While the number of people keeping cats has risen steadily in recent years, the problem of aggressive behavior remains a headache for many cat owners. If they are the least bit careless, the owners of problem cats often end up with hands covered with bleeding scratches. Veterinarian Lin Tzu-hsuan, who was specially invited to speak on the topic of "Aggressive Behavior in Cats" at the Giving Strays a Home—Concern for Animals Talks on November 9, explained why aggressiveness occurs from the perspective of cat behavior, and told listeners how to improve their cats' bad tempers.
Owners often wonder why their cats suddenly turn hostile at the drop of a hat: One moment the cat is cute and lovable, but the next it has suddenly turned into a tiny tiger, dashing off after leaving the owner full of bloody cuts and scratches. But from our perspective, this "sudden" attack actually occurred because we ignore the cat's warning signals. When a cat is in a stressful or turbulent environment, it will often become more aggressive in an effort to protect itself. And before aggressive behavior occurs, a cat will frequently give signals to one its owner not to commit any further transgressions. If an owner repeatedly ignores these signals, the cat may attack the owner. Because of this, understanding a cat's warnings is an effective way of protecting oneself, and is the first step toward making peace with one's cat. Apart from this, reducing the level of stress in the environment and creating a living environment in which your cat feels at ease can also greatly reduce its aggressive behavior.
However, cats' behavioral problems may have many causes, and physical discomfort is another reason for irritability in cats. If owners suspect that their cats have become bad tempered because of pain or discomfort, they should quickly seek assistance from a veterinarian, and obtain professional views concerning whether sickness has caused their cats' behavioral problems.