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Solutions for your cat’s aggression always start with determining ‘why is my cat aggressive’.
The information in this section of Pethealth.com.au will help with that but it’s much better to have your cat’s behaviour formally assessed.
If you would like us to help with that, please click here.
The remedies for behavioural problems are always generated from one or more of the following:-
For more information refer to 4 Key Points that will Solve a Pet’s Behavioural Problems
With aggressive behaviour there are moods which often underlie the behaviours.
These moods are very similar to the moods and mood disorders shown by us humans.
Anxious behaviours are very common with cats. The easiest definition of anxiety is to think of it as ‘the prediction of doom approaching’.
A cat may hiss and spit at you when you approach because it’s been hurt in the past by you or other people.
A cat will often fight with other roaming cats because it’s anxious about its territory being threatened by the visiting cat.
View more about moods of pets in this sheet Anxieties and Mood Disorder in Pets
Move to the next step by answering this question ‘To whom or what is my cat aggressive?’
If your cat is aggressive to people, (particularly towards you) then read Jekyll and Hyde Aggression.
If your cat is aggressive to other cats read Feisty Felines.
If visiting cats are making your cat anxious or aggressive, the fact sheet Feline Mad will give details on how to repel those visiting cats without harming them.
There are many medical conditions that can make a cat ‘cranky’. Conditions causing pain are common causes of aggression and that can include simple things such as knotted fur or more serious conditions such as cat fight abscesses and arthritic conditions.
Some older cats can be cranky due to the 'steaming up' effect of old age diseases and the Senior Cat Pet Pick will describe the issues involved.
Many aggressive cats are bored out of their big brains.
So often that’s because their predatory instincts are not being catered for.
For information on predatory behaviour read this sheet on Predatory Aggression in Dogs and Cats
There’s no doubt that some cats benefit from their highly aroused moods being calmed.
Some cats benefit from homeopathic preparations such as Homeopet Anxiety Relief.
Pheromones such as Feliway are another effective and easy way of creating calmness in some situations.
Where they are needed, the careful choice of medications can be a very effective remedy for aggression in cats, particularly if the aggression is caused by anxiety. Medications need to be used responsibly and are only able to be prescribed by veterinarians.
Cat aggression is complex. Cats can be aggressive to humans, to other cats and to other animals.
The moods that cause the aggression need to be understood and there are many different remedies that may need to be considered.
The information linked here will help with your own DIY solution but if you need professional assistance please click here.