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Cher, Feline Specialist
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Experience:  Feline Healthcare & Behavior Specialist 40+ years Experience
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My 5 years old male cat bite me when my hands or my legs are

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My 5 years old male cat bite me when my hands or my legs are next to his mouth. And sometimes, he attack me and I have to defend myself. He is the king of the house but still bite me, and my daughter when she is home for vacation.However, he is a very quiet cat.

I will have my grand kids at home in June. They are 10 months, 3 and 5 years. I want to do something for the cat, before they arrive. Otherwise, I will have to get rid of him because he's a danger for kids.

Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat
Expert:  Cher replied 1 year ago.
Hello, and welcome. My apologies that you did not receive an earlier answer, as the website was experiencing technical difficulties. Many cats like to bite to get your attention or let you know they want affection, to play, or want food. Very often, cats that have been declawed will bite more often, as this is their 'second' line of defense, after their claws. If you have every played with your cat with your fingers or hands, toes or feet as 'toys', he thinks it's okay to bite and will continue to do so. To get him out of this habit, you need to tell him firmly 'No!' (don't yell, just be firm) and walk away from him. If you are consistent with this, he will realize he would rather have your company than to bite. Also, if you see the 'attack' coming, you can gently push him away with a pillow and not allow him access to your hands or feet, to bite. For many cats, these are 'love' bites and they're just treating you as they would, one of their siblings or their mom. If your cat is an 'only' cat and no other pets in the house, he may be bored and wants your attention all the time. This is a great list of toys, including a cat dvd that will keep him busy and you can also get a tall kitty condo or cat tree, for him to play in, sleep, and scratch on. Enriching his environment will help keep him busy and this will curb the biting. would recommend keeping your kitty in a separate room with his food, water, litterbox, toys, bed, scratching post, etc., when your grandchildren come to visit. I agree that it would be a danger to allow the young kids to be around the cat, if he's a biter, but I don't think you will need to get rid of him. You can also try a cat-calming pheromone, called Feliway, which comes in a plug-in diffuser. Here is more information: Some pet supply stores sell chew toys for cats and this might be a good idea for your kitty, but make sure they are safe and pieces can't be chewed off and they contain no 'dangly' pieces that can be easily chewed or swallowed. I do not recommend dog chew toys for cats. If you feel you absolutely must get rid of the cat because you fear for your grandchildren's safety, call some cat rescue organizations in your area, to see if they will take him. Don't mention anything about the biting. You can also surrender him to your local Animal Control, IF they say they place the cats up for adoption with other agencies and definitely do NOT euthanize within a certain period of time, if they are not adopted. I hope everything works out well and please keep me posted. Thanks! Please be so kind as to rate my answer with positive feedback; that is the only way I receive credit for my assistance. Thank you very much!Providing a positive rating will not end our conversation, should you need me for any follow-up. Simply click 'Reply' for clarification or additional information, if needed, and I will be glad to continue.Warmest regards,Cher