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Dear Christopher Cat

Our cat sometimes scratches or bites people who visit our home. We can never predict when – or whom – she’s going to strike. How can we prevent further incidents?

Christopher Responds

The cats in my family have exemplary manners, so we’ve never been guilty of such an egregious offense.

The worst thing we do is meow until visitors pick us up – and then we shed all over their laps. But aggression? Never.

Your cat is undoubtedly anxious about the visitors who invade her domain, and, in defense, she lashes out at whomever is closest to her.

Protect her reputation – and your friends’ skin – by confining your cat to a bedroom when your friends are coming over.If friends show up without calling, ask them not to pet your cat or try to pick her up. If she still attacks them, you’ll need to train your friends to call before they visit, so you can confine your cat.

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