“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 youâ€™re angry and likely a little hurt. One minute your tabbyâ€™s perfectly content, the next, auditioning for Jackson Galaxyâ€™s â€œCat From Hellâ€. What happened?”
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.
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.
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.