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Cat education for scratching, biting and aggressiveness


If the cat scratches and bites, the cause of the behavior must first be found, because aggressiveness is not always the reason. If she is not sick, but simply rebellious or ill-bred, it is time for a little cat education. Ouch! Biting cats are not the most pleasant contemporaries - Image: Shutterstock / Diana Taliun

In cats, for example, aggressiveness can manifest itself through scratching and biting and is usually an expression of fear or stress. Diseases or pain can also be the causes of this behavior. A visit to the veterinarian should therefore precede all measures of cat education.

Important: In what situations does your cat scratch and bite?

The situations in which your cat tends to scratch and bite can indicate the possible reason for its aggressiveness. If your house tiger is always nice, but interrupts your pats with a sudden swipe, a bite or a howl, you have probably caught a spot that hurts your cat.

Make a note of the spot and have your veterinarian examine your velvet paw. For example, injury or inflammation could be to blame.

If the cat constantly scratches or bites you while playing or petting, this could be due to a problem with dominance, high spirits or simply lack of upbringing. In this case, measures of cat education can take effect.

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If your cat shows signs of aggressiveness without the vet finding a cause, it is important to identify and eliminate potential sources of frustration for the cat. Boredom due to too little variety, walking or playing opportunities can be as easily the cause of aggressiveness as the lack of a fellow man.

Are you familiar with cat language? Perhaps your cat has shown you several times during the pats that she is tired and should be left alone. In this case, some tutoring will help you to better interpret your cat's signals and prevent scratching and biting.

Say out loud "No!" or another signal word (it should always be the same), if your kitten tries to tract your hand, take it away (pulling away and tugging might increase your house tiger's hunting instinct and make him enjoy the game) and show her that their behavior is undesirable by immediately petting them and ignoring them.

If your cat bites out of high spirits while petting, you can also try to solve the situation peacefully by distracting its stormy velvet paw with a toy that it can work with its paws and teeth, such as a feather rod.