A: Play fighting is important for a cat’s development. That’s why some play sessions may result in your cat attacking your hand or some other place on your body. But biting should be discouraged. Encouraging that sort of play reinforces the idea that biting is OK, and your cat may later end up biting other people, or biting you when you don’t think it’s playtime. When your cat bites, disengage immediately. If you’ve been playing, stop the play and walk away. This tells your cat that biting is bad and doing it will stop the fun on a dime. You can also firmly say “no,” or clap your hands to signal that your cat made a mistake. Don’t shout at or scare your cat.