Cat Nibbles at Face and on Arm: Reader Question

Cat Nibbles at Face and on Arm: Reader Question

Q: My 3-year-old Russian Blue cat likes to bite my face. He'll bite my chin, my nose, my forehead and my cheekbone. He only bites my husband's arm. He never breaks the skin, but just holds on unless we pull away. One time, the cat held onto my husband's arm so long that he (the cat) fell asleep and began to drool. Is there a logical explanation for this behavior? -- L.M., Cyberspace

A: It sounds like your cat loves you and your husband. According to certified cat behavior consultant Jacqueline Munera, of Tampa, FL, "Your cat isn't aggressive or biting hard. It sounds as though he may be suckling. Cats will sometimes do this on people or inanimate objects (such as pillows or blankets). I wonder if he purrs or kneads while doing this. These are signs of contentment, as is drooling."

Allowing any pet to bite (even benignly) at your face is worrisome. Perhaps due to your husband's scruffy beard, the cat finds his face less appealing than yours, or perhaps he likes your husband's cologne. Your husband may simply be discouraging the cat from nibbling at his face. An arm is a better option. If the love-sucking bothers you, offer your cat something else to suck on (such as a blanket), or distract him with an interactive toy (such as a fishing pole type toy with a feather) or catnip when he's poised to offer a love nibble.

Leave a comment