Cats are considered one of the most loving and adorable creations. But that doesn’t mean this sweet fur ball cannot get aggressive. It’s hard for a new cat owner to tell whether the cat has a good reason for aggression or is naturally trying to avoid the new environment (being weirdo!). There are several reasons behind cat aggression that could turn a sweet fellow into a grumpy and angry cat.
The most reasonable cause behind dissocialization is lack of affection, care, and pleasant socialization with other cats as a kitten. Finding the reason behind the aggression is crucial before handling an angry cat. In case of severe aggressive behaviour, consultation to a qualified veterinary behaviourist should be your top priority.
Why does my cat bite me?
Some people consider biting and scratching as a sign of cat aggression. Bites and scratches are not wholly related to aggressive behaviour. Adult cats and tiny kittens main have different reasons to bite, and it is crucial to identify the reasons to restrain the cats from biting. A good reason behind a kitten having aggressive behaviour might be socialization with mean adult cats, teething, or hunger, while an adult cat may have a different reason to bite.
Kittens learn good manners through their interaction with the mother or a trained and well-socialized cat. Often time’s kittens are adopted before they can learn the appropriate ways to behave, and the owner has to teach them the manners from scratch.
An adult cat usually bites as a response to a threat. Another reason behind this aggressive activity could be unwanted action by their humans or other animals. If a playful kitty starts biting, it could be a way to show their demand for attention.
How to stop a cat from aggressive biting?
We all know that cats are weirdos. They will and should do whatever they want to. You may not be able to restrain their biting instant completely, yet there are ways to minimize it. You have to customize your response towards biting according to the reason behind it.
Maintain a consistent kitty training pattern. Make sure everyone follows the same way. Different training rules from other individuals may lead a cat to get mixed up instructions. Similar instructions will make the training procedure easier for you.
Never encourage a risky habit (biting!) by letting your kitten play with your bare hands or toes. Your hands are not toys. At first, this seems like a playful activity, but could be dangerous eventually and can lead you to severely damage your hand.
Provide your kitten with a variety of stuffed toys. Cats often love stuffed animals. Stuffed toys encourage playful behaviour in cats and kittens as well. Ping pong balls or simple balls are also the right choices. It helps the furball to stay active and energetic. Playing also reduces the aggressive factor.
Cats love to chase, and balls can serve as a pray to hunt for them. You can insert some treats in the balls to make the activity more thrilling for them. This way, your cat will be active, both physically and mentally.
How to discipline a cat? (aggressive behaviour)
If your cat becomes overly excited with your presence and reaches to attack you in excitement, teach him to relax and sit down by rewarding him a treat. This way, whenever you encounter him, he will sit and wait for a reward in return.
Just like humans, cats do have a fighter soul. Studies have shown that cats have emotions. Physical punishments can lead them to be more violent. And they can possess an overly aggressive behaviour. Cats are tiny and loveable fellows, but those little paws have sharp nails that can tear the skin apart. (Authors experience)
Any physical encounter can scare them, and they can attack back in their defense. Keep in mind, cat bites and scratches can cause you severe infections that need to be cured immediately. Avoid any rough playing with them.
If a cat shows aggressive behavior towards another cat or animal, separate their food and water resources. And let them spend some time alone before another confront.
Consult your vet for further aggressive behavioral treatments. Make sure to visit the nearby pet clinic to keep your tiny fellow away from health issues that can cause him anxiety and aggression.