How does one discipline a cat? (or what am I doing wrong?)
I have a middle aged cat. He is approx 7-8 years of age. Neutered. I got him from the shelter about a year ago. 95% of the time, he is a total love bug. He follows me around, cuddles with me, wants to be around me and purrs A LOT and loudly!
The other 5% he is a total jerk. He will come over to where I'm sitting, act like he wants to cuddle, jump up and settle down as per usual. I will pet him (like normal) and all of a sudden he will bite me. He doesn't bite so hard that I have puncture wounds or need medical attention, but he does break the skin and leave marks. When he does this, I angrily tell him no and push him off me/couch/bed. Then I ignore him for about half an hour.
Now that I've had him for a while, I can kind of tell what not to do: when I'm petting him and he starts following my hand/arm with his head, I know he's going to do it. But sometimes it just comes out of the blue. He's been to the vet and has a clean bill of health. I'm never rough with him - always gentle petting.
Any ideas?? Am I doing it wrong? This is my first kitty so still learning about cats!