Cat Bites

Cat Bites

Having a cat can be lots of fun until they start to bite you. Whether it is soft nibbles or full bite, cats will bite for many reasons and can lead to infection, so with this guide; you will understand why the bite and what to do if you get infected.

Why does my cat bite me?

A cat will often bite you when they are not happy about something. Sometimes, when they are playing, they can have a very fine line between enjoying their cuddles and getting annoyed by them, which can lead to them biting you. They can find it irritating, very fast. When cats bite, it means that they are trying to tell you something, giving you a signal that you need to stop what you are doing or sending you a message of some kind. The 'love bite, ' which is a gentle, slow bite, can often be taken as affectionate, but actually, they give you the warning to let you know that they are having enough of being touched. The 'love bite' can lead to biting fast.

How to stop a cat from biting?

Most cats will learn by experimenting and seeing the reaction or consequence as your cat grows and develops their teeth and nails, which they use when they play. To stop your cat from biting you, when playing with your cat and they start to bite, firmly say 'stop' and take away your hand and stop the playtime. Every time your cat's teeth touch your skin, saying stop in a firm voice will eventually make your cat realize that playtime will stop. There is no need to shout or hit your cat. The 'stop' method will help this, so sticking to this routine every time they bite, they will stop.

Cat bite infections.

When your cat has bitten you, they can sometimes get infected because they will often pick up infections as they touch or meet other cats as they are out and about. Cat bites can be easy to notice as they will become red, swollen, and painful, and the infection will spread to the surrounding tissues. Treating a cat bite involves cleaning the wound and applying an antibiotic ointment to protect it. If the infection is a concern, then you should visit your doctor as they can prescribe you with an antibiotic and a booster shot if your tetanus is out of date as well as deciding whether you need stitches or not.

Hopefully, with this guide, you will understand why your cat bites you and how to use the 'stop' method to train your cat not to bite while they are playing. Firmly saying no to your cat while stopping playtime will teach your cat in no time that they should not bite; otherwise, they can not play. If you get an infection by a cat bite, use some antibiotic ointment to help stop the spread and visit your doctor if you have any concerns as they can prescribe you with antibiotics.

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