How to Stop a Biting Cat
It is best to stop a biting cat before it interferes with your relationship. Cats can be aggressive when playing. They have the nature of a predator. So, it is quite natural for them to pounce, scratch, chase, and bite. But, if your cat is getting a little out of hand, you need to intervene and get her back on track. A cat that scratches or bites is not fun to play with.
Cause of aggressive play
When a cat is lonely, bored, or not regularly exercised, she may play more aggressively. Built-up energy is often the cause of aggression. She needs to let it all out somehow. When you play with her, she may get excited if she was left alone for a long time. She may play with a lot more enthusiasm than usual. Your cat does not behave like this to harm you and she does not mean to be aggressive. Some cats just do not realize they can actually hurt you.
Signs of aggression
You can look for signs when you play with your cat. There is a marked difference between gentle cat play and rough play. You need to take note of these, so you can react accordingly.
You can usually tell normal cat play behavior. Some signs are:
- relaxed facial expression
- mouth partly open
- lowering of the eyelids
- slow but gentle tail movements
When she is getting too excited and wound up, there will be some noticeable changes.
- play more forcefully
- ears will go back
- pupils with get larger
- tail will sway more intensely
As soon as you see her body language intensify even slightly, stop playing immediately. Go do something else or leave the room if necessary. This is why you need to be aware of the early signs of rough play. Before giving her any more attention, wait until she calms down. Try not to give her any negative attention, if she does not change her actions, and she bites or scratches you. The best thing to do is to go away or even leave the room. Avoid the temptation to shout, or discipline her.
Ways to stop a biting cat
- Keep your reactions consistent—This will speed the learning process. If you reward or ignore her, keep it up on a regular basis, so she will soon learn what to expect. She will come to rely on your responses.
- Never use physical punishment—This may be harmful to your cat, and it will cause her to be more aggressive and hostile towards you. Even if disciplining your cat does not hurt her, it will increase her biting or scratching, because she will become more fearful. Your relationship will be strained and this will only escalate your cat behavior problems.
- Play more with your cat—Since this type of behavior is due mostly to lack of exercise and an abundance of energy, try to increase her level of activity. Try throwing her favorite toy, or tying some paper on a string and letting her chase after it. If you can fit in two ten-minute play times each day, it should help alleviate this problem.
- Don’t let her start the play—Let her know you are in charge. She will get used to this and become less bothersome to you. But don’t forget to play with her often enough so that she isn’t forced to initiate it. Make her realize that she can depend on you. Try to note her most energetic times so she will benefit the most from the activities.
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