Here's Why Your Cat Gives You "Love" Bites (2023)

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Comments Jess on September 02 2022 at 03:05AM John Jansen you are literally a psychopath. Found your Pinterest account from your comment details. Unsurprisingly it’s countless creepy folders containing pictures of women, obsessively categorised (johnjansen90260).Next step, your address so I can report you to the authorities. You harm cats, others use their abilities to track down those who hurt cats. Anthony DeMaria on July 02 2022 at 03:17PM I have 2 British Shorthairs ( brothers) Ozzie and Konerko, I’m a big Chicago White Sox fan , hence the name. Personalities are night and day. Both are affectionate, however in different ways Ozzie likes to wake me up in morning by jumping on me for attention and petting, however occasionally he will nip me I need to be careful since I have thin skin on my hands. I know the nipping is a sign of affection and I deal with it. On the otherhand , Konerko waits to later without nippingI have a picture of both of them together in the liter with 4 other siblings They are the greatest companions and wouldn’t trade them for them for a million dolllarsBy the way, they are 5 years old now.😼😼 James on June 01 2022 at 08:40AM Every time I get up to go to the bathroom in the morning my cat comes over and after a minute or so very lightly bites in my calf. It doesn’t hurt or anything, just cracks me up when he does it Starlet on April 30 2022 at 12:49PM This cat is just a stray cat that sleeps at my house. She’s weird at first with me but slowly I began to approach a d play with her, she began to behave better and better with me and we get closer each and every time we played together. She started to lick my fingers and slowly started to love bite me to show me how much she cares for me. She wouldn’t like it if there are other cats trying to get close to me and she’s just the sweetest thing. 😘😘😘 U on April 11 2022 at 03:39AM @mike fryer, your cat is probably over stimulated and signaling that they want to be left alone.I’d recommend watching Jackson Galaxy videos on YouTube to get a better understanding of why your cat has micro aggressions. You could be doing something that’s not harmful, but irritating and not even realize it. JG has amazing videos.. He really is the cat whisperer! Ak on April 11 2022 at 03:35AM My two 1 year old cats do the love bites, then usually get up and walk away. If your cat is love biting just wait for them to stop and move your hand away in a normal manner, not quickly because they’ll probably react in an instinctual way, by biting or swatting.There’s literally no reason to hurt or scold a tiny animal for an actual non aggressive behavior. People like John Jansen do stuff like this to animals because they have a superiority complex and likely anger problems. If you’re a grown man that can’t handle a tiny cat, give it to someone who can. mike fryer on February 24 2022 at 02:41PM My cat’s love bites are hard, skin breaking, HURTFUL types. And he’s not threatened but rather is settled in to a comfy snuggle. I KNOW he’s signaling love but like the song says: " love hurts… " I don’t really see any adequate answers herein. Char k on February 06 2022 at 02:19AM I moved in with a family that has a kitten and her litter box is in my room so she’s mostly with me. I’m told she was a new born found in an alley. They bottle fed her a short while but she chewed up the rubber nipple. She is an extremely aggressive cat. Down right mean is what she is. She draws blood several times a day but her worst behavior is when she’s tired and wants to sleep. She gets right in my face and while she’s kneading the blanket she head butts and bites my face: nose, cheek, jaw etc. While she’s doing this she’s changing her position around in circles so she’s slow to settle down. These are not nips they are bites that hurt. I want to stop the biting but I also don’t like having her up in my face blocking my view of phone screen or tv. She does this several times a day before naps and bedtime. I tried separating softly. I’ve tried being verbal. I praise her when she’s cuddling and not biting. I’m using a spray bottle sometimes (lightly) and shove her off of me but she just comes back for more. She has a lot of toys that I rotate to keep her attention and I feed her often especially leaving out dry food at night so she has something when the house is quiet. I hope I’m not over feeding her but as active as she is she must burn up a lot of calories. All that being said, I love her even though she also attacks my legs, attacks my feet from under the bed, attacks my dog, attacks anything she sees that is dangling. She has easy access to go outside and does so often any time of day or night. There’s no surface she can’t reach in the room and she’s been testing if she can jump to food on the kitchen counter and get away with it. I hate to think where she would be with a less tolerant owner. I wonder if she was rejected by her mother as a new borne for biting. It may be love bites but it is over the top painful and annoying. Amy on January 30 2022 at 12:11AM My cat gives me these love bites when I’m in bed and he has to be up their with me but if I use 1 hand to let him he will love bite me until I use both my hands and also if I began to pet his back he will let me know by these love bites to stop he likes his head and neck rubbed with both hands at bed time and when he’s all done he just gently lays down next to me for the whole night until my alarm goes off !!! Kelly Dobrzenski on January 16 2022 at 11:41AM Our new new kitty gives me a very, very light little fairly often while I’m give him attention. It doesn’t hurt in anyway and then he rubbs against me more purring away. Stephanie Hillier on January 08 2022 at 02:25PM I agree that John Jansen seems to be the one with aggressive issues. Sounds like you’re incredibly abusive to everyone in your life and in general andif your cat has a chance, I’m sure he will run away as far as he can get from you!! Jim on December 07 2021 at 11:55AM We were adopted last summer by a male “wild” cat – with, I think, a ot of Main Coon, or Siberian in him. I use the term “wild”, because for many weeks previously, he had appeared in the garden from somewhere, and would run away if he spotted either me or the wife 50 or more yards in the distance;However, after leaving him food every day, he eventually came closer and closer, until one day, as I put out a dish of food, he ran up to me and rubbed against my legs. To cut a long story short, we had him chipped & neutered, and he is now almost a house cat, and the most loveable softy cat anyone could wish for.He still loves to get outside, even on the wettest and windy of days – which he can do whenever he likes, via the cat-flap. Whenever I approach him, he usually rolls over on the ground, exposing hi belly as if to say please rub my tummy. However, when I do this, he often grabs my hand with his front paws- (and usually only a minimum of claws -if any at all) and pulls my hand up to his head, for me to rub his face -something he loves greatly.Regularly, when I am rubbing his face & cheeks, he will then close his teeth on my hand ever so gently, that to say he “bites”, is almost the wrong word to use. He makes quite a show of pretending to bite – and I can only assume that he is giving me “Love Bites” to express his happiness and contentment. I think that since “rescuing” him from a “wild outdoor existence” we have developed such a strong bond together, and this is his way of expressing his feelings of happiness Racheal hudson on December 04 2021 at 10:04AM IV had my cat stormy since she was a little kitten and she only sleeps with me and interacts with me. IV noticed when I go to bed she will jump up beside me and go under the cover and lay right beside me purring. Once she is good and comfy like a baby, she will nibble on my or my arm a few time then stretches her arm over my neck if I’m laying in my side and fall asleep. I swear she is part human. IV never had a cat that shows some much affection but only to me. I think it’s sweet. Roz on November 22 2021 at 04:33PM Enquiring why at night when all is quiet and comfy and all are asleep our beautiful blue Burmese4 years old will nip/bite us and wake us with a jolt. She is very affectionate but on these occasions this nip which wakes us comes out of the blue. We speak sternly to her and she generally takes herself into another room Tiffany on October 02 2021 at 01:39AM John Jansen, you’re psycho and shouldn’t have pets. JH on September 20 2021 at 12:17AM My cat Buster LOVES attention, and when I scratch his head and chin, he trills softly and gives me what I call “love nips”.When he wakes me up in the morning and gives me a gentle nip on the hand, he’s telling me he’s hungry, then proceeds to herd me into the kitchen for his breakfast. He is the best cat we’ve ever had, and we’ve had lots over the years. Linda on June 27 2021 at 12:34PM I feed 5 homeless cats. There is the one big Tom that is not fixed. He is very vocal and has started coming up to me on the deck where I feed these cats and wiggles all through my legs and talks to me while I am getting the food out of the can. He has given me three live bites gently but this morning he give me a clawed swipe. I talk very quietly and I move ver slowly around these cats. I guess during this past COVID year people could not afford to fix or feed their cats and just put them out. We have feral cat law where I live so people are aloud to do this. He has impregnated two female so far. I want to try to capture him to take him to the state to be fixed. Don’t know where the two female go but they come to eat also. Both females have had their kittens. What a mess. Will try to get all captured, fixed and released. I know very little about cats as I have dogs. Brielle on June 17 2021 at 11:22PM There’s this cat down the street and every time I come to visit him he plays with me, lets me pet him, and while I’m petting him out of nowhere he grabs me softly with his cute little paws and nibbles me gently! He is always so cute! Jay on April 16 2021 at 10:16AM I nicknamed my cat “The Stapler”. He staples knuckles, wrists, elbows, and even knees on occasion. Maria on April 08 2021 at 08:54PM My cat,Yogi Bear does crazy funny kitty tricks…this morning he was running back & forth staking little fuzzy ball…back and forth… rushing down hallway for couple hours! Why is he bringing his kitty bowl and dumping it on my bed? One time bowl was empty but another time there was cat food? I didn’t see how he maneuver bowl and dumped it on my bed? Linda2e on March 31 2021 at 02:32AM I love cats, and found the more I learnt, the more there was to know! Cats are incredible and unique. Sadly, I was unable to fix behavior problems and think my cat is “just born that way”. It wasn’t until I stumbled upon this goldmine guide on how to communicate with your cat I found HERE ( http://talk-to-yourcat.hqtips.info ). I now understand exactly how my cat is feeling and what he has always been trying to tell me. David Buck on March 23 2021 at 10:35PM One of my cats, Holly, has the habit of rubbing her chin along my jaw, and then shoving her face into my hand and nibbling my palm, all the while purring up a storm. She is the most effusively affectionate of the cats we have, the others are much more laid-back. Joe on March 23 2021 at 12:11AM I took in my stray two years ago after instantly bonding. He was quite sick and required about three months of TOC and medication. He has always been super affectionate, playful and a total lap cat. He has always loved it when I cup his head – he buries his face in my hand and then nibbles gently at my thumb . Sometimes he wraps his paws around my wrist, never extends his claws and locks my hand. He often rolls on his back and loves belly rubs. I think he trusts me completely and loves the attention. I figure as long as he seems happy and content, he can nibble away! Johnnie L Jackson on March 15 2021 at 02:17AM My kitty talks to me when I talk to her. I live alone and she forefills my loneiness. She comes up and gives me love bits on my wrist. She has a special personally about from the 9 cats I feed which are related. I get only SSI and I buy 2 Bags of Kibbles and Bits the original 30Ibs bags. They are all my kids and they all sleep in my bedroom with me..I am to get the 3 females fixed and shots. And the rest are makes. BlackJack, Pepper, Garfield, Steve, Jimmy, Pet Cemetery, .Then Marshmallow and Skittles because she has mixed colors. I enjoy them. And they all love me Johnnie Jackson, NC Michele Whitlatchs on February 15 2021 at 07:10PM Snoopy is my cats name he is 6 months old he likes to lay across my neck and he puts his nose in my ear while he is purring then licks my ear then he nibbles with only his front teeth I thought this was weird so I looked it up only to find that there are a lot of cats that do this glad I’m not alone Kristen on February 12 2021 at 01:17AM My 6 month old kitten curls up in bed with me when I’m sleeping and will start gnawing and nipping at my bare hands, arms, face or neck. I usually move away but she will follow me. Normally she stops after awhile, I’m thinking maybe she’s just comfortable and it relaxes her. I know she’s not being aggressive, but she constantly wakes me up so it can be annoying. Nicole on February 09 2021 at 07:32AM My kitty Puma I have I found while I was working he was in a bush he was newborn baby we still at his umbilical cord on. It was probably 2 or 3 days old. It was extremely hot outside. So I didn’t see any mommy kitties around so I took him as my own. I became his mommy. I fed him replacement Kitty milk through a syringe. I got a little cat carrier that was made of material and he would go everywhere with me. And I got a little bottle feed him from to be a bigger kitty. He gives me Love bites all the time because I’m his mommy because I’m the only mommy he’s ever known. He was a scrawny little thing when I found him now he’s a big beautiful black cat with big green eyes. So every morning he wants to greet me with his little love bites. Paul on January 31 2021 at 06:34PM I have a year old Sphynx and he has been giving me “love bites” since day one.At first I thought it was a good idea to stop him from doing this. But then I realized he was just playing and bonding.I don’t want to discourage him from loving me. ❤️ John Jansen on January 25 2021 at 09:40AM My cat does this sometimes. I usually grab his whole head (I have rather large hands), give it a shake and tell him “NO!” firmly. If he does it again I hold his neck down against the floor and tell him “no” again, then pop his behind. It usually works. Ari on January 21 2021 at 03:09AM I adopted a very shy 3 month old kitten about a month and a half ago. He has come into his own little personality, especially around me. He is still getting used to my boyfriend so with that being said I’m 100% his person. He’s almost always loved to be pet (especially on his head/ neck) but within the last few days he keeps biting my hand hard every now and then! He doesn’t puncture the skin but I’m scared he will soon with the force and sharpness of his teeth! I’m beginning to feel as though they are not love bites. Ruthie on January 01 2021 at 08:31AM My female cat wraps her paws tight around my wrist. Then chomps on my knuckles. As soon as I’m still she lays her head on me and tries to sleep. Without releasing my hand. When I pull away she bites again in attempts to hold me still. Guess she thinks I’m her kitten? Patrick on December 31 2020 at 04:19PM We have 2 rescue cats, Yoda, 11 yrs and his niece, Tinks, 9 yrs…they’ve been together all their lives and we rescued them 2 years ago. Yoda is a lovely boy. Enjoys a little petting, and he’ll sit on my side table and stare at me until I pay attention….but if he’s really wanting some love, he’ll stick his head into my hand. Tinks is her own girl. Doesn’t go for petting at all during the day, but at night, at 2am (!) she will jump onto the bed and prod us until we take notice. She then just loves to flop onto her side with her head pressed onto a hand. Recently she’s started licking my fingers and giving a gentle bite…it actually feels really nice. A classic love bite. I’m so glad we rescued these two. They give us both so much back. If anyone needs a cat, I have to say, do rescue an unwanted older cat. You’ll be so pleased how much love they have to give. Stephanie Jansen on December 10 2020 at 07:06PM I have two house cats that couldn’t be more different. Bird, is older, about 9 or 10, we’re not sure exactly. She only wants affection on her terms. I’m always waiting for it, because I love her so, but I have to wait until she comes to me looking for lovins. She also let’s me know when she’s had enough. She does the “love bite” and hisses. It’s not an aggressive bite or hiss. Just letting us know “I’m done. Leave me alone.” She couldn’t care less about our other cat. Has zero interest in being his friend or playmate. Tacocat is the exact opposite. He is almost 2 and the most loveable little guy you could ever meet. He loves pets at anytime. Rolls over and exposes his belly for us to rub and scratch. He comes looking for us so that he can get lovins if it has been too long since his last session. Lol. He will, very gently, bite my wrist while rubbing his belly. I wouldn’t even call it a bite though. It’s like he opens his mouth and places his teeth on my wrist. No pressure at all. And he nudges and licks my hand and fingers afterwards with his purrbox blaring. I can’t imagine, when he does this, that he wants me to stop. It seems so much like he’s telling us “I love you and this feels amazing!” I am definitely going to stop next time and see how he reacts. He usually will put his head under your hand and nudge at you if he thinks you stopped too soon. He is the best three legged cat ever! I love both of my furry friends equally, but Tacocat steals my heart with his love. Cara on December 05 2020 at 12:24AM My cat Meow-Meow will nibble my fingers while he wants petted or even when I’m sleeping he’ll love nibble me he will grab you with his paws if you try to walk away but not like aggressive with claws he likes to drink faucet water I’ll let the water drip and he’ll nibble my fingers and nibble at my pop socket on my phone get petted and purrr like crazy he’s so weird but I love him. Cindy on November 14 2020 at 05:34PM I adopted a cat that I named Princess, named after my male cat Prince who was hit by a car about 3 months ago. She is precious! Also, truly fits her name. Princess is a shiny, long haired black and white gift. She is so lovable and adores me. She gives me little bites and head bunts and seems to understand everything I tell her. I wondered what these little nips meant so I googled it and read exactly what I expected because I did assume she has truly taken me on as her mother. She is 8 months old, spayed and very well behaved already. I’m disabled, 62 years old and live alone. She brings me so much joy and stays where I do, even when we go outdoors. Thank y’all for all your comments. Happy Cat Parenting 🐱 Judy Bryan on October 26 2020 at 02:43PM Many years ago a tailless kitten showed up at our door. Sunshine was probably 4 weeks old. He immediately adopted my spouse as his person and a great love affair began. In February 2019 my spouse died after a long bout with cancer. Sunshine saw me leave the house with my spouse and when I returned home alone his world was shattered. He disappeared inside the house for 6 months. He would come out to eat, drink water, and use the kitty box, All activity was done covertly either when I was otherwise occupied or at night. After 6 months he decided to “forgive” me. He is now 17 and very fragile but the vet says he is in great shape for an old cat. He has adopted me as his replacement person and when he wants petting will sit on my chest and let me pet him and groom him. He gives love bites at times but never hurts me. He is declawed and will ever so gently reach out and pat my nose if he wants more petting. Katie on September 28 2020 at 02:39AM Yes. My cat is very loving and affectionate and when I pet him he always gives me very gentle little nibbles Chris on September 23 2020 at 06:13AM My sister gave me her cat due to behavior issues. The family’s previous cat was very very laid back and gentle, but this one would go outside the litter box and “attack” my young niece’s feet as she walked by.Since living with me she’s been very affectionate, first sleeping at my feet at night and within the past week or so sleeping near my upper torso where we’ll frequently “snuggle”. I’ll not simply place my arm over her torso and she’ll start purring, then lick and bite my hand. We’ve become quite fond of each other over the past few weeks since moving in with me, I wouldn’t trade her for the world. LM on September 10 2020 at 05:19AM My cat is often lonely at night when the household goes to sleep. If I should happen to come downstairs in the dark for some reason, she seems excited that I have come down, but sometimes she also seems to get aggressive. She will charge at me, follow me closely and try to bite my legs. I amnot sure if this is affection because it seems more like actual aggression – the bites are harder than love bites! She sometimes gets so intense that she corners me when I’m trying to walk. She never behaves like this during the day,only sometimes at night. Is this playing or not? I’mnever sure. Pam Lummus on September 08 2020 at 07:01AM Our cat, Tye B., will open her mouth and put her mouth over the bridge of our noses. We feel that this might be her way of giving us kisses.My husband, rescued her from the road beside where we live. a lady was in front of him and almost ran over her. She is a Calico. we’re not quite sure of her exact age but we feel that maybe she was born around April or so. She is very attached to us.She has some very weird things that she does. She fetches dollar bills I have her on video. She likes to have her belly rubbed and loves to be held like a baby. She loves chicken and bacon and eggs. Also, if we both walk outside, when we open the door to come back in she is usually hanging on the screen about halfway up the door. She also takes toys and gets on the couch, throws them off the couch and does a backflip off the couch. She is a very happy and a social butterfly! She is so unique and that makes her the best dang cat in the world!!!!!! Bec on August 03 2020 at 01:48PM 2 nibblers here. My girl likes to nip my face when cuddling – she’s a chest cat and loves to suckle on my shoulder, turns to look at me and grabs hold of my face (usually lightly although she does gradually increase pressure).My boy seems to be more bitey for attention or over stimulation – he’s a knuckle biter and usually only stops trying once he has got you at lease once during a cuddle. But bare legs in the bathroom are his fave – normally in the morning when his bowl is empty. Alyssa on August 02 2020 at 03:48PM My cat is extremely affectionate, but she rarely bites. Even when she does bite, it is never hard nor does it break the skin. She does this when I am petting her or if she is laying on my arm which makes me curious to know if this is a love bite or a way of showing she is overstimulated. Her tail does flick when she bites me, but she continues to purr so I Don’t know what her bites signify. Aquaria on July 30 2020 at 04:31AM Have a mixed breed Siamese who has a serious fascination with my legs when I’m sitting, and it doesn’t matter where—bedroom, desk, bathroom(!) Every now and then if I’m petting her during her figure eights, she’ll give my legs some dainty nips if I’m not giving her enough worship. They don’t hurt, only feel a little strange.She’s also a biter sometimes when I pet her if she’s on the bed, desk or lap. There’s an affectionate bite, that’s sort of a “who said you could take that fabulous scratching device away,” and that one usually involves paws grabbing hold of my hand to keep it close as well. And then she has a bit more aggressive of bite saying she’s had enough of human germs, thanks.I’ve had so many cats in my nearly 60 years that understanding what their mannerisms say is either second nature, or comes easily once I adapt to a different cat’s unique quirks.Most newbie cat owners don’t get that cars are closer to lions in personality, which means they’re more social and “pack” oriented than their reputation indicates. When a new cat takes you on as a burden (how they really see us), there’s an adapting process on both sides to sort out the pack code of conduct, and that has to be nurtured and respected. It doesn’t take long to realize if you have a cat more paw/claw-prone to communicate, or more bite-prone. The pattern is clear soon enough.I knew my new baby was a biter when of course she nipped at me, and then when all of her “claw” needs were satisfied with a simple scratching post. She never claws furniture or people. Only her post (good girl!). But the nips are just about a daily thing, and almost entirely directed at her favorite burden, me. My husband doesn’t get the nipping action I do, but then he doesn’t give our dear leader as much attention as I do. He’s the designated feeder/entertainer, while I’m assigned worship duties of head scratches, cuddles, perches, and intermittent warming device (my back while we sleep is a favorite heat source). So my greater close contact = more nips. Marian on July 28 2020 at 05:00PM I have a bonded pair of brothers, one of which gives me love bites on my calf when I’m prepping their meals. He will also give me love bites when he wants attention…generallly biting my leg. Both instances are generally preceded by him rubbing up along my legs. I undetstand it’s a sign of affection but i wish he’d stop. Suzanne D Kosek on July 28 2020 at 04:28PM My adult cat gives me loves bites while I am dishing up her food. It makes me quite twitchy while I’m trying to get her food together. Is there a way to stop this behavior? Paige on July 28 2020 at 01:30PM Just today. I was sitting on my couch. My cat climbs up on the couch and starts kneading on me then out of nowhere gives me a “love bite” on my hand. Twice. Beverly Bearde on July 28 2020 at 11:51AM I have 2 hairless cats. Blue is a lover as I got him at 5 weeks old he will grab my finger or skin an just hold it in his mouth for awhile then just let’s go. Angel my little girl is timid an fearful. We got her at 3 month old an she is very timid. Never bites but not affectionate She wants to be but just can’t get passed being scared it seems. She’s getting better she does sleep with me then becomes a different cat totally. They bring a lot of joy to us! Love them Courtney Zammit on July 28 2020 at 08:58AM We have two kittens, one of which we rescued from a sewer at 4 weeks, and the other we adopted at 4 months. Pennywise is now 10 months and comes for cuddles whenever she feels like it. Bughuul is 5 months and is the most affectionate kitten I’ve ever come across. He sleeps on my neck, my face, my pillow or under the blankets between my boyfriend and I. He always insists on cleaning my eyes while I sleep, much like his sister used to do. However, I’d never experienced love bits until he came along. He religiously nibbles on my nose and my nose ring and doesn’t stop until I start petting him. He purrs the entire time this is happening, and absolutely HAS TO sleep on my hands, no matter where they are. He’s an odd lil guy, but he made the perfect addition to our furmily, and definitely keeps his sister on her toes 😂 Andrea Finbow on July 24 2020 at 01:32PM I have had my cat Jackson for over 10 years now. He is a gentle loving cat and has on occasion licked my hand but recently out of nowhere he has started to give light nibbles on my arm with the licks. It was really weird at first as he had never done that before. Andrea Finbow on July 24 2020 at 01:31PM I have had my cat Jackson for over 10 years now. He is a gentle loving cat and has on occasion licked my hand but recently out of nowhere he has started to give light nibbles on my arm with the licks. It was really weird at first as he had never done that before. Cina on July 21 2020 at 03:07PM I get love bites pretty often. They’re very gentle but I usually get them when I’ve been petting her and I stop she’ll give me a love bite for me to continue to scratch or pet her. Sometimes she’ll just give me a quick bite and then quickly run away. I don’t mind them at all I know she’s just showing affection Hilarie on June 28 2020 at 02:20PM I have 2 cats, Kitty and Polka Dot. Kitty does head bunting to show affection. She is also a very social cat and likes to cuddle with just about anybody. She also LOVES to have her belly rubbed and be scratched everywhere. She’s never given live bites and never groomed any of us. She used to like to sleep on my shoulder or hip, but now she’s too big for that. My daughter is her “person” and she now sleeps wherever my daughter sleeps. Polka Dot loves to give love bites. She also likes to lay on my face and groom and “love bite” my ears…in particular. Or she will lay next to me and bury her head under my chin. She also likes to cuddle in my lap. She only does this to me. She does give love bites on fingers to other members of the family but I am the only one she grooms. She does t particularly like the belly rubs and she isn’t really social. If there are too many people in the house, she will hide where Kitty will garner attention. I love both of my cats and love how they show me love in different ways. Alexandria on June 07 2020 at 10:28AM My cat does give me love bites, but I think that it is sweet, it is her way of showing affection, but when my cat bites my hand to hard, I just pull my hand away, I have been doin that for 2months now, and she is now be gentle when she gives me love bites. And my cat Jazzy DOES have 3 legs, so I try my best to not yell at her as Often as other cat owners do. nellie on May 26 2020 at 10:39AM To Sheryl Hankins : The kitten that wakes you up in the night is a normal reaction. Due to the nature of kittens they feel the need to wake up like they did when they were with their mom. In the kittens mind you are his/her mom. Kittens and cats love warmth and when the kitten wakes you up, move the kitten away from your mouth and have it lay beside you. This will become a loving bond and builds trust between you and the kitten, and the behaviour will end. The other idea is to take the kitten and lay it at the end of your feet, or lay the kitten at the top of your head. between yourself and the headboard, make sure to talk to him/her. The last resort is to either keep the kitten out of the bedroom by closing the door and make sure he has something to cuddle with for comfort or have a spray bottle with water in it and spray the kitten for unwanted behavior. I found that patience, perserverance, correcting while talking to the kitten works, with out squirting water on the cat does work. Cats will learn the words " no, get down, off the table" and they will learn that with the action and the words at the same time. I had adopted a kitten last October and I used my words and actions with the kitten. If he was on the table, I would go and pick him up off the table and while doing so I would say " off the table" and I would put him on the floor. Now he doesn’t. Sherry Jones on May 16 2020 at 05:42PM I’ve always found i can stop the love bites by gently pushing INTO the bite! I think it confuses them, and they let go. It’s not easy to start doing automatically, as it’s kinda counter- intuitive, but it does work! Steve on May 16 2020 at 04:04PM Without announcing herself, Zing loves to gently jump in my lap and quickly settles down always facing my left arm. Then she gives me love bites and sometimes won’t let go until I nudge her head and say ouch even though it doesn’t hurt. Afterwards she settles in for a loving catnap. She is no doubt a hands on cat and if I stroke her more than she likes she’ll just jump off my lap and onto her blanket close to my chair. I’ve had a lifetime of cats and Zing is the only one to ever do this. The others have all had their own way of showing affection. And one more thing… she is SO stubborn and likes to drum single strokes on the window. Her full name is Zingo Stubbs:) Qureshi Khalid on May 15 2020 at 01:49PM We have a Turkish cat and i pet her most of the times. A week ago i was playing with her using a spong ball and while playing i just showed her the ball and she grabbed it with her claws scratching one of my finger and again after few days i was brushing her fur and she intentionally scratched my knuckle. I gave her a bath some days ago and after that i picked her up she though i was going to put her in the water again and she bit me but it doesn’t hurt me and just now before posting this comment i was peting her and she gave me a love bite and i was afraid and hit her with my phone and she ran and hid under the bed and now after reading this post i am feeling very sorry for her. I literally said sorry to her after some time i called her and she came running but i think she is still mad of me because she didn’t let me cuddle her like she used to but i believe i will make her more attached to me than before. Daniel on May 02 2020 at 05:39AM For the last few weeks I have been homeless have been sleeping in a secure spot but recently within the last week a beautiful little gray and white kitty has been working its way closer to me. But never really letting me pet her so I did the only thing I could I went and bought her some cat food and after the first can of food I brought she has finally allowed me to pet her she has been purring kneading at me and his gives me soft little bites and rolls on her belly she doesn’t bite hard at this moment she is laying in my lap after reading about The Love Bites nothing you just shows she’s happy so am I nobody wants to be alone on the street Bobbie Roth on April 27 2020 at 01:11AM I have 2 rescue kittens Midnight the oldest was maybe 7 weeks when I found him abandoned by his mom in the ceiling of a garage and he accepted me as mama instantly. Then I found my second rescue Seven 2 days before Christmas when it was -9. He was maybe 6 or 7 weeks old and so malnourished that he couldn’t meow until 2 days after I brought him home. Midnight adopted him straight away and again i became mama to another kitten. Both love to be attached at the hip to me at all times when home and give love bites and head butts. Recently their newest way to show love has been to start grooming me. As much as I saved their lives I believe they saved mine Alex on April 14 2020 at 03:58AM We have 3 cats all adopted off the streets at the same time when they were 8 weeks old. The article about love bites is 100% spot on. However, not all cats do love bites. Just like humans they have highly varied personalities. The only commonality among cats is that if you, the human owner raise them properly they are extremely loving and fond of attention. Our cats want to be around us 24/7 and crave physical attention. But because of the varied personalities all out cats show affection in different ways. Luna (our female) does love bites EXACTLY as described in the article. Wolfie (the most dog like of our cats, he even fetches and likes rough doggy style petting!!) does the “head bunt” which is another classic sign of affection for cats. Toki is the most unique one in how he shows affection. He does something that most cats never even think about doing. He likes to jump up on your shoulder (without using his claws since he knows claws hurts humans), sit there and purr! Leanne on April 06 2020 at 09:04AM Yes! My cat gives me love bites all the time! Every time I fuss her but she only does it to me? There r 4 of us in my house but only me? Is that normal? X Tommy on April 05 2020 at 06:25PM I own 9 cats, all feral converts, and only 3 of my cats give “love bites”. However, every one of them love their bellies rubbed and scratched. Michelle on March 29 2020 at 08:55AM My 14 month old male Lynx Pointe Siamese gives me those wonderful “love bites” all the time. Usually when he comes to me for attention. He rubs up all against me giving me hand kisses while his motor is running with purrs and then here come the “love bites” all over my hands and fingers. While sometimes they do come along the lines of being uncomfortable.. he’s never crossed the line and I don’t want to deter his affections, so I let it slide. He only does them to me, so as long as that continues to happen, I am fine with it. He’s a loving cat and has never shown aggression, so I’m good with my fury baby. He can give me all the “love bites” He wants 😁. He also shares those “love bites” with our female Lynx Pointe who’s just about to turn 1 year. He grooms and cleans her but she seems to love it. Jen on March 22 2020 at 06:09PM My big 17-pounder gives me love bites on the nose. He comes over to me so I can kiss him on the head and nose, then he licks my forehead and gives me a careful love bite on the nose. I’m very glad he is careful! Lesli Stevens on March 05 2020 at 01:43AM I have several cats, and no never set out to get this many, but one feral not fixed female cat happened. Well those guys live out of my garage, I lock them in at night because of the coyettes if that’s spelled wrong sorry, but however I got my half feral cats I’ll keep them. They love bite me, and if I’m paying attention to another one… Another one gives me a little nip for me to pet them. I will never again have these many cats, but it pissed me off when that person said something about that couple that has sixteen cats. Smh we all have something we are passionate about, and reasons why. Leave those people alone… Patrick Mansell on February 21 2020 at 07:22AM One of the reasons I know my cat’s nibbles are love bites is because she also grabs my hand with her paws and holds me tight but with claws retracted. Understanding how a cat communicates is important in building a relationship with them. They are very intelligent and communicative, but you need to know how to read the signs. Gray on February 21 2020 at 02:08AM I have two kittens that were separated from their mum at 4 weeks. I weaned them etc. One sleeps through the night but we have a half hour cuddle after breakfast. At about 2am the other one wakes me by putting his cold, wet nose over one of my nostrils. We have lovely purry cuddles during which he explores my face and gently nips my chin and nose. I think this is because he sees me as ‘mum.’ I don’t sleep well so being woken up doesn’t bother me. Rupam Patra on February 20 2020 at 02:58PM I have a few outdoor cats and kitties. I found this unusual behavior in one of the kitty. I fed her and then was cuddling with her. She purred and suddenly bite me gently. I scolded her and she became silent with a cute face. I didn’t know about this love bite then. Next time I will allow her. Noper on February 19 2020 at 03:17PM Keep the kittens put of your bedroom at night. Close the door, put a cat bed outside the door. If you let the kitten keep waking you up, they will just learn to keep doing it.You could also put a petsafe Ssscat (not a misspelling) deterrent as a guard outside your door. It only took two times for ours to learn to stay off the kitchen counters. Sheryl Hankins on February 13 2020 at 10:38PM Help. We adopted 2 kitties from a no kill shelter. They are both the most loving kitties we’ve ever had. The little girl has a strange behavior I’ve never experienced. Every early morning about 3 or 4 am she starts head butting me, trying to get as close as she can, under my chin etc…she then starts kneading with her paws, purring and nipping my face. She licks and love bites. No skin breaking but sometimes the bites hurt and I’m afraid she might bite too hard. She hasn’t so far. I will put her down on the floor or the bottom of the bed but within 3 seconds she’s right back up starting all over. Then she wants to sleep right on my face. It’s creating serious sleep issues 😊. She does not do this to my husband. Any advice? Thanks. Linda Lewis on February 02 2020 at 02:44AM I love cats, and found the more I learnt, the more there was to know! Cats are incredible and unique. Sadly, I was unable to fix behavior problems and think my cat is “just born that way”. It wasn’t until I stumbled upon this goldmine guide on how to communicate with your cat I found HERE ( http://talk-to-yourcat.hqtips.net ). I now understand exactly how my cat is feeling and what he has always been trying to tell me. Sylvia Aldrich on January 26 2020 at 06:57AM I adopted my sweet kitty almost a year ago. She was painfully shy but non-aggressive. She gradually warmed up to us and became very snuggly. She licks me ( and my husband) and gives love bites. I usually tell her “no bites” and sometimes gently scruff her and she switches to licks. But sometimes when she is snuggling me she will chew on the buttons of my shirt. Susan on January 25 2020 at 08:24AM My cat is about 10 years old and every time I go in the kitchen to give him his food as water he nips at me he runs after me he nips at me he’s broken the skin a couple times I have no idea why he’s doing it and would like to figure it out cuz he’s a good cat he just likes to nip at me only and he’ll follow me around the house to nip at my legs one time he jumped up out of nowhere and grabbed me by the arm and bit me and scratched me Deborah on January 22 2020 at 02:02PM I have a visiting cat. His owners moved without him. We have become friends and I give him his main source of food and care. He likes being an outdoor cat. He’s male, but fixed. He’s always glad to see me, but if I’m not quick enough to feed him or while I’m preparing his food, he nips me. It hurts a little. Is he being a brat or is he just happy?😊 Help! Ghallegar Sneed on January 01 2020 at 06:43PM By the way your comments read here…I think most of you have toxoplasmosis. :P especially if you have 16 cats, come on that isn’t healthy for them or you! Ghallegar Sneed on January 01 2020 at 06:41PM By the way your comments read here…I think most of you have toxoplasmosis. :P Tanja on December 09 2019 at 04:19PM My cat was taken from his mom too early and wasn’t raised properly. He loves cuddles, purrs and drools and then bites me out of nowhere. He bites me so hard I have to pull his jaws apart to free my chin, or nose. And he just continues purring and cuddling. I love him. Angelina on December 01 2019 at 12:54AM My cat Rascal was found in a bush by me in 2007. She would hiss and slap away everyone but me, so I took her straight home when I could not locate her mother. My mom was hesitate to take her in since we had a cat, but my elder cat simply took the kitten as her own and claimed the little kitten as hers. But Rascal took me as a secondary mother. She would snuggle in my shirt. Purring so loud and aggressively. And then “love bite” my nips on accident. She knows when it’s snuggle time and she drools in excitement every time, and nips me very gently during it.I try not to stop her, no matter how discomforted I am. Because I take it as “I love you” and welcome the affection she gives me. She is still warming up to my husband, I try not to force her to accept him, but we are taking big steps, as today she sat on the couch with him. A few inches away. My husband did not dare pet her, but gently extended his hand for her to sniff. And that was it but he gets so jealous when I’m getting love bites. He wants the love. Lol Jack Finella on September 23 2019 at 06:35AM Yes, my female cat gives me love bites when she wants me to stay with her. She also allows me to pet and groom her stomach. In addition, she lets me know if another cat comes into our backyard and then we both go outside to protect “our” territory. She considers me her hunting partner and co-protector of the entire territory. Sometimes, she actually obeys me when I tell her something and she loves to talk to me.Great cat. The neighbors dog who came on our front lawn is scared of her. She got her back up and went at his face because he came to close.She has all her claws. Cats should NEVER be de-clawed. Susan on September 22 2019 at 07:33PM My gorgeous cat Dennis, now one years old was rescued by me along with his sister and brother at about three weeks of age. I have sadly lost Rodney who was a gorgeous little boy who would happily suckle away at my finger and touch my face adoringly, Beryl, his sister still likes to suckle on my fingers and Dennis never got the hang of suckling he loves to gently bite me – often the end of my nose and purrs all the time and he also likes to groom me. It’s definitely love, I reckon it’s because they were so young when they came to me having lost their mum. Cats are such wonderful creatures, each with their own little quirks of character. Jocelyn Hurd on September 08 2019 at 06:54PM My 5 month old cat, Yum Yum, always gives me love bites when she cuddles up with me and I pet her. My bf brought her home after she wandered into his place of work. She was an absolute sweetheart to everyone there so he brought her home. She seems really happy to be in a loving home. John Sanabria on September 02 2019 at 10:03AM ASPCA.org Sun on August 27 2019 at 06:39PM My cat definitely gives me love bites. When I lie down to rest, sometimes she would start making bread on my belly while purring then moving up to my chest staring right into my eyes. Then climbs up tp my face and bites it super gently that it tickles a bit. At first i found it scary cuz the face she gave me was really intense, the stare.. her eyes are just too big and round staring right into my eyes in 15cm distance. Now i just find it super cute.. and worried cuz my cat is too attached to me. She sleeps right beside my head everyday and gets stress during the hours I’m at school ㅠㅜ Kate on August 02 2019 at 04:39PM So good to.hear abouts cats being so.well treated!My Angel’s name is Bridget abd I.love her so.VERY MUCH!AND she.lets me know she loves me too!I never had a cat so.demonstrative:-) Hanna Garrison on June 27 2019 at 04:31PM I have a beautiful black cat named Boo, I adopted him from the humane society about 4 years ago and he’s my baby. He gives me “love bites” all the time, but he’ll nibble until he gets a small pieces of skin and then bites harder, resulting in a pinching feeling. Also, when he gives me “love bites” he’ll start twisting his head while he’s biting me. During all of this he’s purring and is completely relaxed. I’m wondering, how do I get him to bite more gently? Because his “love bites” tend to hurt! Jann Everly-Prisco on June 26 2019 at 04:22PM My singleton bottle-fed cat is now 2 years old. He bites and breaks the skin. I don’t think it’s love bites. I don’t know what to do. I have bruises and scars from all the “love bites”. Even on my face! Kathy Turner on June 22 2019 at 10:30AM We have triplets that my husband rescued. We had to bottle feed them because they were so young. The smallest of the 3 is Mogwai. She likes to nuzzle her way under my husband’s t-shirt when he’s sitting in the recliner. Then she will bite his belly. Not sure what that means. His belly is hairy, so we thought it might remind her if her momma. Donna shaffer on June 02 2019 at 08:27AM I have a cat we found 5 years ago & decided to keep him, he was full of fleas & soaking wet, well long story short, he rubs & head butts & love nips but only does it to me, I’m the only one that feeds waters & cleans the litter box, he lets other people pet him but I’m the only one he does this stuff to, he’s a great cat, his name is Clyde, how can I send a picture of him Donna shaffer on June 02 2019 at 08:21AM I have a cat we found 5 years ago & decided to keep him, he was full of fleas & soaking wet, well long story short, he rubs & head butts & love nips but only does it to me, I’m the only one that feeds waters & cleans the litter box, he lets other people pet him but I’m the only one he does this stuff to, he’s a great cat, his name is Clyde, how can I send a picture of him Melbeans on April 15 2019 at 06:25PM My little rescue guy tends to curl up near my neck, give me a nose nip and stretches out a paw to touch my face before falling asleep. He’s the sweetest. He never nips in anger, just before nappy time. Jean Jenn on February 01 2019 at 12:38AM Of our two current cats, the male (neutered) is the one with the “problem”….just recently he (at 9 years of age!) began for the first time to nibble and bite us.These start gentle but then become “real”….ie, they do break the skin.The thing that is strange is this an entirely new behavior for him, and nothing else in our lives has changed.He’ll nibble my forearm, to the point that it breaks the skin a bit, and leaves a mark, and ditto with the “play” biting. We had no choice but to tell him “no” sharply and remove him from our laps.No idea how to “positively reinforce” stopping this or any other behavior!(It has pretty much stopped, in the last 2 months). Marilyn B Ma on January 23 2019 at 06:27PM We have a rescue kitten, a domestic short hair), who was found in a storm drain, wet, muddy and poopy. We thought he was about 6-8 weeks old (he weighed 1.4 pounds), but the vet said he was 3-4 months old as his molars were coming in! He will never be a large cat as his dietary needs were not met before we got him. He loves to wrap himself around my neck and nibble on my ear lobes. His name is Li’l Guy and he is the sweetest kitten ever. Diane Hampson on January 19 2019 at 03:20PM We have two Siamese ragdoll litter mates, now 4 years old. The male, POOH is a 20lb bundle of love and the female, PEENIE is a 9 lb sweetie. They sleep with us, eat with us, and are on our laps constantly and understand everything we say. When POOH is cuddled, he smiles and sticks his teeth out and PEENIE gives gentle love nips that never hurt. They look Siamese with huge blue eyes but have the ragdoll temperment,and are like little humans in fur coats! Linda Pruneau on January 19 2019 at 10:43AM My neighbour’s cat gives me love bites but,he tends to go overboard and try to use his back teeth to take a munch out of my finger.He is a sweetheart but,sometimes I wish he didn’t love me so much.My cats just nibble because their love isn’t so desperate and full of the fear of abandonment. Cindy Darby on January 19 2019 at 10:35AM I have several kitties that give “love nips.” TwoFace is a little old lady of 13 who likes to wake me with hand licks & nips! The name? She is a torture with half calico & half black face. Carol Garnett on January 19 2019 at 10:16AM We have 16 cats & some of them give Love Bites but never to hard so no need for us to discourage this behavior it doesn’t hurt & let’s us know we are loved & that’s the most important thing..Carol G Sue swartzwelder on January 19 2019 at 09:31AM I have a 17 year old female cat named Kissy. from the time she was a kitten she was always licking her siblings and me. Thus the name Kissy. Her “kisses always include a bite at the end of her licking session. Her favorite place to lick me is on my nose up to my forehead and she always bites the tip of my nose before she’s done. It can be uncomfortable but she’s such a sweetheart I let it go. She never leaves a mark.😁 Barbara A Morrissey on January 16 2019 at 10:17PM I just got a little nipper for Christmas. He’s about 6-8 months old, Ziggy was a rescue seems to be very high strung very high energy. I think he loves my husband more because he snuggles with him. He always puts his head right under my husband chin and Ziggy hugs him. Me I get the toe licking in the morning when I put my feet on the floor then he nips me. The past new days he has been better he licks the top of my toes then walks away. This kitten has a huge personality! 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Jess on September 02 2022 at 03:05AM

John Jansen you are literally a psychopath. Found your Pinterest account from your comment details. Unsurprisingly it’s countless creepy folders containing pictures of women, obsessively categorised (johnjansen90260).
Next step, your address so I can report you to the authorities. You harm cats, others use their abilities to track down those who hurt cats.

Anthony DeMaria on July 02 2022 at 03:17PM

I have 2 British Shorthairs ( brothers) Ozzie and Konerko, I’m a big Chicago White Sox fan , hence the name. Personalities are night and day. Both are affectionate, however in different ways Ozzie likes to wake me up in morning by jumping on me for attention and petting, however occasionally he will nip me I need to be careful since I have thin skin on my hands. I know the nipping is a sign of affection and I deal with it. On the otherhand , Konerko waits to later without nipping
I have a picture of both of them together in the liter with 4 other siblings They are the greatest companions and wouldn’t trade them for them for a million dolllars
By the way, they are 5 years old now.😼😼

James on June 01 2022 at 08:40AM

Every time I get up to go to the bathroom in the morning my cat comes over and after a minute or so very lightly bites in my calf. It doesn’t hurt or anything, just cracks me up when he does it

Starlet on April 30 2022 at 12:49PM

This cat is just a stray cat that sleeps at my house. She’s weird at first with me but slowly I began to approach a d play with her, she began to behave better and better with me and we get closer each and every time we played together. She started to lick my fingers and slowly started to love bite me to show me how much she cares for me. She wouldn’t like it if there are other cats trying to get close to me and she’s just the sweetest thing. 😘😘😘

U on April 11 2022 at 03:39AM

@mike fryer, your cat is probably over stimulated and signaling that they want to be left alone.
I’d recommend watching Jackson Galaxy videos on YouTube to get a better understanding of why your cat has micro aggressions. You could be doing something that’s not harmful, but irritating and not even realize it. JG has amazing videos.. He really is the cat whisperer!

Ak on April 11 2022 at 03:35AM

My two 1 year old cats do the love bites, then usually get up and walk away. If your cat is love biting just wait for them to stop and move your hand away in a normal manner, not quickly because they’ll probably react in an instinctual way, by biting or swatting.

There’s literally no reason to hurt or scold a tiny animal for an actual non aggressive behavior. People like John Jansen do stuff like this to animals because they have a superiority complex and likely anger problems. If you’re a grown man that can’t handle a tiny cat, give it to someone who can.

mike fryer on February 24 2022 at 02:41PM

My cat’s love bites are hard, skin breaking, HURTFUL types. And he’s not threatened but rather is settled in to a comfy snuggle. I KNOW he’s signaling love but like the song says: " love hurts… " I don’t really see any adequate answers herein.

Char k on February 06 2022 at 02:19AM

I moved in with a family that has a kitten and her litter box is in my room so she’s mostly with me. I’m told she was a new born found in an alley. They bottle fed her a short while but she chewed up the rubber nipple. She is an extremely aggressive cat. Down right mean is what she is. She draws blood several times a day but her worst behavior is when she’s tired and wants to sleep. She gets right in my face and while she’s kneading the blanket she head butts and bites my face: nose, cheek, jaw etc. While she’s doing this she’s changing her position around in circles so she’s slow to settle down. These are not nips they are bites that hurt. I want to stop the biting but I also don’t like having her up in my face blocking my view of phone screen or tv. She does this several times a day before naps and bedtime. I tried separating softly. I’ve tried being verbal. I praise her when she’s cuddling and not biting. I’m using a spray bottle sometimes (lightly) and shove her off of me but she just comes back for more. She has a lot of toys that I rotate to keep her attention and I feed her often especially leaving out dry food at night so she has something when the house is quiet. I hope I’m not over feeding her but as active as she is she must burn up a lot of calories. All that being said, I love her even though she also attacks my legs, attacks my feet from under the bed, attacks my dog, attacks anything she sees that is dangling. She has easy access to go outside and does so often any time of day or night. There’s no surface she can’t reach in the room and she’s been testing if she can jump to food on the kitchen counter and get away with it. I hate to think where she would be with a less tolerant owner. I wonder if she was rejected by her mother as a new borne for biting. It may be love bites but it is over the top painful and annoying.

Amy on January 30 2022 at 12:11AM

My cat gives me these love bites when I’m in bed and he has to be up their with me but if I use 1 hand to let him he will love bite me until I use both my hands and also if I began to pet his back he will let me know by these love bites to stop he likes his head and neck rubbed with both hands at bed time and when he’s all done he just gently lays down next to me for the whole night until my alarm goes off !!!

Kelly Dobrzenski on January 16 2022 at 11:41AM

Our new new kitty gives me a very, very light little fairly often while I’m give him attention. It doesn’t hurt in anyway and then he rubbs against me more purring away.

Stephanie Hillier on January 08 2022 at 02:25PM

I agree that John Jansen seems to be the one with aggressive issues. Sounds like you’re incredibly abusive to everyone in your life and in general andif your cat has a chance, I’m sure he will run away as far as he can get from you!!

Jim on December 07 2021 at 11:55AM

We were adopted last summer by a male “wild” cat – with, I think, a ot of Main Coon, or Siberian in him. I use the term “wild”, because for many weeks previously, he had appeared in the garden from somewhere, and would run away if he spotted either me or the wife 50 or more yards in the distance;
However, after leaving him food every day, he eventually came closer and closer, until one day, as I put out a dish of food, he ran up to me and rubbed against my legs. To cut a long story short, we had him chipped & neutered, and he is now almost a house cat, and the most loveable softy cat anyone could wish for.
He still loves to get outside, even on the wettest and windy of days – which he can do whenever he likes, via the cat-flap. Whenever I approach him, he usually rolls over on the ground, exposing hi belly as if to say please rub my tummy. However, when I do this, he often grabs my hand with his front paws- (and usually only a minimum of claws -if any at all) and pulls my hand up to his head, for me to rub his face -something he loves greatly.
Regularly, when I am rubbing his face & cheeks, he will then close his teeth on my hand ever so gently, that to say he “bites”, is almost the wrong word to use. He makes quite a show of pretending to bite – and I can only assume that he is giving me “Love Bites” to express his happiness and contentment. I think that since “rescuing” him from a “wild outdoor existence” we have developed such a strong bond together, and this is his way of expressing his feelings of happiness

Racheal hudson on December 04 2021 at 10:04AM

IV had my cat stormy since she was a little kitten and she only sleeps with me and interacts with me. IV noticed when I go to bed she will jump up beside me and go under the cover and lay right beside me purring. Once she is good and comfy like a baby, she will nibble on my or my arm a few time then stretches her arm over my neck if I’m laying in my side and fall asleep. I swear she is part human. IV never had a cat that shows some much affection but only to me. I think it’s sweet.

Roz on November 22 2021 at 04:33PM

Enquiring why at night when all is quiet and comfy and all are asleep our beautiful blue Burmese4 years old will nip/bite us and wake us with a jolt. She is very affectionate but on these occasions this nip which wakes us comes out of the blue. We speak sternly to her and she generally takes herself into another room

Tiffany on October 02 2021 at 01:39AM

John Jansen, you’re psycho and shouldn’t have pets.

JH on September 20 2021 at 12:17AM

My cat Buster LOVES attention, and when I scratch his head and chin, he trills softly and gives me what I call “love nips”.
When he wakes me up in the morning and gives me a gentle nip on the hand, he’s telling me he’s hungry, then proceeds to herd me into the kitchen for his breakfast. He is the best cat we’ve ever had, and we’ve had lots over the years.

Linda on June 27 2021 at 12:34PM

I feed 5 homeless cats. There is the one big Tom that is not fixed. He is very vocal and has started coming up to me on the deck where I feed these cats and wiggles all through my legs and talks to me while I am getting the food out of the can. He has given me three live bites gently but this morning he give me a clawed swipe. I talk very quietly and I move ver slowly around these cats. I guess during this past COVID year people could not afford to fix or feed their cats and just put them out. We have feral cat law where I live so people are aloud to do this. He has impregnated two female so far. I want to try to capture him to take him to the state to be fixed. Don’t know where the two female go but they come to eat also. Both females have had their kittens. What a mess. Will try to get all captured, fixed and released. I know very little about cats as I have dogs.

Brielle on June 17 2021 at 11:22PM

There’s this cat down the street and every time I come to visit him he plays with me, lets me pet him, and while I’m petting him out of nowhere he grabs me softly with his cute little paws and nibbles me gently! He is always so cute!

Jay on April 16 2021 at 10:16AM

I nicknamed my cat “The Stapler”. He staples knuckles, wrists, elbows, and even knees on occasion.

Maria on April 08 2021 at 08:54PM

My cat,Yogi Bear does crazy funny kitty tricks…this morning he was running back & forth staking little fuzzy ball…back and forth… rushing down hallway for couple hours! Why is he bringing his kitty bowl and dumping it on my bed? One time bowl was empty but another time there was cat food? I didn’t see how he maneuver bowl and dumped it on my bed?

Linda2e on March 31 2021 at 02:32AM

I love cats, and found the more I learnt, the more there was to know! Cats are incredible and unique. Sadly, I was unable to fix behavior problems and think my cat is “just born that way”. It wasn’t until I stumbled upon this goldmine guide on how to communicate with your cat I found HERE ( http://talk-to-yourcat.hqtips.info ). I now understand exactly how my cat is feeling and what he has always been trying to tell me.

(Video) Here's Why Your Cat Gives You "Love" Bites

David Buck on March 23 2021 at 10:35PM

One of my cats, Holly, has the habit of rubbing her chin along my jaw, and then shoving her face into my hand and nibbling my palm, all the while purring up a storm. She is the most effusively affectionate of the cats we have, the others are much more laid-back.

Joe on March 23 2021 at 12:11AM

I took in my stray two years ago after instantly bonding. He was quite sick and required about three months of TOC and medication. He has always been super affectionate, playful and a total lap cat. He has always loved it when I cup his head – he buries his face in my hand and then nibbles gently at my thumb . Sometimes he wraps his paws around my wrist, never extends his claws and locks my hand. He often rolls on his back and loves belly rubs. I think he trusts me completely and loves the attention. I figure as long as he seems happy and content, he can nibble away!

Johnnie L Jackson on March 15 2021 at 02:17AM

My kitty talks to me when I talk to her. I live alone and she forefills my loneiness. She comes up and gives me love bits on my wrist. She has a special personally about from the 9 cats I feed which are related. I get only SSI and I buy 2 Bags of Kibbles and Bits the original 30Ibs bags. They are all my kids and they all sleep in my bedroom with me..I am to get the 3 females fixed and shots. And the rest are makes. BlackJack, Pepper, Garfield, Steve, Jimmy, Pet Cemetery, .Then Marshmallow and Skittles because she has mixed colors. I enjoy them. And they all love me Johnnie Jackson, NC

Michele Whitlatchs on February 15 2021 at 07:10PM

Snoopy is my cats name he is 6 months old he likes to lay across my neck and he puts his nose in my ear while he is purring then licks my ear then he nibbles with only his front teeth I thought this was weird so I looked it up only to find that there are a lot of cats that do this glad I’m not alone

Kristen on February 12 2021 at 01:17AM

My 6 month old kitten curls up in bed with me when I’m sleeping and will start gnawing and nipping at my bare hands, arms, face or neck. I usually move away but she will follow me. Normally she stops after awhile, I’m thinking maybe she’s just comfortable and it relaxes her. I know she’s not being aggressive, but she constantly wakes me up so it can be annoying.

Nicole on February 09 2021 at 07:32AM

My kitty Puma I have I found while I was working he was in a bush he was newborn baby we still at his umbilical cord on. It was probably 2 or 3 days old. It was extremely hot outside. So I didn’t see any mommy kitties around so I took him as my own. I became his mommy. I fed him replacement Kitty milk through a syringe. I got a little cat carrier that was made of material and he would go everywhere with me. And I got a little bottle feed him from to be a bigger kitty. He gives me Love bites all the time because I’m his mommy because I’m the only mommy he’s ever known. He was a scrawny little thing when I found him now he’s a big beautiful black cat with big green eyes. So every morning he wants to greet me with his little love bites.

Paul on January 31 2021 at 06:34PM

I have a year old Sphynx and he has been giving me “love bites” since day one.

At first I thought it was a good idea to stop him from doing this. But then I realized he was just playing and bonding.

I don’t want to discourage him from loving me. ❤️

John Jansen on January 25 2021 at 09:40AM

My cat does this sometimes. I usually grab his whole head (I have rather large hands), give it a shake and tell him “NO!” firmly. If he does it again I hold his neck down against the floor and tell him “no” again, then pop his behind. It usually works.

Ari on January 21 2021 at 03:09AM

I adopted a very shy 3 month old kitten about a month and a half ago. He has come into his own little personality, especially around me. He is still getting used to my boyfriend so with that being said I’m 100% his person. He’s almost always loved to be pet (especially on his head/ neck) but within the last few days he keeps biting my hand hard every now and then! He doesn’t puncture the skin but I’m scared he will soon with the force and sharpness of his teeth! I’m beginning to feel as though they are not love bites.

Ruthie on January 01 2021 at 08:31AM

My female cat wraps her paws tight around my wrist. Then chomps on my knuckles. As soon as I’m still she lays her head on me and tries to sleep. Without releasing my hand. When I pull away she bites again in attempts to hold me still. Guess she thinks I’m her kitten?

Patrick on December 31 2020 at 04:19PM

We have 2 rescue cats, Yoda, 11 yrs and his niece, Tinks, 9 yrs…they’ve been together all their lives and we rescued them 2 years ago. Yoda is a lovely boy. Enjoys a little petting, and he’ll sit on my side table and stare at me until I pay attention….but if he’s really wanting some love, he’ll stick his head into my hand. Tinks is her own girl. Doesn’t go for petting at all during the day, but at night, at 2am (!) she will jump onto the bed and prod us until we take notice. She then just loves to flop onto her side with her head pressed onto a hand. Recently she’s started licking my fingers and giving a gentle bite…it actually feels really nice. A classic love bite. I’m so glad we rescued these two. They give us both so much back. If anyone needs a cat, I have to say, do rescue an unwanted older cat. You’ll be so pleased how much love they have to give.

Stephanie Jansen on December 10 2020 at 07:06PM

I have two house cats that couldn’t be more different. Bird, is older, about 9 or 10, we’re not sure exactly. She only wants affection on her terms. I’m always waiting for it, because I love her so, but I have to wait until she comes to me looking for lovins. She also let’s me know when she’s had enough. She does the “love bite” and hisses. It’s not an aggressive bite or hiss. Just letting us know “I’m done. Leave me alone.” She couldn’t care less about our other cat. Has zero interest in being his friend or playmate. Tacocat is the exact opposite. He is almost 2 and the most loveable little guy you could ever meet. He loves pets at anytime. Rolls over and exposes his belly for us to rub and scratch. He comes looking for us so that he can get lovins if it has been too long since his last session. Lol. He will, very gently, bite my wrist while rubbing his belly. I wouldn’t even call it a bite though. It’s like he opens his mouth and places his teeth on my wrist. No pressure at all. And he nudges and licks my hand and fingers afterwards with his purrbox blaring. I can’t imagine, when he does this, that he wants me to stop. It seems so much like he’s telling us “I love you and this feels amazing!” I am definitely going to stop next time and see how he reacts. He usually will put his head under your hand and nudge at you if he thinks you stopped too soon. He is the best three legged cat ever! I love both of my furry friends equally, but Tacocat steals my heart with his love.

Cara on December 05 2020 at 12:24AM

My cat Meow-Meow will nibble my fingers while he wants petted or even when I’m sleeping he’ll love nibble me he will grab you with his paws if you try to walk away but not like aggressive with claws he likes to drink faucet water I’ll let the water drip and he’ll nibble my fingers and nibble at my pop socket on my phone get petted and purrr like crazy he’s so weird but I love him.

Cindy on November 14 2020 at 05:34PM

I adopted a cat that I named Princess, named after my male cat Prince who was hit by a car about 3 months ago. She is precious! Also, truly fits her name. Princess is a shiny, long haired black and white gift. She is so lovable and adores me. She gives me little bites and head bunts and seems to understand everything I tell her. I wondered what these little nips meant so I googled it and read exactly what I expected because I did assume she has truly taken me on as her mother. She is 8 months old, spayed and very well behaved already. I’m disabled, 62 years old and live alone. She brings me so much joy and stays where I do, even when we go outdoors. Thank y’all for all your comments. Happy Cat Parenting 🐱

Judy Bryan on October 26 2020 at 02:43PM

Many years ago a tailless kitten showed up at our door. Sunshine was probably 4 weeks old. He immediately adopted my spouse as his person and a great love affair began. In February 2019 my spouse died after a long bout with cancer. Sunshine saw me leave the house with my spouse and when I returned home alone his world was shattered. He disappeared inside the house for 6 months. He would come out to eat, drink water, and use the kitty box, All activity was done covertly either when I was otherwise occupied or at night. After 6 months he decided to “forgive” me. He is now 17 and very fragile but the vet says he is in great shape for an old cat. He has adopted me as his replacement person and when he wants petting will sit on my chest and let me pet him and groom him. He gives love bites at times but never hurts me. He is declawed and will ever so gently reach out and pat my nose if he wants more petting.

Katie on September 28 2020 at 02:39AM

Yes. My cat is very loving and affectionate and when I pet him he always gives me very gentle little nibbles

Chris on September 23 2020 at 06:13AM

My sister gave me her cat due to behavior issues. The family’s previous cat was very very laid back and gentle, but this one would go outside the litter box and “attack” my young niece’s feet as she walked by.

Since living with me she’s been very affectionate, first sleeping at my feet at night and within the past week or so sleeping near my upper torso where we’ll frequently “snuggle”. I’ll not simply place my arm over her torso and she’ll start purring, then lick and bite my hand. We’ve become quite fond of each other over the past few weeks since moving in with me, I wouldn’t trade her for the world.

LM on September 10 2020 at 05:19AM

My cat is often lonely at night when the household goes to sleep. If I should happen to come downstairs in the dark for some reason, she seems excited that I have come down, but sometimes she also seems to get aggressive. She will charge at me, follow me closely and try to bite my legs. I am
not sure if this is affection because it seems more like actual aggression – the bites are harder than love bites! She sometimes gets so intense that she corners me when I’m trying to walk. She never behaves like this during the day,
only sometimes at night. Is this playing or not? I’m
never sure.

Pam Lummus on September 08 2020 at 07:01AM

Our cat, Tye B., will open her mouth and put her mouth over the bridge of our noses. We feel that this might be her way of giving us kisses.My husband, rescued her from the road beside where we live. a lady was in front of him and almost ran over her. She is a Calico. we’re not quite sure of her exact age but we feel that maybe she was born around April or so. She is very attached to us.She has some very weird things that she does. She fetches dollar bills
I have her on video. She likes to have her belly rubbed and loves to be held like a baby. She loves chicken and bacon and eggs. Also, if we both walk outside, when we open the door to come back in she is usually hanging on the screen about halfway up the door. She also takes toys and gets on the couch, throws them off the couch and does a backflip off the couch. She is a very happy and a social butterfly! She is so unique and that makes her the best dang cat in the world!!!!!!

Bec on August 03 2020 at 01:48PM

2 nibblers here. My girl likes to nip my face when cuddling – she’s a chest cat and loves to suckle on my shoulder, turns to look at me and grabs hold of my face (usually lightly although she does gradually increase pressure).

My boy seems to be more bitey for attention or over stimulation – he’s a knuckle biter and usually only stops trying once he has got you at lease once during a cuddle. But bare legs in the bathroom are his fave – normally in the morning when his bowl is empty.

(Video) Biting the hand that loves you: Aggression or Affection?

Alyssa on August 02 2020 at 03:48PM

My cat is extremely affectionate, but she rarely bites. Even when she does bite, it is never hard nor does it break the skin. She does this when I am petting her or if she is laying on my arm which makes me curious to know if this is a love bite or a way of showing she is overstimulated. Her tail does flick when she bites me, but she continues to purr so I Don’t know what her bites signify.

Aquaria on July 30 2020 at 04:31AM

Have a mixed breed Siamese who has a serious fascination with my legs when I’m sitting, and it doesn’t matter where—bedroom, desk, bathroom(!) Every now and then if I’m petting her during her figure eights, she’ll give my legs some dainty nips if I’m not giving her enough worship. They don’t hurt, only feel a little strange.

She’s also a biter sometimes when I pet her if she’s on the bed, desk or lap. There’s an affectionate bite, that’s sort of a “who said you could take that fabulous scratching device away,” and that one usually involves paws grabbing hold of my hand to keep it close as well. And then she has a bit more aggressive of bite saying she’s had enough of human germs, thanks.

I’ve had so many cats in my nearly 60 years that understanding what their mannerisms say is either second nature, or comes easily once I adapt to a different cat’s unique quirks.

Most newbie cat owners don’t get that cars are closer to lions in personality, which means they’re more social and “pack” oriented than their reputation indicates. When a new cat takes you on as a burden (how they really see us), there’s an adapting process on both sides to sort out the pack code of conduct, and that has to be nurtured and respected. It doesn’t take long to realize if you have a cat more paw/claw-prone to communicate, or more bite-prone. The pattern is clear soon enough.

I knew my new baby was a biter when of course she nipped at me, and then when all of her “claw” needs were satisfied with a simple scratching post. She never claws furniture or people. Only her post (good girl!). But the nips are just about a daily thing, and almost entirely directed at her favorite burden, me. My husband doesn’t get the nipping action I do, but then he doesn’t give our dear leader as much attention as I do. He’s the designated feeder/entertainer, while I’m assigned worship duties of head scratches, cuddles, perches, and intermittent warming device (my back while we sleep is a favorite heat source). So my greater close contact = more nips.

Marian on July 28 2020 at 05:00PM

I have a bonded pair of brothers, one of which gives me love bites on my calf when I’m prepping their meals. He will also give me love bites when he wants attention…generallly biting my leg. Both instances are generally preceded by him rubbing up along my legs. I undetstand it’s a sign of affection but i wish he’d stop.

Suzanne D Kosek on July 28 2020 at 04:28PM

My adult cat gives me loves bites while I am dishing up her food. It makes me quite twitchy while I’m trying to get her food together. Is there a way to stop this behavior?

Paige on July 28 2020 at 01:30PM

Just today. I was sitting on my couch. My cat climbs up on the couch and starts kneading on me then out of nowhere gives me a “love bite” on my hand. Twice.

Beverly Bearde on July 28 2020 at 11:51AM

I have 2 hairless cats. Blue is a lover as I got him at 5 weeks old he will grab my finger or skin an just hold it in his mouth for awhile then just let’s go. Angel my little girl is timid an fearful. We got her at 3 month old an she is very timid. Never bites but not affectionate She wants to be but just can’t get passed being scared it seems. She’s getting better she does sleep with me then becomes a different cat totally. They bring a lot of joy to us! Love them

Courtney Zammit on July 28 2020 at 08:58AM

We have two kittens, one of which we rescued from a sewer at 4 weeks, and the other we adopted at 4 months. Pennywise is now 10 months and comes for cuddles whenever she feels like it. Bughuul is 5 months and is the most affectionate kitten I’ve ever come across. He sleeps on my neck, my face, my pillow or under the blankets between my boyfriend and I. He always insists on cleaning my eyes while I sleep, much like his sister used to do. However, I’d never experienced love bits until he came along. He religiously nibbles on my nose and my nose ring and doesn’t stop until I start petting him. He purrs the entire time this is happening, and absolutely HAS TO sleep on my hands, no matter where they are. He’s an odd lil guy, but he made the perfect addition to our furmily, and definitely keeps his sister on her toes 😂

Andrea Finbow on July 24 2020 at 01:32PM

I have had my cat Jackson for over 10 years now. He is a gentle loving cat and has on occasion licked my hand but recently out of nowhere he has started to give light nibbles on my arm with the licks. It was really weird at first as he had never done that before.

Andrea Finbow on July 24 2020 at 01:31PM

I have had my cat Jackson for over 10 years now. He is a gentle loving cat and has on occasion licked my hand but recently out of nowhere he has started to give light nibbles on my arm with the licks. It was really weird at first as he had never done that before.

Cina on July 21 2020 at 03:07PM

I get love bites pretty often. They’re very gentle but I usually get them when I’ve been petting her and I stop she’ll give me a love bite for me to continue to scratch or pet her. Sometimes she’ll just give me a quick bite and then quickly run away. I don’t mind them at all I know she’s just showing affection

Hilarie on June 28 2020 at 02:20PM

I have 2 cats, Kitty and Polka Dot. Kitty does head bunting to show affection. She is also a very social cat and likes to cuddle with just about anybody. She also LOVES to have her belly rubbed and be scratched everywhere. She’s never given live bites and never groomed any of us. She used to like to sleep on my shoulder or hip, but now she’s too big for that. My daughter is her “person” and she now sleeps wherever my daughter sleeps. Polka Dot loves to give love bites. She also likes to lay on my face and groom and “love bite” my ears…in particular. Or she will lay next to me and bury her head under my chin. She also likes to cuddle in my lap. She only does this to me. She does give love bites on fingers to other members of the family but I am the only one she grooms. She does t particularly like the belly rubs and she isn’t really social. If there are too many people in the house, she will hide where Kitty will garner attention. I love both of my cats and love how they show me love in different ways.

Alexandria on June 07 2020 at 10:28AM

My cat does give me love bites, but I think that it is sweet, it is her way of showing affection, but when my cat bites my hand to hard, I just pull my hand away, I have been doin that for 2months now, and she is now be gentle when she gives me love bites. And my cat Jazzy DOES have 3 legs, so I try my best to not yell at her as Often as other cat owners do.

nellie on May 26 2020 at 10:39AM

To Sheryl Hankins : The kitten that wakes you up in the night is a normal reaction. Due to the nature of kittens they feel the need to wake up like they did when they were with their mom. In the kittens mind you are his/her mom. Kittens and cats love warmth and when the kitten wakes you up, move the kitten away from your mouth and have it lay beside you. This will become a loving bond and builds trust between you and the kitten, and the behaviour will end. The other idea is to take the kitten and lay it at the end of your feet, or lay the kitten at the top of your head. between yourself and the headboard, make sure to talk to him/her. The last resort is to either keep the kitten out of the bedroom by closing the door and make sure he has something to cuddle with for comfort or have a spray bottle with water in it and spray the kitten for unwanted behavior. I found that patience, perserverance, correcting while talking to the kitten works, with out squirting water on the cat does work. Cats will learn the words
" no, get down, off the table" and they will learn that with the action and the words at the same time. I had adopted a kitten last October and I used my words and actions with the kitten. If he was on the table, I would go and pick him up off the table and while doing so I would say " off the table" and I would put him on the floor. Now he doesn’t.

Sherry Jones on May 16 2020 at 05:42PM

I’ve always found i can stop the love bites by gently pushing INTO the bite! I think it confuses them, and they let go. It’s not easy to start doing automatically, as it’s kinda counter- intuitive, but it does work!

Steve on May 16 2020 at 04:04PM

Without announcing herself, Zing loves to gently jump in my lap and quickly settles down always facing my left arm. Then she gives me love bites and sometimes won’t let go until I nudge her head and say ouch even though it doesn’t hurt. Afterwards she settles in for a loving catnap. She is no doubt a hands on cat and if I stroke her more than she likes she’ll just jump off my lap and onto her blanket close to my chair. I’ve had a lifetime of cats and Zing is the only one to ever do this. The others have all had their own way of showing affection. And one more thing… she is SO stubborn and likes to drum single strokes on the window. Her full name is Zingo Stubbs:)

Qureshi Khalid on May 15 2020 at 01:49PM

We have a Turkish cat and i pet her most of the times. A week ago i was playing with her using a spong ball and while playing i just showed her the ball and she grabbed it with her claws scratching one of my finger and again after few days i was brushing her fur and she intentionally scratched my knuckle. I gave her a bath some days ago and after that i picked her up she though i was going to put her in the water again and she bit me but it doesn’t hurt me and just now before posting this comment i was peting her and she gave me a love bite and i was afraid and hit her with my phone and she ran and hid under the bed and now after reading this post i am feeling very sorry for her. I literally said sorry to her after some time i called her and she came running but i think she is still mad of me because she didn’t let me cuddle her like she used to but i believe i will make her more attached to me than before.

Daniel on May 02 2020 at 05:39AM

For the last few weeks I have been homeless have been sleeping in a secure spot but recently within the last week a beautiful little gray and white kitty has been working its way closer to me. But never really letting me pet her so I did the only thing I could I went and bought her some cat food and after the first can of food I brought she has finally allowed me to pet her she has been purring kneading at me and his gives me soft little bites and rolls on her belly she doesn’t bite hard at this moment she is laying in my lap after reading about The Love Bites nothing you just shows she’s happy so am I nobody wants to be alone on the street

Bobbie Roth on April 27 2020 at 01:11AM

I have 2 rescue kittens Midnight the oldest was maybe 7 weeks when I found him abandoned by his mom in the ceiling of a garage and he accepted me as mama instantly. Then I found my second rescue Seven 2 days before Christmas when it was -9. He was maybe 6 or 7 weeks old and so malnourished that he couldn’t meow until 2 days after I brought him home. Midnight adopted him straight away and again i became mama to another kitten. Both love to be attached at the hip to me at all times when home and give love bites and head butts. Recently their newest way to show love has been to start grooming me. As much as I saved their lives I believe they saved mine

(Video) 12 Signs Your Cat REALLY Loves You

Alex on April 14 2020 at 03:58AM

We have 3 cats all adopted off the streets at the same time when they were 8 weeks old. The article about love bites is 100% spot on. However, not all cats do love bites. Just like humans they have highly varied personalities. The only commonality among cats is that if you, the human owner raise them properly they are extremely loving and fond of attention. Our cats want to be around us 24/7 and crave physical attention. But because of the varied personalities all out cats show affection in different ways. Luna (our female) does love bites EXACTLY as described in the article. Wolfie (the most dog like of our cats, he even fetches and likes rough doggy style petting!!) does the “head bunt” which is another classic sign of affection for cats. Toki is the most unique one in how he shows affection. He does something that most cats never even think about doing. He likes to jump up on your shoulder (without using his claws since he knows claws hurts humans), sit there and purr!

Leanne on April 06 2020 at 09:04AM

Yes! My cat gives me love bites all the time! Every time I fuss her but she only does it to me? There r 4 of us in my house but only me? Is that normal? X

Tommy on April 05 2020 at 06:25PM

I own 9 cats, all feral converts, and only 3 of my cats give “love bites”. However, every one of them love their bellies rubbed and scratched.

Michelle on March 29 2020 at 08:55AM

My 14 month old male Lynx Pointe Siamese gives me those wonderful “love bites” all the time. Usually when he comes to me for attention. He rubs up all against me giving me hand kisses while his motor is running with purrs and then here come the “love bites” all over my hands and fingers. While sometimes they do come along the lines of being uncomfortable.. he’s never crossed the line and I don’t want to deter his affections, so I let it slide. He only does them to me, so as long as that continues to happen, I am fine with it. He’s a loving cat and has never shown aggression, so I’m good with my fury baby. He can give me all the “love bites” He wants 😁. He also shares those “love bites” with our female Lynx Pointe who’s just about to turn 1 year. He grooms and cleans her but she seems to love it.

Jen on March 22 2020 at 06:09PM

My big 17-pounder gives me love bites on the nose. He comes over to me so I can kiss him on the head and nose, then he licks my forehead and gives me a careful love bite on the nose. I’m very glad he is careful!

Lesli Stevens on March 05 2020 at 01:43AM

I have several cats, and no never set out to get this many, but one feral not fixed female cat happened. Well those guys live out of my garage, I lock them in at night because of the coyettes if that’s spelled wrong sorry, but however I got my half feral cats I’ll keep them. They love bite me, and if I’m paying attention to another one… Another one gives me a little nip for me to pet them.
I will never again have these many cats, but it pissed me off when that person said something about that couple that has sixteen cats. Smh we all have something we are passionate about, and reasons why. Leave those people alone…

Patrick Mansell on February 21 2020 at 07:22AM

One of the reasons I know my cat’s nibbles are love bites is because she also grabs my hand with her paws and holds me tight but with claws retracted. Understanding how a cat communicates is important in building a relationship with them. They are very intelligent and communicative, but you need to know how to read the signs.

Gray on February 21 2020 at 02:08AM

I have two kittens that were separated from their mum at 4 weeks. I weaned them etc. One sleeps through the night but we have a half hour cuddle after breakfast. At about 2am the other one wakes me by putting his cold, wet nose over one of my nostrils. We have lovely purry cuddles during which he explores my face and gently nips my chin and nose. I think this is because he sees me as ‘mum.’ I don’t sleep well so being woken up doesn’t bother me.

Rupam Patra on February 20 2020 at 02:58PM

I have a few outdoor cats and kitties. I found this unusual behavior in one of the kitty. I fed her and then was cuddling with her. She purred and suddenly bite me gently. I scolded her and she became silent with a cute face. I didn’t know about this love bite then. Next time I will allow her.

Noper on February 19 2020 at 03:17PM

Keep the kittens put of your bedroom at night. Close the door, put a cat bed outside the door. If you let the kitten keep waking you up, they will just learn to keep doing it.

You could also put a petsafe Ssscat (not a misspelling) deterrent as a guard outside your door. It only took two times for ours to learn to stay off the kitchen counters.

Sheryl Hankins on February 13 2020 at 10:38PM

Help. We adopted 2 kitties from a no kill shelter. They are both the most loving kitties we’ve ever had. The little girl has a strange behavior I’ve never experienced. Every early morning about 3 or 4 am she starts head butting me, trying to get as close as she can, under my chin etc…she then starts kneading with her paws, purring and nipping my face. She licks and love bites. No skin breaking but sometimes the bites hurt and I’m afraid she might bite too hard. She hasn’t so far. I will put her down on the floor or the bottom of the bed but within 3 seconds she’s right back up starting all over. Then she wants to sleep right on my face. It’s creating serious sleep issues 😊. She does not do this to my husband. Any advice? Thanks.

Linda Lewis on February 02 2020 at 02:44AM

I love cats, and found the more I learnt, the more there was to know! Cats are incredible and unique. Sadly, I was unable to fix behavior problems and think my cat is “just born that way”. It wasn’t until I stumbled upon this goldmine guide on how to communicate with your cat I found HERE (
http://talk-to-yourcat.hqtips.net ). I now understand exactly how my cat is feeling and what he has always been trying to tell me.

Sylvia Aldrich on January 26 2020 at 06:57AM

I adopted my sweet kitty almost a year ago. She was painfully shy but non-aggressive. She gradually warmed up to us and became very snuggly. She licks me ( and my husband) and gives love bites. I usually tell her “no bites” and sometimes gently scruff her and she switches to licks. But sometimes when she is snuggling me she will chew on the buttons of my shirt.

Susan on January 25 2020 at 08:24AM

My cat is about 10 years old and every time I go in the kitchen to give him his food as water he nips at me he runs after me he nips at me he’s broken the skin a couple times I have no idea why he’s doing it and would like to figure it out cuz he’s a good cat he just likes to nip at me only and he’ll follow me around the house to nip at my legs one time he jumped up out of nowhere and grabbed me by the arm and bit me and scratched me

Deborah on January 22 2020 at 02:02PM

I have a visiting cat. His owners moved without him. We have become friends and I give him his main source of food and care. He likes being an outdoor cat. He’s male, but fixed. He’s always glad to see me, but if I’m not quick enough to feed him or while I’m preparing his food, he nips me. It hurts a little. Is he being a brat or is he just happy?😊 Help!

Ghallegar Sneed on January 01 2020 at 06:43PM

By the way your comments read here…I think most of you have toxoplasmosis. :P especially if you have 16 cats, come on that isn’t healthy for them or you!

Ghallegar Sneed on January 01 2020 at 06:41PM

By the way your comments read here…I think most of you have toxoplasmosis. :P

Tanja on December 09 2019 at 04:19PM

My cat was taken from his mom too early and wasn’t raised properly. He loves cuddles, purrs and drools and then bites me out of nowhere. He bites me so hard I have to pull his jaws apart to free my chin, or nose. And he just continues purring and cuddling. I love him.

Angelina on December 01 2019 at 12:54AM

My cat Rascal was found in a bush by me in 2007. She would hiss and slap away everyone but me, so I took her straight home when I could not locate her mother. My mom was hesitate to take her in since we had a cat, but my elder cat simply took the kitten as her own and claimed the little kitten as hers. But Rascal took me as a secondary mother. She would snuggle in my shirt. Purring so loud and aggressively. And then “love bite” my nips on accident. She knows when it’s snuggle time and she drools in excitement every time, and nips me very gently during it.

I try not to stop her, no matter how discomforted I am. Because I take it as “I love you” and welcome the affection she gives me. She is still warming up to my husband, I try not to force her to accept him, but we are taking big steps, as today she sat on the couch with him. A few inches away. My husband did not dare pet her, but gently extended his hand for her to sniff. And that was it but he gets so jealous when I’m getting love bites. He wants the love. Lol

Jack Finella on September 23 2019 at 06:35AM

Yes, my female cat gives me love bites when she wants me to stay with her. She also allows me to pet and groom her stomach. In addition, she lets me know if another cat comes into our backyard and then we both go outside to protect “our” territory. She considers me her hunting partner and co-protector of the entire territory. Sometimes, she actually obeys me when I tell her something and she loves to talk to me.
Great cat. The neighbors dog who came on our front lawn is scared of her. She got her back up and went at his face because he came to close.
She has all her claws. Cats should NEVER be de-clawed.

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Susan on September 22 2019 at 07:33PM

My gorgeous cat Dennis, now one years old was rescued by me along with his sister and brother at about three weeks of age. I have sadly lost Rodney who was a gorgeous little boy who would happily suckle away at my finger and touch my face adoringly, Beryl, his sister still likes to suckle on my fingers and Dennis never got the hang of suckling he loves to gently bite me – often the end of my nose and purrs all the time and he also likes to groom me. It’s definitely love, I reckon it’s because they were so young when they came to me having lost their mum. Cats are such wonderful creatures, each with their own little quirks of character.

Jocelyn Hurd on September 08 2019 at 06:54PM

My 5 month old cat, Yum Yum, always gives me love bites when she cuddles up with me and I pet her. My bf brought her home after she wandered into his place of work. She was an absolute sweetheart to everyone there so he brought her home. She seems really happy to be in a loving home.

John Sanabria on September 02 2019 at 10:03AM

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Sun on August 27 2019 at 06:39PM

My cat definitely gives me love bites. When I lie down to rest, sometimes she would start making bread on my belly while purring then moving up to my chest staring right into my eyes. Then climbs up tp my face and bites it super gently that it tickles a bit. At first i found it scary cuz the face she gave me was really intense, the stare.. her eyes are just too big and round staring right into my eyes in 15cm distance. Now i just find it super cute.. and worried cuz my cat is too attached to me. She sleeps right beside my head everyday and gets stress during the hours I’m at school ㅠㅜ

Kate on August 02 2019 at 04:39PM

So good to.hear abouts cats being so.well treated!
My Angel’s name is Bridget abd I.love her so.VERY MUCH!
AND she.lets me know she loves me too!
I never had a cat so.demonstrative:-)

Hanna Garrison on June 27 2019 at 04:31PM

I have a beautiful black cat named Boo, I adopted him from the humane society about 4 years ago and he’s my baby. He gives me “love bites” all the time, but he’ll nibble until he gets a small pieces of skin and then bites harder, resulting in a pinching feeling. Also, when he gives me “love bites” he’ll start twisting his head while he’s biting me. During all of this he’s purring and is completely relaxed. I’m wondering, how do I get him to bite more gently? Because his “love bites” tend to hurt!

Jann Everly-Prisco on June 26 2019 at 04:22PM

My singleton bottle-fed cat is now 2 years old. He bites and breaks the skin. I don’t think it’s love bites. I don’t know what to do. I have bruises and scars from all the “love bites”. Even on my face!

Kathy Turner on June 22 2019 at 10:30AM

We have triplets that my husband rescued. We had to bottle feed them because they were so young. The smallest of the 3 is Mogwai. She likes to nuzzle her way under my husband’s t-shirt when he’s sitting in the recliner. Then she will bite his belly. Not sure what that means. His belly is hairy, so we thought it might remind her if her momma.

Donna shaffer on June 02 2019 at 08:27AM

I have a cat we found 5 years ago & decided to keep him, he was full of fleas & soaking wet, well long story short, he rubs & head butts & love nips but only does it to me, I’m the only one that feeds waters & cleans the litter box, he lets other people pet him but I’m the only one he does this stuff to, he’s a great cat, his name is Clyde, how can I send a picture of him

Donna shaffer on June 02 2019 at 08:21AM

I have a cat we found 5 years ago & decided to keep him, he was full of fleas & soaking wet, well long story short, he rubs & head butts & love nips but only does it to me, I’m the only one that feeds waters & cleans the litter box, he lets other people pet him but I’m the only one he does this stuff to, he’s a great cat, his name is Clyde, how can I send a picture of him

Melbeans on April 15 2019 at 06:25PM

My little rescue guy tends to curl up near my neck, give me a nose nip and stretches out a paw to touch my face before falling asleep. He’s the sweetest. He never nips in anger, just before nappy time.

Jean Jenn on February 01 2019 at 12:38AM

Of our two current cats, the male (neutered) is the one with the “problem”….just recently he (at 9 years of age!) began for the first time to nibble and bite us.

These start gentle but then become “real”….ie, they do break the skin.

The thing that is strange is this an entirely new behavior for him, and nothing else in our lives has changed.

He’ll nibble my forearm, to the point that it breaks the skin a bit, and leaves a mark, and ditto with the “play” biting. We had no choice but to tell him “no” sharply and remove him from our laps.

No idea how to “positively reinforce” stopping this or any other behavior!

(It has pretty much stopped, in the last 2 months).

Marilyn B Ma on January 23 2019 at 06:27PM

We have a rescue kitten, a domestic short hair), who was found in a storm drain, wet, muddy and poopy. We thought he was about 6-8 weeks old (he weighed 1.4 pounds), but the vet said he was 3-4 months old as his molars were coming in! He will never be a large cat as his dietary needs were not met before we got him. He loves to wrap himself around my neck and nibble on my ear lobes. His name is Li’l Guy and he is the sweetest kitten ever.

Diane Hampson on January 19 2019 at 03:20PM

We have two Siamese ragdoll litter mates, now 4 years old. The male, POOH is a 20lb bundle of love and the female, PEENIE is a 9 lb sweetie. They sleep with us, eat with us, and are on our laps constantly and understand everything we say. When POOH is cuddled, he smiles and sticks his teeth out and PEENIE gives gentle love nips that never hurt.
They look Siamese with huge blue eyes but have the ragdoll temperment,and are like little humans in fur coats!

Linda Pruneau on January 19 2019 at 10:43AM

My neighbour’s cat gives me love bites but,he tends to go overboard and try to use his back teeth to take a munch out of my finger.He is a sweetheart but,sometimes I wish he didn’t love me so much.My cats just nibble because their love isn’t so desperate and full of the fear of abandonment.

Cindy Darby on January 19 2019 at 10:35AM

I have several kitties that give “love nips.” TwoFace is a little old lady of 13 who likes to wake me with hand licks & nips! The name? She is a torture with half calico & half black face.

Carol Garnett on January 19 2019 at 10:16AM

We have 16 cats & some of them give Love Bites but never to hard so no need for us to discourage this behavior it doesn’t hurt & let’s us know we are loved & that’s the most important thing..Carol G

Sue swartzwelder on January 19 2019 at 09:31AM

I have a 17 year old female cat named Kissy. from the time she was a kitten she was always licking her siblings and me. Thus the name Kissy. Her “kisses always include a bite at the end of her licking session. Her favorite place to lick me is on my nose up to my forehead and she always bites the tip of my nose before she’s done. It can be uncomfortable but she’s such a sweetheart I let it go. She never leaves a mark.😁

Barbara A Morrissey on January 16 2019 at 10:17PM

I just got a little nipper for Christmas. He’s about 6-8 months old, Ziggy was a rescue seems to be very high strung very high energy. I think he loves my husband more because he snuggles with him. He always puts his head right under my husband chin and Ziggy hugs him. Me I get the toe licking in the morning when I put my feet on the floor then he nips me. The past new days he has been better he licks the top of my toes then walks away. This kitten has a huge personality!

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FAQs

What does it mean when your cat gives you love bites? ›

The term “love bite” is somewhat of a misnomer. “When cats bite in this context, it's not a sign of affection, but rather a signal that the cat is done with the interaction. If the petting continues despite the cat's efforts to signal that he or she is done with being petted, the cat may escalate to a bite,” says Dr.

Should you let your cat give you love bites? ›

While love bites can often be a sign of affection, they can still hurt or cause discomfort to us cat owners. It's okay to discourage this behavior.

How do you tell if your cat is giving you a love bite? ›

A love bite is a gentler bit, nip, or nibble, one that doesn't typically break the skin. These bites aren't usually accompanied by other obvious warning signs, such as raised fur or growling, though there may be subtle body clues just before a cat nips.

Why do cats bite you when cuddling? ›

It's a controversial topic in the feline behavior world, but many believe it's simply due to overstimulation. Repetitive petting can cause your cat to become overly excited, and trigger an arousal-based bite. Commonly, I see static electricity as a reason for cats to bite during petting.

Why does my cat grab my hand and bite me? ›

A cat may grab and bite someone's hand because of a feeling of overstimulation, annoyance, play, or signaling an injury. Identifying the reason a cat is biting you will likely be circumstantial. Redirect the cat's energy with a toy to stop the cat from biting.

Do love bites hurt from cats? ›

It can be painful when a cat love bites, because even though the bite is not at full strength, a cat's teeth are sharp and its jaw pressure can be powerful. This is especially true when a cat may bite on areas where skin is thinner and nerves are closer to the surface, such as hands, fingers, or cheeks.

Why does my cat bite me while purring? ›

Are you confused when your cat is snuggling on your lap, purring, seemingly content, you are gently stroking them and all is harmonious… then they turn around and bite you? Rest assured, this is not unusual! Some kitty lovers call this a 'love bite', others call it petting aggression.

What does it mean when your cat sleeps on you? ›

In the domestic setting, you are that safe haven for them. Cats are vulnerable when sleeping, so this behavior suggests that they trust you and feel secure when you're there. This behavior can also be traced back to kittenhood when litters would pillow on each other and on their mothers as they sleep.

Do cats give kisses by biting? ›

When your cat nibbles you playfully, she's really offering her affection. This is much different from a fearful or defensive bite that's meant to cause harm, and the feelings behind it are different as well. Love nibbles are a ticklish, funny little quirk of lovable cats.

Why does a cat follow you to the bathroom? ›

Their litter box might be in there, so it could be a room that smells very familiar. Cats also probably know that when we are on the toilet, we are a captive audience — nowadays we are so busy and distracted that many cats are probably looking for an opportunity to have our undivided attention!”

Should I let my cat sleep with me? ›

Allowing your cat to sleep with you on the bed can also have benefits for you and your meow mate. It…. Reduces stress – Petting a sleeping cat has been shown to lower blood pressure and reduce anxiety, depression, and stress. Strengthens the bond – Cats who sleep with their humans are closer to them.

Why do cats raise their butts when you pet them? ›

You've Hit the Spot

Although elevator butt may seem rather insulting to us, it's actually the cat's very positive response to the fact that you've hit just the right spot when petting her. Typically, that spot is at the base of her tail.

Why do cats grab your arm and bite and kick? ›

Cat biting when playing

Cats often bite during play because they are expressing their natural hunting instinct. For kittens, biting and bunny-kicking are normal play behaviours. They play like this with their littermates and mothers and it mimics how they pounce, grab and bite their prey.

Should you talk to your cat? ›

Talking to your cat in a human voice also has the potential to be therapeutic for you! They may not respond as frequently as when talking to them using cat sounds, but you can talk to them all day and they'll simply appreciate the attention. Speaking to your cat in a cat-like voice.

Why do cats put their paw on your hand? ›

Cats in groups want the whole group to smell like each other. They want all the objects in their environment to smell like their group, too. When a cat places her paw on you, she is not marking you, but she is saying, “You are my family and we need to smell the same.”

Why does my cat hug my leg and bite me? ›

The most common reason that cats bite their owners isn't that they have an aggressive cat, it's because they are trying to play! While sharp teeth or claws may not feel very “playful” to you, hunting behavior equals play behavior for your kitty. This means stalking, pouncing, biting, and kicking.

Why do cats bite when you stop petting them? ›

Sensitivity threshold: The cat enjoys the human contact at first, but then the repetitiveness of the petting becomes irritating. The cat turns and bites as a way to say, “I've had enough.” An analogy to human behavior can be made. If someone pats you on the back, it feels good.

Why do cats knead me? ›

Kneading to convey comfort — Happy cats appear to knead to show pleasure. Cats often knead while being petted, or when snuggling into a napping spot. Your cat may also knead on your lap to show her love and contentment, and then settle in for a pat or nap. A stressed cat may knead to create a soothing, calm mood.

What is a cats love language? ›

Cats show love and affection by purring, bunting, and rolling over onto their back.

Why do cats headbutt? ›

Headbutting is a way for cats to mark you with pheromones and bond with you. However, sometimes headbutting can be a way for cats to seek attention. As a general rule, cats like to be scratched under the chin and on the head, so a cat may just be presenting their head to you for some attention and good scratches.

Why does my cat purr and lick me then bite me? ›

If your cat does this they might be trying to show you affection. Even though it might not feel pleasant (kitty tongues are rough), it is a very normal part of cats' communication. The love bite can go both ways - it can be that your cat is showing affection or they can be asking for it.

Why does my cat bite me and not my husband? ›

What does it mean when a cat only attacks one person? If a cat only attacks one person it's less likely that there's a medical issue. It's more likely that your cat is feeling playful, threatened, bored, or jealous. By finding out the reason, you should be able to improve the situation.

Why does my cat follow me everywhere? ›

You are the center of your cat's world and the keeper of all their resources, so it makes sense that your cat follows you around. In addition, your cat shares a strong bond with you, may be curious to what you are doing, may have insecurity, may want your attention, or may think that you will feed or play with them.

Do cats trust you if they sleep around you? ›

If your kitty likes to sleep near you - or even on you - this is an indication that they have total trust in you.

What do cats do at night? ›

Cats love to roam, especially at night. This is because they are creatures whose instinct is to hunt when it is dark outside, especially at dawn and dusk. Those are the times of day that a cat is most active.

Why do cats watch over you when you sleep? ›

Love. If your cat stares at you while you sleep, it might simply be conveying its deep love and affection for you. If the staring is accompanied by purring, head butts, slow blinks, and facial rubbing, you can be certain that she's expressing her love.

What are the 16 known cat words? ›

Strained Intensity Patterns
  • Growl and Anger Wail.
  • Snarl.
  • Mating Cry (intense form)
  • Pain Scream.
  • Refusal Rasp.
  • Spitting.
10 Sept 2014

Do cats have Favourite person? ›

In a multi-human household, it seems that cats will choose one family member they want to spend more of their time with. According to a study done by the nutrition company, Canadae, they discovered that the person who makes the most effort is the favorite.

What Do cats Think kisses are? ›

Turns out, it depends on the cat. Some cats are socialized as kittens to be held and kissed, while others haven't had that exposure and might be put off by a kiss as an expression of love. So, some cats like it and some cats don't—but there are ways of detecting the category into which your feline friend falls.

Can cats see in the dark? ›

They can see very well in low light, however — a skill that gave domestic cats' ancestors an advantage over their prey. As American Veterinarian explains, cats' large corneas and pupils, which are about 50% larger than humans', allow more light into their eyes. This extra light helps them to see in the dark.

Do cats mourn their owners? ›

When a cat loses a companion, whether animal or human, she most certainly grieves and reacts to the changes in her life. Cats alter their behavior when they mourn much like people do: They may become depressed and listless.

Does a cat protect its owner? ›

Cats are often stereotyped as standoffish and aloof, even to the people who love them most, but the truth is that cats can be just as protective of their people as dogs are of theirs. Put simply, cats love their family and their family loves them right back.

Can cats feel when your sad? ›

Can cats sense emotions? Cats can sense how people are feeling, so your cat actually can tell when you're sad. “Cats can definitely sense when you are sad because they are highly attuned to your normal behaviors and moods, and if there is a change, they sense it,” Dr. Wooten told The Dodo.

Do cats have higher IQ than dogs? ›

Dogs, it turns out, have about twice the number of neurons in their cerebral cortexes than what cats have, which suggests they could be about twice as intelligent.

Do cats like their bellies rubbed? ›

Why Do Some Cats Like Belly Rubs? Of course your purring companion may have no better reason for liking belly rubs than the simple fact that it feels good. All cats have those particular spots that get them to purr like lions — the base of the tail, under the chin and for some, the undercarriage area.

Why does my cat suddenly bite me when I'm petting him? ›

This is called petting induced or overstimulation aggression. It's a common behavior in many cats, and is something that can be both frustrating and frightening until you learn how to manage this behavior with your cat.

Why does my cat bite me when I'm in bed? ›

Biting is part of play behavior

Most of a cat's play behavior is related to their hunting instinct. We can see this with the toys they play with and how they like to chase any object which piques their interest. If your cat bites you when you sleep, we should know it is often to do with this game behavior.

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