Coke or Pepsi? Ginger or Mary Ann? Dogs or Cats? When it comes to making a choice between comparable items, everyone has their favorites especially when it comes choosing between canines and felines. Many people think that just because dogs are generally bigger, they are dominant over cats. This would be true if sheer physicality was the only criteria in determining dominant behavior. Although cats are usually smaller than dogs, cats can be just as aggressive and domineering as a dog. They don’t let their size stand in the way of telling you who’s boss especially if they are defending their territory. A plethora of “cat attacks dog” videos have hit the web demonstrating that despite their reputation as cute, harmless, lap pets, cats can actually do a lot of damage when they want to and will attack anything and anybody when necessary. Cats often target their canine colleagues since many households keep both animals as pets and the two species don’t always get along. This has lead to some astonishing cat attacks dog videos that ultimately demonstrate that once again, when it comes aggressive cats, it’s not size that matters, it’s what you do with it that counts.
HOW TO STOP CAT ATTACKS ON DOGS
Animal behaviorists suggest that if you want your cat and dog to get along then you must first recognize that they are two distinctly different species and treat them as such. Dogs and cats approach the world differently; cats like to observe social situations and take longer to warm up to people and other animals whereas dogs typically have no problem instantly checking out whoever approaches him. This can be a turn off for a cat who thinks the dog may be threatening, causing kitty to run away. However, the dog might misinterpret that the cat now wants to play and runs after him, frightening the cat even more. Since cats and dogs are forced to interact only by humans who think everyone should be one big, happy family, it’s up to us to respect the animals’ differences and socialize them according to each animal’s needs. If you want to be a two species family, try to match the personalities of the pets. If you have a playful dog, try to pair him with a playful cat. Just like humans, sometimes if one pet is a more rambunctious animal, it can work if the other is more mellow and tolerant. Keep in mind just because a dog or cat got along previously with another animal, it doesn’t mean it will necessarily like or communicate well with a new dog or cat.
When you first bring a new cat or kitten into your home, keep it in a separate room with its bed, litter, food and toys so it can get used to all the new smells. After the cat has had time to get used to its new home, then slowly introduce the kitty to the dog. Make sure the dog is on a leash and if the cat is willing, consider putting him on a leash as well. When the two are in the same room, give the cat some freedom to explore and keep the dog occupied. Monitor their response to each other. You can use food as a reward for each animal if they respond positively. Encourage the animals to approach each other if both seem willing but remember it’s always up to you to “read” each animal’s behavior. Things may go well at first but animals are unpredictable so until you feel confident they’ve become buddies, keep an eye on your fur children.
WHAT MAKES CATS SO AGGRESSIVE THAT THEY ATTACK?
Almost all animals (including humans) display aggression when protecting themselves or their offspring and in guarding their territories. In animals, aggression is based in a variety of complex behaviors that happen for various reasons in different circumstances. For cats, aggression is the second most common feline behavioral problem. Whereas dogs only have one weapon (their teeth), cats have five; their teeth and all four clawed paws. Cats can not only bite but can also inflict severe lacerations by scratching. A cat’s aggression can be either offensive or defensive. When a cat is threatening, he tries make himself look bigger and more intimidating. When he feels threatened, he goes into self-protective postures and tries to appear smaller. Common aggressive cat behavior include hissing, growling, swatting with paws, scratching and preparing to attack by rolling on his side or back while exposing his teeth and claws. A cat’s territorial aggression is generally directly toward other cats but it can also be directed toward dogs and people. And in line with their capricious reputations, cats can also show territorial aggression toward some people and animals and not to others.
WHAT’S THE MOST DANGERIOUS KIND OF CAT AGGRESSION?
Redirected aggression is the worse type of cat aggression because like all suppressed emotions, a cat will erupt and aggressively attack due to pent-up anger and arousal (not the good kind). Redirected aggression happens when a cat is agitated by someone or an animal that he can’t get at because there’s a barrier (like a window or door) between them. Unable to get to his agitator, the cat lashes out at someone or something else; a person or another animal that is accessible. A cat can attack even long after the initial trigger if a person or dog approaches him while the cat is in a state of agitated arousal. Some cat owners have reported “crazy cat” attacks and say their cat attacked “out of the blue” but what really happened is that the cat was still upset and lashed out at the first oncoming target. Although the cat won’t go looking for a fight, if he’s still pissed off, he will redirect his aggression toward the first available opportunity. That’s why animal experts advise that anytime you see a cat demonstrating defensive or offensive aggression posture, keep yourself and your other pets away from him until he’s calmed down.
WHAT ARE EXAMPLES OF CRAZY CAT ATTACKS?
A Volusia, Florida couple, Teresa and James Gregory had to call 911 to get Animal Control to remove their 4-year-old Russian Blue cat named Kush after she attacked them and trapped them inside their bedroom. Kush first attacked Teresa and left bruises, bites and scars. Her husband, James grabbed Kush who then attacked him by biting and clawing at him before James was able to locked the cat in the bathroom. After an hour, the couple thought Kush had calmed down and opened the door. However, the cat rushed at them and attacked them again which drove the Gregorys to lock themselves in their bedroom for over an hour. They eventually called Animal Control to come and remove Kush who was quarantined for 10 days. After the incident, the Gregorys said they don’t want to put Kush down since she’s “a good cat” but Teresa said she’s also scared to bring her home. On November 30, 2013 in Melvin, Michigan, a young woman named Maxx was trying to protect her mother's dog after a stray cat named Buddy attempted to attack the dog but Maxx wound up attacked by Buddy herself. Maxx had taken in stray Buddy the previous summer and knew that he had already bitten two other people. The attack was caught on Maxx’s security camera and shows Maxx kicking snow at Buddy to shoo him away. Buddy leaped on her head and bit hard into her forehead, leaving a gash. He also clawed her face and left marks on her cheeks. Maxx was taken to the hospital and wound up with cellulitis, a serious bacterial skin infection that made her face swell up. Although Buddy tested negative for rabies, he eventually had to be put down.
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HAS A CAT KILLED ANYBODY?
According to the CDC, between 2001 and 2010, dogs killed 167 people over the age of 14. But has an aggressive cat ever killed a human? We know they are capable of gruesome maulings and can do some serious damage on people and other animals. To this date, there have been no recorded incidents of a housecat killing a person. However, cats have occasionally killed infants by accident by smothering them while sleeping on the face of the baby or sitting on their chest. Therefore, it’s best to keep your kitty especially if it’s a large cat away from an infant unless someone is around to supervise. Although never an intentional murderer, a cat was actually involved in a plot to be framed for killing its owner. In 2012, an Illinois man planned to frame the cat of his intended victim for murder. The man, Brett Nash planned to electrocute a rival who was interested in Nash’s wife while the man was in his hot tub by throwing a radio into the hot tub along with the man’s cat. Nash hoped the authorities would think the cat knocked the radio into the water and accidentally kill the man. Luckily before he could frame the poor, innocent cat, Nash was first arrested by authorities after a parolee whom Nash had confided his murderous plot to told the police about Nash’s evil plans.
Written by Vicky Choy