Does your Florida feline’s aggressive behavior make it seem more like a cougar than a kitty-cat? In a sense, it’s quite normal. That’s because house-cats likely descended from big cats and possibly from the African wildcat.
So, aggressive responses are part of the animal’s predation, social conflict, and play. That said, felines generally avoid physical conflict as it can cause injury and reduce hunting skills.
Cats may show aggression towards other cats for various reasons, including:
Such events can cause fear, mistrust, and negative vibes among household cats.
Meanwhile, cats may also show aggression for various causes, including:
Here are some typical scenarios that cause aggression from cats and how pet owners can deal with them:
Sometimes cats seem to redirect aggression from one cat to another cat. For example, they may see a strange cat outside the home, then attack a companion cat indoors.
Cats possess a “fight or flight” anti-stress mechanism that causes adrenaline rushes to pump up muscles to prepare the feline for danger. The cat’s body releases adrenaline hormones when it experiences extreme emotions.
The cat’s aggression towards household cats can be accidental and result from the aggressor preparing for a potentially hostile situation.
In this situation, separate the battling cats in different rooms for 24 to 48 hours. Isolate them for longer periods if needed.
If cat-fighting turns into intense fighting, separate the felines for 24 to 48 hours until they’ve both calmed down.
If the conflict escalates into a UFC match, separate them for a longer time.
In some situations, cat “bullies” show territorial aggression towards other cats. They seem to be claiming territory.
Such cats may attack residential cats in Florida neighborhoods. These bully cats, usually male tomcats, often victimize old, sick, or shy cats.
When cat owners’ pets get “beat up” at home, it can be incredibly stressful. Remember that as a pet owner, you’re responsible for protecting your pet.
Studies have not produced definitive evidence that bully cats are displaying abnormal behavior.
In this situation, cat owners can take various steps:
If cats show aggression towards Florida residents, here’s how to handle them:
Kittens often conduct “play fighting” but stop rough-housing to prevent biting their siblings or friends. However, baby cats may become more aggressive when playing with humans, sometimes triggering biting or scratching.
The solution is to prevent your hands from getting in contact with the kitten. You can use cat toys attached to rods or sticks, which can protect your hands.
This scenario could happen even if the owner is displaying affection toward their furry friend.
Cats often enjoy the sensation of a human stroking them since it resembles the experience of their mothers grooming them as tiny kittens.
Meanwhile, adult cats possess an instinctive survival mechanism that can cause them to feel vulnerable when you pet them. They can feel too relaxed, making them unprepared for potential danger.
This response may produce aggressive behavior from a human stroking them. A key factor is the cats’ past interaction with humans as young kittens.
If you observe specific reactions to your petting, such as purring stoppage, hissing sounds, or side-to-side tail thrashing, stop petting the cat immediately.
Cats can display offensive and defensive aggression. For example, fear-based aggression becomes a survival strategy when a feline feels vulnerable.
For example, cats with negative experiences with humans may perceive nearby humans as unwanted advances. The hissing is a warning sign to the human.
If you don’t move away from the cat, it may use its teeth and claws to escape.
Cats’ aggressive behavior towards humans, objects, or other cats is often based on fear and mistrust. There's some good news. Learning the triggers of such emotions may help minimize damage from scared, worried, or angry cats.