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Cats' surprising reasons for biting during petting explained

These behaviors of the cat should raise a red flag for us.
These behaviors of the cat should raise a red flag for us.
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1:08 PM EDT, June 12, 2024

Cats walk their paths, but when they feel safe around humans, they can form a special bond with their owners. Some behaviors of these four-legged friends can signal us. When and what should concern a caretaker?

Cats are unique four-legged animals. Although they can have distinct personalities and be much more independent than dogs, they know how to show love and play and truly enjoy spending time with "their" humans.

Pets have specific behaviors, and it is worth noting that particular gestures can mean something entirely different in certain situations.

Cat biting your hand during petting? There are several reasons

A cat's nipping when being petted is commonly believed to be a sign of... its spitefulness. This is not the only possibility. Gentle nipping by a cat is also a sign of love! In this way, a kitten, longing for its household members, may demand attention and affection. Gentle "pinches" can also be an invitation to play.

But what if the four-legged friend first wants us to pet him and then suddenly bites, and we feel it wasn't a "friendly" nip? We need to take a close look at the entire situation. If the kitten was purring contentedly at first but then stopped, started impatiently wagging its tail, and its pupils became dilated - something is up. The pet likely wants to start playing, or we are petting it awkwardly, which it decided to signal to us.

It is also worth noticing if our cat has suddenly become entirely untouchable. Especially if it was instead "cuddly" before, the appearance of aggression when trying to pet the cat in such a situation may mean something is wrong with the animal. We should then visit a veterinarian to clear up any doubts and, if necessary, help the cat return to health.

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