Concern about my cat biting when I pet him
Never had a male before as an indoor cat. His ancestry is definitely Siamese. he's no longer playful which concerns me. My biggest issue is, though he's very loving much of the time with loving nips, he often loses control, biting hard as though angry, drawing lots of blood over time, can't get him to stop so push him off me. I've tried all I know to try. Suggestions?
Hi Carol, sorry to hear about the troubles with your cat. To help us answer can you give us more info. Is he a rescue? Is he neutered? How long have you had him now? Has he always been an indoor cat?
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Each cat will have different levels of tolerance to being petted and held. One of our cats loves being stroked but refuses to be picked up and the other will try to nip after just a brief minute of stroking. As cats cant verbally tell you to stop they tend to tell you with an attempted gentle nip or scratch.
This is referred to as petting-induced aggression and most cats give a restrained soft nip on the persons hand but some, like yours, seem to go that extra bit further.
We don't know exactly why cats exhibit this behavior. Some specialists have suggested that physical contact, like stroking, can become unpleasant to a cat if it is repeated too much. They suggest that repetitive stroking can cause arousal, pain and possibly static electricity in their fur.
One approach to try is some positive reinforcement to being petted. Note how many strokes it usually takes before your cat suggests it is time to stop and just before then reward him with a small treat. Then move away. Next time you pet your cat repeat this and for several more times. Eventually you should be able to sneak in more and more strokes.
The above may not work and in particularly difficult circumstances I would recommend speaking to a feline behaviorist. You can search for one in the LovePets directory. | 08.18.15 @ 16:21