YOUR CAT GROWLS TO PUT THE OTHER AT A DISTANCE

The main function of the growl is to warn you that your approach, or your touch, or even what you are doing, does not suit him. It is a request for “distancing”.

It occurs, for example,

When approaching an unwanted cat or animal in his garden, usually unknown…he asks it to leave
During an attempt to caress while he was taking a nap: you are disturbing him! It has to stop.
During a caress that is too long or in an inappropriate place (the belly, the lower back near the tail, etc.), you are not invited to do so, this type of contact does not please him
During a painful contact: you have to stop because it hurts, and then in this case, the growl is generally accompanied by a movement of the head towards the place you have touched as if to bite you…we are talking about a defensive reaction
During a major stress such as the opening of its cage for the examination at the veterinarian, this is rarely appreciated by a fearful cat.

NORMAL AND ABNORMAL CAT GROWLS

Growling is your cat’s normal way of saying “no” and when in pain.

In other cases, the growl is called abnormal but it is often because we do not identify or understand its cause:

If the growl appears without an identifiable cause, without events that would explain this reaction, without contact on your part, it is not normal;
If your cat growls when he wakes up, chases his tail while growling, runs to attack the other animal in the house who was sleeping peacefully, this is abnormal.
You should then consult your veterinarian.

WHAT ARE THE POSSIBLE CAUSES OF “ABNORMAL” GROWLING IN CATS?

The first instinct to have is to consult : if your cat suddenly begins to growl and be aggressive without obvious cause, you must quickly assess its state of health. Irritability is a classic sign of illness and especially of a pain-producing condition.

Also be careful that he does not have access to toxins (medicines, alcohol, ornamental plants, etc.) which can put him in a daze, disinhibit him or make him aggressive.

Finally, in some rarer cases, cats can suffer from psychiatric illnesses that make them irritable, such as humans with “mood” disorders. The diagnosis is made by the veterinarian (preferably a behaviorist) after all other possible causes have been eliminated and require some experience in this field… A cat is an animal that is not very communicative and refuses to explain itself in detail when it is sick and especially “bad hair”…

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