"Julie Bove" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> Jazzy (the mom) cat has started biting us. She is not doing it out of
> anger and seems to be very concerned when she does it. The first time she
> did it, Angela was on her stability ball and began to lose her balance.
> She shouted, "Help! Help!" Jazzy jumped up on her back, bit the butt of
> her sweat pants and tried to pull her. It was all very comical.
> But since then she has been biting us in bed. She usually bites Angela on
> the leg or foot. And me mostly on the elbow but last night it was the
> calf of my leg. She doesn't draw blood but it does hurt pretty badly.
> When she does it, she has an extreme look of concern on her face.
> I do have sleep apnea and I thought maybe once or twice I had stopped
> breathing. This would make sense. But the other times we were awake.
> Once I was really sleepy and not petting her. So I thought maybe she just
> wanted attention. But Angela seems to think that she thinks she is
> somehow saving us. And from the look on her face, it does seem so.
> We don't know much of her background except that she was found in an
> abandoned house with a litter of kittens when she was about age 2. They
> adopted out all of the kittens but the last one, Ballerina. She was very
> overprotective of her so they made it so that they had to be adopted
> together. Bali (Ballerina) was considered feral since she had no contact
> with humans prior to going to the shelter. She has gotten a lot better
> with us and even my husband. She seems to prefer having Angela pick her
> up if she needs to be picked up. Once in a while she will let me do it.
> But normally she stiffens up and protests.
> There is a pattern to her biting. She does it three times, each time. Of
> course we immediately tell her "no" and she responds very well to this
> word. Whoever had her before had trained her well. She generally doesn't
> do any bad things at all. Now Bali on the other hand has pretty much
> found every kind of trouble a little cat could find. She goes everywhere
> and does everything.
> Anyway... The only thing I can surmise is that something happened to her
> former owner and she saved them by biting them. Or at least she tried to.
> Can anyone else think of any other reasons? It's just really weird
> because we've had them a year as of May. But she only started the biting
> in the last 2-3 months.