Cats intemidating each other

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Your fearful cat gets the message and goes out of his way to avoid conflict.

Cats have good reason to be fearful of dogs, since most dogs are bigger than cats and smell like a predator.

It can take your cat from several minutes to hours to return to her normal self.

Caution: Sudden and unexpected aggression from your cat may also be a sign that she may be experiencing a medical problem: pain or an illness such as an issue with her thyroid.

If your cat’s behavior shows a sudden or drastic change, take her to your veterinarian.

When I brought Ruby home last Sunday, I had no way of knowing how introducing a new kitten to Allegra was going to go.

In addition, like dogs, cats have a hierarchy, though it is more complex.

A more confident and bold cat in your household may be sending your fearful cat a subtle message to “stay out of my way.” This message can be communicated with a stare, by blocking certain pathways in your home, or by making one’s presence very obvious (e.g., lying outstretched in the middle of the living room).

The first thing to consider is whether the fear represents a change in your cat’s usual behavior.Feline body language is subtle and is made up of facial expressions, body postures and the position of cats’ ears, tails and even their whiskers.Understanding what your kitten’s body postures mean will help you manage problems more effectively, and this will lead to a better relationship with your kitten into adulthood.Even if your dog has never chased a cat, she still smells and looks like a dog to your cat.Feline aggression is a very common cat behavior issue seen by animal behaviorists, second only to litter box problems.If so, it’s a good idea to have your cat checked by your veterinarian, since many behavior changes are caused by medical problems.

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