Question by  melnjon (39)

Why are my male cats biting their necks?

My male cats are always biting their necks.


Answer by  EdnaS (92)

Biting, especially necks, is an important behaviour for cats. Within family groups it can be used to dictate superiority within the family unit. For example, an older sibling will bit the younger's neck. It is also an affectionate gesture: cats bite each other's necks gently as a kind of 'kiss'.


Answer by  sspugs (496)

If you have more than 1 cat in the household, this is usually a sign of aggression or "social ranking" - they are showing who is the alpha. Also, male cats will bite female cats on the neck during mating - once again to show superiority.


Answer by  Huntress (1935)

If they are biting their own necks you should check them closely for insect bites, ticks or skin problems due to allergies. If they are biting each other it is just a case of two male cats doing a little dominance game. Unless they get overly rough don't worry.


Answer by  triciag (128)

The first thing i would look for is fleas. Cats will often scratch or bite where the fleas are to relieve itching. Another culprit may be anti flea liquids or powders. These may irritate the skin underneath the fur and itch when it starts to heal. Check out the cat's skin to see if you see anything unusual.


Answer by  Lina820 (48)

It is hard to say why they are biting their necks without being able to see them. Also I'm guessing you don't actually mean their neck, because that is the one spot cats can't reach. I suggest taking them to a vet. They may have a skin condition or possibly fleas.

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