Sometimes our cats are aggressive without us being able to understand why. Firing, teeth chattering, spitting, ears back… The signs of discontent are numerous in cats. Here are some answers that can explain the aggressive behavior but also some tips to calm down an angry cat.
He feels attacked
Cats don’t react the way we do. Some situations make them particularly uncomfortable. For example, if you block your feline’s view while he’s standing in the corner of a room, he’ll feel particularly stressed. This stress may manifest itself in a form of self-defensive aggression. When your cat doesn’t want to be held or can’t accomplish something, aggression can occur. It is important to know that cats are very affectionate animals, but they are also very routine and do not like to have their daily routine changed.
When your cat is in a corner, leave it alone and do not pick it up when it does not feel like it.
He’s in pain somewhere
Without verbal communication, it’s difficult for your cat to express pain. When she’s in pain somewhere, she may become aggressive. When this is unusual and persistent, it’s best to ask your veterinarian for advice. This is especially necessary if there have been no significant changes in your home.
Do not wait too long before consulting, it is better to consult “for nothing” than to let a pain settle.
He got up on the wrong paw
A rude awakening? This can be enough to put your cat in a pretty bad light. Some cats can be aggressive when they wake up, if they leave a dream violently, for example. If your cat got up on the wrong side of the bed, give her time to come to her senses. When he claws, it’s a sign that everything is better!
He needs to hunt
It’s a fact, as cute as cats are, they are still predators. Hunting is innate and contributes to their physical and mental health. Even if the kibble bowl is always full, they never hesitate to catch a mouse, first to play with it before devouring it. Cats need at least 30 percent protein in their diet. Without it, they can be more aggressive. Is it the hunting instinct that takes over? It’s hard to say, but it’s a likely explanation.
Playing with your cat can help it compensate for this need to hunt. Use mice, a fishing pole or a ball for a good workout!
He’s seen a predator
Cats are very territorial. Your home is his home! If another cat or animal enters the territory, a clan war can start. Your cat will go on the offensive to scare off the intruder and show who’s boss. This aggressive state may persist until the unwanted squatter has been chased away by your cat.
To counteract this, we recommend that you play with your cat, with a prey item that your cat can grab. Mouse-shaped toys are ideal for this practice. This will make your cat run and he will be able to grasp the “prey” to let off steam and spend his anger.