posted on Jan, 1 2012 @ 04:02 AM
reply to post by Amanda5
So sorry to hear he has urinary tract issues. The poor baby.
He could have been abused. But if a purebreed, the odds are against it. Most purbreeds are bought with love. And are pampered beyond belief. He
could have gotten lost for a while. Males that are not neutered will wander quite far away. Plus even if not feral, not all cats trust strangers.
And some even just have skittish behavior from genetics. Yes even an easy going breed like MC's can still produce the oddball skittish cat or litter.
Or it could have even been from a lazy breeder not socializing him properly as a youngster. If that was the case he could have been dumped. It is
difficult to give much love to a cat and not have it returned. But all cats can be turned around with time and effort. Skittish cats are loving but
just too scared to show it.
He bites because he was never taught not to bite. You got him when he was older. So gentile reminders, acting hurt, walking away etc.., may or may
not have worked. It may be too late now, but I would still try. Just gag him with your finger every time he bites you. Nothing forceful. Just make
sure he bites your finger, when he goes at ya with his mouth. Then tickle his throat lightly and make him gag. Don't feel bad, he is hurting you.
He is getting off easier since gagging is just a reflex and not a painful thing.
Now love bites I wouldn't even count as biting. And would not discourage it. Some cats do it as a sign of affection. Very gentile and loving
nibbles. Disouraging this would be discouraging affection. You can always try distraction if it goes on too long. I once had a cat that nibbled
our elbows to wake us up for his breakfast. He was a bold and macho kitty, but a great pal. I suppose kissing to awaken us was not kewl for a
macho boy. LOL...
BTW, Sasha can drive me insane from hanging on me without a break. Gosh I set her on the floor and up she hops again. Over and over again... Some
cats can even be too nice.
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