If your cat has been biting you and running away a lot, this post will show you likely reasons why and what you can do about it.

So, why does my cat bite me and run? Likely reasons why your cat bites you and runs are that your cat is playing or that your cat gets intimidated by the way you interact with it.

There are actually a number of possible reasons why your cat bites you and runs and it could be due to a combination of reasons. However, there are some things you can consider to help figure out the main cause and there are some things you can do about it.

Why does my cat bite me and run?

Below are likely reasons why your cat bites you and runs away and what would make them more likely.

Your cat is playing

A likely cause is that your cat is playing. This would be more likely if your cat does it when running around the house, it also plays with toys and if it does it more in the early morning or late evening when cats tend to be more energetic.

Your cat changed its mind

The cause could also be that your cat was enjoying interacting with you but it quickly changed its mind. This would be more likely if your cat bites you when you are petting it after it stops purring and starts flicking its tail.

Intimidation

A possible cause is that something caused it to get intimidated and to run away. This would be more likely if your cat seems to be scared when it starts running away and if it does it more when you are loud or bold around it.

Something causing your cat to be anxious

The cause could also be that something has been causing it to be anxious. This would be more likely if it does it more at a certain time such as when there are loud noises inside or other people or pets around.

Things to consider

Below are things to consider to help figure out the main reason why your cat has been doing it.

If your cat has always bitten you then ran away

If your cat did not always bite you then run away, it would help to consider what else happened when your cat first started biting you then running away. If your cat started doing it suddenly, it could be due to things such as a change in the way you have been petting it or something else causing it to start getting anxious.

The timing of when your cat bites you

It would also help to consider the timing of when your cat bites you then runs away since the timing could have something to do with it. For example, if your cat tends to do it when you are petting it, the cause might be that your cat does not like how you are petting it. Whereas, if your cat does it in the early morning or evening, when it is full of energy, it is more likely that your cat is playing.

What to do about my cat biting me and running?

Below are some options you have when dealing with the behavior.

Limit reasons why it might be anxious

If it seems like your cat has been doing it due to something causing it to be anxious, it would help to limit reasons why your cat might be anxious. One way to do so would be to let your cat stay in a cool quiet room where it can be safe from other pets.

Avoid intimidating your cat

If it seems like your cat has been running away due to getting intimidated, it would also help to limit reasons why it might be intimidated. Ways to do so would include being quiet around it, petting it gently and not making aggressive movements.

Let it do it

If it seems like your cat is just doing it because it is playing and naturally full of energy, the easiest thing to do would be to let your cat continue doing but to try to redirect your cat’s focus away from biting you when it seems likely to try and bite you.

Author

I created and currently run Kitty Cat Tips, the website that you can go to when you have questions about your cat's behavior. It's my hope that you find Kitty Cat Tips to be a helpful resource. It is also my hope that it will help you to improve your relationship with your cat. You can read more about me and my website here.