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Deciphering Your Cat’s Aggressive Behavior

Your big tabby cat Dozer has become an obnoxious bully. Although this imperious five-year-old feline has always been bossy, he has recently become downright aggressive. He hides under the furniture, or lurks around the corner, leaping out to claw his victims’ ankles. He also pesters your two other cats until they crawl under the couch for protection. His human and feline housemates are on edge, waiting for the next attack. Clearly, it’s time to stop Dozer’s unacceptable, and potentially dangerous, antics. Tomorrow, he’ll visit your Aurora, CO veterinarian for expert behavioral counseling. Also, consider some additional strategies.

Feline Juvenile Delinquent

Dozer’s aggressive behavior probably stems from a kitten-hood with little discipline. He didn’t get that essential mother cat guidance that would have provided a moral compass. Maybe his mother abandoned him when he was very young. Or, perhaps he was suddenly orphaned. If he was breeder-raised, he was likely weaned too early.

Now, your full-grown cat seems to enjoy harassing his human and feline housemates. Provide a more acceptable target, such as a rapidly moving laser beam he can’t catch. Purchase other challenging cat toys, too. Don’t dole out any punishment, as you don’t want to escalate his anger.

Hapless Household Victims

Your combative feline housemate seems to hate living indoors. Several times a day, he vigorously objects to the numerous neighborhood cats who invade “his” territory. He hisses, growls, and arches his back through the window. However, his protests are useless, as the cats continue to mark their turf. Because he can’t drive them off, he turns his rage on nearby living creatures.

Break this destructive cycle by closing off that room. If that’s not possible, draw the drapes to block your cat’s view of the marauders. Isolate him until he calms down.

Frequent Feline Battles

Destructive Dozer seems fixed on his feline housemates. Maybe he thinks they’re planning a counterattack, so he continually bullies them to break their resolve. Short-circuit this conflict by placing each warrior in a different room. Provide each cat with food, water, and a litter box. Visit your furry instigator often so he feels included in the family. Your vet can provide advice on bringing the furry fighters together.

After your Aurora, CO veterinarian stops Dozer’s undesirable antics, your ankles can finally heal. To resolve your cat’s aggressive behavior, contact us for expert assistance.

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