What To Do If Your Cat Is Aggressive

November 5, 2015

in Cats

Most view cats as docile, peaceful and quiet creatures. It is an assumption by many that as long as a cat has a good place to rest, has clean drinking water, and food that it is all that is needed to create a docile, loving, yet independent cat.

But not all cats have the laid back couch potato meditative zen type of style. Some cats are constantly going at 160 mph. Fast, agile, interested, investigating, and bouncing off the walls, keeping their owners awake at night by leaping across the bed or attacking toes under the blanket. Cats are as different to each others as humans are. As long as the personality style is acceptable by the owner there is no problem.

The one personality trait that does not go over very well is when the cat has aggressive tendencies. With dogs it can be more acceptable since dogs have the reputation of protection, but an aggressive cat is not something most people are looking for.

Aggressive cats can inflict a lot of damage. While a cat can’t compare to the damage that can be done by a large dog, their speed and agility can cause some great pain. Aggressive cats should never be around young children with supervision.

While some cats may have natural tendencies to be aggressive, most often cats become aggressive due to some form of abuse. Cats that have been tormented by a sadistic past owner may well become aggressive as a form of self defense.

If your cat is acting aggressively what should you do? First, have your cat examined by a veterinarian to diagnose any teeth or gum problems or other painful physical ailments. Then, get a book on cat behavior and learn to spot the signs you cat is giving you when she is getting agitated. Be affectionate with your cat so she learns to trust you, play with her frequently, that helps the bonding between the two of you. Research a product called Feliway which is very successful in helping aggressive animals to calm down.

It may be that your cat is just aggressive by nature, or is acting aggressive due to a dog in the house, or young children. while aggression is most often due to fear, it can not always be trained away. If your cat is a risk for young children or babies, it may be best for all involved to find your cat a home with no children.

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debby April 2, 2011 at 10:54 am

Hi, I recently got myself a cute little ragdoll kitten who is now only ten weeks old. Most of the time she is playful, loving and very affectionate but in the middle of the night (after 12 midnight) she seems to have the devil in her for at least an hour. She runs around the the loungeroom like its a racetrack, using anything in her path as an obsticle to climb on or attack. She has taken a fond? liking to my boyfriend and likes to pee near him when she gets the chance but i could be mistaking this as I see it as marking her territory but maybe she doesnt like him that much? She has also claimed a spot at the end of the couch as her own and if you are sitting there she will terrorise you til you move. Is this normal behaviour for a ragdoll so young and is there anything i can do to calm her down. I try to wear her out as much as i can in the evening around 8pm so she will sleep but she gets a second wind most early mornings. She is very very loyal to me.

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