Why should cats attack people?

How to deal with aggression

Dealing with aggressive cats

Your cat bites, is upset, hisses, lies in wait for you or attacks you for no reason? Do not accept your house cat's aggression as normal behavior, but try to discover the source of the aggression and learn to deal with it.

Recognize the cat's aggression

Rather, before considering how to deal with your cat's behavior, it is important to identify the aggression in the cat. Because regardless of the past or the breed, you can recognize aggression by clear cat sounds. Also, learn your cat's body language to avoid conflict. Aggressive behavior manifests itself, for example, through:
  • Humpback of a cat and erect fur (piloerection)
  • Eyes wide open
  • Dilated pupils
  • Stare at
  • Growls and hisses
  • A hunched posture
  • Ears laid flat on the head
  • Wide open mouth signals "I am ready for an attack"
  • Tip of the tail twitching or lashing about

Why cats are aggressive

Most kittens are taught proper behavior by their mothers. If your kitten is aggressive, it may have been separated from its mother and siblings too early, or had too little contact with people for the first few weeks. Kittens learn from their mother and through play with their siblings a corresponding level of self-control and tolerance for frustration. If you lack this experience, you will often not be able to react appropriately. Of course, bad experiences with people in the past can also play a role. Arriving in a new home can also trigger aggressive behavior.

Know what's behind the behavior

In addition to a new place of residence or the lack of contact with your own cat mom, there are a few everyday things that can cause stress in your cats. So whenever your cat acts aggressively, think about what might be behind it. Questions you could ask yourself to help identify the situation:
  • Could it be that she felt threatened?
  • Was anything different or new?
  • Did she want to escape an uncomfortable situation?
  • Did your cat just play wild?

Sometimes our house cats also develop aggression towards other cats or strangers. This gets especially tricky when you have two cats. In this case, we would advise you to consult an animal behavior therapist or a veterinarian who can advise you.

So: think about the intent behind your cat's behavior and treat her with open eyes. Playful behavior by the cat is often misinterpreted as aggression. Some cats attack strangers simply to defend their territory. However, these attacks are mostly based on fear rather than aggression. Even if someone stranger sits down in their favorite spot, the house tiger can react really badly.

Our tip: Ingratiate yourself with food and play together creates trust.

The "cuddle and bite" syndrome

A common problem is that the kitten will suddenly bite and scratch when you are petting it. This is because a kitten needs to be very relaxed and trusting in order to sit on your lap and be petted - it needs to get used to the physical contact first. The best way to gain his trust is to sit next to the kitten on the floor and pet it while it is comfortable and calm. If they then react with a bite or a defensive reaction, stop petting immediately. There are many reasons for this cat reaction. For example, she wants you to simply stop doing it, or she fell asleep and was startled by the touch. This phenomenon often applies to domestic cats.

Our tip: just stop petting and take the cat off your lap.

Our tips for dealing with aggressive cats

Every cat is individual and behaves accordingly. Even so, you can use these tips to better control your cat's behavior.
  • Whenever your cat attacks, you should remain calm as possible. Screaming around does exactly the opposite: the cat is even more scared.
  • Do not respond with punishments and under no circumstances with counter-violence. Ignore your aggressive cat for a while until it calms down. This will also give the cat time to come down, seeing that there is no reason to be aggressive.
  • The house tiger hisses and growls? Then step out of the room or let him decide to leave. Then slowly and carefully approach again. While doing this, keep a close eye on the cat and look out for the typical signs of aggression. "Caution" is the motto here.
  • Retreats for cats can have a preventive effect. Many fear strangers and get anxious or aggressive every time the doorbell rings. So, set up a cozy place for your kitten to hide in until it calms down. Our tip: cats especially like to have a place with a view.
  • Have a water spray gun ready just in case. If your cat is aggressive towards you or another cat, a few droplets from the water spray gun are enough to defuse the situation for a short time. Use this method only in an emergency.
  • Also make sure that there is enough food and water available. After the stress, your cat is bound to be hungry and thirsty.
  • If your cat's aggression is due to the environment or to a specific person, it is a matter of getting your cat used to their environment. With treats or by playing with each other, cats gain trust in people. Let the cat take the first step.
  • Often it is pain that causes aggression. If your cat suddenly becomes angry or scared, see your vet and have them checked out.

Recognizing aggressive behavior and treating the causes takes a lot of time, patience and attention. Try to avoid situations that may trigger aggression as much as possible. You know the house tiger doesn't mean it.