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Stimulus money, solid visitation and public generosity helped Mill Mountain Zoo’s animals and employees survive the summer and autumn of a global pandemic. Now comes winter.

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There is nothing wrong with your cat and your cat is not misbehaving. But as a pet parent, you did do something wrong. You likely stroked your cat above his level of tolerance while your partner may stroke the cat below his level of tolerance. Cats are extremely sensitive to touch and other stimuli and when they are overstimulated, biting is often their go-to to tell you to stop petting them or remove the stimulus in the room. It’s called petting-induced or overstimulation aggression and is fairly common among cats. This behavior has nothing to do with how the cat feels about you, but with what is happening around them.

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