Causes of Biting in Cats

Cat biting person

Why do cats bite?

There are several possible causes of biting in cats; it depends entirely on the situation at the time. Biting is primarily the result of fear and or aggression. Some cats, especially young ones may also bite as a form of play.

I cannot emphasise enough that this behaviour should not be encouraged. It might be cute when a little kitten nipping you, but when it’s a full-grown cat.

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Why Do Cats Meow?

Cat meowing

At a glance

About: Meowing is a form of communication between cats and humans.

Why do cats meow?

  • Asking for something (food, open the door, attention)
  • Pain
  • Talking (greeting you, thanks for opening the door)
  • Grieving
  • Confusion
  • Boredom

Sudden meowing: A normally quiet can become quite vocal when he or she is unwell, confused (which can be due to dementia), or if a female is in estrus.

Talkative cat breeds: Siamese, Bengal, Oriental, Burmese, Maine Coon, Sphynx, Egyptian Mau, Himalayan, Balinese.

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Black Cats – Superstitions, Names & Breeds

Black cats

Why do people think black cats bring bad luck?

This superstition came about because of their association with witches in the Middle Ages. Black cats are still considered bad luck throughout most of Europe, India and the US. Many pet shelters in the US will not adopt out black cats around Halloween due to the increased risk of harm.

Not all countries think of black cats as bad luck though, Great Britain, Ireland, Japan, Australia and New Zealand all consider black cats to be good luck. A black cat who crosses your path in England is thought to be good luck. In Germany, if a black cat crosses your path from left to right, it is a good omen if it crosses from right to left it is a bad omen.

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Lameness in Cats: Why is My Cat Limping?

Cat limping

Limping is an abnormal stance caused by a dysfunction of the cat’s locomotor system. It is not a disease in itself but a clinical sign due to pain, mechanical restriction or neuromuscular disease.

Lameness can be acute (sudden onset), chronic (long-term) or intermittent (coming and going). The location of the limp, as well as its frequency, can narrow down the possible cause.

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