How to Deal With Petting Induced Aggression in Your Cat?

How to Deal With Petting Induced Aggression in Your Cat?

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Aggressive cat behavior can be a hurtful and a difficult situation for cat-owners. You love your cat but somehow you are unable to figure out when your sweet cat turns hostile and bites like it means it. It is not only a behavioral matter but is also a dangerous situation, particularly if you have children around. Children may not know how to react in case the cat turns aggressive which can quickly turn into an ugly situation. Apart from the pain and scratches the risk of transmitting diseases in inevitable in such scenarios.

What causes this behavior?

Cats by nature are not close-contact animals. They are not very accustomed to human contact and stroking. Some cats have a lower threshold than other cats which defines how much touches they would tolerate before they lash out at the kind human who was stroking them.One of the most important factors to consider here is the feline body language. You will need to read it well and understand if you are over-stimulating your cat. By understanding your catโ€™s body language well, you can ensure a pleasant and peaceful relationship with your feline friend.

Handle cat aggression purr-fectly!
  • Watch out for the warning signs โ€“ Beware of the warning signs your cat might be giving you in the way of tail thumping and lashing, twitching the skin, direct looks straight into your eye, or shifting body position. These are indications that the cat is done with petting, at least for then.
  • Lashing tail โ€“ This is one of the first signs that you should watch out for. If you see your cat lashing her tail, stop any kind of interaction, right away.
  • Know when to stop โ€“ Donโ€™t make your cat think that the only way she can make you understand when to stop petting is by lashing out at you. Know when is a good time to stop petting it.
  • Donโ€™t rub your catโ€™s belly โ€“ While some cats enjoy belly rubs, most donโ€™t. For cats, an exposed belly means defensive aggression, which can lead it to use its four claws and teeth at the same time. Even if your cat is relaxing with belly face-up, avoid giving belly rubs. A relaxed cat can become an aggressive cat.
  • If you have kids at home then you should pay particular attention to supervise all child-cat interactions. Ensure the children arenโ€™t chasing, grabbing, or picking up the cat. Younger children often do not understand that cats are living things and not playthings. This can lead to serious injury. Let the cat sit on their lap and if none of the warning signs are visible they can slowly pet the cat.

By being mindful of your feline friendโ€™s body language and respecting their wishes of not being stroked and touched, you can reduce petting related aggression in your cat.

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