Cats may become aggressive when they feel threatened or anxious. Identify stressors in their environment, such as new pets, visitors, or changes in routine.
Cats in pain may lash out defensively. Check for any signs of injury or illness and consult with your veterinarian if you suspect physical discomfort.
Cats are territorial animals, and aggression can arise when they feel their space is being invaded. Provide multiple resources in multi-cat households to minimize competition.
If a cat becomes agitated by something they cannot directly confront, they may redirect their aggression towards people or other pets. Identify and address the source of frustration.
Playful behavior can sometimes escalate into aggression, especially in younger cats. Provide appropriate toys and engage in interactive play to release excess energy.
Cats that were not adequately socialized during their early months may display fear-based aggression. Gradually expose them to new experiences in a positive manner.
Certain medical conditions, such as hyperthyroidism or neurological problems, can lead to aggression. Consult with your veterinarian for a thorough examination.
Intact male and female cats may exhibit aggression due to hormonal changes, especially during mating season. Spaying or neutering can help mitigate this behavior.
Thoroughly clean and disinfect the living environment, including food and water bowls, bedding, and toys. Distemper virus can survive in the environment for a certain period, so proper cleaning is crucial.