How to deal with aggression in cats


Aggression is also a type of violent behaviour used to dominate or intimidate another animal of the same or different species. Here’s the problem – the way this behaviour manifests in cats is complex and challenging and, therefore, it is hard to find strategies to eliminate it. The consequences of feline aggression can range from minor injuries to abandonment. Therefore, you must understand the reason for your pet’s aggressive behaviour and develop a plan to intervene successfully.

The most common signs of aggression are dilated pupils, ears flattened back, straight tail, raised hair and an arched back. Fear elicits symptoms that are similar to aggression – dilated pupils, ears flattened and turned outward, whiskers flattened or pressed to the face, tail tucked under the body, and head in the air, chest up and down. towards. Cats usually display a combination of one or more of these types of signals at one time.

Another useful trick for preventing aggression is to use treats as reinforcers for positive behaviour. Every time your cat does something you appreciate, reward it with a tasty treat. Your cat is more likely to continue doing the same thing because it knows it is being rewarded for it.

Aggressive cats are a danger to others and often to themselves. If two or more cats are fighting, make a loud, snarling noise or provide another distraction that will also separate them. If your cat is scared, you will be tempted to pet or console them, but they may interpret this as a threat. Therefore, please do not attempt to approach or touch them until they are ready. And, when will they tell you.

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