As cat guardians, we spend a lot of time trying to ensure that our cats are happy and healthy. This includes not only their physical welfare, but understanding our own role in our cat's emotional connection with us. We can tell when our cats are happy and content, anxious, scared or fearful, or irritated. Which is great - the more aware of how our kitties are feeling, the better we are able to meet their needs.
Archive for tag: Cat Aggression
Sometimes when you pet your cat she seems to enjoy the affection – she purrs, she stretches, maybe even gives a contented little meow. But in an instant, it's as if a flip gets switched and the predator within her pounces out! All of a sudden she latches on to your hand and chomps down on you with her teeth…hard. She may even wrap her paws around your hand and “bunny kick” your arm with her back feet, raking her hind claws against your skin. Ouch! How can a cat be so sweet one minute and such a ferocious ball of fury the next? You’ve fallen victim to what’s known as petting aggression, my friend.
One of the great things about the cat behavior community is that other behaviorists seem to support each other through promotion and sometimes, through the referral of clients. I was fortunate to be introduced to Sally and her cat, Louis, through The Contented Cat, who specializes in animal reiki. Louis is a handsome 6-year-old cat who was raised by Sally's daughters, who got him when he was a kitten. Up until a couple of years ago, Louis was friendly to everyone - he'd never met a stranger, and was affectionate and gentle with everyone who crossed his path.
For today's post, I thought I'd share with you a case I'm currently working on. Cate contacted me about her year-old cat Chester, a Siamese-mix, who is exhibiting cat aggression. She has had Chester since he was just shy of two weeks old, which is a critical time when kittens need to be with their mothers. And unfortunately, many cats (especially males) who are separated from their moms too early start exhibiting aggressive behavior, just like Chester did. Chester would attack hands, feet, and bite them, which was obviously no good!