Cats are extremely territorial creatures. It is not uncommon for cats to not allow another cat into their home. Just because a cat is sweet and mellow with you does not necessarily mean that they will be sweet to another cat. Unfortunately there is no training method to guarantee that a cat will ever get along with another cat. Sometimes they just need to be the only cat in the household. Let’s take a closer look at the different types of aggression and what causes them.
Territorial aggression occurs when a cat feels that an intruder has invaded their territory. This type of aggression typically presents itself after a new cat comes home, a kitten reaches maturity or a cat sees another cat outside. Behaviors include stalking, chasing, ambushing, hissing, growling, loud meowing, squatting and preventing access to places such as the litter box.
It’s not uncommon for male cats to threaten and fight with other males in a household. This is more common with un-neutered cats. Cats showing inter-male aggression will stalk, stare, howl and puff up their fur. If one of the cats backs down and walks away, the other cat will probably walk away as well. However, if no one backs down the cats might actually fight. You can break up a fight by clapping loudly, throwing a pillow nearby or squirting them with water. However, never step in the middle of a cat fight.
Defensive aggression occurs when a cat attempts to protect itself from an animal or human that it feels it cannot escape. The cat crouches with legs and tail pulled in under its body, its ears flattened against its head and it will roll slightly to the side. Approaching a cat in this posture is likely to cause it to attack.
Cats with redirected aggression show aggression to another animal or human that did not initially provoke the behavior from them. This often happens when a cat sees another cat outside. Your cat is so worked up about the cat outside that when you try to pet it, it bites you. It’s important to respond to this type of aggression in a way that keeps both you and your cat safe.
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