Cat Tends to Bite The Hand That Pets It

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Dear Dr. Fox:

We have a 1-year-old tabby. From the time she was a kitten, she has had a habit of biting and scratching after we pet her. As she grew older, the habit increased, and she also began attacking and biting legs after a petting session. She is very aggressive, with her fur raised up.

My wife is especially concerned because this behavior injures her leg and messes up her stockings.

We don't know what to do to correct this problem. Friends who visit are now scared of her, saying that she acts like a protective dog.

-- W.G.

St. Albans, N.Y.

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