Is Your Cat Aggressive- Here’s Why and How to Deal With it

Has your sweet and gentle furball become aggressive all of a sudden? According to animal behaviorists, cat aggression is the second most common behavioral problem in felines. If your cat has constantly been hissing, biting, and clawing, then here’s what may be causing it, and how you can help your kitten.

What Causes Cat Aggression?

The causes of cat aggression are quite complex, making it quite difficult to find ways to eliminate this behavior. Kittens that were not raised with other cats usually show play aggression.

Play aggression in cats is caused because playing is an important part of a cat’s social behavior and can only be developed only when they’re raised with littermates. This means that your little fluff may not have learned to differentiate between playful and violent behavior.

On the other hand, sudden aggression in cats can be caused when they encounter unfamiliar stimuli. This can be a new animal or pet, sudden noise, flickering lights, or other humans. Sudden aggression in cats may also be induced by petting, grooming, or trimming their nails.

Cats also tend to establish their territories and defend them. If your furball feels that a new cat, animal, or human is a threat to their territory, they may become aggressive. New mothers who are nursing their kittens tend to be aggressive towards any perceived threat who approaches their litter.

How to Deal with Cat Aggression?

Before you try to help your aggressive cat, try to ensure that there are no underlying medical conditions that may be acting as behavioral triggers. Conditions like dental disease, hyperthyroidism, or feline osteoarthritis have the potential to cause cat aggression. So, it is a good idea to consult your veterinarian.

1: Provide a Safe Place

Researchers suggest that some types of cat aggression may be a cry for help, where your cat is stressed or unhappy. Cats thrive on their alone time, so you can provide a cozy, private place for them to relax in, like a cat condo or a box.

A quiet place will help your beloved friend relax, and their aggressiveness will mellow down. If your cat has given birth recently, create a low-stress environment for her, and keep visitors to the minimum.

2: Avoid Yelling

Loud noises, including yelling, can trigger sudden aggression in cats. According to animal experts, cats don’t respond well to anything negative. To help your cat relax or calm down, approach the issue with love and patience.

Try bonding with your cat, and build special moments with your furball. Establishing a bond will help your cat trust you and know that you’re by their side. It will strengthen their connection with you and make them feel safe and secure.

You can also try distracting your cat with some moving object kept far away or using some gentle sounds that won’t trigger cat aggression.

3: Keep Small Children Away

Small children should be allowed to interact with cats only under supervision. While your cat may have proven to be loyal and gentle, all it takes is an innocent pull of the tail or a sudden pinch to turn your cat aggressive.

Young cats may also mistake this behavior to be playful and show signs of play aggression in cats. They may bite or scratch too hard or just pounce on the child, severely injuring them.

Final Words

Cat aggression can be easily managed by finding the root cause of their behavior. This may take a lot of observation and patience from your side. But at the end of the day, you’ll find why your furball is fearful and aggressive, and they will soon go back to being the happy, healthy kitty they always were!


The purpose behind this blog is to educate you on your pet’s health and is not intended to help you treat the pet on your own. As the causes of what is ailing your pet could vary and your pet could be experiencing severe distress, we strongly recommend you reach out to a vet either through telehealth or by going to a vet clinic to help your pet get back to good health.

Reach out and chat with one of our licensed Vets on PetMyPal’s Vet Chat. It is affordable, easy to use and above all you will have peace of mind that your pet will be taken care of.  Happy pet parenting!

Emma Ken
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