Your post sounds similar to one I made almost 2 years ago. I\’ll see if I can find it and post a link. We came to the conclusion that our cat is part siamese, and that is not uncommon in their nature. My guy has never had much luck landing on my shoulders, he just scales my back. By the time I made my post, my back was a mass of scratches and I was at my wits end. I can tell you what worked for me was to do my best to set him up for success. I came to know when he was most likely to jump me and actively avoided those situations. For example, he would invariably jump me when I was leaning over the bathroom sink washing my hair. Since the vanity area is not in the water closet, but more in the bedroom, there was no door to shut on the bathroom– so if I was going to wash my hair, I would just close off the master bedroom and make sure he wasn\’t in there. At the work table where he liked to jump me, I changed my position so it was harder for him to get behind me and jump me- he rarely jumped me from the front.
Time outs worked well when he seemed like he was so wound up and could not control himself. I would pick him up and gently deposit him in the master bedroom, where he had everything he needed except attention. Close off the door and leave him there for 15-20 minutes. Generally when he came out he was fine, but sometimes he was still keyed up and needed another round of time out. I think age has mellowed him too. He is 2 years old now and much better. He rarely tries to jump me. Knock on wood, it has been quite a while since he did that, but I still don\’t trust him fully. He also seems to like to be up high. He has a ceiling height cat tree in the family room, but could not get up into a high location in the livingroom, where we often spend our time. I have a set up for him there now where he can climb up towers of rubbermaid tubs (ugly, but not for the long term- I hope) and get on top of the entertainment center.
He did seem like he got better behaved about jumping on me when we gave him more and more vertical spaces to climb. Good luck to you, I know how frustrating it is to have a jumper. Out of curiosity, does he only jump you? Or everyone in the house? Our guy only had it in for me. Here is a link that might be useful:
(, if you are unable to view this video on your mobile device. ) Those of us who share space or have shared space with that furry, lovable package of contradictions otherwise known as a cat, have likely had this experience. You re sitting in a comfy chair with said cat on your lap. You re petting her, she s purring, life is good, then wham, your cat whips her head around and sinks her teeth into your arm. You resist the urge to dropkick the cat across the room and instead spend the next few minutes wondering what you did to deserve that. The answer is simple, although not at all obvious: Your cat was telling you, in the best way she knew how, that she was done with petting time.
Cats are very sensitive creatures, in the literal sense. They have whiskers on either side of their noses that are so tuned in that they can discern a change in air movement several feet behind them and know that someone is sneaking up on them. But those lovely, highly zoned-in whiskers aren t just on their muzzles. They also have them on their legs, chin and other parts of their bodies. In many cases, when we pet them, we put those whiskers on sensory overload. Pet news, photos and more delivered to your inbox. now for the Pet Pal Connection newsletter! They are willing to tolerate it at first, but it eventually becomes too much for them. It s like if someone started tickling us. It would be funny at first, but then it would become irritating. A cat could simply get up off your lap and move away, but that s not in a cat s nature. They are otherwise comfortable and content on your lap, so instead of relocating, they shout at you with their teeth to knock it off.
I once had a cat who was a bit more polite about it. He would first give you a warning, turning his head quickly and baring his teeth as if to bite but not actually completing the act. You had been warned and if you persisted, you got bit. Why does my Chihuahua puppy insist on licking me at bedtime? Why does my dog love some people but hate others? Why does my cat purr? It s complicated Not all cats are as bothered by the petting, and not all petting can lead to overstimulation. But it pays for cat lovers to watch their cat for signs of irritation and stop petting before blood is shed. If you don t, you really have no one to blame but yourself. The biting cats aren t trying to cause you pain, hurt your feelings or do mischief. They are just saying please stop, we can t take it any more. And we had such a strong response from readers about their experiences with and thoughts about why cats bite. For more pets and animals coverage