Bitey Cats Aren’t Really Mean, They’re Actually Cute

Written by: Kelli Brinegar
For more than five years, Kelli Brinegar has been using her ability to write and her passion for research to tell the tale of what cats are thinking and why. She has provided care to more than 30 cats in her lifetime.Read more
| Published on April 3, 2020

As small and adorable little monsters, cats show their emotions in a host of strange ways. And one of those ways involves teeth.

Cats bite for a variety of reasons but rarely do our cats bite with true malice. Most of the time, bites born of annoyance sting, but these toothy attacks are merely a fraction of their true power. You kitty darling is just telling you to back off, he’s not really trying to hurt you.

And then, there are the accidental nips when our fingers get too close during play or feeding. Those can hurt, but those bites are purely accidental as your little beast was after a different target, either in the shape of a toy or a tasty food morsel.


Some say love is pain, and cats prove this with toothy affection. These love bites are one of their strange ways of telling you how much they care. Another of the great cat mysteries…

And while cats are trying to be tough when biting out of play or irritation, they’re just too darn cute for their own good.

Commiserate with other cat parents while also enjoying this collection of cute and bitey cats…

Whisky the cat says, “I will eat you, Human”. Get those plaid jammies, tough kitty!


This tabby is awfully cute while purrhaps demanding dinner be made…

Cute Animal Fluff Fluffs/Facebook

With a mouthful of needles, a cat asks, “Where do you think you are going?”


Gus the British Blue is a “bitey, bitey” lad…

Gus The British Blue/Facebook

Sansa is still adorable even when she’s getting you…


Your sock and your toes are mine!

A precious ginger kitty says, “love you so much! eat you so much”…


“Pierre wants to put the bitey on that wand toy!”

Cats Herd You/Facebook

Sometimes kittens can be a little aggressive with their love…


Smacking on the human’s hand with big eyes of gold


Thurston Waffles, King of Shrimp and adorable goblin, bites ALL of his food…


Benjamin lays down his demand, “No work, attention please.”


When kittens attack…

Colleen Gino/Facebook

A dainty bite from a grey-socked sweetheart as she says, “Gotcha Mom!”


Serž says, “You gotta bite for your right to party!”


Sir Blueberry is just dashing even with a mouthful of hand…


And this guy had learned the hard way, music soothes the savage beast…

Feature Image: @_sir_blueberry_/Instagram & @benjamin.thegrey/Instagram