Why does my cat attack visitors?


Is your cat aggressive with you or with other people? The main thing is to identify the type of aggressiveness of your cat. Understanding why you act like this can be a great help in knowing how to act before an aggressive cat.

Aggression of cats towards people due to contact intolerance

The degree of contact tolerance depends on each cat. Some cats allow them to be touched for a long time, throughout the body and when they no longer want us to touch them, they leave without further ado.

On the other hand, other cats tolerate less contact and even tolerate only one or two contacts on the head or none (I have known several cats that cannot stand touching their heads). The latter can react to continued contact snorting, scratching or even biting, which surprises and frustrates the owner. When this happens we usually feel helpless and think that our cat is crazy and suddenly changes character.

A typical case is the cat that climbs into the lap of its owner, who automatically begins to touch him. If we do not observe well or simply ignore any of the cat's irritation signs, such as the rapid tail movement, licking itself as a form of appeasement, sudden dilation of pupils and slight movement of the ears backwards, the cat will bite you to stop the irritating contact you are suffering and will run away. That is, even if we have a cat at home who loves to be touched or our previous cats were like that, we have to assume that it will not always be pleasant for the cat to receive our caresses. Respecting your preferences will help us improve living together, but for this you have to be very attentive to the cat's irritation signs.

- The treatment mainly applies to the owner who should know that if a certain cat does not like to be touched, it does not mean that he does not want to be close to him. Would we like to be touched every time we approached to talk to someone? Many cats like to be about their owners but without being touched. Depending on the degree of irritation you suffer, it will bite or not. That varies in each cat.

- When we want to touch you we must be aware of the signs of irritation and stop before. The caresses should be soft.

- Game therapy: we improve the relationship between owner and cat and also give our pet what will be his best moment of the day. If our cat does not want us to walk him playing two by three we must always use remote games and not the hands (fishing rods, boxes, laser pointer ...). If you have reached this article I suppose you already imagined that playing with your hands, in this case, it can be dangerous.

Aggression towards unknown people

Some cats develop aggressive behavior towards strangers (snorts, scratches, bites). Generally at the origin of this behavior is that they are cats with contact intolerance, restless but curious that come before the arrival of visits instead of hiding. The repetitive physical contact by caresses of the people with the cat causes that it bites, scratches or buffets with the consequent reaction of rejection of the owner in this situation, who scolds him, or raises his voice enough to scare him ...

If this situation is repeated sometimes, there will come a point where our cat will learn and remember it and in anticipation of behavior the cat will growl at the visits. In many cases the owners warn the guests that their cat is not very sociable, which causes fear in them and watchful eyes to see where the cat is going to leave. That intense look in the cat's eyes can pose a threat to him, with which we are facing a vicious circle: the cat is doubly threatened by visitors.

- Both visitors and family, should make the effort to ignore the cat when he suffers this type of behavior, not look into his eyes and avoid any physical contact with him that may irritate him. You should act with him only to offer him nice things: play, food ... Always avoid catching the cat and bringing people closer as this aggravates his fear and aggressive reactions.

- If the cat is very nervous, it is preferable to take refuge in a quiet room until the visitors leave.

- If an assault is imminent, you can use a spray with water on the cat (if possible without being caught in fraganti) and without shouting or hitting it ... it will be removed.

- Pheromone diffusers can also be tested during visits until the situation normalizes.

Is my cat dangerous to humans?

No cat is dangerous. However, there are cats who do not like fuss or meetings. One of my cats, Benji, whenever there is a family meal he prefers or go up to the bedroom where he will be until the visits are gone, or directly go out in search of his friends from the street and not return late.

It is like that. There are very sensitive cats that are overwhelmed and need a space where they can leave and be calm every time visitors come. And you have to leave them, if we did not do it, that is, if we forced them to be with us, it is most likely that the thing did not end well.

Aggression due to medical problems

If suddenly your cat has an aggressive behavior, the first thing is to take it to the veterinarian to verify that it does not have a health problem.

Rabies or a hormonal problem can cause aggressive behavior, but if the cause is a health problem, a very common cause is arthritis. Some cats with neurological problems may have sudden moments of very intense pain.

If the physical examination of your cat by the veterinarian does not allow the problem to be isolated, an x-ray may allow it.

Aggression per game

The cats they are predators and it's somethinginnate in them perform game behaviors when they are puppies to train to catch real prey once adults. Indeed it is not uncommon to see a kitten attacking the feet or hands of its owner, and as nice as this type of behavior seems, if it continues to adulthood it will be a problem.

Gameplay attacks are frequent behaviors in young kittens and when they remain in adulthood it is because the cat "learned" this behavior.

Often they are the owners of the cat that they teachto attack as a game. When the cat is small they play with him by moving his hands or feet as if they were prey for the kitten to attack them, because when he does a kitten can seem funny and endearing. However, with this act we are teaching him a behavior that he will maintain during adulthood, not for evil but for fun and because he really believes he can do it.

Another cause of attacks as a game is heboredom. Playing with our cat with objects designed for it instead of with our hands or feet is good. But if these gaming sessions are uncommon or if our cat spends his day getting bored in an enclosed area, the cat will be overexcited when they occur and could attack us for excess energy.

Aggression due to fear

A cat that is afraid typically adopts a crouched position with its ears back and its tail curved inward, tilting its body back to get away from the threat.

Scared cat You have three options:run away, immobilize or attack. If a scared cat has no escape and the "threat" is still present after immobilizing a few seconds, it is very likely to attack.

A cat that has not beenproperly socialized When he was 4 to 12 weeks old he can be fearful and distrustful of humans and exhibit this behavior. But it can also happen with a correctly sociabilized cat that is in a new environment, or with a stranger or that is in the presence of a new object that can scare you like a working dryer.

Territorial aggression

A cat can attack a human to defend a area of ​​the house that he considers his: the human is then considered as a threat that could take away his territory.

This type of aggression generally occurs towards strangers or people who do not usually come home much. The cats that exhibit this behavior usuallyto pee in the area they consider as their territory to mark it. Find out how to prevent your cat from urinating at home.

Aggression due to dominance

Some cats act with their owners as if they were other cats and they try to dominate them for is on top of them in the hierarchy orderof home. Cats begin to show subtle signs of aggression that at first the owner can misunderstand with simple play, later the cat growls or whistles towards its owners and can bite or scratch.

Dominant cats are also often very territorial, with which aggression due to dominance can be coupled with territorial aggression.

Re-directed aggression>

Redirected aggression is a peculiar phenomenon that consists in the fact that a cat angry or stressed by something or someone does not attack the person or animal that is the cause of their anger but that redirects its aggression towards its owner. The tension due to the anger of the cat can be retained for a long time and only attacks later.

The victim of the cat's attack has nothing to do with her anger, but then it may be that when she sees her victim again, the cat remembers her anger and attacks her again.

Maternal aggression

All cats who are mothers Puppies are very protective of them, and if they perceive a threat, they can attack people or animals they usually trust. This reaction is due to the hormones of the cat and is more intense during the first week after delivery and then decreases progressively.

How to manage the situation

Each case is different. and requires specific handling, now that you have read this article you can know why your cat attacks you and it will be easier for you to adapt your behavior to solve the situation.

The important thing is always bepatient with your cat and not put him in a situation of fear or stress that causes this type of aggressive reaction. You can use positive reinforcement, such as petting or a piece of cheese when your cat behaves well.

With patience and understanding the reasons Your cat's behavior can help you improve his behavior.

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After reading this article and watching some videos of your channel, I still don't know the reason for my kitty's behavior: normally she is quite nice and playful, she asks for pampering and the normal thing about cats that attack to say "enough" when They get tired of them.

The problem is that he has been motivated for several episodes of aggressiveness because he is not allowed to do something. For example, if I don't let him get on the counter or when he gets heavy and tries to steal food from the plate. What I usually do is block it with the body or arm and say NO resounding, but it is as if it feeds back your frustration and angry meow. If the thing gets longer, then it goes into aggression mode focusing its anger on me, throwing my ears back and taking impulse to attack me and bite me with "bad drool". At this moment I usually block it with whatever I have on hand, and it gets even more angry - in fact, it is that if I ignore it and go to another place, it persecutes me to give me a tunda xD-. What I do is take her to the mother cat and throw her out of the room in which I am (with the consequent painful meow of "aaayy, that has left me waseeeeeraaaaa, aaayyyy, penita of me!" XD) Only this way it happens, and when he sees me again after a while, it's as if nothing had happened.

The kitten is already 8 months old and is sterilized. We thought that sterilizing it would calm down a bit but no, it's exactly the same. We live in a flat throwing at tiny but totally gathered.

Is it something temporary? Should we worry? What is the best way to calm those anger by "teenage frustration"?

Best regards and thanks!

Hi Martina, there is likely to be a social conflict that you are favoring with some driving errors. It is not positive to take it "to the mother" and take it out of the room if it is especially stressed. Aggression is a problem of serious behavior that, if not treated, can go further and that greatly damages the welfare of animals.

I would advise you to learn more about feline language and education through positive reinforcement. On the other hand, it would also be essential to avoid conflict with her as much as possible. You can try to improve your day to day and the association that has with you with food, tasty, games, kind words and the use of enrichment: what-you-must-know-22569.html

Dedicate it every hour and if after one or two weeks you do not see obvious improvement, then I advise you to consult with a veterinarian specialized in ethology.

Aggressive cats What to do?

More and more cases of cats arrive that behave aggressively with their people or with other animals with whom they live. Either because their game is abrupt, or because they have taken a habit of playing with their hands or even suddenly, the different "aggressive cats" are always indicative that something is not right.

Let's see it in a practical way commenting on real cases of aggressive cats, cats that attack:

1 - There was a case of a cat that every time he saw a hand, out of whoever it was, he threw himself for her as crazy to bite and attack. He had been doing this forever, about 4 years. The attacks were sudden, very strong and at any time of the day, but especially at night. When he attacked, those responsible gave him a shout and he ran away. But after a while he returned and repeated the attack. After much talk with those responsible, I asked them to show me how they played with him. One of those responsible played with some ropes while the couple made "kennels" with their hands.

This case was very evident as well. Since childhood he was taught that hands are toys and nobody ever corrected that behavior. In addition, the game with the hands made by one of those responsible was quite abrupt, so the cat reacted exactly the same as what he received: abrupt and strong.

These types of aggressive cats are very difficult to solve 100%. He has improved a lot but occasionally he throws himself at hand, although much less intense.

2 - In another case a cat that had always been very calm and affectionate, one day he began to become aggressive with the partner of the responsible. I had known him for a long time but he only started with that behavior a year and a half away from living together. There was no apparent reason or pattern. Sometimes he snorted him, other times he climbed into his lap and other times he threw blows. Everything was the same at home, no furniture or routines had been changed. Nor had those responsible changed jobs or were going through any stressful time. It seemed an impossible case. It was as if the cat at times was very good with that person and at times very bad, he could not even see it.

By chance (which is not such), one day I had a conversation only with the couple responsible. After some inquiries, I discovered that the relationship between them was very bad and that he was at times truly uncomfortable with her at home. Finally, when they talked to those responsible, they sincere and resolved their differences, the cat's attacks simply stopped. The moment the person stopped feeling that negativity and discomfort, the cat noticed it and stopped becoming aggressive.

Animals are very sensitive, they notice almost everything we think and feel. If we surround ourselves with negativity, cats will respond accordingly.Many aggressive cats are just reacting to our emotions.

3 - Finally, I comment an old case but very interesting. It was a cat that spent the day hiding inside or at the top of the closet. He just moved to go to the sand and eat, and sometimes he didn't eat because he didn't come down from the closet. When you approached her, she growled at you and even snorted. And if you made the attempt to take her or throw her out of the place, she threw the claws fiercely.

Those responsible had adopted her with just over a year of age and had always behaved the same way. They didn't take her to the vet because she didn't leave. They thought that behavior was normal. They also believed that he did not need to visit the doctor because he did not leave the house, so they were calm. Luckily, his son was a friend of mine and I could tell him that what his cat was doing was not normal, and that we had to take her to the vet as it was.

We managed to capture the cat with blankets, a falconry glove and a carrier. When we arrive at the nearest veterinarian, we will tell you the case. He told us that the behavior of the pussy did not seem abnormal and that, as it was aggressive, it was necessary to sedate it to review it. Come on, it wasn't worth it. Angry, we caught the cat and took her to my trusted veterinarians. There they treated her with much love and delicacy. Indeed, it had to be sedated, but they took advantage of it and did all kinds of tests. Thanks to this, we could see that his ovaries were full of hardened cysts. This undoubtedly caused him tremendous pain. They operated that same day.

Even when we picked it up, not even a snort was heard, but we assumed it was still sedated. The recovery of the operation was slow, but his change in attitude was immediate. After 3 days I was already walking around the house, asking for food and even attention. It looked like another !! Imagine the tremendous pain that this kitten had to suffer. My friend's mother cried when she saw the changes and felt responsible for not having taken her to the vet before.

Alexina Felina

Hi Maricela. Thanks for your comment.
The case you tell seems quite extreme, since you say you never stay calm. How long has this behavior been? How was your behavior before? Did an unpleasant situation or problem occur shortly before it began to be aggressive?
With only 2 months it is still quite small. This facilitates the evolution and solution of the problem, since other cats that have been aggressive for years are more complicated. But we must discover what was the origin of his change and his aggressiveness.
Do you play with him with your hands? Abrupt games with your hands cause these types of problems often.


We as a family adopt mikka, who since childhood has never let herself be loved, we want to caress or load her and she growls, bites and scratches us, it is worth mentioning that we found her on the street she had for a month and a half and now. That she has her first zeal, she hits the cats and she thinks she is one, because she wants to ride my neighbor's kitten

Erika arteaga

Good evening, I have a two-year-old cat for him. My older brother has always played him rough, but the cat plays alone with him like that with us is not Frisco.
The fact is that since the afternoon of the 630pm type begins to meow, he usually takes a little rat at night and through the house there are several stray cats when we do not take it out fast it becomes aggressive and when we already take it out on the street it is not He can't even see why he throws us away, we adopt a little one and how socialization is going, they already play after three days, but the aggression continues at night

I do not know what. Do

Erika Arteaga

Good afternoon if it is correct if we do not take it out when he asks for it, he gets angry and then when he leaves or wants to be approached, he is sterilized and a month ago he started with this behavior, he sees the kitten on the street and he starts to run from the window to the door, but don't just growl, maulla and if for some reason we touch it while inside the house, it growls and throws at one of us and when we take it out it's brave with us, he comes in whenever he wants (why as we do not approach for not generating more anger) and then it is quiet. and with the kitten he only gets upset when he starts playing with his tail but he hasn't thrown him.

Why can it attack visitors?

There are several reasons why you could attack, and they are:

    Contact intolerance: It may be that there is no> What to do to prevent it from doing so?

Watch him. Watch him to be aware of any changes in his body language. If you see that it moves the tail quickly, if it moves the ears back and if the pupils also dilate, it will be telling you that it does not want that you continue caressing it. Tell this also to visitors.

For the situation to get better, play with your cat. In animal stores you will find a wide variety of toys, but at home you will surely have a rope or cord. Only with this your cat can have a lot of fun.

And remember: that your cat attacks you does not mean that he does not love you, but at that moment he doesn't want you to stroke him anymore. Play with him and you'll see how you will have a nice time 😉.