Would my cat bite children?
Some time ago I read your page about cats that bite when you stroke them. This was the problem I was having with my black and white female, Kerry. At that time Kerry was around four and now around seven years old.
I took your advice and started to watch out for signals that she is about to bite. With Kerry, apart from her lifting her head, her ears going back is a sure sign. Now when she does that I stop stroking her right away and she jumps from my lap. Only occasionally will she catch me out if I'm not paying full attention.
So I'm very happy that I can now stroke my cat, at least for a few minutes without her biting me. But I do have a dilemma that I hope you can help me with.
I have two young nieces that I love very much. They are five and eight and both are very fond of animals. They don't come visit often and when they do I shut Kerry out of the way. You can guess why I do that. The girls would want to pet and stroke her and I worry what might happen. I've explained this to the girls as best I can but they must think I'm rather strange.
I'd love for my cat and my nieces to meet but would that be risky? Do you have any advice you can give? Thanks very much.