Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Is your cat crazy--John Wright--Chapter 6

Jennifer say:

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Chapter 6-Beware of the attack cat!

1) Cat aggression problems always need to be diagnosed and treated by a professional, cat owners can and should aware of the danger signals a cat display when aggressive or fearful. Cats look and act differeently depending on whether they are in an offensive or defensive mode.

2) Offensive posture include staring with constricted pupils at the potential victim ( cat or human) with neck and whiskers thrust forward and ears rotated backwards. The cat's hair may stand on end, partically along the middle of the back. The tail is likely to be held slighly away from the body and bending downward or the tail may be vertical and the rear end elevated. The cat faces the victim straight on.

3) Defensive posture include facing an enemey sideways, he wil try to make himself as small and insignaificant as possible. He crouches down, pulls in his head with ears flattened and wraps his tail around in front of his body. The defensive cat will find all his hair standing on end, an indication of physiological arousal.

4) A cat't tail is a good barometer of what he has in mind:
Image hosted by Photobucket.comTail held high indicate play

Image hosted by Photobucket.com Tail concaved and curved down body indicate defensive aggression.

Image hosted by Photobucket.com Tail held low indicate precede aggression.

Image hosted by Photobucket.com Tail between his legs indicate fear

4) To prevent playful aggression from kitten, you should not handle ur kitten roughly or encourage her to wrestle u. Set her down. handle and pet the cat camely after she tires of playing. the best way is to leave the cat alone.

5) Always seperate two fighting cats by giving one cat a escape route. Do not reach for the cats.

6) Wild stray kittens are taught by their mummy to kill preys. Their mummy will usualy bring the litter a half dead mouse for her babies to kill. normaly those mummy raise in breeder will never taught her litter how to kill preys.

7) Single kittens play more with their mothers than play alone with other objects.

5) by 4 months, kittens play become more aggressive. The behaviour of playfighting a cat directs toward her owner can become so ritualized that the owner can predict when the cat will attack him.

6) Case Study:A cat always attack her owner when she pet her cat after 4 stokes. Wright taught the owner to stop when she saw the cat whisker is rotaing (indicating a attack). When continued stroking when the whiskers became less flared. Eventually the cat can be stroked more than 4 times to abt 10 times.

7) Wright study showed more aggression problem in purebeed cats than in mixed breeds.

8) most untreated aggressive cat do not live past their first couple of birthdays as their owners will abandone their cats if it attacks. Often aggressive problem is developmental, linked to a stage that occurs from ages 6 months to a year and half when the hormones are beginning to flow and sexual maturity is reached.

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