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How To Stop A Cat From Biting:
If you are wanting to know why do cats bite, there is no one single reason. Different cats may bite at different times for various reasons. Some cats will suddenly lash out and bite their owners right out of the blue. Other cats will give you ample warning indicators such as their tail lashing or even growling before biting you.
A cat biting you can cause serious harm. A cat’s mouth harbors many bacteria which can lead to a pretty significant infection. One of the worse pains I have ever had in my life was when I stupidly jumped in to break up a neighborhood cat fight and got bitten on the back of my hand. The cat’s teeth broke the skin almost 2 inches apart then almost joined underneath my skin. So I had two puncture wounds and a line of infection between them. The infection was difficult to stop and for a few days the pain was absolutely incredible, I would not wish this one anyone.
If your cat is a biter, before making any rash decisions about getting rid of him, there are some things you can do to stop cat biting. Below are some helpful pointers:
How to stop your kitten or cat from biting:
Neuter and Spay:
Entire cats have hormones continually raging through their bodies which cause strong instinctive behaviors. Sometimes male cats are more aggressive than their feminine counterparts. If you cat is not already desexed, having this done will almost certainly be cutting down on aggression and also other cat behavioral problems that may be showing.
If your cat is hurt, he will possibly be aggressive with you, especially if you touch a sore part of his body. Cats will often try to hide it when they are sick or hurting. Your vet may determine if any thing is medically wrong with your cat.
Some cats can get overstimulated by petting and can abruptly lash out by biting. If your cat is one of those cats, take note of your cat’s behavior and signals. If he stops purring, or his tail begins lashing, stop petting him immediately.
Understand Your Cat:
Some cats don’t wish to be petted or held, and will respond by biting you. In case you have a cat like this, be careful when handling him. Again, you can retrain him by spending time together, gently playing and cuddling. But it is important to watch your pet and know when your cat is likely to bite.
Watch Your Cat’s Signals:
Be aware of when your cat has had enough handling. Whenever he is tail lashing, or has his ears flattened, or is hissing or growling, keep away and let him be for the time being.
Know Your Cat:
Spend plenty of time together and really get to know your cat, no matter whether or not they may be aggressive. Cats do show affection to their owners, like dogs, but some cats need time. Hand feed your cat special treats, and play with him a lot. If you’re worried about getting bitten when playing with your cat, tie a little cat toy onto a string and drag it behind you. Keep you voice soft and gentle and move slowly. If your cat is startled, he may react by lashing out and biting.
Praise Your Cat.
A large part of effective cat training is giving a reward. When your cat plays gently with you, praise him highly. You can even give him a little cat treat for being a good boy – make sure he knows what he is doing right.
Try not to leave your cat on it’s own for extended intervals of time. Cats that are left alone with out stimulation can often become bored. They will sometimes respond by playing aggressively with their owners. These aggressive habits usually come in the form of scratching and biting. Some cats are very gentle with their playtime though.
Fingers Are Not Toys:
Never ever use your fingers as toys, particularly with a kitten: Yes, kittens are very playful, and yes, if you wiggle your fingers at them, they may play with them and appear so dang cute. But letting your kitten play with your fingers only teaches them to bite fingers later in life. When your kitten wants to play with you, and you’ve taught them to play with your fingers, they may bite and scratch at them. Make sure you teach and educate your kitten to play with toys rather than fingers.
Understanding cat behavior can help you much better understand why your cat is biting and the way you are able to stop it.