Signs of Aggression
Learning your cats body signals in everyday situations, will help you to notice when something is not quite right. You’ll get to understand why cats do what they do and how they feel when they do it. Also, you’ll be able to identify behavior problems and deal with it properly.
Cats communicate with their tail, ears, eyes and voice. Paying attention to these areas, will familiarize you with signs for when your cat is hungry, needs affection and/or desires to play. If your cat has a lot of energy, then she’ll naturally be very playful and can potentially get into quite a bit of mischief—day or night. However, this is not considered aggression. Furthermore, when your cat does become aggressive, the signs will be unmistakably clear.
Take note of these cues for aggression:
• Dilated Pupils
• Erratic Tail Swing
• Flattened Ears
• Arched Back
• Stiffened Posture
• Claws Out
• Mouth Open
• Paws Swatting
If you notice that your cat displays any of the above aggressive behavior or something else that is out of the ordinary, it’s important to let a veterinarian rule out any underlying medical conditions. After letting a qualified veterinarian examine her—assuming that she passes with flying colors—you can start from the premise that she is healthy. Then you can trouble shoot other possible causes of your cat’s aggression.
Sources of Aggression
It’s important to understand that it’s quite common for cats to be frisky and prone to showing dominant behavior. In fact, this is shown with kittens and young cats, that are naturally hyperactive. So, it’s fair to say that age plays a role in cat aggression.
Another reason a cat may be aggressive, is that she may not have enough social experience. This is the case for cats that are isolated in their early stages of development. As a result, she may not play well with others.
Protection is another reason for aggression. Particularly when a mother is guarding her young. Maternal instinct can naturally kick-in and create a formidable adversary.
When cats play—especially young cats—sometimes playtime can go too far and occasionally a more dominant cat will have to put the offender in their place. This is usually the case with young cats that are testing their strength and limits.
Hostility Between Cats
Aggression between cats is common, because their personalities may not be compatible or there may be a conflict over territory—especially in a home with multiple cats. There’s also the possibility that a cat can associate trauma with another cat, simply because they were at the scene of the crime.
If a strange person or animal enters a cat’s territory, they can easily feel intimidated and launch a preemptive attack to protect what they feel is theirs.
Ways To Relax Your Cat
Some forms of aggression are natural behavioral traits and can be solved easily or even be waited out until it passes. Traits like maternal instincts can be dealt with by simply avoiding the mother, until she feels secure enough to let you near her young.
Curbing Playful Aggression
Curbing playful aggression might involve a more disciplined approach. Try to avoid tussles in which your cat bites or takes a swipe at your body with their claws. If she does feel inclined to play like this, try giving her a quality stuffed toy to stand in as your substitute.
When cats have a conflict over territory, a common technique is to separate them, then reintroduce them. For the best results, you’ll have to set them up in completely different rooms, where they don’t see each other for a while. Make sure they have food, water, toys, a litter box and a few places to hide. Over time, you can gradually reintroduce them. First through smell, feeding each cat on opposite sides of a closed door. Then, when they’re comfortable, you can have them meet in the same room—preferably with two chaperones.
The Silent Treatment
As you and your cat work through her aggression, it helps that you don’t take punitive action. You could potentially make the situation worse by compounding her fears. Consider walking away when her aggression reaches an unacceptable level. Ignoring her when she’s aggressive and giving her a treat when her actions are acceptable is a common way used to reinforce healthy behavior.
Pheromones are chemicals that cats release from their glands to communicate with other cats. These chemicals can convey a sense of familiarity, helping to make a relaxing environment. Scientist have found a way to replicate calming pheromones and make them available as a spray or a plugin diffuser.
Typically, if you want to create a calm environment for your cat(s), you can diffuse their favorite room with pheromones, which are designed to reduce your cat’s anxiety. Also, if your cat isn’t used to getting in her carrier, you can also spray their favorite blanket, then put it in their carrier as a way to get her inside. Hopefully, with this method, she won’t be so rambunctious when you try to take her to the veterinarian.
Bach Rescue Remedy
Bach Rescue Remedy is an herbal homeopathic solution, that is made of the essence of five flowers. It’s designed to energetically balance humans, as well as pets/cats and it has been known to relieve fear, anxiety and stress. It’s a liquid that is available as a spray or drops and is all natural with no side effects.
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In conclusion, cat aggression is indeed common among cats. However, in certain cases, it can be destructive and unpredictable. In order to safe guard your cat and the people who come near her, it’s best to employ a strategic way of dealing with unhealthy cat aggression. In that regard, consider the above tips as a starting point in learning “How To Calm Cat Aggression”. Thanks for reading.