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Tiki is aggressive towards my husband!

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My husband is fed up!

Tiki is 3 years old. He has always done the "normal" cat biting...when he is being petted, he will sometimes bite after a while to signal he is DONE with the petting, lol.

But he has some aggression with my husband that is not normal. He will jump up and bite his forearms...completely unprovoked! It happens at least once a day. My husband can just be laying on the couch watching TV and Tiki will snap at him. Or laying in bed, Tiki will bite him. And he is so sneaky sometimes that my husband can't even prevent it from happening! And after he bites, he runs away really fast. He never does it with me.

I can not think of anything that may have started this! Please give us some tips on how to handle this!! Thanks so much!
post #2 of 7
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Oops, just saw the post above that is helpful for me!!
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Wow! Has anything happened where Tiki was suddenly startled by or near your husband that might explain his actions? Does your husband play rough with him and is this a game to Tiki? The key to solving the problem will be to figure out what's going on in Tiki's brain. No doubt you know that but that's why I'm asking those questions!
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Originally Posted by taralynn0930 View Post
My husband is fed up!

He will jump up and bite his forearms...completely unprovoked! It happens at least once a day. My husband can just be laying on the couch watching TV and Tiki will snap at him. Or laying in bed, Tiki will bite him. And he is so sneaky sometimes that my husband can't even prevent it from happening! And after he bites, he runs away really fast. He never does it with me.
I am only comparing what you have described to what I have experienced with one of my males. My male will run and "attach" himself to your leg and bite (not breaking skin or drawing blood, but hard) then run away really fast.

With mine, I know this is not agression....he is playing. This is a game I have watched some cats play with each other, but other cats usually teach them when the biting is too hard. It's almost like a game of tag.

My male never does this to me either. This may or may not be what you are experiencing. Just throwing out another point of view. Glad you found the sticky above. Wishing you he best.
post #5 of 7
Sorry, I just read where you had this same problem 2 years ago. Also, that your husband has allergies to cats. It might be that your cat is trying to get your husband's attention. With his allergies, he may not interact with him as much as you do.

The sticky will have some helpful info. Your husband could try blowing a short puff of air at him when he does this. It may also help to have some small mice type toys around and when he gets close your husband could throw a toy to redirect his attention.

That's all I can think to suggest. Hopefully others will have some more suggestions.
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Originally Posted by Skimble View Post
Sorry, I just read where you had this same problem 2 years ago. Also, that your husband has allergies to cats. It might be that your cat is trying to get your husband's attention. With his allergies, he may not interact with him as much as you do.

The sticky will have some helpful info. Your husband could try blowing a short puff of air at him when he does this. It may also help to have some small mice type toys around and when he gets close your husband could throw a toy to redirect his attention.

That's all I can think to suggest. Hopefully others will have some more suggestions.
Yes, I was chalking that up to kitten behavior the last time. And he was OK for a while...now it is starting again.

As far as my husband's allergies, he is 100% fine. No allergies whatsoever. I think he became immune to Tiki! So, he does interact with him...but now not so much, because of the biting
post #7 of 7
It might be smart for him to interact more not less. If it is play biting, they can almost always be taught to stop biting or to bite in a manner that doesn't hurt. You pick one and establish boundaries. When they bite or bite too hard make a scary noise like shake a penny in a can or just make a loud EEhhhh noise at them. It takes some time but they do learn. For me, I allow my cats to play bite and am glad I made that choice. They know the boundaries and that even translates into better behavior at the vets.
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