My cat sometimes has bursts of aggression and attacks things around him, including us! How can we help him calm down?

Ask the Vet: “My cat sometimes has bursts of aggression and attacks things around him, including us! How can we help him calm down?
“我的貓有時候會充滿侵略性並攻擊身邊的事物,連我們都不例外。我們該怎樣使牠冷靜下來?

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.

貓在兩歲前,仍是在社交方面尚未成熟的「青少年」,牠們不清楚該如何安全地與人接觸和玩耍。我們有需要在牠們還小時教會牠們甚麼行為是不可接受的。當牠們有任何攻擊性的行為時,你應該要對牠們「說不」──例如後退和將牠們的攻擊對象從你或家中的物品轉移至玩具上,如羽毛逗貓棒等。如果較溫和的教育手段只是令牠更常出現攻擊性行為,那麼問題則比較嚴重,建議應咨詢你的獸醫。

 



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