Cats can be overprotective and aggressive. Here are some good ideas to help. Yes, you read that headline correctly.
I know most people rarely see their cats as being anything other than aloof. But an interesting article came across my desk this week that I wanted to share and add some comments.
If a cat is acting protective, they are probably following their instincts and not throwing a cape on to become ‘Supercat!!’ Cats are fierce predators, and some humans and situations will be perceived as scary. Cats will be defensive toward their beloved owners.
By the way…your dog is TOTALLY waiting for you to buy him a cape and call out ‘SUPERDOG!!’ He’d really love it if you sang ‘Here he comes to save the daaaaaaay!!’
So how do you know if your cat is acting protective? The best thing to do is to look at their nonverbal communication. This would include but not be limited to:
– Dilated eyes
– Pointed ears turned out like satellite dishes
– Sharp, quick tail movements
– Crouched stance
– Exposed teeth and/or claws
– Hissing, growling or screeching
– Biting or scratching
Very important to note, a protective cat is a fearful cat! The good news is there are some ways to make your cat feel less afraid and, therefore, less aggressive.
First off, punishment is not the answer; neither is consoling the cat. The Cornell Feline Health Center says that soothing an aggressive cat may be interpreted as rewarding aggressive behavior.
So what do you do? The best thing is just to walk away and give the cat some space. If you don’t act afraid of the situation or the cat’s behavior, the cat will feel less defensive and can calm down on their own.
And then when your cat goes back to ignoring the whole household and assuming that every two-legged person only exists to serve them…then you’ll know they are feeling better.
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