This morning, my cat decided it would be fun to attack my arm. I was bleeding profusely all morning, and by the time the bleeding had almost stopped, he did it again.
I know he's playing...he's just a very, playful wild cat. But this kind of playing is not acceptable. And I've tried everything to calm him down...I've done so much reading online and in books about how to stop cats from behaving like this.
I'm considering getting rid of him, but I really DON'T want to do that, because despite all of this, I do love him and enjoy having him. And I definitely don't want to resort to declawing him.

I'm sorry if this post is fragmented or kind of hard to follow...I'm just very upset and really desparate for advice right now...
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Have you tried squirting him with water from a spray bottle every time he bites or scratches. You have to be consistent and do it every time. But that often works, and it's not harmful to the cat (except maybe his pride...) Judy F
This morning, my cat decided it would be fun to attack my arm. I was bleeding profusely all morning, and by the time the bleeding had almost stopped, he did it again.

What's he doing? Is he biting or clawing or both? How old is he?

If he's a kitten, he ought to calm down a bit as he gets older.

If he's clawing, trimming the ends of his claws so they aren't pointy may help.
A little discouragement (e.g., a squirt from a water bottle) may help temporarily. If he's just got a lot of energy and wants attention, a second cat can help a lot. From personal experience: first we got one cat. When he got bored (especially when we were watching TV), he would occasionally nip at our toes (not breaking the skin, but annoying). Once we got a second cat, they'd play with each other, and the nipping stopped (except when we forget to feed him).
That's good to hear. Because with an already aggressive cat, he would more than likely become a biter. Cat bites can get very seriously infected.

What is the cat doing when he scratches you? Do you use toys to play with him instead of your hands? Are you watching for signs that he's had enough petting (swishing tail, ears back, looking agitated)?
Lauren

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This morning, my cat decided it would be fun to attack my arm. Iwas bleeding profusely all morning, and by the time the bleeding had almost stopped, he did it again.

What have you done to try to train him? How old is he?

Flicking or "plunking" (index finger and thmb together, then flick) his paws when he puts his claws out makes him retract them. It does not hurt but startles and they don't like it. Preceded by a loud "OW" this did it for my babies.
This morning, my cat decided it would be fun to attack my arm. I was bleeding profusely all morning, and ... calm him down...I've done so much reading online and in books about how to stop cats from behaving like this.[/nq]I had a bitey foster not so long ago, and used two methods to teach him not to bite. I tried the 'push' method, which basically means when he's gnawing on my knuckles, I stiffen my finger and push it back into his mouth. It's an uncomfortable sensation, and had much success with a coworker's foster, but not so much with mine, and it seems to me that such a thing could make a cat wary of fingers, and particularly difficult with medicating, if the need ever arises.

Still, it's a possibility. The second method was the 'puff' method, since I'm obviously nearby whenever he would gnaw on me. This being an attention-mongering cat, it was easy to positively reinforce. If he bit, I would puff in his face. The sort of hard, brief puff of air that accompanies a forceful 'p' sound. It startles every time, and as soon as he would stop, he'd get "good booy" and lots of gentle scratches.
This morning, my cat decided it would be fun to attack my arm. I was bleeding profusely all morning, and ... this post is fragmented or kind of hard to follow...I'm just very upset and really desparate for advice right now...

Take little Bratface into the vet for a nail trim - and learn how to do it yourself at home. Trim those nails often. Buy some interactive toys that do not need direct contact for play - a CatDancer and a Turbo Mouse are two that are essential.
Your cat may be becoming overstimulated - to the attacks happen after a petting session? If so, then you are petting the cat too much or for too long of a period of time. Limit petting to a minute or so, at most, per session, unless the cat is sleepy and completely relaxed.

Do not use "punishment" like squirt bottles - all that will do is excite and agitate the cat more. If he scratches and/or bites, yell "OUCH!", IMMEDIATELY separate him from yourself (scruff himif you have to), and ignore him - put him in another room for 5-10 minutes. Then let him out and ignore him still, and give him a toy to play with, by himself.
Best of luck to you - this behavior CAN be curbed, with patience and persistence!
-L.
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...Your cat may be becoming >overstimulated...If he scratches >and/or bites,yell "OUCH!", IMMEDIATELY separate him from yourself (scruff himif you have to)..

I wouldn't scruff a cat while he/she's agitated..very bad move!
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...Your cat may be becoming >overstimulated...If he scratches >and/orbites,

yell

"OUCH!", IMMEDIATELY separate him from yourself (scruff himif you have to)......

I wouldn't scruff a cat while he/she's agitated..very bad move!

So what do you do when he's got his teeth sunk deep into your hand and won't let go?
Talk him gently out of it?
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