As discussed here
, I recently adopted a cat
, The Grey Lady Jane Grey
She is recovering from tapeworm, and more importantly, from a stressful vet visit. (It's been about a week.) The Boyfriend and I are delighted that she's in perfect health now, and we're also relieved (though also sad) that not a single person responded to any of the ads we posted about having found her. She's finally, for certain, our
But here's the thing. She's recently (within the last several weeks) started biting me. Not with any force at all -- it doesn't hurt, there are no marks. She does it in the morning when I wake up: she'll bite at my skirt and my hand and she'll do it all while looking perfectly happy. If she can reach my boob, she particularly likes to bite me right on the nipple, but she settles for my hand if it's the closest thing. She'll do it after offering her neck up to me for chin scritchies, and though I make it clear with a stern "No!" that nipping is uncool, she's still doing it with increasing frequency.
In the first few days we were getting to know her, there were a few incidents in which she actually bit in a painful way, but she was clearly in distress then, or in hunting mode and testing her boundaries. We would say "Ouch!" and walk away, (mainly because it really did hurt), and that behavior stopped.
She has replaced it with this playful nipping, which though completely painless seems like something we ought to discourage. She does it not only during play (hunting) time, but also during cuddle time. Oh, and she mostly only does it to me, often while saying hello. She rarely love-bites The Boyfriend.
Am I overly concerned about the bite-y stuff? Should I just go with it, and realize my cat likes to bat at me and nip at me and she thinks it's all in good fun? Should I try to socialize her more so that she doesn't do this, in which case, how
? I don't want her to get confused about affection time, or to think her affection is unwelcome. It's just this one behavior that worries me.
(I am pretty sure this is not a health thing. It's a behavior that was manifesting before the worminess and that has continued after the worminess.)