Eventually, we can witness that cats can become aggressive. Even, the most experienced caregivers can find themselves loaded with adrenaline before an aggressive cat.
In the case of less experienced people, a feline assault attack can cause terror by not knowing how to handle an aggressive cat.
We must accept that cats don’t suddenly go crazy: there are almost always warning signs. Also, almost always, there is a good reason for cat aggression. Here we point out several reasons why cats can become aggressive and how to handle it.
1. Cats can become aggressive because they have pain
Pain is the most common medical cause of sudden aggression., particularly in older cats or in those who have always had a calm temper.
Conditions such as arthritis, dental diseases, trauma and infections are just some of the conditions that can cause pain. It is usual for an aggressive response to occur when a cat is touched – or he thinks they could touch it – in a painful area.
In addition to pain, other medical causes such as cognitive impairment, loss of normal sensory input or neurological problems can cause aggression.
2. Cat aggression may be the answer to fear
Frequently, Cats feel fear when they perceive a threat from which they cannot escape. In these cases, it is important to consider that this can be a learned behavior based on past experience.
The task is to try to elucidate the event or events that the cat perceives as a threat. For this purpose, it is important to “read” the body language manifested by the scared cat. Some signs are that it turns to the side, that it lifts its tail and the fur looks bigger. You can also observe that their ears flatten back, in addition to whistles and their pupils are dilated.
Of course, trying to get close to a cat in this state is to risk an aggressive reaction. It is not about whether or not your cat likes it, as it is in the middle of a panic reaction.
3. Cats can become aggressive due to frustration
In feline aggressiveness, the term red redirected aggression ’refers to the violent acts of the cat because they cannot reach the object of their predatory passion. It is considered one of the most unpredictable and dangerous types of feline aggression.
In these cases, a cat is in a hyperexcited state by some kind of external stimulus: an animal outside, running squirrels that cannot chase, a frightening noise or smell. Faced with such stimuli, the pussycat can discharge its repressed impulse into any person or nearby animal, apparently out of nothing.
4. The impulse to protect their territory
Territorial aggression occurs when a cat feels that an intruder is infringing its territory. Although they often target other cats, people and other animals can also be subject to aggression.
In this case it is important to know that a common trigger is the introduction of a new pet or even a new person in the house. It also occurs in cases of recent moving or new cats in the neighborhood.
Of course, a feline that is not castrated is much more likely to be aggressive in protecting its territory. The first recommendation is that, in case of seeing two cats fighting, do not physically intervene because it will surely become the target of the aggression of both contestants.
Can feline aggression be successfully managed?
You should know that it doesn’t matter what the cause of the aggression is; there are almost always warning signs. Thus, by understanding that feline body language is a priority you can detect when your beloved pet progresses in his mood, before reaching the critical point.
It is important to emphasize that resolving the situation of sudden feline aggression will take time and will require patience and commitment. It is important that you seek help from your veterinarian in a timely manner.