Cat Aggression, Causes, Tips to Calm down Your Aggressive Cat

Animals do not do things without a reason, and cats are no exception. If your cat suddenly turns into a hissing, scratching, growling spitfire, there might be reason for this change in behavior.Unfortunately, aggression is not uncommon in cats,  in fact, it is the second most common reason for a visit to a vet or behaviorist.

Aggression in cats is a scary and frustrating problem for many cat lover, who fear the unpredictable nature of the cat as well as the physical damage he / she can cause in the cat's attack.Unfortunately an aggressive cat is at risk for being surrendered and can certainly be confusing when a cat suddenly turns her anger on the people who love her.

There are many reasons why cats turns to  be aggressive towards their owner or other people. To successfully treat the problem, it is essential to work out on the underlying cause, To do this,it is highly recommend that you consult with a qualified veterinary behaviorist. They will ask you lot of questions and will also visit you in your house so they can observe the cat in it own environment and its interactions with you and any other members of the household.Some of common reasons of cat's aggression are discussed below,


Patting Aggression
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Some cats do not tolerate being patted for a longer period. In these cases the cat tends to be very content while being patted initially, then suddenly it attacks the person, jumps down, runs a short distance, sits, grooms, with pupils dilated.




Prevention

Do not pat the cat for a prolonged period
Wait for the cat to initiate patting  and then keep it short
Look  for any signals that the cat sends when they do not wish to be patted anymore 
Desensitise the cat by patting for at first very short and then increasingly longer times, while rewarding the cat with food treats for tolerating the patting.

POD CAT AGGRESSION
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Pod-cat aggression occurs when one cat has been out of the house, and when he returns home, the other cat act aggressively toward him. My theory is that, while cats rely primarily on vision to identify other cats, smell also plays a big role. When the returning cat looks the same but smells different from shampoo, anesthesia, the conflict creates suspicion that he’s an alien, and must be driven out.

Pain And Discomfort
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some time a friendly and gentle kcat displays aggression, it’s time for a visit with the vet. Cats are stoic and try to hide pain or sickness. A feline could be showing aggression to protect an injury or keep a tender area from being touched. Common causes of pain include dental disease, abdominal pain, arthritis, soft tissue injuries or infections. Sudden aggression can also be caused by neurological issues, cognitive decline, and loss of smell, hearing or sight.

Noise Induced Aggression

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Cats may respond to certain sound frequencies with aggression. Examples include a baby crying, another cat crying, high-frequency whistling or squeaking sounds. A possible explanation might be the elicitation of predatory behaviour by high-frequency sounds.


Environmental Causes

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If your furry friend has received a clean bill of health
 from your vet, something in his environment could be behind his sudden aggression. Many times your kitty may redirect his aggression toward you or another pet after being spooked by something as simple as seeing another feline outdoors. Close your blinds or curtains, especially on the windows your kitty likes to hang out by. Separate other pets from your kitty if he's been aggressive toward them and slowly reintroduce them to each other using treats as a reward for non-aggressive behavior. Use synthetic pheromone diffusers or sprays around your home to naturally calm your kitty, making him mellower and less prone to aggression.


Fear Aggression
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Cats show fear aggression when they feel threatened or frighted. First the cat tends to show defensive body language and will attempt to avoid the person they are afraid of, but when cornered they may become quite aggressive. Ears will generally be turned back, and the tail and body lowered,teeth will be displayed and growling may occur.Fear aggression is due to  lack of socialisation, Inappropriate human cat interactions, such as a history of punishment,genetic predisposition and a cat’s general personality.  





Prevention

Give the cat a food treat while it is calm during the trigger situation.Rewarding with a food treat whilst calm reinforces relaxation during exposure to the fearful event. 
Teach the cat to perform an alternative behaviour in situations in which fear was shown
Synthetic pheromones can also have a calming effect. 
Offensive Aggression
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If your cat stalks and attacks your ankles, toes or other body parts, it is likely he sees them as prey or a toy. This is one of few cases when cats are offensively aggressive towards people. Offensive aggression can be distinguished by different body language prior to and during the attack. A fixated look, low profile walk, and forwards facing ears are the most prominent signs of offensive aggression. An important part of stopping such behavior is to redirect this energy towards toys, and avoid playing with your cat using fingers or other body parts.

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