(Closed) cat aggression (mild) — how to fix?

posted 4 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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853 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Water bottle with a squirt to the face.  My cat is 8 and still thinks that’s how to play because DH likes to rough-house with him.  If kitty starts nipping all I have to do is shake the squirt bottle (or even a water bottle) and he scoots away.

ETA: I should add he doesn’t bit as much as he used to.  Part of it is probably related to age and he’s not as playful as he used to be.

Post # 4
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846 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@canadablue:  Play, I think your cat needs to be more engaged. You find great toys with feathers attached on a mini fishing pole thingy – it keeps them busy for ages if you play. I’d try play everyday for a certain amount of time and also reward with treats after play so that the cat learns about reward.  I wouldn’t punish the cat for his nips, because it sounds as if he needs to be better engaged.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I second the squirt bottle! My cat (1.5 as well) is very affectionate and playful, but sometimes when he plays he bites – hard too! The spray bottle works well, and he usually nibbles if anything now. And if he does bite hard he gets a spray to the face! Like LittleCricket said, I just have to shake a bottle of water around him and he knows. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@Flanders:  Yeah that’s true and I hadn’t thought about that.  And using the feathers distinguishes what is a toy from what’s not (like ankles).

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Sounds like our big kitty, who’s 6. He’s not being aggressive, he’s just letting you know he needs attention. Both of FI’s other cats nip when they want your attention. And I’ve never gotten an infection from a cat bite or scratch. 

Post # 10
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846 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@canadablue:  That’s naughty alright, but there is something causing it. Especially as it seems it is directed at your hubby – like maybe he takes advantage because hubby dotes on him like he wants more attention from hubby because he is doted on? Hubby shouldn’t be sad because it seems like the cat want MORE attention from him. So his love has paid off. 🙂

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I agree with the other posters that it’s a sign of affection from the cat and he probably needs more play time! Our cat, who is the same age as yours, does the exact same thing. It can be annoying, but he’s just trying to be playful!

Also, was he a feral cat? Our kitty was feral and the vet told us that they have the tendancy to be more aggressive. It’s just part of the feral nature.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

@canadablue:  you’re lucky that the aggression is mild. My male cat has attacked my face on more than one occasion and the last vet I took him to suggested de-clawing and de-caning him, which I think is cruel. Or having him put down, which I just can’t comprehend right now. He was on cat Prozac for a 3-4 weeks but no one could go near him without him freaking, he was always wide eyed, not good. 

As crazy as this is going to sound, get your husband to start making noises a littler mate would when the cat is being overly aggressive to him. I do this with my cats and dogs and it works (besides my boy cat but anyway!). ATM I have my boy on these holistic medicines and they’ve really calmed him down. Perhaps is could be a back up idea?

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