Any cat, even the most calm and patient, can sometimes "lose his temper." What to do if your pet suddenly begins to show aggression? How to understand the reason, reassure and at the same time protect yourself from bites and scratches?
Important! An angry cat always takes time to calm down. Never try to pet her for comfort. Thus, you are more likely to transfer its aggression to yourself, as the cat will see a threat in your actions.
Why are cats angry, upset, or scared?
There are several reasons why pets most often start to get worried and angry:
- hunger and thirst;
- response to aggression from another animal or person;
- too active games "on the edge" - for example, with children;
- jealousy when another cat or dog appears in the house;
- unwanted intrusion into personal space;
- restriction of freedom (leash, cage, carrying, etc.);
- injuries and illnesses;
- desire to be alone.
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At the same time, pussies can exhibit several types of aggressive behavior at once.
Most often it happens in poorly socialized pets. They do not always understand that this is just a game and begin to defend themselves. In this case, it is advisable not to include in the game any physical actions, especially harsh ones - movements with arms and legs, pushing the cat, light kicks, etc.
Response to fear
It can be periodically in cats of any breed and at any age. They can be scared of people, animals, objects, sounds, objects. For example, a hairdryer or a vacuum cleaner, loud music, a doorbell, unexpected laughter, etc.
Cats are freedom-loving creatures. And they themselves “decide” when they want affection. If your love and attention did not come at the right time, then the cat can react aggressively - release its claws, bite, and start hitting you with its hind legs.
This happens not only in people. When you are not to blame for the cause of anger, but the pet transfers it to you. Most often, cats themselves cannot understand what exactly made them angry. But just in case, they “beat” everyone who is near.
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Also, aggression can appear as a result of physical pain, dissatisfaction with the hierarchy, the battle for the territory and as a defense (for example, when someone can offend kittens).
How to calm
First, check if the cat is really angry. The first sign is quick swings of the tail up and from side to side. In this case, you should definitely move to a safe distance - the pet is clearly “on the edge”.
- the cat itself tries to move away from you, avoids communication;
- the pet’s body is tense, its back is hunched, its legs are in a squat, the head is squeezed into the shoulders, the ears are pressed to the head;
- the furry growls, meows in a low tone, hisses;
- the cat’s eyes were widened, and the fur stood on end.
If you notice the above signs, then first of all it is necessary to create a pet comfortable conditions. If you find a source of fear and irritation, then remove it from the fluffy field of view. Let your four-legged friend be alone for a while.
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It’s very important how you talk to an angry cat. Use soft, quiet intonations, speak calmly and gently. At the same time, observe changes in behavior - do the visual signs of aggression go away. If so, continue in the same vein.
Important! Never scream in response to feline aggression, do not scold, do not try to shame or reassure by screaming and cursing.
As soon as the cat is visually calm, you can try to pat her on the back. If in response to a loud purr, the storm passed by. If not, give your pet some more time to calm down. Do not pick up - give the fluffy an opportunity to leave or run away if he wants to.
Important! Anger and aggression can sometimes be symptoms of trauma or illness. Therefore, it makes sense to show a furry friend to a veterinarian.