RE: biting cat

Lisa Pierce ( )
Thu, 4 Feb 1999 16:20:35 -0800

Thanks for the advice (sorry it is belated). What do you say to people who
want to play with their tummies? I have tried to tell people politely but
they still do it. Maybe I am not firm enough. My vet even did it. I was
so shocked. The only way I have been able to stop it is by punishing
Sunday and I feel bad for that but I can't punish the people and sometimes
they won't stop. help.
Lisa (Sunday)

-----Original Message-----
From: CatWoman []
Sent: Tuesday, December 29, 1998 12:19 PM
Subject: RE: biting cat

}She is under a year so there may be hope. I was able to try the hand in
}the mouth this morning..the first two times she still wanted to play. The
}third time she went away. She doesn't bite in anger or anything, but I
}still want her to know that it's not acceptable. Thanks

Sounds good - I think it will probably work!

I know it did on the two feral babies - when I
picked them up to bring them home, one of them
bit me at the time (which left me spending the
ride home wondering what story I'd tell when my
thumb swelled up! Fortunately, it didn't!)

They did try to bite me at first in play - but
this technique has stopped them, and I can pet,
or even jiggle their tummies when they are laying
out flat on their backs without them trying to
bite me. If the other brother, or one of hte
other cats comes over, however, they are fair
game (I try to prevent ambushes, but don't stop
wrestling matches until they sound like they are
getting to be too real. This is true for *all*
the cats - from the babies to the seniors!).

Teo will nip at me to wake me up - usually in
the summer - he will paw away the covers and then
bite at whatever exposed anatomy he finds. Yipe!
Since I'm asleep when he does this - I haven't
been able to stop it other than by closing him
in another room at night. When I'm awake, he
doesn't bite unless he's upset.

Loki tends to reach out and bite at me whenever
I'm going by - or if I'm not getting food fast

Both were cats I got at about 1-1/2 - 2 years of

I don't play with their tummies the way I do the
babies because of this. Also - I would never let
anyone else play with any of my cats' tummies -
strangers may well be considered fair game...


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