Mind of Your Cat

July 2007 Issue

Coping With Redirected Aggression

A cat aroused by fear or anger can be scary. Here's some help in regaining the peace.

Have you ever been close to a truly frightened cat? You might picture a cat peeking out from under furniture in fear of being groped by a toddler. Veterinarians of course routinely cope with cats plastered to the sides of their carriers, hanging on with all their strength. Some of us have also witnessed a cat as he suddenly puffed up, ears flattened against his head, eyes black and vocalizing in a spine tingling manner.

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