Cats can nip and cats can bite.
A nip is no big deal. It’s superficial, like a scratch.
A puncture wound is a big deal, especially a puncture wound in the hand. Our body’s little helpers can’t get into the deep, protected areas of the hand. They can’t fight the infection.
There’s no shame in wearing protective gear if a cat may bite.
In fact, there’s shame in not wearing protective gear.
It’s stupid to wind up on an IV drip in the hospital for 3 days just because wearing bite gloves looks uncool or feels bulky.
When you go to a construction site, you wear a hard hat.
When you groom a biter, you wear bite gloves.