In the list of behavioral disorders justifying a veterinary consultation, aggressive behavior towards family members comes just after dirtiness. A cat can be aggressive for several reasons: out of fear, out of play, because it is in pain, etc. The attitude to adopt varies depending on the situation.
Always beware of a cat whose pupils are very dilated, whose ears are flat on the head and which wags its tail. In a defensive posture, the cat is lying on its side, hissing, growling and attacking if approached. These are warning signs of a potential assault! The offensive situation is observed especially between cats: the cat bristles its hair, arches its back, crabbing and growls while advancing until its opponent retreats.
AVOID DISTURBING YOUR CAT
Not disturbing a resting cat is a rule of thumb. The cat is a territorial animal that does not like an intruder, even if it is its owner, to enter his personal space. Approaching to pet him while he sleeps in his favorite basket or pillow, you risk surprising him and provoking a defensive reaction.
KNOW HOW TO STOP CARESSING IN TIME
Sometimes a cat seems to enjoy cuddling but suddenly turns around to bite the hand that was stroking it. This is the case with kittens who have not learned from their mother to control their urge to bite and / or scratch . It also seems that, when stroked, some cats reach a threshold of excitement that initiates aggression.
Learn to know what is tolerable for your cat and to spot the signs that it is better to stop, such as a slight flapping of the tail for example. It is also possible that your cat is in pain somewhere and that the petting is painful in certain places of the body. If in doubt, have it examined by your veterinarian.
DIVERT THE ATTENTION OF THE AGGRESSIVE CAT
Sometimes a cat “plays” at attacking its owner, as if it were prey! Most of the time, he stands on the prowl, crouching on the ground, waiting for a leg to come within reach. It then attacks by biting and squeezing between its front legs.
In this case, a “deconditioning” is necessary and it is best to get advice from a veterinary behaviorist. Redirecting the cat’s aggressive behavior by throwing a ball at it, or using a water gun or compressed air to divert the cat’s attention are some of the commonly recommended measures. When the cat exhibits other behavioral problems, medical treatment may also be necessary to limit the development of aggression.