My cat attacks me for no reason. I have scratches and bite marks on my right hand all the time. What can I do?
From the Editors of The Daily Cat
You might think your cat attacks you without cause, but there is always a reason -- at least in your cat’s mind. In my opinion, the attacks are the result of either fear or playfulness. If your cat has had a bad experience being held and hasn’t been socialized, he could react by lashing out. My guess, however, is that your cat is younger and quite playful -- though the game is no fun for you.
I am not a proponent of declawing cats, but you trimming your cat’s claws regularly can help minimize the damage. Next, you must find a deterrent that will stop your cat’s unwanted behavior. For some cats, this can be a hand clap, a finger snap, a light spray of water, or a loud “No!” You can also just ignore it: Cats usually hate to be ignored when they desire attention. You can even test your cat by placing your hand in front of it. Whenever it becomes subdued or does not attack, reward that good behavior with a treat.
Try to work off some of that excess energy by redirecting your cat’s attentions to a toy. A pole toy with dangling feathers or fronds usually grabs the attention of pounce-ready cats.