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Why does my cat bite me?

Published: Jul 19, 2012

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Most people who have played with a cat have experienced biting at one point or another. Even if the bite didn't break the skin (and it usually doesn't), this behavior can be unsettling for owners. Cats may bite for a number of reasons, but most often it is the feline's way of telling you to stop what you are doing because she doesn't like it.

As many cat owners know, felines love to give and receive affection, but it must always be on their terms. That means if you make a move the cat does not approve of, she will tell you with her teeth, reports. However, biting or other aggressive behaviors can also be a sign of pain in cats. If your cat is uncharacteristically aggressive or resisting being handled or picked up, you should consult your veterinarian to rule out any medical causes for this behavior.

Punishment is almost never the answer to cat behavior problems. Any sort of punishment will likely lead to fear, which can actually increase aggressive behaviors, not end them. Instead, owners should walk away from their cat when she starts biting or play attacking, VCA Animal Hospitals reports. It is also important to provide cats with enough toys it can bite or attack, as they are predatory by nature and need an outlet for this instinct. If your cat tends to bite during play, opt for toys with a long stick attached, so the cat can distinguish between the toy and human.


General Practice

We have over 540 animal hospitals in 41 states that are staffed by more than 2,000 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 200 being board-certified specialists. The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments*: Wellness, Spay/neuter, Advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), Internal medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Cardiology, Neurology, Boarding, Grooming

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Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

We have twenty-eight specialty hospitals across the US so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.