If you’re a cat owner, then you know that cats love to play. They often use their teeth as part of the game. While it’s normal for cats to bite during play, there are ways to stop your cat from biting.
In this article, we’ll explore why cats bite during play and how to train your cat not to bite. We’ll also discuss why you should never punish a cat for doing it.
Why do cats bite during play?
Many cats incorporate biting into what is known as instinctual predatory play, or the innate need to stalk, grab, pounce, and play-attack. While this behavior is perfectly natural, it’s not always welcomed by their human playmates. Cats may also bite during play because they are trying to communicate that they are not happy with the interaction. For example, if your cat becomes overstimulated during play, gentle, playful nips can quickly turn to painful bites. If a cat is biting too hard, it may be a sign that they are becoming frustrated and need to end the play session.
If your cat has suddenly begun biting during play despite never exhibiting this behavior in the past, it could be a sign that he or she is not feeling well or is in pain. As with any sudden, unexplained behavior change, if this happens, discuss your cat’s behavior change with your veterinarian.
Alternatively, some cats bite during play simply because they’ve never been trained not to.
How to stop a cat from biting
If your cat is biting you, the best way to stop them is to make a loud noise or say “no.” Then, end the play session. Over time, your cat will learn that biting causes the fun to end and will stop biting as part of playing with you.
However, grabbing, biting, and attacking are all natural behaviors for your cat. As such, it’s important that your cat have a way to express themselves in this way. Provide them with interactive toys that are safe for them to pounce, grab, bite, and attack. “A happy cat is one who thinks he’s killed something every day,” explained Sally J. Foote, DVM and International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) certified feline behavior consultant.
It’s important to remember not to punish your cat for biting, as this may only make the problem worse.
Never punish a cat for biting
Cats bite for a variety of reasons. Punishing them for doing so will only make them fearful and defensive, and may lead to more biting. It’s important to understand why your cat is biting and address the underlying cause. If your cat is biting out of fear or aggression, seek professional help from a qualified veterinarian or animal behaviorist.The Catington Post is reader-supported. That means, if you make a purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. All images and names which are not the property of The Catington Post are the property of their respective owners.
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