Aggressive responses are related to innate behaviour of cats and a normal part of predation, play and social conflict which are all essential for survival of a territorial, independent, solitary hunter.
Aggression isn’t a temperament trait or a diagnosis, it’s a consequence of an emotional state.
Aggression in cats is usually motivated or related to:
- Social demands
- Anxiety or fear
- Inappropriate play
- Pain or Illness
What are the Warning Signs of Aggression?
Here are signs to look out for when a cat is signalling it’s about to get aggressive:
- Direct staring
- Dilated pupils
- Twitching/thrashing tail from side to side
- Flattened ears against the side of the head or rotated backwards.
- Tense body
- Crouched body posture
- Pilo-erection – the fur is raised up
- Arched back
If you see a cat display any of these signs, turn away and don’t pursue physical contact.