter- it's not to spite you, it's just her being happy and wanting to use a clean tray. Hope this helps! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      or overstimulated

      That is the reason I believed so much!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      well my cat brushed up against me and has to sit on my keyboard and rubs his head as he does bite, but it's soft but it still hurts. He is really furry though so I let him do it.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: mine do that! If I pet them too much, they get hyper sensitive and will turn around and bite my hand or arm. The key for mine though is they only do this when I am petting them at their level and my arm is near the ground or surface they are at. If I am petting them from above, it never happens.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My cat has been doing this since we got him and it's only me he does this to. I will be petting him and rubbing his belly and then without warning he attacks me. If I say "ouch" or "no" and walk away he will just attack me from behind and will keep pursuing me until I am able to get to a squirt bottle to shoo him away. The squirt bottle is the only thing that stops him.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: ohhh, and he is always purring when he attacks.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: You're obviously not a very good cat owner! Cats don't like to be touched on the bellies. And the only reason he chases after you afterward is because he is trying to tell you to pet him. Squirting him is bad. You're mean.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: You obviously have not met a variety of cats. I've been around plenty who love to have their bellies scratched.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I am actually a very good cat owner! My cat happens to love to get his belly scratched, in fact everyday when I come home the first thing he does is stretch out on the floor with his belly up so I can scratch it. Additionally, he loves water. He enjoys baths, plays with the water bowl all the time, plays with the stream of water that comes out of the kitchen & bathroom faucets, and will often times jump in the bathtub after someone has taken a shower. The squirting water distracts him. I would never hurt my little boy. You should not be so quick to judge who is and who isn't something based off of an internet comment. If everyone did that, one might assume that you are an ignorant, closed minded individual who can't see past the end of their nose. There are billions of people in this world who are all different in their own unique way, why would you assume that cats, or any other specie for that matter are not unique in their own way as well. I am not a mean person, as I am sure you are not as the person I described. I just wanted to try to understand my feline.

      On another note, for anyone else who is reading this, the cat has taken a liking to vampire biting the dog's (my 9 year old dachshund) neck, when he is done he licks the inside of her ears. She seems to enjoy it! lol The biting may be a sign of affection.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: That is so funny about your cat and dog. My cat has a habit of doing the same exact thing to my dachshund! He doesn't seem to mind it either. Looks unpleasant, but then again I'm not a dog! =)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hey bobbi no cats like to be pet on their bellies my cat is weird we found her and took her in because she was abused my cat does this because of that if your cat keeps biting you see who u got it from and ask if its been abused then be very nice to it let them in give them a nice inviroment

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Wow you guys are rude, yes there are some cats that like to petted on their belly. Just like some people obviously were born without brains. Stop being mean and be helpful.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My kitten (4 months) loves to be rubbed on his belly. He begs for it, & will get pissed & nibble at me if I don't oblige. A pleasant surprise when I adopted him. He also thinks my arm is spartan warrior he can wrestle with as he pleases. So I wrestle back with him if I'm not doing anything. People, get real. We will always be stronger than a cat. And I have two now. The eldest being quite huge. Sometimes he gets too into it and nibbles. Sometimes the nibbles border on bites. I take two different approaches with this but both have the same undertone: Stop or else.... 1. I wrestle even harder even if he tries to get away for an extra minute. Basically telling him "I usually let you win, but if you bite me you will surely lose" which he doesn't appreciate. 2. I hiss or say no whichever comes out depending on how hard he bit down on me. Then I ignore him, & push him away. Showing him I'm clearly not happy. Both of these are very different but in the end usually work like a charm. Especially put together. But also this is my personality. I love a good wrestle. So it may not be for everyone. But please people don't be mean to your felines. These are both techniques I made up from pure instinct & was delighted to find others did too. Find what works best for you and your furrball of purrs ;)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I feel bad for voicing my opinion the way I did. I am surprised I even jumped to conclusions the way I did. My cats like to roll over on their backs and beg to be rubbed as well. And they also bite hard and sometimes light. Sometimes i say ouch or no amd sometimes i rough play. So i really don't know egat my commemt was about hat day but i feel bad saying what i said, it is not like me at all and I must have had a bad day or something lol geez. Anyway I just wanted to apologize for being so rude and making this post nasty as I did.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i have had my cat since he was a malnourished kitten found in a neglectful home. he was 8-9 wks when i got him, the vet said, yet looked much younger. he is now a "pubescent teen". now, painting the image, this cat thinks he's part human and i am part cat. my fiancée and i refer to him as my boyfriend and he comes to "boyfriend", "boy", or "Gizmo". this cat sleeps with me, plays, and cuddles with me. we r as close as me and my kid. he was neutered and frontal declawed as soon as his age was ready. i understand his every meow and he my every command (down to sit, lay, and hug). but lately he will be getting petted and kissing on me, then bite my cheek. not a tear away flesh, but still kinda painful-no warning flicks of his tail or anything at all. please understand, i do not think he is a normal cat. he really thinks we r the same. i step to the hall and say "race", he will race me to the other end and back again. he really is a remarkable feline. but this has started and gets rather annoying. he is also very jealous, nobody is allowed to kiss me or anything around this cat or i get the stare and he puts himself between me and other people or cats. can anybody logically explain this biting? he is also very mischievous. very active, with me and the other cats. very loving boy, my soulmate in kitty form, lol. mistyrtrue@hotmail.com please put cat info in the subject box when emailing, so I know it isn't spam. thanks!!! also if it helps any, he is an orange tabby with white paws and belly. he is well trained and does do tricks (sit, lay, hug, kiss, answers questions vocally with meows, up, tells me when the food bowl needs filled, races to and from, get daddy, and more)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my cat literally bites my head when im asleep(or tries to). she doesn't get my head of course, but she gets a mouthfull of hair, at the root, and pulls hard. what the heck is going on here?! she keeps waking me up!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i have just recently gotten a kitten. This is my first kitten that i have gotten. She was given to me by an older lady,, whose cat got out & got pregnant by a stray. i'm not sure how old the kitten is, but she is out of control. my parents had a cat that they took in, it was a stray, they never had the problems that i am having with mine. Mine will bite or claw if you simply try to pet her. she will chase your feet wen you walk & try to bite & claw them if she catches you. Also when you are sitting down, she will bite & claw your feet. She is never nice unless you are standing & holding her. i have a baby on the way. He will be here at the end of November, so i can not be having a kitten that bites & claws. I am a huge animal lover, but i did not expect this. I have never met such a mean cat/kitten in my life. i need help/advice on what to do asap. If this problem is not resolved soon, i will have to get rid of her(which i do not want to do) because i can not be having a mean animal around my newborn. please if anyone has any advice, e-mail it to me with cat info as the subject! jessica_t2009@yahoo.com

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      You should try to have your kitty "rehomed" before your new baby is due. You don't need to have an "accident" that would forever be regrettable.

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      sleepyhnl 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi there, hope all is well. i am not a cat expert but I do have 3 indoor cats. Their personalities are all different, the youngest is a little like your kitten. She likes to hunt the other cats or if not sometimes me. I would say your kitten is a little more active than most and is practicing his or her hunting skills or just being playful. When they have other kittens around they can play like that with each other. My suggestion is get him/her toys and get yourself a water spray bottle. Whenever your kitten attacks you spray the kitten with the water in its face. Make sure the water bottle is on mist so you do not injure the kitten by spraying a stream in its eye. After awhile it should learn that humans are not prey for it to hunt. The toys should help with wearing down some of its energy, like a child it needs to let off some steam by playing. Hopes this helps. have a nice day. Chris

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @sleepyhnl: NEVER squirt/hit etc. a cat in the face. (Capitals for emphasis, not yelling :D).

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: What does "rehomed" mean?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: What a horrible thing to say. People who abandon their cats are total scum. It is always possible to have a cat and baby in the same house without any problems. Nobody I know had them, training a cat always works out. And if it happens that a baby gets bitten ones it will not be "forever regrettable". Although like I said it is very possible to avoid it

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: If the cat takes an eye out or causes cat scratch fever, it would be forever regrettable. If the cat won't stop biting, find a more appropriate home for it would be a better option than putting it down. You have to think of your child first and foremost.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I agree with Susan and Mary. Irina- some cats deserve to be abandoned. I am an avid hunter and I believe that animals wild or domestic all have their own personality, that being said I will kill and eat any animal that messes with me.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Heeeeeee. I like kitties.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Well I have tried all of those short of a spray bottle this kitty is relentless. Possibly because when I tell her No it's not ok and put her in time out by herself. There are others who let her play and bite. its worse because she doesn't just bite your hands and feet, But she bites your face. Nothing super violent, She is playing. There come a point though when her playing won't be playing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I need help with my cat, he's so selfish! He only likes to be pet when he wants or wants something if u say no to him eating out of your plate he comes back angry and bites, he bites faces and feet during the night and sometimes I just want to get rid of him, I love him though, he can be sweet, it he bites withought warning, the people that used to have him would make him back back and play with hands, give him beer and mess with him a lot, they would tease him like touch the side of his head and irritate him so he would fight back, I've had him since he was a kitten and it's been 3yrs and I've tried everything and nothing. I'm really sick of it. He can be a sweet cat though.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My kitten's cute you'll see but she doesn't stop bitting me why does she bite meh when I'm sitting down and reading.?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I do but they don't stop bitting why?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Cuz she wants to?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my cat will violently lash out at me and bite sometimes for no reason. He also will chase me upstairs and bite at my ankles..hard! Lastly, he can be laying in my lap, being so affectionate and then will just bite hard. He's also started peeing behind the couch. It sounds like he is upset, but we can't figure out why. He has a very loving home and is the center of attention, getting lots of affection from us.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Check his litter box... Is there enough litter? Is it cleaned every day? Does the litter box have enough room for your cat? Where is the litter box placed? Another thought is a new person or pet that has been brought into the living environment.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: He could be spraying if you haven't gotten him neutered yet

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've found the primary reason my baby bites me is if I focus too much on her head or petting her where she can see me. I think the constant back and forth motion of my arms drive her crazy. And the weird thing is, she will occasionally roll on her back to let me rub her belly...which is a lot like Russian roulette with her teeth.

      Now my OTHER cat I just recently adopted was completely declawed which I didn't even know was okay to do, whenever he lays on his back it's a bad sign. I've seen him nibbling on metal like a snack!! So I leave him alone when he's on his back. And it talks about strange behaviors, he likes to jump on new people and smack them in the face...he's a weird one...but despite everyone trying to convince me to get rid of him, he made so much progress in the time I had him, it would be wrong. He may not be perfect but he's learning and trying the best he can. And every cat with some type of destructive behavior can be trained otherwise....it just takes a LONG time and a lot of patience with cats, but it will be worth in the end.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Hi, my mother absolutely hates our cat and locks him in a room when he is biting. Is this a good way other than simply ignoring him? Because our cat is EXTREMELY persistent... please reply soon because she is going to give him away and he is the only thing that I actually love in life. Please note as I say the only thing it actually is the only and last thing I love.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      To the latest comment , I know how you feel about loving your cat because I have and do feel that way too. He probably wants to play buy your kitty a small ball so he can chase around by himself. When I tickle my cats stomach he bites me like crazy because he doesn't like it so if he is biting people they are probably annoying him or he's telling you he wants to play

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm also going to add is listen what your mom says to do with the cat but I think locking him up in a room is bad I would say just leave him alone with a ball Or ignore him and watch tv

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi. I feel for you completely. What about some toy mice or toys for your cat? That way he can carry it around and play with it whenever he wants. That's what I've done for mine and it seems to help a bit. I've got them everywhere. The best ones are those without stuffing so he doesn't eat it. I spray with catnip or put a bit inside and it does help. Good luck. May you have more love in your life, starting with yourself.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my kitten is only 7months old and this might be a bit coco but my cat treats my like its mum or it sister or something does this mean it will be harder to teach

      if enybody knows tell me by adding a comment :) :) :) :) :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: you spell kiitehs like this kittens ok just saying :):):):)

      haha the security word is geeknerd :):):):)lol

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      is it a good thing to bath your cat if its likes water

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Dear Grace; unfortunately not. Cats produce a variety of oils necessary to protect the health of their fur and their skin. There is also a high risk that your cat could aspirate, inhale, water through it's nostrils and get an infection. Cats are generally very good at keeping themselves clean, the only exception would be if your cat comes into contact with a substance that would be dangerous for it to clean off of itself, industrial products, paint, etc. Hope that helps.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      can any one tell me why my cat bits me when i read apaper

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: thax for the help

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: its probaly because of u are moving

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: he wants your attention

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Some cats put out lots of oils and their coats get matted. We bath our Maine Coon Cat monthly to keep him from becoming a Rasta Cat. He does not like it but does like being tended to after the bath - dried and brushed.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My cats do that well my 11yr cat when i pet his least sensitive spot so.. Love bite??

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: It goes to a new home

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: You are not the only 1 my cat does it to me

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: I don't know. Maybe he/she would like all eyes on him/her. Its probably desperate for attention.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Please people, DO NOT GUESS about this problem and then nonchalantly give an "answer" like you know what you are talking about. This is more detrimental than helpful. Just because you have an opinion doesn't mean you have to share it. Especially when it is WRONG.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Yeah right, and you love animals, eh? Why even respond?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Whaaaaat? That was the longest run-on sentence I have ever tried to read. Use upper-case letters to begin a sentence. Use a period to end a sentence. Then people will MAYBE understand what you are saying.

      And by the way, some cats DO like their bellies rubbed. Just because yours doesn't isn't a reason to say "NO CATS...."

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my male cat bites all the time. especially when the grandkids come. attacks me in the middle of the night. bites me in the face.. got him neutered but calmed down a bit but now is right at it again. should i get a playmate

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my cat never lets me touch it before we can my female cat scratches before we get to, they're are sometimes i just want to hit it when it scratches me my cat makes me so angry all the time

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: He/she is probably looking for fun if she or he sleeps in the day:most cats have a lot of energy at night like my cat the bits my nose at night

      If your cat is awake in the day he or she wants to play

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: You are arrogant, are you a Cat Expert? Cats are a lot like us, each with their own personalities, they are like children, and maybe some of the people that are giving answers feel as though they are right because it works for their cats, just because you don't agree doesn't make it an "opinion"

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I also heard that biting their ear works. Not hard enough to cause too much pain or bleeding, but enough to let them know that it hurts. Idk if this is wouldn't count under the "don't strike your cat" thing.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: you shouldn have a cat then

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Read and learn. If you want to hit your cat and your cat makes you feel "so angry all the time" then you need to find a good home for your cat. You cat won't feel welcome there, and neither of you will be happy.

      Learn to use punctuation. I had to read your post four times before it made sense. A long run-on sentence is confusing to everyone.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      It isn't always aggression or being fed up or "overstimulated." Sometimes it's just being playful or a form of affection. My cat will groom his sister and nibble her ear every few minutes and he'll get on me and head butt my chin, but then he'll nip at my chin. It's always very delicate. Then he goes right back to headbutting. I've also seen them latch onto each other as a way to say "don't move, I'm grooming you."

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Please give your cat to someone who will care for it properly. I can tell from your comment that you are uneducated and violent, which typically go hand-in-hand. Someone else would probably provide a much better environment for your cat. Everyone, including yourself, would be much happier.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Dear Grace, forget what Nicholas said. Yet another so called "expert" leaving comments on here. I have checked with multiple vets, and all have said that is is ok to bath your cat. Just don't do it too frequently because they do have sensitive skin. I bath my cat 2 to 3 times per year. Sometimes the hair gets really heavy with dander and oil, so its nice to clean them. And my cat loves the feeling of being clean afterward. Also be careful how you bath your cat. Lukewarm water (slightly warmer than room temperature) and just enough so that the cat's head remains out of the water at all times. Nicholas commented on aspiration (fluid getting into the lungs). This might be a concern if your dunking your kitty completely under the water, but i dont think anyone would be dumb enough to do that. So keep kitty's head out of water at all times. Use a gentle shampoo, thoroughly rinse and make sure you have plenty of towels!! : ) Kitty will love you after!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      help ok so my cat is turning 6 this year she has been fixed and had her shots shes even been sprayed and spanked (not hard) on her butt when shes bad but never did that when she was a kitten also when she was a kitten we did play with her with our hands and after seconds! of petting she gets aggressive how do i fix this please help a loving cat owner

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      one says use a spray bottle another says don't gah so confusing! ignoring hasn't worked!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My cat bit me when he was a kitten, but I pushed him off the bed and he learned not to! He isn't afraid of me either.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: hahahahahaha!!!!! mine too!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: My male cat goes through spells & he bites when he is ticked off....like if I ignore him, too, much or he gets, too, much petting! OH, yes, my little granddaughter would be over here when she was around 2 & talked gentle & sweet to him & he let her pet him & even played with her a little.....doesn't do that with adults. Now she is over 2 1/2 & today screamed at him, threw his toys at him, got a stool & tried to reach him at the top of his tree......he reached down & batted at her & she overdid it with the screaming & teasing him & he hissed at her which he has never done before.. She's become a little bossy girl, too! Well, he didn't bite her & has always liked her, but after this weekend, I don't think so! And, NO, I scolded her & made her sit on the couch. I didn't let her get by with it. BUT a few hours later,after she went home, my cat was sitting next to my feet & all of a sudden turned around & got me with his pointy tooth on the arm & got me good. He did that a couple weeks ago, too.....didn't think I'd ever get it to stop bleeding! I know he did it today, protesting what he was put through by this feisty little girl! for the most part he is a good cat....loving! He just had enough & I think he was mad at me for her being mean to him! AND he was scolded. I let him know I was mad & told him "NO BITE"! He knows what that means & he wanted a snack & didn't get it & he knows why!

      As for getting another cat, most are loners & don't like to share. Mine would not tolerate another cat. If you get them as kittens, they get along better. If you get a second cat, it will be for you, not for him, 'cause he won't appreciate it! I had a nice female years ago & 2 male kittens were dropped off at my house....in the dead of a cold snowy winter. One didn't want to share the food with the other or my adult female. As he got older & I would pay any attention at all to the other cats, he would sit there & leer at me......very jealous! So, I wouldn't get another cat! Yours will not like it either!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my 9 month old cat bites my nose every morning to wake me up. Is it because she wants to play or what?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My cat bites me on the nose,the chin,eyelid,neck. A little scary

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Erm....I kinda sprayed mine once and she bites me everyday and I do accidentally press down on her tongue when she bites. What's gonna happen now?! :(. She's baciclly messed up both of my hands with scars. :L I'm worried for her now! D:

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a cat at home and if she bites I put her on my bunk bed to calm her down. It'll eventually make her fall asleep. If you have a bunk bed you should try it because I have noticed cat's like them. Try to put it to something fluffy. It will start to sniff it and do something called "mumsy* I hope I helped :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I agree with all 3 answers! Yes, when you are moving, he thinks it's a toy or you want to play. And yes, if he has been ignored for awhile or he is sitting there wanting to play & is still ignored, he's going to let you know in no uncertain terms!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My cat bites real hard. Sometimes he grabs my arm with his front claws and bites with full power. Sometimes he can even chase a full grown man and bite him on the leg.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My kitten bites me on my nose and purrs on my neck every morning - is it to play or what??

      And its like she invites me to play - when i play with her, she starts to bite my toes and scratches my feet and same goes to fingers as well........ I don't want her to get used to this..

      I do try to distract her with her toys but still don't know why she finds my toe sooo attractive :P

      And also when i bought her a scratch post - it feels like she doesn't like it much - i jus saw a playing only once with it... Any idea idea???

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      well i have two strays i found them on the corner of my house in the winter. I have them now one 4 years and the other 2 years

      the one with the heavy coat always look for petting but will after a min start totry bite me. the younger one with not so heavy hair and they can be trained to do things

      what a great life

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I think he starts to bite as a love bite, but sometimes they are telling you "that's enough petting"!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You have to train them to the scratch post. Every time she starts to claw on something else, take her to the scratch post & show her how. She'll catch on & use it but when you are not looking or gone, she might try to claw the furniture. If you see her do this, say "NO" in a stern voice then pick her up & show her how on the scatch post.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      yes, my 2 month old lia is very bity.....she really like to play almost ALL the time.....and it makes me tired of it and then she sleeps the rest of the time

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: She's a baby & should grow out of that as she gets older! Any type of movement, will attract a kitten & even some adult cats......like your feet moving under the covers, your fingers moving. They think the fingers are toys & want to play with them. If you get a fishing pole type toy & swing it back & forth or up in the air, so, the kitten can jump, the kitty gets exercise & should leave you alone 'til the next time! they are playful & need toys to play with & your attention, also. They think the same about your feet or that they are a mouse or some other small animal! If you don't want it to attack your feet, you'll have to lock it out of your bedroom! When a kitten bites, sometimes it's due to new teeth coming in! Buy some kitty chew toys! You should have read up on kittens & cats before getting one. This is, just, the way baby kitties are!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My cat Max is just over a year old and we adopted him back in November. He is loveable but then he turns on me just as quick. I have so many scrath and bite marks on my arms and legs. I am so good to Max but I am the only one he attacks. I love Max with all my heart but I am just getting sick of the biting and scratching. I play with him, cuddle with him and he even sleeps with me. I am not really sure of how to get him to stop biting and scratching. He will even bite me in the middle of the night....HELP!!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @Joann Here's a link that might help with your problem: http://www.wikihow.com/Stop-a-Cat-from-Biting-and-...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: My cat lizzy does exactly the same thing...I will only pet her for a couple of seconds and she will bite me...and only me. She lays by me every chance she gets, she follows me all over the house...and she will also bite me in the middle of the night...help me as well!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      kittens will be kittens cats will be cats at the end of the day they decend from tigers it in they're nature to be playfull and inquisitive.... so what they give you a nibble i got a 11 week old kitten he's absolutley great he nibbles my hand not hard i let him do it for 3 mins then just say no and walk away and get his toys out and wear him out fp to him he's great wont bite or scram my face he's so loving i had him when he was 8weeks and he's used the cat litter every time fp to him.... at the end of the day it's the same as any animal it's not the pets fault it's the owner and how you bring them up people blame pitbulls before that it was alisations then dobermans so on so on i think it's about time you don't blame the breed blame the owner simple as..... sorry went off track there but same applys with the bitting and scratching it's in they're nature just use a toy unstead of your hand. may you and your kittens and cats be blessed and have a healthy life.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Cats biting their owners is Nature's way of punishing humans for their misplaced affection.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Lizzy and Max are thinking, "Check this out! Aren't humans strange creatures?? You can abuse them day and night in the most cruel, viscous and incomprehensible ways and they STILL worship us!!"

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      One of my favorite Far Side cartoons is a four-panel drawing with the caption âHow nature says âDo not touch.ââ Three of the panels are a rattlesnake rattling, a pufferfish flashing its spines, and a cat with its hair raised on its back. The fourth is a man wearing a tricorn, a trench coat, and an innertube with a horse on it, carrying a bazooka. But the forth could just as easily have been a friendly-looking, apparently harmless cat.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: They don't descend from tigers the come from a long ling of ferol cats from Egypt.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Line not ling sorry

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thanks! This info is really helpful!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      thanks so much! but will it work if the cat is older? my cat's five, and he does that all the time.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: You definitely shouldn't let your kitten nibble on your hand the reprimand him for doing so 3 minutes later. Your kitten won't stay a kitten forever, and I'll tell you that when a cat bites it isn't cute. Never play with a kitten with your hand. Cats may be descendants of wild cats (not tigers), but they are tamed pets.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes, I just got bit on the nose! He was all lovey dovey as he sits on my mouse pad while I try to type on the computer. He was purring one minute and then OUCH! I will remember to say OUCH or NO right away next time he does that to me. He is about 12 years old and has his claws...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      but my cat bites me all the time.. either after i've with him or not! me is getting confused.. sometimes he aims at me and run twards me, climb on me and there, bites till bleed..

      i dunno what is wrong with him.. can't even hold him..

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love reading all the advice and comments. I thought I was the only one with a Dr. Jekel and Mr. Hyde cat. Have had many cats down through the years but this is my first "biting cat". I got Timi from a shelter 2 years ago as a kitten after my long time cat friend Tyler died of cancer. Timi has been the perfect companion until the last couple months. His biting started as a nip on the back of my leg as I walked by him and has now grown to full deep bites on my right arm. I thought these bites were coming out of nowhere but from your comments do see all the subtle warnings that preceed the bites. As soon as I see the flicking tail, staring eyes, etc. I say NO! loudly and walk away. He doesn't pursue me to try and bite me so maybe this is the key to getting him to stop. Will let you know! I hope it works because he is the best companion - most of the time!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      If I may add a few observations....

      Cats are very intelligent. They are also instinctual and nervous by nature.

      As kittens, their mothers would teach them bite control by removing them from the litter if they become too aggressive. You can do the same with a kitten or adult cat.

      Step one is to ignore unwanted behavior (biting or scratching) and simply turning your back on the pet for about a minute, and refuse to interact. The cat will understand, over a few sessions, that aggression equals withdrawal of social contact.

      For extreme cases, (and this need usually be done only a few times in a cat's life, so do not make this a normal response), an actual timeout can be done, by calmly placing the cat in a room alone immediately after the unwanted behavior occurs. This timeout must not last long (a few minutes for a kitten, 15 minutes for an adult), and again, the cat will understand, usually.

      Another strategy mentioned is to say "ouch" when hurt, and that does work as well.

      If a cat is fighting with other cats or people, simply picking the cat up, speaking gently to the cat in a reassuring voice, but also saying no, can work wonders.

      Hitting the cat, raising your voice, losing your temper, play fighting with the cat, de-clawing the cat, all are bad ideas.

      One final idea.... I had one kitten that was very aggressive, with me and other cats. He did not like to be handled, and would often attack if brushed or when his teeth were being cleaned. My strategy was to increase human contact. I brushed him daily, cleaned his teeth thoroughly, and started to take him with me in the car and for walks on a leash or carried.

      At first, I got scratched a fair bit, but always responded with positive language and reassuring tone (although I admit , a few times I did scruff him and gave him a stern "no", but only a few times mind you.....and, I do have some scars....).

      In the end, he became such a nice cat, and although some of it was going from kitten to cat, I think the strategies helped. He loves me to bits now, and I often take him to soccer games (he sits on my shoulders).

      He is more peaceful, but if a pit bull ever attacks us, I would pity the dog.

      Good luck with those cats out there!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i have a cat that bites me when i least expect it. he is only one year old though. im thiking about getting him a playmate.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      she will be purring and wanting me to hold her then as im petting her chest which she likes she will grab my hand then bite it she is only 10 wks old

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      No, I have a "rescue" female cat, declawed as a kitten, who's owner let her get away with biting her really hard on her leg as she climbed into bed each night.

      I have been bitten several times at other times even though I have been able to make her stop the nightly bite on the leg.. She does not trust me. She turns quickly and seems to imagine that I am going to hurt her right after y hand leaves her back. I avoid reaching toward her face, etc. I sing to her and she loves that. But I'm unable to pet her w/o her acting suspicious. How can I train her that iI am not a threa>? She is suspscious of my hands even though I have been very kind to her. It has been two years now. Other people can approach her and receive happy immediate adoration and trust from her, allowing them to pet her any way they like. No biting! What more can I do to make her understand I am not a threat to her and truly desire a quiet sweet relationship with her?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a wonderful black cat that lays in my lap (Jadee-female)- got her @ 4 months- she'd been burned by whoever had her & severely abused; -you'd never have known it cuz' she's just the sweetest cat; loves to be stroked, then my mom rescued a 3-wk old (male) kitty from a very large dogs mouth 2 yrs ago (Batman). Of course, I was the logical owner; I called the vet to find out what to feed the baby & he has grown to be twice the size of Jadee. Batman was NOT accepted into the family-so small, flighty-he looked more like a bird than a kitty. Jadee still hides from him or gets on the highest level of our "cat tree"; NOW-Batman is a terror (being the larger-guess cause he just can). I know he just wants to play w/Jadee but I'm wondering if they'll EVER be friends. Have to break them up as Batman is just fearless. He loves to lay at the door of the bathroom; when I get up in the middle of the night- he bites my feet & doesn't allow me to stroke him without grabbing the skin between my thumb & forefinger-& just latches on. For the 1st 6 months having Batman, he stayed in my lap & took over poor Jadee's place ...he did scratch & bite me to the point, I constantly had bandages on my arms but NOW, he's so impossible. I was told that he was thrown "out of the nest" so didn't get momma training. I was told to squirt him with water (this did work) but reading all this, I feel I handled things wrong. All the cats I've had in my past have been loving so after 50 yrs of always having a cat, never had this to deal with. The 2 don't fight really bad because Jadee will hide & "I" can't even find her - which breaks my heart because I do miss that closeness we once had. If she jumps on my bed & nestles next to me- Batman's right there & Jadee runs away (even tho Batman doesn't want to be there-just wants to be bad). Both go outside during the day & get loads of exercise but I don't allow them to stay out at night & they know this. I just want them to LOVE each other. HELP!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a 5 year old male cat. He never bit before but lately he bites my ankle when I walk past him. My solution.. I spray him with water. Just a little mists and he runs into the room and I leave him there. The water doesn't hurt him but he gets the idea that it is not ok. When he was younger I would spray him when he tried to scratch the furniture and it works. He never does that. Of course I got him a scratching board and toys. But that is how I solved it. I hope this may help.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      manobilli:

      www.clubmeow.com, this is my cat site and i pften called it home of cats because it has a lot of stuff all about cats, and i was searching a stuff about cat's biting habits & all the above answers proved much informative and benefacial for me, and i also have a littke cute kitty, named chitti, who often bites me bitterly without any reason and i can't undersatand why she is doing so, even she bites me also when she don't need any food , plz tell me if anybody have precise answer about cat's biting behaviour.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      yes

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I've tried to "NO!" or "OW!" technique with my cat, but whenever I do so we watches me leave like "da fuq?"

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes of course.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My 5 yr old cat attacks me when someone comes to our door and rings the doorbell. He makes a beeline for the door as soon as hears that an before I can open the door I'm clawed! It's totally weird. I'm afraid to answer my own door.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My kitten is 6months and it loves to bite! I tell her NO! But she walks away then strikes. I am beginning to dought why I have her? But I wil try your techniques thanks

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yes when I'm asleep and then when I pick up and place her in the kitchen she will scratch nad moaw all night she is only 12 weeks old

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My kitty bites my toes to wake me up in the morning.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      i love love love my 6 year old kitty Mimo. she's usually a sweet fat calico but sometimes out of the blue she gets big black eyes and her ears go back and she has a crazy look and i know to watch out or else ! last year she bit me so hard it hit a vein and immediately became infected - i went thru months of pain and misery. i got a tetanus shot so now if it happens again i hope i'm safe from infection. why does she get like this ?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my 5 week old kitty always bites my finger and i hoping to try these methods and get her to stop

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      We've had our cat about 3 months now. We got her from the RSPCA after she had been tied to the railings of the shelter whilst she was heavily pregnant. The wardens found her, took her in, she gave birth to her kittens (5 in all but 2 were born dead). She was neutered and the kittens were found homes by the RSPCA and we fell in love with her and brought her home. Eva is aged about 2ish the vet said. She is happy playing with her toys but she is a house cat as we think she will be stolen if we let her out as she is pure white. She is very affectionate towards me and my husband. She comes up to me purring, I stroke her and cuddle her (though she doesn't like cuddling for long) and fuss her. She never scratches me BUT she is constantly biting me. She doesn't hurt me as such, and she has never broken the skin but it is uncomfortable when she sinks her teeth in. I've had cats all my life, but have never had one that does this before. Any ideas what's going on and how I can stop her. Thanks xx

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I have the exact same problem Dorne, my cat bites everyone even if we pet her for a few seconds, HELPPP!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      he's not a kitty anymore and we are his second owners -- having been allowed

      to bite by his previous owner and we declawed him upon his arrival here have, no doubt, added to the problem. We have now had him for 1/2 years.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      My cat is 3 1/2 yrs old, bites me at any given time, yet can be sweet as pie. I have her since she's 2 months old, around 2 lbs, love her to pieces but lately I look like I live with an attack dog! I just petted her nicely behind her ears and before you know it, she tried to attack my hand. I do not use a water bottle but I do chase her with my slipper when she does this and actually, am embarrassed to say, give her a time out in spare room with door closed. I love her, but am tired of getting bitten!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      so i have seen MANY ....'HELP'....questions from people...and NO answers! This site is bogus!!! or....VERY user UNFRIENDLY!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: What is it with these angry cats? I can't offer any solutions as I am in the same position. My cat has really bitten on several occasions drawing blood. I am afraid of my cat and wish I could get rid of her. We have tried spraying her with water but that is no good after the event. Rehoming her will be impossible.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      You are right that cats bite for many reasons. Mine used to attack me if I laughed. I'm not sure what was in her mind or if she thought I was someone else when I laughed but I used to have to hide under the blankets if I couldn't stop giggling because she was serious. Lol...crazy cat me thinks.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Is you cat male or female? I've never actually been bit hard by a female cat, but I have been by many male cats (all neutered). My current male cat actually just bit me rather hard which is a habit I thought we had broken. I have not been home as much as normal and I think this has disrupted his life a bit and this was his way of telling me so. He tends to nip at me quite a bit if his schedule is affected (right before I moved, when I changed my schedule at work, etc.). The last time he bit me this hard was the night before I left for a week long trip to Florida after finals so I know I had completely altered my schedule and also made it very apparent I was packing. Male cats seem to rely very much on habit.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Someone said to try shouting NO!!! every time she bites. I've been doing this and the biting has not been as ferocious. I will continue shouting No to her and will let you know if the biting stops xx Good luck with your kitty xx Dorne

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Al and others.

      The update is that I have had to take my cat to the vet to be put asleep. You are right Al in that I wouldn't accept this behaviour from another animal. I was told cats find it hard to learn as they are not pack animals and do what they like. As mine as 8 yrs old, there was no way she could be changed and couldn't be rehomed. Its a shame and I am missing her today and keep thinking I hear her meowing. But one thing I don't miss, is being friightened of her biting me. That was hell every day. Good luck with your cats x

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I lost my cat Sir Thomas to cancer 7mons ago and I went and adopted a cat from the Human Society. This cat is 3yrs old and 3mons, he had been there 1 week and was brought in as a stray, but he had been neutered and declawed, and they called him mewo mewo. He was sweet when I got him, but then he started biteing me. He goes for fingers, feet and legs and especially when I am in bed he will come in and bite. I named him Winston, and he is a good cat otherwise, but the biteing is getting to me, I tell him no and put him off my bed and no any other time. I just would like to know what to do.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      y is my cats scratch making me feel weird

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      why does my cats scratch making me feel weird i need help its making me feel dizzy HELP

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Has he been neutered? I picked up a stray n until I got him neutered he was scared. To this day 5 yrs later I'm skeptical. But he is coming around I can pick him up a bit on his terms for now. I've had cats for the past 30 yrs n still sometimes u gotta watch your back. Not all just a few but trust me once You have him neutered he will calm down

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      webscan 4 years ago

      Had. He used to just place his teeth around my wrist and take it away.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I just got my kitten about 2 weeks ago, she's roughly 9 months, and she doesn't like being picked up or moved or anything really. If you try to, she spazzes out, bits (really hard. she's bruised my thumbnail) and claws. I don't want to have to get her de-clawed, I'm morally against it, But I'm at my wits end!

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      lewisgirl 4 years ago

      My cat doesn't really bite, but will put his teeth around my finger or hand. I tell him no and it seems to work.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Please remove the offensive comment dated Sept 2nd 2012. Thanks

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The reply from Sept 2 is vulgar, immature and inhumane! You should be ashamed of yourself!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Chrissie! I have an alternate solution for declawing! I recently adopted a kitten but was very concerned with my leather furniture being ruined.I research alternatives and found "soft paws". They are a nail cover that easily glue over the cats nail making them harmless. Now, I purchased and returned them twice because the glue had hardened but it may have just been an outdated order at the pet store. I then went to petsmart and found "kitty caps". I was skeptical but they are amazing and so easy to apply! They last 4-8 weeks and you get a pack of 40 for @ $17. So far, so good! I'd give them 5 stars and they've been on month! Hope this helps!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Forget about Sept 2 comment. Obviously a troll just trying to get a reaction :(

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      DashRipr0ck 4 years ago

      My cat, Emma, is small and was declawed as a kitten. I believe she bites for two reasons. She hides behind furniture and pounces and nips in a playful manner and also nips me occasionally to remind me she has this option despite the loss of her claws. p.s. Please try not to declaw a cat. Thank you

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have an adult cat that I raised since the day he was born. His mom got ran over and I rescued him. I actually bottle fed him and did everything to try to teach him how to be a good cat. Unfortunately, I always let him sleep on my chest because I thought it comforted him. When he was falling asleep, he often lay on my chest and would bite at me. I figured he was just playing or that they were love bites. It was cute when he was a kitten but now that he is bigger, he has bitten me on my nose so hard that he has cut my nose open twice now. I'm not sure how to cure him of this bad habit. I know now that I should have put a stop to it when he was a kitten but hindsight I suppose. Lol. If anyone has any advice, I could really use some. Thanks

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my cat bites when she has been a wake for a long time but if i play with her she won't bite me

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I have 2 adult cats - both adopted as adults and new to the home. Chelsea was here first then came Lady. Chelsea is small and about 9 and Lady is large and about 4. Lady chases and rolls Chelsea - she bites me after petting - when I walk away she chases and bites me! Lady licks me when I pet her. If Chelsea walks into the room when I am petting Lady - Lady wil attack Chelsea. Sounds worse than it is but anyone share any ideas to alter this behavior?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my cat name is Mi-Mi, and she was so sweet when she was a little kitten. me and my boyfriend has had her since may. she kinda big now and when she was a kitten i used to play with her and encourage her to bite and chase string or bite a toy mouse(but for some reason she seemed to have more fun with an empty soda bottle one time)

      anywho Mi-Mi usually lays down on the bed next to me and then when i go to pet her and i pet for a little bit she bites me. and sometimes she may look at my hands or feet and attack those too.and then her tail gets all bushy. what does this mean? how do i get her to stop?

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      anonymous 4 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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      anonymous 4 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 4 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 4 years ago

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

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      Stephen J Parkin 4 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 4 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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      anonymous 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Ty for sharing!!!

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      anonymous 4 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 4 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 4 years ago

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

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      anonymous 4 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 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 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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      imagelist lm 4 years ago

      Great info thanks...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Wtf????

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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

      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

      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

      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

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

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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

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

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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: 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

      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

      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

      @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

      @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

      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

      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

      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

      @anonymous: Hi Meg,

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

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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

      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

      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

      @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 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: 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

      @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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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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      Loretta Livingstone 3 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 3 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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      anonymous 3 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 3 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 3 years ago

      @anonymous: Put your mom in the basement.

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

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      anonymous 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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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      tyler 12 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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      Quazimoto 12 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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      Angel 11 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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      Sasha the Cat 10 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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      Katie howard 10 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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      laurie 9 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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      alica 8 months ago

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

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      Anonomys 8 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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      Debbra 8 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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      7 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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      Sweet Pea. The Breyer 3 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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      Nancy C Sides 2 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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      Anonymous 2 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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      Love-the-purrfects 2 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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      Bedelia 7 weeks 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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