My neutered cat bites for no reason.

@Mickie30 (2631)
December 28, 2007 5:27pm CST
I am hoping I can get some help here. My neutered cat bites us for no reason we can be loving him and stroking him and suddenly he will bite us. Yesterday he bit my husbands hand really hard and drew blood. The vet said he had gingivitis, but never gave him anything for it. But, if it was due to this he has been biting since a kitten he is about 10 months old now and is still biting us. Any advice or tips?
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• United States
13 May 12
Hi Mickie, I ran across your post, and it appears that it has been 5 years ago you were having this problem with your kitteh. I am wondering since ample time has passed for him/her to be out of the "kitten" stage, if your kitteh was still biting you. My Tipper Kitteh is still a kitten at heart (he is only 2 years old even though he is such a big boy), but he is truly aggressive with his biting. He has bitten my mother this week on a daily basis and she has had to go to the doctor to recieve antiboitics. I do not want to have him "put down", and neither does she, but we can not let him continue to bite her. (she is also diabetic, and this could become extremely dangerous for her health). I have purchased him a harness and leash now to see if taking him outside on "safari" to unleash the "wild" in him outside will assist his biting problem. I am hoping and praying that since time has passed now, that YOU can help US with what you tried... let us know was was successful for you in detering your kitteh from biting. Any information would be useful... I guess i am asking for your enlightenment now. *grin* Thanks ever so much. Much Peace, Love, and Light~~~Always~~~
• Singapore
29 Dec 07
my cat only bites me when i tickle her stomach. other than that she will try to catch my hand and grab onto it with her paws and claws. I've bled numerous times from those scratches but I'm still ok now. Lol, get use to it i guess. take care
@Mickie30 (2631)
29 Dec 07
Thanks for your advice I really appreciate you taking the time to answer my question. It seems now that biting is part of the normal behaviour for a cat. I always said cats don't bite, but dogs do now I know that cats can bite just like dogs, but at least they don't hurt as much as dogs do. It is nice to know I am not alone with this and I still love my Boo. By the way that's his name Boo. My 2 year old daughter named him Boo.
@cikedo (3487)
• United States
29 Dec 07
My cat bites too when he gets into one of his "moods." He is also neutered and in great health. I believe that his biting has more to do with his own attitude problem and not a health issue. That may be the same case with your kitty.
@Mickie30 (2631)
29 Dec 07
Thanks for your advice I really appreciate you taking the time to answer my question. It is nice to know I am not on my own. Maybe he has got a bit of an attitude problem I think you are right. Sometimes I wonder if he feels a bit left out even though we try to make a big fuss of him we also have a 2 year old daughter and she does provoke him sometimes when she is trying to play with him.
@AD11RGUY (1266)
• United States
29 Dec 07
You're blessed! You have an affectionate cat! My boy at age 3 1/2 still does so as well. In the beginning, he bit hard and drew blood often, just like yours does now. What I have learned over the years is that saying "ow" in a gentle but louder than normal voice, while gently turning/twisting your hand while it's in the cat's mouth but not withdrawing it completely (there's a mouthful!) gives the cat an idea of your pain threshold. If you consistently do this, the cat will adjust his/er pressure to you. I have always thought it sweet when a cat becomes this attached to its owner. So give it a try. In a matter of weeks your love bites won't be so painful. As for your vet - find another one. Gingivitis is something treatable, especially in younger cats. I don't know exactly what they prescribe, but I have talked with other cat and dog owners who have found vets who take care of this. Shop around...there's got to be somebody you can go to. Good luck and happy love bites!
@Mickie30 (2631)
29 Dec 07
Thanks for your advice I really appreciate you taking the time to answer my question. I do love my cat very much and at least I know I am not on my own I thought it was something he would just grow out of but, it seems from your answer he won't. I think your advice is really good and something that I could do to help my cat stop biting or biting less.
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@ersmommy1 (12598)
• United States
29 Dec 07
There is a cat behavior called love biting. The "love" biting behavior goes back to early kittenhood behavior with cats siblings. If you have ever seen little kittens play, they are incredibly rough! They have to be socialized to learn the human skin is not as tough as cat skin. Your cat's behavior seems perfectly normal, so I would not worry about it as long as it is fairly gentle,but since the cat has drawn blood, and the vet doesn't seem to be of any help, seek advice from friends. Maybe see if you have friends that have had the same problem. Again the cat is only ten months old, and may not understand yet. The older the cat becomes the less often this has occured with my cat. I still get the occasional nibble on the nose.
@Mickie30 (2631)
29 Dec 07
Thanks for your advice I really appreciate you taking the time to answer my question. You seem to know a lot about cats and I had never heard of this behaviour before maybe it is this as we got him from a pet shop and he was caged up with other cats about his age and I suppose all they had to do all day was play and fight with one another. We have never bought a cat from a pet shop before and always wanted to get one from a shelter. We did get a Bengal but, she was weeing all over the house so we had to give her back. When we went into the pet shop we were looking at the kittens and this little black and white kitten came up to me and I couldn't help fall in love. I feel we rescued him from the situation he was in locked in a cage all day not a nice place for a cat to be.
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@Sissygrl (10914)
• Canada
28 Dec 07
I dont know what to tell you but, he will probably always be a biter! my neighbours cat used to come visit us, and he would bite me if i STOPPED petting him. lol. Pretty weird eh ? Maybe he doesnt like the WAY you are petting him ?
@Mickie30 (2631)
29 Dec 07
Thanks for your advice I really appreciate you taking the time to answer my question. I will try petting him in a different way.
• United States
29 Dec 07
Our neutered male, Eddie (an only cat) would bite when he was a kitten. A very bad habit to let them continue. Sometimes, it is 'over stimulation'from play. But usually, it is not. Ours is now seven years old. I stopped the biting by doing a Two Finger tap on his little nose. Doesn't have to be hard. This is what the mommy cat does when the kittens misbehave; a tap with the paw on the nose. If this does not stop him, I gave him a two finger tap with a hiss. Also, this is what mom would have done, and I watched Eddie draw back his head from me in surprise. Yup; got your number, bud! Give um lots of love, and Good luck!