I’ve moved in with a friend, and his cat has moved into my room. I appreciate this because my cat died in October, and I like having a cat sleep with me. But this cat bites me all the time.
The thing is, I know how to deal with a cat who bites out of aggression. But Pacey doesn’t do that (in fact, when we play or when he’s annoyed, he doesn’t bite at all). He rubs his face on me, purrs, and bites when he wants to be pet. He does it when I’m sitting with him and hanging out, but he also does it when I’m sleeping. Or he’ll jump up on my computer desk and I’ll start petting him and he bites.
I’ve tried pushing him away and ignoring him. He just jumps up on me and bites again, over and over and over again. I’ve tried putting bitter apple on my hands at night. He just finds other parts of me where I didn’t put bitter apple to bite. I’ve gotten him toys to play with, he’s got a place to scratch, when it’s play time I use a toy on a string (even though, like I said, he doesn’t try to bite me during play).
The only thing I seem to have left is trying to squirt him with water when he bites me, but that’s proved hard to do, since I’m asleep most of the time he does it. Other times, he comes out of nowhere and just starts purring and biting, so I don’t have the squirt bottle handy (he doesn’t always bite when he’s looking for love, and he runs as soon as he sees the squirt bottle, so I don’t want to pick it up every time he comes to me).
Has anyone dealt with something like this? Any cat behaviorists out there with suggestions or who can point me in the right direction?