Petting induced aggression in cats

Petting Induced Aggression in Cats

Petting induced aggression in cats

Petting-induced aggression
common problem many cat owners experience. One minute you are enjoying some time petting your cat and all of a sudden he turns around, takes a bite or swipe and then runs off and hides.

The cause of this behaviour is unknown although it is theorised that some cats can only accept a certain amount of petting before becoming uncomfortable.

How do I avoid petting-induced aggression?

Take your cat to a veterinarian for a check up:

There are a number of disorders which can lead to aggression in cats.

Look for signs he’s had enough:

Be aware of your cat’s body language will help prevent these attacks. Common
signs include tail twitching, dilated pupils, looking around (for an escape
route), if you notice these behaviours, stop petting your cat.

Never punish a cat who has acted aggressively.

All this will achieve is to make your cat more fearful of you.

Know what he likes and doesn’t like:

Not all cats are the same. Be aware of your cat’s physical comfort zone. Some cats like
belly rubs, some don’t. Read your cat’s body language and let him determine where he wants to be petted, if at all. Signs your cat are at ease and enjoying being petted include sticking their tail up and their bum in the air, purring, rubbing your hand with their head, kneading and some cats will drool.

Don’t play rough with your hands:

Teach your cat from an early age that hands are for stroking and not playing.


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