It can be like a scene from Jaws. You can imagine the music in the background as you walk through the dark hallway or near furniture where it might hide underneath. Just as you think you’ve let him through safely, he jumps out of his hiding place and locks on your legs. This happens not with a playful kitten joy, but with a seemingly malicious intention to draw blood.
If you know this scene too well, then live with a cat that strike without provocation. Some cats can strike you if you stroke them. You may seem relaxed and happy for a moment, then angry and harsh the next day, leaving you with a bloody hand.
There are many reasons why a cat acts with an unprovoked aggression. Understanding the cause, you can decide how to solve this feline behavior problem.
A sick cat for some reason may have a sudden change in personality. A once sweet and loving cat can now be distant and aggressive. A wounded cat can strike if you touch a place that hurts. Take your cat to the vet to find out if there is a medical reason for your cat’s behavior.
Lack of socialization
Kittens who are not regularly treated by people at a young age become cats who do not know how to properly socialize with people. This can turn into aggression, because you can fear people or simply do not know how to properly interact with people.
The cat can protect its territory from penetration. In such matter, the cat did not accept people as friends. They see people as enemies who invade their territory.
Hyperesthesia is a known anxiety disorder in cats. Cats with hyperesthesia are too susceptible to any touch along the spine and tail. If the animal is in the back, it can have muscle spasms, become aggressive or even hallucinate. Experts do not fully understand this condition, but two theories are that it is a type of epileptic disorder or a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder.
How to stop a cat striking
If your cat’s aggression is not caused by a medical condition, you can take measures at home to help your cat feel more comfortable with people. Make sure your cat has a retreat area where they can hide, feel safe and take a break from people. A covered cat bed or a large cat tree works well as a cat retreat. If your cat is in this room, leave her alone. Spend time with your cat to feed it by giving preference to cat food. Feed the treats while petting to help your cat connect caresses with good things. Never hit your cat or shout at it, because this will only increase your fear and aggressive behavior.
If you have tried all these things at home and your cat is still aggressive, ask your veterinarian for help. Your veterinarian may prescribe medication to solve problems with the cat’s behavior. A veterinarian can also recommend a cat behaviorist who can come to your home and give you more specific advice about your cat’s personality and behavior.