Cat Aggression and Behavior

cat aggression fort lauderdale pet sitterCat aggression is a common problem although quite often we find that dogs get a bad rap for being the most aggressive of our four legged pals due to their size. Cat aggression can inflict some pretty serious harm. There are many reasons as to why our feline friends act out aggressively. Many things can set them off – from having medical issues to just being plain grouchy. As a responsible pet owner it is our responsibility to know what triggers cat aggression in order to keep them, as well as others, safe.

While it is possible to train your cat, it takes a tad more effort and patience then what would be required for our dogs. Cats are more prone to responding to a swat on the tush with an aggressive response versus our dogs. Cats view a swat as a challenge and tend to become more aggressive. Physical reprimands are simply not necessary! Some tips to trying to train your Kitty can be to use the reward system. When behaving in a manner you would like to see more of, provide some of their favorite snacks and say good boy in a soft soothing voice.

Cat aggression is one of the top behavioral problems that owners face with cats. When your cat acts out in a threatening or harmful manner, this is aggressive behavior.

Cat aggression triggers and cat aggression behavior:

– Petting Aggression. Many cats do not enjoy being pet and dislike it even more when it goes on for long periods of time. Stick with petting their head and neck for short periods. Gradually build up to adding a few extra scratches once you determine your cats threshold for annoyance. If your cat becomes aggressive while on your lap simply stand up and let him fall off of your lap.
– Redirected Aggression. When your cat becomes agitated by an outside source such as high pitched noises, a bird or cat outside of his reach, he may take that anxiousness out on whoever is close by. Keep an eye on his body language and stay clear if you see him getting annoyed.

– Sickness. Illness from dental disease, rabies or previous trauma of some kind can cause your cat to be uncomfortable and have less tolerance.

– Defense or Fear. If your cat is frightened or being harassed by the family dog or children, yes this would make anyone aggravated, I’m sure you’d agree.

Learn your cats personality and what their triggers may be. This way you can ensure they are not forced to the point of aggressive behavior. But also let them know that you rule the roost. Unchecked aggression in your cat will escalate and it can be pretty dangerous. Talk to your vet if your cat’s aggression is getting out of control.

For more information on cat aggression visit ASPCA.

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