Do cats get aggressive when they get older?

Aging cats sometimes experience behavior changes such as forgetting where you put their litter box, being less active, and being more aggressive. This can lead to your cat having issues with sleeping, anxiety, and depression. Your senior cat’s relationship with you and with other pets in your household may change.

Why does my older cat attack my younger one?

Some of the underlying non-medical causes for aggression between cats in the same household include fear, lack of socialisation, inappropriate introduction of a new cat, overcrowding (i.e. not enough vertical or horizontal space, too few resources etc), redirected aggression, play and predation.

Do old cats still fight?

But such fighting is also common among cats who live together. Cats are rough when they play – this may look like aggression and fighting, but it is not. Still, such play could escalate into a fight or cause harm to both or one of the cats. In such cases, it is best to separate your cats if you can do so safely.

When to take an aggressive cat to the vet?

Anytime your cat appears to be aggressive for no reason, a veterinarian visit is a must. Somewhere must be hurting, and the cat may scratch or bite if handled improperly. The source of pain, therefore, must be investigated. Many times there is an open sore or an abscess not visible under the fur.

What to do with an old cat that is dying?

Specially prepared soft foods may be in order. Consider sitting quietly next to your cat and talking to her or playing music so she knows she’s not alone. You may notice a drop in body temperature and labored or decreased breath sounds as the end draws near.

Can a veterinary assistant deal with an angry cat?

As a veterinary assistant, you surely do not want to deal with a very angry cat. Fortunately, special restraint techniques make treatment possible, sometimes requiring the help of others. When it comes to aggression issues with cats, underlying physical or behavioral problems must be addressed.

What causes a kitten to be an aggressive cat?

Rough playing aggression. Many times young cats and kittens may be thought to be aggressive while all they are doing is playing rough. A cat or kitten that attacks the owner’s ankles is simply acting out of prey drive. In other words the owner’s feet or ankles are thought to be prey and so the cat chases and scratches.

What should I do if my cat bit me?

Depending upon the wound and the nature of your cat, sedation may be required to properly treat the wound. Your veterinarian may recommend a culture to assess the exact type of infection and antibiotic that your pet will need.

What to do if your cat is in a fight with another cat?

If your cat was in a fight with another cat, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to have them evaluated immediately. Your veterinarian will check the entire body, clean wounds properly with antiseptic, and recommend systemic cat antibiotics.

What happens if you get a cat bite?

Most cat bite traumas result in infection if untreated. Cat bite treatment is necessary to prevent serious illness and disease. Local infections such as an abscess or a closed-off pocket of puss are common complications of cat bite wounds.

What should I do if my new cat attacks my old cat?

Now, your old cat is the intruder. So gang up back at her. Squirt her and exile her to a separate room for harassing the old cat. You and the old cat will be the ones letting her into your territory. If she behaves. Be firm and consistent. What she needs right now is not cuddles and allowances.