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How do I prevent my cat from acting aggressively?

This film is part of the series "How To Prevent Your Cat From Acting Aggressively"

How To Prevent Your Cat From Acting Aggressively

Arden Moore (Animal Behavioral Specialist, Editor and Author) gives expert video advice on: How do I prevent my cat from acting aggressively?

How do I prevent my cat from acting aggressively?

There's a lot of ways to keep your cat from being mean to you, to your family, to other people in the household. You don't want a cat that's a cat bully, if you will. One thing is, sometimes, people love their cat, and they keep petting the cat and petting and petting and the cats like that's enough and reacts the only way he knows and that's like back off. Other times, cats, unlike dogs, cats are just masters at masking pain. When they don't feel well or they've got an injury, it's their genetic make up, if you will, to kind of hide the pain because in the wild they were both predator and prey, the last thing they want to do is make a predator know that they're weak. So, you may be touching a sore spot that your cat has and is just reacting to the pain. The other thing you need to do is to limit the amount of time you're petting the cat. Watch the cat's body language, when the cat has started to tense the muscles, and the eyes get dilated, stop the petting. Just walk away. Stop it earlier than later and there's less of a chance of that cat just going out and being aggressive towards you. Finally, some cats might need to be on some kind of a behavior medication temporarily with your vet, this sort of tones down that bullying. But, you know you can have a calm cat, just work with your vet.