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Cat Behaviour: What Causes Cat Biting?

Is your cat biting you or others at the most unexpected times? Perhaps your kitty has decided to bite you while you were petting him, or maybe he decided to bite you during a play session.
Cat biting is a common behaviour in felines, and no matter when your cat has decided to bite you, getting to the root of this cat behaviour problem is the best way to deter it from happening in the future.
To do this try to understand what is causing your cat to bite, and use this information to figure out the best solution to help your kitty stop this bad habit.
Does your cat tend to bite when you are playing? Cat biting often occurs during play sessions.
This biting can be both a form of play and a form of aggression.
To find out how you can solve this playtime biting habit it's best to know the difference between both types of playtime biting.
You will know that your cat is aggressively biting you or others if your cat begins to growl, hiss, or move his tail rapidly.
This behaviour often occurs out of nowhere, and your feline friend may seem upset with you when he bites you.
Playful biting will often occur in younger cats, especially kittens.
These felines will attack anything that looks or acts like a toy, which is why a cat may bite or scratch a person's hand.
If cats are not taught at a young age that biting is not an acceptable form of play they will continue to bite when they are playing, even when they are adults.
If you want to deter this playtime biting, consider purchasing a different type of toy to play with.
To keep your hands out of the attack zone, consider playing with a long string toy or a fishing rod toy.
These toys are a great choice because they allow you to keep your distance from your feline friend while still being able to engage in an exciting playtime.
Does your cat tend to bite when you are petting him? This type of cat biting often occurs because your feline friend is tired of you petting him, and he is just trying to let you know that he wants you to stop.
In addition, some cats are sensitive to areas on their bodies being touched, such as their belly or their paws.
If you accidentally touch these areas your kitty might communicate that he doesn't like the touching by getting angry and biting or scratching you.
Does your cat tend to bite you out of nowhere? If the above situations do not fit with your cat's biting behaviour, your cat might have a dominance problem.
This occurs when a cat wants to show you that he is in charge, and he will simply get angry and bite you for no reason.
If this is the case, you can deter the behaviour by firmly saying no and clapping your hands after your kitty has bitten you.
Never hit a cat who has bitten or scratched you.
Doing so will not solve the problem, and your cat may become scared of you or angry at you, which will cause even more problems in the household.
Although cat biting can be a frustrating behaviour, by finding out what is truly causing this behaviour you will be able to understand and hopefully deter the behaviour from happening in the future.
Helping your cat to overcome this cat behaviour problem will not only solve your frustrations, but it will also help to strengthen the relationship that you have with your feline friend.

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