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    Cat Aggression: Why They Strike and How to Stop It


    If you have an aggressive cat, life can get rough.

    While aggression in cats is tough on you, it may be even tougher on your cat. Identifying the root cause of the aggression and taking steps to alleviate the situation could lessen the aggressive behavior or eliminate it all together.

    The first step to take when you notice aggression in your cat is to visit your veterinarian. There are many underlying medical issues that can cause aggression, including elevated thyroid levels and joint, muscle or stomach pain.

    A veterinarian may take a blood sample, x-rays, an ultrasound, or run other tests to rule out any medical issues. Once those are ruled out, you can implement behavior modification strategies and start making environmental changes to see results.

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    Topics: Territorial Aggression in Cats, Fear Based Aggression in Cats, Play Aggression in Cats, Cat Aggression, Sudden Aggression in Cats, Redirected Aggresion in Cats, Aggession in Cats

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    Please do not ask emergency or other specific medical questions about your pets in the blog comments. As an online informational resource, Preventive Vet is unable to and does not provide specific medical advice or counseling. A thorough physical exam, patient history, and an established veterinary-patient-client relationship is required to provide specific medical advice. If you are worried that your pet is having an emergency or if you have specific medical questions related to your pet’s current or chronic medical conditions, please contact or visit your veterinarian, an animal-specific poison control hotline, or your local emergency veterinary care center.

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