Three abandoned kittens were found behind a supermarket store when I was 12. After establishing they were homeless, I picked them up, put them in my bicycle basket, and took them to a shelter.
I was in love by the time I got to the shelter and called my mother to tell her. I inherited my mother's love of animals, and she consented to let one of the kittens join our dogs, pet rats, chinchillas, hamsters, and birds.
As a fan of Fawlty Towers, I called my cat Basil, a black cat with a white spot on its chest. Basil was an excellent indoor/outdoor cat that liked cuddles.
He was a well-behaved cat, but when he was cuddled up on your lap purring, he may open his lips and start chewing. These love bites were frightening but rarely drew blood.
It turns out cats often bite owners when caressing. Love bites are not aggressive or fear-based biting where the cat hisses or has hackles raised. Love bites occur when a calm cat bites without breaking the skin.
Catster says that if you're petting your cat and they start nibbling on your finger with their love bites, you may have over-stimulated them.
Some cats don't like being petted, and a cat behavior specialist told the Sydney Morning Herald that over-rubbing can harm their hair follicle receptors. Some cats are playing rough, not in agony.
Stop petting a biting cat, regardless of the cause. "Cats bite in this case to end the interaction, not to show affection. The cat may bite if the petting continues despite.
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