My cat is aggressive: what should I do?

My cat is aggressive: what should I do?

The cat is an unpredictable animal. As much as he can be an adorable little ball of affection, with whom you can spend peaceful moments, sitting on the sofa with him curled up in your lap purring, he can also scratch or bite you violently, without you could not understand the reason. But why can a cat be so aggressive? And above all, how to react to this behavior? All the answers are in this article.

Identify The Origins Of The Aggression, And How To React?

A cat will never be aggressive without any reason. Although the causes can be diverse, it is important in the case of a cat that is aggressive to identify the cause of the aggression, because it can come from a more or less serious discomfort to be treated, or well from a simple problem of education.

The Cat, A Nervous Animal

First, let’s talk about a typical situation. You are sitting on your sofa, your cat is on your lap and you are petting it. From your point of view, you are having what you believe to be a moment of complicity and relaxation, until the moment when he begins to violently scratch your hand, to bite you, and even to spit.

Although you might think so, this aggression does not come from nowhere. Indeed, the cat is a very nervous animal, and this in the physiological sense. It may be that while caressing him, you had been touching him for a while on an area that he particularly disliked. These areas are usually along his spine, as well as on his tail, very nervous areas. But every cat may not appreciate being touched in a specific area. Some cats, for example, love having their bellies scratched, while others will hate it.

To learn how to spot and therefore anticipate these attacks, all you have to do is be attentive. Before scratching you, your cat most likely gave you signals that you didn’t notice, so he won’t have felt that he had any choice but to scratch you to get you to stop. So, stop touching him if he sends you these signals:

    • when he pushes your hand away with his paw, it’s a more than obvious sign that your caresses are bothering him and that you should therefore stop.
    • when he wags his tail. Indeed, some people make the amalgam with dogs, which wag their tails when they are happy. For the cat, it’s just the opposite, if he wags his tail it’s that he’s disturbed or that something displeases him.
    • if you feel your cat tense up, especially in his hind legs, he is displeased. He is about to leave at best, and at worst to scratch you.
    • if your cat’s ears are sticking forward or to the side, something is bothering them because a relaxed cat will tend to “drop” their ears.
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A Bad Weaning

A kitten does not need to stay with its mother for three months for nothing. Even if food weaning (the moment when he stops suckling his mother and starts eating kibble) ends at two months, behavioral weaning is not over. Thus, a cat taken too early from its mother can sometimes be aggressive because it has not learned to regulate its aggressiveness. In short, he will simply lack education.

For these cats, you will have to be patient, and educate them yourself. When he attacks you, say “no” in a loud voice to impress him. He should gradually understand that this aggression is a bad thing.

If you have too much trouble regulating his aggressiveness, you can also call on a behaviorist.

Bad Habits

Some cats become aggressive without realizing it, because for them, it’s just a game. Indeed, if playing with a kitten by making it attack its hand or foot does not hurt and can be rather cute , it will be much less pleasant to do the same thing once he is an adult, when his fangs and claws have become bigger and stronger.

It will therefore be necessary to avoid accustoming a kitten to playing with your body, because once adult, it will also take this for a game, and what you will take for an aggression will in fact only be an attempt at play, as when he was a kitten.

To avoid this, get your kitten used to playing with toys. Fishing rods with a feather on the end, a ball or a simple piece of string, it doesn’t matter as long as he equates playing with a toy rather than a part of your body.

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Boredom, Whims And Frustration

If a cat is not stimulated enough, it can be aggressive simply to spend its energy, like a human who goes to play sports to let off steam. If you are often away, and your home has no toys or occupations, you may be attacked in the calf by your cat, as if he were shouting “I’m bored!”.

Other cats can be very “immature” in some ways. Just like a child who will give a whim to you to have a candy, a cat can completely give a whim to you to have his food. He will start by meowing at you for long minutes, and some may even go as far as biting and scratching. Often this problem is related to a withdrawal problem.

Finally, a cat can have the same behavior if you don’t take care of it enough. He will try every means to get in touch with you, and if nothing works, he will go as far as biting or scratching you. In this case, consider spending more time with him, playing with him or just cuddling him.

A Trauma

Some cats with traumatic experiences may become aggressive if a situation similar to their trauma unfolds.

For example, if he has experienced a situation of strong violence in a couple, which can go so far as to affect him, it is possible that a simple argument will make him panic by reminding him of this trauma, and make him become violent out of fear. to relive that moment.

In this kind of case, you will have to reassure him on your side, by speaking to him in a soft voice and stroking him if he accepts it (and only if he wants to, you should never force a frightened cat), and possibly consult a behaviorist if ever this reaction is repeated too often.

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Physical Pain

Cats are animals that do not communicate their suffering. If your cat starts spitting, scratching or even biting you when you touch him in a specific place, he may be in pain. This can be, among other things, osteoarthritis or a skin problem.

In any case, do not hesitate in this case to consult a veterinarian.

A Very Old Age

Old age sometimes brings a lot of misery. If in humans, some people who have reached a very advanced age can have mental deficiencies, sometimes even going as far as violence, unfortunately the same thing can happen to our feline companions.

It is rather rare for this to happen, but a cat can become very aggressive almost overnight, because certain neural connections no longer make due to old age. He may simply no longer recognize you and therefore be afraid of you, or simply have lost his mind. Unfortunately, there are no real solutions in these cases. You just have to be patient with him, be gentle and kind, and get him to see a veterinarian, because he will definitely need care.

You now know how to recognize the roots of aggression from a cat, and how to act accordingly. Remember above all that a cat is never aggressive by chance, it will always be necessary to seek the origin, and above all never to respond with violence, it would only make things worse.

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