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How to Avoid Cat Bites

Cat bites can be painful as well as dangerous, but you can avoid being bitten if you take the right precautions.


  • Step 1: Be careful about how you play Be careful about how you play with a cat. Cats are programmed to chase and catch small moving things, such as birds and mice. When you play with a cat, use a toy rather than bare hands.
  • TIP: Stop playing if the cat becomes overstimulated, which can lead to biting.
  • Step 2: Don't pull away Don't pull away if the cat claws or bites during play -- this will encourage the cat to try to catch your moving body part. Instead, move the body part toward the cat.
  • Step 3: Recognize body language Recognize the body language of a cat when they become aggressive. A cat that is about to bite will generally assume a crouched position, lay their ears back, and curl their tails inward.
  • Step 4: Avoid frightened or aggressive cats Avoid any cat that is growling, hissing, or lashing out with their claws. Frightened or aggressive cats will likely run away from a threat, but, if they're cornered, they won't hesitate to bite.
  • Step 5: Give the cat time Give an aroused cat plenty of time to calm down. Cats' brains are wired differently than a human's, and cats can stay aggravated or aroused for 24 to 48 hours. Quarantine an aroused cat in an unoccupied room supplied with water and a litter box and wait for the cat to relax.
  • TIP: Wrangle the cat into an unoccupied room by wrapping it in a heavy blanket.
  • Step 6: Clean a wound Clean a cat bite wound immediately if you do get bitten. Wash the wound with warm, soapy water and then apply an antibiotic cream and bandage the area to prevent infection. If the wound is severe, seek professional medical attention.
  • FACT: At some time in their lives, about 40 percent of cats carry the bacteria that causes cat scratch disease.

You Will Need

  • Cat toys
  • Body language recognition
  • Unoccupied room
  • Water
  • Litter box
  • Warm
  • soapy water
  • Antibiotic cream
  • Bandage
  • Medical attention
  • Heavy blanket (optional)

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