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Cher
Cher, Cat Behavior-expert
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Experience:  40+ years Cat Behavior Consultant; Vol. Vet Asst.
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This is ***** ***** & Catherine ****** we have our new cat Dakota, and I am for the first time able to access you through this site. We have tried some of your suggestions but we are still experiencing her biting my wife at times when she is not even petting here. Dakota would be on her tree and while Catherine is removing items from the litter box she stretches over and bites her. At other time Cathering tries to pet her and lets her direct her petting with her head and she will move her mouth down and bite her hand. JA: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue? Customer: We went you our first letter a couple of weeks ago- Dakota is 2 years old, we got her from a shelter, she was found in the neighborhood of the shelter, had a litter, but some of the litter did not survive. She was shy at first but within a day or two was coming to us. She had bite me on two occasions but has not done that for some time. She seems very connected to Catherine- Follows her, give her messages with her meows that she wants fed. She will sleep on our bed at times by Catherine sometimes near me. We adore her but don't like this habit. JA: OK got it. Last thing — generally expect a deposit of about $18 to help with your type of question (you only pay if satisfied). Now I'm going to take you to a page to place a secure deposit with JustAnswer. Don't worry, this chat is saved. After that, we will finish helping you.

Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Cat Behavior
Expert:  Cher replied 8 months ago.
Hello again and thanks so much for requesting me. I do remember your first question about Dakota. I just have a few questions that will help me assist you better. How does Catherine react when Dakota bites her? Does she scream, because she's shocked, or yell at her because she did something bad? When was Dakota's last vet visit? She's spayed now, since she had her litter and was at the shelter, correct? Is she on 'free feed' with dry food or is she on a feeding schedule where she's fed a few times a day, at certain times? Thank you for all your additional information and after your reply, please allow me some time to compose and send your detailed answer. Warmest wishes,Cher
Expert:  Cher replied 8 months ago.
Hi again, Robert. I wanted to send you an answer earlier, but there seems to be a site glitch that was preventing me from accessing your question again. I was just able to do so. You had mentioned that you would find it easier to communicate in such a way that was more direct, and we can do that via email. I will send you an offer that will enable us to do that, and when you accept, it will be much easier for us to communicate. For the moment, I was interested to know if Dakota was declawed, because that usually leads to a cat becoming a biter. If she IS declawed, this may explain her current behavior. Please accept my offer and we will be able to communicate better and privately. Thank you! Warmest wishes,Cher
Expert:  Cher replied 8 months ago.
Hello again, Robert. I hadn't heard back from you, but as I had explained, the site was experiencing some technical difficulties, so I'm taking the opportunity to respond to you now, since I'm able to and the site is working correctly at this time. I thought it would be easier if we could communicate via email, so if the site glitches again, we won't be prevented from continuing our conversation. If Dakota is not declawed, I do think she is doing this to Catherine to get her attention, when she wants to play, get affection or be fed. If Catherine says 'No, Dakota!' firmly, but without yelling loud to frighten her, and ignores her and leaves the room, she will soon learn, if the reaction is consistent, that this is undesirable behavior and she would rather have Catherine's company than bite. If she was a stray found on the streets, she could have been feral and this is an instinctive way of asking for attention. I don't think she intends to do harm, she's just asking for attention. I also think pushing her away gently, with a pillow, when she is about to bite, will help. I realize that sometimes, the biting comes out of nowhere and you can't expect it, but I do think the longer she is in your home and as she matures, this behavior will change. Makes sure she's never bored and has a lot of toys and tall scratching post and/or kitty condo to climb and they do make some chew toys for cats, but you have to be sure they are well constructed and no pieces can be bitten off. I believe I gave you a list of great toys in my last answer, but I will list them again, here: http://www.pawswhiskersandclaws.com/pwc%20foraging.pdfhttp://www.zootoo.com/pet-product/cat-toys/funkitty-twist-n-treathttp://www.batarat.com/http://www.catdvd.com/http://www.shopfatcat.com/Cat-Toys_c_7.htmlhttp://www.amazon.com/FroliCat-BOLT-Interactive-Laser-Pet/dp/B0021L8W6K--------------------------------I hope things will improve soon, and please consider accepting my offer for additional services so we can email each other, in case you can't reach me or I'm unable to respond to you, due to the site difficulties. Thanks! Warmest wishes,Cher