why does my cat bite my nose and chin

If you've ever watched your fuzzy pal closely, you've probably noticed that she tends to rub her face against the corners of walls, bookcases or any other hard objects. It just feels good to have her cheek area under her whiskers rubbed. She's gnawing on your chin not to take a bite, but to rub that sensitive area right at the corners of her mouth. Help her out by sticking your fingers out straight next to her face and letting her rub up against those instead. It might be less awkward than having her chomping away at your face.
I immediately retaliate, hard, just like another cat would, to make her think twice about doing this.


I make sure to hurt her as much as she did me. That seems like sonething she'll certainly understand as retaliation for her aggression toward me. This is a bad idea with any animal, and especially with cats. Cats don't have the same kind of relationship with us that dogs do. Cats are solitary animals for the most part. They don't have an instinct to please the leader of the pack the way that dogs do. What you see as punishment or retaliation merely frightens the cat, making things worse for the next time. Your cat enjoys the play up to a point, and then wants to quit.


She can't say so in words, but she gives you some signal that she needs a break. Unfortunately, you're missing the signal. That's not too surprising, because it's not easy to read another animal's body language, the signals can be subtle, and each cat is different. And even the most savvy cat owners miss these signals from time to time. What I recommend is that you keep your play sessions short for a few days. End the session while she still wants more. Then gradually lengthen the time, while watching her body language very carefully. I can't tell you exactly what to look for, because I don't know your cat.


But likely signs that she needs a break might include: putting her paw on your hand, pulling her head back a bit, or tensing up her body. Once you learn her signal for "enough", this problem will disappear almost entirely. We get along a lot better with our cats once we take responsibility for any misunderstandings in communication (which is what this is). After all, we're the ones with the big brains, so the onus is on us to meet them a lot more than halfway. Whether it's a cat or any other animal, when a behaviour problem occurs it's usually not the animal that needs training, but the human.

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