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Cat Behavior Described

| February 22, 2011
Cat Behavior Described

It is always a concern, when a person witnesses a violent behavior between two cats, who were once good friends. Aggression among cats however is associated with certain reasons and it is necessary for human beings to understand this violent behavior of cats and act appropriately.

It is always a concern, when a person witnesses a violent behavior between two cats, who were once good friends. Aggression among cats however is associated with certain reasons and it is necessary for human beings to understand this violent behavior of cats and act appropriately.

Different Forms Of Aggression:

Below are some common and different types of aggression in cats:

Play aggression:

It is also termed play- fighting. It begins very early with kittens, but adults can also show this kind of aggression. Mother cats teach predator-prey behavior very early to their kittens, and thus cats possess a natural survival instinct be it in a comfortable home or in the wild.

The kitten will follow the other and then leap on that kitten. Play fighting is normally harmless fun, unless it becomes a sexual aggression. One needs to prevent injury by cutting the cat’s claw without fail. Play fighting is the initial step for establishing an everlasting hierarchy amongst feline house members.

Sexual aggression:

One can easily identify sexual aggression. The aggressor cat will nibble the scruff of the victim and will try mounting it. It will also display thrusting hip movements observed in female-male mating.

Territorial aggression:

Territorial aggression arises between equally matched cats and can occur between any genders. An individual may identify this aggression, since a cat exhibits this type of aggression by spraying urine or marking. The aggressor cat will raise its back, lay back its ears, hiss, growl and then will jump on its victim. The victim accepts defeat by whirling and gradually walking away or the victim begins a violent battle. An individual needs to try to part two fighting cats, or else they will inflict severe damage.

Most house cats will finally resolve their fights. Nevertheless, it requires a lot of commitment, time, and training to nurture a peaceful domestic or house cat.

Redirected aggression:

This aggression is generally a momentary condition and one needs to control it as soon as possible. An individual may control redirected cat aggression by following two steps:

1. The strange cat must be kept out of the yard

2. Separate two household cats for a while until they forget the episode.

Ways To Deal With Inter-Cat Aggression:

Below are some ways to manage inter-cat aggression:

Distraction:

An individual may effectively control over-enthusiastic sexual aggression, play fighting and territorial aggression by providing some distraction to the cat.

1. One can loudly clap hands to distract the cats
2. One can hiss loudly.
3. Give the cat a huge stuffed toy

Physical intervention:

Scuffing is one type of physical intervention. One must perform scruffing by holding the aggressive cat at its scruff and firmly but softly pushing it down. Use scruffing for disciplining the cats. This is accompanied by loud hissing just as the mother cat would do. The aggressive cat immediately relaxes into a submissive posture. Once the aggressive cat calms down leave him and talk softly to him. A few tender strokes will also be apt.

Copyright & Credit:
Author: Martin Marks
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Category: Feline Behaviour, Feline Health and Care, Feline Resources

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