Cat aggression can be a serious problem. Cat attacks can cause serious bodily harm to other animals and humans. It is important to assess the cause and treat your cat’s aggression as soon as possible.
Seek medical advice if your cat begins exhibiting aggressive behavior. Older cats may be experiencing pain from arthritis or tooth decay. Younger cats may mellow after being spayed or neutered. If your veterinarian is unable to diagnose a physical cause, the problem may be environmental.
Male and female cats may demonstrate symptoms of territorial aggression. This type of behavior is generally aimed at other animals. It is fairly common when a new pet is introduced into a household. However, people can also become victims of territorial aggression.
Redirected aggression occurs when a cat is stimulated by an object or other animal and is unable to act. This may be as simple as watching another cat or squirrel outside of a window. The cat then redirects its aggression on a different victim. This may be another animal or people within the household.
This type of aggression can be difficult to identify. There may not be a witness to the original stimulus. An attack may not occur until hours after the initial prompt.
This type of aggression often takes cat owners by surprise. One moment your kitty is purring and relishing being petted. The next moment, he is growling and biting your hand. It is difficult to determine the exact cause for this behavior. You may have touched a tender spot or your cat may have simply reached his limit. Learn to identify the warning signs of an impending attack.
Most cat play revolves around the hunt and capture of his prey. It is not unusual for a cat to become overzealous in this pursuit and scratch or bite his owner. You can usually avoid this type of aggression by using a laser pointer or toys attached to a string. Stop the play session at the first demonstration of aggressive behavior.
Excessive aggression should not be ignored. Many physical causes are easily treated. Your veterinarian may recommend some behavioral modification techniques to improve the situation. If all your efforts fail, it may be time to consider other options.