Is Your Kitten a Bully?

Learn how to stop aggressive behaviors.

Cat Fancy- Kitten Aggression- December 2010

Your cute, cuddly kitten can melt your heart with her soft purrs and playful antics. She’s your little angel. Then, without warning, she turns into a furry little chainsaw attacking you and your adult cats, leaving destruction and chaos in her wake. Fortunately, all is not lost. There are measures you can take to restore peace and harmony to your home.

First, it’s a good idea to take your kitten to the veterinarian for a routine physical examination to rule out any medical problem that could be causing the aggression. With kittens, however, aggression is almost always a behavioral problem.

Types of Aggression

The three most common types of aggression in kittens are:
Play aggression. Predatory play can lead to inappropriate play and aggression in kittens.
“People often complain that their kitten will run after them and bite their ankles. That’s predatory play that can escalate into aggression,” says Katherine Albro Houpt, VMD, Ph.D., professor emeritus of Animal Behavior at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and owner of Animal Behavior Consultants of Northern Michigan in Gaylord.


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