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Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my cat biting me?

Cats bite people for a few key reasons: 

Fear – They may be scared of their new environment and need more time and space before people reach to pet or pick them up. 

Overstimulation – This is the most common reason that we see for bites in the shelter. While our kitties love pets and attention, they also have limits, and sometimes when the attention becomes “too much” a cat/kitten will bite because it’s a way for them to let us know that they have had enough attention. 

Playing – This is more common with kittens, but some cats will bite people as part of playing because they have never been trained that this is an inappropriate interaction. 

Aggression – Some cats/kittens were never properly socialized and do not have the developed social skills to interact with people on a social basis. These kitties are often part of our Barn Buddy program and are beneficial on larger properties by aiding in pest control.  

For more reading on biting behavior in cats, check out this article from PetMD:

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