Cat owners have all been there. One minute you are quietly petting your cat and the next they are biting your hand.
And you are suddenly asking yourself, “what went wrong?”
Well, there are many different reasons Persian cats bite. This is a non-verbal communication method that might mean they are angry, stressed, hungry, bored or happy. Yes, biting can be used to express a variety of emotions.
So read on to learn how to decode and deal with Persian cat bites.
Why Does My Persian Cat Bite?
As cat owners, we’ve all wondered why our sweet furry friend decided to bite us. Often, this behavior seems unprovoked and unexpected.
However, biting is a natural behavior. In the wild, cats bite to catch prey. So house cats often bite to express their natural instincts. Your cat might be treating your hand like prey. But while this might be a cute behavior in kittens, it can be very painful to be bitten by an adult cat.
Another reason Persian cats bite is that they don’t have many communication options. So, they have to use biting to express many different emotions. A cat might bite to show anger, stress or love. And biting isn’t unique to Persian cats. All breeds use this type of communication.
To prevent biting, it is first essential to understand the different types of bites. Cats might use a strong or aggressive bite to express anger or frustration. This type of bite is especially common if they are fighting another cat. Also, declawed cats often use biting since they cannot resort to scratching. Aggressive biting is typically painful, so it is very important to discourage this type of biting.
Cats also use softer but still aggressive bites to express stress. This type of bite might occur if your cat wants attention or if they are feeling overstimulated.
Your cat might also use “nips” to express their message. If you are petting your cat and accidentally touch a sensitive area, they might nip you to show they don’t want you to touch that spot again.
Finally, your cat might bite you to show their affection. These love bites are a sweet and gentle way to show how much they love you.
How Can You Tell the Difference Between Love Bites and Aggressive Bites?
You probably won’t have any difficulty determining the difference between a love nip and an aggressive bite.
But, it is important to recognize the difference. This way, you can discourage aggressive bites so your cat will stop exhibiting this type of behavior.
Love bites are typically soft, gentle nips. Your cat might decide to express their affection while you are petting them. This is a behavior that is often exhibited by kittens. You can encourage this behavior as long as it isn’t painful for you.
Aggressive bites are usually very painful. Your cat might bite you if they are stressed or if you touched a sensitive area. These bites are typically accompanied by warning signs, so look for these. If your cat uses an aggressive bite, it is important to discourage this behavior. To prevent future bites, you need to teach your cat that aggressive bites are unacceptable.
What Are the Warning Signs of an Upcoming Bite?
Often, your cat will warn you before they bite. So it is important to learn their warning signs.
Common warning signs include:
- Tail flicking
- Pulled-back ears
- Growling or hissing
If you notice any of these signs, you should stop any behavior that might be provoking your cat. You should also try to discourage a bite. If they exhibit warning signs, walk away and ignore your cat. Or remove any stressors from their environment. By recognizing and reacting to warning signs, you might be able to prevent your cat from biting.
How Can You Prevent Your Persian Cat From Biting?
Unfortunately, there is not one simple solution to prevent all types of biting. But it is important to start discouraging this behavior when your cat is still a kitten.
In order to discourage biting, you need to try to understand why they decided to bite.
If the bite is stress-induced, try to remove any stressors from their environment. Maybe there is a loud noise or strange object bothering your cat. Maybe they are hungry or their litter box hasn’t been cleaned recently. Try to determine the cause of their stress.
Your cat might bite if you accidentally touch a sensitive spot. To prevent this type of biting, simply avoid touching this area again.
Sometimes, cats bite because they are bored or want attention. Make sure you devote some quality play time to your cat. Use toys to help them expel built-up energy. This will help tire-out your cat so they will be less likely to bite for attention. Also, cats can get bored of playing with the same toy all the time. So introduce new toys to prevent boredom
Cats also often bite because they are hungry. This can be a difficult situation to navigate. You don’t want to feed your cat immediately after they bite, because this will only reward their behavior. Instead, make sure you feed your cat at appropriate times so they don’t have to bite you to ask for food.
Don’t forget to pay attention to warning signs. As soon as you notice a sign, stop what you are doing and try to discourage the impending bite.
Also, make sure you reinforce good behavior and discourage bad behavior. By properly training your cat you can help prevent bites.
Cat calming sprays can work and help settle your cat down.
How Do You Train a Kitten Not to Bite?
To really discourage biting, you need to train your cat while they are still a kitten. That way, they will grow up learning that aggressive biting is not acceptable behavior.
Although it might seem like a natural reaction, never strike your cat. This will only make them fear you. And it could cause them to continue biting you.
So instead, you need to be firm but calm. When your cat bites, yell “ouch” or “no”. Then, walk away and ignore your cat. This will show that you did not like their behavior. And this behavior will not be reinforced with attention.
If your cat bites your hand, try to relax your hand. Don’t immediately yank it out of their mouth. This would only cause damage and pain to your hand.
And don’t forget to reinforce positive behavior. Anytime your cat is sweet or calm, praise them. Pet them or offer a treat. This is a simple way to show your cat what type of behavior is acceptable.
So the next time your cat decides to bite, take a moment to consider what triggered this behavior.
It is important that you take the appropriate action to train your cat. If they are biting out of aggression, firmly say “no” and ignore them. When stress causes their behavior, try to remove the source of stress. But, if they are being playful or loving you can choose to encourage this behavior.
Does your Persian cat bite? What steps do you take to discourage bad behavior? Please feel free to share your story below.