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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-22-2014, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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Mystery bite; annoyance? love? warning?

Hi all,
I adopted a cat through a rescue almost a year ago now, and she is very sweet (most of the time ) and full of personality. Abby (my cat -female 2 year old Tori x DSH) was a stray and was cat trapped by the council aged about 8 months - heavily pregnant. She has had a rough start to life - but is very sweet and playful 98 percent of the time (on her off days she is a bit bitey and grumpy - but then, who doesn't have their bad days?)

There is an odd behaviour she does (not all the time), that tends to confuse me - where she will open her mouth and (gently) bite my hand before she jumps off my lap...

Here's the odd thing; I can generally sense when she is getting a little frustrated or annoyed, even if the signs are subtle - such as so I stop patting her, giving her a chance to either jump off, walk away, or calm herself. She will remain siting on my lap anywhere from 1 minute to about 5 minutes. I place my hands by my side, or resting on side of chair - and keep them there still, so she knows she is free to leave and that she can initiate the pats if she wants.
Eventually she will stand up to leave - as she does, she opens her mouth and air bites me, or gently bites me on the hand - even though I haven't moved them. This behaviour doesn't happen all the time, and she is usually the one to decide when to sit on me.
I am new to owning a cat and sometimes find their behaviour a bit perplexing... I have read that some cats 'love bite,' but don't think this is the case for Abby - as once she hops down off my lap she will look slightly annoyed; her tail a little twitchy, top eye muscles become 'flat'.. or 'straight across', instead of more open and relaxed - (I would say eye brows, but cats don't have them heh..) It gives her the expression of, 'I'm not angry, but I am a little agitated.'

Perhaps she is giving me a warning to keep her hands where they are, while she jumps off...

Am keen to hear suggestions and advice,

Thanks!

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 02-22-2014, 08:07 PM
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If it's any biting at all, I tend to try to stop it with a loud NO! or OUCH!. I don't like any biting but tolerate it from 2 of my cats because I know it's pure love and very, very gently sweet. You be the judge. You can curtail it with a firm NO! then put her down and withhold affection.
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