why does my cat bite my toes

Play Aggression Problem: Cats stalk, leap, grab, chase, run, and ambush in the name of fun and catching mice. If your bare toes are wiggling on the carpet, your cat might mistake them for something tasty and stalk your toes until he pounces and bites. This behavior is cute when itвs kitten on kitten, but not when your cat chomps down on your toe. Solution: Play with fishing pole type toys to keep those teeth away from your skin. Donвt let your fingers dangle over a cat when you play with him в he might mistake them for toys. Petting-induced Aggression Problem: Suddenly the happily purring cat youвve been petting turns his head, bites your hand, and jumps to the floor. This type of aggression is not well understood. Animal behaviorists believe too much physical contact irritates a cat if he has a low threshold for stimulation. Usually your cat gives you a warning sign before he bites. You need to watch for these signals:
Dilated pupils. Solution: If you see any of those signs, stop petting the cat. If youвre holding him, put him on the floor. Territorial Aggression Problem: Some cats protect their territory. Usually this type of aggression is shown toward other cats but it can be directed toward people or other household animals. A cat marks his territory by patrolling an area, then chin rubbing or spraying urine to mark a particular place.

The cat ambushes or chases an intruder away from his area while displaying offensive postures such as hissing or swatting. The catвs territory could be the entire house, a room, or even the litter box. Solution: Use a process of conditioning to help the cat get along with whoever triggered this reaction in the first place. Redirected Aggression Problem: This type of aggression is dangerous because the cat is out of control. It occurs when a cat is aroused by a cat, another animal, or a person he canвt reach. A cat walking outside past the window may upset a cat and make him want to defend his territory. He canвt reach the trigger of his anger due to the window. Instead he lashes out at whoever is closest, whether thatвs another household animal or a person. Solution: To keep from being bitten, do not approach an agitated cat. Walk away and let the cat calm down. It is important to check with your veterinarian if your cat suddenly begins biting or showing aggressive behavior. If there is no medical cause for the biting behavior, you might be referred to an animal behaviorist for help. Finding the cause of biting aggression and treating it promptly is important. We all know it.

I think all cats have done it. You are lazily waking under your covers when your cat launches herself at your feet. Sometimes we anticpate and egg it on, but sometimes, it is a bit of a shock if you are comfortably snoozing when the attack occurs. You can make it a game or you can just bump her off the bed. Given the unpredictability of your reaction, why does your cat seem to find the lure of your hidden feet so irresistible? That s just it itвs irresistible. В Cats are hunters and their prey drive is hard wired into their very being. The presence of prey, its movement and sound, triggers a response inside your cat s brain that is reflexive. He probably knows it s your feet (or at least knows that what it is an awfully large prey item for him), but the signals prompt him to act, regardless. As the game moves forward, of course, his cognitive brain starts to catch up and he relishes the capture and loss and recapture of your elusive feet just for the fun. Think about sport fishing. I used to wonder why in the world a fish would try to eat or attack a plastic lure. Sport fishing is successful based on the very same concept. It is not really about the lure or the material (because letвs face it, artificial lure is like your foot, never edible), but instead it is whether the lure can trigger the fish to instinctively attack.

Here is where the skill and art of fishing come in. The fisherman wants to use and move the lure in a way that will cause the fish to react without thinking. Your feet may do the same thing for your cat, but there is probably more to it than that, given that your cat likes you and wants your attention. В She gets the fun of the chase and catching of your feet and sometimes, you respond with a game. She never actually ingests your toes, so she knows in her thinking brain that this is not a hunt. If she is truly hungry, she will abandon the game in search of real food. Hunting and prey apprehension are so important to cats that those deprived of it are at a greater risk of medical and behavioral disorders, so indulge your cat s desire to stalk your feet, even find other things that she can sneak up on and pounce on. If she s interrupting your needed sleep time, make sure you indulge her hunter instincts in deliberate games before you retire for the night. Appreciate that she needs these types of activities for her overall mental and physical health. If it turns into a fun game ritual, it is even better! Do you love cats? Find me on Facebook at. We talk about all sorts of fun animal things!

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