How to Detect an Angry Cat
Just like humans, cats are capable of feeling all types of emotions. Some of them are actually pretty sensitive. Others will not have any issue with letting you know the way they feel. So, how do you spot an angry cat? You have probably seen photos and videos of cats that look angry, such as the Grumpy cat. But they are probably not even angry.
The following are true signs that a cat is angry. Most of the time, an angry cat is one that is ready to strike. You might get hurt if you have the bad luck of getting in the way of one.
The signs of an angry cat
Cats can get upset for a number of reasons. This could be like they feel their space has been invaded, in the presence of a dog (if they have not been properly socialized), or a cat could be hissing to a child that pulled his tail. Check for the following signs:
- Your cat has become pretty vocal. This includes hissing, spitting, or a guttural moan.
- The tail is either wagging back and forth very quickly or is laying low. The hairs on the tail also stand up.
- The ears of an angry cat will lay low to the sides or backward.
- Usually, a cat that is ready to strike will place his body very low against the ground.
- If your cat swats when you try to touch him, show him respect and understand that he does not want to be touched at the moment.
How to calm your angry cat
If your cat is hissing at you, this means that you have become a target to him. Not knowing how to handle this can cause you scratches and biting if you do not know how to react. The following are ways in which you can calm an angry cat.
- Wear protective gloves and toss a blanket on top of the cat. Make sure you are able to grab him afterwards.
- Spraying the cat with a squirt gun is also a good way of cooling off an angry cat.
- Remove whatever is making your cat upset or leave him alone for at least 10 minutes or until he has calmed down.
- If you are not in danger, make yourself smaller to the cat.
- Show yourself relaxed to the cat. This way, he will realize that you are not really much of a threat.
- Approach the cat slowly and with caution. Too sudden movements will make your cat get more upset.
- Food works all the time. Fill his bowl with his favorite treat and place it next to him.
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