Why does the cat bite? The hands and feet are exposed to the sharp teeth of the purr. And this is not pleasant, besides the cat bite heals for a long time (it may even become inflamed). But there are many reasons why a cat bites.
Why does a cat bite its hands and feet?
Age of the pet
Much depends on the age of the pet. If this is still a baby, then this is how it tries to play with a person. But this habit must be stopped, otherwise serious problems will arise in the future. You need to raise your baby from the very first day, immediately after appearing in your house, so that you don’t wonder why a four-legged friend bites, scratches, and shits past the tray.
If an adult cat bites its feet, it is probably because of boredom. Especially if the pet is hiding, and then abruptly jumps out of the shelter, bites the person and quickly runs away again. Try to find an occupation for the purr, provide toys, and pay attention to the pet yourself. After all, a cat is not a part of the interior, but a living creature that needs your love, affection, and attention.
Sometimes aggression is associated with the fact that the animal is in pain. Then the cat bites and hisses when they try to touch it. But in this case, the pet uses its teeth and claws suddenly, which is very alarming for owners. If a previously cute and affectionate cat suddenly becomes aggressive (when they try to touch it, pick it up), then you should take the pet to the veterinarian.
Often, a sharp change in behavior (from kind to aggressive) indicates that the purr is afraid of something or is experiencing stress. All that a loving, caring owner should do in this case is to try to calm the pet, provide it with comfortable conditions, and minimize it. Frequent moves, the appearance of other Pets in the house, the arrival of guests, a new family member-all this can become a stress factor for the animal. Be patient, your four-legged friend should feel your love and support.
What to do with a biting cat?
Before you do anything, you should understand why the animal behaves like this. If this is a baby, then it can be re-educated. Just don’t encourage (or even allow) a baby to play with your hands or feet. And don’t let your guests have so much fun with a cute lump. In addition, very young children have such a craving to bite due to the fact that the kitten is teething.
What should the owner do to help the baby? Buy special rubber toys so that the little animal can scratch its gums on it, and not on your feet. And if he tries to bite you, then you need to “pull” him a little (do not shout, do not punish, otherwise you will then think why the cat is afraid of you and messes up out of spite).
If you suspect that your cat has started biting his feet because he has something that hurts, then do not guess what it is, but take it to a veterinary clinic or call a specialist at home. After a thorough examination, additional research, a diagnosis will be made and treatment will be prescribed. As soon as the pet gets better, it will again become the same as it was before its illness. Therefore, if you notice a sharp change in the pet’s behavior, ask for help, and the veterinarian will tell you what to do.
If your feet have become a toy for purring, then you will have to use your wits. Wean your pet from this habit, do not encourage this behavior. There are many ways of “re-education”, it remains to choose the most effective one for your cat.
The first is spraying from the “pshikalka”. Oh, the cat is afraid of this! And as soon as he aims at your feet, do not even think about why he is rushing at you with burning eyes, immediately spray water. The disadvantage of this method is that you will have to constantly carry a spray gun or put them all over the house.
The second method is to throw a towel over the cat biting its feet. Purr does not like when something is thrown at him (it is dark, scary, space is limited), especially since it has already been proven that the cat does not tolerate a closed space. But again, you will have to carry something with you, because the pet may be waiting for you.
The third method is more psychological. As soon as the cat takes up his old ways, bites his legs, say a firm (but without raising the tone, without shouting at the animal) voice “you can’t” and go to another room. But you will not have to do this once until the pet understands why you stop playing with it.
But only with an aggressive cat so you can not cope. If the purr initially has such a character, then your departure will not mean anything to him. Suspension helps only in cases when the pet is flirting and not evil bites its owner’s hands and feet.
Well, if you have a very stubborn fuzzy that does not respond to your care, or to spraying, or to towels thrown on top, then you will have to resort to a more cruel method. What will you have to do for this? Scare your tailed friend!
You can “arm yourself” with a jar of change or some hard objects (the main thing is that it rattles loudly), maybe you have a baby rattle lying around somewhere, maybe you can build something yourself from improvised means. As soon as your pet predator once again pounces on you, start rumbling. Cats are also afraid of a loud sharp sound (who isn’t afraid of it?).A couple of times you will scare, the purr will stop making “clack-clack” with its teeth, as a conditioned reflex will be developed after a couple of times.
Hi, my name is Mike Fletcher. I am 36 years old and I’m a veterinarian at a veterinary clinic in Granby Colorado. And this is my blog about Pets. I hope I can answer your questions here.