“Rehabilitating” an aggressively defensive, hissy cat is common sense. All of us, who love cats, automatically know how to do it. You just love him or her, treat him gently and provide a calm and quiet home plus some good food. Throw in some play and in time he’ll start to trust people and calm down. Nothing clever about it.
It doesn’t take that long. It concerns me that quite a lot of people might complain that their cat is aggressive and difficult and so on. The cause is probably because of something they are doing, which makes their cat anxious. Some of these cats get relinquished to shelters and are put to sleep. Very sad.
The straightforward, basic video, below is in two parts showing how relaxed a once defensive cat became with a bit of TLC. There is 4 months between the two parts. If this continues, this cat may well settle in. Marvin who visits Dorothy (dw) in California comes to mind.
In the first part of the video (which some people have seen before) this fine classic (blotched) tabby cat hisses even though he wants to be friendly. It is a mixed message. His defensive behavior is almost automatic. I think it’s precautionary behavior because he lives in an place that makes him anxious. Perhaps his owner is unaware. I don’t think his defensiveness is due to early learning experiences. If it was it would be much harder to unlearn.
I know the house he comes from. It is very large and I think there is quite a lot of human activity, including babies. The babies may, in fact, be the key factor. Baby cries seem to make cats anxious.
He now sleeps on one of the beds in my home and purrs (you’ll hear him in the second part of the video) and behaves as you’d expect a cat to behave when stroked. His actions – purring– reflect his feelings and emotions; nice.
The big question is should I look after another cat! Charlie, my black cat companion, was the big worry, However, he has got used to this cat’s company and there are no signs of emotional stress of upset from him now.