Why does my cat bite me? What if they bite me gently? What to know

  • Cats bite out of playfulness or to send their owners a message.
  • Buy cat toys to give your cat something else to bite.
  • Praise gentle behavior to lessen your cat’s aggression.

Cats are the second most popular pet in the U.S., trailing only dogs, with 31 million households owning a cat, according to worldatlas.com. With sharp teeth and intimidating claws, cats can be a pleasure to own, but they may also confuse their owners if their behaviors aren’t adequately recognized and addressed.

Taking proper care of your house cat can allow it to practice its natural instincts, without harming you in the process. Your pet’s supposedly random mood switches actually have tell-tale signs to look out for, Purina says.

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Why does my cat bite me?

Cats bite to send messages, Purina says. They may be telling you to stop petting them or they could be biting you out of playfulness.

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