Cats display a variety of aggressive behaviors. One of the more problematic types is redirected aggression. These attacks usually occur after your cat has observed a threatening object (often another cat or
dog), becomes stimulated, and then attacks the closest object - often a
member or another family pet. An aggressive cat can be dangerous and can inflict painful bites and scratches.
A cat exhibiting redirected aggression may growl and pace, swish his tail, and exhibit dilated pupils and hair standing on end. It is difficult to diffuse this
behavior because the stimulus for the aggressive behavior is often unavailable. However, with careful observation, you can tell when your cat is apt to become aggressive and avoid contact with him.
If the aggression problem escalates, consult your veterinarian, who may have suggestions or may refer you to a veterinary behaviorist.
It is important to recognize aggression and diffuse this disturbing behavior as soon as possible.
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If your cat is showing redirected aggression, have him checked by your veterinarian. Painful conditions or neurological problems could be causing the problem.
Prevent your cat's aggressive behavior from becoming a habit by intervening early.
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