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Old Bill wrote at 2015-10-01 05:40:32
I have a Maine coon that lives with me in s small apartment and my recommendation us quite different. My cat , Mr Benny, bites me playfully, but never bites hard enough (or scratches hard enough) to hurt or draw blood. Literally never, which is quite extraordinary in my experience. I have owned many cats over the years, and no matter how affectionate, they would draw blood every now and then (usually if they are scared by something nearby when in their owner's arms, just out of panic). Mr Benny is the only cat I have ever known who simply will never hurt his owner, no matter how scared or panicked he might be. I am sure this is because I played with him so much, and so freely, when he was a kitten. Play is actually a kind of language that all  mammals understand (Benny has the same attitude to our dog). It is a language of trust and if you teach it to your kitten - by NOT getting up abruptly and walking away - it will leArn it should never hurt you.

Jessica and Ella wrote at 2016-11-07 08:58:54
Biting can be kisses too my Maine coon does it then licks where she bites showing her love. Plus she bites my hand for attention but licks later as a thanks.  


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Norman Auspitz


I can answer most non-veterinary questions about cats. My particular expertise is pedigree cats, breeding and showing. However, I am versed in feline behavior, cat breeds and their characteristics, general feline husbandry, and the like.


I judged for the Canadian Cat Association from 1975 until 1982. I am currently an approved allbreed judge for the Cat Fanciers'' Association (the world''s largets cat registry), and have been judging for them since 1991. I have been breeding pedigreed cats since 1971 and have been exhibiting pedigreed cats in shows since 1970. I obtained my first pedigreed cat in 1970 and have never looked back. In 1971, I obtained my first Abyssinian which has become my primary breed. In addition, I have bred Manx and Persians. Currently, besides the Abyssinians, I am also breeding Maine Coons.

Cat Fanciers'' Association, inc. (CFA) and the Manx, Maine Coon, and Abyssinian breed councils. I am currently Abyssinian breed council secretary.

Cat Fancy Magazine, The Abyssinian Chapter in The Cat Fanciers'' Association Complete Cat Book, and Articles for various editions of The Cat Fanciers'' Association Yearbook

I received a B.S. from Drexel University in 1968, a M.Math from University of Waterloo, in 1970, a Ph.D. from University of Waterloo in 1975, and a MBA from McMaster University in 1980. I received my approved allbreed judging status in the Cat Fanciers'' Association in 1999.

Awards and Honors
We have produced a number of Cat Fanciers'' Association (CFA) National winning Abyssinian and Maine Coons. We have produced a number of Abyssinian and Maine Coon Distinguished Merit females (an award for a top producing cat), including the first Distinguished Merit Abyssinian in the red (sorrel) color. I am the CFA Abyssinian breed council secretary and belong and/or hold office in a number of cat clubs. I am also a member of the CFA Judges Association.

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