Ask the Vet: “My cat sometimes has bursts of aggression and attacks things around him, including us! How can we help him calm down?”
Q&A with Dr Pauline Taylor, BVM&S MACVSc
DR. PAULINE SAYS:
Cats remain youngsters until they are socially mature around two years of age & until then don’t know how to interact and play safely with humans. It is up to us to teach them “unacceptable behavior” from a young age. To any aggressive actions you should say ‘NO’ by backing away & refocus the behavior to toys like feather wands instead of you/your possessions. If your cat’s behavior to a gentle correction is to attack more then you already have a serious problem and I recommend you talk to your vet.