Among the enigmatic behaviors of domestic felines, there is one in particular on which many wonder, namely: the cat bites and kicks while we are cuddling him. We’ll try to explain you this behavior, so you can finally remove the doubt that the four-legged has turned into a little devil or dislikes you!
The cat bites: different reasons
All cat owners will confirm that they have been a victim of an ambush by their pet at least once. However, we have to specify that not all bites are due to the same reason.
1) He is playing
As you may know, it’s not recommended to use your hands when playing with your cat because he could hurt you. Teaching him to stop biting as an adult will be difficult. On the other hand, try to make him play with special fishing rods, plush mice, balls with rattles.
2) He wants to show affection
For instance, he uses light bites on the legs, arms or hands even on the nose, manifested in a moment of happiness.
3) He is afraid
In other words, your cat bites because he feels threatened or in danger. In this case, you will notice the ears stretched backwards.
4) He doesn’t like to be touched
Perhaps you’re touching him in a delicate and vulnerable point such as the belly. Consequently, he will react by biting and kicking you with his hind legs, catching your hand as if it were a prey to be appeased. This attitude comes from his natural instinct, taught to him by his mother, and which serves to knock out the prey.
Therefore, it’s important to understand the cat’s body language, to understand his messages and interact with him correctly.
What to do when he bites and kicks?
What should you do when dispensing caresses to the cat, he suddenly starts attacking you, biting and scratching you with his hind legs, kicking furiously? Firs of all, it is essential to understand that the cat in no case performs the attack with malice. Most importantly, you must never raise your voice to scold him!
Firstly, stand still, each move will only alter him further. Don’t talk to him or even pet him, otherwise he will believe he is right, he will go even further on your hand and there will be no way to make him desist from doing it. Doing so will certainly loosen your grip, for sure.
In conclusion, one piece of advice we give you is to let him come to you in search of cuddles of his will. Finally, when you caress him, you must always do it gently and slowly, avoiding the prohibited areas, such as the belly or the legs. Preferably, stroke the upper part of the head and gradually move towards the back.