Melly is adorable for sure, but there's no way our human lets us bite. Sometimes I (Derry) will put my teeth (gently) on the mom's hand to keep her petting me, and she always hisses at me and then turns away and ignores me. I haven't quite clued in why, though!******Annie and I used to play quite aggressively, but when she got over-stimulated and she'd get to the point that she wanted to bite, I'd always hiss loudly at her and walk away. The hissing never phased her, though. LOL. None of the cats takes me seriously when I hiss, can't think why. But I don't encourage biting and I really don't like it. Lots of humans don't mind when their cats do it, and that's perfectly fine. It's just that *I* do mind with mine. Better to play with a feathered wand or other type of stick toy and let them bite that. :-)
That was cute :-) I agree with Fuzzy Tales, I often stick a toy near Sue's face when he is all bitey. But Sue gets REALLY bitey- he goes all alligator and snappy.
I would argue that this is "wrong" Melly isn't "biting" you, but putting your hand in her mouth. You aren't being hurt, and I think it encourages proper communication between cat and human. When cats know how to safely wrap teeth around skin, it can go a long way to saving your relationship if she is ever in a position to have to actually bite someone as a warning or as defense. I was removing a mat on Jack once when he was younger and I didn't realize just how hard I was pulling. He had been struggling because he didn't like the position he was in (had to be to get the mat off) but when I pulled a little too hard he put his paw down if you will and wrapped his teeth around my hand. Because he knew how to 'bite' me, he didn't actually bite me.. and we took a nice little break and I went after it again later.(and it probably doesn't help that I also play with my kitties like that, and I too think it is fun) :)
So very adorable. 9 does this as well when I pet him. He pulls my hand to him, gives a bit of a nibble and then licks me.
I was trained not to bite before I ever came home with my human, so when it comes to playing, I am very gentle. Not so Binga - she overstimulates and gets annoyed and wants to bite! Melly looks pretty gentle, actually.
so cute! Cody and I do something similar but he doesn't bite.. I didn't see Melly biting much, I don't think there is anything wrong with this at all
Abby is a mouther. She is always putting her mouth (and teeth) on my hand and especially my thumb. She loves to pinch me. (Yes it hurts). Only once has she "bitten" me. And yep it was a bad one. It was infected and cost me four figures to get it under control (I had to go to the ER because it got worse over the weekend and my DR told me if it got worse to GO).I don't think Melly was doing anything harmful. I do think it was play and it wasn't threatening. I have found Abby does NOT like to be teased at all, she will pinch me extra hard if I try to tease her. She is a very serious kitty. :)purrs>^,,^<✿•*¨`*•. ♥Abby♥Boo♥Ping♥Jinx♥Grace♥✿•*¨`*•.
It is NEVER wrong to BOW to the whims of the FELIS. She's just to darling & looks FAB on her quilt! xoxoMs. Stella O'houligan
Melly IS cute, and her paws are quite irresistible. I would want to touch that paw too.
Love that little video! Cats and dogs -- when brought up properly by their Mom and her human successor, usually learn great bite inhibition. Personally, I love being "mouthed" by my Goldens and nibbled by my kitties alike. They're not angry, they're just playing with me!
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