First published May 30, 2012
My mom told us never to let our cats or dogs bite us and said that if we allowed it we would only be encouraging that behavior. This is true, of course. I have no problems with it and would encourage that anyone practice such a thing.
HOWEVER, I lived with a guy for 5 years that allowed his cat to bite him…and so I fell into the trap. I love it when Charlie, Trigg or Murphy bite me when they are in a playful mood. Caymus just won’t – but I’d let him. Murphy is funny because he’s my mom’s cat and won’t bite her (he knows he’s not allowed), but doesn’t hesitate to bite me when given the chance. I remember a year or so ago that my mom saw Murphy biting me and she was surprised that he would!
They’re gentle/playful bites though and I don’t do this with cats I don’t know – as you’ll notice – I only do it with my mom’s cats and mine. Wouldn’t dream of doing it to another cat that doesn’t know me. So it begs the question, “Do you let your cats bite you?”