Common types of aggressive behaviors between cats. Top Cat. Adding a second cat. What can I do about this? Aug 21, 2006 #2 solaritybengals TCS Member. Territorial aggression. If cats that normally play fight have a more ‘aggressive episode’, owners should never directly intervene – this may escalate the cat’s anxiety and lead to increased aggression between the two cats or even towards the owner. As a self-reliant species and solitary hunter, the cat avoids physical conflict as a threat to survival, as any overt fighting could cause injury, inability to hunt and consequently death. Play Aggression Young cats and kittens that were not raised with littermates, or that lack opportunities to play most commonly show play aggression. If your kitten bites during playtime, it's time to change the way you play. Aggression between cats. Hello- I need some of the older vetrans advice on what to look for on signs for rough play / aggression. For example, if one of the cats yelps out in pain and hisses or growls, then your cats may be engaged in a fight. Watch for biting. However, if you notice one cat biting the other in order to cause harm, then your cats are probably fighting instead of playing. During a play session, biting is often minimal and does not cause any harm. It involves typical predatory and play behaviors, including stalking, chasing, attacking, running, ambushing, pouncing, leaping, batting, swatting, grasping, fighting and biting. Aggressive responses seen in pet cats are closely related to the natural behaviour of the species and are a normal part of predation, play and social conflict. For example, a hungry cat may drool when it sees food (the stimulus). Thanks! This is called conditioning. Cats are very territorial, much more so than dogs. And even cats who have gotten along in the past may sometimes start to rub one another the wrong way. How to Deal With Play Aggression in Ninja Attack Kittens. It's the difference between a gentle cat and a Ninja Attack Cat. Cats are very territorial creatures and can fiercely defend their turf. Working with aggression problems between family cats will take time and commitment from you. Share. Conditioning refers to associations between stimuli and behavior. We have a cat/ kitten that are trying to get to know one another- and i dont know what to look for. If every time that the hungry cat sees the food it also hears a can opener, after several times, the sound of the can opener alone will cause the cat to start drooling. These postures may be a clue in pinpointing the trigger for the aggressive behavior, as … Under-stimulation, an excess of unused energy, and lack of appropriate opportunities for play can lead to play-related aggression. My cat's play is starting to lead to injuries. 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