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Why Does My Cat Bite Me First Then Lick Me?

If you're a cat owner you'll sometimes be puzzled by your cats behavior, especially when they give you a nip or bite and then lick you straight afterwards. This kind of behavior is very normal among cats as it's considered as a sign of affection and not aggression. What your feline friend is trying to tell you is, they Love You, it's their way of giving you a kiss!

Sometimes their cat kisses can seem more like a bite or a sharp pinch which can hurt. Remember do not get angry at your cat as you can confuse the poor puss. If your feline friend gives a firm love bite than just be firm and say No! In time your cat will understand it's still OK to show affection but not to cause you pain.

The reason they do this is not to hurt you, they are simply kissing you like they would normally kiss another cat. Because cats have thick fur and their nerve endings in their skin are not close to the skins surface like ours, they need to nip harder in order to express their affection.

For a cat, this type of affection is quite acceptable, but as a pet owner it's not the most pleasant experience being bitten. To stop this type of behavior you can train your cat not to bite, although this can take some time, patience and persistence before you can control this habit or stop it completely.

Although most cats enjoy massage try not to cares them too much as this can over excite them. An over excited kitty will exhibit many tell tale signs like purring, rubbing against you, chirping and a stiff tail that can quiver. Cats that are over excited usually can not control their emotions, so be prepared in case your cat wants to give you a kiss.
Make sure when you approach your cat too look at their tail first, as their tail is like their mood detector. Remember if their tail is quivering with excitement avoid contact as you might end up with a love bite.

Approach your cat when it's in a good mood, their tail will look calm and only the tip will gently move. On the other hand if they're happy their tail will flick from side to side, it's always best to avoid contact with them until they return in a better mood.

Living in harmony with your cat is possible, just try to be aware of their mood swings and if they do bite and lick you (kiss you) remember it's there way of saying I love you.

Source by Catherine Jaquet

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Ten Reasons Why Cocker Spaniels Lick

Why Cocker Spaniels Lick and Is It Harmful?

Licking is natural behavior going all the way back to the wolf. When the mother wolf would return from hunting its food the pups in her pack would lick her mouth and face to stimulate regurgitation. This is a normal behavior during the weaning stages. Soon after the pups join in and learn to hunt for their own food. Interesting enough the mother wolf would also lick her pups in return to stimulate the pups to tie themselves. It is not surprising to learn that licking is a natural instinct that all dogs inherit. There are different types of licking behaviors and as many reasons why dogs lick for daily routines and well as survival.

Cocker Spaniel licking can stem from a variety of reasons. Some can be complex but most are simple to figure out and easy to fix. Let's take a look at the possible reasons first.

Reasons Why Dogs Lick

1) A submissive social behavior – paying respect to a dominant dog
2) Puppies lick their mothers face to solicit food when weaning
3) A sign of affection – dog kisses
4) Dog self cleanliness – a natural instinct learned when being a puppy
5) Dog manipulation tactic – licking for attention
6) Self and litter grooming
7) Stress
8) Dog health problems
9) Wound cleaning
10) Injury – pain

When To Be Concerned

If your Cocker Spaniel is a compulsive licker it may be time to look into the reasons why. For example: is your dog left alone for long periods of time? Stressed out due to separation anxiety? Is your dog injured? Are there any lesions of the skin? Is your dog sick? Obsessive licking and can lead to scratching and or biting the area which could present other problems. Compulsive – Obsessive licking behaviors can often be linked to a dog feeling anxious.

The first place to start is by inspecting the source. Maybe something is stuck on their skin or coats, look between the paws for cuts. Look for rashes under the coat. Look for possible parasites. Look for anything unusual that may be causing the dog to lick itself. If it's a skin condition it will most likely be an easy fix.

On the other hand, if your dog is compulsively licking everything is sight than there might be a greater concern. Licking you into submission may be cute at first. But it will tire soon. It may be a learned behavior to manipulate you to get your attention and to get what it wants. The behavior needs to be broken.

Do not reward the dog for the behavior. By this I mean never give your dog a treat to stop licking. If you give in, the dog will have simply learned a new trick. When the dog starts licking simply divert its attention to a different activity. But first you need to break the licking with a strong verbal NO command. Never hit or yell at your Cocker Spaniel, be firm and gentle.

Is Licking Harmful?

Dogs have been licking humans for centuries of years and I have never heard of anyone dying from an innocent dog kiss. All dogs love the taste of salt, this is one of the main reasons they lick humans. With that said it's important to point out that you should never let a dog lick your open wounds.This could increase the risk for infection by introducing pathogenic bacteria to the wound. Despite what you may have heard, the possible transmittal of a disease or infection by a dog licking an open wound should be avoided.

As long as your Cocker Spaniel is healthy and shows no signs of illness it is safe to bet that playful licking is not harmful unless you are ticklish. At worst it can be very annoying; at best it can be a show of affection.

Always confer with your local Vet or a professional trainer if you feel your pup has a licking issue beyond your control. Compulsive – Obsessive licking behaviors are often linked to a dog feeling anxious for some reason. Your Vet or a professional dog trainer can help you figure out the source and offer remedies. No need to have your pup suffer needlessly and stress yourself out at the same time.

Source by Charlie Draper