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Aggression

Why Does My Neutered Cat Try to Mount Other Cats?

why does my neutered cat try to mount other cats

If this behavior happens out in a free-range environment with intact cats, or if we see it on a nature program, it’s something we understand as normal animal behavior. However, when it’s a neutered male cat attempting to mount a female or even another male in the household, it causes concern for many cat parents. ...

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How to Stop Play Aggression in Cats

how to stop play aggression in cats

What is Play Aggression? This is when playful bites, scratches and ambushes become more serious and can actually cause injury. It’s something cat parents tend to notice more when the aggression is directed toward them, usually in the form of ankle attacks, ambushes or biting and scratching that break the skin. This type of aggression ...

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Are My Cats Playing or Fighting?

are my cats playing or fighting?

Playtime is an important part of cat life. It’s something that benefits cats, starting in kittenhood and extending all the way through the geriatric years. The way a cat plays as she ages may change but the desire to play should hopefully remain throughout a cat’s life.   If you live with more than one ...

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Nine Tips for Calming an Out-of-Control Cat

9 tips for calming an out-of-control cat

Aggression in cats (or ANY animal for that matter) can have many causes but if you’re dealing with an angry cat, here are some tips: 1. A veterinarian visit is crucial if your cat is beginning to show even the slightest hint of aggression or change in behavior. There may be an underlying medical cause ...

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Cat Fights: What to do When Your Cats Turn on Each Other

cat fights: what to do when your cats turn on each other

It can be very confusing and frustrating when companion cats who have previously lived together in harmony, suddenly decide to engage in a turf war. In some cases, the cats have lived under one roof with an ongoing degree of tension that has now turned to outright hostility and aggression. Cat parents become understandably upset ...

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Why Your Cats May Not be Getting Along

Hissing cat

Listen to the audio version of this article Have you ever wondered why your two cats don’t get along and yet your neighbor’s four cats all live in harmony? Many cat parents live in households with more than one cat and there are no issues, but for others, tension is ongoing. What causes some cats ...

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Redirected Aggression in Cats

hissing cat

This common type of aggression is the result of a cat becoming agitated by something and then lashing out the nearest human, cat or dog within reach. Redirected aggression is frequently misdiagnosed as idiopathic aggression because the cat can stay reactive for quite a while and by the time the cat parent sees the aggressive ...

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Five Steps to Correct Petting-Induced Aggression in Cats

five steps to correct petting-induced aggression in cats

Listen to the audio version of this article I’m getting more and more calls from cat parents who are confused about why they’re getting bitten when petting their cats. Things start out just fine and then suddenly, without warning, the cat turns around and lashes out with teeth or claws. In many cases the behavior ...

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Hyperesthesia Syndrome in Cats

This is also referred to as rolling skin disease. It’s a condition that typically affects younger cats. The cause of hyperesthesia syndrome is unknown but some experts describe it as a neurotransmitter malfunction in the brain during periods of anxiety. It’s not a common disorder but if your cat is experiencing the disorder, it’s a ...

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Types of Aggression in Cats

Aggression can be scary – not only for the victim but also for the one displaying the behavior. Since cats prefer to avoid confrontation, engaging in an aggressive encounter usually means they feel backed into a corner. In order to avoid actual physical encounters, cats do lots of posturing and use their bodies to communicate ...

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