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Solving Cat Aggression

Cat play mimics kitty aggression.

Yes, it’s not yet Feline Friday but my latest Paw Nation article just posted and I wanted to share. By the way, Gina Misiroglu of Red Room put me in touch with the AOL people, which is one of the great ways in which she’s bringing traffic to Red Room and getting attention for Red Room’s authors.

Do you have a growl-kitty? When a snuggle-puss turns into a snarling ball of claws, owners are at a loss to understand or deal with kitty aggression. Besides hurt feelings, cat aggression can cause injuries or cause the cat to lose a loving home.

Aggression can be the result of health issues, including pain or hyperthyroidism, so any sudden personality change demands a veterinary exam. But cats don’t aggress because they’re mean — they always have a good reason, whether it makes sense to humans or not. Recognizing the four common types of aggression will help you learn to keep the peace. Learn how to cope with petting aggression, kitten play aggression, fear aggression, and redirected aggression in this Paw Nation article.

 Actually there are at least 8 kinds of cat aggression, and cats are nothing if not creative in finding new ways to angst. And there are even more reasons for cats to get hissy. It’s important to know the cause in order to figure out a way to calm the upset.

 If your cats are constantly at odds, some of these tips for solving intercat aggression may help. One of the more common and frustrating situations happens when two or more “best friends” cats suddenly have a falling out after one or more of them come home from the vet. What’s up with that? Well, you’ll find more answers here.

Remember that these tips are to help you with your cats but oftentimes, the individual circumstances vary. A cat behavior professional able to visit and offer specific advice is a great choice. Check out the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants to find someone in your feline neck of the woods. (Hint: they do dogs, horses and parrots, too!)

Be thankful for the times when kitty is the angel-cat she’s meant to be, and cherish all the sweet snuggles.

Purrs & Trills,


About amyshojai

Amy Shojai, CABC is a certified animal behavior consultant (dogs/cats), award winning author of 30+ pet care titles and thrillers, and spokesperson to the pet industry.

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