Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on October 26, 2015: Ronald E Franklin from Mechanicsburg, PA on October 21, 2015: I've never owned a cat, and don't plan to, but this seems like some good information to be aware of. A rule of thumb is to not touch, attempt to reassure, or punish cats showing these postures! This is what the mother dog does with her puppies and since our Alpha bitch had had two litters in four years she was used0. In addition to acute painful conditions, cats with orthopedic problems, thyroid abnormality, adrenal dysfunction, cognitive dysfunction, neurological disorders and sensory deficits can show increased irritability and aggression. In one sentence you say the cat was provoked, and "behaving aggresively and dangerously". When the cat had attacked a dog without provocation and the dog owner was injured in the process. I was commenting to you about ridiculousness of he shall remain nameless' comments regarding Lux the demon cat from hell. They even had to call 911, and police arrived to subdue the pet. Cats are one of the most popular pets in the world and are savagely beloved by millions, although the dangers present from their razor sharp claws and teeth, such as serious infection, are largely not taken seriously. Many cats will rub against their owner to mark their territory (much of the cuddling behavior pet owners experience), and many may see small children they live with as property. And he visits the Oregon Humane Society, where marketing and communications director Barbara Baugnon pairs Lux up with Mollie and Jim, who take him in on a test basis as foster cat guardians, to see if Lux will stay calm in a stress-free home. Here's another very similar situation and another one (Cuppy the cat) in Florida in the same year. Many behavior modification techniques have detrimental effects if misapplied. Even diet has been implicated as a potential contributing factor. Your cat may lie in wait for you to walk by and then pounce. Have domesticated cats ever killed a person? Fights between cats rarely result in fatalities, but they can lead to infections and result in considerable veterinary expenses for cat parents. ... We have a stray male, cat attack only our declaw female cat. A terrified cat will respond with body language that’s obvious to an … The best GIFs are on GIPHY. I raised a baby that the mother kept throwing out of the place where she hadher kittens, she was just born she's always been a little silly named her sybil (personality issues ) and is spayed shots all that,11/2 yrs old shes attacked me twice and got my husband last nite? Look it up. My cat was outside for 2 days she was crying so I decided to bring her inside again but she’s been acting normal I really don’t know what to do I’m scared she’ll attack again if I give all her kitty’s away. They use their acute vision and sensitivity to high-pitched sounds to locate their prey. That was fast! Readers should take note that this poster is 100% stating that: -A 7 month old child provoked a cat, and this was justifiable cause for a cat to attack it. By Michael W. Fox. The aggressor cat postures, and the recipient makes himself look smaller and may break away to avoid the aggressor. To manage a cat with petting-induced aggression, owners should avoid uninvited handling or petting, any type of physical punishment or restraint, and attempts to pick up or interact with the cat while he is eating. There is no reasoning with them. They include – Feeling threatened – including redirected aggression and territorial aggression. Cats are too small to kill a human by force with the exception of human babies, although there are no reported cat-related deaths involving infants in recent U.S. history. Today, for some reason, he took a strong swipe at me with his right paw, and 2 minutes later, when I tried to pet him he bit me in the hand. Embed License Share. Nice things to know, but as "He Shall Remain Nameless" said, cats aggression usually comes from idiot owners. Same goes for dogs, or are we forgetting here that some dogs have been known to attack (and kill) people viciously and unprovoked? But they inflict a LOT of damage for their size and in my experience, probably because cats aren't such social animals as dogs, they don't have nearly as much calming body language to suggest that they are uncomfortable before they lash out. Is there anything that can be done for the cats that attack for no reason? To say otherwise merly shows YOUR lack of understanding. Aggressive biting often happens during a petting session, when the human companion either doesn't understand or ignores the cat's body language. In this case, a cat launched itself at a dog that trespassed on its property and "its boy." She's bitten him once very seriously and scratches him frequently. Cats seem friendly, and even beg for attention, then furiously attack when the owner attempts to pet them. Keep in mind that a number of medical conditions can cause or contribute to your cat’s aggression, including toxoplasmosis, hyperthyroidism, epilepsy, abscesses, arthritis, dental disease, rabies, trauma, and sensory decline or cognitive dysfunction in older cats. Question: Should an attacking family cat be euthanized? Pets Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for pet owners, caretakers, breeders, veterinarians, and trainers. There are various reasons why a cat will attacks its owner. Search, discover and share your favorite Cat Attack GIFs. This attention could mean they want food or they want to play. Melissa A Smith (author) from New York on November 15, 2014: I am sorry, I didn't make myself clear. For this reason, it’s a good idea to avoid handling kittens during the first few days of their lives. This cat is now an outdoor cat but I wish he'd do away now. 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