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Q: My Siamese randomly started biting me...???

March 10, 2010 | By SiameseTara | 6 answers | Expired: 1591 days ago

So I adopted a Siamese cat... more like she adopted my front porch and I started feeding her. A few months ago I brought her inside. I took her to the vet, got her shots up to date, etc. She was aged at 5 years old and in fine health.
So she's been with us (my boyfriend and I) for almost half a year now. Just this month the issue in question has started. She will crawl up next to me, sniff my arm, and bite it. Not sure if its related, but recently my boyfriend has become her best friend, and he constantly pets her. I thought maybe she was just trying to get my attention to pet her, but literally 10 minutes ago I was petting her and she went out of her way to sniff, and bite my arm. I have read that she may just be saying "Ok I don't want to be pet anymore" but usually I am not petting her and she comes up to me and does this.

Anyone know whats going on??

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Jeanette G.
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Mar 22, 2010

some times cats bite because they want it to show affection. They might be playing and get carried away, or maybe they are agitated and want to let you know so that you will stop whatever you are doing. If their tail is slightly twitching, they could be in a bad mood.

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OldWetHen
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Mar 11, 2010

It's not just Siamese. One of my cats "affection bites", and sometimes it really hurts. But he does that all the time, and the other cats and I can't seem to break him of it. Another cat (both are tabbies) just started affection biting, for no reason- and with no reward, I assure you! I broke my black cat of affection biting by leaving when she did it. She was on her own with a bad respiratory problem at the time, and my leaving was a big punishment. Maybe you can break your beastie of doing this by giving her a time out or something?

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Danis
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Mar 11, 2010

This is actually a pretty common thing with cats. Likely she is not intending to hurt you if she is not breaking the skin. I think it's similar to what cats will do to eachother while grooming. I have a part-siamese cat, Penelope, and she does this at times, she will grab my hand and nibble and then lick me, purring all the while. Siamese are also very independent cats, and tend to be "one person" cats. Penelope is very much my cat, and she ignores my husband most of the time.
With all the foster cats I have had, some bite and some don't. Usually it means either affection, grooming, play, or a warning that they don't want to be pet anymore, or don't like to be pet in that particular area(such as their tummy, or tail, or feet etc....)
If she is biting aggressively to break the skin, I would talk to your vet to see if they have any suggestions, because then it could be behavioral or something medical related.

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Jillian
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Mar 11, 2010

what happens after she bites? does she run off or stare at you w/her tail flapping? or does she seem calm?
if it's the former, you'll want to hold your ground and make direct eye contact, then distract her w/a toy or your boyfriend or something.
if it's the latter, say "no" and gently pick her up and set her on the floor. repeat every time and she'll stop.

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Debby
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Mar 10, 2010

many cats do that.. my little Siamese girl will purr, clean and bite me.. if she really wanted to hurt you, you would know it.. my other Siamese used to do that also.

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Michele Z.
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Mar 10, 2010

Are they truly "bites" or more like "nibbles"? Some of my cats will do the same on occasion. They apparently aren't meant to hurt me. It seems more like the cats get so into me that "nibbling" is the only thing they can think of doing to show their affection (not hatred)! Maybe it is just to get your attention?

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