Is Your Cat Mean?
19 August, 2013

We have all encountered that cat who is just downright mean.  Most cats are as loveable as ever, but even the best cats can be angry or aggressive at times.  If your cat is acting up suddenly or maybe just doesn’t have the greatest disposition, this article can hopefully help you deal with your cat’s mean streak.

Below are some tips on how to calm down and deal with our angry feline friends.

Make sure to give your cat space

If your cat starts to act up, the best thing you can do is to give your cat some space and a ‘time out’.  Simply ignore your cat’s aggressive behavior and close the door to the room that he is in, giving him time to calm down alone. Give your angry kitty some alone time before approaching him again.

When you are ready to approach your cat, if he is seemingly angry, take precautions and wear a long-sleeved shirt and gloves to protect your arms and hands from your cat’s claws. You can also try using a wand and a feather to play with the cat to gain control and try to get your kitty to chase the feather to let out his aggression. Once your cat does behave, make sure to praise him or her with love and treats!

You will know when your cat is upset

Angry or mean cats are not hard to miss!  Even if they aren’t in attack mode, it is very easy to spot an angry cat.   An angry or aggressive cat will have dilated pupils, make himself appear larger by puffing out his fur and placing his ears back.  Or he or she will growl and hiss at you.

The best thing you can do is to avoid eye contact with your cat so you don’t encourage an aggressive challenge. If your cat tries to bite or scratch you while you pet him or her, stop touching him and slowly back away from him before trying calm down your kitty.

Calming remedies are available

There are remedies on the market that can actually help calm your cat down.  Think of it as the opposite of catnip!  Try spraying a calming pheromone on your cat’s favorite places to sleep such as his bed, couch or other spaces. These sprays mimic the natural facial pheromones of cats that will hopefully put the cat at ease. You can also plug in a pheromone diffuser to your cat’s favorite room.

Try rubbing a few drops of a calming essence on your cat’s feet so it will lick it off or put it into the cat’s water. These essences contain ingredients that naturally put the cat into a calm mood, especially before a trip in a cat carrier. You can also purchase homeopathic calming cat treats.  If you are skeptical of the brand, consult your vet to see if he or she can recommend a brand for you.

Take your cat to the vet

If your cat continues to act out in mean or aggressive ways, it is time to make an appointment with your veterinarian.  There are some conditions such as arthritis, dental disease or a physical injury that can cause your kitty pain which can lead to anger and aggression, especially when being touched. If your cat is not neutered, you should probably have the doctor perform this procedure to decrease his aggression level.

Most cats are very sweet and kind.  However, if you encounter a mean or angry cat, hopefully the above tips will help!

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