5 Reasons Your Cat May Be Biting

Written by: Adri Sandoval
Adri Sandoval is the Special Projects Manager for iHeartDogs and iHeartCats. Her work has deepened her love for animals, fostering a strong passion for rescue and animal advocacy.Read more
| Published on August 27, 2017

Cats have razor sharp teeth even as adults, so it’s no laughing matter if you have a cat that bites. But why is your cat biting? If you don’t know the reason, you can’t look for a solution.

“This may be a tough one for you, but cats can’t talk,” says Shawn Simons, headmistress of Kitty Bungalow Charm School for Wayward Cats.  “However, they can communicate. Biting is one of those ways in which they may be trying to tell you something. What they are saying could be good or bad. You have to pay attention. They may be saying, ‘This is awesome and fun!’ They may be saying, ‘Stop it!’ They may be saying, ‘I’m hurt’ or ‘I don’t feel well.'”

Simons is an expert in feline behavior. She gave us the following 5 reasons why your cat may be biting. If you do have this problem, the quickest way to solve it is by working with a feline behaviorist in your area.

#1 –  Something’s wrong

If the biting is suddenly a new behavior when you touch your kitty in a certain spot, it could be that there is something wrong.  It might mean your cat is in pain and you should bring him to the vet as quickly as possible.


#2 – Out of love

Was that a nibble or a bite?  Your cat may be giving you a ‘love bite’.  This comes out of an affectionate stance where a lick may turn into a nibble.


#3 – Because it was allowed

She may be biting because you have been using your hand as a toy.  It happens all the time: cat guardians use their hand as something to engage in play with their cat. This often escalates into her biting your hand, which is a natural progression. If you don’t like it, always have a toy between your hand and your cat when you play.


#4 – Out of boredom

Cats can bite to display their boredom. While they’re usually pretty good at occupying themselves, they can’t just watch TV when there’s nothing to do! Keeping your cat engaged and interested is important for everyone’s well-being. (A good way to do that? Get another cat, if you can!)


#5 – Overstimulation

Cats can bite when they get overstimulated from petting or play. You can catch signs of this in their body language: a tail twitch, a skin ripple. That may be the time to step away from the situation and give your kitty a breather.


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