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Do you know why some cats bite and scratch their owners? The experts’ answer

Because of their hunting instinct, young cats have a habit of biting each other when they live with their littermates. This predisposes them to continue this behaviour into adulthood.

There are many reasons why a cat may bite you. We’ll explain the main ones.

Why does your cat bite you?

Cats bite for two main reasons:

  1. As part of a hunting sequence. This includes chasing, pursuing, catching, biting, killing and eating.
  2. As a self-defense strategy when feeling threatened.

The reason why some cats bite while playing is covered in the first point. This is because play is partly training for real life.

Indeed, many play-related behaviors are part of the sequence that allows the cat to survive if it lives in the wild. Therefore, most cat toys encourage movement and hunting. Learn more about why your cat tends to bite you.

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Because she doesn’t want to cuddle anymore

Observing your cat can help you determine what type of petting she prefers, when and how often.

Because he loves you very much

As unbelievable as it may seem, your cat may bite your hand or other body part as a sign of affection and excessive love.

In this case, gently place your fangs on the skin to avoid injury. However Unless he has developed this behavior as a child, he may not control the biting and may end up hurting you.

Because he is afraid or intimidated

Cats are very susceptible to stressful situations they cannot control.

Changes or the presence of other felines in their territory can upset them and cause them to attack or bite.

Adopt, save a life and get a friend. To read more articles like this, we recommend visiting the Animals category.

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Cornell Volkman
Written by: Cornell Volkman
Hey there, I'm Cornell! For the past decade, I've been perfecting my craft as a writer with a love for nature and gardening. I take pride in creating engaging articles that bring the beauty of animals and gardens to life. From reporting on the latest conservation efforts to sharing tips for cultivating a thriving garden, my writing aims to inspire and educate. I'm excited to share my passion with you and invite you to join me on a journey of discovery!