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A cat bit me what should i do

My cat is a male he is very friendly and loves me he is very friendly and loves me and my family. He is also very playful and very protective over us and our home. Yesterday he was playing with my nephew and my nephew was teasing him and our cat turned his back to my nephew and tried to attack my nephew. My cat has also scratched my nephew a few times. I have tried to talk to him about this and he is not listening. He is also very protective of our home and my nephew's toy and furniture. I don't know what to do.

We do have a dog.

Thank you for your question. Unfortunately, cats tend to attack when they are feeling threatened, and this can be very frightening for young children especially. I would recommend contacting an animal behaviorist about this issue. They can help you and your family better understand the cat's behavior and assist you in ways to better interact with the cat.

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Best of luck with your cat.

Dr. Karen Becker

No matter how much you love your cat, it is important to remember he is a very wild animal and needs to be handled carefully. If you feel that something is not right with your cat, get in touch with your veterinarian as soon as possible. If you have any other questions, check out our Cat Behavior Advice Center.

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