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    Could anyone tell me why my cat bites me ? She also scratches. Sometimes it's minor but last night she took a good bite out of my arm! I cannot give her up even though some have suggested that. She was given to me by someone who got her from a shelter when she was about one year they tell me. The previous owner said Bunny ( cat) used to chew on fiberglass ? Think they kept her in the basement. Most of the time she follows me everywhere, even walks all over my keyboard, etc. Very affectionate mostly. I am very upset as I love her very much! We have had her for over four years and would like to have her much longer.

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    She wants your attention; but you're in control here. Next time she does bite:
    Grab her gently and look at her square in the eye, firmly tell her to stop biting you.
    She will get it with a few times practicing this technique.
    That's how I break my cats from biting on me.

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    Are you holding her when she scratches and bites? I have a cat that follows me everywhere, sleeps in my sewing drawers right beside me or even in the chair behind me when I'm sewing but don't pick her up and hold her more than a minute! Some cats just don't like to be held. My boys are the exact opposite--can't be held/petted enough!

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    Is this a new behavior?
    Chewed fiberglass? How strange, this might be a sign of what is called Pica, and can possibly be caused by some lack in the body. As a small child one of my daughters used to carefully remove some of my plants from their pots and eat the roots!!! Her German doctor said it was Pica and to give her a vast array of foods to see if one of them calmed and changed her diet. (it did, and she gained a lot of weight too.)

    I buy my two rescue cats sprouted greens from the grocery store, I think it's mainly for someone who wants to juice it but my cats graze on it like cattle in the fields.

    As for the scratching and biting, treat her like a kid and tell her sharply "NO" and use a spray bottle to reinforce that order. Cats and dogs hate spray bottles with just plain water in them.

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    My beloved Scooter was never a biter until we had been on vacation for a week (with people he knows coming 2 times a day to check on him) and as we were driving home, we got a phone call that my other half's father had died. We were just about an hour from his home and was going to do a surprise visit to him. We wound up having to be gone another 3 days and then were only home for 1 day and had to leave again for the funeral and we returned 4 days later. After that, my Scooter started biting. It was usually when we were busy doing other things and not paying attention to him. He still does it to this day and that was 2 years ago. He doesn't like to be ignored!!!

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    Have you tried Feliway pheromones? I would put diffusers through the house and also spray around where you usually sit. These pheromones make most cats feel more calm and more happy. Here is a link to one of the diffusers on Amazon:
    http://www.amazon.com/Comfort-Zone-F...dp/B003E6WSHK/

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    I might get a nip from one of my cats when they want my attention or have had ENOUGH attention. They nip to play, and my late cat Lucy would nip my head if I was getting too rowdy, like I was one of her kittens!

    That said, my friend has a cat that bites and scratches for more sinister reasons, and I've never figured out how to stop her. My friend doesn't care, and I just ignore her when I go there. She stalks me, but doesn't bother me if I ignore her or hiss when she gets too close. If she were my cat I'd certainly be looking for a better solution, too.

    Have you spoken with your vet?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cctx.
    She wants your attention; but you're in control here. Next time she does bite:
    Grab her gently and look at her square in the eye, firmly tell her to stop biting you.
    She will get it with a few times practicing this technique.
    That's how I break my cats from biting on me.
    Do as cctx suggested...they are 'rulers' of the house, you have to make her know you ARE the alpha. Do it gently, but firmly, if you scare her it might make it worse. I have one that hates being picked up, but can pet her, purrs and purrs, and she's my sewing buddy..lol She only bit me once, pretty good, and not again, we had 'the talk'!!! They're just territorial creatures, some relinquish better...lolo Just love her. Good luck.

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    For my Sylvia, (She's the one looking terrified in my photo) it's just play. To make a long story short, I encouraged it when she was a baby because she had no playmates and now I can't get her to stop. I'll usually just stop paying her attention and she'll go pick on Ms. Penny Lane (her dear mother) instead.

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    Loraine, my cat does the same. She's like your cat, very affectionate and sweet most of the time. But I never know when she attacks me. I got her from a shelter 5 1/2 years ago and from her behavior we (the vet and I) think she's abused by her previous owner. I've tried everything, including meds but it doesn't help. Right now she's on meds again but she still attacks me. Only solution is putting her down but I don't want to do that because she doesn't deserve that. But I have to admit, sometimes I'm so fed up with her behavior!

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    My cat does that too when she wants attention.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anael
    Loraine, my cat does the same. She's like your cat, very affectionate and sweet most of the time. But I never know when she attacks me. I got her from a shelter 5 1/2 years ago and from her behavior we (the vet and I) think she's abused by her previous owner. I've tried everything, including meds but it doesn't help. Right now she's on meds again but she still attacks me. Only solution is putting her down but I don't want to do that because she doesn't deserve that. But I have to admit, sometimes I'm so fed up with her behavior!
    But in any case, she knows you love her. It's just her demeanor to have an ugly streak, unfortunately.. Just keep on loving her..

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    I got a kitty from the shelter about 6 weeks ago and he is usually very sweet. Loves to be held, petted, follows me every where.He thinks I'm his mother. But, then there are times he gets frisky and plays hard. He will grab my arm with his claws and then bite me. Like he caught something and is fighting it. I have to keep taking him off my arm and putting him on the floor. He finally stops after 3 or 4 times. I firmly tell him NO !

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    I had a biter. Learn her biting signals. Every time you see one, ignore her completely. Turn your back to her. If she's in your lap, put her on the floor. Without emotion or stress. You have to be consistent. My cat was an attention whore. Hated being ignored and quickly figured out what was going on.

    Also if she doesn't like being petted in a certain area or manner, don't pet her there or that way.

    Get a toy on a stick and play for ten minutes a day. Or, teach her to fetch. Exercise helps.

    Good luck!

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    be very careful with cat scratches and bites, they can cause bad infections.

    talk to your vet he might just want more attention

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pins n' Ndls
    Could anyone tell me why my cat bites me ? She also scratches. Sometimes it's minor but last night she took a good bite out of my arm! I cannot give her up even though some have suggested that. She was given to me by someone who got her from a shelter when she was about one year they tell me. The previous owner said Bunny ( cat) used to chew on fiberglass ? Think they kept her in the basement. Most of the time she follows me everywhere, even walks all over my keyboard, etc. Very affectionate mostly. I am very upset as I love her very much! We have had her for over four years and would like to have her much longer.
    You give a lot of clues as to the reasons for her behavior. But, can you provide a little more detail? What are you/she doing at the time? Playing? Sitting? Did she just jump up and bite for no reason? Has she had a complete checkup by a vet? The poor thing has had four homes in her short life (that you know of), so she may have abandonment issues -- yes, they do get them. If she bites while playing, its because that's how she was played with as a kitten and it was allowed. It may be cute when they're little, but they do grow up, but not out of that behavior. I ask about the vet check because she might have some underlying old injury and maybe you're touching her in a place that hurts? You've received lots of good advice from other posters --- show her gently who's boss, call her out on her bad behavior, love her and reassure her that you're not going anywhere. And, maybe resign yourself to the fact that she just is not a cuddlepuss. I have one like that...it's okay to be in the same room, but don't touch! Good luck, and thank you for not giving up on her.

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    I don't think you have to get rid of your furbaby. Try one of the things the others told you.

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    I had to keep a squirt bottle handy, even when bed because mine would suddenly switch from cuddling and purring to attacking. It helped. An even better help has been a little sister for him. Someone had a cat who was being abused by her 4 year old son and I adopted her. Now the 2 cats are so busy wrestling with each other that he doesn't think about attacking me. I had thought about having him put down, but love him too much. I frequently got my bed sheets bloody and had serious cuts and bruises.

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    Apparently I have lots of furbaby lovers for quilting friends! Can't thank you all enough for responding to my plea for help. This last time she bit me , she came to me and wanted to be petted. Before I could even do that she leaned over and did her thing! We are both retired people and outside of doctor visits and food, medicine trips, we don't leave her alone. Immediately after doing it she runs and hides from me. But no fear, I won't give her up, just keep a bottle of peroxide and antibiotic ointment handy!!!

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    You have to discipline for the biting its the only way. If you let them do it they will think its okay, some do love bite, but those don't hurt or break skin. If this is a bite bite it will take time and you will just have to work on it.

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    Dolphyngyrl- I have a cat who gives love bites but he can be a bit aggressive- he's a big cat and doesn't seem to be aware of his strength. I know what you mean.
    He always does it when I'm petting him- he's all lovey and all of a sudden he strikes LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pins n' Ndls
    Apparently I have lots of furbaby lovers for quilting friends! Can't thank you all enough for responding to my plea for help. This last time she bit me , she came to me and wanted to be petted. Before I could even do that she leaned over and did her thing! We are both retired people and outside of doctor visits and food, medicine trips, we don't leave her alone. Immediately after doing it she runs and hides from me. But no fear, I won't give her up, just keep a bottle of peroxide and antibiotic ointment handy!!!
    LOL she's just like mine! I agreed with the vet to clip her nails quite often so she can't hurt me that much. Sometimes she scratches my face too. I too have a bottle of peroxide handy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wanda lou
    be very careful with cat scratches and bites, they can cause bad infections.
    Yes! Especially bites. I have gotten cellulitis from a cat bite and had to go to a doctor for antibiotics. They warned me that if I didn't come in right away for this infection (it was a Saturday that I called to ask about the small red lump), it could rapidly progress to a need for hospitalization and intravenous antibiotics.

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    my friends cat would bite onto her hand but not hard. my friend would just leave her hand still until the cat let go. She had lost her husband recently and the cat missed him terribly. she quit biting now and never bit me,only insisted on sitting in my lap all the time. i tend to keep my hands away from her anyway.
    i would suggest you grab her by the back of her neck, like a mamma cat would, and hold onto her awhile. talking to her all the time then let go and pet her. hopefully she will get the idea you are head "cat" and leave you alone.
    also, when bitten say "ouch, ouch, ouch" over and over. my older cat got the idea he was hurting us and never did it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pookie ookie
    I had a biter. Learn her biting signals. Every time you see one, ignore her completely. Turn your back to her. If she's in your lap, put her on the floor. Without emotion or stress. You have to be consistent. My cat was an attention whore. Hated being ignored and quickly figured out what was going on.

    Also if she doesn't like being petted in a certain area or manner, don't pet her there or that way.

    Get a toy on a stick and play for ten minutes a day. Or, teach her to fetch. Exercise helps.

    Good luck!
    We had one of those. We rescued him and he seemed ungrateful! He would sit on my lap and for no apparent reason bite me. We did the above, and that did help. Sometimes I could sense he was getting ready and I would just stand up and dump him.

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