Cats can show aggression like human beings do. A kitten raised in a loving family can show some form of aggression and anger when it is suffering from pain or jealousy. The first thing to make sure is that you never leave your child unsupervised if your cat shows signs of aggression. There are many common signs you can know when your cat is not behaving normally. You may spot your cat showing offensive or defensive type of aggression.
What Are Two Main Types Of Aggressions?
Usually seen in male cats, offensive aggression can be caused due to another cat in his territory. Tom cats do not enjoy the company of another unknown cat. It can be aggressive without any apparent reason and neutering him can reduce this aggressive behavior. If you spot your cat’s ears facing forward, constricted pupils and tail stiff, your cat is just about ready to smack or bite if it can. In that case, it is better to stay out of his reach and let the anger cool down.
In the defensive type, the cat would curve her tail around her body, and her hair would stand up. It may be when your feline is feeling threatened by another cat. If you watch the pupils dilate and your cat is hissing and turning, you should notice if there is another cat in the surroundings. Stay away from your cat, or it may take all her aggression out on you.
Cats Can Sense More Than Humans Can
A cat in distress or suffering from trauma can become aggressive upon touch, cuddling and holding. It will not enjoy being picked up, or you stroking behind her ears and may attack without warning. You can avoid making eye contact with your cat when it is in an erratic mood because cats are good at judging behavior.
Did Your Cat Attack Your Child?
Your child needs to learn about cat behaviors, and it may not be a good idea to trust them alone with your feline in your home. Children can mistreat the cat, pull her tail or try to flatten it on its back with all four legs spread on the ground. It can make a cat furious, and it can bite or hurt the child with its sharp claws. Therefore, keep a constant watch on the child and your cat to avoid an unpleasant situation.
Should I Get Rid of My Cat?
Before you decide to get rid of your cat, find out the cause of this erratic behavior of your cat. Try to find out if your cat was in a traumatic situation or in a fight with another cat just before it attempted to attack you or your child. Cats do not get aggressive over anything so before making a hasty decision give your feline another chance.
Take your cat to the vet clinic if your cat is showing aggression too much. If your child was hurt and their skin broken, take her to the doctor at once. It will help in controlling infection if there is any.