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    biting cat

    we have a beautiful cat less than two years old, but he bites all the time. he doesn't want you to touch him and if he can slip up on you he will bite you really hard. we have never had a cat like this. they have all been very loving. anyone have any ideas.

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    How long have you had him? Where did you get him from? Does he get regular exercise, like toys he can pounce on, or "hunt" like the fishing pole type toys? Did this just start? Any recent changes in the house hold?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karen View Post
    How long have you had him? Where did you get him from? Does he get regular exercise, like toys he can pounce on, or "hunt" like the fishing pole type toys? Did this just start? Any recent changes in the house hold?
    we have had him since he was six weeks old.we got him from the animal shelter. yes he gets played with all the time. he has a fishing pole with a mouse that squils. he kills that mouse he started biting since we got him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seniorsgal View Post
    we have had him since he was six weeks old.we got him from the animal shelter. yes he gets played with all the time. he has a fishing pole with a mouse that squils. he kills that mouse he started biting since we got him.
    Sounds like he never learned that biting is unwelcome when he was a kitten - I am surprised the shelter let him go at that age, as usually kittens should stay with their mother and sibling for 8-12 weeks, as that's when they learn important socialization skills. Maybe he needs a lot more exercise, will he go for walks on a harness and leash? He sounds like he is biting out of boredom, and as a young cat, he's got energy to spare! ping pong balls in the bathtub sometimes help wear a kitty out ... is there a particular time of day he does the biting?
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    Quote Originally Posted by seniorsgal View Post
    we have a beautiful cat less than two years old, but he bites all the time. he doesn't want you to touch him and if he can slip up on you he will bite you really hard. we have never had a cat like this. they have all been very loving. anyone have any ideas.
    Mr Spunky is the same way. He was separated from his dam before 6 weeks (not my choice - and I rescued him from another rescuer). He has lots of energy and has always been a biter.

    Now at 13 years, he has plenty of trees and toys (I now have 5 cats). And he insists that I play with him with the toys. He still bites some, but he calmed downed his second year.

    The biting is his way to get your attention. He has confused you with a cat. If he bites you, put him down. and say "No".

    Try to get a tree that has sisal rope on it or at least get a cat scratcher of some kind. Watch the sales. I always get mine at 50% off.

    I encourage Spunky to find other ways to get my attention. I even ask him if he wants to play. "Play?" he knows what the word means.

    Spunky wasn't cuddly at first either, and now he's a regular lovebug.

    I hope this helps.
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    He might need a vet check. We had a really violent cat, turned out he had a genetic heart condition. We had Shadow Man for 10 yrs. but he was one violent dude. We just thought he was really cranky for the 1st couple yrs. Actually, he really kept us on our toes. He'd come outta nowhere and attack with savage glee. We will always miss him, the savage maniac

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    Is he the only cat in your household? If, then this could be the answer. Cats are social, they need their own kind around them. If they're alone they get frustrated and start to destroy things, attack their people, start peeing outside the cat toilet....

  8. Now at 13 years, he has plenty of trees and toys (I now have 5 cats). And he insists that I play with him with the toys. He still bites some, but he calmed downed his second year.

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    My kitten Lily is about 11 months old now, time flies. We will take her off kitten chow and she will begin eating regular adult cat food. We have a senior cat who has grown fat from eating her food and Lily has been eating senior food as well as every single thing that falls on the floor that she can chew and digest. She has a huge appetite and I will do my best to see that she does not become insanely obese as that seems to be her goal. Anyhow, she is a biter. She bites both me and my husband and enjoys it very much. Ouch. She was far worse when she was teeething however, she may grow out of it. Ha ha ha, that was a laugh.

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    Your senior kitty neglected her job to teach Lily to be careful with those teeth.
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    I KNOW!! What's up with that eh. Lily swats Mia on a daily basis. Mia takes the high road for the longest time but there are at least 4 or 5 loud hisses, growls and out and out rumbles every day...still. They do get along however when they are both asleep. Lily is a bit of a nutter, she does not recognize boundaries AT all. I have faith, she will learn. She is smart but irreverent. Can't spank a cat right, right????

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    P.s. Lily does not have the nads to bite Mia. I think she is smart enough to know that would be her death knell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mon View Post
    I KNOW!! What's up with that eh. Lily swats Mia on a daily basis. Mia takes the high road for the longest time but there are at least 4 or 5 loud hisses, growls and out and out rumbles every day...still. They do get along however when they are both asleep. Lily is a bit of a nutter, she does not recognize boundaries AT all. I have faith, she will learn. She is smart but irreverent. Can't spank a cat right, right????
    Right, you're only allowed to give her a spanking stare.
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    Ya, cats are difficult to train,even food motivated ones, although not impossible I hear. I don't believe it though. If I never rewarded bad behaviour, crap! Lily would not get her 90 smooches and forty pets and 8 or 9 belly rubs eh. Brat, then gotta squeeze in brushing and petting and long and very sincere conversations with the elder. High maintenance loves of our lives. Brats nevertheless. I love cats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mon View Post
    Ya, cats are difficult to train,even food motivated ones, although not impossible I hear. I don't believe it though. If I never rewarded bad behaviour, crap! Lily would not get her 90 smooches and forty pets and 8 or 9 belly rubs eh. Brat, then gotta squeeze in brushing and petting and long and very sincere conversations with the elder. High maintenance loves of our lives. Brats nevertheless. I love cats.
    The other day, I watched the movie "Nine Lives". It's not a very good movie, but one of the bonuses included features the training of the movie cats. It was very impressive. I couldn't find it online, but there a plenty of cat training videos out there. I have to admit that I probably wouldn't be patient enough to train one, let alone 6 cats. So they get to do whatever they want to.
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