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    Q&A: Why does my cat suddenly bite me for no reason?

    “There you sit, enjoying a quiet moment while gently petting your beloved feline when he suddenly, inexplicably, turns and sinks his teeth into your hand, or lashes out with his claws. Your quiet moment bursts like a soap bubble and now you’re angry and likely a little hurt. One minute your tabby’s perfectly content, the next, auditioning for Jackson Galaxy’s “Cat From Hell”. What happened?”

    Read the rest of the article to find out why.




    I’m so glad you found this article Mo. I was always so stunned when this would happen and I would wonder for days what I did wrong.


    AZDEBRA 5/27 & crew

    Haje used to bite and hiss at anyone and everyone just at times though, now with age and other things he has finally mellowed out some. I know where not to touch him or approach him without letting him know first.


    LadyKat of IA

    I had heard about this before with a cat I took in and would suddenly bite after being petted. Although my cats now will get down when they have had enough petting, I still watch for signs so I can stop before it’s uncomfortable for them.



    Thanks, Mo…good article!



    It’s over stimulation hehe and mixed internal signals ont eh cat’s part. Most when they do it it’s a light nip. But some become to stimulated and move to play mode/hunt mode and your hand is a moving object.



    Good article. Some cats are more prone to biting than others. My Kensho has done this on occasion. Fortunately I kind of knew, intuitively, that the cause was overpetting, and so I did not take it personally! He is also less cuddly in general than my two other cats, Jasmine & Amber. Personally, I don’t consider my cats “pets” at all; the term “pet” implies an objectification of these sublime sentient beings, as if their only purpose in life were for me to pet them. But the are beautiful animals, each with unique personalities of their own. To me they are animal companions, not pets.



    My 5 week old kitten is teething and constintly bites. i wanna get her out of this habit.

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