Tips For Calming Down An Angry Cat
14 November, 2011
While we love our feline friends, there are times when cats get angry and to be honest, they can be scary! Maybe you have never encountered an angry cat before; but if you have, you know how difficult it is to calm them down.
Below are some tips on how to calm down our feline friends.
SPOTTING AN ANGRY CAT
It is easy to spot an angry cat (even if they are not in attack mode). 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 the cat so you do not encourage an aggressive challenge. If the cat tries to bite or scratch you while you pet him, stop touching him and slowly back away from him before taking measures to calm him down.
GIVE THE CAT SPACE
Ignore the cat’s aggressive behavior and close the door to the room that he is in, giving him time to calm down alone. Give the cat some alone time before approaching him again. When you are ready to approach your cat, you should put on a long-sleeved shirt and gloves to protect your arms and hands from the cat’s claws. Use a wand and a feather to play with the cat to gain control and try to get him to chase the feather to let out his aggression.
Make sure to reward the cat with a treat if he calms down so you can positively reinforce this behavior.
You can also spray 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.
Rub 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.
TAKE YOUR CAT FOR A CHECK UP
If your cat continually acts out in aggressive ways, you should bring the cat to a veterinarian for a check up. Some conditions such as arthritis, dental disease or a physical injury can cause the cat pain which leads to anger and aggression, especially when touched. If the cat is not neutered, you should probably have the doctor perform this procedure to decrease his aggression level.