You and your cat are in the middle of a cuddle or play session when suddenly your cat bites your hand. What is the cause of this behavior? We'll take a look at why cats do this and what you should do if your cat bites you.
The different situations
There are several situations that can trigger this sudden burst of aggression. It is important to know how to spot them.
Kittens that have not been properly weaned may exhibit this type of behavior because they will not have learned bite inhibition or how to manage their small jaw strength.
Also, if you regularly play with your kitten or cat with your fingers, your cat may treat your hand like prey.
If you are away from home regularly, your cat may be bored. When you return, your cat needs to let off steam and this can be done by chasing your legs or nibbling on you.
There are also parts of the body that cats don't like to be touched at all. This is especially the case with their belly. If your cat rolls onto its back during a cuddle session, it's not necessarily an invitation for you to pet its belly. It's simply a sign of its well-being and full trust in you. Although it's tempting, it's best to avoid touching a cat's belly to avoid any bites on your hand and arm.
Keep in mind that nipping is mostly a warning, but some nibbles can also be a sign of affection, especially during cuddling. If your cat brings its nose close to your nose and nibbles very lightly while purring, your cat is probably having a great time with you.
What should I do if my cat bites me?
If your kitten is suffering from a behavioral disorder, it's important to start by consulting your veterinarian. Your veterinarian will be able to determine if your feline is reacting in this way because of physical pain or psychological problems that you didn't suspect.
If your cat seems bored, try giving it different types of toys so that it can play when you're not around. Also, remember to always play with your cat for a few minutes every day. Your hand should never be used as prey.
Finally, if your cat bites you, don't hesitate to say "no" in a firm tone so that it understands that this behavior should not take place and that it has hurt you. If you were playing, stop the activity.
Most importantly, it's important to know your cat's body language and to stop before the cat has the urge to nip at you. For example, if your cat's ears are back and it slaps its tail on the ground, it may be best to leave your cat alone.
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