My cat is usually friendly, but sometimes
when I am petting her she bites me. What can I do?
Cat biting often
seems to come as a surprise. One minute your cat
is purring while you pet her, the next minute she
chomps on your hand. Why is that? It could be a
few different things, but the most important thing
is to start watching for signals that it's coming
and change gears.
You see restlessness, tail twitching,
flattened ears or head turning toward the hand.
Response: Stop petting. You probably
have a sensitive cat who is overstimulated by the
petting. At this point, try giving her a treat and
a few more pets. You might be able to build up her
Your cat is dozing in your lap, wakes
up suddenly and bites your hand.
Response: It's too late. But now
you know that it's a good idea to stop petting when
she falls asleep in your lap. The theory about this
behavior is that the cat wakes up disoriented and
confined by something (your hands) and instinctively
tries to get away. She probably will jump down,
look confused and start grooming herself to calm
You are petting the cat's stomach when
she reaches to bite you.
Response: Stop petting her stomach.
Cats have sensitive stomachs and can get defensive
when touched there. They will wrap their paws around
the wrist, hold on and bite.
Cats vary a lot in
how much they like being petted or held by people.
If your cat doesn't like much petting or holding,
but plays with you, follows you around and sleeps
on your bed, take heart. These are all indications
of attachment and unhuggable cats can be just as
attached to their people as huggable ones.