Safely Managing Aggressive Cats

Know common cat aggression indicators - ears back, swishing tail, staring, spine/fur arched - to prevent issues before they start.

Read Their Signals

Determine and eliminate triggers like territorality over resources/areas whenever possible to reduce reactive outbursts.  

Avoid Triggers  

Use thick gloves and towels to protect yourself if needing to handle an overtly aggressive cat who won't calm down. Move slowly and gently.  

Proper Handling 

Provide acceptable scratch outlets like posts and boards around the home. Use treats to reinforce appropriate scratching.  

Redirect Scratching 

In extreme cases of unwarranted aggression, some cats benefit from anti-anxiety medications prescribed by a vet.  

Medications If Needed

Designate rooms like bathrooms as "time out" spaces to safely separate an aggressive cat showing warning signs until calm.  

Secured Spaces

Counteract aggressive responses by positively reinforcing every instance of calm, friendly behavior with treats and affection.

Reward Good Behavior

Choosing the Calmest Cat Breeds