Too Much Cat Petting

The biting cat
"To me, a cat is an easy pet, they don't need any spoiling or looking after."

 Karl Pilkington


As a rule, cats will simply walk away when they have had enough attention from you. Others, on the other hand, will nip at your hand. Why do they do it? It can get confusing. You aren’t hurting them, just stroking them.

Some cats become over stimulated effortlessly. The stroking gets them wound up and the bite relieves some of the tension that is created from overly petting. Others just never learned that biting was inappropriate actions. There is no consensus on exactly why some cats bite and others don’t, but there are some warning signs you can look for that may help you prevent being bit.

Watch your cat’s tail. If the end starts twitching, this is a sure sign the cat is getting annoyed. Unlike dogs, cats do not wag their tails. An additional sign to watch for is ear movement. Every cat owner is familiar with the flattened ears of an furious cat, but by that time, it is extremely late and you are nursing a bite. Watch for the ears to start rotating to the sides. This is a signal your furry friend is getting agitated. Cease stroking now and you can put a stop to getting bit.

With cats that have a inclination to bite, it is good to follow what has been dubbed the seven-stroke rule. Permit yourself to stroke your cat only seven times to start. Then stop. This is usually short enough not to start agitation. In the long run you can add another stroke and then another, but do it bit by bit over time. This will give your cat time to build up to being stroked.

Just as some people prefer not to be touched, some cats are also this way. Learning to recognize the warning signs will help prevent anger on your part and irritation for your cat. This will make you both happier.

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