5 reasons why cats may portray aggressive behaviour

Aggressive cats and 5 reasons why this can happen

I must say having grown up watching some of the kungfu movies in the eighties and particularly some classics like Bruce Lee, I was reminded of cat aggression, with the cat sounds and movements of many of the kungfu masters.

Has your cat ever had a sudden outburst of aggression, and you’ve not been able to find the cause? Believe me when I say this is a very common behavior, and can range from simple boredom to something more serious such as being in pain. Here are a few of the most common reasons for these outbursts and the explanations.

As we know Cats are very territorial creatures so we’ll start with this one and unpack it further:

  1. Territorial aggression

This is quite common in instances where your cat feels like another cat or even people and other animals are invading their territory. This is also often very common when introducing a new kitten or sometimes even a new person to the house.

  1. Boredom aggression

Think of it like this, your cat has a natural hunting instinct so since he or she is being fed and cared for he or she doesn’t ever get to exercise this instinct. Sometimes these outbursts can be a simple act of frustration and boredom. This can easily be resolved by a daily play session involving a teaser toy, allowing your cat to have a few swipes and get this frustration out!

  1. Fear aggression

This is usually triggered by a cat who senses a potential threat and feels like she can’t escape, this can be based on past experience and is quite common to be unsure exactly what your cat is scared of.

  1. Pain induced aggression

A cat that is in pain will generally use aggression to keep you or other cats from touching the affected area. If your cat snaps at you when you touch an area generally not sensitive to your cat, then take this as a sign they may be experiencing pain.

  1. Petting induced aggression

Ever been petting your cat and all of a sudden for no reason they change their mind and decide they don’t want to be pet? Usually the way they let us know is through some sort of aggressive behavior for example, a swipe at your hand or even sometimes a hiss. Veterinary professionals believe that the repetitive motion over time turns from pleasing to irritating.

 

 


Six Everyday household items hazardous to cat health

6 everyday household things which are hazardous to cats

Did you know that your house is home to many hazards? Well at least for your furry friend. Your everyday objects that you leave lying around could very well be one of them! Keep reading to find out some of the most common and dangerous items.

  1. People food

Yes you read that right! Whilst I’m sure most of us know not to feed our feline friend (and our canine ones for that matter) chocolate, there are a couple less known ones that can be equally as dangerous such as grapes, sultanas, avocado and things that include xylitol (like chewing gum) can have  adverse effects if ingested.  Read more about this here.

  1. Dental floss, cotton threads, tinsel

Basically anything that remotely resembles ‘string’ is a hazard to your cat. We know from the movies and pop culture that cats are often associated with playing with balls of wool, the same goes for any other string type object they can get their paws on and the terrible news is that this deadly habit can result in severe intestinal damage if ingested and can cost thousands of dollars in expensive surgery to remove.

  1. Plastic bags

We all know cats love a good hiding place; plastic bags among other non-breathable bags can cause suffocation and are best kept out of reach.

  1. Human medications

Next time you nonchalantly put your painkiller packet down on the kitchen bench make sure you think twice about it! Cats love anything small and light weight, so a pill packet is a great thing to swipe and chew on. Ingestion can cause adverse side effects and even death.

  1. Household cleaners

We all know that household cleaners are toxic to humans and children and people sometimes forget that they are even more toxic to animals. It is more often or not a common occurrence at the vet where a cat has walked across a freshly mopped floor, only to lick their paws later on and ingest a toxic chemical. The same goes for bleach, detergent and disinfectant which even a slight sniff can be fatal.

  1. Toilet water

I know this one sounds a bit strange, but we are specifically talking about the toilets that have an automatic cleanser cake in them. If your cat drinks water with cleaner or a cleanser cake in it, it can be lethal so make sure to always keep that toilet lid closed!

 


Cat’s rubbing against objects

What’s with cats rubbing against things?

Have you ever stopped to think why your cat likes to rub his body against the wall as he walks past, maybe he brushes against your legs as he walks between them or likes to rub his face up again random objects?  There are a few simple explanations for this behaviour, keep reading to find out more on this common happening.

Leaving their scent – pheromones

Your cat rubbing its face on things has a name and it’s called “bunting”, it means he is leaving his scent behind.  This is due to the fact that cats have multiple scent glands on their head; these are located around their mouths, chin, and sides of face, neck and on their ears and they transfer feel good pheromones which produces a sense of calm in the cat. The same goes for scratching (which we humans hate) as it releases a similar pheromone, which marks their territory. This phenomenon is more common in male cats and they will often “bunt” over other cats scent marks.

Picking up your scent

Rubbing against inanimate objects can also be a way for your cat to pick your scent up, so they are essentially wearing a ‘you’ perfume!

It’s mating season

Rubbing against objects and people could be a tactic to provide cues to other cats or for a male cat, to find the scent of a female wanting to mate.

Communication

If your cat is rubbing against you, he might be making sure you don’t forget to feed him, change his litter or let you know he wants to go outside. If he rubs against another cat, this could be a sign he wants to be groomed. The same way he may rub against your when he wants a scratch behind the ears.


Everything you need to know about feline diabetes

Feline diabetes? Yes it’s a thing. And something even more shocking is how common it is. Maybe you already have a cat with this problem, maybe you’re suspecting your cat might have it OR maybe you’re just finding out that it exists. Whatever one of these applies to you, keep reading and you might find the answers you are looking for.

Veterinary professionals say that 1 in every 230 cats are affected by this condition, which is quite a lot considering there are an estimated 600 MILLION cats in the world. Although this sounds scary, it’s okay because it is a treatable and manageable disorder. It all starts with sugar, everybody needs a certain amount of sugar to produce enough energy which then in turn keeps us alive. The same goes for cats! When a diabetic cat consumes glucose, and cannot process it properly it can lead to a build-up of sugars in the blood stream which can result in a life threatening condition if it begins to spill into the cats urine.

What causes it?

Diabetes can occur in cats of any age though it is most commonly seen to appear in cats over the age of 6.  Some of the more common causes can include obesity, pancreatitis, genetic predisposition or Cushings Syndrome (elevated blood sugar levels). Like human diabetes, some cats may need insulin (insulin dependent) and some may be non-insulin dependent and potentially only need insulin when stressed.

So what are the symptoms?

The most common signs of diabetes in cats are increased thirst and increased urination as well as an increase in appetite and sometimes weight loss.

Less common but equally as serious symptoms can include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dull coat
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Fruity smell on the breath
  • Straining to urinate.

These symptoms can come on rapidly and appear suddenly so it is best to seek urgent medical treatment when noticed, and the diagnoses are normally based on elevated blood sugar levels.

So what if your cat has feline diabetes and what are some of the treatment options available? Common treatment options can include a modification to their diet, increasing exercise and the addition of specific medications which aid in reducing glucose levels or the administration of insulin if insulin dependent.