Cat bites can range from gentle, little nips to nasty, skin-piercing wounds.
When a cat gently nibbles their owner, they may be doing so as a sign of affection. They’re attempting to bond with you, completely unaware they’re actually hurting you. They may even catch you with their teeth while they’re grooming.
If you’ve ever been softly stroking your cat and then all of sudden they try to sink their teeth into you, it could be their way of telling you they’ve had enough interaction for the time being, or you’re stroking them in a place they’re not comfortable with. If this reaction is accompanied by growling or hissing, there may be other aggravating factors, such as injury or illness. Investigate, but do so delicately, without causing further discomfort.
Cats sometimes bite because they’re feeling stressed, scared or frustrated. A change in routine or living conditions can cause felines to act out, as can the introduction of another pet into the home.
Never shout at or punish a cat that behaves in an aggressive manner. Instead, attempt to understand what the problem is so you can work on a solution, one that has them feeling happy and relaxed in no time at all. Approaching a cat that’s fearful or stressed can do more harm than good, so keep an eye on their behavior from a distance, letting them come to you when they’re ready.