If your cat bites your toes in the morning, you might be wondering why and what you can do about it. This post will show you likely causes and what you can do about them.
So, why does my cat bite my toes in the morning? Likely reasons why your cat bites your toes in the morning are that it naturally has more energy in the morning or that it wants you to get up and feed it.
There are actually a number of possible reasons why your cat bites your toes in the morning and it might be due to a combination of them. However, there are some things you can consider when figuring out the main cause and there are some things you can do about it.
Reasons why your cat bites your toes in the morning
Below are likely reasons why your cat bites your toes in the morning and what would make them more likely.
In the wild, cats are often lively in the late evening and early morning. Even though your kitty might spend a lot of its time sleeping or lounging around during the day, its internal “clock” tells it when to be active, and night and early morning is the prime time for it to be on the prowl. The reason why your cat bites your toes in the morning is most likely to be that it naturally has a lot more energy at that time and naturally wants to hunt things. This would be more likely if your cat also does things such as run around a lot and play with things in the morning.
It wants something from you
Another possible reason is that your cat wants something from you and your cat is trying to remind you to give it to it. Wanting something from you would be more likely if your cat tends to bite your toes more before you have fed it in the morning. It would also be more likely if it does it on weekends when you get up later than usual.
It is anxious
The cause might also be that something has been causing your cat to be anxious. This would be more likely if grabs your toes it more when there are loud noises inside or other pets around that it does not like.
It wants attention
It could also be the case that your cat pounces on your toes for attention. This would be more likely if your cat does not sleep in the same room as you. It would also be more likely if you tend to give your cat more attention when it bites your toes.
Things to consider
Below are things to consider to help figure out the main cause.
If your cat has always bitten your toes in the morning
If your cat did not used to bite your toes in the morning, it would help to consider what else happened when your cat first started biting your toes. If your cat started doing it suddenly, it could be due to things such as a change in the way you interact with it in the morning, a change in the time you feed it or a change in its environment.
What is different when your cat does not bite your toes in the morning
If your cat tends to do it more at a certain time, in the morning, it would also help to consider what is different about the timing. For example, if your cat tends to bite them more on the weekend, the cause could be that it is expecting you to get up at the same time you do during the week.
What to do about your cat biting your toes in the morning
Below are likely reasons why your cat has been doing it.
Give it distractions
One option would be to give your cat things to be distracted by such as toys. This would be more helpful if your cat tends to be very energetic in the morning and if your cat tends to do things such as chase your feet.
Feed it sooner and give it access to water
If it seems like your cat might be biting your toes because it is trying to get you to get up and feed it, it would likely help to feed it and give it access to water as soon as you get up instead of making it wait.
Avoid encouraging it
It would also help to avoid giving your cat things such as extra attention when it does bite your toes since your cat might have learned that the behavior is rewarded. Instead, it would help to move your cat somewhere else, when it bites your toes, and to give it attention when it is behaving the way you want.