Tips for Cat Aggression
Recent studies have found that aggression is a behavior issue that is common in most cats. Unfortunately, there is no direct solution to aggression and it may be caused by several reasons. When cat aggression is not controlled, it may lead to injuries or an owner possibly surrendering the pet to a shelter. Here are a few useful tips to help you learn and understand what may be the cause of your cat’s aggression:
Why is my Cat Being Aggressive?
There are different types of behavior that will help determine your cat’s aggression pattern. For example, studies show that cats who were not socialized as babies often suffer from play aggression. As babies, kittens learn by playing with their siblings what type of behavior causes discomfort and pain. When a kitten doesn’t get this opportunity, they won’t know some boundaries with their owners.
Another type of aggression your pet may be suffering from is fear. Most times fear aggression is caused by a new person, pet, experience, or unfamiliar place. Research shows that when a cat is suffering from fear aggression they remain in a seated posture with their ears pointed outward and tail placed under the body. Also, give your cat the proper time to introduce a new person in the setting. Uninvited petting or touching is another factor that leads to aggression.
Pay Attention to Signs
It is essential to know and understand the personality of your cat. Some cats may enjoy human interaction and love petting, while other cats may not enjoy it as much. Overstimulation is also a factor that leads to cat aggression; this is why it’s important to pay attention to any signs your pet may give you. For example, when petting your cat and you notice their tail wagging and pupils becoming dilated, that is a clear sign to stop the petting and give your cat space to cool down.
Always talk to your veterinarian first before attempting to solve the issue on your own. Since there are different factors that may lead to aggression, it’s important for your veterinarian to rule out any medical problems. Once your cat has been properly evaluated and all underlying medical factors are ruled out, the next step is to identify what is contributing to the aggressive behavior. During this process it is important to take your time and remain patient. Don’t hesitate to reach out to your veterinarian or a licensed professional if the problem persists or you cannot identify your cat’s cause of aggression.