If your cat bites your face a lot, this post will show you a number of possible reasons why and what you can do about it.
So, why does my cat bite my face? Possible reasons why your cat bites your face are that it is looking for attention, it feels intimidated, it wants you to let go of it, or sometimes, to show affection.
Your cat might be doing it for multiple reasons and it might be due to a combination of reasons. However, there are a number of things you can consider when figuring out the main cause and there are a number of things you can do about it.
Reasons why your cat bites your face
Below are a number of possible causes and what would make each of them more likely.
The reason why your cat has been biting your face might actually be that it is showing affection. Sometimes, when cats are very happy, they will start biting and this might be why yours has been doing it. This would be more likely to be the cause if your cat does it when it is showing positive body language signs such as purring a lot.
Another possible reason is that your cat is doing it for extra attention. This would be more likely if your cat tends to do it more when you have not been giving it much attention and if you tend to give it more attention when it bites you.
It feels intimidated
The cause might also be that your cat feels intimidated. This would be more likely if it does it when you are touching your cat, your cat seems to pull away from you and if it also scratches, or hisses. In this case, it might be the case that you are not being gentle enough or that it is intimidated by the way you are interacting with it with your face.
It is playing
The reason why your cat does it might also be that it is playing. This would be more likely if your cat does it when you are playing with your cat yourself.
It wants you to let go of it
Another possible cause is that your cat wants you to let go of it. This would be more likely to be the cause if your cat bites your face when you are holding it.
Things to consider about your cat biting your face
Below are some things to consider when figuring out the main cause.
If your cat has always bitten your face
If your cat has not always bitten your face, it would help to consider what else happened when your cat first started doing it. If it started doing it suddenly, it could be due to things such as a change in the way that you hold it, pet it or approach it.
What is different when your cat bites your face
If your cat seems to bite your face more in certain situations, it would also help to consider what is different about the timing. For example, if it normally does it when you are interacting with your cat with your face by doing things such as kissing it, the cause would be more likely to be that it is intimidated.
What to do about your cat biting your face
Below are some options you have when dealing with the behavior.
Avoid encouraging it
As mentioned earlier, it might be the case that your cat has learned that biting your face gets rewards. Instead, it would help to reward your cat when it behaves the way you want it to and to avoid rewarding it when it bites your face by getting it off you when it does it and ignoring it.
Be gentle with it
If you have been petting it a bit forcefully, it would also likely help to try petting it more gently.
Pet it differently
Another thing to try would be to pet it in a different manner. Often cats prefer to be rubbed below the chin instead of having their bellies or backs rubbed. It could help to try scratching below its chin instead.
Get it to sit in other spots
Alternatively, another option would be to get your cat to sit next to you instead of on top of you, that way it will be easier to prevent it from biting your face.