why does my cat growl at me
Once you have rules out medical causes for aggression and your vet gave your cat a good bill of health, it us time to consider behavioral problems. Important questions to ask are: any recent changes? have you moved? new partner? new cat in the home? a new baby? new furniture? new routine? new construction workers across the road? Cats are creatures of habit and anything that changes their routine makes them stressed. Redirected Aggression This is a form of aggression caused by an overstimulated cat. This may occur when a cat sees out from a window another animal such as another cat or a dog and then suddenly attacks his owner or another pet. Such cats may be difficult to treat, many times requiring covering all windows and doors or placing the cat in a dark room to calm down. Unfamiliar scent aggression Many times right after taking a cat to the animal hospital, owners would call us because their other cat at home would start attacking the sick cat.
This is a common instance, and it is due to the fact that the cat left at home is disturbed by the other cat's smell. Many times this was solved by bringing both cats at the hospital when one was sick or by passing a scented towel on both cats so they both smelled the same. Rough playing aggression Many times young cats and kittens may be thought to be aggressive while all they are doing is playing rough. A cat or kitten that attacks the owner's ankles is simply acting out of prey drive. In other words the owner's feet or ankles are thought to be prey and so the cat chases and scratches. Most cats seem to outgrow from this form of play aggression, however, a good remedy is to toss a toy at the cat upon stalking you in order to redirect his attention. Intolerance to being pet aggression Some cats will tolerate being pet for a few minutes and then they will lash out when they get tired.
In this case, it is very important to anticipate his behavior by reading physical cues suggesting he is about to lash out. Before reaching his intolerance point immediately put the cat down and give a treat. Repeat by making the petting sessions longer. New mom aggression Your sweet cat may turn into a lion once she has hada litter of kittens. Most new mom's aggression regresses as the kittens age. Try to keep her quiet and avoid disturbances. This is just a natural instinct to protect her babies. New cat aggression You just adopted a new cat and your older cat will not tolerate the new arrival. Threatening growling and hissing takes place. This form of aggression usually regresses with time. Always make introductions slow and do not force the two to get along.
Sooner than later with no pressure, the two will begin to accept each other. As seen there may be a multitude of causes for aggression in cats. The best course of action is to have all medical causes ruled out first and then deal with the behavioral issues.
Cats aren t typically perceived as social animals, at least to the extent that dogs are. But cats need love too. One reason why a cat might hiss or growl is because it s upset with its owner. This could occur after the owner returns from vacation, for example, and the cat is angry that it has been left alone in the house, aside from someone checking in to feed it. Hissing and growling could be the animal s way of voicing its displeasure. In a situation such as this, the animal will eventually come around and behave the way it normally would after it gets its point across.
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