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Question: What Is The Best Way To Extricate Yourself From The “Cat Bite and Grab” in Play? — 13 Comments

  1. In the 7 years I’ve had my cat, she’s only done this twice. Once, when I was carrying her back inside, when she was intent on chasing another cat. And another time when she was on her back, and I was rubbing her tummy. Other times, she tries, is when I’m trimming her nails, but now I wear a glove on the “holding” hand, and a long sleeved top.

    I feel lucky that she’s pretty tolerant of my petting and nail trimming.

  2. What always works for me is a small, attention getting distraction. I use one or a combination of snapping my fingers, smacking my lips, or whistling.

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  3. I haven’t had to resort to any biting issues at home in a very long time; however, working at the shelter, we get grabbed frequently. What works for me (usually) is if it’s a quick, unexpected grab/bite with milliseconds to react, I just quickly blow at the cat’s face, particularly at the nose. That quick motion confuses the cat and it lets go. If the cat looks like it’s about to do it again before I can extricate myself from the situation, a quick low growl (like a momma cat) gets their attention and stops the action.

  4. I just let my hand and arm go completely limp and I don’t move at all or make any sound. Monty thinks his “prey” has been killed so he gets bored and is no longer interested. Then I very quickly and purposefully get my hand out of his grasp and out of his sight and as quickly as possible I move away from him. He gives up and looks for something else to do.

    If that does not work, I yell loudly like he’s hurting me, even if he isn’t. That has not been necessary in a long time, but when he was a kitten I would use that trick– pretend he was hurting me a lot even when he wasn’t really, but it would cause him to let go.

    He never really plays too rough now, but I think the trick is to stop the game and extricate yourself before it gets to that point. Any cat can bite or latch on if he gets overstimulated while being petted. But if you stop immediately it will not go on to the point that he hurts you.

    So I guess that is really three answers and I’m cheating: stop playing right away, play dead so that he loses interest and if all else fails pretend he’s hurting you really badly, even if he isn’t.

  5. Lightly pinch the cat’s nose, closing the nostrils, will instantly result in the cat opening it’s mouth. No harm done to the cat!

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