Advice: Seriously, I’m Serious

Dear Meankitty,

What would make a loving neutered male cat that we’ve had for thirteen months start biting us? It starts out as play–jumping out at us and wrapping around a leg and nipping, then gets more vicious. We tried squirting water but this was taken as a challenge and he became more determined to bite. We usually resort to “time out” until he forgets about it. But that is a nuisance. Any advice?

Sincerely,
Cat Lovers in KC

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Dear Cat Lovers,

What about getting some of those police doggie training gloves? Biting should be fun for the whole family!

Ok, seriously. Oh, wait, I don’t have to be serious! I’m a cat!

Sincerely,
Meankitty

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One Response to “Advice: Seriously, I’m Serious”

  1. Sharon says:

    13 months? Your cat is the equivalent of a teenager or, perhaps more accurately, a drunken fratboy college kid who, having lived away from home on your dime for 9 months or so and taken a few college classes, now is confident he knows more than you ever have or will. Neutered or not, he gets “excited” and wants to test his boundaries. I think all male mammals (and not a few female ones) seem to have an “obnoxious” phase hard-wired into them at about this point. Be patient, firm but kind, and it will pass.