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October 20, 2017

Redirected Aggression

03.08.2015 Redirected aggression is frightening. It makes enemies out of bonded friends. It happens when animals of any species, unable to respond directly to a threat, vent their frustrations on the nearest animal. Common causes of redirected aggression in cats are neighborhood cats. The inside cats can see and sometimes smell the outsiders but are unable to reach them. Frustrated, they turn their angst onto whoever is nearby. Immediate action needs to be taken. Without risking becoming a victim of the aggression, herd the reactive cat into a room where there are no other animals, including people, and close the door. The room should have a litter box, food, water and a place to sleep. It may take a few hours, over night or longer for the cat to calm down.

Cat looking out of a window.

Cat looking out of a window. by Fotolia.

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Cat Byte: Redirected Aggression

11.18.12 Cats can become aggressive when they see unwelcome animals they cannot access. The cats may be indoors, viewing the outsiders through windows. Because they are unable to reach the unwelcome visitors, the cats become agitated and may vent their frustrations on another nearby animal.

Bite Byte

11.11.12 Avoid becoming the victim of redirected aggression. Do not pick up, pet or use hands to separate cats who are agitated or fighting