It’s really not uncommon for cats to bite – they are animals after all, domesticated or not. There are many reasons why a cat may want to bite you and it can happen all of a sudden, but it’s important that you understand that it is not always done as a sign of aggression.
Cats are predators after all, we mustn’t forget that! This is why biting, clawing and pouncing makes up a large part of their playtime behaviour – in fact this is very important for cats as it forms part of their natural instincts.
However, there is a fine line between being aggressive towards you and normal playtime.
If you cat bites suddenly when petting and stroking them, this could just be there way of saying ‘stop, I’ve had enough’. Usually your cats body language will have conveyed this wish beforehand but you missed it.
If your cat bites when playing, then this is just their natural instinct kicking in. It’s normal. If you want to encourage them to not bite during playtime – you can reward them with treats and affection for not biting. Enforce the message of good behaviour and what you expect of them.
You also need to differentiate between little playful nips and full on aggressive bites as well, as the former is just your cat playing and being a cat. If it’s an aggressive bite then you need to let them know that this behaviour is not acceptable towards you.
Provide plenty of playtime stimulation for them as well – such as toys to practice on and also reinforce this behaviour with rewards for doing do.
Just like with training any animal, when it comes to stopping your cat from biting then it’s a gradual behaviour change over time that will work best for you and your beloved feline. Don’t rush things and take the time to do it properly.
Before long you and your cat will be much happier in the long run, trust us!