According to Ron Hines, DVM, PhD, biting and scratching are common behavioral frustrations for cat owners, second only to inappropriate urination. Early experiences with rough play and inappropriate interaction can greatly influence aggressive behavior in cats later in life. Varied personalities, as well as genetic traits, fear and ill health, may also have a bearing on behavior. However, a nurturing environment, proper handling and consistent training will help promote a loving and safe relationship between you and your cat.

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