Cat Biting and Grabbing Problems-Know The Solution

While playing with your cat, if the cat starts rolling on his back, seizes your hand through his front feet and begins to bite you, then you should note that you have been a victim of “play aggression”.

This behavior is considered as a natural and a biological reaction which is based on the cat’s instinct in which the animal stalks its predator to defend himself, but this is an unwanted behavior which must be corrected.

The frequently asked question is what causes the animal to bite and grab?
Kittens practice their hunting skills on their mother and therefore learn the art of attacking their prey.

You need to know that this is what your kitten or cat tends to do while biting or grabbing your hand in course of play. It may seem a bit cute to some owners, seeing their pet attack their hand but when the pet matures, the habit will continue. Obviously you won’t feel nice when a fully grown cat attacks onto you.


In order to prevent your cat from using “play aggression” against you, you should never pretend that your hand is a toy. This wont let the cat attack your fingers.Always use a cat-friendly toy. This will prevent the cat from pouncing on you.

While playing with your cat, if he gets extra induced and tries to seize you then do no pull off your hand. If you pull away your hand then it will only tempt the cat to grasp on you harder. Just let go off your hand loosely and calmly. He will relax his grasp on you and then you can move your hand after a few moments.

Let your cat wear himself out by redirecting his used up energy towards a toy or his scratching post. This will enable him to focus his energy on the right kind of objects, suitable for him. After a few moments, he’ll calm down.

When you walk past a cat and it grabs your ankles, it only wants to play and not bite. Most cats just tend to grab your ankles with their front paws. They hand on for a second, and then let go. In such a situation, the cat is not trying to hurt you instead he is bored and is searching for someone to play with.

In other cases, some cats sink in their claws and kick with their back feet. Although they are just having fun and playing, this pattern may not be welcomed by the guests and may frighten small children.

So, try and gain some knowledge about play aggression so that you get to know when your cat has had plenty of induction. If his ears have a tendency to go flat against his head, his tail elates, and he rolls on his back, then you need to stop his play immediately and let him calm down.

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