Is Cat Aggression Normal?

An aggressive cat


"Cats don't like change without their consent."
Roger Caras



Play aggression can be defined as stalking, chasing, pouncing, biting, and scratching behaviors, which normally happen when cats engage in play. Problems occur when these behaviors are directed against, instead of with individuals in the household.

Another common cause for play violence towards humans is when owners leave a single undeveloped cat lonely for most of the day. Play aggression can also be triggered and reinforced by owners who insist on letting a cat "attack" their hands and feet.

Owners have to learn to identify the postures exhibited by cats engaging in problematic, as opposed to acceptable, play aggression. The usual play aggression cat will demonstrate predatory type of behaviors.

A cat will at times stalk the owners and pounce on moving body parts such as hands and feet. Growling and hissing customarily does not occur, nevertheless, the cat's pupils will usually be widely dilated. Bites and scratches inflicted during a play aggression attack are generally inhibited, but not severe.

Each and every one of the above types of aggression are common for a cat. There are, however, a couple of circumstances when there may be reason to be concerned.

If a cat hisses and growls while attacking, he is definitely not playing. This kind of behavior is deliberately to inflict pain. It is essential to find out what could be causing this behavior. Reacting with bodily punishment will simply make the cat worse. Try talking quietly and calmly to him or her until he or she has settled.

Medicinal causes for aggression should be pursued only if a cat exhibits conduct that is uncommon for a specific breed of cat, or behavior accompanied by abnormal clinical signs. If a cat that previously loved to be petted suddenly starts biting when stroked, you ought to look for a probable source of pain or soreness.

Calculating what is and is not typical for a cat will help you circumvent troubles in the long run.


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