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Aggression in Kitties

Does your kitty have a habit of roughhousing when she is feeling playful? Does Fluffy sometimes bite or scratch you for no apparent reason? Kitties are wonderful pets, but they aren’t purrfect. Read on as a local Niwot, CO vet discusses aggression in cats.

Causes of Aggression

Cats can be aggressive for many reasons. Health problems are one possible reason. If your kitty has seemed uncharacteristically grumpy lately, have your vet examine her, to rule out medical issues. If your furball has recently had kittens, she may be feeling overprotective. Fluffy may also be acting up out of territorial aggression, loneliness, or stress caused by major changes, such as moving or changing owners. If you aren’t sure what’s behind your feline pal’s bad behavior, ask your vet for more information.

Keeping Kitty Calm

If your cat is prone to acting out, you’ll need to make sure that she has some suitable outlets to take her frustration out on. Offer Fluffy plenty of cat toys, and take time to play with her every day. This will help your kitty burn off her excess energy. After a fun play session, your frisky pet will be a little tired and, hopefully, a lot calmer. Playing also offers kitties a safe and healthy way to express their angst, rather than taking it out on you.

Rough Play

Cats are hunters in the wild, and are instinctively driven to use all those claws and teeth. Fluffy loves indulging her inner huntress by pouncing and jumping on things . . . including you. If your feisty pet thinks of you as a giant cat toy, you’ll need to teach her better petiquette. The next time your furball bites or scratches you, blow in her face, tell her ‘No’ in a firm tone of voice, and then walk away and ignore her for a while.

Teaching Better Petiquette

Never punish your cat for acting up. Fluffy doesn’t understand the concept of punishment, and may not associate her behavior with your reaction. Therefore, reprimanding your kitty may just make matters worse. Ignore your furball when she is feeling cantankerous. It’s also important to make sure your feline pal has plenty of hiding places to go to if she feels scared or threatened.

Please call us, your Niwot, CO pet hospital, for all your cat’s veterinary care needs. We’ve been providing great veterinary care since 1946!

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