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Interpreting ‘Aggression’

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:

  • Frustration
  • Social demands
  • Anxiety or fear
  • Inappropriate play
  • Pain or Illness


What are the Warning Signs of Aggression to People?

Here are signs to look out for when a cat is signalling it’s about to get aggressive with you:

  • Direct staring
  • Dilated pupils
  • Twitching/thrashing tail from side to side
  • Hissing
  • Growling
  • Spitting
  • 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.


Pet Nurture offers Cat Behaviour consults from the comfort of you home.  Contact Pet Nurture on 0403 939 202 or Enquiries@PetNurture.com.au. We are here to help you and your Cat!



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