Cats aren’t always the most predictable creatures. Sometimes, they adore your pets and practically beg for your attention. Other times, they get irritated and bite you during the petting process. Why is that? More importantly: what can you do to stop the biting?
In this article, we’re going to look at the top three reasons that your cat bites you when you pet him, as well as some solutions to help resolve the issue.
3 Reasons Your Cat Bites You When You Pet Him (With Solutions)
Here are the top 3 reasons your cat bites you when you pet him:
1. You Touched a Sensitive Spot
Just like humans, cats have certain parts that they don’t usually like to be touched. Cats do not prefer being pet in areas that are considered vulnerable, such as the stomach, back, or tail. Even if these spots aren’t necessarily sensitive, cats generally don’t like being pet there. In older or injured cats, certain body parts can become sore from scratches, growths, etc.
2. He Is Stressed or Irritated
If your cat is incredibly stressed or irritated by being pet, he might bite you as a sign of aggression. This is likely to happen whenever the cat is afraid of humans or is not used to being touched. Given that cats are so much smaller than humans, it makes sense that they would be scared of us.
3. It’s a Love Bite
When you hear the phrase “love bite,” you probably think that it is an affectionate response. This is not the case. A love bite is your cat’s way of telling you that they don’t want to be pet anymore. You can think of a love bite somewhat like a warning sign before he gets angry. He wouldn’t give you this sign if he didn’t love you!
Love bites typically are not aggressive. Sometimes, love bites are completely unintentional because they are part of your cat’s grooming habits. So, they rarely break the skin. If you don’t stop petting the cat after their love bite, they will likely aggressively bite you to force you to stop.
Don’t Physically Punish Your Cat
Since we are talking about cats that bite, it is essential to note that you should not physically punish your cat after they bite you. Physically punishing your cat includes hitting, kicking, slapping, or throwing the cat about.
You shouldn’t physically punish your cat because it can hurt him. Even a slight push or shove can injure his delicate bones. In addition to potentially hurting your pet, physical punishment will likely make the biting issue worse. As you become physical with him, he will likely become fearful of you, causing him to retaliate more aggressively.
All in all, if your cat bites you while you are petting him, it is likely because he doesn’t want to be pet anymore. Even if he absolutely adores your attention, cats don’t want to be pet all the time. This is easy to understand since we, as humans, also don’t want to be touched all the time.
To prevent your cat from biting you, look for signs that he is irritated. These signs will tell you that your cat doesn’t want to be pet anymore, allowing you to stop before the situation escalates. If your cat does get to the point that he bites you, never use physical force to teach him a lesson.
Find out more about cat biting behavior:
- Why Does My Cat Bite My Chin? 6 Reasons For This Behavior
- Why My Cat Bites Me When I Sleep and How to Stop It
- 5 Reasons Cats Bite Unprovoked – What You Need to Know!
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