When I caress and caress the cat, why does it turn me around and bite me?
This behavior of the cat is often very confusing for the owners. Initially, the cat may like physical contact and, perhaps, even purr and rub against the owner.
However, after a period of time, the cat may shake and bite the hand that stroked it. These bites are usually quite inhibited, but they can be painful and quite heavy.
Such bites can also be called “set aside” bites. They happen at that moment when the cat no longer likes the physical sensation of caressing or caressing it.
Therefore, she tries to change the situation with a flash of aggression.
Is there any way to predict this type of behavior?
It is important to understand that some cats do not always appreciate affection and interaction with the owner. If the cat is sitting next to you or in your lap, this does not mean you want to pet it.
Cats tend to show subtle changes in behavior, but owners often do not notice these signs that the cat no longer likes physical contact. Your pet can slightly change its posture, start pulling on the tail, stretch the body, move the ears or show more obvious signs, such as growling or whistling.
In some cases, if you stop physical contact, the cat will calm down and not bite. In other cases, the cat may bite and then get out of the situation.
This behavior is often directed at owners or known people, but it can also happen to strangers. In these cases, the cause of the aggression is the most likely fear, since cats do not allow affection and interaction with strangers.
Is there any other reason why a cat can bite if you try to pet it?
Anxiety, pain or skin diseases can also contribute to behavior when the cat resists physical contact. Dental problems, metabolic diseases and some diseases can increase a cat’s irritability and reduce the response threshold when acting aggressively.
If this behavior is sudden, never before demonstrated, a visit to the veterinarian would be justified to examine the cat for any medical problem. If the cat has not been socialized, or the young kitten has never been caressed and caressed, then the behavior is not due to the desire for any contact with the person.
Owners respond to cat bites in several ways. If you respond to a bite by stopping to pet a cat, then it reinforces your biting behavior in the future.
If you punish your cat or become irritable, you may add more problems, since the cat may allow you affection in the future, but you will also be worried and anxious at this time. This situation is known as behavioral conflict (competitive motivation).
How should this behavior be treated?
First of all, it is important to learn to identify the warning signs that a cat gives (for example, spasms in the tail or ears, dilation of the pupil). At the first sign of these signals, all caresses and physical contact should be stopped.
In some cases, this will prevent aggression and escalation, and may be enough to control the problem.
In other cases, it is more appropriate to train the cat to endure physical contact without an aggressive reaction. The purpose of such training should be to increase the psychological threshold of the cat, when it can show aggression.
Using the treatment and positively reinforcing the cat’s patience, you can gradually increase the number of strokes before the cat can tolerate them more.
In some cases, it is more preferable to understand the cat and accept the type of interaction you want. For some cats, this may mean that if they sit side by side or even on their knees, they should not be ironed.
Many cats are more tolerant to scratching their necks and chins, instead of stroking their backs and sides.
It is never recommended to shout at a cat or use physical punishment. These actions, as a rule, increase the stress, emotion and fear of the cat, but do not teach him to be calmer.
If the cat began to show anxiety or aggression, then, slowly, leave the area of interaction and allow the cat to leave.
For some cats, the use of pheromone diffusers, which provide a calming effect, is very useful. Cutting the claws can also significantly reduce the possibility of injury.
If the problem of a cat is serious enough, then it should limit access to young children and people with disabilities.