For the last several weeks, my 10 month old Dagny bites me (ever so gently though) when I pet him if he’s lying down. He does this every single time. However, he’s purring when he does it. When he comes to me of his own accord and gets in my lap, (only does this if I’m on the floor, not in a chair or couch for some reason), or if he’s standing up, I can pet him then without him biting me and he purrs and nudges. I do love to pet him and do it often. When he bites, Is this a sign that he does not want petting at that time, when he’s on the floor, or that he wants to play? (I don’t play with him after he bites me, I say “NO!” and walk away). Or that it’s just that he does not want to be petted at that time? What do you think?
Sheilla, my neighbour's cat, has the same response to petting. She apparently gets overstimulated when she is being stroked.
You could try the following:
1. spray feliway around the house to help Dagny calm down
2. measure how long it takes before the kitty begins biting you and reduce the time you spend petting him accourdingly (let's say he bites you after about 4 minutes, so stop petting him after 3 minutes: a watch comes in handy when determining the time)
3. learn his signals which announce the attack; if he makes progress and sorts of calm down allowing to be stroked for longer, gradually extend the time used to pet him.
Hope it helps. Anyway expect some scratches and bites to come every now and then. My Sheilla has some issues with my cat now so appart from her usual overstimulation attacks I have to face the redirected anger attacks too, but I manage, yesterday I escaped without scratches which is great
Oh, and never ever pet a cat on the belly unless he/she likes that. Cats curl into a ball immediately you do that and they scratch pretty badly!!!