Why Do They Do That?
Answers to Common Questions About Cat
cat nibbles or sucks on my ear when Iím lying in bed. Is he
trying to hurt me?
No. This is a grooming behavior that indicates your
cat is happy, healthy, and has accepted you as its preferred
companion. Cats who live together, and are comfortable with each
other, will often nibble each othersí ears, tails, and fur to
help keep each other clean. Itís especially common in cats who
were removed from their mothers too early. Thereís nothing
dangerous or threatening about it.
Most cats realize that human skin is much thinner and
more delicate than their own, and will take care not to nibble
too hard. If your cat does nip too hard, gently grasp it by the
back of its neck (this is called "scruffing") and tell it
"No!" in a firm voice.
Scruffing is a very safe and natural way to train a
cat, because when a kitten misbehaves, its mother scruffs it and
carries it that way until it behaves. Scruffing your cat will
reinforce the myth (believed by humans, though not by cats) that
you are the boss, and must be obeyed. It wonít take long for
your cat to learn to nibble and groom you gently.