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Why Do Cats Bite When You Pet Them?
Believe it or not, too much petting can cause your cat to bite more. What some cat experts call "repetitive petting" can cause your cat to get too excited. That over stimulus can cause your cat to bit more. Often, he's biting your hand.
Cats won't bite out of fear when petting someone they know, but bite out of confidence. Sometimes it is playful, sometimes it's just out of irritation.
Every cat owner will know that a cat can seem to be enjoying your affection and petting and then suddenly turn around and bite you. Talk about biting the hand that's petting you!
This is a sign of a behavioral problem that is common among cats, and it's also a reason why some pet owners will no longer keep their cat.
First, figure out the reason for your cat's aggressive behavior. Is it for territorial reasons, or is it because the cat is in pain, or is it because the cat is overly playful?
For many cats, they have decided that petting time is over, and the bite will signal that it's time to stop. A cat may purr or howl for some kind of attention, or rub up against you for a soothing hand, but then bite it for seemingly no reason.
Why do cats do this? Sometimes it's simply caused by static electricity, because repetitive petting may cause little shocks on the cat's skin and cause and irritating feeling.
If a cat has arthritis, or some other sort of chronic pain, a cat may bite when you're petting her because you are irritating a sore joint or muscle.
Gentle handling and grooming of cats at a younger age will assure better socialization skills and prevent this kind of aggression. If the cat offers a playful scratch at first, and you don't get the message, it could resort to a harder bite in order to tell you to back away.
Cats use aggressive tactics to let others know about other things in their lives, and so this kind of behavior is understandable.
A cat may bite when he's not being played with enough, or if he is bored. So, consider getting your cat a toy or game that could keep him occupied and entertained on his own.
Some cats give signals before they bite. Every cat has different cues, but pay attention before they bite. Sometimes a cat will swish or flick her tail, sometimes he will flatten his ears back. Of course, hissing is a sure sign something is wrong, and sometimes a cat's pupils will get larger.
In order to stop this biting, figure out what your cat's favorite thing is, whether it's a squeaky toy or a ball, and associate these items with your petting session. Your cat will learn to love to be stroked.
Figure out what is the limit to your cat's tolerance of affection and stop just before that time, and then offer a treat, catnip or toy to reward your kitty. As your cat improves, you can extend the amount of petting.
Don't force your cat, and let him leave the petting sessions in any way. Don't use spanking or any sort of physical punishment during these sessions because that will only make things worse. And, if you've had a cat, you know that yelling at your cat doesn't do much good.
Slowly learn how to retrain your cat taking these steps and your hand may finally heal from all the biting.