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From:Chicago, Illinios USA
Registered: Aug 2003

posted 08-26-2003 10:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for frustratedcatowner     Edit/Delete Message

About two months ago, my wife and I brought home a 14 month old female tabby cat from the shelter. She had a cold, so after about a week, I took her to the vet. I gave her antibiotics for about two weeks. She is fine now.

Although she is feeling better, she turned from a loving cat who always wanted to sit on your lap and be scratched to biting (lightly) even after only 1 minute of petting. She no longer want to sit on your lap. She used to love to have her stomach scratched. Now she will nibble at you immediately.

I've tried everyting. I play with her (string) at least twice a day. I feed her well (Iams). When she bites, I walk away and ignore her, hoping she will associate biting with the stopping of affection. She will usually wait two minutes and come walking over by me, but if I try to pet her, she will again bite.

What should I do??????

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From:Nova Scotia, Canada
Registered: May 2003

posted 08-27-2003 04:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Cat     Edit/Delete Message
Cats can be funny that way. From what I have observd with mine, biting can either be an expression of love or annoyance. However, my siamese's love bite can actually break the skin. She gets a little over zealous. A 14 mths is still in the kitten stage and just like a puppy they will still chomp away at hands. Typically cats don't like their stomach scratched (although one of mine will sit for hours for a stomach rub)and will bite to let you know.

Observe her behaviour to see what context her biting is taken - i.e. does she flatten her ears, growl fluff up or is she playful? When my cat means business she will bite me and walk away looking quite disgusted.If she is being playful - that is quite normal and she will grow out of it eventually. Take a look on the internet and read about cat behaviour to get more info.

Good luck.

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From:Atlanta, GA
Registered: Aug 2003

posted 08-27-2003 06:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Thorn     Edit/Delete Message
I don't have very much experience with biters. However I would just like to warn you that if you are going to play with your cat using string, make sure it is always supervised and the string is taken away after play.

cats will eat the string and it will tangle up their intestines and need to be surgically removed (this just happened to my cat with tape!!)

Better safe than sorry.

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Registered: Jul 2003

posted 08-27-2003 09:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for sarah207     Edit/Delete Message
yehh...and also i had these small little mice for my cat to play with and he got one off the counter and actually bit the head off and ate it....he did throw it up and thats how i found just Thorn said....try not to leave things like that out unattended....
sorry i have no advice about the cat does sometimes bite....but hes funny...simetimes he loves his stomach rubbed and others he will just start i just take my hand away....trying 2 tell him that bitting is not good....

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From:sheridan, wy
Registered: Aug 2003

posted 08-27-2003 11:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fleafly     Edit/Delete Message
I adopted a kitten at 6 months old who was a biter. He would do it when we were laying down together. He likes to bite your nose. I would wake up to him biting my nose sometimes. I don't know if this will help you or not, but here's what I did. I would bite back right in front of his face. Just snap a little, this didn't work for very long. I think he didn't realize that it hurt me when he bit me. They usually learn this from playing with other cats, and he was alone. To teach him that it hurt when he bit me, I would gently bite the top of his ear. I know this sounds weird, but you can't explain to cats that it hurts. I wouldn't bite hard, just enough that it was uncomfortable for me. I had to do this a few times and he quit biting. I have now had him 3 years. Every once in awhile he will bite towards my nose while we are cuddling. Now I just snap in front of his face and he stops. I don't know if this will help for a cat who bites while you are petting them or not. One of mine started doing that, and I would just quit petting her so she stopped biting.

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