In most cases, the aggressive behavior of pets, especially cats, is caused by an external irritant and the need to defend itself. Such a situation may occur during pain or provocations.
Types of aggression in cats
There are three main types of aggression:
- Aggressive behavior as self-defense which can be caused by certain actions of another animal or human: attack or punishment;
- Antisocial behavior the roots of which usually lie in the past; it refers to negative experience and reveals in avoiding contact with a certain group of people or cats;
- Aggression caused by cats rivalry.
The active revelation of aggressive behavior
This type of aggression is caused by the need to achieve a certain goal, the desired result. Active aggression can be divided into two kinds. The first occurs mainly in young cats during playing and relates to the desire to show itself. The second type is more dangerous and unpredictable since it is based on personal animosity and the desire to get rid of the hatred object. This type of aggression is an evidence of complete cat’s rejection of something. It arises towards new pets in the house. From the owner’s point of view this behavior may seem not understandable but it reveals certain displeasure appeared in your cat.
Aggression between cats which live together
This aggression occurs if a cat is frightened by anything, for example, by another cat. This aggression is identified simply by the appearance of your pet. In this case the pupils of the eyes are dilated, ears pressed. All this indicates the extreme degree of anxiety and fear in pet. Between animals such aggression can also occur due to fear provoked by external factors: – loud noises, sudden movements, etc., which are wrongly perceived as an attack by another animal.
The frightened cat is dangerous enough as is seeking to protect itself from the source of fear, although this type of aggression is rare towards people. Such a situation may arise in the course of treatment, so it is better not to touch the animal for a while and wait until it calms. By the way the cat can be calmed, for example, by food.
Conditioned reflective aggression
In conditions of constant skirmishes and fights between two cats a feeling of constant fear appears that only reinforces aggression and increases the number of conflicts. The worst option in this situation is the owner’s passiveness which only worsens the situation and provokes conflict. In order to avoid it you should stop such a situation from the beginning. If things are really bad then there are fairly strict measures to resolve the conflict. In such cases one of the cats or both of them are placed in cages which stand close to each other; enables the animals to get used to each other.
This type of aggression occurs when a cat feels pain from pressed tail or paw. In this case the animal is frightened by pain and wants to protect itself from unpleasant feelings.
This type of aggression is different from previous, it is based not on defensive reaction but on desire to attack and show its advantage. Often such aggression appears among young cats and can be directed not only to other cats but also to humans. In the most critical situations the only right option is to find a new home for this animal where it will not interfere with anyone.
Aggression between cats
The aggression of this kind is a form of active and territorial aggression. In this case the above mentioned methods of conflict resolution may be applied.
This type of aggression appears in case of any health problems in cats due to which the animal becomes restless and irritable.
This behavior occurs as a result of the need to give way to its unspent energy. In such situations you must not in no way encourage such behavior.
This type of aggression somehow is similar to active. The purpose of this behavior is to achieve the aim and obtain the desired. In such cases you must impose strict prohibitions for your pet and keep them.
How to deal with aggression in cats?
If your cat shows excessive aggression, in no case encourage it. In order to avoid further difficulties, you should stop the conflict at the beginning. Apply the penalties for guilty animal, but note that you cannot beat the pet because this can only worsen the situation and scare the animal, and wouldn’t bring the desired result.