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Short-tempered Cats Use Physical Violence on People to Assert Their Position. True or False? — 7 Comments

  1. Since watching a few episodes of “My Cat From Hell”, I saw behaviors I’d never seen before, and most of the time it was aggression toward the guardians, who didn’t seem to know much about cat behaviors.

    Many times the solution was to make the house more cat friendly with a couple of high places.

    Sometimes the man in a male/female couple relationship didn’t like cats, and tried to keep the cat apart from the woman guardian. This brought out some agressive behaviors from the cat.

    It’s an interesting show, but I didn’t actually like watching angry, frightened cats, and thought about how some people must view that to support their abuse of cats. Maybe just my imagination…

    Mitzy has scratched me a couple of times when we were playing, and I didn’t get the signal that she’d had enough, or whatever was going on with her. Mostly I let her bite the feathered bird, which is her favorite toy. I play with her in the early morning and the late afternoon when she’s most receptive.

    I try to make her environment cat friendly as much as I can. She has many favorite spots, and sleeps in different places every night. I wonder if that’s from being a feral. My other cats seemed to have more regular sleeping spots, and I’d had them since kittens.

  2. For me, aggression is often an emotional response to how they are feeling.

    Sometimes fear is the cause. I know whenever Sophie was spooked, re-directed aggression would kick-in and I was the target many a time. A fearful cat who feels “cornered” is also likely to lash out in self defence.

    Frustration and boredom can trigger predatory aggression, whereby the humans in the home become the focus of their attention. This is especially true for indoor only cats with little to do. It’s why regular hunting style games are important because they enable them to burn off excess energy and vent any frustrations “killing” the toy.

    Of course every cat is different and some individuals are more assertive than others. Sophie certainly was with my other cats and even myself on a couple of occasions. There was never an issue of trust here. I know little of her background other than she was rescued as a street kitten. Apparently she’d been trying to fight her way into the small group of strays, but they kept rejecting her. I always wondered whether her assertive peronality was due to nuture or nature

    • For me, aggression is often an emotional response to how they are feeling.

      I fully agree with that. I am that 90% of cat aggression in the home is because the cat is feeling threatened or anxious due to environmental factors and circumstance. But some cats might demonstrate assertive aggression. I am sure it is rare. Perhaps I am simplifying it but the fact that we are so large in comparison to a domestic cat makes us so intimidating from the standpoint of dominance that a cat is very unlikely to try and impose his/her will on a human through aggression.

  3. I tend to agree with what Eva wrote here about fear and pain where cats can become “aggressive”. I agree that this is not “dominance” but self-protection in nature.

    I also agree with Dee in that “translating” aggressive behavior from a human perspective is generally simply projection.

  4. Ofcourse, they do.
    Aggression is their only recourse when humans barge into their space, force their will on them, or assign them un-cat expectations.
    Any assumptions that we make, from a human standpoint, are wrong.

  5. Hello again_ My opinion is that cats do not display dominance towards their pet [ meaning you ] unless they feel insecure about your intentions towards them or are unhappy with their environment and or the attention they are receiving from you. Quality time is very important for them; just as it is with our human children.

    Cats show this Dominance on other like kind, to defend territory , food Or their offspring and even you. Is there a bond of TRUST in the relationship?

    One exception would be Fear and or Pain. Is your cat afraid of you or someone else? Has your cat been injured? Is your cat very ill? Do you know how to find out these things for the welfare of him or her? GOOD QUESTIONs to research and find out. Love is a Two way Exchange.
    Eva say’s_______

    • Nice points Eva. In general, I agree with what you say. However, I am not sure that the circumstances you describe (insecurity about the human’s intentions and insecure environment) result in aggressively dominant behavior. It may result in an insecure cat which leads to defensive aggressiveness – precautionary aggression – rather than dominance.

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