Indications of the Problems
Aggression towards another cat is the second biggest behavior problem after soiling. Indications of an overly aggressive cat include prolonged periods of hissing, swatting, growling, biting, hiding, or fighting with another feline member of the household. This problem can occur when you bring a new cat into the household or even after the cats have been together for some time.
Aggression towards you or other humans (household or outside the home) always has fear as its source. Whether there is physical injury, or only outbursts of hissing and growling, there are triggers for, and signs of, both defensive and offensive aggression. Defensive: cat wants to appear larger. (The Hallowe’en Cat: sideways posture, ears and whiskers forward and tail puffed.) Offensive aggression: whiskers and ears are flattened, tail is low; Noodles wants to protect them from the “enemy” when fighting. The goal is to calm the cat’s anxiety and ease the conditions he’s reacting to.
Because treatment varies depending upon the cause of the aggression, it’s crucial to identify whether your cat’s aggression is due to territorial, petting, inter-male, pain, maternal, redirected, or other reasons.
Once the reason for the aggressive behavior is diagnosed, possible solutions include:
- observing and learning from the cat’s body language in order to anticipate potential outbursts
- altering the owner’s behavior
- changing the cat’s environment
- employing de-stressing tactics
In the meantime, it’s important to know that yelling at and/or hitting the cat not only won’t help, but will hurt; s/he will learn to fear or even hate you.
If your cat has this problem, contact me by phone or email to schedule a time to discuss a solution to the problem. A happy cat means a happier household. You may also be saving a great deal of money in vet bills! I help people (and their cats) across the country, as well as Europe and Canada, and I can help you.
As a trained cat behaviorist, I also manage other problems and fears; the aging cat, the feral cat and the stray cat can present special challenges of their own. Introducing a new baby into the resident cat’s household is another common problem for some families.
|Initial telephone chat: no charge|
|Mini-consultation: 20-25 minutes for $45.00
After questions (the more information I have, the better I can help), we can discuss certain problems that may not need a longer consultation
|In-depth telephone consultation: $100.00
This includes in-depth questioning during a one-hour telephone consultation, and email follow-up report, with recommendations. Especially useful for national or international consults.
|In-home consultation: $180.00
This includes extensive questioning by telephone, a one- to three-hour visit to your home for in-depth discussion and observation of your cat’s environment, and e-mail/ phone follow-up with further recommendations. If needed, a follow-up visit is included.
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