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How do I make a cat understand something is wrong?

He's not trying to annoy you or misbehave. You are reading emotions into his behavior that he almost certainly does not feel. You are hurt and angry because of his behavior, so your reactions are ...
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My cat is biting and scratching me and diving at me with claws out

1. Kittens are generally playful We recently got three cats. When they joined our family, they were 8 months, 8 months and 5 months old. All of them were still childishly playful, and have been for ...
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I love my 8 m.o. now 10 pound kitty

Actually, these ARE signs the cat loves you. Biting your leg and grabbing your hand is the cat trying to play with you. If you're a particular target, it's because the cat has decided you are the fun ...
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Prevent injured cat from biting & scratching people during vet exam

I am a vet who sees a lot of cats each day. To examine a cat who tends to bite or scratch, there are a few things I do commonly: Go slow and gentle. Cats don't like sudden movement. Let the cat ...
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Dangers from street-cat bite that left a tiny speckle of blood?

The bites of free-roaming animals like stray cats and dogs are always risky, because these animals may have recently had contact with rodents, vermin and filth. As pointed out by this Wikipedia ...
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Pit Bull mix that bit someone - is it likely he will bite again?

Yes, he will likely bite again if you do nothing. And it could be a child next time, so you need to do something. I'm sure I don't need to tell you that dog bites can be fatal. Behaviourists classify ...
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Hostile hamster - Biting hands whilst holding

I wouldn't say the possibility of bond is gone. I hate to say this, because I want to be as positive as possible, but when I worked at a pet store there were 2 things we for sure ALWAYS recommended ...
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Cat bites my face at night and when he seems happy

The other answer is correct that some cats bite to get your attention, but that's not the full story. There are also cases where a cat bites you because it wants to give you affection, and that's how ...
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Aggressive cat bites out of no where, even though he's usually affectionate

This definitely feels like play aggression. Your strategies for dealing with it should revolve around anticipating it and preventing it before the cat gets around to biting you by getting its energy ...
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5 month old kitten, still biting?

Cats bite for many different reasons. Not all of them are a matter of immaturity or aggression. We have a 7 month old cat, who is incredibly energetic. Whenever he plays, he goes all out (nails and ...
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My cat bites me for no apparent reason

Cats bite for a number of reasons. The most common are probably fear or over stimulation, but that doesn't seem to be your cat(neither normally causes a cat to seek you out to bite). Age can also be a ...
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Cat bites my face at night and when he seems happy

Cat are famous for doing this. They are biting you because the want attention and they want to be pet. It is like a small child tugging on their mother’s dress for attention. You can ignore them or ...
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Attempts at stopping nipping - puppy

I am very appreciative for the support in the other answers but wanted to share specifically what I did that seems to be working so that others in the future may learn. I realized a couple days ago ...
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Elderly next door neighbor and her elderly dog aggression issues

If you know any children or sisters then contact them. This indicates some serious problems. Try and get in the house to look for problems. Dogs are a pretty good judge of character. Dog was not ...
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My cat is biting and scratching me and diving at me with claws out

Kittens need a lot of play. Play with him until he refuses to play anymore. Use only toys, never your hands, so scratching/biting you will not be reinforced. Lure toys or laser pointers are the safest....
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My hand raised field mouse is starting to bite me

A lab mouse of 1,5 years of age is considered old, so we can definitely rule out puperty. Old age in lab mice means that this is typically the age where the effects of senescence set in. So he might ...
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How to stop gray parrot from biting?

Well, things turned out to be that being friendly with the bird and loving him, no matter what, worked! Now I have a very lovely parrot. So rules I followed are: If parrot behaves bad then do not ...
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Cat biting Mom - hard enough to draw blood, always in same spot on wrist

My best guess is the cat is getting hyper, then because it's hyper, it's trying to get attention by biting. If this is the explanation, then your mother might be a particular target due to her habits ...
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How to convey to a dog that we are not playing with her because she bites?

First thing, you need to get her checked by a vet for anything that might cause her pain. Arthritis, a herniated disk or certain vitamin deficits are known to cause pain and dogs that are in pain are ...
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New roommate's dog tried to bite me. How do I establish that I now belong there?

I kind of feel that it should be your room-mate asking this, not you - it's hard to train someone else's dog! If I were talking to her, I'd gently suggest she stop yelling at her dog. She will not ...
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Why does our cat suddenly bite us?

It was legs with my cat. He was friendly and would always come up for a cuddle and a nuzzle but every now and then he'd go for the leg, and then scarper. It was usually in the middle of the night and ...
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Is normal for dog to play biting?

Biting is very common at that age as they are still learning boundaries. We are currently dealing with a teething, mouthy two months old as well and when he gets mouthy with us we will redirect his ...
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Pit Bull mix that bit someone - is it likely he will bite again?

That is unfortunate - especially given your daughter asked the person not to. Did your neighbor pet the dog on it's head? Not trying to blame the neighbor (tho arguably they didn't heed your daughter ...
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My male fancy mouse Ace has recently started biting

I'd say you are right in assuming that Ace can smell your other mouse. I would do your best to wash your hands after handling the new guy, and especially before handing Ace, as rodents have a very ...
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My cat gets mean when her back is pet

The lower back is often a no go zone when petting a cat. This is the area a male cat grabs hold on in female cats while mating, and it can be damaged by the males claws. It often does get infected by ...
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Taken in neighbours cat - behaviour and keeping indoors

One small step to make Dottie more comfortable is to give her a "calm place". This could be an entire room, a certain area like "on this carpet" or her cat tree. The rule is that Dottie is completely ...
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Taken in neighbours cat - behaviour and keeping indoors

It sounds to me like Dottie is the type of cat that bites or swats when over-stimulated. It can happen if the cat is petted for too long, or if there's a lot of movement around it, for example, you're ...
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Why does my cat only bite my partner?

She’ll be petting him and he’ll want to bite her hand. Or, he will willingly come to HER while we’re laying in bed, cuddle, be loving, and then bites her face hard. Counterintuitively, this may mean ...
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Why does our cat keep biting our face in bed, out of the blue?

It sounds to me like it might be a grooming behavior because: The cat also licks your face at night. The cat does it pretty lightly, so it's probably not from aggression or play. The cat is doing ...
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How to stop gray parrot from biting?

Judging from the behavior of our 2 African Grey parrots (25 and 15 years old) they can be somewhat unpredictable. Because yours has been teased, I think you have 2 strikes against yourself. Ours have ...
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