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Discussion in 'Cat Behavior' started by catquestions232, Oct 4, 2017.

  1. catquestions232

    catquestions232 Thread Starter TCS Member Young Cat

    Oct 19, 2016
    Hello All,

    I have had a Siberian cat since she was a kitten. She is now about a year old and very sweet and gentle. She has NEVER used her claws on me (even when I shave her backside, shave between her toes, clean her butt, check her teeth, cut her claws, etc). However, the weird thing is she has started to gently nip me (which still doesn't feel great because her teeth are so sharp). This started a few weeks ago and she has been persistent in doing it every day.

    What will usually happen is I will be laying on the couch and she will jump down off her cat tree and rub against my leg. She will then smell my leg a few times, then nip me. If I don't say no, she will keep doing it, and if I go to grab her or pet her, she will run. Is she doing this because she is annoyed I was not paying attention to her for too long in her tree? If so, why would she run when I try to pet her after the nip?

    Also, she will sometimes nip me in the morning. Usually, it is in bed if she tries to rub on me a few times to get me to pet her and I ignore it, which she rewards with a nice little bite. Also, it seems like if I stop petting her too soon in the morning (like before 10 minutes) she will follow me out and wrap her paws around my leg (never with claws) and bite slowly, but with steady pressure until I push her off. Its not especially painful, but its annoying.

    Do any of you have any ideas why she might do this? Do you know why it might have started so recently?

  2. Neo_23

    Neo_23 TCS Member Top Cat

    Sep 2, 2017
    Biting is not always a bad thing in cat language. It’s often a sign of affection or an invitation to play. It’s such an integral part of how cats communicate that it’s hard to have a cat that doesn’t bite at all.
    maggiedemi, orange&white and Summercats purraised this.

  3. catquestions232

    catquestions232 Thread Starter TCS Member Young Cat

    Oct 19, 2016
    I've heard that before actually. Do you think that nip is like a "get up off your ass and come play" type of thing? Are cats actually that expressive in what they want?

  4. orange&white

    orange&white TCS Member Top Cat

    Aug 22, 2008
    Soft bites are affectionate and attention seeking. My senior who will be 13 this month has always given me love bites when he wants me to pay attention to him.
    Summercats purraised this.

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