Skip to main content

Cat Aggression

  • Author:
  • Updated date:
Aggression in Cats

Cats unlike humans do no show resentment nor feelings of anger related to past happenings. If your cat is swishing its tail nervously and has its ears flattened against its head, he is very likely mad at you, now at this very moment. While most cats are easy going creatures that take life with philosophy, there seem to be a few cats with particular temperaments. It is easy to point out the finger and label a cat as to being mean, but more often than not, at a closer look, the cat may have its own reasons for being ill tempered.

Owners of very temperamental cats should always rule out something going on physically that is making the cat unhappy. More often than not, cats defined as being temperamental have some ongoing chronic disorder making them particularly grumpy such as arthritis. So a veterinarian visit is a must, especially if your cat's behavior suddenly changed.


If your cat is angry at you for petting him too much try to watch for physical cues suggesting he is having enough. Some cats can be pet for hours,while others seem to be limited and will let you know you are a nuisance by turning around suddenly giving you a nip and escaping away. These cats simply are telling you they had enough. Try to praise your cat those times that he allows you to pet him for about three stokes. Offer him a treat. Then try to go for four strokes and so on. Always stop when he seems to be irritated. Some cats are bothered when they are pet on their back. You can notice this when their skin on their back wriggles when you pet them on their back.

[adinserter block="4"] Some cats can be bothered when you pet their face. If you are very careful, you may notice that as you pet your cat's face you are slightly pulling the whiskers as you stroke. Try to avoid this. Always praise and give a treat when your cat demonstrates more tolerance than usual. Find your cats favorite spots. Some cats are bothered or ticklish in certain areas. Spots your cat enjoys can be detected by looking at your cats face: if her eyes are semi-closed and she is purring very likely you found a spot she enjoys. But watch: her mood can change suddenly when she had enough!

Scroll to Continue

Discover More

Screenshot 2022-05-17 172700

How Much Does a Dog's Necropsy Cost?

If you are looking for how much a dog's necropsy costs, most likely you are devastated by the loss of your dog and have many questions you would like to have answers to. A necropsy can help obtain pertinent info about the cause of death, although not always it may provide all the answers one was hoping to receive.

car irde

Why Does My Dog Whine When the Car Stops?

If your dog whines when the car stops, it would be important knowing what is triggering the whining in the first place. Based on the exact cause, you may need a different plan of action. So let's take a look at some common and not-so common potential causes and ways to reduce the whining


When Do Puppies Bark for The First Time?

Puppies bark for the first time when they are very young. If you just got your puppy from a breeder, most likely you have missed his very first bark. This is something that most puppy owners will therefore likely never get to witness, but it's still interesting learning about it nonetheless.

Some cats that attack their owners without reason may be suffering from a case of redirected aggression. This consists of an over stimulated cat that has seen some other animal from a window and is over charged and will strike towards whatever come close to him. Such cats should be placed in a dark room until he is able to calm down. In severe cases, all windows may need to be obscured so there is no more cause for the cat to get overcharged at the sight of other animals outdoors.

If the cat appears irratated upon being pet on the back, have your vet rule out rippling skin disorder. This condition causes cats to be intolerant of being pet near their backs and may have back muscle twitches, mood swings, running back and forth, swishing tails and hissing episodes.

[adinserter block="7"] Most cats that strike at their owners are scared or in pain. Never pick up your cat when he seems to be afraid of something. He will likely panic and cause even serious injuries upon being handled. A cat in pain may yell and strike in panic. If your pet appears to be in pain have your vet see him.

Angry cats are not a nice sight. They are a far cry from the cuddly purring cats we are most used to seeing. Fortunately, most cats are gentle creatures that love to be pet and groomed. As mentioned earlier, always have you veterinarian check for underlying physical issues first, your cat may be simply grumpy becasue of pain. Once treated, he will likely turn back to his easy going purrfect personality.

*Disclaimer: All remedies suggested are not to be used as a substitute for professional veterinary advice. If your pet is sick please refer to your veterinarian for a hands on examination. If your pet is exhibiting behavior problems please refer to a professional pet behaviorist.

[adinserter block="6"]

Related Articles