Cat Aggression Towards People Review

Cat Aggression Towards PeopleCat aggression towards people, especially their owner, can be very upsetting. Understanding the source of cat aggression towards people is the first step in changing the cat’s behavior. Early intervention is important. If your cat is young, it may be exhibiting play aggression. As kittens get older they learn to modify their play. A cat who shows aggression when confronted with a stranger is displaying fear aggression. The cat will tuck her tail and legs under her body, hisses, has ears flat against her head, bares her teeth, and has dilated pupils and hair that stands on end. You can manage this kind of cat aggression towards people by avoiding fear provoking situations or by desensitizing your cat with gradual exposure. Reward your cat with a food treat when she is calm. If you cat becomes aggressive when she is touched, she may be displaying pain induced aggression. The cat could be in pain, or could be reacting to a remembered pain. Whenever there is cat aggression towards people it is a good idea to have your cat checked by a veterinarian to make sure there is no underlying medical problem. Declawing cats may appear to solve the problem of cat aggression, but it is tantamount to removing the last joint of all your fingers and toes. Behavioral solutions shout be exhausted first.

Cats are territorial. Aggression towards people or cat aggression towards other cats may be a manifestation of protecting its territory. If you are bringing a new cat into your home, you may have to get your current cat used to the new resident slowly. A good way to do this is to keep one cat in a room with the door closed (include a litter box, food and water) and the other cat in the rest of your home. They will sniff each other through the door but not have physical contact. The next day, switch cats so they can explore even further. After a few days have both cats in the same room, far apart and either in crates or on leashes. Give them treats. This way they will associate being around each other with good things. Eventually the cats will get used to one another.

Some people mistakenly think that cat or dog distemper is the source of pet aggression. This is not true. Distemper is an infection. Symptoms of distemper include refusing to eat or drink, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, lack of grooming and the appearance of the third eyelid. Kittens have natural immunity for up to about 8 weeks after birth. After that they should receive a feline distemper vaccine.