Spot Aggression

Cats are natural born predators and have the urge to stalk and pounce. Created with sharp claws and teeth, they are always armed to get ready to attack or defend themselves.

Most kittens get pleasure from scratching or attacking little animals. However for proper care and maintenance of your feline pet it is important to know the visible signs of aggression. Being able to spot aggression early can save you from injuries and also help you note potential medical problems.

Aggression in cats is usually a self -defense mechanism, when in a potentially harmful situation a cat will always take aggressive action. There are different types of aggression that cats exhibit. Play aggression is recognized by the cat’s body language. Their pupils dilate; crouch and their ears flatten before they pounce. Recognizing this type of body language will help you stop the cat from stalking. Do not accept rough play as it may harm the kitten and some family members.

Some cats don’t like to be petted whenever you try to rub their belly or tail they may turn around and attack you. Before this they start swishing their tails back and forth, ears and make a certain vocalization. All this signs are enough to give you time to stop petting before it attacks you.

Cats suffering from medical conditions also suffer from aggression. Thyroid problem in cats has been shown to be a factor for aggression in cats. Pain and hunger can also lead to the cat displaying irritable aggressive behavior. Throwing a ball in front of the cat’s vision can distract them and interrupt aggressive behavior.

There are different types of aggression territory, dominance, and redirected aggression. Sometimes the source of aggression may not fit in any of the categories. Visit a vet for a medical checkup to ascertain the cause of the aggression.