Want to know why your cat bites you? According to AskVet, there are a few reasons your cat is biting. Typically, cats are trying to communicate with you if they bite you, even if it feels random. The most common reason cats start suddenly biting is that they may be uncomfortable or in pain. If this happens, you should head to the veterinarian right away. They can check your cat for infections, pain, and other conditions. If the cause of biting isn’t medical, it could be the following:
- Your cat is just being playful with you. While their sharp teeth are painful to you, this behavior is play to your kitten. It is an important part of growth and hunting behavior – however, it is important to discourage this behavior. You will need to train your cat to understand that human hands are not a toy or prey. A few ways to do this is re-direct your cat’s attention to a cat toy and never punish your cat for biting you.
- Misplaced aggression. Cats can be very focused when they are directing their full attention on something. This is why sometimes why, when you enter a room, they pounce you and bite you without warning. They may have pent-up frustration that builds up and finds its release in a misplaced target – you. For example, if your cat spends hours staring at birds out the window and you interrupt this activity – your cat can lash out.
- A miscommunication. Cats and humans do not share the same language – not just the speaking part but the body language part. You may be petting your cat, and they are purring, and suddenly, they bite you. You are walking down your hallway, and your cat pounces on your feet. Each cat is different and has different preferences – taking the time to read more about cat language can be helpful.
- Finally, your cat can be stressed or suffer from a mental health issue. Contact your vet if your cat seems anxious and is biting you because of it.
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